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Is Diesel a Future Fuel? A Discussion with Allen Schaeffer, Diesel Technology Forum
July 18, 2018 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Tim Esterdahl (PickUpTruckTalk) Allen Schaeffer of the Diesel Technology Forum joins Tim to discuss the current state of diesel and its future. We talk about how clean and quiet diesel engines are becoming as well as how they …

State Government of Queensland : Pentagon Meeting Advances Queensland’s Emerging Biofuel Industry
July 18, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Office of Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick)  Queensland’s potential as the biofuel hub of the Asia Pacific has taken centre stage in Washington this week at a meeting with the …

Trade Agreement Access Sparks Record-Setting Exports To Colombia
July 18, 2018 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  U.S. corn exports to Colombia have set a new record every year since the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) entered into force into 2012, showing the effectiveness of strong trade policy and subsequent …

Solidaridad Network : Indonesian & Indian Palm Oil Industry Join Hands to Promote Sustainable Trade
July 18, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Solidaridad Network/4-Traders)  A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed which, for the first time, recognizes the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and the Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework as legitimate sustainability frameworks for …

One Day at the World’s Leading Biomass Technology Conference, EUBCE 2018
July 17, 2018 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Renaissance-era facades capped with green copper patina and orange clay shingles harmonize seamlessly with imaginative, hallmark-of-Scandinavia, hyper-modern structures in downtown Copenhagen.
The city provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s European …

Air Pollution: Agriculture and Transport Emissions Continue to Pose Problems in Meeting Agreed Limits
July 17, 2018 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Emissions from agriculture and transport continue to pose problems for European Union Member States in meeting EU and United Nations air pollution limits, according to updated data published by the European Environment Agency …

USGC Emphasizes Commitment to Mexican Trading Partnership
July 17, 2018 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a left-of-center populist, as Mexico’s next president on July 1 will add new elements to the already-complex U.S.-Mexico trading relationship, negotiations for a revised …

Nitin Gadkari Looks at Biofuels to Clean up Air, Save Taj Mahal
July 17, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Sowmiya Ashok (Indian Express)  Five days after the Supreme Court told the Centre that the Taj Mahal should either be restored or demolished, three Union ministers and the UP chief minister met on Monday to …

Indonesia Accelerates Use of B30 Biodiesel Fuels
July 17, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Jakarta Post)  The government plans to accelerate the use of fuel with 30 percent biodiesel content (B30 biofuel) in the transportation sector by next year from the initial plan of 2020, an official has said.
The Energy and …

Advanced Biofuels Are Key to Decarbonising Transportation
July 17, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by  Markus Rarbach (Clariant/EurActiv)  The recent agreements on the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) are setting the tone for creating a stable and predictable business environment that will trigger the development of and investment in advanced …

Thai Ethanol Producers Mull Resuming Exports after 5 Years Amid Ample Supply
July 17, 2018 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Christina Siantar (S&P Global/Platts)  Thailand’s ethanol producers are exploring the possibility of resuming ethanol exports after a five-year hiatus due to ample supply in the domestic market, trade sources said Tuesday.

However, traders were skeptical of Thailand …

California Is Cutting Greenhouse Gases, but Not from Cars. Can That Change?
July 17, 2018 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by David R. Baker (San Francisco Chronicle)  … Emissions from transportation — cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships — keep rising. And since transportation accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector, that must …

Trump Admin Moves to Throw out RFS Waivers Suit
July 17, 2018 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Reilly (E&E News)  The Trump administration on Friday asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit over EPA’s decision to exempt refiners from annual renewable fuel requirements.   Government lawyers raised procedural arguments against …

NNPC Engages Cross River Community on 14mw Biodiesel
July 17, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Harrison Edeh (Business Day)  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced comprehensive community integration and stakeholders’ engagement to sensitize dwellers of Iwure, Ojor and Osomba/Akin communities of Cross River State ahead of planned oil palm-based …

Agroindustry Argentine Biodiesel Emits 70% Less GHG
July 17, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Clarin Rural (Google Translation))  By a calculation of the INTA and the Argentina Chamber of Biofuels (Carbio), Argentina can certify that almost 100% of the biofuel exported to the European Union is sustainable —  …And the …

Climate Pollutants Fall Below 1990 Levels for First Time
July 16, 2018 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  Emissions down 13% since their 2004 peak while economy grew 26%  —  … The transportation sector, the state’s largest source of greenhouse gases, saw a 2 percent increase in emissions in 2016 because …

A Plan to Reallocate Waived Biofuels
July 16, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Red River Farm Network)  The ethanol industry will continue to pursue a fix for the damages brought on from EPA’s issuing of small refinery waivers. Ahead of a public hearing Wednesday, Renewable Fuels Association Executive …

US Trade, Biofuel Policies and Immigration Hit Farmers Hard
July 16, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Vindicator)  … The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump’s other policies on immigration and biofuels, though, have some farmers more worried than ever about their ability …

Using PNG, Biofuel for Cooking May Soon Get Cheaper, Subsidy Proposed
July 16, 2018 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Business Standard)  At present, the government extends a subsidy to users of LPG but PNG and biofuel users do not receive such benefits — The government is considering a subsidy for all fuels that “are used for …

Grassley Not Happy with EPA RFS Reply
July 16, 2018 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(The Hagstrom Report/The Fence Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency finally replied to a letter that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators sent in April inquiring about waivers to the Renewable …

Latest Research Says Biofuel Production Won’t Seriously Affect Forestry Industry
July 16, 2018 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, researchers from Luleå University of Technology (LTU), IIASA, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden found that increased biofuel production will not affect the production of wood products and that …

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy
July 16, 2018 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Craig (CJ) Evans (American Diversified Energy Consulting Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in …

On Tap This Week: The Rules Committee (Carbon Tax)
July 16, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Rules Committee will meet Tuesday to consider a resolution, H. Con. Res. 119 (115), that calls a carbon tax “detrimental” to the U.S. economy and “not in the …

Mexican Ethanol Optimism Returns after States Ask for Ban Repeal
July 12, 2018 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(UkrAgroConsult)  The Mexican ethanol market could have more room to grow as the states of Nuevo Leon and Jalisco have asked for a repeal of a ban on ethanol blending in their principal cities of Monterrey …

A Trade War with Canada Is the Last Thing That U.S. Ethanol Producers Need
July 12, 2018 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  The worsening state of America’s trade relations with Canada has raised the risk that U.S. ethanol will be targeted with import tariffs due to its political importance. China and Brazil have …

First Single Site with Biomethane Value Chain Launched in France
July 12, 2018 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(CNH Industrial/NGV Journal)  In Cestas, southwest France, the CNH Industrial brands, including IVECO, New Holland and FPT Industrial, are partners in an initiative promoted by Pot au Pin Energie (a local energy company), Air Liquide and …

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Releases 2018 Half Year Report
July 12, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) released its 2018 Half Year Report to its producer and vendor members at a networking event in Prior Lake yesterday.
The report gave members an overview of Minnesota’s …

Annual ‘Biofuels in Canada’ Report Released with Expanded Coverage of Canadian Biofuel Use, GHG Reductions, and Costs
July 12, 2018 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  Advanced Biofuels Canada commissions third report, now addresses tax impacts.  —  Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of the Biofuels in Canada (BIC) 2018 report, which updates and expands upon the last …

EPA Scraps Detailed Plan to Force U.S. Refiners to Blend More Biofuels
July 12, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be …

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry
July 12, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Science Foundation Ireland)  … The Spoke research teams will collaborate in developing technologies capable of converting a wide variety of residues and by-products to homogenous energy carriers and optimising performance of internal combustion engines using advanced …

France: Palm Oil Sustainability Still a Concern for Consumers
July 12, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Rachel Lau (Borneo Post)  Palm oil will not be discriminated as a biofuel in the European Union, but the oil’s sustainability remains a key concern for its consumers and its industries.
Earlier this year in January, the …

Brazil Ethanol Output Could Double by 2030 -Gov’t Study
July 12, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Rodrigo Viga Gaier (Reuters)  Brazil’s ethanol production could double by 2030, boosted by growing investments in the sector due to the government’s RenovaBio program aimed at boosting the use of renewable fuels, according to a …

Biofutures: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Queensland Bioeconomy
July 12, 2018 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Queensland’s vision is for a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, attracting significant international investment and creating regional, high-value and knowledge-intensive jobs. The Biofutures Roadmap provides the leadership …

EVs Could Drive 38% Rise in US Electricity Demand, DOE Lab Finds
July 12, 2018 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  Rising electricity demand could lead to sustained absolute growth of 80 terawatt-hours per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  —  … The study considers three scenarios, …

On Energy Independence Day, India, China Surge as Leaders in Clean Fuels
July 11, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Because if you want it, here it is, come and get it, biofuels that is, and especially of the advanced type. If you like it from waste, even better. Out …

Fight Heats up over Washington State Carbon ‘Fee’ Likely to Make Fall Ballot
July 11, 2018 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  Proponents of a Washington carbon-fee initiative showed up at the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia with more than 370,000 signatures to put their measure on the November ballot.
The signatures tally …

Saying ‘No’ to Palm Oil Would Likely Displace, Not Halt Biodiversity Loss – IUCN report
July 11, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(IUCN)  Banning palm oil would most likely increase the production of other oil crops to meet demand for oil, displacing rather than halting the significant global biodiversity losses caused by palm oil, warned an IUCN report …

We Still Have No Idea How to Eliminate More than a Quarter of Energy Emissions
July 11, 2018 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by James Temple  (MIT Technology Review)   Air travel, shipping, and manufacturing are huge sources of carbon that we lack good options for addressing.  —  … But a new paper in Science offers a stark reminder that there are still huge …

China’s Domestic Production Will Meet 75% of E10 Demand by 2020: Consultant
July 11, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Christina Siantar  (S&P Global/Platts)  China’s production of fuel ethanol is expected to rise to around 10 million mt/year, which will help meet part of the 13 million mt/year ethanol demand for E10 mandate by 2020, Xiao …

Teresa Kok’s Palm Oil Challenges
July 11, 2018 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Tan Xue Ying  (The Edge)  With numerous challenges dominating Malaysia’s palm oil industry, all eyes are on Teresa Kok as she officially begins as the minister of primary industries.

Other markets that the Malaysian palm oil industry …

Growth Energy: American Drivers Pass 5 Billion Miles on E15
July 11, 2018 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced today that American drivers have logged 5 billion miles on E15. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restrictions on the sale E15 fuel across …

An FAQ on 45Q: What Federal Carbon Storage Tax Credit Means for Midwest
July 11, 2018 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Frank Jossi (Energy News)  A federal tax credit passed earlier this year could increase the amount of carbon being stored underground. The revamped “45Q” tax credit boosts the amount of money available to companies willing …

Indonesia to Strengthen Industry Amid Trade War: Minister
July 11, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Anton Hermansyah (Jakarta Post)  … On Monday, after attending a more than four-hour Cabinet meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the government would guarantee the supply of raw …

California Trucking Company Cherokee Freight Lines Makes the Switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel
July 11, 2018 – 9:36 am | No Comment

(Neste/PR Newswire)  Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.
Cherokee Freight Lines is a diversified carrier of food grade commodities, specializing …

UPDATE 2-Canada’s Ontario Government Scraps Cap-and-Trade Program
July 10, 2018 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Danya Hajjaji (Reuters)  The newly elected Ontario government announced on Tuesday (July 3, 2018) it would end the province’s cap-and-trade program, a policy designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fulfilling one of Premier Doug Ford’s …

Renewal of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership DEADLINE: August 17, 2018
July 10, 2018 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(International Trade Administration/Federal Register)  Pursuant to provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Commerce announces the renewal of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (the Committee).
The Committee shall advise the Secretary …

Renewable Diesel for VUSD Fleet Makes Healthier Communities
July 10, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(The Vista Press)  Imagine an alternative diesel fuel that reduces carbon emission levels, improves air quality, and performs as well as and costs less than current fuel. If you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true, you’d …

California Regulator Sees ‘Window’ for Deal on Fuel Economy Rules
July 10, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California is ready to work with major automakers on revisions to greenhouse gas emission vehicle rules through 2025 and sees a “window” for a deal in the coming months, the state’s top …

Brett Kavanaugh Could Be Good for Ethanol
July 10, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could be good news for the ethanol industry and clean energy programs where adherence to the law is often challenged.
Trump said Kavanaugh, …

Biorefineries Will Have Only Minimal Effects on Wood Products and Feedstocks Markets
July 10, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/Phys.Org)  A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will …

Punjab Will Produce Bio-Ethanol from Paddy Straw: Sunder Sham Arora
July 10, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(5 Dariya News)  To curb the menace of crop residue burning and create a positive atmosphere for industrialization, Punjab Government has taken a decision to set up a Bio-ethanol project. In this regard, Memorandum of Understanding …

RED Alert — Canadian Biofuel Lobbying Intensifies
July 10, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Politico Brussels Influence)  Canadian company Agrisoma Biosiences Inc. is pushing to get “Carinata,” its second generation biofuel, subsidized by the EU and placed on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) list. The proposal passed the first …

EA Confident in Sealing Energy Deal … A Greener Fuel
July 10, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Srisamorn Phoosuphanusorn & Jesus Alcocer (Bangkok Post)  … EA (SET-listed renewable energy firm Energy Absolute) is also expanding its biodiesel portfolio, which now accounts for close to 40% of its revenue. Like biodiesel, “Green Diesel” is also …

The 10 Green Chemicals Driving a Disruptive New Biobased Industry
July 10, 2018 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Petro Brexit (a/k/a, British companies exiting petroleum for the sustainable bioeconomy) : New report highlights how to ensure Britain becomes a world leader in bio-based chemicals
In the UK, a recent …

AD Industry Responds to Vegan Energy
July 10, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  … The UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has responded to the Ecotricity campaign, noting that it has served to highlight the issue of waste generated by society.
“We fully support the waste hierarchy …

The ‘Octane Olive Branch’ Is Full of Thorns
July 9, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (The Hill/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  With a final rule on fuel economy likely to come out in the near future, a considerable amount of attention has centered on higher octane fuels as a …

Pruitt Departure Allows for ‘Reset’ between Trump and Ethanol
July 9, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  … The EPA also jettisoned a plan to incorporate an additional 1.5 billion gallons of biofuel requirements in last week’s proposal to make up for the potential waivers granted to small refineries. …

From Water to Hydrogen Biofuel – ASU Uses Light-Driven Energy Extraction
July 9, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Arizona, Arizona State University researcher Kevin Redding is working on biological, light-driven energy extraction. Redding, a biochemist who leads the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis at ASU, is producing hydrogen …

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance
July 9, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, Wheeler Showed He Differs from Pruitt
July 9, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, (EPA Acting Administrator Scott) Wheeler showed he differs from Pruitt in at least one major way. He said he considers an endangerment …

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road
July 6, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association custom E85 motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs made its debut on “American Chopper.” It seems that most companies that commission a custom motorcycle from …

Boss of Teesside Plant at Centre of Beer CO2 Shortage Explains How to Stop Future Problems
July 6, 2018 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Price (Teeside Live)  Ensus says a change in the law on PETROL could secure its future – and keep the CO2 flowing to the food and drink industry  —  Bosses of a Teesside ethanol plant …

Protein, Protein: The Bioeconomy’s Latest Technology Fad Is, Actually, a Pivot Back to an Ancient and Enduring Concern
July 6, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Protein has become the answer to almost every question. How will you achieve scale? Protein. How will you make money? Protein. What will save the world? Protein. What are you going …

5 Minutes With… Dhivya Puri, Senior Technical Lead at Fiberight.
July 6, 2018 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Dave Songer (Bio-Based World News)  “The milestones and professional growth I’ve achieved in this role are above and beyond what I could have accomplished in academia within the same time frame.”
Fiberight is a UK- and …

Iran to Trump: Oil Will Cost $100 per Barrel, and It Is Your Fault
July 6, 2018 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Alex Lawler (Reuters)  Oil will soon cost $100 per barrel due to supply disruptions caused by U.S. President Donald Trump, Iran’s OPEC Governor told Reuters on Thursday, as he warned expectations that Saudi Arabia and …

Scott Pruitt Steps down as EPA Head after Ethics, Management Scandals
July 5, 2018 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of deregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday after controversies over his lavish spending, ethical …

Pope to Oil Execs: Energy Needs Mustn’t Destroy Civilization
July 3, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press)  Pope Francis told leading oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions” and warned that satisfying the world’s energy needs “must not destroy civilization.”
The Vatican said …

EPA Schedules Hearing on Proposed RFS Rule for July 18 COMMENT DEADLINE August 17, 2018
July 3, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations …

ICAO Council Reaches Landmark Decision on Aviation Emissions Offsetting
July 3, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(International Civil Aviation Organization) The ICAO Council made important headway today on the key international standards supporting the UN aviation agency’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or ‘CORSIA’.  
Its adoption of the First Edition …

Letter from Byzantium: Answers to Your Questions about Byzantine Biofuels Budgets and Policy Moves
July 3, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Yes, Virginia, there is cant, pettifoggery, self-dealing, obfuscation, and downright dirty pool when it comes to the deployment of biofuels, chemicals and advanced biomaterials — but there are also some …

Ethanol Helps Fourth of July Travelers Declare Independence from High Gas Prices
July 3, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association)   A record number of travelers will take to America’s highways and byways this Fourth of July holiday, and ethanol will be lowering the price they pay for gasoline while …

Biofuels and the Environment: Second Triennial Report to Congress
July 2, 2018 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This report is the second of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) triennial reports to Congress required under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). EISA Section 204 calls for EPA to report …

Leveling the Playing Field: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Reserves Accounting
July 2, 2018 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November 2011, the Digest ran a story on a remarkable proposition — advanced by Richard Hamilton, then CEO of Ceres — that biofuels companies – on the “level playing field” …

China’s Shift to Cleaner Energy Drives Huge Ethanol Demand
June 29, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Leah Marie Angelou (Small Cap Network) … China is at a crossroad as it shifts to cleaner and renewable energy sources. Can the country keep up with its environmental pledge?  —  In September 2017, the …

Lawmakers Ask EPA to Approve RFS Pathway for Biomass Power
June 29, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers are urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other …

Anti-Fossil Fuel Candidates Come out Winners in Party Primaries
June 29, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Mark Hand (ThinkProgress)  Democratic nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of the most ambitious climate plans.  —  An impressive list of anti-fossil fuel and pro-climate action candidates won party primaries on Tuesday night, indicating that environmental issues …

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Could Reshape the Environment
June 29, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Robinson Meyer (The Atlantic)  A new justice will likely weaken the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.  —  … With Kennedy gone, a more conservative Supreme Court could overhaul key aspects of …

Georgetown Climate Center and Northeast States Listen to Public’s Ideas about Future of Transportation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
June 28, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Recently, the Georgetown Climate Center facilitated the third in a series of Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Sessions designed to “(cast) a broader net to obtain input on strategies …

Can USDA Stretch Corn, Soybean Farmers’ Safety Net with Tariff Relief?
June 28, 2018 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming)  Rumors of USDA’s Tariff Easing Strategy Not Confirmed  —  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is giving himself a couple of months – until around Labor Day – before deciding whether to proceed …

RFA Chief Knocks EPA Over Failure to Address Illegal Cut in 2016 RVO
June 28, 2018 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (Opisnet)  PA’s failure to include in its proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) an estimated 500 million gal of renewable fuels that a federal appeals court last year said the agency illegally excluded …

REFILE-FEATURE-In Hunt for Clean Jet Fuel, South Africa Swaps Tobacco for Weeds
June 28, 2018 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Munyaradzi Makoni (Reuters)  When a South African Airways Boeing 737 took off from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg two years ago, headed for Cape Town, it was powered by an unusual fuel: tobacco.
South Africa …

Grassley Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2019 RFS Biofuels Levels
June 28, 2018 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) … “As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I also have concerns that EPA may be ignoring or abusing the Administrative Procedure Act as they continue to grant waivers in …

E10 Petrol Pushes Motorists to Buy Premium Fuel, Costs More than Regular Unleaded in the Long Run
June 28, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(News.com.au)  Ethanol-blended petrol was billed as a win for our hip pockets and the environment, but analysts say it’s a very different story  —  … While other states have so far resisted the temptation to mandate ethanol …

Brazil’s Unpopular Fuel Policy Means Sugar Faces Vote Threat
June 28, 2018 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Isis Almeida and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg Quint) … (Luis) Matos is one of millions of Brazilians who have cut back on car use after fuel costs climbed to a record. Like many in Latin America’s biggest …

“To-mah-toe, To-may-toe…”: Consequences of Valorizing Biobased Carbon over Biobased Matter
June 28, 2018 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Michael A. Fatigati (Biofuels Digest)  … We now find it necessary to throttle back our drawdown of the fossil carbon account to preserve our climate and through reasoned and sensible policies and regulation moving us towards …

2.5 Million Homes, Businesses Totaling $1 Trillion Threatened by High Tide Flooding
June 28, 2018 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Study Finds Coastal Municipalities May Lose Huge Sums in Property Tax Revenue — Accelerating sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to worsen tidal flooding, …

Mazda: ‘Well-to-Wheel’ Gives ICE the Advantage over Electric, Manufacturer Claims
June 27, 2018 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Briers (Fleet News)  Change the debate to get true global picture on emissions says manufacturer as it continues to examine powertrain technology options. —  At a time when most of its rivals are distancing themselves …

Air Liquide Inaugurates a Biomethane Production Unit in France
June 27, 2018 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Air Liquide/Biomass Magazine)  On June 22, in Cestas, near Bordeaux, France, Air Liquide inaugurates a biomethane production unit and a multi-energy distribution station nearby. Thanks to its complete mastery of the biogas recovery chain, Air Liquide …

Octane Overconfidence
June 27, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (W)hy oil refiners wouldn’t use ethanol as a source of octane, under a high-octane fuel standard, without an RFS or RINs.  — …  Ethanol is …

Minister Humphreys Announces College Group’s €10m expansion
June 27, 2018 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(College Group)  Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today announced that College Group will invest €10m in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in …

European Ethanol Sets New High Level for Greenhouse Gas Savings
June 27, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70 percent greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2017, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers.
The number represents the latest of …

West Fargo Farm Rally Will Try to Capture Part of Trump’s Spotlight
June 27, 2018 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by  Patrick Springer (West Fargo Pioneer)  … “It’s not a protest against President Trump,” said Pam Musland, marketing and communication supervisor for the North Dakota Farmers Union. “Our hope is to grab some media attention with …

Greening the Canadian Transportation Sector
June 27, 2018 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Grey (Renewable Industries Canada/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Canada is a great example of how biofuels can lead the way for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, and of the importance of bringing this message to policymakers.  
As business …

EPA Confirms 33 Small Refinery Waiver Applications
June 27, 2018 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering applications to waive 2017 federal fuel blending requirements from 33 refiners this month, up from the 29 it confirmed in April, the agency said today (June 26, …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for the Marine Sector
June 27, 2018 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels for marine diesels — a biofuel developers dream? That’s the premise of his IEA webinar deck on the promise and progress in marine biofuels, a 330 Mton fuel market with both fuel …

Investigation into U.S. Renewable Fuels Policies Finds “Green” Biodiesel Producers Driving Massive Deforestation
June 27, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(MIghty Earth)  A new investigation, “Burned: Deception, Deforestation, and America’s Biodiesel Policy” by the organizations Mighty Earth and ActionAid USA has found that biodiesel is not the environmentally friendly, “green” fuel claimed by industry producers. On-the-ground …

A Shift in Power: Energy Recycling Technologies and Changing Market Dynamics Provide New Options for Electricity Production, and Revive Opportunities for Old Ones.
June 26, 2018 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Improving energy efficiency has long been the goal at ethanol plants and, increasingly, driving down carbon intensity is equally important. Changing market dynamics are opening the door for some new …

Ethanol, Not Oil, Should Be Focus of EPA
June 26, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Argus Leader)  The new EPA Director, E. Scott Pruitt is reworking the EPA. It appears their new mission is to rewrite all the rules to benefit the Oil Industry! The old rule of order …

EPA Releases Proposed 2019 RFS RVOs, Fails to Address Waivers COMMENT DEADLINE: August 17, 2018
June 26, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 26, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule that aims to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2019, up …

Ethanol Provides Value to Everyone in the Chain
June 26, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by John Duff (Delta Farm Press)  …  Regardless of policy, ethanol presents a value proposition to all involved. Ethanol gives farmers access to more markets and greater global market liquidity. In a world where 74% of …

EXCLUSIVE-Trump’s EPA Ignored Energy Department Calls to Limit Biofuel Waivers
June 26, 2018 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ignored recommendations from the Department of Energy to reject or limit waivers to oil refiners seeking exemptions from nation’s biofuels law, according …

BoatUS Conducting Ethanol, Summertime Refueling Survey
June 26, 2018 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Boating Industry/Boating Owners Association of The United States)  With the start of the boating season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) wants to hear from boaters about their experiences with ethanol fuels in an …

Producers, Marketers Unify in Support of Biodiesel Tax Credit
June 26, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Today (June 25, 2018), a diverse group of trade associations delivered a letter to Congressional leaders announcing a unified position to maintain and extend the current biodiesel blenders tax credit. In a letter to House …

Barrasso Statement on Forthcoming Biofuel Mandate for 2019
June 26, 2018 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY))  U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), issued the following statement on the forthcoming biofuel mandate for 2019.
“I will carefully examine EPA’s …

Deliver Sustainable Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the IEA Technology Roadmap
June 26, 2018 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bioenergy needs a new impetus based on up to date evidence and experience, according to this presentation deck on the IEA Bioenergy Roadmap.
The authors contend that there is growing consensus on …

Closing the Applications Gap: Checkerspot Closes $5M Seed Financing in Pursuit of High-Performance Biomaterials
June 26, 2018 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (C)onsider this venture about Making the Right Stuff — that is, how you translate an entire generation of innovation in digital biology, biobased chemical engineering and advanced fabrication into …

NYC Councilmembers Fight for RNG as Transportation Fuel
June 26, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  In a joint letter, New York City councilmembers are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to “show environmental leadership” by encouraging the adoption of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel.
Specifically, …

Initiative Launched to Encourage Adoption of Sustainable Jet Fuels by Business Aviation
June 25, 2018 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The business aviation sector has come together to raise awareness and encourage adoption by business aircraft owners, operators and fuel suppliers of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SJAF). At the centre of the initiative …

Airline Industry Urged to Prepare for Monitoring Carbon Emissions as CORSIA Nears Adoption
June 25, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) With less than seven months before CO2 monitoring requirements under ICAO’s CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme come into force, the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) has reminded airlines and business aircraft operators of the …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Incentive under New EU Renewable Energy Directive Not Enough, Says IATA
June 25, 2018 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The EU Council, European Parliament and European Commission have agreed a new post-2020 regulatory framework that includes an EU-wide binding renewable energy target for 2030 of 32% with a 14% for transport energy. The …

Ethanol Discussion Needs to Be Based on Facts
June 25, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by David Kessel (Marin Independent Journal) … Discussions on energy use and production are important, but need to be based on factual information, not made up red herrings.
• The articles state the intent was to …

Drain the Swamp: Fire Pruitt at EPA
June 25, 2018 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(The Courier) … Yet (Iowa Senator Joni) Ernst’s recent attack against Pruitt at a Washington energy forum was triggered over Pruitt’s “lies” about the Renewable Fuel Standard: not expanding year-round sales for the 15 percent …

How Induced Innovation Lowers the Cost of a Carbon Tax
June 25, 2018 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Joe Kennedy (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation)  Evidence shows a carbon tax will induce innovation that will lower the cost of reducing CO2 emissions. If the revenues are recycled to expand tax incentives for research …

Heating up in Hawaii – Hot News from Sea to Shore
June 25, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The VERGE conference was held in Honolulu last week gathering energy and transportation leaders to talk about lessons learned in clean energy and electricity that can be transferred to the …

Biofuels and the Green Energy Push: Brazil-U.S. Cooperation in Implementing Carbon Emissions Reduction Policies
June 24, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Brazil Institute, Wilson Center)  Late last year, the Brazilian government introduced a new biofuels policy program to meet its commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement’s section on “Nationally Determined Contributions” to reduce carbon emissions. RenovaBio, as the program …

Diesel Buses Purchase not the Better Way for TTC
June 22, 2018 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Matt Tomich (Toronto Star)  Toronto is currently eyeing a major investment in diesel buses, which would derail progress toward its emission reduction goals and pull a major punch in the fight against climate change.
The Toronto …

The White House Continues to Drive The Outlook for Biofuels Producers
June 22, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by  Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  Three major policy developments by the White House have had a large impact on U.S. biofuel producers over the past week.
The EPA was initially reported to be on the verge …

House Members Demand Answers from EPA on RFS, Waivers
June 22, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 20, 12 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation …

EPA to Propose 19.88 bln Gallon Biofuels Mandate, up 3 pct – Sources
June 22, 2018 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose setting a 19.88-billion-gallon biofuels blending mandate in 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up about 3 percent from 2018, according to two sources briefed on …

Advanced Biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects
June 22, 2018 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment)  … A number of exogenous policies have greatly impacted advanced biofuels markets and RFS (Renewable Fuel Standards) compliance. These include trade restrictions and duties …

Biofuel’s Role in the Circular Economy: Key Lessons and Actions for the Industry
June 22, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) When it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling our goods most people associate consuming less of what we already have with a ‘circular economy’. What is rarely, if ever …

New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports
June 22, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  A study available today in the journal Science finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year—nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by …

EPA Considers Delaying Friday Biofuel Announcement: Sources
June 22, 2018 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering delaying its widely anticipated announcement on Friday on 2019 renewable fuel volumes as it re-examines plans to force larger refineries to …

Residents Voice Opposition to Biofuel Plan by United Riverhead Terminal
June 22, 2018 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Denise Civiletti  (Riverhead Local)  A proposal by United Riverhead Terminal to install six tanks for storing 108,000 gallons of biofuel at its Northville facility drew intense opposition from residents of the surrounding area during a …

New Tax to Encourage B20 Use
June 22, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Wichit Chantanusornsiri  (Bangkok Post)  The Excise Department is imposing a tax on B20 biodiesel that is 82 satang lower than the B7 tax in a push to make the former’s retail price three baht per litre …

The Role of Advanced Biofuels in the Energy Transition
June 22, 2018 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(ADVANCEFUEL) Interview with Kristin Sternberg and Birger Kerckow, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) 

How has the bioenergy sector – particularly in transport – developed over the past decade?

The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final …

Growth Energy: Prime the Pump Success Driving Ethanol Demand
June 21, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  More than 2,800 retail sites will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually, according to a one-pager released today by Growth Energy. The report touts the immense success of …

UPDATE 2-EPA to Propose Reallocating Waived Biofuels Volumes to Other Refiners-Sources
June 21, 2018 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Successful Farming)   The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small refinery exemption program to other refiners, in an announcement that could come as early as Friday, according to …

BRAZIL: Senate Authorizes Producer To Sell Ethanol Directly To Fuel Station
June 21, 2018 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Markets Business Insider/RTTNews)  Brazil’s Senate has approved a legislation authorizing ethanol producers to sell the fuel directly to the fuel stations. After the 47-2 vote in the Senate, the bill should be voted by the House …

An Evaluation of Brazil’s RenovaBio Program
June 21, 2018 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon* (Advanced Biofuels USA/ Industrial Ecosystems) According to the Paris Accords on Climate Change, each country is to develop its own goals for CO2 reductions and develop a program to meet these goals.  …

Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways, UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power Figure in Key Renewable Jet Fuel Project Advances
June 21, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New Energy Risk’s new performance insurance for TCG Global’s gasifiers and a significant project advance from Velocys in the UK are on the docket today.
These companies and the news this morning …

Ethanol Industry Goes Global as Gasoline Price Rally Deteriorates Demand
June 20, 2018 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Danforth and Jim Venhof (Genscape)  U.S. domestic ethanol demand suffered this spring relative to 2017, despite consistently favorable blending values and increasing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements. The decline, following a period of historically low …

UK-Produced Green Gas Now Being Used to Fuel Vehicles
June 20, 2018 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

(U.K. Renewable Energy Association/Biomass Magazine)  A growing number of commercial haulage operators are clamoring to improve their environmental credentials by running haulage trucks on green gas. Whilst some green gas has been imported, domestic producers have …

EU Reaches Deal on REDII, Sets New Goals for Renewables
June 20, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables.
Information …

MPOC Elated on EU Palm Biofuel Ban
June 20, 2018 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post)  The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) is elated on the latest development in the European Union (EU) which deferred the proposed total ban on palm biofuel to 2030 from the earlier date of 2021.
Chief …

Czech Company to Produce Biofuels from Waste Cooking Oil
June 20, 2018 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by  Ruth Fraňková  (Radio Praha)  The Czech company Chemoprojekt, based in Ústí nad Labem in north Bohemia, is set to launch production of biodiesel made from waste frying oil, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Tuesday. …

Indian Oil to Set up Rs 9 bn ethanol plant in Adityanath’s pocket borough
June 20, 2018 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  The company has sought 50 acres from a defunct sugar mill in Gorakhpur  —  Public sector behemoth Indian Oil is looking to invest almost Rs 9 billion in a greenfield second-generation …

EU Ethanol Delivers over 70% GHG Savings on Average: ePure
June 20, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  European ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse gas savings compared with fossil fuels in 2017, according to new data from European ethanol producers, the European renewable ethanol association, ePure, said …

Oxy Considering Carbon Capture Project
June 20, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  The Houston oil company Occidental Petroleum is studying a carbon capture project to deliver carbon dioxide to its oil fields in West Texas, the company announced Tuesday.
Engineers are expected to spend …

Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles Could Increase U.S. Transportation Energy Consumption
June 20, 2018 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Autonomous vehicles are one of the main sources of uncertainty in the future of U.S. transportation energy consumption, as autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to change travel behavior, vehicle design, energy …

Can Climate Change Be Stopped by Turning Air into Gasoline?
June 20, 2018 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by David Fridley and Richard Heinberg  (Renewable Energy World)  The headline of this article was composed simply by rephrasing the title of a popular recent piece in The Atlantic — “Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air into …

New Conservative Group Lobbies for Carbon Tax
June 20, 2018 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A new group with a conservative backing has formed to push for a carbon tax. The Americans for Carbon Dividends is co-chaired by two former senators: John Breaux and …

Brazilian Presidential Hopefuls Favor Free Market for Sugar, Ethanol
June 19, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Nicolle Castro (Platts)  Brazilian presidential pre-candidates spoke in favor of free fuel markets Monday at a sugarcane industry association UNICA forum in Sao Paulo. 
Brazil will hold presidential elections in October.
The road fuel market is currently the …

China Raises Import Duty on US Denatured Ethanol to 70% from 45% as of July 6
June 19, 2018 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Christine Siantar (Platts)   China’s ministry of commerce said the import duty on US-origin denatured ethanol will rise to 70% on July 6 from 45%, as part of a wider retaliation to the US imposing …

US EPA Close to Releasing 2019-20 Biofuel Mandate Volumes
June 19, 2018 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing its proposal for how much biofuel refiners must blend into the US transportation fuel supply next year, a spokeswoman said Friday.
The policy will include 2019 blending …

Bio CNG and Bio-Ethanol to Be Manufactured from Paddy Straw
June 19, 2018 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(5 Dariya News)   The Government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to paddy straw burning and every possible effort is afoot for the same. The Punjab  Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is serious on …

Back to Business: G20 Energy Minsters Affirm Drive towards Renewables, Innovation, Cooperation
June 19, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This year, as it happens, Argentina holds the G20 Presidency and the outgoing Germans and incoming Japanese worked with Argentine energy minister Juan Jose Aranguren to broker an ambitious re-affirmation …

Midwest Trump Voters Losing Faith in His Commitment to Biofuels
June 18, 2018 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable fuels industries.
In a survey of …

A Sound and Rational View of Biofuels in North America
June 18, 2018 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Lawrence Sullivan (Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining)  … After much efforts to fund the development of biofuels by both governments and the venture capitalists, there were some awakenings and realizations. One, the capital-intensive nature of power and petroleum …

Bosnia’s Fuel Distributors Agree to Cut Prices after Protests
June 18, 2018 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Daria Sito-Sucic (Reuters)  Fuel distributors in Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation agreed a deal with the regional government on Tuesday to cut fuel prices after drivers repeatedly blocked roads in protest against rising prices, a government …