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ChemCatBio launches survey to learn about community response to new biorefining projects

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By Erin Voegele

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The Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium, a consortium of the U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, has launched an effort that aims to gather community input on the development of new biomass processing facilities.

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A group of 25 trade organizations on May 15 sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the agency to release guidance for the 45Z clean fuels production tax credit along with any necessary updated GREET models.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a meeting May 22 in Washington, D.C.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on May 10 reported that operations at its Montana Renewables biorefinery improved sequentially through Q1 and was operating at planned production levels in April, producing both renewable diesel and SAF.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on May 9 reported that its renewable diesel facility in Prince George, British Columbia operated well during the first quarter. The company also made significant progress on FEED for its proposed SAF project.

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On May 7, Cemvita, a biosolutions leader for the energy industry, announces a significant breakthrough enabling the company to produce substantial quantities of its sustainable oil from waste carbon sources.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America announced an uptick in membership reflecting growing interest in low-carbon liquid fuels in addition to recent changes within its governing board.

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Topsoe has signed an agreement with Cepsa to provide its HydroFlex technology for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel at a new biorefinery under development by Cepsa in Spain.

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CVR Energy Inc. on April 30 confirmed that the feedstock pretreatment unit at the Wynnewood biorefinery in Oklahoma has begun operations. The company also continues to evaluate the development of two proposed SAF projects.

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U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., on May 1 released outlines for competing versions of the 2024 Farm Bill.

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Phillips 66 on April 26 announced its Rodeo biorefinery in San Francisco is expected to be producing 50,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels by the end of Q2. The facility is scheduled to have the capability to produce SAF components by Q3.

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Neste Corp. released first quarter results on April 25, reporting that the company’s operations were negatively impacted by weaker renewable diesel margins during the three-month period. SAF sales volumes are expected to increase throughout 2024.

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Valero Energy Corp. on April 25 announced that its SAF project in Texas is progressing ahead of schedule and expected to be operational this year. The company also reported its ethanol and renewable diesel operations were profitable during Q1.

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A biorefinery in Sweden developed as a joint venture between Nordic energy group St1 and Swedish forest products company SCA on April 10 commenced commercial operations to produce SAF, renewable diesel, and biobased naphtha and LPG.

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The U.S. Department of Energy will award up $18.8 million to address research and development (R&D) challenges in converting algae, such as seaweeds and other wet waste feedstocks, to biofuels and bioproducts.

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The University of Missouri’s FAPRI in March released a report featuring 10-year baseline projections for U.S. agricultural markets that predicts renewable diesel and SAF production will grow over the next decade while biodiesel production declines.

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California Ethanol + Power on April 3 announced that Booker Tate Ltd. will help guide sugarcane cultivation plans for Sugar Valley Energy, a proposed bioenergy project in California that is expected to produce ethanol, biogas, power and SAF.

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Phillips 66 on April 1 announced that its Rodeo refinery in San Francisco has commenced commercial production of renewable diesel. The facility is expected to begin producing SAF components during the second quarter of this year.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity was unchanged in January, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 29. Total feedstock consumption was down when compared to the previous month.

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CoBank is predicting U.S. soybean crush capacity will expand 23% over the next three years. In a report released March 21, the company discusses the risk that this rapidly expanding capacity could exceed renewable diesel growth.

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Jet Zero Australia Pty Ltd and Trovio Operating Pty Ltd announced that they have entered a strategic partnership to design and develop the ‘Book and Claim’ Registry for Australian sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD).

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SAF: Ready to Soar

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By Jordan Godwin

March 23, 2024

The sustainable aviation fuel market is poised for takeoff, but overnight growth may be difficult without policy support that renewable diesel enjoyed in its early years.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced this week the preliminary agenda for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on March 14 announced that its 3,000-barrel-per-day renewable diesel facility in Prince George, British Columbia, is currently operating at near nameplate capacity. Work is also progressing on proposed plans to produce SAF.

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Neste has merge its three renewable business units into one Renewable Products business unit as well as restructure its functions to better support business-driven ways of working. Plans for the restructuring were announced last year.

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SAF Magazine attended Clean Fuels Alliance America’s annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, in early February.

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Aemetis Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 7, reporting the company achieved important milestones in its biodiesel, RNG, ethanol, SAF and carbon capture business segments last year.

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Aemetis Inc. on March 5 announced receipt of the Authority to Construct air permits for its planned sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) production plant in Riverbank, California.

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Montana Renewables was recognized as the Groundbreaker of the Year and Jason Kessler, president at KESCO Inc., was presented with the Excellence in Bioenergy Award at the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo.

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A recent life cycle assessment highlights a notable 22% decrease in the carbon footprint associated with U.S. production of crude soy oil, which is a key feedstock for U.S. biodiesel, renewable diesel and SAF producers.

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