Feedstocks

July 14, 2017

Thailand decreases 2036 renewables goal by 37 percent

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThailand reduced its renewable and alternative energy target for 2036 by 37 percent as it grapples with uncertainty in molasses and cassava feedstock production. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Australian government announces support for biorefinery project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used as a feedstock. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

USDA increases 2017-‘18 corn production estimates in July WASDE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksThe USDA has released the July edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, predicting larger corn supplies, greater feed and residual use and higher ending stocks for 2017-’18. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Rice aids in the study of biofuel feedstocks

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicRice is a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel production, scientists are seeking to identify genes that control key traits, including yield. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

USDA: Corn consumed for fuel ethanol production up in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently published the July edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, showing corn consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 452 million bushels in May, up 3 percent from April and 6 percent from May 2016. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

Stanford scientists discover new path to ethanol production

BY Staff Report Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessScientists from Stanford have discovered a process they say could produce ethanol without corn or crops. The new process uses three basic components: water, carbon dioxide and electricity, delivered through a copper catalyst. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

IndianOil, LanzaTech to build gas-to-ethanol facility in India

BY LanzaTech Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessIndian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IndianOil), India’s flagship national oil company and, LanzaTech, carbon recycling company, have signed a statement of intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

UNICA reports reduced exports of ethanol in early June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced mills in the south-central region produced 5.81 billion liters (1.53 billion gallons) from the start of the current harvest season through June 16. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

USDA: No actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program during Q3

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA Commodity Credit Corp. recently announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The program encourages the production of biofuels from surplus sugar. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Service providers partner to build ethanol plants in India

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CellulosicL&T Hydrocarbon Engineering in Mumbai is partnering with the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai to build second-generation ethanol plants across India. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

FEW panelist joins discussion via live feed from Mexico

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyKristy Moore, principal for KMoore Consulting, was live via Skype from Mexico during the Exports Update general session panel at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Minneapolis. Mexico recently announced it will allow E10 blends. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Dinneen laments policy barriers, praises ethanol industry at FEW

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, told attendees of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo that the industry needs to work to increase ethanol demand. It’ll be driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard, he said. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Bayrock, Cooper receive 2017 FEW awards

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper received the High Octane Award and Dennis Bayrock was recognized with the Award of Excellence during the the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Two Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship recipients were also named. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

In Depth: Meeting needs, maximizing benefits

BY Ann Bailey Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Farmers continuously implement new environmentally friendly techniques to raise their crops. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

UNICA reports continued delays in sugarcane harvest

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced 31.59 million tons of sugarcane were processed by mills in the south-central region during the second half of May, down 2.83 percent when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

UNICA: CTC’s genetically modified sugarcane approved

BY UNICA Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyIn Brazil, CTNBio - National Biosafety Technical Commission, has approved the commercial use of the first genetically-modified sugarcane developed by the Brazilian sugarcane breeding and technology company Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira. READ MORE

June 09, 2017

USDA maintains forecast for 2017-’18 corn production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:FeedstocksThe USDA has released the June edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, reporting projected corn production for 2017-’18 is unchanged at 14.065 billion bushels. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Greenbelt Resources to partner on duckweed-to-ethanol plant

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe Andrew J. Young Foundation, based in Atlanta, has signed a letter of intent to purchase Greenbelt Resources Corp.’s ethanol production technology for a 500,000-gallon-per-year plant to be sited in the southeast U.S. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

USDA, DOE open $9 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy are making up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to support the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and biobased products. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

RFA analysis: RFS has been ‘tremendous success’ since adoption

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMore than a decade after the original Renewable Fuel Standard was signed into law, tremendous progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Abengoa completes sale of European ethanol business

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessAbengoa S.A. has completed the sale of its European ethanol business to a company controlled by Trilantic Europe, a private equity fund. According to Abengoa, the transaction includes four ethanol plants and a company that manages grain purchases. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

USDA: April corn use for ethanol up compared to last year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released the June edition of its Grain Crushings and Coproducts Production report, announcing corn consumed for fuel alcohol was 433 million bushels in April, down 6 percent from March, but up 8 percent when compared to April 2016. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

RSB report outlines 2016 achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. A total of 17 countries are now represented in the program. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Research aims to produce biofuel feedstock on strip-mine sites

BY Amy Duke, Penn State Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicMarvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is working to bring a highly productive life back to land damaged by mining using switchgrass, a crop that can be used as an alternative fuel source. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

UNICA reports delays in sugarcane harvesting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 38.46 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of May, down 3.1 percent when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

GRFA: Ethanol production does not drive food prices

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has released a chart showing opposite trends in the UN FAO Food Price Index and world fuel ethanol production since 2008, demonstrating clearly that ethanol production is not a main driver of global food prices. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

USTR seeks comments, schedules hearing on NAFTA renegotiation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has opened a comment period and schedule a hearing to gain public input on its plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyPresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds to become governor

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate has confirmed Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad will resign as governor on May 24 and immediately be sworn in as ambassador, with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to be sworn in as Iowa governor. READ MORE