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EPA Proposes Renewable Volume Obligations for 2020

Industry groups including NEFI criticized a proposed rule under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program that would set the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in calendar year 2020, as well as the biomass-based diesel volume standard for calendar year 2021. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, upon issuing the proposed rule on July 5, said ...

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Entergy Closes Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts

On May 31, 2019, Entergy Nuclear Generation Co., a business unit of Entergy Corp., permanently closed its 679 (summer-weighted) megawatt Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station located along Cape Cod Bay, EIA reported on June 13. Entergy announced in October 2015 that Pilgrim was retiring because of the relative cost of operating the plant compared with the level of wholesale power prices ...

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Diesel and the Future of Trucking

Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, writes that aspirations and predictions for new fuels and technologies are high, but these must be evaluated in the context of reality to meet the needs of the trucking industry. He writes: Diesel – the most energy efficient internal combustion engine – remains the technology of choice in the trucking industry. ...

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Toyota, Kenworth to Develop Zero Emission Trucks

Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. This collaboration is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant. The grant monies are ...

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Report: Best States for Home Solar Are In the East

A report that ranks the 50 states by “friendliness to rooftop solar” finds that, for 2019, the top four are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maryland, plus Washington, D.C. Solar Power Rocks (SPR), an organization in Portland, Ore., that collects and disseminates information for homeowners about state and national solar policy, incentives, and financial estimates, announced Jan. 16 that its 2019 State Solar Power ...

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REG Names Cynthia Warner as CEO

Cynthia (CJ) Warner has been named president and chief executive officer of Renewable Energy Group, Inc., the company’s board of directors announced on Dec. 6. The appointment is effective Jan. 14, at which time she will also join the Board of Directors. Randy Howard, who has served as president and CEO since July 2017, will remain on the board and ...

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Sprague Supplies Renewable Diesel for NYC Pilot Project

New York City reached out to Sprague Operating Resources earlier this year, and the result was a pilot project in which the city used renewable diesel in its fleet, the company reports. With 30,000 owned and leased vehicles and 400 in-house fueling locations, New York City operates the largest municipal fleet in the United States, Sprague said in a Nov. ...

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Phillips 66 and REG Plan Renewable Diesel Plant on West Coast

Planning is underway for construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast, announced Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group. The plant would utilize REG’s proprietary “BioSynfining” technology to produce renewable diesel fuel. Planned feedstocks include a mix of waste fats, oils and greases, including regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil, the companies said ...

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Vermont Now Using Only ULSHO, Joining Other New England States, NY and NJ

All of Vermont will be using ultra-low sulfur heating oil this winter, notes the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. As part of the 2011 Energy Act, the “Clean and Green Oilheat Initiative” mandated ultra-low sulfur heating oil, starting in the winter of 2018. The rest of New England, New York and New Jersey have also adopted the same 15 parts-per-million (ppm) ...

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NORA Outgoing Chair Tom Santa’s Research Legacy

The term of Tom Santa, chairman of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, expires at the end of the year. For decades, Santa, of Santa Energy, Bridgeport, Conn., has been a strong advocate of oilheat research. He was an active participant in many Brookhaven Technology Conferences, with a particular interest in bringing a rigorous understanding of the need for good data ...

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