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

AgStar sells first of six former VeraSun plants

The former VeraSun Energy Corp. Woodbury, Mich. plant has been sold to newly-formed Carbon Green BioEnergy. The 40 MMgy facility was acquired by AgStar Financial Services in March. The company announced May 6 that an agreement between AgStar and Carbon Green BioEnergy had been signed and a sale was expected to close within 30 days.READ MORE

Senators propose solution to DOE loan program

New legislation introduced April 30 by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R.-Alaska) would streamline the current U.S. DOE loan guarantee program and provide additional options for the commercial deployment of renewable energy technologies. The 21st Century Energy Technology Deployment Act (S.949) would create a new agency within the DOE - the Clean Energy Deployment Administration - to administer funds for high-risk renewable energy projects and to eventually replace the struggling loan guarantee program.READ MORE

Green Plains to install algae photobioreactor at Iowa ethanol plant

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. and BioProcessAlgae LLC recently announced they have executed a grant award agreement with the Iowa Office of Energy Independence for a $2.1 million research and development grant with the Iowa Power Fund to build an algae pilot project at Green Plains' Shenandoah, Iowa ethanol plant. The Iowa Power Fund grant provides matching funds that will support the installation of a series of photobioreactor units at the ethanol plant. The grant provides funding through the end of the first quarter of 2010. The pilot project is expected to be operational by July 2009.READ MORE

US DOE to invest $800 million in biofuels projects

The U.S. DOE plans to invest nearly $800 million for the development of advanced biofuels and the construction of biofuel production facilities. The agency was allocated $786.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Funding will be separated into four categories: the validation of integrated biorefinery technologies, construction of demonstration- and commercial-scale biorefineries, advanced biofuels research and ethanol research.READ MORE

Industry reaction: grateful for Obama support, ready to directly tackle EPA indirect land use

Ethanol industry members had reason to celebrate following a joint conference held May 5 by heads of the USDA, U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE, announcing that the Obama administration called for increased and immediate financial support for the biofuels industry. The celebration was short-lived however, as the EPA simultaneously announced it had decided to include indirect land use change (ILUC) considerations in its proposed ruling for implementation of the second renewable fuel standard (RFS2).READ MORE

EPA releases proposed rulemaking for RFS2

The U.S. EPA released its proposed rulemaking for the second stage of the renewable fuels standard (RFS2) on May 5. The proposed rulemaking lays out the agency's strategy for increasing the supply of renewable fuels as mandated by the Energy Independence and Security act of 2007 (EISA), which requires the production of 36 gallons of renewable fuels by 2022. The agency was originally scheduled to issue its final ruling on the RFS2 on Jan. 1, 2009. However, in July 2008 the EPA announced that due to the inclusion of new elements that add complexity to the program, a final ruling on the matter would not be issued until mid-2009.READ MORE
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