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April 24, 2018

EPA seeks nominations for MSTRS

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which is designed to provide the Clean Air Advisory Committee with independent advice on programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

RFA: Small refiner waivers lowered 2016, 2017 RVOs significantly

BY Renewable Fuels Association EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion gallons, according to an analysis by the RFA. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Growth Energy: American Ethanol partners with UTI

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has announced a new partnership between its American Ethanol program and Universal Technical Institute, the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

ACE returns to Mexico to address ethanol retail questions

BY American Coalition for Ethanol American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty recently traveled to Mexico to speak at a meeting of Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers in Monterrey about switching over a station to offer E10 for the first time. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX technology

BY BBI International D3MAX LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC announced April 24 that Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology with its existing corn dry mill. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol production up nearly 2 percent in 2017-2018 season

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released final data for the 2017-2018 harvest, which ended March 31. The data shows ethanol production was up despite lower volumes of sugarcane processing. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

EPA: Biomass from managed forests is carbon neutral

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 23, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that in future regulatory actions biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

Research shows how genetics can improve 2G ethanol production

BY FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO A recent study by researchers in Brazil focused on three fungi species that produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation. The scientists reveal how these substances are regulated and how they can interact synergically. READ MORE

April 20, 2018

Canadian biofuels report: Ethanol at full capacity, imports up

BY Tim AlbrechtCanada recently filed its 2017 annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network, showing Canadian production is at full capacity and imports of ethanol rose in the past year. READ MORE

April 19, 2018

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Element

BY Tim AlbrechtThe U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway petition from ICM Inc. and The Andersons Inc. for Element LLC in Colwich, Kansas. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

House committee passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes many bioenergy programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

STB schedules RETAC meeting for April 26

BY Erin VoegeleThe Surface Transportation Board has announced it will hold a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee on April 26 in Washington, D.C. RETAC addresses issues related to the transportation of energy resources, including ethanol. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Advanced BioEnergy adds grain receiving, storage capacity

BY Advanced BioEnergy LLC Advanced BioEnergy LLC announced April 9 it will build an initial 800,000 bushels of year-round corn storage and related grain receiving capabilities at its Aberdeen, South Dakota, ethanol plant. Additional expansions are planned for the future. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Veolia launches UK online marketplace for organic resources

BY Veolia Veolia is launching an online trading platform in the U.K. that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. The BioTrading website will be a sales and auction marketplace that connects buyers to the rest of the value chain. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Studies: Ethanol reduces toxic emissions, improves air quality

BY Tim AlbrechtTwo recent studies commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative have found that ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50 percent, significantly improving air quality and protecting the health of the public. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Senators ask EPA to cease issuing RFS ‘hardship’ waivers

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Japan to allow imports of ETBE made from US corn ethanol

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy The U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and their member organizations welcome the news April 17 that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

RICanada applauds Ontario’s move to E10

BY Renewable Industries Canada Building on the success of current biofuel mandates, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauds Ontario’s leadership in increasing blending requirements for ethanol in gasoline to 10 percent by 2020. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

CVEC to install Whitefox ICE bolt-on membrane dehydration system

BY Whitefox Technologies Ltd. Whitefox Technologies has announced Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company is to install a Whitefox ICE membrane dehydration system at its plant in Benson, Minnesota. The installation will allow CVEC to increase its production capacity by 7.5 MMgy. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

ASTM revises test method to support ethanol specification

BY ASTM International Members of ASTM International recently revised a key test method (D1613) that has been used to measure the acidity of fuel ethanol and denatured fuel ethanol, including ethanol used for car gasoline blends. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

New UK biofuel targets take effect April 15

BY Erin VoegeleIn the U.K., the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation came into force on April 15, requiring fuel companies to nearly triple the amount of renewable fuel they supply by 2032. The new regulations also introduce incentives for waste-based fuels. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

RFA: E15 debuts in St. Louis metro region

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association is excited to announce that E15 has debuted in the St. Louis area and will be available throughout the year. Home Service Oil Co. now offers both E15 and E85 at 1707 Hwy Z in Pevely, Missouri, just off Interstate 55. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

RFA, Pinnacle host webinars on combustible dust hazards

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, has teamed up with the experts at Pinnacle Engineering Inc. to host two webinars on educating facility personnel about the hazards of combustible dust. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

Growth Energy welcomes Golden Grain Energy as newest plant member

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy recently welcomed Golden Grain Energy LLC as its newest member. Golden Grain Energy began production in December 2004 and is a locally owned ethanol producer with roughly 900 unitholders. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

NUS engineers pioneer new technique for biofuel production

BY National University of Singapore Engineers from the National University of Singapore recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

Hearing explores the possibility of a fuel performance standard

BY Erin VoegeleThe House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled “High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities” on April 13. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor testified at the event. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

USGC answers ethanol questions from Mexico service station owners

BY U.S. Grains Council As Mexico’s energy sector continues to evolve, the U.S. Grains Council is running a series of technical workshops there to answer questions from local service station owners about how to utilize and profit from using ethanol. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

Senators issue statement against EPA attacks on RFS

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office In response to a January letter sent by Sens. Grassley, Thune, Blunt, Fischer and Ernst, EPA has again confirmed that oil refiners aren’t negatively impacted by compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

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