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

Plymouth Oil to extract corn oil, germ at Iowa plant

Plymouth Oil LLC is nearing completion of its equity drive for a fractionation and oil-extraction unit on the front end of Plymouth Energy LLC, a 55 MMgy ethanol plant under construction in Merrill, Iowa.READ MORE

Iowa Corn Opportunities invests in Cellencor technology

Iowa Corn Opportunities LLC, the business development arm of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, has invested in Cellencor Corp. to further the development and promotion of a new microwave technology for drying distillers grains at ethanol facilities.READ MORE

Louisiana adopts advanced biofuels initiative

Louisiana's Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative, which was signed into law June 23 by Gov. Bobby Jindal, allows the state to develop pilot programs on hydrous ethanol and variable blending pumps.READ MORE

Industrial-scale MSW-to-biofuels facility to locate in Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, will soon be home to the world's first industrial-scale facility producing biofuel from municipal solid waste. The city has signed a 25-year agreement with Canada's leading ethanol producer GreenField Ethanol Inc. and Montreal-based Enerkem, a leading biofuels technology company, to build the $70 million facility.READ MORE

Renova Energy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

London-based ethanol producer Renova Energy PLC has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its U.S. subsidiaries to protect itself from creditors as part of its plan to move forward with its financing restructuring process.READ MORE

VeraSun postpones start-up at third plant

VeraSun Energy Corp. announced June 25 it was delaying the start-up operations at its ethanol plant in Hankinson, N.D. The construction on the plant is nearly complete. This is the third new 110 MMgy plant that VeraSun Energy has put on hold this month.READ MORE

Tennessee Biofuels Initiative on track to build biorefinery

Last week, the Tennessee Biofuels Initiative fielded phone calls after an erroneous news story reported that one of the partners had bowed out of the project. In reality, the university reports the initiative remains on track to open a biorefinery in 2010.READ MORE

EPA warns companies to trade RINs properly

Established by the U.S. EPA as a way to track the amount of renewable fuel produced in the United States, renewable identification numbers (RINs) have only been around since September 2007 and regulations for them are often overlooked or disregarded. As a result, the EPA recently reissued a document warning companies about improper and illegal RIN trading practices.READ MORE

RFS waiver request commentary period ends

The U.S. EPA received nearly 15,000 comments relating to a renewable fuels standard waiver request submitted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The 30-day comment period ended June 23, and the EPA is required to issue a response by July 23. If granted, the amount of renewable fuel required to be produced this year would be reduced to 4.5 billion gallons.READ MORE

USDA NASS reports Midwest flooding impacts corn yield

Midwestern flooding in late May and early June sent the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service back to the field to reinterview approximately 1,200 farmers June 23-25 in flood-affected areas. "As a result, it was determined that U.S. farmers intend to harvest 90.4 percent of their planted acres of corn for grain," the June 30 acreage report said. "This is a change from 92.4 percent as measured during the first two weeks of June. U.S. farmers intend to harvest 96.8 percent of their planted acres of soybeans. Without this additional survey data, historical averages would have indicated 98.7 percent of soybean acres to be harvested."READ MORE
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