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Argus Biofuels & Feedstocks 2016
October 18-20, 2016 - London UK


Legislation aims to increase availability of flex fuel vehicles

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to increase the availability of fuel choice-enabling automobiles, which are defined by the legislation as flex fuel vehicles capable of operating gasoline, E85 or M85 or automobiles capable of running on biodiesel. The bill, titled the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2009, would require that 50 percent of the vehicles made or sold in the U.S. by each manufacturer be fuel choice-enabling from 2012 to 2014. Beginning in 2015 the requirement would increase to 80 percent.READ MORE

JBEI researchers develop new biofuel microbe feasibility technique

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, a California-based scientific partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have developed a new technique to complete metabolic studies that could greatly accelerate the search for new biofuel microbes. To date, this research has focused on the microbe Geobacillus thermoglucosidasius. According to JBEI's director of enzyme optimization, work has focused on this microbe for three reasons; it is a bacteria that can grow at high temperatures, it can utilize both C5 and C6 sugars, and it has been shown to have a higher tolerance to ethanol than any other known bacteria.READ MORE

KL Energy expands to Brazil

Cellulosic ethanol developer KL Energy Corp. has announced it will expand into Brazil, as a result of a partnership with renewable energy business development company add blue Ltda. Through an exclusive cooperation agreement, the companies will construct a demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil to implement KL Energy's enzymatic process.READ MORE

Bateman Litwin, Delta-T founders settle lawsuit

Dutch energy company Bateman Litwin N.V. and Delta-T Corp. founders Bibb Swan and Robert Swain recently announced that litigation between the parties has been settled. The litigation was related to the Swain's July 2007 sale of Delta-T stock to Bateman Litwin. The lawsuit filed by Bateman Litwin in Dec. 2007 alleged that Robert and Bibb Swain misrepresented Delta-T's financial status during the sale. The Swains countered by claiming the sale coincided with a downturn in the biofuels economy.READ MORE

Omnibus Appropriations Act funding supports ethanol research

The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, or H.R. 1105, was recently signed into law. The $410 billion legislative package contains appropriations bills that were not completed in the 110th congress. Several biofuel projects, including those in Michigan, Minnesota and Louisiana, received funding under the legislation. The bill awarded $1.4 million in U.S. DOE funding to the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Tree Improvement Center in Escanaba, Mich. The funding will allow MSU and Michigan Technological University scientists to work together to research the use of woody biomass as a feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production.READ MORE

Petroleum marketers support state laws to protect ethanol blending opportunities

Petroleum marketers in the Southeastern U.S. are supporting efforts in state legislatures there to force oil refiners to supply marketers with unblended gasoline—which does not include ethanol—so that the marketers can choose to blend ethanol into the gasoline themselves. According to petroleum marketing groups, their inability to obtain unblended gasoline from refiners is a growing problem.READ MORE

Legislators draft federal carbon regulations

Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee released a draft of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) in March. The draft legislation is designed to create jobs, help end our dependence on foreign oil and combat global warming. Under the clean energy title the draft legislation contains provision to: create a renewable electicity requirement, develop carbon capture and sequestration technologies, establish a low-carbon transportation fuels standard, and facilitate the deployment of a smart grid.READ MORE

California adopts low carbon fuel standard; ethanol industry disappointed

After months of consideration and public commentary sessions, members of the California Air Resources Board held a final day-long hearing April 23 to consider the adoption of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Board members voted 9-1 in favor of the regulation, setting in motion a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the state by 16 million metric tons by 2020 and to require biofuel producers to meet "carbon intensity" standards which include indirect land-use change (ILUC) considerations.READ MORE
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