ACT Expo 2018

Biofuels

REG Welcomes Boost for B20 in Minnesota

August 4, 2017 in Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Another Pioneering Step Toward Cleaner Air,
Energy Security and Value-Added Agriculture’

Renewable Energy Group is commending Minnesota officials for certifying that the state will boost its biodiesel requirement from B10 (a 10% blend) to B20 for the summertime months beginning May 1, 2018. updated August 5
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Biodiesel Gets Boost: CARB Nod for Vesta

July 26, 2017 in Biofuels, certifications, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

B20 Additive Is Certified by California Air Resource Board

The California Air Resource Board’s approval of the additive Vesta 1000 from California Fueling and Pacific Fuel Resources “will make B20 blends in California the cleanest proven and tested diesel fuel with the lowest emissions profile available anywhere in the U.S.,” the National Biodiesel Board said yesterday.

“Biodiesel has been a key to help California meet its intense carbon reduction goals,” NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen said in a release.

Click image or here for the Vesta 1000 spec sheet.

“With this announcement,” he said, “America’s Advanced Biofuel will continue to deliver a cleaner burning, American made alternative under the state’s low carbon fuel standard.”

‘Reduces Every Measurable Regulated Emission’

“Biodiesel will gladly take the role as the cleanest certified diesel fuel available,” Rehagen said.

According to NBB, Vesta 1000 additive takes already clean-burning biodiesel and ensures that it reduces every measurable regulated emission, including NOx, “when blended with California’s unique diesel formulation called CARB diesel.”

B20 with Vesta 1000 reduces NOx by 1.9% and particulate matter by 18% compared with CARB diesel fuel, the association says.

California Fueling, LLC will produce the formula, and Pacific Fuel Resources, LLC will deliver the product to market, NBB reports.


An NBB-Led Effort

“This impressive NBB-led effort, over the course of the past eighteen months, has resulted in a first-of-a-kind CARB approval, which enables biodiesel to be the renewable fuel of choice to meet California’s stringent LCFS carbon reduction requirements,” California Fueling CEO Pat McDuff says in the NBB announcement.

“As a result of this effort, biodiesel will continue to play a major role in helping Californians meet their renewable energy and clean air goals,” said Pacific Fuel Resource president Paul Nazzaro.

“By increasing biodiesel use up to a B20 blend, estimated to be an additional 600 million gallons of cleaner-burning biodiesel annually, California can now achieve its goals under the LCFS,” he said.


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Source: National Biodiesel Board with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Cal NGVC Urges the LA Ports to Use RNG

July 20, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, NGVs, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Coupled with Low-NOx Engines, Major Gains are Possible:
‘This Technology Is Available Today,’ the Association Says,
‘Can Be Used to Completely Upgrade the Port Truck Fleet’

The California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition is urging the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to step up the role of natural gas vehicles in its 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, a draft of which was released yesterday.

“The draft CAAP,” Cal NGVC says, “is the starting point.”

Click image or here for details on Cal NGVC’s Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan.

“The draft CAAP can be strengthened with earlier measures,” says the association, “that accomplish immediate reductions of air pollution and greenhouse gases from heavy duty trucks.”

Port Fleet Can Be ‘Completely’ Upgraded by 2023

Cal NGVC wants to see accelerated deployment of low NOx trucks powered by RNG/renewable natural gas “that reduce air pollutants by over 90% and greenhouse gasses by over 70%.

“This technology is available today and can be used to completely upgrade the port truck fleet by 2023…

“Waiting for an unproven, expensive technology will only prolong the damage being done to our air by the tens of thousands of diesel trucks moving in and around the ports every day,” the association says.


More Low-NOx Engines in 2018

Cummins Westport offers the 8.9-liter super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero engine (the L9N for 2018) now, and pledged at early May’s ACT Expo 2017 meeting in Southern California to expand the technology to its 6.7- and 11.9-liter engines for 2018 – the B6.7N and ISX12N (F&F, May 5).

Cal NGVC’s proposal for RNG trucks at the ports is detailed in the Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan website at www.actnowla.org.

Clean Energy Fuels is a longtime advocate of natural gas trucks for the Ports – this photo dates from 2009. The company has since emerged as a major supplier of ‘Redeem’ brand RNG, with customers including Southern California’s LA Metro and port operator TTSI – Total Transportation Services, Inc. (F&F, March 24).


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Source: Cal NGVC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Greenland Biogas’s High-Capacity Kauri

July 20, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Unit for Upgrading Biogas to Biomethane
Can Handle 3,000 Scfm Daily for Pipeline Injection

Greenlane Biogas is promoting a new high-capacity biogas upgrading system called “Kauri.” Kauri can handle up to 3,000 scfm/standard cubic feet per minute, the company says, producing clean RNG/renewable natural gas, aka biomethane, for pipeline injection.
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Clean Energy RNG for Republic Services

May 30, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Using Redeem Brand Renewable Natural Gas in 20 States,
Waste Hauler Will Triple Its Use of the Biomethane Product

Republic Services is tripling its use of Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels, the companies said today, extending its use “across Republic’s CNG-fleet in 20 states.”
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Clean Energy RNG for LA Metro Buses

May 29, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Contract Kicks Off with a One-Year Pilot,
Could Lead to RNG Supply for 2,200 Buses
With Estimated Annual Use of 38 Million GGEs

Clean Energy Fuels has an agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas for the LA Metro fleet of CNG/compressed natural gas transit buses.
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Bizjets Fly Green to the EBACE Static

May 27, 2017 in Aviation, Biofuels, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bombardier Talks Up Its ‘Commitment to Sustainability’

Bombardier Business Aircraft flew Learjet 75, Challenger 350 and 650, and Global 6000 jets powered by a biofuel blend to last week’s EBACE 2017 event in Geneva. The used cooking oil-based fuel was supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG biofuels via EBACE exhibitor AEG Fuels.
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Ryder Renewable Diesel for San Fran

May 19, 2017 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘There Is No Pricing Difference for Our Customers’

Ryder System is now providing renewable diesel fuel at its facility in industrial San Francisco.
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LCFS, for Most Part, Survives Challenge

April 21, 2017 in Biofuels, litigation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Court Orders CARB to Address Analytical Deficiencies,
Meanwhile the Program Continues for Most Clean Fuels

LCFS, California’s complicated low carbon fuel standard, has survived mostly intact the latest court ruling in favor of the plaintiff, South Dakota-based ethanol producer Poet, LLC, in an ongoing legal challenge. Once again, the court is requiring the California Air Resources Board to address deficiencies in its environmental analysis. But industry observers are pleased that the court has allowed the bulk of LCFS implementation to continue in the interim.


The bottom line for alt fuel suppliers? They can continue to earn their credits, at least for now.

Poet, LLC biorefinery for cellulosic ethanol in Emmetsburg, Iowa

The LCFS requires fuel providers to gradually reduce the CI/carbon intensity of their fuels by 10% by 2020. It is one of California’s suite of greenhouse gas-fighting policies.

‘The LCFS Has Spurred Innovation’

Since its adoption, the LCFS has spurred innovation and investment in renewable natural gas, biogas, biodiesel, ethanol, and electricity to power both heavy-duty and light-duty vehicles.

Through the third quarter of 2016, according to CARB data, the LCFS has delivered roughly 23 million metric tons of carbon reductions,.

The legal battle dates back to 2011, when the LCFS first went into effect. Poet claimed CARB improperly followed procedures of CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, when it first adopted the rule in 2009. This case is known in legal circles as Poet I.

Changing Baselines

After several rounds of legal review, and to remedy the claim, CARB re-adopted the LCFS in 2015 along with the separate, related Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation. A lower court accepted CARB’s remedy and dismissed the case, but Poet appealed, claiming CARB used the wrong baseline for considering NOx impacts associated with increased biodiesel consumption as a result of the regulation. When CARB re-adopted the regulation, it chose a 2014 baseline, instead of the original 2009 baseline.

The latest decision on April 10 from the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District directs CARB to redo its CEQA analysis – again – to address whether the LCFS “is likely to have caused an increase in NOx emissions in the past and is likely to cause an increase in NOx emissions in the future.”

Diesel Frozen 

The court left unchanged provisions of the gasoline component of the LCFS, but froze the diesel component to 2017 levels until CARB can present its fix. That means, CI levels of gasoline will continue to ratchet down each year on the schedule established when CARB re-adopted the rule in 2015, while diesel CI reductions are frozen at 2017 levels until the case is resolved.

In a prepared statement, CARB responded: “We are pleased that the Court left the core provisions of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard intact, along with all of the Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation, recognizing their overall environmental benefits. Although we disagree with some aspects of the opinion, which we are still reviewing, CARB anticipates acting expeditiously to address the court’s ruling, and to move forward as appropriate with these important programs.”

‘The Court Did Not Close the Door to Biodiesel’

In its response to the decision, the National Biodiesel Board released the following statement: “While we continue to review and do not necessarily agree with the Court’s findings of a violation, it is positive the court recognized the environmental and public health benefits of biodiesel. We are pleased the court did not close the door to biodiesel under the LCFS and appreciate the ongoing efforts of the California Air Resources Board.”

Poet president and COO Jeff Lautt released the following statement:

“We appreciate that the court recognized that state regulations must be based on solid science to deliver cleaner, more affordable options at the pump. This is now the second time the court has ruled that the California Air Resources Board has not followed the law in implementing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. We look forward to working with state officials to bring this program in line with the latest science.

Poet Says It Wants ‘Full Range of Renewable Options’

“Homegrown ethanol is America’s most abundant low-carbon fuel, and we must ensure that all renewable energy producers can compete on a level playing field against imported energy and fossil fuels. This is especially true given USDA’s recent research demonstrating ethanol has 43% lower greenhouse emissions than gasoline. This decision will require regulators to sit down, take a look at the science and finally get this right so there is a full range of renewable options available to California drivers who care deeply about their health and their climate.

“Poet is committed to working with other biofuel producers to deliver the best selection of homegrown fuels to California drivers, including biodiesel, Midwest ethanol, renewable diesel, and cellulosic ethanol. Poet supports an LCFS that’s based on sound science and allows all renewable fuel access to the market to improve California’s health and environment.”

‘Poet II’ Still Pending

CARB says it hopes to complete the new CEQA review this year, so the program could be fully back on track by early 2018, barring further complications.

Meanwhile, a separate case, known as Poet II, presents a parallel challenge to CARB’s 2015 re-adoption, with many of the same issues. A hearing in that case is slated for late July. The uncertainty presented by the continuing legal challenges creates difficulty for alternative fuel providers who rely on market certainty to guide long-term investment decisions.

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Clean Energy-BP Ink a $155m RNG Pact

March 1, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

BP Buying Existing Biomethane Production Facilities,
Freeing Clean Energy to Focus on ‘Redeem’ RNG Sales

Clean Energy Fuels said this morning that BP its buying its renewable natural gas production facilities for $155 million, while “Clean Energy will continue to focus on selling its Redeem branded RNG with a secure source of fuel for its nationwide network of stations.”
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SoGalGas and CR&R for RNG Pipeline

February 3, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure, refuse, Rethink Methane 2017 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the Utility’s First for Transporting Biomethane

Southern California Gas and CR&R Environmental have broken ground for an eight-inch pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral RNG/renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time.
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Rethink Methane Webinar January 26

January 19, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Rethink Methane 2017, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Renewable Methane in Today’s Regulatory and Policy Environment’

Organizers of the Rethink Methane conference series are holding a free webinar titled The Future of Renewable Methane on Thursday, January 26, at 11:00am Pacific / 2:00pm Eastern time.
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San Diego Sayonara to Petroleum Diesel

January 10, 2017 in Biofuels, milestones, municipal fleet, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Soco Group Providing Neste Renewable Diesel via L.A. Port

The City of San Diego is turning to renewable diesel to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, signing with the based Soco Group for an initial phase supporting some 900 heavy- and medium-duty vehicles. San Diego is transitioning its fire equipment too, resulting in “all of the City’s 1,125 diesel-powered vehicles being powered by renewable diesel.”
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Fuels from Sewage in Northern California

January 9, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, money awarded, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. DoE Backs Project for ‘Biocrude’ and Biomethane

The Alexandria, Va.-based Water Environment & Reuse Foundation is publicizing its role in a project to produce gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and renewable natural gas from wastewater solids. A pilot plant will be hosted by the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District outside San Francisco, WE&RF reports.
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Neste Talks Turkey: Renewable Diesel

November 23, 2016 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Why Not Collect that Fat for Transportation?

Neste is spreading the word that the waste fat from roasting a single turkey or baking just one ham “converts to roughly two miles driven in a private car.”
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UrbanX for California Renewable Diesel

October 21, 2016 in Biofuels, Companies, money awarded, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Facility in Southern California for Fourth Quarter 2017
Expected to Produce Fuel with a CARB CI in the Low Teens

UrbanX is applying $5 million in California funding to help convert idle equipment at a Los Angeles-area petroleum refinery into a biorefinery capable of producing 30 million gallons per year of renewable diesel – solely from spent restaurant cooking oils – by the fourth quarter of 2017.
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Vote of Confidence for ‘LNOx+RNG’

July 5, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Studies, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Combination of RNG/Renewable Natural Gas and NZ Engine
To Meet Goals Faster and Cheaper than Batteries or Hydrogen

The super low-NOX engine from Cummins Westport, powered by RNG/renewable natural gas, will allow California to meet its goal of zero-emission transmit buses more quickly and for less money that it will with battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell buses, says a new analysis.
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