Bunge, BP form bioenergy joint venture in Brazil


Bunge Ltd. and BP plc announced July 22 the formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia, a 50:50 joint venture bioenergy company in Brazil that will operate 11 sugarcane mills to produce ethanol, sugar and renewable electricity.
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First shipment of ETBE made with US ethanol arrives in Japan


The first shipment of ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) made with U.S. corn-based ethanol has arrived in Japan, marking the country’s new demand for U.S. ethanol-based products and a milestone in U.S. ethanol market development efforts.
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RFA: Reports set the record straight on ethanol’s GHG benefits


Two new academic studies released in mid-July provide further evidence that grain-based ethanol is significantly reducing GHG emissions and call into question the reliability of recent “land use change” analyses based on flawed methodologies.
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UNICA: Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol up in June


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data for the second half of June. The volume of sugarcane processed during the period was up slightly from last year. Production and sales of ethanol remained relatively high.
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USDA: $400 million still available for REAP loan guarantees


The USDA announced July 18 that more than $400 million is still available for renewable energy system and energy efficiency loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round.
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Report shows optimism for fuel ethanol use in Korea


A recently released report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services Global Agricultural Information Network says South Korea may soon revise its regulations to allow the use of ethanol-blended fuel.
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US ethanol groups weigh in on Ontario’s E15 plan


Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the U.S. Grains Council sent joint comments to Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks July 8 regarding its proposed plan and schedule for implementing E15.
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Green Biologics to cease operations


A former Little Falls, Minnesota, ethanol plant that was converted to biobased butanol and acetone production in 2016 it ceasing operations. Green Biologics Ltd. recently announced it has begun “an orderly closure of operations.”
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NGCA approves resolution urging Trump to uphold RFS


The National Corn Growers Association has approved a resolution urging President Trump to uphold his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The NCGA also launched an RFS ad campaign and elected four new members to its Corn Board.
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Eco-Energy launches ethanol logistics service


Eco-Energy, has launched an ethanol logistics service. This service will extend Eco’s logistics management capabilities to a broader mix of ethanol buyers and shippers. Eagle Transport is the preferred truck carrier for the business.
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