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August 25, 2016

Ethanol industry criticizes API-funded study on biofuel emissions

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the U.S. ethanol industry are speaking out to criticize a University of Michigan study that claims biofuels increase carbon dioxide emissions. The study was funded in part by the American Petroleum Industry. READ MORE

August 25, 2016

USGC: Taiwanese stakeholders see advantages of US corn, DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council A group of grain buyers from Taiwan visited Indiana and Michigan this week to become familiar with production, application, grading and quality standards for U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). READ MORE

August 25, 2016

USGC: Ethanol exports prompt global conversation at recent event

BY U.S. Grains Council From flex fuels and carbon intensity to the future of ethanol and technological advancements, speakers at the American Coalition for Ethanol annual conference last week in Minneapolis continued to highlight ethanol’s unique advantages. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Advanced biorefinery proposed for eastern North Dakota

BY Ann BaileyA biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, North Dakota, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Report: Canadian ethanol industry operating at full capacity

BY Erin VoegeleCanada recently filed annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting the nation’s ethanol industry has consolidated and plants are running at capacity. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Enerkem facility earns ISCC certification for methanol production

BY Enerkem Enerkem Inc. announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. READ MORE

August 23, 2016

Successful bidders named in sale of 5 Abengoa ethanol plants

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 22, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri named the successful bidders for five Abengoa first-generation ethanol plants in the U.S. The court is expected to approve the sale of the assets to the bidders on Aug. 29. READ MORE

August 23, 2016

RFA hosting ethanol safety seminars in Nebraska, Connecticut

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting three free ethanol safety seminars this and next week in Nebraska and Connecticut. Certificates of Completion will be handed out to all attendees at the end of each safety seminar. READ MORE

August 23, 2016

St1 signs letter of intent for cellulosic ethanol plant

BY St1 St1 Nordic Oy’s Norwegian subsidiary, Smart Fuel AS, has signed a letter of intent with Viken Skog SA and its subsidiary Treklyngen Holding AS to construct a Cellunolix ethanol plant in Norway. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

DOE: 5 bioenergy businesses selected for round two of SBV pilot

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers pilot, including five businesses in the bioenergy space. Together, the 43 awards are worth more than $8 million. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

Report discusses Australian biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleA recent report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides updated data on Australia’s biofuel industry, noting ethanol production is expected to reach 250 million liters this year. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy celebrates 10 years of operation

BY Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy thanked the local community for 10 years of support with a public celebration on Aug. 19. The 40 MMgy facility is located in Phillipsburg, Kansas, and employs 35 people. READ MORE

August 19, 2016

PHMSA codifies DOT-111 phase out schedule included in FAST Act

BY Erin VoegeleThe Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a final rule to codify certain elements included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which mandates a revised phase-out schedule for certain DOT-111 tank cars. READ MORE

August 19, 2016

Texas A&M to host course on plant operations, process engineering

BY Texas A&M University The Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities." READ MORE

August 18, 2016

EPA commits to meet statutory RFS reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding that two agency offices have not complied with certain statutory reporting and analysis requirements concerning the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

August 18, 2016

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Green Plains Obion

BY Erin VoegeleIn late July, the U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway petition for Green Plains Obion LCC, bringing the total number of plants to receive pathway approvals under the efficient producer program to approximately 61. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

JGI: Expanding the stable of workhorse yeasts

BY Joint Genome Institute Research led by U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is helping boost the use of a wider range of yeasts and to explore the use of genes and pathways encoded in their genomes. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

US ethanol production ties weekly record

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. ethanol industry has tied the weekly ethanol production record it set in July, with production once again reaching an average of 1.029 barrels per day the week ending Aug. 12, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

Lightning causes feedstock fire near DuPont cellulosic facility

BY Erin VoegeleA lightning strike is the suspected cause of a second fire that has impacted feedstock storage areas associated with DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, in August. The first fire occurred Aug. 4, with the second starting Aug. 17. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

Third RFA octane webinar kicks off Thursday

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, is hosting the third of five webinars on Aug. 18 blending properties of ethanol, the RVP waiver for E10 blends and other issues. READ MORE

August 16, 2016

NATSO speaks out against efforts to redefine RFS obligated party

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 8, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators issued a statement opposing efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to rack sellers. READ MORE

August 16, 2016

Cellerate, Enogen corn benefits highlighted at recent event

BY Syngenta Advances in cellulosic ethanol technology, including a collaboration between Syngenta and Iowa-based Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC, were a key topic at the recent American Coalition for Ethanol annual conference. READ MORE

August 16, 2016

21 land-grant universities create animal feed database

BY Agriculture is America Several land-grant institutions and partner organizations are collaborating to provide researchers, Extension professionals, regulators, feed industries, and producers with up-to-date information on the nutrient needs of agricultural animals. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

Aemetis provides update on Edeniq, LanzaTech transactions

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting improved ethanol pricing and positive margins. The company’s planned acquisition of Edeniq is expected to close during the third quarter. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

Research makes biofuel production with E. coli more efficient

BY Washington University in St. Louis A team of researchers from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in E. coli much more efficient. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

Praj to launch Green Fund for 2G ethanol projects in India

BY Praj Industries Praj, a global process solutions company, has announced it will be the first technology provider in the India to participate in second generation ethanol projects through the Green Fund. READ MORE

August 12, 2016

USDA predicts record corn production at 15.2 billion bushels

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has released the August edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, forecasting corn production will reach a record 15.2 billion bushels, up 613 million from the July projection. READ MORE

August 12, 2016

Green Plains considers purchase of food ingredients company

BY Erin VoegeleGreen Plains Inc. recently announced the company has executed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire a complementary business in the food ingredients industry for a proposed price of $225 million to $275 million. READ MORE

August 12, 2016

RFA: Record corn, ethanol production underscore need for RFS

BY Renewable Fuels Association America’s farmers are poised to harvest a record corn crop this fall and achieve the highest yield per acre in U.S. history, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released Aug. 12. READ MORE

August 12, 2016

RFA hosting 4 ethanol safety seminars in Delaware, New Jersey

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting four free ethanol safety seminars in Delaware and New Jersey. The Delaware seminars will be held on Aug. 16 in Wilmington, and the New Jersey seminars will be held in Mahwah on Aug. 18. READ MORE

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