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July 02, 2015

Commodities: Too much rain could still impact corn market

BY Jason Sagebiel, FCStone The market has been under pressure as the major corn growing region got planted early and has received beneficial moisture. This had slowed producer movement and encouraged managed money to garner a short position in corn. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

EIA publishes updated fuel ethanol capacity figures

BY Erin VoegeleIn June, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released updated data on U.S. fuel ethanol plant production capacity. The EIA reports that as of Jan. 1, the U.S. has 195 ethanol plants with a combined capacity of 14.757 billion gallons. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

ACE: Ethanol providing a few extra bucks in people’s pockets

BY American Coalition for Ethanol More drivers in the United States are expected to hit the road for the long 4th of July holiday weekend than any time in the past eight years, and they should notice an extra benefit after they fill up at the pump—more money left over. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

Pacific Ethanol completes Aventine merger

BY Pacific Ethanol Inc. Pacific Ethanol, Inc., the leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the western United States, announced it completed its merger with Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. The combined company has an capacity of 515 MMgy. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

EU approves funding for circular bioeconomy projects

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, has approved the funding of 10 projects totaling EUR 120 million ($132.66 million). READ MORE

July 01, 2015

Commodities: DDGS working back into U.S. rations with price drop

BY Sean Broderick, CHS The demand from China, which had been keeping DDGS prices well above the levels that worked into U.S. rations, has dropped off. Prices are down and, since last month, it is being more widely considered for inclusion by U.S. feeders. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

DOE announces intent to fund innovative bioenergy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) targeting innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Clean fuel standards face political attacks in Washington, Oregon

BY Erin VoegeleClean fuel standards under development in Oregon and Washington have been under attack by their respective state legislatures in recent weeks. While the threat against the Oregon program has passed, the Washington program could still be eliminated. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Unlocking fermentation secrets opens the door to new biofuels

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reserachers have uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing insights for biofuel development. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Commodities: Lower natural gas production may impact prices

BY Ben Straus, U.S. Energy Services Natural gas production growth in 2014 was spectacular. While 2015 was expected to be muted on the growth front, substantial declines in domestic dry gas production were not anticipated. June data has challenged this forecast. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Commodities: Ethanol rallies on weather concerns

BY Rick Kment, DTN The middle of summer brings an uncomfortable silence in the energy and ethanol markets as we are past the early summer driving surge, but still not quite sure about expectations for the rest of the year. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

UNICA: Increase in hydrous ethanol production continues

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced mills in the country's south-central region produced 1.66 billion liters (438.53 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of June, including 1.02 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

ACE: Fuel retailers counter EPA's blend wall assumptions

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Station owners who offer ethanol blends above 10 percent are gaining increased sales and higher customer counts, contrary to assumptions made by the U.S. EPA in its recent proposal for the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Ethanol profits remain strong in 2015, after slow start

BY Susanne Retka SchillWere the record profits in the ethanol industry during the past couple of years a temporary blip? Or are they reflecting a new normal, driven by a robust ethanol export market? “The answer appears to be some of both,” writes Scott Irwin. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

USDA publishes rule for revamped Biorefinery Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service has published an interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

RFS supporters testify at EPA hearing, participate in rally

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 25, the U.S. EPA held a hearing to address its proposed rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuels standard (RFS) in Kansas City, Kansas. More than 250 people were scheduled to testify at the event. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

EIA: U.S. ethanol production sets new weekly record

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production set a new record the week of June 19, when production averaged 994,000 barrels per day. The new record comes only two weeks after the previous weekly record of 992,000 barrels per day was tied. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Microvi ethanol technology validated at LBNL

BY Microvi Biotechnologies Microvi Biotechnologies, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Spero Energy receives $1 million in funding from DOE

BY Spero Energy Inc. Spero Energy Inc., a company that licenses Purdue intellectual property, has received federal funding to develop its one-step, patent-pending technology that could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

EPA officials observe innovation, ingenuity at EKAE plant

BY Renewable Fuels Association Renewable Fuels Association member company East Kansas Agri-Energy recently hosted key officials from the U.S. EPA at its facility in Garnett, Kansas, 70 miles southwest of Kansas City. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Call-in information released for EPA’s June 25 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website providing call-in information for the June 25 hearing scheduled to address the agency's proposed rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

June 24, 2015

AgEC: Ag appropriations bill aims to cut Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 17, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2016 Agricultural Appropriations bill. The proposed legislation funds a variety of agricultural and food programs, including rural development and farm services programs. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

UAI: New data shows ethanol-free fuel blends increase engine wear

BY Urban Air Initiative A misconception following ethanol is that it causes compatibility issues in certain engines. But new data shows that the opposite is true, and ethanol-free gasoline blends actually increase much of the wear and tear on hoses, seals, and fuel tanks. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Ergon Biofuels: Vicksburg plant returns to full capacity

BY Ergon Inc. Ergon BioFuels LLC has announced its ethanol plant in Vicksburg is back to full operation following a brief suspension in services to facilitate renovations and upgrades. The plant began operations in 2007 and was purchased by Ergon in late 2013. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

Novel distillation to be scaled, tested by modular system builder

BY Susanne Retka SchillDistillation Technologies Inc. and Easy Energy Systems Inc. announced an agreement to build and test DTI’s technology at pilot scale. DTI's patented and trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation system reduces the energy needed for distillation. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

Brazil changes tax policy for imported ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced the country has made changes to its tax policy on imported ethanol. A decree signed by Brazil's president June 22 creates tax parity between domestic and imported products, including ethanol. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

DOE's ARPA-E funds 6 projects to improve sorghum development

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded $30 million to six projects under its Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program, which aims to accelerate energy crop development for biofuels. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

EPA: More than 9.5 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.5 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 9.51 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

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