California businesses, government make advances in bioenergy
Strides in bioenergy technology and use are being made in California, while governors in seven Midwestern states are calling for an end to the summertime sales restriction of E15—a move that would benefit flex-fuel retailers nationwide. Read on for these and more of the week’s biggest bioenergy stories!
California Governor signs bill benefiting biomass power
California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation this week supporting biomass plants within the state. It does this by calling on electricity retailers to enter into five-year contracts for 125 MW of biomass capacity with facilities that generate energy from wood harvested from high-fire-hazard zones.
The bill is part of a legislative package that directs $900 million in cap-and-trade funds to greenhouse gas reducing programs that benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation and protect natural ecosystems.
Read about the new legislation at Biomass Magazine.
Seven Midwestern governors call to end annual E15 restriction
Just as this year’s restriction on selling fuel with 15% ethanol in summertime comes to a close, seven Midwestern governors are calling on the EPA to end the annual practice.
The bipartisan group of governors said fuel with 10% ethanol gets a waiver allowing it to be sold from June 1 to Sept. 15. The governors urged the EPA to grant a similar waiver for fuel containing 15% ethanol, which would lead more fuel stations to carry the blend. They wrote there was no scientific evidence to support the “inequitable” treatment of the two blends.
EPA grants Pacific Ethanol pathway approval for Edeniq technology
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a cellulosic fuel pathway for Pacific Ethanol Inc.’s Stockton, California, plant using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology, allowing the facility to generate D3 cellulosic renewable identification numbers for its cellulosic output under the renewable fuels standard.
Edeniq’s Pathway Technology produces cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber using existing fermenters at corn ethanol plants. The process combines cellulase enzyme and Edeniq’s Cellunator high-shear milling equipment to produce up to 2.5% cellulosic ethanol along with an increase in overall ethanol yield of up to 7% due to yield enhancement from starch and cellulose and up to a 30% increase in corn oil recovery.
Read more about the story at Ethanol Producer Magazine.
KLM to operate biofuel flights out of Los Angeles
Airliner KLM has signed a three-year biofuel offtake agreement with biojet fuel specialists SkyNRG and AltAir.
As part of the agreement, KLM will purchase sustainable jet fuel for all flights departing from Los Angeles.
The fuel is made from used cooking oil and delivered via the airport’s hydrant system. Thanks to KLM’s deal, Los Angeles has become the world’s second airport that has incorporated biofuel into its regular refueling process. The first airport, in Oslo, Norway, began the process in March of 2016, which was also headed by KLM.
Learn more about the deal at Biofuels International.
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