Feedstocks

January 30, 2017

UNICA reports ethanol sales, production for first half of January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced plants in the south-central region of the country processed 1.18 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of January, producing 67.81 million liters of ethanol. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

USGC releases corn, sorghum harvest quality reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe U.S. Grains Council has published the first two of its annual reports on corn and sorghum harvest quality, reporting that U.S. farmers produced an estimated 387 million metric tons of corn in 2016, along with 12 million metric tons of sorghum. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

Report considers the impact of dedicated energy crop production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn early January, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report, titled “Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land,” that examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using switchgrass. READ MORE

January 25, 2017

St1 signs MOU for cassava ethanol project in Thailand

BY St1 Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessSt1, a Finnish energy company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ubon Bio Ethanol to launch a pilot project of the production of bioethanol from cassava waste, with the aim of setting up a joint venture for ethanol production in Thailand. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

EPA seeks comments on sugar beet GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is seeking comments on its analysis of upstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production of sugar beets for use as a biofuel feedstock. A 30-day public comment period is expected to open soon. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

UNICA: Most Brazilian sugarcane mills wrap up 2016-’17 harvest

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a crop update for the second half of December, reporting ethanol production reached 24.91 billion liters (6.58 billion gallons) from the start of the current season through Jan. 1. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

ORNL: Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyDepartment of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists, biofuel researchers and others. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 analyzes environmental effects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicThe 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1 has been jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

DOE releases analysis of biofuels, bioproducts from waste streams

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

RFA responds to FAO news that global food prices fell in 2016

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has announced prices of major global food commodities dropped 1.5 percent from 2015 to 2016. The Renewable Fuels Association noted the news shows corn ethanol has not increased food prices. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Crushings analysis shows increases in corn oil, DDGS production

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsCorn distillers oil production was up a whopping 15 percent in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, according an analysis of the USDA Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production

BY Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessToday many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year. However, current research shows dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce biofuels nine months of the year, increasing profits by as much as 30 percent. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

USDA report demonstrates GHG benefits of corn ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 12, the USDA released a report showing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with U.S. corn ethanol are currently approximately 43 percent lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

WASDE: Corn supplies down, ethanol use up

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:FeedstocksUSDA ratcheted down corn supplies for the 2016-’17 crop year, lowering corn ending stocks by 48 million bushels from last month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Corn production is estimated at 15.148 billion bushels. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

DOE, USDA open FOA to support integrated biorefinery optimization

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently opened a $22.7 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Corn prospects from ethanol production appear strong for 2017

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyCorn consumption for ethanol production is very likely to surpass the most recent USDA projection of 5.3 billion bushels and the prospect already is impacting the corn market, according to the weekly outlook by Todd Hubbs published in FarmDoc Daily. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Gevo releases operational update, achieves EPA pathway approval

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 9, Gevo Inc. published an update describing fourth quarter operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery. In addition, the U.S. EPA recently approved a fuel pathway for the plant regarding the production of butanol from corn and sorghum. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

USDA: November corn consumed for fuel ethanol up compared to 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently published the January edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, indicating total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was at 452 million bushels in November. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Syngenta grows Enogen corn footprint

BY Syngenta Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessSyngenta recently announced that it has reached agreements with ethanol plants, from Arizona to Ohio, with a combined total capacity of nearly 2 billion gallons. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may sequester carbon in soil

BY PLOS Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicTwo potential biofuel crops in Hawaii, sugarcane and napiergrass, may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published Jan. 4 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

Petrobras sells its shares in Guarani to Tereos

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessPetrobras Biocombustível S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petrobras, has announced an agreement to sell its shares in Guarani S.A., a Brazil-based sugar and ethanol producer, to Tereos Participations SAS for $202 million. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

LanzaTech awarded DOE funding for biofuel demonstration facility

BY LanzaTech Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, PolicyLanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy to receive a $4 million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons per year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn Dec. 28, the USDA Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during fiscal year 2017. The USDA is scheduled to issue its next quarterly update on the FFP prior to April 1. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

Iowa Energy Plan includes role ethanol can play in state's future

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyIowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has released to the public the Iowa Renewable Energy Plan, which establishes priorities and provides strategic guidance for Iowa’s energy future. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Advanced Biofuels USA gets grant to study energy beets

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessMaryland-based Advanced Biofuels USA has been awarded a $16,893 grant by USDA to study the feasibility of making bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

UNICA: 1.92 billion liters of ethanol sold in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released its crop update for the second half of November, reporting that 789.46 million liters (208.55 million gallons) of ethanol were produced during the two-week period. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE