IRS Rules for 45Q Tax Credit Clear Path for US Carbon Capture Projects

On May 28, 2020, the IRS issued new guidance, which finally answers all of the major remaining questions on the 45Q tax credit. This clears the way for critical US carbon capture projects.


Corona-Lockdowns Shutter Vital Research

The gatherings that are the lifeblood of modern research have stopped as COVID-19 has shuttered labs and facilities worldwide. Despite this unprecedented setback, there is some hope on the horizon.


$40 Oil Will Return: This Isn’t the End of Fossil Fuels

This moment represents a stunning new chapter in the ongoing oil crisis and the last few weeks have demonstrated in hyperdrive how the oil endgame will play out.


Advanced Biofuels Cushioned Against Oil’s Crash

Oil prices are cratering, but there is a silver lining for advanced biofuels.


Getting the Kinks Out

It’s important for us to monitor old and new regulations, and to consider case studies that teach us how the businesses we work with might need to adapt, both commercially and technologically.


Coronavirus Won’t Change Minds on Climate Change

In the absence of forceful government action, activists must stay on the front lines.


Troubles in the Fracking Industry Are Nothing to Celebrate

For those fighting climate change, the damage that American frackers are experiencing should be sobering.


Renewables Poised to Clean Up from Oil’s Price Spill

The oil market has changed dramatically in the last three weeks but renewables are financial safe bets.


Farm or Fossil: The Battle for the RFS Rages On

For those of us following biofuels, there was an interesting bit of news last week that barely registered in the press outside of Houston and Des Moines, but that will impact everything from the price of corn to the price you pay for gas at the pump.


Sustainable Aviation Fuels: Ready for Takeoff

Major airlines are committing to sustainable aviation fuels, but could be doing much more, and offsets are not the answer.


Dark Thoughts: Solar is Useless for Ice Cream Lovers

Working in the insurance industry where I think often about risk makes me wonder if the northern California power shut offs are really helping reduce fire risk, or just reducing PG&E’s exposure.


Fattening Your Loan Life Coverage Ratio

Debt is to project finance as fat is to bears. Hear me out.


Interview: Jay Schabel, President of Brightmark Energy Plastics Division

NER worked closely with RES Polyflow to ensure the cost-effective capitalization of its plastics waste-to-value facility in Ashland, IN, USA; Sherry interviews its CEO, Jay Schabel, now with Brightmark Energy.


A Plan B for Air Quality

The great irony for the Trump administration, and all those fighting against California’s clean-air waiver, is that if they “succeed” and auto fuel-economy stagnates, the resulting increased demand for liquid fuels will further enhance the value of the LCFS credit.


No, we’re not running out of Helium

We do have periodic helium shortages (there have been 3 in the last 15 years). But this is fundamentally a supply/demand issue (and public policy issue, too).


Bioproducts are Seeing Major Tailwinds in Renewable Tech

Has Silicon Valley forgotten about cleantech after failures in solar, wind and batteries? Not quite! Several new and exciting renewable technologies are coming to market.


How to Avoid Looking like Theranos when Building Breakthrough Technology

To bring breakthrough innovations to market you need to demonstrate that the technology isn’t magic.


Advice for Innovators: Keep it Real

Stop trying to control things and let go of the handlebars.