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July 27, 2017

Argentina expects a rise in bioethanol production in 2018

BY Staff Report Argentina is expected to see its highest amount of gasoline and bioethanol production this year, according to the country’s government. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

EPA opens comment period on sugar beet GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has opened a comment period on its analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use in making biofuels. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Brazil delays decision to impose US ethanol import tariff

BY U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association The Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, announced July 26 a 30-day delay of a decision on a pending proposal to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

ACE encourages ethanol advocates to submit comments on RFS

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol encourages ethanol advocates to utilize its Legislative Action Center to participate in the U.S. EPA’s comment period on the proposed renewable volume obligations for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Praj-Gevo development agreement to enter commercialization phase

BY Gevo Inc. and Praj Ltd. Praj Industries Ltd. and Gevo Inc. have announced that Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology will be available for licensing to processors of sugarcane juice and molasses. The two companies entered development and licensing agreements in 2015. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Study on photoprotection may benefit biofuel feedstock yield

BY Anne Trafton, MIT Researchers from MIT and the University of Verona have discovered how the key protein in the photoprotection process allows moss and green algae to protect themselves from too much sun. The findings could benefit biofuel feedstock development. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

EPA: 22.94 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 22.94 million cellulosic RINs. The EPA estimates 9.29 billion RINs were generated so far this year. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Skor to testify at House joint committee hearing on biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor is scheduled to testify during a joint subcommittee hearing in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology July 25 that aims to examine federal funding of biofuel projects and the impact on the private sector. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

DOE: Membrane technology will improve biofuel production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory set out to determine what could increase production speeds and improve the quality of biofuels and bioproducts. What they discovered is a new class of porous membranes. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleOn 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. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Ethanol groups continue support for RVP bill to expand E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleThe 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. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Romania expects to increase blending mandate by almost double

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

July 20, 2017

Growth Energy responds to Inhofe’s anti-ethanol claims

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth 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. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegelePresident 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. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

CropEnergies has successful first quarter in 2018.

BY Staff Report 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. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

California legislature passes bills extending cap-and-trade, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn 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. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

USGC: US DDGS exports up 16 percent to Southeast Asia

BY U.S. Grains Council 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. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

UNICA: 7.61 billion liters of ethanol produced so far this season

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, 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. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Glacial Lakes Energy celebrates 15 years, opens train facility

BY Renewable Fuels Association 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. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy 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. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

St1 to add renewable diesel production, continues ethanol work

BY St1 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. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Bill aims to establish tax credit for biobased chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleRep. 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. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison extend research agreement

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil Corp. 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. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Onken Racing’s American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat earns top honors

BY Growth Energy 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. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Celtic Renewables fuels vehicle with biofuel from whisky residue

BY Erin VoegeleScotland-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. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Indonesia supports fuel ethanol, but can’t fund it

BY Staff Report 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. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Thailand decreases 2036 renewables goal by 37 percent

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

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