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AltAir Wins Contract to Provide up to 60 Mil. Gallons of Partially Renewable Marine Diesel to Navy’s Rocky Mountain/West Coast Region

14 August 2017—The Defense Logistics Agency’s Rocky Mountain/West Coast region solicitation recently resulted in a supply contract being awarded to AltAir Fuels for an $86 million acquisition of 60 million gallons of F76 marine diesel with 30% renewable content in FY’18. This solicitation, which invites bids for renewable fuel deliveries, clearly demonstrates continued DLA and Navy interest in such production. With a unit price of $1.43 per gallon of fuel, the new AltAir/U.S. Navy fuel contract is an encouraging sign that renewable fuels are becoming cost-competitive with petroleum-based fuels. To help continue the overall maturation of the feedstock supply chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will use Commodity Credit Corporation funding of up to $15 million to AltAir in matching funding of $0.25 per gallon delivered. For more information on the contract, click here.

U.S. EPA Releases Analysis of GHG Emissions from Sugar Beet-Based Biofuel Production and Transport for RFS2 Consideration

4 August 2017- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a draft analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released from the production and transport of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (sugar beets) when used for the production of biofuels. EPA will use the findings of this analysis to determine whether or not it will allow biofuels, including sustainable alternative jet fuel, produced from sugar beets to earn Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). The agency anticipates that biofuels produced with sugar beets as a feedstock could earn RINs in the future under RFS2, depending on the fuel production technology used. For a current list of approved pathways for renewable fuel, refer to the EPA Approved Pathways for Renewable Fuel webpage.

The EPA draft “Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (Sugar Beets) for Use in Biofuel Production” is currently open for public comment. Comments must be submitted before or on August 25, 2017, for consideration.

U.S. DOE Funds Four Projects in MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Award

4 August 2017— The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity supports projects to develop biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can vary their product slate based on market demand and other factors. DOE anticipates that this increased bio-production will support a positive return on investment for the industry and will diversify its revenue.
$11.3 million went to the first three projects on August 2, 2016. One of these projects included a partnership between the DOW Chemical Company, LanzaTech, and Northwestern University that is working to develop a biofuels pathway using a process that will convert syngas to fatty alcohols.
The second award went to Amyris, Inc. in cooperation with Renmatix and Total New Energies, who are developing a process that will produce farnesene, which is used in both consumer products and diesel and jet fuel. This process will produce farnesene from cellulosic sugars and will be cost competitive with the current process, which produces farnesene from cane syrup.
The third project by Research Triangle Institute and partners Arkema and AECOM is investigating the technological feasibility, and economic, environmental, and social sustainability of recovering mixed methoxyphenols from biocrude to produce pharmaceuticals, food flavorings, and perfume products. If successful, this highly-valued bioproduct could improve biofuel process economics to help biofuels become cost-competitive with gasoline by 2022.
On August 2, 2017, DOE announced it will award up to $1.8 million to its fourth project, in which Michigan State University (MSU) will deconstruct biomass to produce sugars for hydrocarbon fuels and lignins for valuable aromatic chemicals. MSU and its partners, University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBI International, are working to demonstrate that lignin is an economically viable feedstock despite its low susceptibility to depolymerization.
To read more about the funding awarded in 2016, click here, and for more information about the most recent project funding, click here.

South Florida F2F2 Feasibility Study Report Highlights New Opportunity for Sustainable Fuels Development

1 August 2017 – 18 months ago, the Treasure Coast Education, Research and Development Authority (TCERDA) launched a small feasibility study as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/U.S. Federal Aviation Administration/CAAFI “Farm to Fly 2.0 (F2F2)” initiative. The study, funded by a USDA Florida State Rural Development Office grant, sought to determine if and how work started by the Florida Department of Agriculture and the University of Florida could substantiate the viability of industrial sugar and starch row crops in south Florida. Follow-up success could both transform agriculture in a region devastated by the loss of its citrus cultivation due to citrus greening disease, and develop a sustainable supply chain for sustainable alternative jet fuel in the region.

With the release of the “Farm to Fly Florida Feasibility Study Report,” the discovery of a dynamic pathway to retain citrus processors in the region, and to provide growers a key to link to benefit from bio co-product to supply has emerged along with a roadmap for development success.

Look for a more detailed CAAFI perspective from the study and its implications to F2F2 next week!

RMI-CWR and SkyNRG Release Report on an Evaluation of Innovative Funding Mechanisms for SAJF Supply at the Port of Seattle and Other Airports

27 July 2017—Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room and SkyNRG recently released a study for the Port of Seattle (the Port) presenting 14 “co-benefit funding mechanisms,” to support the acquisition of low-carbon fuel at airports. The various options were ranked based on their feasibility and potential for funding generation. The Port, which is the operator of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), has been active in fostering interest in supply of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) at Sea-Tac. The study reports that carbon dioxide emissions at the Sea-Tac could be reduced by about 23,300-31,000 metric tons annually through the use of SAJF in blends of just 1% of the total Sea-Tac jet fuel supply.

The report recommends that, as a next step, the Port engage stakeholders (e.g., airlines, governments, communities, and fuel suppliers) to determine the feasibility and efficacy of such options. To read the complete report, click here.

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