#RFANEC Biofuels Policy Panel

Cindy Zimmerman

The future of U.S. biofuels policy was the topic of a panel at the 2016 National Ethanol Conference this week in New Orleans. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen moderated the panel, which included industry and government stakeholders, but no representative from the Environmental Protection Agency, even though they were invited to participate. “They had expressed some …

advance biofuels, Audio, Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, policy, RFA

Energy in the Budget Proposal

Cindy Zimmerman

As promised, energy was a focus of President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal, officially unveiled on Tuesday, with a promise to “move our economy away from energy sources that fuel climate change.” The budget provides for $7.7 billion in discretionary funding for clean energy research and development across 12 agencies, including $106 million for USDA to “support development of biobased energy …

biofuels, Energy, Government, policy, USDA

Budget Expected to Double Clean Energy Funding

Cindy Zimmerman

The president’s budget to be released today would double funding for clean energy research and development by 2020, according to President Obama’s weekly address made on Saturday. “This will include new investments to help the private sector create more jobs faster, lower the cost of clean energy faster, and help clean, renewable power outcompete dirty fuels in every state,” said …

Energy, Government

McConnell Urges Senate to Move Energy Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor on Monday to urge his colleagues to move the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act forward after Democrats blocked the bill and the amendment process last week over an impasse on including aid to address the Flint, Michigan water crisis. “The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the product of a year’s …

Energy, Government

Tax Extenders Package Includes Renewables

Cindy Zimmerman

The broad spending and tax legislation compromise unveiled by House Republicans Tuesday night includes federal tax incentive extensions for renewable energy, including biodiesel, wind and solar. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) commended congressional leaders for reinstating the expired biodiesel tax incentive in the tax and spending proposal released late Tuesday but continued pressing to reform the incentive as a domestic …

BIO, Biodiesel, Energy, Government, NBB, Solar, Wind

USDA Awards $71M for REAP Projects

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more funds to help rural businesses reduce energy costs in every U.S. state including the Virgin Islands, the Western Pacific and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The USDA is providing $102 million in loan guarantees and $71 million in grants for 1,114 projects financed through the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP), …

biogas, Electricity, Energy, Solar

Rethink Energy NJ Launched

Joanna Schroeder

A new poll has found that nearly 80 percent of New Jerseyans believe the state should invest in developing more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Majority support was found across all political parties and all demographic groups. However, the poll reported that 62 percent of New Jerseyans think the pace at which the state is developing and …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy, Solar, Wind

Will Steger Wilderness Center Renewable Showcase

Joanna Schroeder

Will Steger, a globally renowned climate expert, has announced a major milestone toward the completion of the Will Steger Wilderness Center, that will be used as a leadership retreat center. The facility now features a stand-alone, carbon free power system that will provide electricity to buildings and workshops throughout the site located outside of Ely, Minnesota near the protected Boundary …

Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Environment, Renewable Energy, Solar

BNEF: Wind, Solar Competing with Fossil Fuels

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), this year has seen a shift in the generating cost comparison between renewable energy and fossil fuels. The report, “Levelised Cost of Electricity Update,” for the second half of 2015 based on extensive data and global projects shows that onshore wind and crystalline silicon photovoltaics – the two most …

Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind