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June 28, 2016

DOE announces SBIR, TCF grant recipients

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $16 million for 54 projects to help commercialize promising technologies and $23 million for small businesses focused on clean energy innovations. Biomass projects were among those to receive funding. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Visits by USGC consultant promote low-oil DDGS in Taiwan

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council office in Taiwan had a consultant visit the country late last month to bolster ongoing efforts to promote the use of low-oil U.S. distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) in poultry rations. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

DDGS prices continue bouncing in early summer

BY By Sean Broderick, CHS DDGS prices have continued their roller coaster ride, moving higher, and then lower, following grain futures prices. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ASABE announces standard for sustainable agriculture production

BY Erin VoegeleThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the completion of ANSI/ASABE S629, a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

PNNL, Australian university form research pact

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Queensland University of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their bioenergy research, promote education, and develop industry around and viable bioenergy solutions. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Senators issue letter in support of strong RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 39 senators have issued a letter to the U.S. EPA advocating for a strong renewable fuel standard that will support U.S. jobs and the economy, reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and decrease dependence on foreign oil. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Poet expands cover crop research in Iowa

BY Poet LLC Poet LLC is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee

BY Katie FletcherThe 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

House hearing focuses on RFS implementation

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, biofuel supporters and other stakeholders. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Maine governor issues anti-ethanol executive order

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 20, Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage issued an executive order mandating state agencies give purchasing preference to gasoline blends with 5 percent or less ethanol when those fuels are of a comparable cost to higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Two leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Conventional, advanced biofuel leaders gather in Milwaukee

BY Ron Kotrba The National Biodiesel Board's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel participated in a panel with other biofuel industry leaders at the 32nd Annual International FEW and colocated National Advanced Biofuels Conference in Milwaukee June 21. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

BIO: RFS rule continues to chill advanced biofuel investment

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released an analysis that finds the U.S. EPA’s new methodology for setting annual renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes is continuing to chill investment in advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

EPA approves Heartland Corn Products’ efficient producer pathway

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA recently approved an efficient producer fuel pathway for Heartland Corn Products’ 104 MMgy ethanol plant in Winthrop, Minnesota. The facility is the 54th facility to achieve an efficient producer pathway approval. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

USGC: Workshop in Korea offers background on ethanol as fuel

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council and its domestic industry partners, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, have had a busy year so far engaging with potential global customers of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

Growth Energy CEO: Ethanol industry should share its good news

BY Ann BaileyIt’s up to everyone in the ethanol industry to herald the many environmental, social and health benefits of the product they produce, said Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s new CEO, during her keynote address at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

FEW recognizes Abbas, Buis for contributions to fuel ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillTom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy, and Charles Abbas, director of yeast and renewables research at Archer Daniels Midland Co., were honored at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop with the High Octane award and Award of Excellence, respectively. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

BBI announces Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship recipients

BY Ann BaileyBBI International has awarded the 2016 Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship to Donald Jackson and Patrick Thimes. The two $2,000 memorial scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing degrees that may lead to a career in the ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

RFA: API singing the same push poll tune

BY Renewable Fuels Association On June 21, the American Petroleum Institute unveiled new anti-ethanol results from a May Harris Poll. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen has spoken out to criticize the questions used to conduct the poll. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

2016 FEW underway; 2,000 biofuel producers, industry reps attend

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe 2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo gets underway in Milwaukee with nearly 2,000 in attendance. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May, reporting nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first five months of the year to 6.76 billion. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

DuPont launches Synerxia Fermentation System

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of its DuPont Synerxia Fermentation System, a ground-breaking approach to fermentation that will help ethanol producers improve their yields by up to 2 percent. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

Greenyug to colocate biobased chemical plant at ADM facility

BY Greenyug LLC Greenyug LLC recently announced that it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

Research examines obstacles to making biofuel from perennials

BY University of Arkansas A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

ICM advances pathway to cellulosic ethanol

BY ICM Inc. With clear application of science and engineering principles, ICM Inc. continues to create advancements in the development and optimization of ethanol technology by creating a stepping stone for future generations of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

Growth Energy, Front Range Energy award funds to veterans groups

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy Cares, the charitable arm of Growth Energy, and Front Range Energy provided $125,000 in support for five veterans’ organizations at the Growth Energy/Front Range Energy annual golf tournament on June 15 in Windsor, Colorado. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Valero petitions EPA to redefine RFS obligated party

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 13, Valero Energy Corp. issued a petition to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the agency to redefine obligated party under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). In February, Valero made a similar request. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

CE&P awards Technip engineering services agreement

BY California Ethanol & Power LLC California Ethanol & Power LLC has awarded a engineering services agreement to Technip for its proposed biorefinery project in Imperial Valley, California. The facility will produce ethanol, electricity and biogas. READ MORE

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