Abengoa announces plan to sell first-generation biofuel assets

Abengoa has announced plans to sell its non-core assets, including its first-generation biofuel plants, as part of a new restructuring plan to avoid bankruptcy. It is currently unclear how the company’s cellulosic ethanol plant will be affected.
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EPA: RIN generation reached 17.89 billion in 2015

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December, reporting that more than 1.21 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the full-year 2015 total to nearly 17.89 billion.
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CARB accepts innovative Trestle Energy coproduct pathway

Trestle Energy LLC has received a favorable carbon intensity rating from the California Air Resources Board for a pathway approach that creates a new coproduct credit from using corn stover for electric generation.
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Cruz reiterates firm opposition to RFS, other mandates

During a Fox News GOP presidential debate Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) clarified his position on ethanol and the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard. Cruz said he supports an energy strategy that includes ethanol, but that he would tear down the RFS.
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Valero reports increased ethanol production volumes

Valero Energy Corp. has released 2015 financial results, reporting the company’s ethanol segment achieved increased production volumes, but decreased operating income. Overall, Valero reported increased adjusted net income.
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New research addresses biomass supply variation risk

New research shows variations in the biomass supply chain could reduce potential for cellulosic biofuel production, but that feedstock diversification and portfolio strategies can effectively mitigate risk.
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USDA report details Rural Development investments

The USDA has released a report detailing the impacts investments made by its Rural Development team have had on rural America. Bioenergy investments are among those highlighted in the document.
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FSA seeks comments on revision of information collection for NAP

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).
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Tradition celebrates the launch of new environmental markets hub

Tradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub that brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand.
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USGC looks to ethanol potential in Asian markets

A team of U.S. Grains Council staff and two ethanol industry representatives traveled to Japan, Korea and Taiwan last month to review the ethanol markets in these countries and evaluate potential for ongoing export promotion programs in the region.
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NETL carbon capture technologies to be used in bioenergy process

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has granted a license for two patented sorbent technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from streams of mixed gases and enable cleaner, more-efficient energy production from renewable fuels.
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USGC: Mission examines Argentine market on cusp of policy changes

A recent U.S. Grains Council mission to Argentina offered participants the chance to meet with local grain industry representatives just as new President Mauricio Macri has begun implementing changes that could impact grain markets.
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ExxonMobil, REG to research biodiesel from cellulosic sugars

ExxonMobil, a global leader in advanced biofuels research, announced an agreement with Renewable Energy Group Inc. to study the production of biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste.
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USGC offers technical consultations on DDGS in Korea

The U.S. Grains Council visited 10 major distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) importers and commercial mixed feed manufacturers recently to carry out one-on-one consultations and review the current DDGS market situation with them.
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Study demonstrates value of corn distillers oil in poultry

The U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a research study with North Carolina State University that determined carotenoid pigments may add potential value and profitability to corn distillers solubles oil (CDSO) within the ethanol industry.
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Flint Hills Resources to add ethanol terminal in Texas

Flint Hills Resources is moving forward with a project to build its first ethanol terminal in Texas. Construction will begin this month and the terminal is expected to be operational by December 2016.
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