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October 20, 2017

Pruitt commits to strong RFS, maintaining the point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the agency is expected to set final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations at or above proposed levels. He also indicated EPA will issue a final rule maintaining the current point of obligation. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Biofuel industry files comments on EPA proposal to reduce RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleThe 15-day comment period on the U.S. EPA’s notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) closed Oct. 19. More than 5,000 comments were filed on the proposal. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

UA to head new center focusing on biofuels and bioproducts

BY University of Arizona The University of Arizona has received a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

House Biofuels Caucus asks EPA to increase RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 19, the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking the agency to formulate a more robust final rule regarding renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

Summit enlivens discussions of global ethanol use

BY U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

ICM enters Brazilian ethanol marketplace opening new office

BY ICM Inc. ICM Inc. has announced the opening of a regional office in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The company is in the process of hiring a team of employees to service the needs of the region. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Reynolds, Grassley continue to push Trump, Pruitt on RFS

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and senators representing several Midwestern states are continuing to push President Donald Trump and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Comment period on EPA’s NODA to reduce RFS RVOs closes Oct. 19

BY Erin VoegeleThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recent notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) must submit comments by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Aemetis signs lease for cellulosic ethanol plant site

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. has announced that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 55 year lease at a former U.S. Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California, for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

RFA receives federal grant for ethanol safety training program

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has received a $50,000 federal grant to help continue the RFA’s ethanol safety training program efforts. The grant provides hazmat training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Senators, governors advocate for strong biomass-based diesel RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral senators and governors are taking action to urge the Trump administration to ensure strong 2018 and 2019 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) are set under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Highwater Ethanol hosts Wabasso High School students

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Sixteen students from Wabasso High School recently toured Highwater Ethanol to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Surgeonfish research may aid biofuel development

BY King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. These findings may provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ABFA members oppose proposed cuts to RFS RVOS in letter to Trump

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to a recent proposal issued by the U.S. EPA that could result in lower blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

RFA: Analysis shows no relationship between RINs, gas prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Despite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard, prices of the renewable identification numbers used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline prices, according to Informa Agribusiness Consulting. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ACE hosts Latin American trade group on ethanol tour

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a Latin American trade team organized by the U.S. Grains Council at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based office Oct. 16 as part of the group’s pre-tour prior to the Ethanol Summit of the Americas in Houston. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Ohio plant

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association rewards drivers who chose E15

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and KS95 FM teamed up Oct. 11 to reward drivers who chose E15 at the Holiday station on Centerville Road in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Iowa plant receives EPA approval for cellulosic production

BY Edeniq Inc. Edeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

Elite Octane expected to begin commissioning next year

BY Erin VoegeleConstruction on a new corn ethanol plant in Cass County, Iowa, is progressing on schedule. The 120 MMgy Elite Octane facility is currently expected to begin commissioning during the second quarter of 2018. The project broke ground in March 2017. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

RFA celebrates National Farmers Day

BY Renewable Fuels Association Oct. 12 is celebrated as National Farmers Day. On this day of recognition, the Renewable Fuels Association would like to thank and honor farmers for their service, especially USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

DOT awards hazardous materials planning and training grants

BY U.S. Department of Transportation The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing three separate hazardous materials training related grants totaling $23.87 million. A portion of the funding supports ethanol safety training. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining the 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts made in the September STEO. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

UW scientists part of $6 million biofuel, carbon capture project

BY University of Wyoming Agricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

St1 progresses with plans for advanced biofuels

BY St1 St1 recently announced it plans to begin producing renewable diesel at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2020. The company also said it continues to develop advanced ethanol production technologies with a focus on lignocellulosic feedstocks. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the October edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, which shows corn use for fuel ethanol was up in July. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Growth Energy: More than 1,000 US fuel stations now offering E15

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15—a fuel with 15 percent ethanol—more than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

DOE awards Danforth Center $16 million to enhance sorghum

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center recently announced a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The research aims to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

USGC sets sights on Kenya for potential ethanol market

BY Lisa GibsonThe U.S. Grains Council is working to develop ethanol markets in east Africa, which are accessible through the Persian Gulf. Brian Healy, USGC’s vice president of ethanol market development, traveled to Kenya recently in support of that effort. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

Gevo collaborates with national labs on fuel, ETO projects

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 9, Gevo Inc. announced two collaborations with the U.S. Department of Energy’s national labs. One collaboration aims develop missile fuel while the other aims to optimize Gevo's ethanol-to-olefins catalyst performance. READ MORE

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