Tag: Washington

Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

July 30, 2015 |

In Washington, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers. The production tax credit was the subject of a Digest column by Corinne Young and Michelle Jalbert of re:chem earlier this […]

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Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth. With the change, it also packs much more of the plant’s desired properties, such as starch for a richer food source […]

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Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington, The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package released last Wednesday by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that would prioritize research and development of carbon utilization technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy program. The Energy Policy Modernization Act […]

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Avon’s new Palm Oil Promise: deforestation-free, traceable, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil compliant

Avon’s new Palm Oil Promise: deforestation-free, traceable, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil compliant

July 28, 2015 |

In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists is hailing the updated “Palm Oil Promise” from cosmetic giant Avon, which said that “Avon recognizes that palm oil is a significant cause of tropical deforestation and peatland depletion, which can result in the loss of natural habitats for endangered species, and also has known human rights issues.” […]

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EPA Administrator to corn farmers: [Our RFS] delay…was disruptive to say the least. I apologize for that.”

EPA Administrator to corn farmers: [Our RFS] delay…was disruptive to say the least. I apologize for that.”

July 27, 2015 |

In Washington, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy addressed the Corn Congress and said that ““you might’ve heard we’re trying to shrink or kill this [RFS] program. But the truth is, we’re committed to growing it. The volumes we’ve proposed for 2015 and 2016 are designed to bust through the blend wall.” She added that “our proposed […]

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200,000 comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered to EPA: “Stand by me” says rural US to Washington

200,000 comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered to EPA: “Stand by me” says rural US to Washington

July 27, 2015 |

In Washington, representatives from Fuels America and other advocates for “clean, secure, American energy” delivered over 200,000 comments to the EPA in support of a strong final rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard. This show of grassroots support comes on the final day of the comment period, and after widespread grassroots voices have come out […]

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University of Minnesota professor testifies against RFS in House hearing claiming pollution deaths

University of Minnesota professor testifies against RFS in House hearing claiming pollution deaths

July 23, 2015 |

In Washington, a University of Minnesota scientist told a House of Representatives committee hearing on the RFS on Thursday that ethanol mandates lead to more pollution-related deaths in the Midwest and East Coast. He pointed the finger at cellulosic ethanol as well, saying that it emits more of some pollutants than even gasoline. Growth Energy […]

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EIA seeks comments on range of monthly data reports

EIA seeks comments on range of monthly data reports

July 22, 2015 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Petroleum Supply Program (OMB No. 1905-0165). EIA is soliciting comments on the proposed revisions to the following forms: EIA-22M, “Monthly Biodiesel, Biojet, Biokerosene and Renewable Diesel […]

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Grassley leads 36 Senators asking EPA for higher biodiesel quotas

Grassley leads 36 Senators asking EPA for higher biodiesel quotas

July 22, 2015 |

In Washington, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) led a bipartisan group of 36 senators in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the proposed volumes it set for biodiesel production under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “While the proposal is a positive step for […]

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Senator Grassley secures biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol tax credits in bill

Senator Grassley secures biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol tax credits in bill

July 20, 2015 |

In Washington, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley secured the inclusion of tax incentives for wind energy, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol in the bipartisan tax extenders bill the Finance Committee will consider on Tuesday. Cellulosic biofuels producer tax credit.  Under the provision, facilities producing cellulosic biofuels can claim a $1.01 per gallon production tax credit on fuel […]

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