Summertime restrictions on E15 end Sept. 16


The summertime restriction of E15 sales lifted on Sept. 16, allowing customers across the nation to once again access the fuel blend. Representatives of the ethanol industry are working to ensure barriers to year-round sales will be lifted soon.
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Clariant celebrates groundbreaking of cellulosic ethanol plant


Clariant has officially started construction on the first large-scale commercial sunliquid plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues. The facility is located in Podari, Romania.
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Flint Hills, FQPT start up MSC protein system at Nebraska plant


Fluid Quip Process Technologies has announced the commissioning of the FQPT Maximized Stillage Co-Products system at the Flint Hills Resources Fairmont, Nebraska, facility. The MSC technology produces high-value protein animal feed.
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USDA ups forecasts for corn production, corn use for ethanol


The USDA released the September edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Sept. 12, increasing its 18-’19 production forecast for corn and raising its forecast for the volume of corn going to ethanol production.
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STB: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 4


The Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meet Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. The committee addresses issues related to the rail transportation of energy resources, including ethanol.
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DOE funds 6 projects for co-optimization of engines and fuels


The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research, with $10.1 million funding six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels.
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Virgin Australia leads trial using Gevo’s biojet in Brisbane


On Sept. 11, Virgin Australia announced the successful completion of a trial to deliver sustainable aviation fuel through Brisbane Airport’s general fuel supply system. Biojet used during the trail was supplied by Gevo Inc.
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EIA ups 2018 ethanol production forecast, reduces 2019 forecast


The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its forecast for 2018 ethanol production, but lowering its estimate for 2019 production.
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ASTM standard to aid companies producing kernel fiber-based fuel


ASTM International’s bioenergy and industrial-chemicals-from-biomass committee (E48) is creating a standard that will help companies that produce biofuel using—in part—kernel fiber.
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Ergon BioFuels plans to close ethanol plant


Ergon BioFuels LLC, a subsidiary of Ergon Inc., has announced plans to close its ethanol plant in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in December 2018. The 26.5 MMgy plant was constructed in 2007.
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