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

Ethanol plants utilize 29 percent of U.S. grain sorghum production

A recent United Sorghum Checkoff Program-funded study has found approximately 29 percent of the grain sorghum produced by U.S. farmers is used to manufacture ethanol. The study, which was conducted by Agri-Energy Solutions Inc., sought information that will assist the USCP with reaching its goal of increasing the inclusion rate of grain sorghum in ethanol by 50 percent by 2011. To complete the study, AES developed a set of confidential survey questions that were designed to determine how much grain sorghum is currently being used by ethanol plants. The survey also aimed to determine the primary factors that influence an ethanol plant's decision to use grain sorghum.READ MORE

EPA delays decision making on E15 fuel waiver

On Dec. 1 the U.S. EPA announced that it will not make a final determination of the E15 fuel waiver until mid-2010. In March 2009, Growth Energy submitted a waiver to allow for the use of up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA was required to respond to the waiver request by Dec. 1, 2009. The EPA has been working to evaluate the waiver request and has received a broad range of public comments as part of the administrative rulemaking process. In a letter sent to Growth Energy on Dec. 1, the agency said that to date testing has indicated that the engines of newer cars will likely be able to handle ethanol blends higher than the current 10 percent limit. However, the agency will delay making a final decision on the fuel waiver until more testing data is available. On a positive note, the EPA also announced that it has begun the process to craft the labeling requirements that will be necessary if the blending limit is raised.READ MORE

Study confirms Canadian renewable fuels significantly reduce GHG emissions

An analysis of Canada's biofuels industry recently conducted by Cheminfo Services Inc. confirms that Canadian ethanol and biodiesel significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study, which was funded by the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, was conducted using the most recent version of the Natural Resources Canada GHGenius lifecycle assessment model for transportation fuels.READ MORE

Canadian support for biofuels tops 80 percent

Canadian support for biofuels is quite strong according to a study released at the opening of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit held Dec. 1 and 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ontario-based Praxicus Public Strategies Inc. conducted a survey from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 for the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. "The poll clearly shows that Canadians want to shift from fossil fuels towards alternatives. Eighty-four per cent of Canadians support the promotion of low-carbon, homegrown renewable fuels as a major part of that change," Praxicus president Dimitri Pantazopoulos said. "This support for renewable fuels is consistently strong in every region of the country. Canadians want our energy supply to grow beyond oil."READ MORE

Pacific Ethanol to start up Burley plant

California-based Pacific Ethanol Inc. has filed documents in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware for permission to reopen the company's 60 MMgy plant in Burley, Idaho. A hearing is set for Dec 14. According to Pacific, Ethanol falling feedstock costs and imminent legislation that would increase the ethanol blend in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent make production sustainable. The company intends to restart the plant in 2010. According to Pacific Ethanol, falling feedstock costs and imminent legislation that would increase the ethanol blend in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent make production sustainable. The company intends to restart the plant in 2010.READ MORE

DOE, USDA announce more than $600 million investment in advanced biorefinery projects

U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 19 integrated biorefinery projects to receive up to $564 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate the construction and operation of pilot, demonstration, and commercial scale facilities. The projects - in 15 states - will validate refining technologies and help lay the foundation for full commercial-scale development of a biomass industry in the United States. The projects selected today will produce advanced biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts using biomass feedstocks at the pilot, demonstration, and full commercial scale. The projects selected today are part of the ongoing effort to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the creation of the domestic bio-industry and provide new jobs in many rural areas of the country.READ MORE
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