MEPs approve renewable energy, biofuel targets under RED II

Members of the European Parliament endorsed a set of proposals Jan. 17 that set new goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency and renewable transportation fuels. The proposals also cap first-generation biofuels and phase-out the use of palm oil.
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EPA: Nearly 230 million cellulosic RINs generated in 2017

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 27.08 million cellulosic RINs.
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UNICA: 2017-’18 sugarcane harvest nearly complete

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the 2017-’18 harvest is substantially complete, with approximately 25.22 billion liters (6.7 billion gallons) of ethanol produced since the beginning of the season.
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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada named resource champion

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bioindustrial Innovation Canada as one of Canada’s Resource Champions for its efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada.
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USDA, DOE to fund biomass genomics research

The USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have opened a funding opportunity that aims to support genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstock for the production of biofuels and biochemicals.
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FQPT completes 10th successful feeding trial with Still Pro 50

Recent trials of Fluid Quip Process Technologies's 50 percent purity protein product add to the portfolio of nutritional data the company has collected for the past eight years. The product is made using FQPT's Maximized Stillage Co-Products system.
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NEC scholarship awarded to NCERC technician

Christopher Wense, a former steel mill worker who has returned to school while working full-time in the U.S. ethanol industry, is this year’s student scholarship winner to attend the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference.
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Algeria removes value-added tax on US DDGS, corn gluten feed

The government of Algeria has lifted a value-added tax (VAT) on U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed (CGF) for 2018, affording new opportunities this marketing year.
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RFA, Transcaer to host 4 ethanol safety webinars in 2018

The Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer are jointly hosting four ethanol safety webinars this year for ethanol emergency response teams. These webinars will be held on Jan. 31, March 28, May 23, and July 25.
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Enerkem, Sinobioway sign agreement to build facilities in China

Enerkem Inc. has signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125 million in the form of equity investment in Enerkem. As part of the agreement, the two companies plan to form a joint venture to develop more than 100 facilities in China.
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Growth Energy: American drivers top 3 billion miles driven on E15

Growth Energy has announced that American drivers have logged yet another billion miles on clean burning E15 in just the past three months. The total number of miles driven on E15 now sits at more than 3 billion.
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JTI Services joins the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association

JTI Services LLC has joined the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association as a vendor member. The company provides electrical preventative maintenance and safety services to ethanol plants in southern Minnesota.
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Study shows producers where, how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

A new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, including switchgrass, Miscanthus, sorghum, energycane, and prairie mixtures. The data could improve adoption and increase production across the country.
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Bolivia announces intent to establish E10 mandate at USGC seminar

The Bolivian government announced its intention to establish an ethanol blend mandate during a December seminar conducted by the U.S. Grains Council. The mandate is start at 10 percent in 2018 with goals of mid-level blends in coming years.
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