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July 22, 2016

DOE to fund projects combining biofuel and engine research

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.” The initiative’s approach combines the previously independent areas of biofuels and combustion. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

RFA: Washington state’s proposed CAR ignores biofuel benefits

BY Renewable Fuels Association Washington state’s proposed clean air rule fails to recognize the climate benefits associated with biofuels and in fact penalizes their use, the Renewable Fuels Association told the Washington Department of Ecology in comments submitted July 22. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

DOE funds study on biorefinery waste use, renewable bioproducts

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Much of the study will focus on ways to make plastic materials from lignin. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Billion-Ton Update authors discuss report findings

BY Anna Simet On July 19, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 Billion-Ton Update, its methodology and data collection strategies, findings and goals. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Report features data on EU ethanol market

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s biofuel market, including data on ethanol. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Scientists harness CO2 to consolidate biofuel production process

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Carbon dioxide has emerged as a new secret ingredient in the recipe for making ethanol, and that addition represents a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

US ethanol production sets new weekly record

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. ethanol industry set a new weekly ethanol production record the week ending July 15, with production reaching an average of 1.029 million barrels per day, according to information published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Branstad honored for biofuels leadership

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the nation's longest serving governor, was recently honored by renewable fuels industry leaders, the Governors' Biofuels Coalition and the National Governors Association at a breakfast commemorating his biofuel leadership. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Access to ethanol-blended fuels continues to increase in Indiana

BY Indiana Corn Marketing Council Sixteen ethanol blender pumps will soon be available at gas stations in Allen County and LaPorte County thanks to funding from Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Office of Energy Development. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Siouxland Ethanol begins $8.5 million expansion project

BY Ann BaileyConstruction is under way on a $8.5 million expansion at Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Nebraska. Construction to add two fermenters to the ethanol plant in northeast Nebraska began July 18. Capacity is also being added to the plant's cooling towers. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Government to launch app to aid renewable energy exports

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Energy are inviting suppliers and providers of clean energy, smart grid and energy efficiency solutions to participate in an interactive directory of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

RFA: HWRT to offer pre-blended E15 at wholesale terminals

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that HWRT Oil Co. will become the first company in the United States to offer pre-blended E15 at the terminal level. The development is a game changer that can rapidly open the market for E15. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Ocean Park Advisors to market Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 18, Ocean Park Advisors announced it has been retained by Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC to market its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Use of E15 overwhelmingly favored in Wisconsin

BY Wisconsin Corn Growers Association A recent statewide opinion poll shows that Wisconsin citizens favor the use of E15 by a 2 to 1 margin. The survey found that 62 percent of individuals support the use of E15 fuel versus only 34 percent who oppose it. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

House members issue letter in support of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 14, 17 members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to compete its 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking “in a manner consistent with the Congressional intent." READ MORE

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Researchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil

BY Ron Kotrba In a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups are challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UDSA GAIN reports address Polish, Lithuanian ethanol production

BY Ann BaileyTotal production of bioethanol in Poland is estimated at 200,000 metric tons with capacity at 511,000 metric tons, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

USGC event builds relationship with Columbian ethanol industry

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy, recently traveled to Colombia to cultivate relationships with the local ethanol industry. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Researchers: Genetically improving sorghum could benefit biofuels

BY Genetics Society of America New research conducted by a group of U.S. universities examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

EIA maintains ethanol production, consumption forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 980,000 barrels per day in 2016 and 2017, up from nearly 970,000 barrels per day last year. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

USDA: No third quarter sugar purchases expected under FFP

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Commodity Credit Corp. recently announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

BY U.S. Department of Energy Within 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

USGC: Southeast Asia promotions address DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council The cities of Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok all played host to seminars targeting feed formulators and regional importers over the last two weeks, part of roadshows put on by the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Proposed ASTM standard covers determination of metals in biofuels

BY ASTM A proposed ASTM standard will provide a means to test and evaluate alternate fuel sources, such as biofuels, for metals. The proposed standard is being developed by Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

Opinion: All Smoke, No Fire on RFS Reform, Repeal Efforts

BY Bob Dinneen While Congress will be preoccupied with other legislative issues as it winds down this session, the RFA will continue to be on guard, hitting back at misinformation and making sure the RFS and all its benefits stay put. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Opinion: Getting Ready for FSMA Compliance

BY Chris Bliley Whether producers must comply in September or next year or even 2018, they need to become FSMA-aware now and especially aware of their customers' needs. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Opinion: Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes

BY Ron Lamberty There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers don't allow a choice. Independent retailers are demonstrating the blend wall can be breached. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Opinion: US, Brazil Demonstrate What’s Possible

BY Leticia Phillips UNICA wants to focus the discussion on the importance of advanced biofuels, like sugarcane ethanol. The RFS is one of the world’s most ambitious programs promoting biofuels and a key policy for the future of sustainable transportation. READ MORE

July 22, 2016

In Depth: Recruiting, Retaining Top Talent at Ethanol Plants

BY Ann BaileyEthanol plants use a variety of strategies to find and keep engaged employees. READ MORE

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