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July 29, 2014

Joint venture formed to develop cellulosic biorefinery in China

BY Erin VoegeleA joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. The project was first announced in late 2013. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

Pacific Ethanol awarded grant to support sorghum program

BY Pacific Ethanol Inc. Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced it was awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program collaboratively with several other organizations. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

NASCAR reaches 6 million miles of racing with E15

BY American Ethanol For more than three years, NASCAR has run on Sunoco Green E15. Drivers recently raced at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, where a historic milestone was set of 6 million miles of racing on higher blends of ethanol in NASCAR. READ MORE

July 29, 2014

Commodities: Ethanol markets stabilize despite corn slide

BY Rick Kment, DTN Through late summer, the ethanol complex has remained extremely stable, unlike most commodity markets around it. Corn prices have fallen 55 cents per bushel while ethanol prices increased 2 cents per gallon. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Gevo: Side-by-side operation of Luverne plant on track

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has reported an update on the progress of the implementation of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. In the beginning of June, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

USGC asks USDA to intervene in China's MIR-162 trade requirements

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 27, U.S. Grains Council Chairman Julius Schaaf asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to personally intervene with his counterpart in China to halt the "current regulatory sabotage of the DDGS trade with China." READ MORE

July 28, 2014

RFA to DOE: Update your E85 data

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has pointed to the vast underrepresentation of E85 stations in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center database and implored DOE to accurately account for all stations selling E85. READ MORE

July 28, 2014

Commodities: China's DDGS rules still evolving

BY Sean Broderick, CHS China again has created new rules with regard to shipments that state all shipments must have a government stamped document stating the absence of MIR 162 corn. However, there aren't currently any agencies that can officially test for that. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Report discusses future of European ethanol industry

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Union has filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting that the European Commission aims to reach an agreement on future biofuel policy by October. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Lesaffre announces acquisition of Butalco

BY Lesaffre Lesaffre has announced the acquisition of the start-up Butalco, a research company focused on yeast technology and the development of yeast strains for second generation of biofuels and bio based chemicals. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Spero Energy receives NSF funding

BY Purdue Research Park A Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuels and the production of fragrance products has received funding from the National Science Foundation. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Ethanol hedge for corn farmers working as expected in 2014

BY Susanne Retka SchillWith corn prices the lowest in years, the question arises whether farmers who invested in ethanol plants are finding it an effective hedge. Retired Iowa State University ag economist Don Hofstrand analyzed the question in a recent newsletter. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

East Kansas Agri-Energy announces renewable diesel project

BY East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC has announced its intent to integrate renewable diesel production at its ethanol plant in Garnett, Kansas. The fuel will be made from the corn distillers oil already produced at the plant along with other feedstocks. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

Ethanol rolls into Sturgis

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association will partner with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground to host the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set to take place Aug. 4-10. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

ACE announces final agenda for August 4-6 conference in Minnesota

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Ethanol advocates can expect an agenda including notable speakers and timely topics for the upcoming 27th annual ACE Ethanol Conference, August 4-6. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

DOT proposes new standards for ethanol, crude oil rail shipments

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released proposed rulemaking that aims to improve the safety of rail transportation of flammable materials, particularly crude oil and ethanol. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Montanans turn barley into high-value feed, ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillMontana Microbial and the USDA Agricultural Research Service are developing an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

Aemetis announces $3 million CEC grant for sorghum project

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. has announced that the company received a $3 million matching grant award from the California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support a sorghum ethanol project. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

Bill would benefit manufacturers of alternatively fueled vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide automakers an option to reduce their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards by warranting at least half the vehicles they manufacture for alternative fuels. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

Analysis shows U.S. ethanol is lowest cost fuel, octane source

BY Renewable Fuels Association Ethanol produced in the United States has been the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world over the past four years and has played an important role in reducing consumer fuel costs, according to a new analysis. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for alternative fuel vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International The agenda for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo has been released. The Oct. 13-14 event, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will focus on next-generation biofuels technology integration opportunities for existing biofuel plants. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues

BY Erin VoegeleA Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

Legislation would require country-of-origin labeling for fuels

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would require fuel suppliers to disclose country-of-origin information for transportation fuels. The bill, titled the "Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act," was introduced July 16. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

OECD-FAO outlook report predicts growth in ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleThe Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predict that global biofuel consumption and production will increase significantly through 2023. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining

BY University of British Columbia A biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Cummins gets 50-85% GHG reduction with new E85 optimized engine

BY Susanne Retka SchillCummins Inc. announced the development of an E85 optimized engine and powertrain that reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by as much as 50 to 80 percent when compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Bioenergy education program comes to SFSC this fall

BY South Florida State College Beginning this fall, South Florida State College will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. The program will focus on preparing students for technician positions. READ MORE

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