American BioCarbon, formerly known as NFR BioEnergy, will set up a facility to produce 200,000 tons per year of biomass pellets from 600,000 tons of the bagasse byproduct at the Cora Texas Manufacturing sugar mill in White Castle. Europe is the likely destination for the pellets.
USDA announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee throught the Biorefinery Assistance Program to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. Ensyn Georgia Biorefinery I, LLC (Ensyn) will construct and operate a cellulosic biofuel refinery in Dooly County. The company will produce 20 million gallons of renewable fuel per year employing its Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) technology to convert woody biomass into a renewable fuel oil (RFO) product.
On November 30, the EPA announced its 2014, 2015 and 2016 RVOs for the RFS, including the 2017 RVO for biomass-based biodiesel. The RFS, established by Congress, requires EPA to set annual volume requirements for four categories of biofuels. The final rule considered more than 670,000 public comments. EPA finalized 2014 and 2015 standards at levels that reflect the actual amount of domestic biofuel used in those years, and standards for 2016 (and 2017 for biodiesel) that project growth in biofuels use.
The volumes set in the Final Rule represent an increase over the Proposed Rule announced on June 10, 2015. However, the volumes in the Final Rule are still far below the standards set by Congress in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Title II, Subtitle A, Section 202(a)(2)(B)(i). EPA is projecting that the 2016 Total Renewable Fuel volume requirement reflects 10.10% of the total transportation fuels to be consumed in 2016.
The latest edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News is online. This month, we prepare for the release of the EPA renewable fuel standard (RFS) blending targets and offer links to reviews of the Clean Power Plan as we head into the COP21 meetings in Paris. Also, more news from around the world, nation and region. See the newsletter HERE in a webpage.
The latest edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News is online. This month, review slides from the Bioenergy Impacts from the Clean Power Plan webinar hosted by 25x’25 and news on the renewable fuel standard (RFS), National Bioenergy Day 2015, and new REAP projects. Also, more news from around the world, nation and region. See the newsletter HERE in a webpage.