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July 31, 2015

3 bioenergy-related House bills introduced in late July

BY Erin VoegeleIn late July, several pieces of legislation were introduced that aim to impact the biorefining industry. Two of the bills aim to benefit bioenergy technologies, while a third would limit the U.S. EPA's ability to set cellulosic mandates. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

DOE solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting applications for up to $4 billion in loan guarantees to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Buis to step down as Growth Energy CEO, assume role of co-chair

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has announced that CEO Tom Buis has been named as co-chairman of the organization's board of directors. He will continue overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization until a new CEO has been appointed. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

FRA rule aims to prevent unattended trains from rolling away

BY U.S. Department of Transportation On July 29, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a final rule to prevent unattended trains that carry crude, ethanol, poisonous by inhalation (PIH), toxic by inhalation (TIH), and other highly flammable contents from rolling away. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

USDA scientist helps Texas sorghum growers reduce water use

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Susan O'Shaughnessy, an agricultural engineer with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Bushland, Texas, is providing guidance to sorghum farmers in the Texas High Plains who are trying to save water by using less-than-optimal amounts of it. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

USGC presents ethanol export promotion strategy to delegates

BY U.S. Grains Council An ethanol export promotion strategy developed in consultation with industry partners and the USDA was presented to U.S. Grains Council members from throughout the grains sector at USGC's 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Pacific Ethanol sets second quarter record for ethanol sales

BY Erin VoegelePacific Ethanol Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting the company sold a record 140.7 million gallons of ethanol during the three-month period. Net sales were $277.6 million and gross profit was $6.3 million. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Valero Energy Q2 earnings strong overall, weaker on ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillValero Energy Corp. reported strong second quarter earnings for the company on July 30, reporting net income from continuing operations attributable to Valero stockholders of $1.4 billion, or $2.66 per share, compared to $1.22 in Q2 2014. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Gevo announces first pump sales of isobutanol-blended gasoline

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo's renewable isobutanol at the pump. Express Lube has been selling the fuel at over a 50 percent premium to E10. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Argonne National Lab finds butanol is good for boats

BY U.S. DOE/Argonne National Laboratory Argonne National Laboratory recently teamed with industry to investigate alternative fuels for recreational marine applications. Research has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

USGC: Unlocking opportunities for DDGS in Canada

BY U.S. Grains Council A team of Canadian buyers and end-users of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) recently visited the United States on a learning journey cosponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Green Plains investor call highlights export demand, MLP IPO

BY Erin VoegeleGreen Plains Inc. has announced second quarter financial results, reporting net income of $7.8 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, compared to $32.3 million, or 82 cents per diluted share, during the same quarter of 2014. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

UAI: Removing ethanol from gasoline increases toxic emissions

BY Urban Air Initiative Many gas stations are promoting E0. It not only costs more than regular gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol, new data shows it also burns dirtier in your engine which then puts more toxic emissions into the air. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Pacific Ethanol now producing corn oil at Columbia plant

BY Pacific Ethanol Inc. Pacific Ethanol Inc. has begun commercial production of corn oil utilizing Valicor's corn oil recovery system at its Columbia ethanol plant located in Boardman, Oregon. All four of the western Pacific Ethanol plants are now producing the coproduct. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Commodities: Corn prices remain volatile ahead of harvest

BY Jason Sagebiel, FCStone The corn market caught a 53 cent rally from the end of June to mid-July. However, the price did a turnabout within 10 days, down about 51 cents. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Commodities: Natural gas delivery change lowers prices in Midwest

BY Ben Straus, U.S. Energy Services Inc. The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) went into service in 2009, running from Wyoming to Ohio. At the time, gas out west was relatively cheap, and the eastern supply sources in decline. Now, REX is in the process of reversing its flow. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

DuPont: Iowa cellulosic biorefinery mechanically complete

BY Erin VoegeleDuPont has released second quarter financial results, reporting an 11 percent drop in sales and a slight increase in earnings per share. The company also noted its cellulosic refinery in Iowa is now mechanically complete. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Syngenta releases half year financial results

BY Erin VoegeleSyngenta recently released its half-year results, reporting sales of $7.6 billion, up 3 percent at constant exchange rates. Second quarter sales increased 7 percent. EBITDA was $2 billion, up 21 percent at constant exchange rates. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

USGC: Ethanol can improve China’s air, water quality

BY U.S. Grains Council A U.S. Grains Council mission including U.S. environmental and public health specialists recently traveled to China to discuss how air and water quality in that country could be improved through the use of ethanol in the country's fuel. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Commodities: Ethanol prices decline, follow outside markets

BY Rick Kment, DTN Ethanol futures posted a strong 20-cent-per-gallon price retraction in the last half of July, following aggressive pressure in corn prices and most outside markets. As of July 27, RBOB gasoline futures had fallen over 30 cents from season highs. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

Commodities: DDGS prices drop, renewing interest outside China

BY Sean Broderick, CHS As August approaches, values in the DDGS market have rebounded a bit. Chinese cargoes, which last month looked to be a lot more at risk of getting executed, either did get shipped, or got rolled to a deferred month. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Biofuel industry voices support for RFS as comment period ends

BY Erin VoegeleJuly 27 is the final day members of the public can weigh in on the U.S. EPA's recently released renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal. As the comment period comes to a close, supporters of the biofuel industry are actively making their voices heard. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Brazilian president officially opens cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Iogen Corp. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy's cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raizen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 22. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy completes commissioning

BY Holly JessenA press conference was held at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant in North Dakota, marking the facility reaching its full commercialization phase. It’s the first corn-ethanol plant to be built in the U.S. in more than five years. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

UNICA: Ethanol production, sales set new record in June

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production and sales by mills in the country's south-central region hit record levels in June. Sales of hydrous ethanol were up 51.76 percent when compared to June 2014. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

RFA: Motorcyclists celebrate 75 years at Sturgis

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association will once again partner with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is set to take place Aug. 3-9 in Sturgis, South Dakota. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

BY New Holland Agriculture New Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

EPA: 12.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 12.41 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Lee Enterprises Consulting, Zeton announce strategic alliance

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Lee Enterprises Consulting, an alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, has announced a strategic alliance with Zeton Inc., which designs and fabricates lab-scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and other facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Deinove unveils biobased muconic acid production program

BY Deinove Deinove recently announced that it has completed conclusive proof of concept for the production of muconic acid by a Deinococcus bacterium and has decided to launch a new research and development platform in this field. READ MORE

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