Upcoming GHG/CAFE rulemaking an opportunity for high-octane fuels

On April 2, the U.S. EPA announced the completion of its midterm evaluation process for GHG emission standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025. The agency determined that current standards should be revised.
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China enacts retaliatory tariff on US ethanol, 127 other products

China is placing tariffs on 128 products imported from the U.S., including a 15 percent tariff on ethanol, effective immediately. The tariffs are in response to President Trump’s decision to place duties on imported steel and aluminum products.
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Gevo discusses financial status, market development activities

Gevo Inc. released 2017 financial results on March 28, providing an overview of its financial status, production and sales, and market development activities. The company's Minnesota biorefinery is expected to focus on ethanol production in 2018.
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Aemetis discusses plans to upgrade Keyes plant

Aemetis Inc. released fourth quarter 2017 financial results on March 29, highlighting progress with the development of its proposed 12 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and discussing plans to upgrade its existing corn ethanol plant.
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UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales up in first half of March

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that production units in Brazil’s south-central region processed 3.34 million metric tons of sugarcane during the first half of March, producing 182.79 million liters of ethanol.
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Rex releases 2017 financial results

Rex American Resources Corp. released financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 on March 22, reporting reduced net sales, revenue and gross profit. The company, however, indicated conditions are improving in the first quarter.
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Medford High School students tour Guardian Energy

Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville, Minnesota, March 20 to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
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NREL discovers enzyme domains that improve performance

By studying and comparing the workhorse cellulose-degrading enzymes of two fungi, researchers from NREL have pinpointed regions on these enzymes that can be targeted via genetic engineering to help break down cellulose faster.
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RFA, Transcaer to hold ethanol safety seminars in New Jersey

The Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer are hosting two ethanol safety seminars in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 6-7. Registration is free, but limited. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded following completion of the safety seminar.
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Gevo: ASTM subcommittee approves additional route to ATJ fuel

Gevo Inc. announced April 2 that an ASTM International subcommittee has voted in favor of revising specification D7566 to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol and to increase the approved blend levels from 30 percent to 50 percent.
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IRFA: Iowa blender pump program runs short of funding

Due to rising retailer interest in offering higher blends of biofuels, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program awarded all of its remaining FY18 funds during its third quarter meeting on March 27.
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Researchers engineer yeast to grow on xylose

Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities.
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Researchers use light to turn yeast into biochemical factories

Researchers at Princeton University are using light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The results offer scientists a powerful new tool to probe and understand the inner working of cells.
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