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April 24, 2015

37 senators issue letter in support of a strong RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 37 senators have send a letter to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to reverse course from the 2014 proposed rule and maintain a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS) to drive innovation and growth in America's economy. READ MORE

April 24, 2015

China Steel approves investment in LanzaTech commercial project

BY LanzaTech Taiwan's largest integrated steel maker, China Steel Corp. has announced formal board approval of a $46 million capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful White Biotech demonstration plant project. READ MORE

April 24, 2015

Engineered softwood could transform pulp, biofuel industries

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The findings could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

House bill aims to extend RVP waiver to ethanol blends beyond E10

BY Erin VoegeleBill Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, recently introduced legislation in the house that includes a provision to extend the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure (RVP) to ethanol blends with more than 10 percent ethanol. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

DuPont highlights cellulosic ethanol in first quarter results

BY Erin VoegeleDuPont briefly addressed ethanol during its first quarter investor call, reporting the company is developing new categories of biobased products, including cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

Aventine sends first unit train shipment of ethanol

BY Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc., a leading producer, marketer and supplier of ethanol, has announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

ZeaChem to provide services to third parties at Boardman plant

BY ZeaChem ZeaChem has announce the launch of the ZeaChem Technology Institute & Processing Services in Boardman, Oregon. The institute will enable third parties to scale their efforts in a ]cost effective manner on a accelerated timetable. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

USDA partners with farmers, ranchers to address climate change

BY USDA In a speech April 23 at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

KSU: DDGS plus salt boosts weight gain in beef cattle

BY Kansas State University A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

Feinstein's PTC bill would impact certain trains carrying ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., recently introduced legislation that would allow railroads to be granted short-term extensions on the implementation of Positive Train Control. The bill also contains a provision that would impact ethanol trains. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

Syngenta addresses Enogen, Cellerate technology in Q1 results

BY Erin VoegeleSyngenta has released financial results for the first quarter of 2015, announcing continuous expansion of the Enogen corn planform. According to the company, Enogen acreage is expected to double this year. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

Growth Energy commends the American farmer on Earth Day

BY Growth Energy April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued a statement in recognition of Earth Day and the American farmers’ contribution to sustainability while producing food, fiber and fuel. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

NCGA: On the farm, every day is Earth Day

BY National Corn Growers Association On April 22, the world commemorates Earth Day. Around the globe, communities will take part in activities to promote awareness of environmental issues. However, for farmers, promoting the health and stability of nature resources happens every day. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

EPA: 7.8 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that more than 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.8 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory A multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Study: Nitrogen use efficiency trait increases sugarcane biomass

BY Arcadia Biosciences Inc. Arcadia Biosciences Inc. has announced that a study conducted by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute shows improvements in plant growth parameters and biomass in sugarcane lines incorporating Arcadia's nitrogen use efficiency trait. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

DOT safety actions target transport of Class 3 flammable liquids

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 17, the U.S. Department of Transportation and two of its agencies announced a package of actions that aims to enhance the safe transportation of Class 3 flammable liquids, including ethanol and crude oil. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Iowa bill aims to create tax credit for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation pending in Iowa aims to create a 5 cent per pound renewable chemical production tax credit. The legislation was introduced in March and is currently awaiting review in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

Urban Air Initiative: New EPA studies regarding ethanol flawed

BY Urban Air Initiative The U.S. EPA published two studies recently; defending its stance that ethanol increases toxic emissions. However, if you follow the same flawed formula, you get the same flawed results, warned representatives of the Urban Air Initiative. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Bill aims to alter RVO process, definition for cellulosic biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Jeff Flake, R, Ariz., has introduced legislation that aims to amend the renewable fuel standard to require the cellulosic requirement to be based on actual production and alter the statutory definition of cellulosic biofuels to exclude biogas. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability April 22

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to host a webinar on biofuel sustainability on April 22, titled "Biofuels for the Environment and Communities." READ MORE

April 17, 2015

IRFA: E15 could save Iowans $50 million per year

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association In an analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue motor fuel report, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has revealed that if E15 was widely available Iowa drivers could save more than $50 million per year in fuel costs. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Shell announces results of 2015 Eco-Marathon

BY Erin VoegeleShell has announced a team from University of Colorado, Boulder, has won the prototype alternative fuels category at the Shell Eco-Marathon held in Detroit this month using an ethanol-powered vehicle. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Study highlights economic impacts of Nebraska’s ethanol industry

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board A recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity growth between 1995 and 2014 is tenfold. The study is titled "Economic Impacts of the Ethanol Industry in Nebraska." READ MORE

April 16, 2015

NexSteppe demonstrates biomass crops at commercial scale

BY NexSteppe NexSteppe has announced that it sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker

BY University of Manchester Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Leaf Resources announces cellulosic sugar patent application

BY Leaf Resources Ltd. Leaf Resources Ltd. has launched its new Hybritech platform for the pulp and paper industry following the lodgment of a patent application for the process last month. The Hybritech platform utilizes Leaf Resources' Glycell process. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

EIA outlook predicts increased ethanol production through 2040

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015, which presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040 based on six different scenarios. The outlook includes ethanol forecasts. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

House bill to expand Reid vapor pressure waiver to E15 introduced

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., recently introduced legislation that aims to expand the U.S. EPA’s existing waiver for Reid vapor pressure to fuels blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. If signed into law, the bill would expand E15 availability. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

Discovery of plant switch could boost crop, biofuel production

BY Michigan State University A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis, the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. READ MORE

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