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Climate bill rekindles debate over biodiesel tax breaks

By Marc Heller Photo: Ted Warren/Associated Press

Thirteen years ago, Congress decided a tax credit for companies that blend biodiesel shouldn’t go to refineries that put just a drop of the alternative fuel’s main ingredient — crops, animal fat and other organic material — into petroleum.


Senators Reintroduce Bill to Recognize Environmental Benefit of Biofuels

 U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD) reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act, legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. Specifically, the bill would require EPA to adopt the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model for both fuels. EPA would then be required to update its modeling every five years or report to Congress to affirm its modeling is current or otherwise explain why no updates were made.


Exclusive: White House asks EPA to study how EVs can generate renewable fuel credits

By Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly

 The White House has directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study how using renewable fuels to power electric vehicle charging could generate tradeable credits under the nation’s biofuels program, two sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters.


‘Iowa’s good:’ Ernst, Naig talk biofuel advancements

By Lisa Grouette

At a press conference in Mason City on Wednesday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig expressed enthusiasm over recently launched plans to advance biofuel infrastructure projects within the state.


We’ll never be the Saudi Arabia of cellulosic biofuel but it’s still a real thing

By David Brooks

The field known vaguely as clean tech is full of promising ideas for clean power production that haven’t panned out, such as tidal power, concentrating solar towers and gigawatt hamster wheels. (OK, I made up that last one.)


Biofuels are a controversial climate solution. Could they still help save the planet?

By Emily Pontecorvo Photo by Walter Geiersperger

Two recent studies try to calculate these complex trade-offs, one looking at the potential benefits of growing bioenergy crops at the scale of specific land-use choices, and the other zooming out to the consequences of relying on them to reduce emissions at a global, gigaton scale.


Fortistar, Paloma Dairy partner in renewable natural-gas facility to produce biofuel for Class 8 trucks

Paloma Dairy is owned by the Van Hofwegen family, a fourth-generation dairy farm family in Gila Bend, Arizona. The farm relies on the latest radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology that helps to provide its distinctive black and white Holstein cows with individualized care and provisions. Paloma Dairy keeps track of the complete health record of each cow via its signature RFID technology, which also allows employees to check on the health of each cow daily. In addition to the care of over 10,000 animals, the farm produces cow feed via alfalfa, corn silage, wheat and barley across 7,000 acres of farmland.


HudsonAlpha On Team Awarded 5-year, $68M Biofuels Grant

The grant is part of a DOE project that will provide $68 million in funding over five years for basic research aimed at making more productive and resilient crops that can be used to produce fuel, called biofuel. Material from these crops, referred to as biomass, can be harvested and converted into liquid biofuels for use in transportation, or as energy for heat and electricity. Biofuel represents an important alternative to fossil fuels because it is a renewable, sustainable, and carbon-neutral source.


Climate plan addresses potential of biofuels, bioenergy

By Erin Voegele

The Senate Democrats Climate Committee released a new report on Aug. 25 that details how climate action by Congress can create new jobs and grow the U.S. economy. Biofuels and bioenergy are among the topics discussed.


Early 2020 data show U.S. biodiesel production levels largely unchanged since 2019

By Sean Hill

From March to May, when COVID-19 mitigation efforts were at their peak, biodiesel production averaged 114,000 barrels per day (b/d), compared with 116,000 b/d during the same period in 2019. Similarly, distillate fuel oil production, which averaged 4.96 million b/d from March to May, was also 2% lower compared with year-ago levels. However, unlike distillate production, distillate demand fell by 10% in the same period compared with 2019.