EPA releases proposed 2019 RFS RVOs, fails to address waivers

The EPA has proposed to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2019, up from 19.29 billion gallons in 2018. The rule allows for 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol, but does not address hardship waivers.
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House subcommittee holds hearing on advanced biofuels, RFS

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing June 22 titled “Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects," that included a discussion of post-2022 RFS policy.
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EPA approves isobutanol fuel registration filed by Butamax

The U.S. EPA has issued a letter of notification to Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC registering isobutanol as a fuel additive for blending into gasoline at levels up to 16 percent. The approval could lead to more widespread blending of the biofuel.
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Ethanol, oil companies to study feasibility of CO2 project

Occidental Petroleum Corp. and White Energy have agreed to evaluate the economic feasibility of carbon capture, utilization and storage project that would use CO2 from White Energy's ethanol plants in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations.
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EPA: 22.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 22.23 million cellulosic RINs.
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UNICA: Truckers’ strike impacts ethanol production, sales

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that a truckers’ strike severely impacted sugarcane processing activities during the second half of May. Only 32.38 million tons of sugarcane was processed during the two-week period.
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House members demand answers from EPA on RFS, waivers

On June 20, 12 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Brazil’s senate approves bill to alter how ethanol is distributed

The Brazilian senate has approved a legislative proposal that aims to allow ethanol producers to sell fuel directly to gas stations by a vote of 47 to two. UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has spoken out against the proposal.
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ACE addresses retail ethanol questions in Mexico

American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty returned to Mexico this week for the third time this year to speak at a meeting of Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers in León about selling E10.
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WSU professor lands grant to pursue lignin to biofuel conversion

Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin—a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid—to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts.
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USGC: Decades of work built large, loyal markets in Japan, Taiwan

U.S. Grains Council leadership embarked on the annual Chairman’s Mission this month to recognize the importance of two markets that exemplify the success of long-term trading relationships—Japan and Taiwan.
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ORNL discovery could boost biofuel yields

Researchers have discovered mutations in a structure of a key plant enzyme that was not previously known to exist. The discovery could help squeeze more potential out of poplar as a renewable resource for making biofuels and bioproducts.
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BASF, Lallemand announce collaboration

BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits have entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in the ethanol market in the U.S.
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Gevo, Avfuel enter into renewable jet fuel supply agreement

Gevo Inc. announced today that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corp., effective July 1. Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation fuel that more than 3,000 locations.
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ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners

The American Coalition for Ethanol congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s scholarship program to help further their collegiate education.
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USGC outlines market development strategy in submission to USDA

The U.S. Grains Council recently submitted the organization’s operational blueprint, known as the Unified Export Strategy, to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Through the UES, the Council applies for matching funding from USDA programs.
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Growth Energy: Prime the Pump success driving ethanol demand

More than 2,800 retail sites will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually, according to a one-pager released June 20 by Growth Energy. The report touts the immense success of E15 and Prime the Pump.
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ADM, DuPont to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

Archer Daniels Midland Co. and DuPont Industrial Biosciences today announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants.
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DOE: 31 projects will advance fundamental science for bioenergy

On June 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources.
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