EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley


The U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted so far for 2017.
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California reaches GHG reduction goal


The California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biofuels helped achieve the reduction.
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EIA maintains short-term ethanol production forecast in July STEO


The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its June production that ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in both 2018 and 2019.
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EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee


The U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee.
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CropEnergies: Ethanol prices expected to gradually improve


European ethanol producer CropEnergies has reported its 2018-’19 financial year began with below-average revenues, but noted ethanol prices and the company’s financial performance are expected to gradually improve over the remainder of the year.
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WASDE: 2018-’19 corn production up, ethanol use revised down


The USDA has released the July edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, increasing its predictions for 2018’19 corn production and revising estimates for the amount of corn going to ethanol production.
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Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association releases 2018 half year report


The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) released its 2018 Half Year Report to its producer and vendor members at a networking event in Prior Lake, Minnesota, July 11.
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USGC emphasizes commitment to Mexican trading partnership


The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as Mexico’s next president will add new elements to the already-complex U.S.-Mexico trading relationship, negotiations for a revised North American Free Trade Agreement and the global grains marketplace.
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The highly complex sugarcane genome has finally been sequenced


An international team coordinated by CIRAD has sequenced the sugarcane genome. It will now be possible to "modernize" the methods used to breed sugarcane varieties. This will be a real boon to the sugar and biomass industry.
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USDA announces United Sorghum Checkoff Program board appointments


On July 5, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board, which helps to increase demand for sorghum both domestically and internationally.
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Growth Energy adds vice president of communications


Growth Energy announced July 9 that Jennifer Morris has joined the organization as its vice president of communications and public affairs. In this new role, Morris will oversee Growth Energy’s communications and public affairs initiatives.
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Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets


A new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks.
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LanzaTech wins UK grant to support alcohol-to-jet project


LanzaTech and its partners are one-step closer to building an alcohol-to-jet facility producing commercial quantities of fuel in the U.K. through a recent government grant awarded under the Transport Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition.
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DOE publishes report on performance-advantaged biobased chemicals


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has published the summary report for its workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals, that took place on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.
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