Enerkem begins commercial production of cellulosic ethanol

Enerkem Inc. has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its commercial-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, and is now converting that biomethanol into ethanol.
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EIA increases 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has increased its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts. The U.S. is now expected to produce 1.03 million barrels of ethanol per day this year, increasing to 1.04 million barrels per day next year.
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Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

On Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs.
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Senators ask Lighthizer to resolve Brazilian tariff issue

A bipartisan group of senators, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is calling on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to work with the Brazilian government to end a recently reinstated tariff on ethanol imports.
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Clariant licenses Sunliquid technology to Enviral

Clariant and Enviral, an ethanol producer in Slovakia, have signed a license agreement on Sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. Enviral plans to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant at its existing Leopoldov site in Slovakia.
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UNICA reports increased ethanol sales in late August

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data for the second half of August, reporting increased ethanol sales. Ethanol production during the second half of August was up 3.15 percent, with 1.77 billion liters manufactured.
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Flint Hills installs MSC technology at Fairmont, Nebraska, plant

Construction is underway at Flint Hills Resources's Fairmont, Nebraska, ethanol plant to install Maximized Stillage Co-Products, a bolt-on technology that will allow the plant to produce a high-protein feed ingredient from distillers grains.
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CARB to hold workshop on proposed LCFS amendments Sept. 22

The California Air Resources Board has announced plans to hold a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard on Sept. 22. Members of the public can participate in the event via webcast or teleconference.
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DOE funding helps commercialize promising energy technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from the DOE’s national laboratories to the marketplace. Several bioenergy projects were among those that received funding.
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Renewable fuel standards can help Canada reduce GHG emissions

Canada's ethanol mandate has played a key role in reducing the carbon intensity in gasoline. Maintaining renewable fuel standards can be an integral part of Canada's transition to a low-carbon future, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
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RFA: Early end to summer E15 RVP limit was helpful in many states

In a typical September, the U.S. EPA’s onerous summer restriction on selling E15 would end this weekend. But with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaking havoc on the nation’s fuel market, this September has been anything but typical.
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USGC: Taiwan pledges to purchase corn, DDGS

Members of the 2017 Taiwan Agricultural Goodwill Mission pledged Sept. 13 to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between 2018 and 2019.
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North Carolina ethanol distribution project to celebrate opening

In North Carolina, the town of Selma’s Planning and Economic Development Office has announced plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 26 to celebrate the the Selma Ethanol Project, an ethanol unit train-to-pipeline distribution system.
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ACE reminds retailers annual E15 restrictions lifted Sept. 15

The American Coalition for Ethanol is reminding retailers they can resume offering E15 to drivers of all gasoline-powered 2001 and newer passenger vehicles after the low-Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season ends Sept. 15.
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ePURE: Europe’s ethanol industry produces low-carbon fuel

European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.2 billion liters of ethanol and 4 million metric tons of high-protein animal feed in 2016, according to new audited data released by the industry association.
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ACE hosts market development webinar

The American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty hosted a webinar Sept. 12 that covered the organization’s market development work and highlighted legislative and policy priorities.
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Edeniq supports LCFS pathway for corn kernel fiber ethanol

Edeniq Inc. recently submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board supporting final approval of Little Sioux Corn Processors’ application under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard for a pathway for cellulosic ethanol.
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Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

A University of Delaware research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste. The feedstock could serve as a substitute for petroleum used in consumer goods.
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