IN THE NEWS...
AUGUST 27, 2009 - ALABAMA CLEAN FUELS COALITION TO CONDUCT FREE BIODIESEL WORKSHOPS SEPT 15-17
During the week of September 14th the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC) will be conducting three free 3 hour Biodiesel Workshops in north Alabama – Scottsboro, Madison and Jasper. The objective of the Workshops is to educate fleets, municipalities, school systems, public gas station owners and distributors etc. about the features and potential economic benefits of providing and using biodiesel.
JUNE 3, 2009 - USDA UPDATES REAP PROGRAM DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2009
The application deadline for USDA's Rural Energy for America (REAP) Energy Audit/Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program has been updated to July 31, 2009. This new program offers grants to government entities, institutions of higher education, rural electric cooperatives and public power entities to implement energy audit and renewable energy development assistance programs that serve agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help cut energy waste and develop clean energy production.
MAY 28, 2009 - SPARKS ANNOUNCES ALTERNATIVE FUELS PARTNERSHIP WITH ASU & MONTGOMERY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MONTGOMERY - Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries Ron Sparks along with State Representatives John Knight and Thad McClammy, Alabama State University President Dr. William Harris, and Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent Clay Slagle announced a three-way partnership regarding the establishment of a “Save the Environment” program, which will produce biodiesel from recycled cooking oils for use in MPS busses and other diesel-powered equipment.
FEBRUARY 4, 2009 - MOBILE ALTERNATIVE FUELING STATION LOCATOR NOW AVAILABLE
Driving cross-country or even around town in an alternative fuel vehicle used to require drivers to do a little homework to find the nearest fueling station—but not anymore. Consumers on-the-go can now access the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fueling Station Locator using their cell phone, BlackBerry, or other personal digital assistant (PDA).
NOVEMBER 24, 2008 - NEW BIODIESEL PUMP LABELING REQUIREMENTS GO INTO EFFECT DECEMBER 16TH
Effective December 16, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will require petroleum retailers who sell biodiesel to comply withnew biodiesel pump labeling laws. Labels are to be displayed on all retail biodiesel pumps selling more than a 5 percent blend of biodiesel (B5).
FTC ORDERS STANDARD ID FOR ALL PUMPS DISPENSING B5 OR HIGHER BIODIESEL BLENDS
The Federal Trade Commission has ordered that all US pumps dispensing B5 or high blends of biodiesel have proper identification. The FTC has issued a 44-page ruling outlining its labeling requirements, and will impose fines of up to $11,000 per day for non-compliance. The regulations take affect on December 16, 2008.
PROPANE INDUSTRY EXPERTS TO HOST PROPANE ROADSHOWS IN DECEMBER
Propane Industry Experts will presentthree Propane Road Shows in Alabama.The Alabama Propane Gas Association in cooperation with the Alabama Clean Fuel Coalition will host "Propane is an Exceptional Alternative Fuel"at three sites in Alabama during December -- Mobile, Montgomery, and Birmingham. Topics will include an overview of propane and it's effectiveness as a cost efficient alternative fuel,informationon propane powered vehicles as well as after-market conversions, and a hands-on Ride-n-Drive opportunity.These events are free to attend, but registration is encouraged to ensure seating.
INNOVATOR AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY, NOV 14
Applications for the 2009 Southern Research Fellow Program are due to Southern Growth this Friday, November 14th. The Southern Research Fellow Program promotes student research relating to economic development and quality of life in 13 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
OCTOBER 8, 2008 - BIO-TRUCK ON A ROLL
AUBURN - Wayne Keith, a partner in Renewable Energy Systems LLC (RES), has developed gasification technology that enables regular vehicles which are normally fueled with gasoline, to be powered with a wide range of materials, like wood, switchgrass, crop residues and even broiler litter. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is one of several sponsors that are supportingthe Bio-Truck ina Coast-to-Coast and Back tour. The biomass powered pickup (the Bio-Truck) will be used to attract media attention, and will be powered on a wide range of solid fuels during the course of the tour.
OCTOBER 8, 2008 - DOE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL STEPS IN DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE BIOFUELS INDUSTRY
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer today released the National Biofuels Action Plan (NBAP). The Plan, developed by an interagency board co-chaired by DOE and USDA, outlines specific action areas and goals toward achieving renewable fuels production targets. Secretary Bodman also announced additional steps the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is taking to support the development of a sustainable biofuels industry: research to enable increased use of biofuels, deployment of cellulosic biorefineries, and biofuels research and development.
OCTOBER 7, 2008 - IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING BIODIESEL & RENEWABLE DIESEL TAX CREDITS EXTENSION
The biodiesel Production Tax Credit will be extended for one year under the legislation signed into law last Friday by President Bush,not three yearsas originally reportedonOctober 3rd. Specifically, the measure extends the biodiesel tax incentive through December 31, 2009. The new law provides that all biodiesel, regardless of the feedstock used to produce the fuel, qualifies for the $1 per gallon biodiesel incentive. The measure also closes the so-called "splash and dash" loophole that made eligible for the tax credit any foreign-finished fuel sent to the United States, "splash"-blended with just enough U.S. fuel to claim the tax incentive, and then shipped to a third country for final use. The measure also defines the $1 renewable diesel tax incentive to exclude renewable diesel co-processed with conventional diesel.
DOE ANNOUNCES SOLICITATIONS FOR $30.5 BILLION IN LOAN GUARANTEES
WASHINGTON, DC -The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced three solicitations for a total of up to $30.5 billion in federal loan guarantees for projects that employ advanced energy technologies that avoid, reduce or sequester air pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions. The three solicitations are in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced transmission and distribution technologies; nuclear power facilities; and advanced nuclear facilities for the 'front-end' of the nuclear fuel cycle.
BIODIESEL AND RENEWABLE DIESEL TAX CREDITS EXTENDED (! SEE UPDATE ABOVE)
On May 15, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008 by a vote of 25 to 12. The legislation creates a new $1.01/gallon tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and extends the $1.00/gallon production credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel made from biomass. In addition to this extension, the bill eliminates the requirement that renewable diesel fuel must be produced through a thermal deploymerization process, but notes that diesel fuel created by co-processing biomass with other feedstocks would be limited to the $.50/gallon tax credit for alternative fuels.[source: dieselforum.org]
FARM PILOT PROJECT COORDINATION APPROVES FUNDING FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY INITIATIVES
The Board of Directors at Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc. has approved additional funding to support a renewable energy initiative by authorizing three (3) additional pilot projects. The intent is to convert the waste steam into a revenue stream by producing an energy product.
Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks and Montgomery’s Mayor Bobby Bright announced a partnership to turn used cooking oils into biodiesel fuel for City vehicles last fall. Today was the grand opening of the newly constructed Center for Alternative Fuels Biodiesel Production facility.
COALITION APPLAUDS CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE FUELS
"....The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition applauds the efforts of Commissioner Sparks and everyone involved in the Center for Alternative Fuels at the Department of Agriculture and Industries. The growth of alternative fuels - specifically those produced from agricultural feedstocks - is very important to the economic development of our state. Both biodiesel (from soybeans) and ethanol (from corn) are the primary alternative and renewable fuels benefiting the agricultural industry in Alabama. There are many more agricultural feedstocks being worked on by our Universities....all will benefit domestic energy security, economic development and the environment in Alabama."
~Mark C. Bentley, Executive Director, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition