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National Farmers Union Passes Resolution On Higher Blended Fuels

On March 13, 2017, the South Dakota Farmers Union announced that the National Farmers Union had passed a resolution calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to open the market to higher blends of ethanol...more

State of Texas Sues Federal Government to Prompt Action on Yucca Mountain

The state of Texas sued the federal government on March 14, 2017, under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, stating that the executive branch failed to comply with the Act’s mandate that the federal government establish a...more

U.S. Steel ITC Case Alleging Chinese Government Hacked Its Network and Stole Its Secret Formulas May Be Revived

First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) prohibits “unfair methods of competition and...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E expands renewables portfolio - Solar Industry Magazine - Mar 16 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced that 69.3% of the electricity delivered to its customers...more

Emerging technologies and the electric grid

A task force examining the deployment of emerging technologies across the North American electric grid has identified three imperatives necessary to ensure the continued reliability and efficiency of the bulk electricity...more

Wind Powers Texas. What Does That Say About the Future of Coal?

According to Bloomberg BNA (subscription required), last week, for the first time ever, more than 50% of the load in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas service area was supplied by wind power. This is the state that...more

NASA Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution

On March 15, 2017, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published the results of a joint study with German and Canadian agencies on the impact of biofuels on jet engine pollution, including emissions and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the European Parliament’s adoption of a new conflict minerals...more

Neste Renewable Diesel Reduces GHG Emissions By 6.7 Million Tons

On March 9, 2017, Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that its My Renewable Diesel helped reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6.7 million tons in 2016. The reduction...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected....more

Amid Uncertain Trade Climate, a Look at Top Imports, Exports With Mexico

Auto companies, computer manufacturers and oil producers are closely watching how the trade relationship evolves between the U.S. and Mexico under President Donald Trump. Their products are among the top U.S. exports to...more

Blockchain – A New Era for the Energy Market?

Blockchain is more widely recognised as the underlying software technology used for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. This technology is also being increasingly applied to alternative opportunities, including in the energy sector. ...more

Coalition Sends Letter To Trump On Ethanol Policy Changes

On March 7, 2017, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump requesting the Administration’s support for changes to various federal policies to strengthen biofuels production and expand markets for...more

DOE Announced Biomass Technical Advisory Meeting

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Can California go 100 percent green? - Scientific American - Mar 13 - Environmentalists are cheering California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León's (D) plan to double, and...more

Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Reform RFS Program

On March 2, 2017, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act, which aims to guide the debate and reform of the ethanol mandate. According to Goodlatte, the RFS program failed...more

The Two Faces of Hacking: Data Scientists are Doing Bad to Do Good.

American and Canadian data scientists, librarians, hackers and activists have united in a “rogue” movement to locate and archive climate data maintained by U.S. agencies. Environmental scholars and librarians at the...more

UAS, A Growing Part of the Oil and Gas Industry

As the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or as they are more commonly called, drones) continues to rapidly increase as technology continues to develop, more and more industries will utilize UAS in their day-to-day...more

Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Broaden Ethanol Fuel Choices

On March 2, 2017, Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation to expand the current Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to include E15 motor vehicle fuel. The Consumer and Fuel...more

Your Cyber Minute: Lessons learned from the automotive sector  [Video]

The internet of things has presented new challenges across all industries. Hear partners Harriet Pearson and Tim Tobin discuss what others can learn from automotive in this sharing of best practices. ...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Microsoft tests deep-sea data centers for energy-efficient cooling, security - Construction Dive - Mar 1 - Microsoft researchers have developed undersea data centers that...more

RFA Publishes Report On U.S. Ethanol Industry

On February 22, 2016, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) published the results of a study on the impact of the ethanol industry on the U.S. economy. The study, which was commissioned by ABF Economics, found that the U.S....more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar market has record-breaking year - Greentech Media - Mar 9 - The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, nearly doubling its previous record and adding more...more

DOE Publishes Report On Biorefinery Optimization Workshop

On February 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report. The report provides an overview of the...more

Going All the Way: California Bill Calls for 100% Renewable

Legislation would require that 100% of California’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2045—with an interim goal of 50% generation by the end of 2025....more

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