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

Ethanol use increases in Sweden

The number of flex-fuel vehicles and E85 consumption are rising sharply in Sweden. During 2007, the number of passenger flexible-fuel vehicles in Sweden grew by 74 percent to more than 80,000, according to figures by the Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis in Östersund March 28.READ MORE

U.S. ethanol imports rebound

Data compiled and recently released by the Energy Information Administration shows that the United States increased its imports of fuel ethanol in January. Imports dipped from 985,000 barrels in October 2007 to 380,000 barrels in November, to the year's lowest figures – 198,000 barrels in December. However, imports rebounded to 495,000 barrels, nearly 21 million gallons, in January.READ MORE

Fremont Industries creates Biofuels Group

A new division of Fremont Industries has been designed with biofuel producers in mind. The Minnesota based water treatment company has been working for years with the biofuels industry to provide the best water treatment programs possible for biofuel plants. Recently, the company determined that a division devoted entirely to the biofuels industry was needed – and so Biofuels Group was created. The new division will help an ethanol plant further reduce its solid discharge levels from the water used during ethanol production.READ MORE

Raven Biofuels, Pure Energy to merge

Raven Biofuels International Corp. and Pure Energy Corp. have announced a proposed merger. The two companies are developing multiple plants using Pure Energy's technology to produce ethanol and furfural from several biomass sources.READ MORE

Corn Plus: Microwave drying tests successful

Winnebago, Minn.-based Corn Plus has field tested a microwave drying process developed by Cellencor Corporation. In March, the pilot system operated for eight days at the ethanol plant to determine the economical impact the energy-saving system might deliver.READ MORE

U.S. Ag Secretary Schafer discusses farm bill politics

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer is optimistic the farm bill will pass – and provide needed support for the biofuels industries. Ethanol Producer Magazine sat down with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer on March 29, while he was in Fargo, N. Dak., speaking at the state's Republican convention. He spoke with us about his role as Secretary of Agriculture, his professional and political experience as a Midwesterner in relation to his new position in the Bush Administration and the progress of the new farm bill.READ MORE

USDA prospective planting report: corn acres down

The first glimpse into the commodity markets' battle for acres was provided today in the seasons' first USDA Prospective Planting Report. As expected, farmers intend to plant 8 percent less than 2007's high in corn acres, but soybean acreage is up 18 percent from the previous year, and all wheat acreage is up 6 percent.READ MORE

Pacific Ethanol optimistic about 2008 plant production

Pacific Ethanol Inc., reeling from huge losses posted in late 2007, is rebounding quickly. March 31 the California- based company announced its new 50 MMgy ethanol plant in Burley, Idaho, would begin grinding corn "in a few days." It hopes to have a fourth plant in Stockton, Calif., operating by late 2008.READ MORE

CHS assumes sole ownership of Provista Renewable Fuels Marketing

Cenex Harvest States, one of the largest grain, food and energy companies in the United States, has acquired a 50 percent interest in Provista Renewable Fuels Marketing, which is owned by U.S. BioEnergy Corp. CHS is now the sole owner of the marketing venture. The move comes two days after U.S. BioEnergy and South Dakota-based VeraSun Energy Corp., two of the nation's top ethanol producers, announced the closing of its merger agreement on March 31.READ MORE

VeraSun Energy merges with U.S. BioEnergy; begins production at 11th plant

VeraSun Energy Corp. announced two milestones on March 31. The merger between VeraSun and U.S. BioEnergy Corp. was approved by a majority vote of both companies' shareholders and became effective April 1. The merger combines under the VeraSun name 17 biorefineries in production, under construction, or in development.READ MORE
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