Enbridge & City of Toronto to build one of the first renewable natural gas facilities in Ontario

TORONTO, July 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Enbridge Executive Vice President Cynthia Hansen congratulates Mayor John Tory on the joint project to construct the City's first renewable natural gas facility, located at the Dufferin Organics Processing Facility. Together, Enbridge Gas Distribution and the City of Toronto will build and install equipment that will turn the City's organic waste (apple cores, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.) into clean energy. 

Almost 50 per cent of household waste (by weight) is organic material. When organic waste breaks down, methane is created.  Many municipalities burn the methane produced from waste facilities and sewage treatment plants, throwing away this valuable energy resource and opportunity to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.


Clean Energy Launches Zero Now Financing To Put Fleets In Clean New Natural Gas Trucks For The Price Of A Diesel Truck

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(Nasdaq: CLNE) today introduced Zero Now Financing, a program that makes the cost of leasing or purchasing a new natural gas heavy-duty truck equipped with the cleanest engine in the world, equal to the price or even lower than that of the same truck equipped with a diesel engine.  In addition, trucks financed or purchased through the Zero Now Financingprogram will be able to purchase natural gas fuel at a fixed price significantly discounted to diesel for the term of the financing/lease through a unique hedging program.


Grassley, Iowa delegation ask Wheeler to meet with Iowans on RFS

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and the entire Iowa Congressional delegation have invited U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Iowa to meet with those who are counting on the agency to uphold President Trump’s commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

In a letter to Wheeler, the Iowa delegation said it is encouraged by a statement made by Wheeler during his confirmation hearing last year in which he said “The RFS is the law of the land. I fully support the program.”

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine.


Denver sets a course for 100% renewable power by 2030

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled plans to transition Denver to 100 percent clean, renewable electricity by 2030. It’s called the 80×50 Climate Action Plan.

“Climate change threatens our people directly, putting our health, environment and economy – our very way of life – at risk,” said Hancock, who announced the commitment during his State of the City address on Monday.


Representatives of the biofuel industry testify at RFS hearing

By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine.

Several members of the biofuels industry testified at the July 18 hearing held by the U.S. EPA regarding its proposed rule to set 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Many expressed hope that the EPA’s new leadership will hold up the Trump administration’s commitment to the RFS and discussed the need to correct impacts caused by the misuse of small refiner hardship waivers.

The hearing, held in Ypsilanti, Michigan, focused on the EPA’s proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. The agency released the proposed rule on June 26. It aims to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2019, up from 19.29 billion gallons in 2018. The proposed 19.88 billion gallon RVO for 2019 includes 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 4.88 billion gallons of advanced biofuel and 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel. The 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel was set last year. The proposed 2019 RVOs would allow for up to 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel to meet the annual blending requirement, most of which is corn ethanol. The rulemaking also proposes to set the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel at 2.43 billion gallons, up 330 million gallons when compared to the 2019 and 2018 RVOs of 2.1 billion gallons. A public comment period on the proposal is open through Aug. 17.


Renewable Natural Gas Stakeholders Say Industry is Primed to Fulfill U.S. EPA’s Proposed 2019 Biofuel Volume at Renewable Fuel Standard Public Hearing

July 18 - Ypsilanti, MI. - Several stakeholders from the renewable natural gas (RNG) industry spoke at today’s public hearing to provide feedback on 2019 biofuel volumes proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

“The renewable natural gas industry is poised to meet the 2019 cellulosic biofuel volume of 381 million gallons proposed by the EPA,” said David Cox, co-founder and Director of Operations for the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition).  “The proposed volume would be a signal of stability that should allow RNG industry producers and investors to continue developing and growing production of American cellulosic biofuel.”

SoCalGas to Award $100,000 in Grants to Fund Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning

LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SoCalGas today announced it will award grants of $50,000 each to two municipalities to support local planning efforts to prepare for climate-change risks, such as extreme heat, wildfires, drought, sea level rise, flooding and other extreme weather events. The competitive grant program is designed to help cities and counties reduce the impact of such threats, which are expected to increase over the next decade. An advisory panel of planning and sustainability experts from the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), Climate Resolve, and the American Planning Association-California Chapter (APA-California) will select the winning applications from across Southern and Central California.

Via Markets Insider.


EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine.

    The U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted for 2017, with the remaining four still pending.

    The letter, dated July 12, was sent to Grassley in response to a bipartisan inquiryseveral senators sent to the agency in April requesting the EPA stop issuing small refinery waivers and disclose information on the waivers that have already been granted to Congress.


    Energy companies commit to reducing environmental impact of pipeline construction

    CLARKSBURG — Eight energy companies have committed to a plan aimed at reducing the environmental impact of natural gas pipeline construction.

    Dominion Energy, Enbridge, EQT Midstream Partners, Kinder Morgan, NiSource, Southern Company Gas, UGI Energy Services and Williams have announced plans to follow the guidelines of new report titled “Improving Steep-Slope Pipeline Construction to Reduce Impacts to Natural Resources.”

    By WV News.