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December 29, 2017

Bolivia plans E10 mandate in 2018

BY Tim AlbrechtBolivia announced a plan this week to implement an ethanol blend mandate for gasoline in 2018. The mandate would begin at a 10 percent blend and increase as the industry increases production capacity in Bolivia. READ MORE

December 29, 2017

EERC, Red Trail Energy continue to reduce CO2 emissions

BY Erin VoegeleThe University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center has been awarded $345,000 of North Dakota Renewable Energy Program funding to continue work with Red trail Energy LLC to investigate the use of CCUS technology at ethanol plants. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

USDA: No FY 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 28, USDA Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The CCC is expected to release its next quarterly estimate for the FPP by April 1. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

USGC’s corn quality report see record yields

BY Tim AlbrechtThe U.S. Grain Council released its latest corn quality report Dec. 21. The seventh annual survey showed a record corn yield and overall great crop quality due to an outstanding growing season. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

ePURE against EU’s roll back of ethanol use

BY Tim AlbrechtThe European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, issued a statement decrying the recent agreement by EU energy ministers to roll back plans to use renewable energy in transportation, calling it a step in the wrong direction. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

EPA qualifies distiller sorghum oil as advanced biofuel feedstock

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released a notice of proposed rulemaking related to fuel pathways using distiller sorghum oil as feedstock for biofuel production. A 30-day comment period on the proposal is set to close Jan. 26. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

USGC explores potential for ethanol use in Indonesia, Thailand

BY U.S. Grains Council Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council recently traveled to Indonesia and Thailand to visit with ministry and industry officials and gain a better understanding of the opportunities for and challenges to expanded ethanol use in both markets. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

IRFA announces monarch fueling station project

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently launched the Monarch Fueling Station Project to help ethanol and biodiesel producers across the state establish monarch butterfly habitats on green spaces surrounding biofuels plants. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Biofuel projects named as semi-finalists in Ontario competition

BY Erin VoegeleThe Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Iowa supermarket adds E15 fuel location

BY Tim AlbrechtHy-Vee Inc., a chain of supermarkets throughout the Midwest, now offers E15 at five locations across its eight-state region. The Hy-Vee store located at 3120 Agency Street in Burlington, Iowa, is the latest to offer the fuel option. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

DOE announces plan to modernize department

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its intent to modernize the agency’s organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

CropEnergies releases third quarter financial report

BY Tim AlbrechtCropEnergies, a leading European manufacturer of ethanol, released its third quarter financial report Dec. 15. The company saw an operating profit of 12 million euros ($14.3 million), down from 18 million euros during the same quarter of last year. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

Iowa seeks nominations for renewable fuel marketing awards

BY Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is encouraging Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the Secretary’s Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards. The winners will be announced in January. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

UW studies say petite poplars are the future of biofuels

BY Michelle Ma, University of Washington A University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production up in late November

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released production data for the last two weeks of November, reporting that sales of ethanol increased while the rate of sugarcane milling slowed. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Alberta to provide funding to support biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleIn early December, the government of Alberta announced plans to award $1.4 billion over seven years to support innovative projects funded by the Climate Leadership Plan. A portion of that funding will support bioenergy and biofuel projects. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

USGC: Corn harvest, DDGS roadshow garners record attendance

BY U.S. Grains Council More than 350 people attended a roadshow in Southeast Asia highlighting new-crop U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles and offering a sneak-peak at information from the U.S. Grains Council’s forthcoming report on corn harvest quality. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Biofuels industry celebrates 10th anniversary of EISA

BY Erin VoegeleDec. 19 marks the 10th anniversary of former President George W. Bush signing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law, establishing the current version of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Japan to accept US corn ethanol

BY Tim AlbrechtJapan is likely to finalize a determination in January 2018 that will allow the use of U.S. ethanol in the production of bio-ethyl tert-butyl ether. The final decision will be followed by a period of public comment. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

ACE asks conference committee to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleBrian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, is asking the conference committee negotiating changes to House and Senate tax bills to extend the cellulosic biofuel tax credit and biodiesel tax credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Brazil’s Senate passes bill creating a national biofuels policy

BY Ron Kotrba Brazil's Senate approved a bill Dec. 12 creating a national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, to increase use of biodiesel and ethanol, in addition to other biofuels, to improve the nation's energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Grant supports research to turn bacteria into biofuel producers

BY Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels—energy sources made from plants or microbes. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

USDA: Corn use for ethanol production up in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released its December Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing 470 million bushels of corn was consumed for fuel alcohol production in October, up 6 percent from September and up 3 percent from October 2016. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Scotland biofuel company to build whisky residue biofuel plant

BY Tim AlbrechtA Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables, plans to build a commercial demonstration plant in Grangemouth, which will produce over 500,000 liters (132,000 gallons) of biofuel annually, according to a press release. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Bacteria development marks new era in cellular design

BY University of Kent Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

The biofuels industry reacts to White House RFS meetings

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump has hosted two meetings with Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the RFS and RINs. Members of the biofuels industry are speaking out against efforts to undermine the RFS and are offering solutions to help lower RIN prices. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

UF/IFAS develops sorghum varieties for ethanol production

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences University of Florida researchers have found three UF/IFAS-developed sorghum varieties could produce up to 1,000 gallons of ethanol per acre. The researchers also noted that ethanol produced from sweet sorghum can be used for auto and jet fuel. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

EIA revises 2018 ethanol production forecast in latest STEO

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for December, maintaining its 2017 ethanol production forecast, but slightly lowering its production forecast for 2018. READ MORE

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