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August 22, 2014

EPA’s final 2014 RVO delivered to the OMB; industry reacts

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe U.S. EPA has finalized its 2014 renewable volume obligation rule for the renewable fuels standard and submitted it to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Friday, Aug. 22. READ MORE

August 22, 2014

Despite current issues, China ‘hit for the cycle’ in 2014

BY USGC Despite challenges surrounding imports, China has accomplished a feat never before seen. According to Chinese and USDA data, China has imported more than 3 million metric tons each of corn, sorghum and DDGS this marketing year, which ends Aug. 31. READ MORE

August 22, 2014

BioEnergy Institute result paves way for closed loop refineries

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed “bionic liquids” from lignin and hemicellulose, two by-products of biofuel production from biorefineries. READ MORE

August 21, 2014

Butamax corn oil separation system fully operational at Highwater

BY Holly JessenButamax Advanced Biofuels LLC and Highwater Ethanol held an Aug. 20 ribbon cutting, celebrating the completion of phase one of a two-phase retrofit to biobutanol production. The facility is now separating corn oil with Butamax technology. READ MORE

August 21, 2014

Geneticists develop tree biomass crop to grow on marginal land

BY Virginia Tech Two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate. READ MORE

August 21, 2014

King of Netherlands to attend Project Liberty event

BY Poet-DSM Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, has announced that he will attend the Grand Opening of Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Wednesday, Sept. 3. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Aventine celebrates completion of natural gas boiler project

BY Holly JessenAventine Renewable Energy recently held a ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 15 to mark the completion of a project to replace three aging coal boilers with two new natural gas boilers at its Pekin, Illinois, ethanol production complex. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Abengoa reports strong quarter for biofuels, bioenergy

BY Anna Simet Abengoa's biofuels and bioenergy business saw a strong second quarter in the Americas, Abengoa CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega said during the company’s first half of 2014 earnings call on Aug. 12. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Cosan reports increased ethanol production in Q2 results

BY Erin VoegeleBrazil-based Cosan recently released financial results for the second quarter, reporting a 16 percent increase in EBITDA for its Raizen Energia business unit, which comprises its sugar, ethanol and cogeneration operations. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

St1 Biofuels to develop cellulosic ethanol plant in Finland

BY North European Bio Tech Oy North European Bio Tech Oy has made an investment decision concerning the construction of a bioethanol plant on the Renforsin Ranta industrial estate in Kajaani, Finland. The raw material for the plant will be sawdust from local sources. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

JBEI research paves the way for closed loop biorefineries

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the horizon – bionic liquids. READ MORE

August 19, 2014

Aemetis reports Q2 results, plans future improvements

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $57.2 million, a 21 percent increase over the same quarter of 2013. The company also outlined future improvement plans in a recent business update conference call. READ MORE

August 19, 2014

Dyadic releases Q2 results, files registration statement with SEC

BY Erin VoegeleDyadic International Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting a an increase in net product-related revenue. Dyadic has also filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. READ MORE

August 19, 2014

USGC: Malaysia grants U.S. DDGS exemption from new regulations

BY U.S. Grains Council Malaysian officials recently agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles and corn gluten meal from the nation’s new sanitary and phytosanitary and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

Grants help develop sorghum feedstock program in California

BY Holly JessenCalgren Renewable Fuels, Aemetis Inc. and Pacific Ethanol Inc. each received a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support sorghum feedstock development. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

Ethanol safety seminar planned for Massachusetts

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association and Fore River Transportation Corp. will co-host a free Ethanol Safety Seminar on Aug. 26–27 in the auditorium of South Middle School in Westfield, Massachusetts. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Recent ethanol production volumes among highest recorded levels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that ethanol production has averaged approximately 940,000 barrels per day over the past three months. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Novozymes reports strong growth in bioenergy sales

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. Organically, sales grew by 8 percent. EBIT grew by 19 percent and EBIT margin reached 28.1 percent. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

USDA: New switchgrass variety promises more biofuel at lower cost

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service The release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. The cultivar "Liberty" can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre. READ MORE

August 15, 2014

Green Plains announces share repurchase program, doubles dividend

BY Green Plains Inc. Green Plains Inc.'s board of directors has approved a share repurchase program of up to $100 million of the company's shares of common stock effective immediately, and has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 8 cents per share on its common stock. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Gevo provides update on side-by-side operations in Q2 results

BY Erin VoegeleGevo inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenues of $7.7 million, up from $1.9 million during the same period of 2013. The company attributes the increase to the production and sale of ethanol and distillers grains. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter

BY Erin VoegeleMore than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA's biogenic accounting framework. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Study shows ethanol impact on retail ag service sales

BY North Dakota Farmers Union Ethanol production in North Dakota generates significant income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers, roughly $700 million a year, according to a study recently released by North Dakota State University. READ MORE

August 14, 2014

Researcher: Regulations needed to identify invasive feedstocks

BY University of Illinois In response to the need to prevent invasive species, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

ICM announces startup of ACA Bio ethanol plant in Argentina

BY ICM Inc. ICM Inc. is pleased to announce the successful start-up and commissioning of the dry-mill corn ethanol plant designed for ACA Bio Cooperative Limitada. The plant is located in Villa Maria, which is in the central province of Cordoba, Argentina. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Murphy USA reports record quarterly net income for ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleMurphy USA Inc. recently announced financial results for the second quarter, reporting that income from its Hereford, Texas, ethanol plant set a quarterly record. The company reported $8.8 million of net income from ethanol production at the facility READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Poet-DSM announces grand opening for Project Liberty

BY Holly JessenPoet-DSM has planned a Sept. 3 grand opening celebration at the Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsberg, Iowa. It's a milestone many have been waiting for eagerly. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Report forecasts growth in Brazil's ethanol output

BY Erin VoegeleAn annual report on Brazil's biofuel sector has been filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting Brazilian ethanol production will increase 5 percent next year. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

CRFA member first to bring E85 to western Canada

BY Canadian Renewable Fuels Association The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Arcade Station, Western Canada's only gas station selling E85 Ethanol fuel, on its opening in Vancouver. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

USDA projects corn yield at record 167.4 bushels per acre

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe USDA survey-based yield forecast in the August supply/demand report pegs corn yield at a record 167.4 bushels per acre, up 2.1 bushel from last month's projection. The new forecast projects a record corn crop of 14.032 billion bushels. READ MORE

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