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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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New Holland for Gaseous Fuel Tractors

June 13, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, farm market, New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Both CNG and Propane Versions Are in Development

New Holland is showing the second generation of its developmental compressed natural gas-fueled T6 farm tractor at the Cereals 2016 show in England this week. The CNG tractor, which has been put through its paces on farms in Italy and Spain, will then go to work at Wyke Farms, a British cheese producer that emphasizes renewable agricultural practices, including onsite energy production using digester-derived biogas.
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Alaska Airlines Flies with Gevo Biofuel

June 8, 2016 in Aviation, Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene Fuels Two Flights

Alaska Airlines made two flights yesterday using inedible corn-based alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Colorado’s Gevo. The demonstration flights using the 20% ATJ-SPK blend were from Seattle to San Francisco and to Washington, D.C. updated June 9
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U.S. EPA Proposes Higher RFS Levels

June 1, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Says It’s ‘Committed to Keeping the RFS Program on Track’

The U.S. EPA has proposed increases to the volumes required under the federal RFS/Renewable Fuel Standard program, the complex system of tradable credits that allows bio-based fuels to compete and indeed thrive in the marketplace.
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NexGen Fuel’s Baja: Renewable Diesel

May 10, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biofuels, Renewable Diesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s the First Diesel Entry for the Baja 1000 Endurance Race

One of the many “firsts” unveiled at ACT Expo 2016 is an off road “trophy truck” from NexGen Fuel, a unit of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Golden Gate Petroleum.
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