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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Brazilian Sugar Industry Fears More Fuel Market Manipulation on the Horizon
June 8, 2018 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, Platts and Valor Economico report that the sugarcane industry is worried further fuel market manipulation could be on the cards following the resignation of Petrobras’ CEO under pressure of the recent …

UPDATE 1-Brazil Targets 10 pct Cut in Fuel Sector Carbon Emissions
June 6, 2018 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Leonardo Goy, Marcelo Teixeira and José Roberto Gomes (Reuters)   Brazil plans to cut carbon emissions from its fuels sector by 10 percent through 2028, forcing distributors to sell more biofuels, the National Energy Policy Council …

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
June 5, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  A proposal to alter the EU’s overarching renewable energy policy has been announced, which would phase-out palm oil as a biodiesel feedstock by 2021, due to production sustainability concerns.

Malaysia and Indonesia, …

EPA’s New Super Fuel Could Spell Trouble for Ethanol
June 5, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is about to allow a new renewable fuel to be sold at the pump, which could revolutionize the fuel business while eliminating the use of corn ethanol …

On The Front Lines: The Old Battle between Ethanol and Oil Takes Center Stage with the RFS.
June 4, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine recaps the many recent attempts to hinder the policy, and looks beyond 2022.  —  … But leaders in the ethanol industry are quick to point out this fight …

Chinese Ethanol Buyers Turn to Central, South America for Arbitrage Supply
May 30, 2018 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Christina Siantar (Platts)  Chinese ethanol buyers are turning to Central and South America for arbitrage supply, after Beijing’s imposition of additional 15% import tax on US ethanol has priced US cargoes out of the Chinese market.
A Chinese oil …

More Stringent Biofuel Standard Suspended: State Officials Issue Waiver until June 30 Because of Shortages of B20 Product.
May 25, 2018 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  Minnesota regulators have temporarily suspended a new and more stringent standard for biodiesel use due to shortages of the product.
On May 1, the amount of biofuel that must by state law …

The Scientist Still Fighting for the Clean Fuel the World Forgot
May 16, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review)  In the closing weeks of 2008, the US Department of Energy invited politicians and press to a dedication ceremony for the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California. The state-of-the-art lab, …

Why Not Now? The Digest’s 2018 Multi Slide Guide to Biofuels’ Barriers and Drivers
May 16, 2018 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “The fuels market is about the largest in the world,” says Terry Mazanec. “Each succeeding generation of inspired inventors and entrepreneurs, with visions of immense profits dancing in their heads, have …

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale
May 16, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another …

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: European Biofuels and the Debate over the ‘Agreeable Corridor’
May 16, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As Europe’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) plans are set into motion, disagreements about how biofuels are treated in the newly proposed legislation have sparked concerns that Paris’ target …

Thailand Lowers Sugar Export Volume, Sets Aside Extra for Ethanol Production
May 15, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Patpicha Tanakasempipat (Reuters)  Thailand has allocated an additional 300,000 tonnes of raw sugar for ethanol production this year, the country’s cane and sugar regulator said on Tuesday, amid weak prices and a large …

A Higher Market for Ethanol Former Author of RFS Legislation Sees Octane Levels as Advancement for Ethanol
May 15, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle keeps close tabs on what’s happening with biofuels even though he’s been out of the U.S. Senate more than a decade now.
Daschle, …

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility
May 11, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels research and business initiatives discussed in Brussels April 10-12, 2018: first, that bioenergy must be …

Rounds, Thune Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Pushing EPA Administrator Pruitt for Year-Round E15 Waiver
May 2, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Office of Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.))  U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt highlighting the benefits of year-round …

Urban Air Initiative: Leading Off — Why Did a Retired Oil Refinery Engineer Turn into an Ethanol Advocate?
April 27, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  The resistance to ethanol expansion is really about politics and a desire to squash competition. But if you weed through all of PR campaigns and simply evaluate fuel options from the perspective of …

Indonesian Oil Palm Smallholders Sue State over Subsidy to Biofuel Producers
April 27, 2018 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(South Africa Today/Mongabay)  -A union of palm oil smallholders is challenging the allocation of a billion-dollar fund that they say fails to help them rejuvenate their low-yielding oil palms and instead unfairly subsidizes large biofuel …

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels
April 26, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC.
This time, the response has been to dither on biofuels and to point to reasonably dismal sales of EVs as evidence that …

Renewable Natural Gas Production Facilities Grow by 85% in Four Years
April 23, 2018 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Alyssa Danigelis (Energy Manager Today)  A new map and project database show at least 76 operational renewable natural gas production facilities in the United States and Canada now. That represents an 85% growth from the …

The New War Over Ethanol, And How It Might Affect You
April 23, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by F. Todd Davidson (Forbes)  A seemingly small action from the Environmental Protection Agency could spark a new war between Big Oil and Big Ag that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. agricultural, energy, and transportation …

Farm Bill Delays, Ethanol Waivers Worry SD Sen. Rounds
April 23, 2018 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Barry Amundson (Grand Forks Herald)  U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D, is concerned about two major issues that can affect farmers and ranchers this year.
One is the farm bill that faces an uncertain future as it’s set …

Exclusive Report: The Federal Biofuel Mandate ‘Has Failed To Achieve Its Policy Goals’
April 19, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  The federal biofuel mandate “has failed to achieve its policy goals while imposing significant other costs on consumers,” according to a new report.
Americans paid out nearly $77 billion in additional fuel …

Italy Earmarks EUR 4.7bn for Biofuel Incentives in the Transport Sector
April 17, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(JDSUPRA/McDermott Will & Emery)  Transport fuel retailers are obliged to sell a minimum amount of biofuel annually, calculated as a percentage of the energy content of the transport fuel sold in the relevant year. Such obligation …

Renewable Industries Canada Applauds Ontario’s Move To 10% Ethanol In Gasoline
April 17, 2018 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Chemical Online/Globe Newswire)  Building on the success of current biofuel mandates, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauds Ontario’s leadership in increasing blending requirements for ethanol in gasoline to 10% by 2020. The expanded mandate is a made-in-Ontario solution to …

House Hearing Focus on High Octane Fuels
April 13, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment will be holding a hearing this morning (Friday, April 13, 2018) on “High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities.” The hearing will take …

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
April 12, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They …

Raimondo Backs Biodiesel Increase in Visit to Newport Company
April 11, 2018 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Sean Flynn (Newport Daily News) Newport Biodiesel LLC saw a big jump in demand for its product at the beginning of the year when a Massachusetts regulation took effect that requires a minimum 10 …

China’s 2020 Ethanol Blending Target Faces Obstacles
April 5, 2018 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  China faces several challenges to hit an ambitious 10pc (E10) ethanol blending target in its gasoline fuel mix by 2020, according to participants at the Argus China Ethanol conference in Beijing.
The government announced the …

No Door for Return of RON92 Petrol
April 5, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Nhan Dan)  After RON92 petrol was replaced by E5 bio-fuel for about three months, several enterprises said that the consumption of E5 was lower than that of RON92 and petitioned the authorities to resume the use …

Ethanol Parity Has ‘Lost Relevance’ as Indicator of Sugar Price Lows
April 5, 2018 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Mike Verdin (AgriMoney)  Ethanol parity “has lost relevance” as a floor for world sugar prices, in a sign of Brazil’s reduced market grip, Rabobank said, as it hiked its forecast for the global output surplus …

Trump to Roll Back Fuel Standards for Cars, Light Trucks — Ford, GM Positions
April 3, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Todd Spangler and Eric Lawrence (Detroit Free Press) … General Motors said that, regardless of what standard is ultimately set, it remained committed to “improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and an all-electric future,” including working on …

UPDATE 1-ADM to Suspend Biodiesel Output at German Plant
March 30, 2018 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hogan (Reuters)  U.S. agribusiness group Archer Daniels Midland Co will suspend production at a major biodiesel plant in Germany because of increasing cheap imports of the renewable fuel into the European Union, it said on …

Regulatory Fixes Will Open the Market to Ethanol Quickly — How EPA Could Easily Remedy Issues with RINs.
March 30, 2018 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Adam Gustafson (Boyden Gray and Associates/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Such short-term fixes to high RIN prices ignore their underlying cause—EPA’s artificial constraints on the volume of ethanol that can be blended into the nation’s fuel …

China Mulls Hiking Import Duty on US Denatured Ethanol by 15% to 45%
March 23, 2018 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Srijan Kanoi (Platts)  China’s Ministry of Commerce said Friday that they might impose an additional 15% duty, along with the existing 30% duty, on denatured ethanol imports from the US if both China and US fail …

Harmonizing a Three-Headed Regulatory Monster (EPA, NHTSA, CARB)
March 14, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Graham Noyes and Doug Durante (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … While not as entertaining to watch as a Godzilla film with a three-headed flying monster, the current regulatory struggle over national …

New Zealand Could Dent Emissions by Switching to Biofuels
March 13, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A study from a government-owned research group is urging increased biofuel use to develop a renewable low-carbon transport sector.
The report follows two years of research by Crown Research Institute Scion and looks at how New Zealand …

Defence Ministry Upholds ‘Palm Oil First Call’ in Proposed Jet Buy Deals with France
March 13, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Sangeetha Amarthalingam (The Edge Markets)  The proposed palm biodiesel ban by the European Union (EU) parliament has bearings on negotiations on Malaysia’s plan to buy multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) from Europe.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin …

Analysis: Cap on Conventional Ethanol RINs Will Reduce Biodiesel Market By 100-300 Million Gallons Per Year
March 9, 2018 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  A new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES) found that capping the price of conventional biofuels’ Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) will significantly harm …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Status of Advanced Biofuels
March 8, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are over 2,000 biomass to fuel facilities representing 1,461 companies in 90 countries. According to subject matter expert and long-time Digesterati Lorenz Bauer, “first-generation biofuels will continue to dominate the …

Ag Policy Blog: Government Confusion Over Ethanol Might Demand Growing Locally
March 6, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … So you have USDA saying ethanol demand has basically peaked. The Department of Energy is saying ethanol is really the only fuel that can provide the energy and …

Biodiesel Not an Affordable Solution for SA Mines
March 5, 2018 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Paige Mueller  (Mining Weekly)  Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler.
He says that, while many renewable-energy …

NZ Could Forge a Green Transport Fuels Future
February 27, 2018 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Scion/Scoop)  Study proves New Zealand could forge a green transport fuels future  —  New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act.
A report by Crown Research Institute …

Farmers Grow Their Own Market through Ethanol
February 27, 2018 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Steve White (Nebraska TV)  Nebraska farmers grow their own market through ethanol. It creates jobs, but it also provides hometown demand for corn and they’re optimistic Pres. Trump will help the industry.

Farmers like Bill Schuster …

Nissan Considering Hybrid, Fuel-Cell and Biofuel Utes and Vans
February 26, 2018 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Tim Nicholson & Justin Hilliard  (GoAutoMedia/Cars Guide)  Nissan has confirmed it is looking at range-extender hybrid, hydrogen fuel-cell and biofuel powertrain options for its future line-up of light-commercial vehicles, including the Titan large pick-up.
When questioned …

INTERVIEW-JBS Biodiesel Adds New Raw Materials and Projects Increase in Production
February 23, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by  Roberto Samora (Reuters (Google translation))  JBS Biodiesel, a biofuel unit of global meat giant JBS, will invest R $ 5.5 million to add chicken and pork fats to biodiesel production as a way to expand …

Electric Vehicles Have the Attention of the Ethanol Industry
February 19, 2018 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen says while electric cars are probably ten years away from becoming a “meaningful reality”, it’s a trend the ethanol industry needs to discuss.
“Electric …

Council Assesses Ethanol Market Potential In UAE, Pakistan
February 17, 2018 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently undertook a market assessment mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan to analyze the ethanol demand potential in both countries and engage with policymakers and …

EPA RIN Market Data Poor: CFTC Can’t Draw Conclusion on RIN Market Based on EPA Data Provided
February 16, 2018 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission told senators Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t been able to provide the CFTC with enough quality data on the biofuels …

Global Ethanol Market: Advancement in Production Technologies and Demand for Cleaner and Cost-Effective Fuel in Automobile Sector to Bolster Uptake, notes TMR
February 11, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research/Globe Newswire)  Global Ethanol Market could rise at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast timeframe 2017–2022 to touch a hefty valuation of US$105.0 Billion by the final forecast year 2022.  —  The global ethanol …

On Value, and Values: Fairness, the Disadvantaged, and California’s Renewables Policy
February 6, 2018 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The particulars are the subject of a white paper from a team at Propel Fuels — Rob Elam, Will Faulkner, Chris LaPlante, Parker Chase — and available here.
Un-Penalizing the Poor
The topics …

Yay or Nay – Will EU Really Say No More Palm-Based Biodiesel?
February 5, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Environmental groups have long been against palm oil plantations on these crucial climate fighting forests. But consumers are using more palm oil products, from cosmetics to biofuels to food …

California Advanced Biofuels Alliance Joins Biofuels Groups in Opposing AB 1745
January 31, 2018 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(California Advanced Biofuels Alliance)  On January 19th, CABA joined biofuels groups in opposing AB 1745. Here is the text of the letter:
Dear Assembly Member Ting:
It is after careful deliberation that the undersigned organizations respectfully express opposition …

Busy Truck Stop Finds Success with Biofuels
January 31, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Trucking Info)  Fontana Truck Stop Center has an ideal location. It’s just off one interstate and near another, both of them taking traffic to and from Los Angeles. It’s also in an industrial area populated with …

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
January 31, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  Only a month after the European Union confirmed Australian canola would satisfy the new 2018 greenhouse gas requirements for use in EU biodiesel, a proposal to alter the EU’s …

Cargill to Produce New Products, Including Ethanol, at Germany Plant
January 30, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cargill recently announced plans to expand its portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Krefeld, Germany, with advanced biofuels, vegetable wheat protein and industrial wheat starches. The expansion to …

EU Set to Launch Subsidy Inquiry into Argentinean Biodiesel
January 30, 2018 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/NASDAQ)  The European Commission will next week launch an investigation into whether Argentine producers exporting biodiesel to the bloc are benefiting from unfair subsidies, people familiar with the case said.
The Commission, which oversees trade policy across …

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand Ready to Retaliate on EU Palm Oil Ban
January 25, 2018 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

By Ooi Tee Ching  (New Straits Times)  Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will retaliate if the EU’s ongoing discrimination and attack on the palm oil industry becomes legislative, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah …

Big Oil, Biodiesel Join Forces to Combat Electrification
January 24, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Even though the petroleum and biodiesel industries rarely see eye to eye on U.S. energy policy, the two factions find common ground in a new threat to all liquid fuels—electric vehicles. …

China Mixed Aromatics Imports May Wane amid High Costs
January 22, 2018 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

(ICIS News)  China’s imports of mixed aromatics may wane due to high costs and amid calls for a nationwide use of ethanol gasoline.

Chinese buyers favour Thailand-origin mixed aromatics with a high benzene content due to their low price.

Meanwhile, demand for …

More Countries Adopting Ethanol Policies
January 22, 2018 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Global Renewable Fuels Alliance /Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Encouragingly, despite an extended period of uncertainty and less-than-ideal market circumstances, free trade has enabled global biofuel production to continue its incremental growth year after …

Updated UFOP Report on Global Market Supply Published
January 22, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP))  Strong global harvest yields mean that supply on international markets is more than sufficient. The figures indicate that there …

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands
January 19, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine …

Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices
January 17, 2018 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Biofuels Digest)  …   A lot of people might forget that it was only three years ago when the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline cost $3.34 and at times …

USDA: Ethanol Plants Are Operating near Full Capacity but Constraints Limit Growth
January 12, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing)  The number of U.S. ethanol plants more than quadrupled since 1999, as demand for ethanol has increased. This growth in the number of plants is driven mainly by the Renewable Fuel Standard program, which was first …

USDA Reports Says Indonesia Faces Ethanol Dilemma
January 4, 2018 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Indonesia instituted a national ethanol policy in 2006, but has been having troubles meeting their goals. The country’s plans to develop bioethanol are facing many setbacks, including costly inputs, capacity …

Top Trends in 7 Key Latin America Hotspots
December 28, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In a striking pledge made in the latter part of 2016. 20 Latin American countries promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions.
That was then, …

International Trade Commission Votes 4-0 In Support of the Biodiesel Industry
December 5, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Fair Trade Coalition Filed Cases on Harm from Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia  —  Today the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade …

OPEC’s Next Move Is Being Closely Watched by Sugar Traders
November 30, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Agnieszka De Sousa (Bloomberg)  Any oil price move could have knock-on effect in sugar market; That’s because biofuel made from cane competes with gasoline  —  As energy minsters meet in Vienna this week to discuss oil-supply cuts, the sugar …

Japan Will Allow Gas Blends Using U.S. Ethanol
November 29, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Ray Grabanski (Progressive Ag/Ag Week)  … Japan announced that it will allow gasoline blenders to use ethanol sourced from the U.S. Japan currently allows blending with Brazilian sugar ethanol, but U.S. ethanol is currently 35 …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
November 28, 2017 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

“If our gasoline composition is right then ethanol can work,” said Alfonso Martinez, undersecretary of protection of the environment and natural resources in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in a phone interview with S&P Global Platts. “We …

Feature: Mexican Ethanol Optimism Returns after States Ask for Ban Repeal
November 28, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  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 …

‘Address Ethanol Availability Issues’
November 28, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Andhra Pradesh (The Hindu)  Chairman of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas Pralhad Joshi on Thursday wanted the State and Union governments to address the issues related to availability of ethanol for selling ethanol-blended …

Germany Consumed More UCO Biodiesel Last Year than RME
November 15, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Germany’s Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has published an evaluation and progress report for 2016 in which it shows that, for the first time, consumption of biodiesel from used cooking …

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly 90% of New 2018 Vehicles
November 15, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association) Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to the results of an annual analysis of …

Ethanol Potential in China — Ethanol Policy Changes in China May Bring Opportunities to US Corn
November 13, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Lin Tan (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  New government policy recently set a target to roll out the use of ethanol in gasoline nationwide in China, according to a plan jointly released by 15 ministries, such …

US Spread between E85 Ethanol, Gasoline Reaches All-Time High
November 13, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, according to crowd-sourced data from the Renewable Fuels Association’s E85prices.com, the national price spread between regular unleaded and E85 has never been greater in the 17 years of tracking …

Consumers Win with Ethanol
November 10, 2017 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/Renewable Fuels Association)  Consumers have been saving money thanks to ethanol for years, but never as much as today. Nearly every consumer that chooses ethanol at the pump is saving money, whether using regular …

European Industry Counterattacks against Argentine Biodiesel
November 10, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Aline Robert (EurActiv)  A group representing European biodiesel producers filed a complaint about illegal state aid with the European Commission on 3 November.  
It’s the latest episode in a commercial war between European biodiesel and its …

UTIA Awarded FAA Grant to Analyze Biorefinery Supply Chains
November 9, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(UrekAlert!/University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture)  Alternative jet fuels could grow opportunities in the southeast  —  Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin …

U.S. Biodiesel Import Limit Opens Door to Canola – The Western Producer
November 7, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  A biodiesel trade war in the United States should result in new demand for Canadian canola oil, says an economist.
The U.S. commerce department issued a preliminary ruling last week paving the …

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape
October 30, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice …

US Ethanol Is Modern-Day Farm Policy; Future Profitable: Green Plains CEO
October 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US ethanol industry represents a modern-day farm policy as the primary means of creating demand for ever-growing corn supplies, and the industry maintains a profitable outlook, Green Plains CEO Todd Becker said Tuesday.
“This is …

The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!
October 20, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Biofuels Digest)  … The recent effort by Brazil to impose import duties on U.S. ethanol has received considerable press coverage and should send a clear message that we need to develop long term …

Obstacles Hinder the Switch to E5 Biofuel
October 19, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Vietnam.net)  There are only two months left until January 1, 2018, the date set for the nation to switch from RON A92 petrol to bio-fuel E5, but the plan is facing problems.   —  According to calculations by …

More than Half of EU Biodiesel Made from Imported Crops, Study Finds
October 18, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by  Samuel White  (EurActiv)  Some 53% of EU biodiesel is made with imported feedstock, according to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, and almost half of imported palm oil is …

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges
October 18, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by  Daniel Gutman (Inter  Press Service)  The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the …

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs
October 18, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by  Niamh Boyle  (Prima Markets/Biodiesel Magazine)   Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the …

Think Transportation GHG Emissions Targets Can Be Reached without Biofuels Mandates? Think Again.
October 18, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Gordon Quaiattini (Biofuels Digest)  Governments serious about climate change should be wary about eliminating the mandate for renewable fuels, and those promising a low carbon fuel market without it.
Earlier this month Canada’s Environment Commissioner urged MPs …

Natural Resources Canada Launches Tender for Drop-In Fuels Study
October 17, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Natural Resources Canada has launched a tender for a study to assess the technological and market-related challenges associated with producing and deploying liquid drop-in fuels in the Canadian market, including evaluating …

Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook
October 16, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo took place in Edinburgh this year. The conference was co-located with Bioenergy Insight 2017 conference which gave the participants an opportunity to …

EPA Found a Carbon Rule It Can Like
October 16, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sure EPA is proposing to roll back the Clean Power Plan, but that doesn’t mean all carbon rules are off the table: The agency is even now working on a …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 13, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

In a recent Washington Post column, George Will bemoaned governments’ announcements to “ban, at an undetermined date, sales of vehicles powered by fossil fuels in their tanks. (Electric vehicles will be powered mostly by fossil-fuel-generated …

St1 Progresses with Renewable Diesel Production Plans at Its Refinery in Gothenburg
October 12, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(St1)  Energy company St1 continues its series of investments targeting to begin the production of renewable diesel in 2020 at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company has now signed an Engineering design package and license …

GM’s Barra Skeptical of Electric Car Mandates
October 11, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)  General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday that Chinese officials should consider whether there is sufficient demand for electric cars before they move to ban gasoline and diesel engines.
Speaking at …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 3, 2017 – 10:08 am | No Comment

Biofuels Digest’s Jim Lane analyzes the cost and emissions profile for electric vehicles compared to “gasoline-powered” ones.  The findings? On price, the lowest-cost option is a Cruze running on E85 conventional ethanol — which also …

Data Surprise: Biofuels Still Beating Electrics on Cost, Emissions
October 3, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electrics are improving on emissions and cost, but not enough to make driving an electric car the smart choice for consumers looking to save time and reduce environmental impacts. According to …

The Message Is Clear: We Must Create Demand
September 26, 2017 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth above 15 billion gallons will require new markets and widespread understanding of ethanol’s carbon-reduction value.  —  … The guaranteed market for 15 billion gallons has been achieved and anything we …

Can The Corn Ethanol Lobby Win In Mexico, Too?
September 26, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by David Blackmon (Forbes)  … The elimination in the U.S. of the use of MTBE as a gasoline oxygenation agent by the EPA was a big factor in the initial turn to ethanol ….

Taking advantage of major …

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with Alcohol-to-Hydrocarbon Technology
September 26, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM.
Although it sounds more like a goose trying to say “You’ll like him” — it’s …

U.S. Corn Ethanol Producers Aim to Out-Pump Competitors
September 26, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol makers, taking advantage of low corn prices, are ramping up production and expanding capacity to try to squeeze less-efficient competitors out of an overcrowded market.
The ethanol industry, which for years …

UK Government Introduces Proposals for Cap on Crop-Based Biofuels
September 21, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  The UK government has made proposals to introduce a cap on crop-based biofuels in order to meet its renewable fuel obligations.
The maximum level for the use of fuels made from …

US Biodiesel Supply Looks Thin Moving into Q4 and beyond: Sources
September 19, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

(Platts/UkrAgroConsult)  The US could have trouble meeting its biodiesel blending mandate as imports from Argentina and Indonesia have been cut off by duties, sources have said.
“Without Argentina this year or early next year there’s going …

Nigerian Sugar Council Wants E10 to Buffer from Global Oil Demand Shifts
September 19, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Nigeria, the National Sugar Development Council wants the country to develop an E10 blending mandate in line with China’s in an effort to boost the agricultural economy and reduce dependence on …

Biodiesel’s Impact on Soybean Oil Prices Lower than Previously Thought
September 18, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  An agriculture economist says biodiesel production has had less impact on soybean oil prices than previously thought.  The impression was that the U.S. biodiesel production boom following the establishment …

What Is the Future of Bio-diesel in India?
September 18, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Bharat Jhunjhunwala (The Free Press Journal)  Recently,  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first refinery plant in Pune that will produce fuel oil from rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, …

New U.S. Duties on Biodiesel Will Create Void
September 15, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt  (The Western Producer)  If the U.S. plans to fill the gap created by slamming the door on Argentina and Indonesia, it may need Canadian canola  —  A biodiesel dispute involving the United …

Could China’s Ethanol Mandate Jolt US Corn Prices?
September 15, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(The Fence Post)  … Answering the call for clean air, China plans to dramatically boost ethanol use in its gasoline supply, moving to E10 blends by 2020.
Considering China is the world’s largest car market, and currently …

EU-28 Biodiesel Imports Likely to Increase Significantly
September 15, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU-28 biodiesel imports from the world’s three biggest exporters, Argentina, Indonesia and Malaysia, have dropped substantially since 2013. Whereas in 2012, Argentina still exported 1.48 million metric tons (444.3 million gallons) of soybean oil-based biodiesel …

EPA Extends a Waiver on Motor Fuel Contents to Apply Nationwide, Not Just to Texas
August 31, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday expanded the scope of an emergency waiver of Clean Air Act restrictions on motor fuel requirements, saying the waiver would apply …

Brazil Slaps US with Ethanol Quota, 20 Percent Tariff
August 24, 2017 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade has approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota, …

The Next Oil Price Spike May Cripple The Industry
August 24, 2017 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Andreas de Vries & Salman Ghouri (OilPrice.com)  Two diametrically opposed views dominate the current debate about where the oil price is heading. On the one hand, there is the view that the price of …

Argentine Biodiesel Industry Says U.S. Duties Will Halt Exports
August 23, 2017 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Argentine biodiesel exports will be priced out of the U.S. market, its leading industry body said, after Washington decided on Tuesday to impose steep duties on imports that it said were …

NBB Fair Trade Coalition Succeeds in Latest Stage of Biodiesel Import Cases
August 22, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Department Finds That Argentina and Indonesia Unfairly Subsidize Biodiesel They Export to US   —  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the Commerce Department …

Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River
August 22, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in Biofuels Digest (July 26 – The …

Cheaper or Greener: Colombia Eyes US Ethanol with Trepidation
August 17, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Sophie Byron (Platts)  … As the 13th largest producer of sugar in the world, Colombia is sitting on a substantial natural resource. The production and processing of sugarcane as a feedstock is focused on a region …

New Analysis Shows Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Enhance Auto Industry Financial Prospects
August 11, 2017 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  Financial risks faced by legacy automakers due to evolving marketplace, not fuel economy standards —  As disruption from new technologies, mobility models and global trends threaten financial prospects for legacy automakers, national fuel economy …

Interview: Finnish Love with Biofuels May Lead to Wrong Choices in Transport: Expert
August 11, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(XinhuaNet)  Finnish love with biofuels as a key approach to reduce emissions has made the Nordic country one of the least active Western European countries to prepare for the arrival of electric car era, an …

Application of America-First Approach to RVOs Well-Intended, But Misses the Mark
August 9, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board)  The first action by the Trump administration on the Renewable Fuel Standard was much anticipated. The National Biodiesel Board and the entire biofuels industry eagerly awaited the 2018 renewable …

Wednesday Letters: Biofuels, Abortion–Fair markets
August 9, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Houston Chronicle)  Regarding “Reporter’s notebook: Do we still need advanced biofuels?” (chron.com, Monday), the article misunderstands the iterative nature of innovation and technology development.
Disruptive, game-changing technologies don’t simply appear overnight …

Why Will Dominant Alternative Transportation Fuels Be Liquid Fuels, not Electricity or Hydrogen?
August 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Bin Zhao (Energy Policy)  Existing transportation infrastructure favors liquid fuels. The human nature of satisfying their needs with least effort favors liquid fuels. Continuing supply of oil will reinforce existing transportation infrastructure. Understanding alternative fuel market helps …

Mexico Biofuel Regs Favor US Imports: Industry
July 7, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media) Mexico’s recently approved increase in allowable ethanol content in gasoline to 10pc could boost US gasoline imports over domestic ethanol production, some Mexican companies say.
The increase initiated last month in the allowable ethanol blend …

Bioethanol Demand Pushes UK to Become Net Wheat Importer
June 29, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Expanding growth output at the UK’s bioethanol plants is driving up wheat consumption, contributing to the country becoming a net wheat importer for only the fourth time in 25 years, according to an …

RFA Leader Talks Trade During UNICA Ethanol Summit
June 28, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen addressed participants of the 2017 Ethanol Summit this week in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dinneen expressed his concerns about Brazil’s recent trade decision regarding …

Oil Majors Risk Wasting $2.3 Trillion If Peak Demand Looms
June 26, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Rakteem Katakey  (Bloomberg)  Exxon most exposed oil company, Carbon Tracker report shows
Shell, Chevron, Total, Eni risk wasting up to 40% of spending  —  Oil companies risk wasting $2.3 trillion of investments should demand peak …

Gasoline Lobbyists Go to Battle to Slow Ethanol’s Rise
June 26, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  … With the oil industry lobbying vigorously in opposition, the future of the bill, introduced by a bipartisan coalition of Midwestern lawmakers, remains in question. But the proposal, nonetheless, represents the ascendance …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 22, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest), explaining how international efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation that focus on cheap offsets accomplish exactly the opposite:  “We do need change. Right now, we’re leasing public land at …

Explosive New ICCT Report Says “Offsets” Will Dominate “Alternative Fuels” in Aviation
June 22, 2017 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT

Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels
Challenges in feedstock costs
Carbon pricing too little, too late
The fatal distortion lies in …

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America
June 14, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need …

The Sexy 7: The Bio Markets and Apps in PET, PX, PEF, PLA, PHA, PBS, and PE
June 7, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 200,200 downloads for the DOE’s classic report on value-added chemicals — but some hot molecules are missing!  —  “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” a 2004 survey, completed by staff led …

What’s My Feedstock Worth? A Primer for Measuring Bio-Value
June 6, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Whether you are owner or seller, you need to know the underlying value of a feedstock in the advanced bioeconomy — and that is not the same thing as its …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 6, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment

“Here we have EPA agreeing that higher ethanol blends can reduce emissions and acknowledging that engines and fuels must be looked at as an integrated system. Adjusting compression to address the slightly lower energy content …

Ethanol’s Biggest Advocate May Be EPA
June 6, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  In plot twist that may open the door to higher ethanol blends, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received an engine patent it has been pursuing for nearly a decade for …

Corn Ethanol Faces Its Limits under EPA Fuel Mandate
June 5, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Corn ethanol has reached its official limit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program, which means other less-developed, low-carbon fuels will have to step up to fill a 21 …

Increasing Biofuel Content in Petrol to 8pct Could Make the Market Turn More to Imports (Analysis)
June 1, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Agerpres)  The biofuel business, a business based more on getting in line with European directives and less on the country’s agricultural potential, could get a new impetus in 2018 by switching to at least 8-percent …

Transforming Eco-Product Performance and Accessibility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont and Biomaterials
June 1, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a multi-part strategy to deliver new technologies to the growing biofuels and chemicals markets market. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products …

Burn Better, Cook Faster, Save $$: The Quest for an Efficient African Cookstove
June 1, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Africa, the overwhelming use is cookstoves, and for a generation now, companies and organizations have been handing out LPG or ethanol cookstoves trying to move Africa to a new …

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force to Meet June 9 on B20 Mandate
May 31, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Minnesota’s Biodiesel Task Force is scheduled to meet June 9 in Saint Paul to discuss whether statutory conditions have been met in order to move the state’s biodiesel mandate from …

Mexican Researchers Study Bio-Diesel Use in Cowichan Valley
May 31, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Amy Smart (Times Colonist)  … Five researchers from the Ibero-American University are spending the month of May in Duncan studying the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op, in partnership with Vancouver Island University. The group is interested in …

We Need a Disruption to Grow
May 24, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative/ICM)  … Urban Air Initiative will be part of a group with diverse perspectives on what can be done to disrupt the establishment in order to access higher blends. …

Mexican Biodiesel Producer Growing Thanks to Higher Fossil Prices but Margins Thin
May 23, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Mexico, Smart Recycling has boosted its UCO biodiesel production 150% since January to more than 400 gallons per day thanks to the national oil company Pemex boosting fuel prices …

Ethanol Industry Expert: Biofuels Tug-of-War Is an EU Invention
May 15, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by  Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The conflict between second and first generation biofuels – depicted as good and bad for the environment – only exists in Brussels. In fact, it’s the brainchild of the European Commission, …

LCFS vs RFS: As Two Contend for the Renewables Heavyweight Championship, Who Is the Greatest? Carbon 2017 Part 2 of 3
May 11, 2017 – 9:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard?
There are 4 primary differences.
1. An RFS creates a standard, and any fuel that …