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January 16, 2017

DOE jobs report features data on bioenergy, biofuels employment

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 13, the U.S. Department of Energy released its second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. The report addresses a wide range of energy technologies. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

RFA responds to FAO news that global food prices fell in 2016

BY Erin VoegeleThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has announced prices of major global food commodities dropped 1.5 percent from 2015 to 2016. The Renewable Fuels Association noted the news shows corn ethanol has not increased food prices. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2017 IBCE

BY BBI International BBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

EIA: Ethanol production expected to increase slightly in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 1 million barrels per day in 2017, increasing slightly to 1.02 million gallons in 2018. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Crushings analysis shows increases in corn oil, DDGS production

BY Susanne Retka SchillCorn distillers oil production was up a whopping 15 percent in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, according an analysis of the USDA Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production

BY Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year. However, current research shows dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce biofuels nine months of the year, increasing profits by as much as 30 percent. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

USDA report demonstrates GHG benefits of corn ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 12, the USDA released a report showing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with U.S. corn ethanol are currently approximately 43 percent lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

WASDE: Corn supplies down, ethanol use up

BY Susanne Retka SchillUSDA ratcheted down corn supplies for the 2016-’17 crop year, lowering corn ending stocks by 48 million bushels from last month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Corn production is estimated at 15.148 billion bushels. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

RDA set to deliver affordable ethanol for Australia

BY Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd. Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd. is fast approaching the delivery of the first of its planned five large scale bioethanol farms and production facilities to supply ethanol for the Australian and export markets. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

US ethanol industry opens 2017 with record-setting production

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. ethanol industry opened 2017 with a new weekly production record. Production reached an average of 1.049 million barrels per day the week ending Jan. 6, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

China takes action against US DDGS, ethanol imports

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 11, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced it will subject U.S. distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. According to information released by the ministry, the duties will be levied beginning Jan. 12. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

DOE, USDA open FOA to support integrated biorefinery optimization

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently opened a $22.7 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Corn prospects from ethanol production appear strong for 2017

BY Susanne Retka SchillCorn consumption for ethanol production is very likely to surpass the most recent USDA projection of 5.3 billion bushels and the prospect already is impacting the corn market, according to the weekly outlook by Todd Hubbs published in FarmDoc Daily. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

Lesaffre inaugurates a new yeast drying facility in Alabama

BY Lesaffre On Jan. 10, Lesaffre inaugurate the new Lesaffre Yeast Corp. drying facility in Headland, Alabama, and celebrate the launch of Leaf’s new bioengineered yeast for ethanol production. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Gevo releases operational update, achieves EPA pathway approval

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 9, Gevo Inc. published an update describing fourth quarter operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery. In addition, the U.S. EPA recently approved a fuel pathway for the plant regarding the production of butanol from corn and sorghum. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

USDA: November corn consumed for fuel ethanol up compared to 2015

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently published the January edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, indicating total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was at 452 million bushels in November. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Poll: Most Trump voters in battleground states favor ethanol

BY Growth Energy A new post-election survey released Jan. 10 shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey was conducted by Quadrant Strategies in December. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Elite Octane to break ground on corn ethanol plant in Iowa

BY Erin VoegeleConstruction on a new corn ethanol plant in Cass County, Iowa, could begin as soon as this month, with commissioning expected to kick off 18 months later. The 120 MMgy project is under development by Elite Octane. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Genscape responds to EPA’s plan to revoke its QAP registration

BY Erin VoegeleGenscape has responded to a notice from the U.S. EPA indicating the agency may revoke the ability of Genscape to verify renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) quality assurance program. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

Syngenta grows Enogen corn footprint

BY Syngenta Syngenta recently announced that it has reached agreements with ethanol plants, from Arizona to Ohio, with a combined total capacity of nearly 2 billion gallons. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

Senators discuss biofuels with Pruitt

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 5, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, hosted a meeting with several Midwest senators and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

DOE announces 8 Co-Optima initiative awards

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to award $7 million to eight universities under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

US ethanol production sets new record in final week of 2016

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. ethanol industry closed out 2016 with a new production record. Production reached an average of 1.043 million barrels per day the week ending Dec. 30, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

EPA may revoke ability of Genscape to verify RINS

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 4, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke the ability of Genscape to verify renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) quality assurance program (QAP). READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may sequester carbon in soil

BY PLOS Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii, sugarcane and napiergrass, may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published Jan. 4 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

AFPM petitions EPA to waive portion of 2016 cellulosic RVO

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume obligation, citing a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Grassley to host meeting with Pruitt, Midwest senators

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has announced plans to host a meeting on Jan. 5 with Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. EPA, and senators from states with significant jobs and investments in biofuels. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

American drivers surpass 500 million miles on E15

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy recently announced that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Data reported over the past 12 months shows drivers across the United States have driven more than 500 million miles on E15. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

Petrobras sells its shares in Guarani to Tereos

BY Erin VoegelePetrobras Biocombustível S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petrobras, has announced an agreement to sell its shares in Guarani S.A., a Brazil-based sugar and ethanol producer, to Tereos Participations SAS for $202 million. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

LanzaTech awarded DOE funding for biofuel demonstration facility

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy to receive a $4 million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons per year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels. READ MORE

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