Argus Biofuels & Feedstocks 2016
October 18-20, 2016 - London UK

McCain vocalizes clean energy plan

U.S. republican presidential candidate John McCain announced today his plan to reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil. At a town hall meeting in Fresno, Calif., McCain declared that, if elected, he will lead the effort to "develop advanced transportation technologies and alternative fuels" in order to make the United States more energy independent.READ MORE

Aventine sells its auction rate securities

Pekin, Ill.-based ethanol producer and marketer Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. has sold $127.2 million per value of its student-loan-based auction rate securities to several unnamed parties for cash totaling approximately $97.1 million.READ MORE


CVEC eligible for greenhouse gas credits

Carbon Green LLC and Environmental Credit Corp. have entered into an agreement with Benson, Minn.-based Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co., which will allow Carbon Green and Environmental Credit to develop greenhouse gas credits for CVEC's renewable energy use and fuel production.READ MORE

Novozymes to become carbon-neutral in Denmark

Novozymes, a Danish company that supplies enzymes to the U.S. ethanol industry, is striving to become carbon-neutral when it comes to electricity at its Danish facilities as early as 2012. Novozymes announced in early June that it has partnered with DONG Energy AS to reduce its energy use and use the savings to purchase wind energy.READ MORE

White Energy awards multisite project to Pavilion Technologies

Dallas-based ethanol producer White Energy Inc. has awarded a multisite project to model-based software provider Pavilion Technologies, an Austin, Texas-based division of Rockwell Automation Inc. White Energy will be implementing Pavilion Technologies' Model Predictive Control (MPC) technology and Production Performance Management (PPM) applications at its three plants in Russell, Kan., and Hereford and Plainview, Texas.READ MORE

American Farm Bureau Foundation rebukes RFS waiver request

In a letter highlighting statements made by the National Corn Growers Association last week, the American Farm Bureau Foundation expressed an unwavering opinion to the U.S. EPA regarding the renewable fuels standard (RFS) exemption request by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.READ MORE

Sen. Coleman introduces bill to diversify U.S. energy portfolio

U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., has introduced legislation intended to diversify the U.S. energy portfolio. It would create an Energy Independence Trust Fund to finance renewable energy programs set forth in the 2005 and 2007 energy bills.READ MORE

SunEthanol, Harvard University announce partnership

SunEthanol Inc. and Harvard University's Office of Technology Development have formed a partnership to further develop a method of converting biomass to ethanol.READ MORE

VeraSun delays commissioning of Minnesota, Iowa plants

VeraSun Energy Corp. has put the commissioning of its Welcome, Minn., and Hartley, Iowa, plants on hold. Both are nearing completion and were scheduled to start up in June, said Mike Lockrem, VeraSun corporate communications manager. "We'll monitor market conditions on a daily basis, and once the market is more favorable, we'll be bringing them on line," he said. Construction of both 110 MMgy plants started in November 2006.READ MORE

Flooding impacts Iowa ethanol

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association estimated that as of June 13, several ethanol plants with a total capacity of 300 MMgy were offline in Iowa as a result of flooding. For three weeks the nation's top ethanol- and corn-producing state has been inundated with rain, which is causing record flooding along many of the state's rivers. Reporting stations in the central northeast, east central and central regions reported six to eight inches of rain above normal during the first two weeks of June when total rainfall reports of 10 inches were reported in Des Moines and Mason City, and more than 8 inches in Waterloo and Ames.READ MORE
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