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December 21, 2017

UW studies say petite poplars are the future of biofuels

BY Michelle Ma, University of Washington A University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production up in late November

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released production data for the last two weeks of November, reporting that sales of ethanol increased while the rate of sugarcane milling slowed. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Alberta to provide funding to support biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleIn early December, the government of Alberta announced plans to award $1.4 billion over seven years to support innovative projects funded by the Climate Leadership Plan. A portion of that funding will support bioenergy and biofuel projects. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

USGC: Corn harvest, DDGS roadshow garners record attendance

BY U.S. Grains Council More than 350 people attended a roadshow in Southeast Asia highlighting new-crop U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles and offering a sneak-peak at information from the U.S. Grains Council’s forthcoming report on corn harvest quality. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Biofuels industry celebrates 10th anniversary of EISA

BY Erin VoegeleDec. 19 marks the 10th anniversary of former President George W. Bush signing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law, establishing the current version of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Japan to accept US corn ethanol

BY Tim AlbrechtJapan is likely to finalize a determination in January 2018 that will allow the use of U.S. ethanol in the production of bio-ethyl tert-butyl ether. The final decision will be followed by a period of public comment. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

ACE asks conference committee to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleBrian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, is asking the conference committee negotiating changes to House and Senate tax bills to extend the cellulosic biofuel tax credit and biodiesel tax credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Brazil’s Senate passes bill creating a national biofuels policy

BY Ron Kotrba Brazil's Senate approved a bill Dec. 12 creating a national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, to increase use of biodiesel and ethanol, in addition to other biofuels, to improve the nation's energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Grant supports research to turn bacteria into biofuel producers

BY Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels—energy sources made from plants or microbes. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

USDA: Corn use for ethanol production up in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released its December Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing 470 million bushels of corn was consumed for fuel alcohol production in October, up 6 percent from September and up 3 percent from October 2016. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Scotland biofuel company to build whisky residue biofuel plant

BY Tim AlbrechtA Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables, plans to build a commercial demonstration plant in Grangemouth, which will produce over 500,000 liters (132,000 gallons) of biofuel annually, according to a press release. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Bacteria development marks new era in cellular design

BY University of Kent Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

The biofuels industry reacts to White House RFS meetings

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump has hosted two meetings with Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the RFS and RINs. Members of the biofuels industry are speaking out against efforts to undermine the RFS and are offering solutions to help lower RIN prices. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

UF/IFAS develops sorghum varieties for ethanol production

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences University of Florida researchers have found three UF/IFAS-developed sorghum varieties could produce up to 1,000 gallons of ethanol per acre. The researchers also noted that ethanol produced from sweet sorghum can be used for auto and jet fuel. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

EIA revises 2018 ethanol production forecast in latest STEO

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for December, maintaining its 2017 ethanol production forecast, but slightly lowering its production forecast for 2018. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

NREL researchers engineer better cellulose-degrading enzymes

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

Canada releases Clean Fuel Standard framework

BY Tim AlbrechtEnvironment and Climate Change Canada released the preliminary Clean Fuel Standard regulatory framework Dec. 13, according to a press release from non-profit Renewable Industries Canada. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

EPA sets 2018 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.96

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, which was set at $2.00 in December 2016. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

Growth Energy issues statement on CAFE, GHG standards hearing

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has released a statement regarding the Dec. 13 joint subcommittee hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Environment and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on CAFE and GHG emissions standards. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine hosts free cold flow improver webinar Dec. 20

BY BBI International With more private and government fleets using biodiesel than ever before, it has never been more important to learn about the basics of cold flow improvers—why they are needed, how they work, and the various options for different applications. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

EPA approves several efficient producer pathways

BY Tim AlbrechtThe U.S. EPA has approved efficient producer pathways from several U.S. ethanol plants. READ MORE

December 11, 2017

DOE makes second small-business research funding announcement

BY Tim AlbrechtA second round of funding has been announced for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovations Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for 2018. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

Noble to sell US ethanol plant to new buyer for higher price

BY Tim AlbrechtNoble Group Ltd. has announced a new buyer of Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC, a subsidiary that owns and operates an ethanol production plant in South Bend, Indiana. Noble currently plans to sell the facility to Mercuria Investments US Inc. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

FTC issues annual report on concentration of the ethanol market

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Trade Commission has released its 2017 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration, finding that concentration is substantially unchanged from a year ago. The report also notes that ethanol capacity increased for the fourth consecutive year. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

Green Plains to use Enogen corn from Syngenta

BY Syngenta Syngenta has partnered with Green Plains Inc. to expand its use of Enogen corn enzyme technology across its 1.5 billion gallon production platform. Enogen corn contains alpha amylase enzyme and helps reduce viscosity of the corn mash. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

UK ethanol producer shuts down due to E10 delay

BY Erin VoegeleVivergo Fuels has shut down its U.K.-based ethanol plant in response to legislative uncertainty. The company cited falling ethanol prices and a constrained ethanol market resulting from government inaction as contributing to its decision. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

EKAE, Pearson Fuels announce exclusive marketing agreement

BY Pearson Fuels East Kansas Agri-Energy of Garnett, Kansas, and Pearson Fuels of San Diego, California, announce the signing of an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of renewable diesel from EKAE’s recently commissioned plant in Garnett. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

California’s LCFS: Unlocking value in low-carbon liquid fuels

BY Propel Fuels Propel Fuels recently announced new research has shown that low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon reduction goals under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

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