USDA biofuel infrastructure initiative to be up and running soon


The USDA hopes to have a new program up and running in early 2020 that will support retail sales of higher ethanol blends, including E15, according to statements made by U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky during an Oct. 17 hearing.
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EPA: 5 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2019


The U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 17 that shows the agency has received five SRE applications for compliance year 2019. All five applications are listed as pending.
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Iowa biofuel, ag groups explain outrage over EPA’s SRE deal


Representatives of the Iowa biofuels industry held a press briefing Oct. 16 to explain their outrage over the EPA’s Oct. 15 release of its SRE relief rule, explaining the rule did not accurately represent the deal they were briefed on Oct. 3.
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USGC: Ethanol exports down in 2018-’19 marketing year


The U.S. Grains Council has released final export numbers for the 2018-’19 marketing year. Ethanol exports saw a small drop while U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports remained relatively flat.
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Sustainable Technology acquires DuPont’s G2 ethanol technology


Sustainable Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Petron Scientech Inc., has completed the acquisition from DuPont, the complete technology assets for the world-class, second-generation technology developed and demonstrated by DuPont.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign


U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure.
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UNICA: Ethanol production up in second half of September


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up significantly during the second half of September. A new record was also set for the volume of ethanol produced per ton of processed raw material.
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Air Liquide, ArcelorMittal partner in pilot project


Air Liquide is partnering with ArcelorMittal in the first industrial-scale demonstration plant to capture carbon gas from the steelmaking process and recycle it into chemicals, specifically advanced bioethanol.
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Suncor Energy increases investment in Enerkem


Enerkem Inc. announced Oct. 15 the closing of a $50 million equity investment from Suncor. Suncor first participated in the ownership of Enerkem in April 2016 as part of a $76.3 million equity financing alongside Enerkem’s existing shareholders.
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USGC: DDGS trials expand sales in southeastern Mexico


From the tropics in Campeche to the jungles in Palenque to the mountains in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the U.S. Grains Council is helping build markets through demonstration trials for U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS).
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