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April 23, 2018

EPA: Biomass from managed forests is carbon neutral

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 23, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that in future regulatory actions biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

Research shows how genetics can improve 2G ethanol production

BY FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO A recent study by researchers in Brazil focused on three fungi species that produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation. The scientists reveal how these substances are regulated and how they can interact synergically. READ MORE

April 20, 2018

Canadian biofuels report: Ethanol at full capacity, imports up

BY Tim AlbrechtCanada recently filed its 2017 annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network, showing Canadian production is at full capacity and imports of ethanol rose in the past year. READ MORE

April 19, 2018

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Element

BY Tim AlbrechtThe U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway petition from ICM Inc. and The Andersons Inc. for Element LLC in Colwich, Kansas. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

House committee passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes many bioenergy programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

STB schedules RETAC meeting for April 26

BY Erin VoegeleThe Surface Transportation Board has announced it will hold a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee on April 26 in Washington, D.C. RETAC addresses issues related to the transportation of energy resources, including ethanol. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Advanced BioEnergy adds grain receiving, storage capacity

BY Advanced BioEnergy LLC Advanced BioEnergy LLC announced April 9 it will build an initial 800,000 bushels of year-round corn storage and related grain receiving capabilities at its Aberdeen, South Dakota, ethanol plant. Additional expansions are planned for the future. READ MORE

April 18, 2018

Veolia launches UK online marketplace for organic resources

BY Veolia Veolia is launching an online trading platform in the U.K. that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. The BioTrading website will be a sales and auction marketplace that connects buyers to the rest of the value chain. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Studies: Ethanol reduces toxic emissions, improves air quality

BY Tim AlbrechtTwo recent studies commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative have found that ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50 percent, significantly improving air quality and protecting the health of the public. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Senators ask EPA to cease issuing RFS ‘hardship’ waivers

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Japan to allow imports of ETBE made from US corn ethanol

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy The U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and their member organizations welcome the news April 17 that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

RICanada applauds Ontario’s move to E10

BY Renewable Industries Canada Building on the success of current biofuel mandates, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauds Ontario’s leadership in increasing blending requirements for ethanol in gasoline to 10 percent by 2020. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

CVEC to install Whitefox ICE bolt-on membrane dehydration system

BY Whitefox Technologies Ltd. Whitefox Technologies has announced Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company is to install a Whitefox ICE membrane dehydration system at its plant in Benson, Minnesota. The installation will allow CVEC to increase its production capacity by 7.5 MMgy. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

ASTM revises test method to support ethanol specification

BY ASTM International Members of ASTM International recently revised a key test method (D1613) that has been used to measure the acidity of fuel ethanol and denatured fuel ethanol, including ethanol used for car gasoline blends. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

New UK biofuel targets take effect April 15

BY Erin VoegeleIn the U.K., the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation came into force on April 15, requiring fuel companies to nearly triple the amount of renewable fuel they supply by 2032. The new regulations also introduce incentives for waste-based fuels. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

RFA: E15 debuts in St. Louis metro region

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association is excited to announce that E15 has debuted in the St. Louis area and will be available throughout the year. Home Service Oil Co. now offers both E15 and E85 at 1707 Hwy Z in Pevely, Missouri, just off Interstate 55. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

RFA, Pinnacle host webinars on combustible dust hazards

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, has teamed up with the experts at Pinnacle Engineering Inc. to host two webinars on educating facility personnel about the hazards of combustible dust. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

Growth Energy welcomes Golden Grain Energy as newest plant member

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy recently welcomed Golden Grain Energy LLC as its newest member. Golden Grain Energy began production in December 2004 and is a locally owned ethanol producer with roughly 900 unitholders. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

NUS engineers pioneer new technique for biofuel production

BY National University of Singapore Engineers from the National University of Singapore recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

Hearing explores the possibility of a fuel performance standard

BY Erin VoegeleThe House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled “High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities” on April 13. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor testified at the event. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

USGC answers ethanol questions from Mexico service station owners

BY U.S. Grains Council As Mexico’s energy sector continues to evolve, the U.S. Grains Council is running a series of technical workshops there to answer questions from local service station owners about how to utilize and profit from using ethanol. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

Senators issue statement against EPA attacks on RFS

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office In response to a January letter sent by Sens. Grassley, Thune, Blunt, Fischer and Ernst, EPA has again confirmed that oil refiners aren’t negatively impacted by compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

EPA gives North Dakota power to regulate underground CO2 storage

BY Tim AlbrechtNorth Dakota became the first state to receive federal approval to regulate underground storage of carbon dioxide April 10. The approval puts North Dakota in control of carbon storage within its boarders and is expected to benefit ethanol producers. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

USGC: US ethanol exports hit monthly record

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. recorded the highest-ever monthly exports total for ethanol in February 2018 at 218.7 million gallons, according to data from the USDA. Exports so far this marketing year are up 6 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

ACE addressing ethanol marketing challenges at NEB Forum

BY American Coalition for Ethanol ACE board member and past board president Ron Alverson of Dakota Ethanol spoke April 12 at the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s 2018 Emerging Issues Forum about assessing new markets based on ethanol’s low carbon emissions benefits. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

RFA hosting Kentucky ethanol safety seminars April 18-20

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer are hosting three ethanol safety seminars in Kentucky April 18-20. The seminars are designed for individuals who respond to ethanol-related emergencies, emergency planning committees and safety managers. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Trump pledges support for year-round E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 12, President Donald Trump pledged his support for allowing year-round sales of E15. Representatives of the ethanol industry are speaking out in support of his announcement. READ MORE

April 11, 2018

Perdue discusses RFS waivers during Senate hearing

BY Erin VoegeleAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefly addressed the U.S. EPA’s misuse of Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waivers during an April 11 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture. READ MORE

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