Bill aims to require reallocation of waived RFS volumes


Reps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have introduced a bill that aims to reallocate waived renewable fuel obligations and require the U.S. EPA to disclose refineries that received small refinery hardship waivers.
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EPA’s refiner waivers could cost ethanol industry $20 billion


Economists at University of Missouri's FAPRI have found that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the EPA continues to award small refinery waivers.
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Aemetis to add Zebrex membrane technology at Keyes plant


Aemetis Inc. has announced plans to implement the Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. Zebrex membrane dehydration system at its 60 MMgy ethanol plant in Keyes, California. As MCC’s EPC partner in the U.S., IMC Inc. will design and fabricate the unit.
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EPA asked to process RIN applications for biomass, biogas power


On Sept. 6, 111 organizations, including the American Biogas Council and Biomass Power Association, sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Ricketts cuts ribbon on Prairie Catalytic facility in Nebraska


On Sept. 5, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts attended a ribbon cutting in Columbus to celebrate the grand opening of Nebraska-based Prairie Catalytic LLC’s new $50 million biobased ethyl acetate production facility.
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UK ethanol plant to shut down Sept. 30 due to E10 delay


U.K.-based Vivergo Fuels Ltd. has announced plans to idle its 420 MMly (110 MMgy) ethanol plant, citing a difficult trading environment and delays in the introduction of E10 into the U.K. marketplace.
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Increased production, sale of hydrous ethanol continue in Brazil


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.34 billion liters (353.99 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of August, up 20.32 percent from last year.
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DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects


The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power.
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USDA: No 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program


On Aug. 31, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar.
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Growth Energy hosts 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, DC


On Sept. 10, Growth Energy kicked off its 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, D.C., where nearly 150 ethanol supporters will advocate to lawmakers on behalf of the ethanol industry for a strong RFS, year-round E15 sales and access to markets.
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