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

Hereford Biofuels ethanol plant to be mothballed

Competitive Power Ventures Holdings LLC, a North American power industry development and asset management company headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., has been retained by Ethanol Acquisition LLC, a group of lenders led by French financial services giant Société Générale Group, to manage the former 115 MMgy Hereford Biofuels LP ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas, which Ethanol Acquisition acquired in April from Panda Ethanol Inc. for a $25 million credit bid in bankruptcy court.READ MORE

CPT: MarketFlex provides producers with flexibility during tough economy

A patented flexible corn dry fractionation technology helps producers during tough economic times, according to Reg Ankrom, director of market development for Kansas-based Cereal Process Technologies LLC. Known as MarketFlex, the technology allows ethanol plants to take advantage of the most profitable ethanol and coproduct markets. And the patented process may have helped one producer during these tough economic times.READ MORE

Senators urge EPA to consider implications of E15 fuel waiver on livestock industry

A group of 21 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on June 9, outlining their concerns over the possible approval of an E15 fuel waiver. In the letter, the senators requested that the EPA complete more comprehensive testing on ethanol prior to increasing the ratio of ethanol that can be mixed into gasoline. The senators also requested that air quality and technical issues be further explored, as well as the potential for the wavier to negatively impact consumers and livestock and poultry producers.READ MORE

Lignol Energy produces cellulosic ethanol

On June 8, Lignol Energy Corp. announced it has completed the first end-to-end production of cellulosic ethanol from woodchips at its fully integrated industrial-scale biorefinery plant in Burnaby, British Columbia. The Canadian company, which develops biorefining technologies to produce fuel-grade ethanol and other biochemical coproducts from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks, began construction on the facility in June 2008 and commenced the start-up phase in April 2009.READ MORE

WASDE: US corn projections lowered

Lower than previously expected U.S. corn production will be responsible for half of the reduction in 2009-‘10 global corn stocks, according to the June 10 USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Poor weather conditions in parts of the country during the spring planting season have led to reduced prospects for corn yields and production. Global corn ending stocks are now projected at 125.5 million tons, down 13.1 million tons from the 2008-'09 estimate.READ MORE

Governors bypass Obama, plea to EPA Administrator directly

His request to President Barack Obama having been ignored, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, has forwarded the coalition's plea directly to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, requesting that the EPA increase ethanol blend levels to E15. The Governors' Biofuels Coalition is a biofuels policy development group that includes governors from the majority of U.S. states.READ MORE

Shell, Iogen announce availability of cellulosic E10, use of fuel at Le Mans Race

On June 10, Royal Dutch Shell plc announced one of its Ottawa service stations would provide cellulosic E10 produced by Iogen Corp. for one month; a day later, Shell announced its blending the same fuel into the company's Shell V-Power race fuel at the 24 Hours of LeMans Race in France on June 13.READ MORE

EPA holds hearing on RFS2 rulemaking

The U.S. EPA held a hearing on June 9 to discuss the inclusion of indirect land use in its proposed rule for the second stage of the renewable fuels standard. Representatives of several industry associations, including the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy, offered testimony on the subject. "By expanding the renewable fuels standard, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) capitalizes on the substantial benefits that renewable fuels offer," said RFA President Bob Dinneen.READ MORE
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