US ethanol production sets new record in final week of 2016

The U.S. ethanol industry closed out 2016 with a new production record. Production reached an average of 1.043 million barrels per day the week ending Dec. 30, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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AFPM petitions EPA to waive portion of 2016 cellulosic RVO

On Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume obligation, citing a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production.
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Senators discuss biofuels with Pruitt

On Jan. 5, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, hosted a meeting with several Midwest senators and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA.
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EPA may revoke ability of Genscape to verify RINS

On Jan. 4, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke the ability of Genscape to verify renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) quality assurance program (QAP).
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DOE announces 8 Co-Optima initiative awards

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced plans to award $7 million to eight universities under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.
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Grassley to host meeting with Pruitt, Midwest senators

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has announced plans to host a meeting on Jan. 5 with Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. EPA, and senators from states with significant jobs and investments in biofuels.
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Petrobras sells its shares in Guarani to Tereos

Petrobras Biocombustível S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petrobras, has announced an agreement to sell its shares in Guarani S.A., a Brazil-based sugar and ethanol producer, to Tereos Participations SAS for $202 million.
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USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

On Dec. 28, the USDA Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during fiscal year 2017. The USDA is scheduled to issue its next quarterly update on the FFP prior to April 1.
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LanzaTech awarded DOE funding for biofuel demonstration facility

LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy to receive a $4 million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons per year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels.
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Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may sequester carbon in soil

Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii, sugarcane and napiergrass, may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published Jan. 4 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
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American drivers surpass 500 million miles on E15

Growth Energy recently announced that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Data reported over the past 12 months shows drivers across the United States have driven more than 500 million miles on E15.
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Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association presents award to Tobasi Stop

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association recently presented the 2016 Distinguished Retailer award to Tobasi Stop, which owns three fuel stations in the Twin Cities that offer E15.
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