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April 06, 2018

USDA: No Q2 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the second quarter of 2018. The next quarterly estimate regarding the FFP is expected to be released by July 1. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

IRFA to Grassley and Ernst: Tell Trump to fulfill promise on RFS

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association With a White House meeting set for Monday to discuss the future of the RFS, Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers are urging Sens. Grassley and Ernst to tell president Trump that undermining the RFS would be a declaration of war on rural America. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

USGC: APEC roadmap supports development of global ethanol markets

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council is working alongside the U.S. government and with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to share the U.S. experience in constructing a national ethanol policy with markets quickly growing throughout the Asia-Pacific rim. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Court approves PES bankruptcy settlement

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 4, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the U.S. EPA’s proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions that allows the bankrupt refiner to waive a significant portion of its RVOs under the RFS. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

ACE: New video addresses gasoline retailer E15 liability concerns

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol released a controversial new video April 5, addressing fuel retailer concerns about potential liability for vehicle damage from the new E15 fuel. The video can be found on the flexfuelforward.com website. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

RFA FOIA request demands answers on EPA small refiner bailout

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association hassubmitted Freedom of Information Act requests to both the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy in pursuit of more information and transparency regarding the recent issuance of RFS compliance exemptions to refiners. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Illinois researchers receive $1 million to study bioenergy crops

BY University of Illinois The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for better-adapted and higher-yielding biomass cultivars. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Biofuel groups condemn EPA’s decision to award waiver to Andeavor

BY Erin VoegeleSupporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out in response to reports that the U.S. EPA has awarded small refinery waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard to large refiners. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

USGC opens application period for advisory teams

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council is now accepting applications for the organization’s advisory teams, known as A-teams, for the 2018-2020 term. The application deadline is April 27. A-team appointments will be finalized in July. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

St1 begins operation at pilot-scale ethanol plant in Thailand

BY St1 Nordic energy group St1 has completed the construction of Etanolix pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd.’s starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In the project takes in cassava pulp as feedstock. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Insight into how cellulose is built could benefit biofuels

BY Penn State A comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade materials, could have important implications for its use in biofuels. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

EPA opens public comment period on isobutanol fuel registration

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is seeking public comment on any aspect of the use of isobutanol in gasoline in response to a fuel registration application filed by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC. The public comment period ends April 30. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Refineries given RFS waivers is ‘outrageous abuse of the statute’

BY Renewable Fuels Association Reuters has reported that EPA has exempted several refineries owned by one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies, Andeavor, from compliance with the 2016 RFS RVOs. The RFA called the waiver "an outrageous abuse of the statute." READ MORE

April 03, 2018

DuPont Industrial Biosciences granted US patent for FERMASURE

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced April 3 that it has been granted U.S. Patent 9,926,576 entitled “Prevention of Bacterial Growth in Fermentation Processes.” This patent covers the active ingredient in DuPont FERMASURE. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Green Biologics, Kingsford Charcoal launch EcoLight lighter fluid

BY Green Biologics Inc. Green Biologics Inc. announced that it has agreed to supply its patented GreenFlame biobased charcoal lighter fluid formulation exclusively to Kingsford Charcoal, to be marketed under a new brand: EcoLight. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Upcoming GHG/CAFE rulemaking an opportunity for high-octane fuels

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 2, the U.S. EPA announced the completion of its midterm evaluation process for GHG emission standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025. The agency determined that current standards should be revised. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

China enacts retaliatory tariff on US ethanol, 127 other products

BY Erin VoegeleChina is placing tariffs on 128 products imported from the U.S., including a 15 percent tariff on ethanol, effective immediately. The tariffs are in response to President Trump’s decision to place duties on imported steel and aluminum products. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Gevo: ASTM subcommittee approves additional route to ATJ fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced April 2 that an ASTM International subcommittee has voted in favor of revising specification D7566 to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol and to increase the approved blend levels from 30 percent to 50 percent. READ MORE

March 30, 2018

Aemetis discusses plans to upgrade Keyes plant

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis Inc. released fourth quarter 2017 financial results on March 29, highlighting progress with the development of its proposed 12 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and discussing plans to upgrade its existing corn ethanol plant. READ MORE

March 30, 2018

NREL discovers enzyme domains that improve performance

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory By studying and comparing the workhorse cellulose-degrading enzymes of two fungi, researchers from NREL have pinpointed regions on these enzymes that can be targeted via genetic engineering to help break down cellulose faster. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

Gevo discusses financial status, market development activities

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. released 2017 financial results on March 28, providing an overview of its financial status, production and sales, and market development activities. The company's Minnesota biorefinery is expected to focus on ethanol production in 2018. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

Medford High School students tour Guardian Energy

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville, Minnesota, March 20 to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales up in first half of March

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that production units in Brazil’s south-central region processed 3.34 million metric tons of sugarcane during the first half of March, producing 182.79 million liters of ethanol. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

IRFA: Iowa blender pump program runs short of funding

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Due to rising retailer interest in offering higher blends of biofuels, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program awarded all of its remaining FY18 funds during its third quarter meeting on March 27. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Researchers use light to turn yeast into biochemical factories

BY Lonnie Shekhtman, Princeton University Researchers at Princeton University are using light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The results offer scientists a powerful new tool to probe and understand the inner working of cells. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Rex releases 2017 financial results

BY Erin VoegeleRex American Resources Corp. released financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 on March 22, reporting reduced net sales, revenue and gross profit. The company, however, indicated conditions are improving in the first quarter. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

RFA, Transcaer to hold ethanol safety seminars in New Jersey

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer are hosting two ethanol safety seminars in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 6-7. Registration is free, but limited. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded following completion of the safety seminar. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Researchers engineer yeast to grow on xylose

BY Tufts University Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

Ethanol groups oppose proposed PES RVO settlement

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives the ethanol industry are speaking out in opposition to a proposed court settlement between the U.S. EPA and Philadelphia Energy Solutions that would waive a significant portion of PES’s RVOs under the RFS. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

USDA report shows impact of US biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has released a new report that measures economic growth, job creation and household income from biofuel and bioenergy production, along with future growth in renewable chemicals and biobased products. READ MORE

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