House passes bill that includes COVID-19 relief for biofuels


The U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 1 passed an updated version of the Heroes Act by a vote of 214 to 207. The $2.2 billion COVID-19 stimulus package includes direct support for certain processed commodities, including biofuels.
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Green Plains breaks ground on second high protein project


Green Plains Inc. on Sept. 28 announced its wholly owned subsidiary Green Plains Wood River LLC has broken ground on the installation of a high protein production facility utilizing Fluid Quip Technologies’ patented MSC technology.
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IRENA: Liquid biofuels accounted for 2.5M jobs globally in 2019


Jobs in the renewable energy sector reached 11.5 million globally in 2019, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sept. 29. Bioenergy accounted for 3.58 million jobs, up from 3.18 million in 2018.
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USDA launches OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative


The USDA announced on Oct. 1 it is now accepting applications for its four key loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative, which was launched earlier this year to make it easier for lenders to access those four loan programs.
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Report: China may lower E10 mandate to E5


China’s ethanol blend rate is not expected to exceed 4 percent this year despite plans by the country to implement an E10 mandate by the end of 2020, according to a report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network.
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UNICA: Brazilian corn ethanol production continues to grow


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production volumes by mills in the south-central region continued to be low in early September. Production of corn ethanol, however, was up.
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EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Iowa ethanol plant


The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for Pine Lake Corn Processors’ 80 MMgy ethanol plant in Steamboat Rock, Iowa. The approval allows the facility to generate RINs for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.
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EIA: Ethanol production down 3%, stocks fall by 2%


U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by approximately 3 percent the week ending Sept. 25 while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by nearly 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 30.
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USDA: US corn ending stocks down 10% from September 2019


The USDA’s NASS released its latest quarterly Grain Stocks report on Sept. 30, reporting that old crop corn stocks on hand as of Sept. 1 were down 2 billion bushels, or 10 percent, when compared to the same period of 2019.
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Aemetis begins production of alcohol sanitizer products


Aemetis Inc. has begun contracted production of hand sanitizer under its branded Aemetis Health Products label for sales to government, businesses and academic customers, as well as directly to consumers via the Amazon Marketplace.
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