ABFA challenges EPA’s RFS small refinery exemptions in court


The Advanced Biofuel Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA’s process for granting RFS small refinery hardship waivers.
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Sweetwater, Graanul announce first commercial biorefinery


Sweetwater Energy and Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year.
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USDA solicits applications for Repowering Assistance Program


The USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to create heat or power.
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Green Plains: Margins improving in second quarter


On May 7, Green Plains Inc. released first quarter 2018 financial results, providing an overview of company operations and announcing plans to implement Fluid Quip’s patented high-protein technology.
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UNICA: Ethanol production up in first half of April


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region produced significantly more ethanol during the first two weeks of the new harvest season when compared to the same period of the previous season.
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Valero reports improved Q1 earnings for ethanol segment


Valero Energy Corp. released first quarter 2018 financial results on April 26. The company reported $45 million of operating income for its ethanol segment, up from $22 million during the same three-month period of 2017.
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ADM: Current blending economics for ethanol favorable


On May 1, Archer Daniels Midland Co. released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that earnings for the company’s bioproducts segment were down when compared to the same period of last year due to weak ethanol margins.
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Growth Energy’s retail partners call on Trump for RVP relief


E15 retailers from across the country are urging President Trump to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency follows through on his commitment to allow fuel containing 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round.
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Nebraska-based E Energy Adams to install Whitefox ICE


E Energy Adams is to be the first ethanol plant in Nebraska to install a Whitefox ICE system. The ICM-designed plant began operations in 2007 and currently has an annual production capacity of 80 million gallons.
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Retailers ask Trump to allow year-round sales of E15


Today fuel retailers offering E15 in 11 states sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to immediately instruct the EPA to follow through on his pledge to allow year-round sales of E15 before summer restrictions begin on June 1.
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Growth Energy presses for White House leadership on biofuels


An open letter to President Trump in Monday’s editions of the New York Times, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal urges the president to “unleash rural growth by cutting the red tape holding back homegrown energy.”
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DOE offers bioenergy research funding opportunities


The U.S. Department of Energy has announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.
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Growth Energy ad campaign rallies Midwest behind E15 fix


A new radio ad launched May 2 by Growth Energy reminds listeners across the heartland that it’s “make or break time” for the rural economy. The radio spot encourages listeners to call on President Trump to lift restrictions limiting E15 sales.
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Groups ask EPA to prioritize cellulosic pathway approvals


Today five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and toward pathway approvals for cellulosic ethanol.
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Poet honored with BDC’s Achievement Award


The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium honored Poet LLC with the organization’s Spring 2018 Achievement Award at its spring meeting in Omaha on May 1. Poet is recognized for its leadership in reducing the reliance of the U.S. on foreign energy.
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Iowa legislature approves funding for state blender pump program


On May 2, the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program—a move that will spur economic activity across the state and support Iowa farmers.
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Poet radio ad: E15 would mean big gains for America’s farmers


A new radio ad from Poet LLC lets farmers know “POET shares President Trump’s commitment to farm families.” President Trump’s plan to lift restrictions on E15 use during the summer driving season would improve the bottom line for farmers.
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Eco-Energy extends ethanol marketing agreement with Pinal Energy


Eco-Energy has announced a three-year contractual extension with Pinal Energy—a 55 MMgy plant in Arizona. Eco-Energy has been Pinal Energy’s ethanol marketer since 2014.
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Edeniq pathway technology renamed to Intellulose


Edeniq Inc. announced May 3 that its Pathway technology has been renamed Intellulose, effective immediately. The rebranding effort includes a new Intellulose logo and has been implemented in company-related materials.
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RFA hosting Rhode Island ethanol safety seminar May 11


The Renewable Fuels Association and several organizations are hosting an ethanol safety seminar in Rhode Island May 11. Registration is limited and Certificates of Completion will be awarded to attendees at the completion of the course.
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DOE offers $12 million for Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines


The DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office has released a multi-topic funding opportunity announcement. Topic five of the FOA will be jointly funded by DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office as a part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines initiative.
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EIA: US exported a record amount of fuel ethanol in 2017


The U.S. exported nearly 1.4 billion gallons of fuel ethanol in 2017, surpassing the previous record of 1.2 billion gallons set in 2011. U.S. imports of ethanol in 2017 increased compared with 2016 but remained relatively small at 77 million gallons.
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Wood formation model to fuel progress in bioenergy


A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood.
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RFA: Ethanol saves consumers money at the pump


Ethanol is helping to offset higher gasoline prices, and 10 percent ethanol blends (E10) alone could save consumers at least $39 billion this year, according to an analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association.
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Biofuels key to success of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard


Canada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada and Advanced Biofuels Canada—released the results of a new study April 30 on the economic impact of Canada’s upcoming Clean Fuel Standard.
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