EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal
Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:35 AM

On July 21, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in the Federal Register, officially opening a public comment period that runs through Aug. 31.

Ethanol groups continue support for RVP bill to expand E15 sales
Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:32 AM

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has decided not to consider the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, S. 517, before August recess. The bill aims to extend the 1 psi RVP waiver to gasoline blends of more than E10.

Romania expects to increase blending mandate by almost double
Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:28 AM

Romania expects a drastic decline in bioethanol production in 2017, but will increase its bioethanol blending mandate, according to the European Renewable Energy Directive.

Decarbonizing Transportation to Meet Climate Goals
Friday, July 21, 2017 10:17 PM

As nations around the world begin implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, decarbonizing transportation becomes increasingly important in limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Growth Energy responds to Inhofe’s anti-ethanol claims
Friday, July 21, 2017 6:50 AM

Growth Energy has spoken out to a floor speech made by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., in opposition to the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which aims to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends with more than 10 percent ethanol.

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts
Friday, July 21, 2017 6:49 AM

President Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post.

CropEnergies has successful first quarter in 2018.
Friday, July 21, 2017 6:47 AM

Global bioethanol producer CropEnergies has increased its production by 38 percent in the first quarter of 2017, based on sales of bioethanol, food and animal feed products, as well as the reopening of a plant in Wilton, United Kingdom.

What’s In a Number?
Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:15 PM

Some people hate math, while others have a talent for it that comes from a love of numbers. In either case, as the ethanol industry seeks to increase its demand and market share, it is unavoidably a numbers game—one that can get confusing.

California legislature passes bills extending cap-and-trade, LCFS
Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:35 AM

On July 17, the California legislature voted in favor of a package of bills that extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for 10 years, through 2030, and codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard into law.

USGC: US DDGS exports up 16 percent to Southeast Asia
Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:33 AM

U.S. exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Southeast Asia have increased 16 percent so far this marketing year, according to data from the USDA and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council.

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research
Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:32 AM

The Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass.

Business Briefs
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:58 PM
UNICA: 7.61 billion liters of ethanol produced so far this season
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:41 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production in the country’s south-central region reached 1.78 billion liters (470.23 million gallons) during the second half of June.

Glacial Lakes Energy celebrates 15 years, opens train facility
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:38 AM

Glacial Lakes Energy is celebrating 15 years of operations at its 100 MMgy ethanol plant in Watertown, South Dakota, where it recently opened a unit train shipping facility. The company also operates a second 100 MMgy plant in Mina, South Dakota.

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:33 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.

St1 to add renewable diesel production, continues ethanol work
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:32 AM

St1 is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit that will be built in at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of investments that will enable the facility to begin producing renewable diesel in 2020.

Bill aims to establish tax credit for biobased chemicals
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 6:49 AM

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., recently introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, or H.R. 3149, which aims to establish a 15-cent-per-pound production tax credit for renewable chemicals made from biomass.

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison extend research agreement
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 6:48 AM

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels.

Onken Racing’s American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat earns top honors
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 6:46 AM

On July 16, the American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat took home “Top Gun” honors at the Grand Lake of the Cherokees Shootout with a 200-mph run. The boat runs on an E90 ethanol blend.

Celtic Renewables fuels vehicle with biofuel from whisky residue
Saturday, July 15, 2017 3:04 AM

Scotland-based Celtic Renewables Ltd. has announced the inaugural journey of the first car to be fueled with its biofuel made from whisky residue. The company produces biobased butanol using draff and pot ale left over from malt whisky production.

Indonesia supports fuel ethanol, but can’t fund it
Saturday, July 15, 2017 3:01 AM

Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources says it would like to implement fuel ethanol production incentives, but is unable to fund them. Indonesia expects to produce 205 million liters of nonfuel ethanol from molasses in 2017 and 2018.

Thailand decreases 2036 renewables goal by 37 percent
Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:58 AM

Thailand reduced its renewable and alternative energy target for 2036 by 37 percent as it grapples with uncertainty in molasses and cassava feedstock production.

Australian government announces support for biorefinery project
Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:56 AM

The Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used as a feedstock.

MSW Consulting launches energy recovery system
Friday, July 14, 2017 6:31 AM

Siouxland Ethanol reports a 17.8 percent reduction in natural gas use during its first month using MSW Consulting Inc.’s energy recovery system (MER), which recovers low-quality energy from dryer exhaust and transforms it into steam energy.

EIA revises 2018, 2018 ethanol production forecasts
Friday, July 14, 2017 6:27 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has reduced its ethanol production forecasts in its July Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting production will average 1.02 million barrels per day in 2017 and 1.01 million barrels per day in 2018.

Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Friday, July 14, 2017 6:21 AM

Experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production.

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal for Aug. 1
Thursday, July 13, 2017 5:05 AM

The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel.

USDA increases 2017-‘18 corn production estimates in July WASDE
Thursday, July 13, 2017 5:03 AM

The USDA has released the July edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, predicting larger corn supplies, greater feed and residual use and higher ending stocks for 2017-’18.

Rice aids in the study of biofuel feedstocks
Thursday, July 13, 2017 5:00 AM

Rice is a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel production, scientists are seeking to identify genes that control key traits, including yield.

Alliance Bio-Products gains USDA approval to buy Ineos Bio plant
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 5:48 AM

Alliance Bio-Products Inc. has received approval from the USDA to purchase an existing cellulosic ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Florida. The purchase includes the 8 MMgy plant, about 143 acres, equipment and vehicles.

RFA: Celebrating 5 years of E15 in the marketplace
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 5:42 AM

Five years ago this week, 15 percent ethanol (E15) blends debuted in the marketplace, offering consumers a new lower-cost, higher-octane fuel option at the pump. On July 10, 2012, Kansas became the first in the nation to offer E15.

Oh resigns from REG, Howard appointed interim president, CEO
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 5:29 AM

Longtime leader of Renewable Energy Group Inc., Daniel J. Oh, resigned from his position as president and CEO July 3. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with newly appointed interim president and CEO Randy Howard on Oh's departure and REG's new leadership.

Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 5:24 AM

Arizona State University scientists are harnessing the trial-and-error power of evolution to coax nature into revealing how to convert biomass into biobased products by test-tube evolving bacteria to ferment biomass sugars.

USDA: Corn consumed for fuel ethanol production up in May
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:49 AM

The USDA recently published the July edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, showing corn consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 452 million bushels in May, up 3 percent from April and 6 percent from May 2016.

Stanford scientists discover new path to ethanol production
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:47 AM

Scientists from Stanford have discovered a process they say could produce ethanol without corn or crops. The new process uses three basic components: water, carbon dioxide and electricity, delivered through a copper catalyst.

IndianOil, LanzaTech to build gas-to-ethanol facility in India
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:43 AM

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IndianOil), India’s flagship national oil company and, LanzaTech, carbon recycling company, have signed a statement of intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India.

UNICA reports reduced exports of ethanol in early June
Saturday, July 8, 2017 1:33 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced mills in the south-central region produced 5.81 billion liters (1.53 billion gallons) from the start of the current harvest season through June 16.

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