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November 23, 2016
Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa is asking a US bankruptcy court to prevent legal action and future claims by creditors who are unsatisfied with a $10 billion (€9.4bn) debt restructuring plan. The Spanish company with a global renewable energy footprint put its US subsidiaries in Chapter 11 protection this year and filed for Chapter 15 protection from creditors... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
An Imperial College climate finance specialist has called on private investors to invest in proven green technologies. Speaking at the UN’s climate summit in Marrakech (COP22), Charles Donovan, director of Imperial's new Centre for Climate Finance & Investment, said: “There’s a huge difference between technologies that are merely possible... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
Oil giant Shell and Brazilian bioethanol company Cosan have reached an agreement to strengthen their sugarcane ethanol joint venture (JV), Raízen, in Brazil, through a change in its contractual structure. The partners have agreed to remove the mutual time-bound buyout options included in the original JV agreement, signed in June 2011, and in doing so have transformed... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
Hungarian bioethanol producer Pannonia Ethanol has announced that it has successfully completed a €135 million credit facility agreement with a consortium of Hungarian banks. The facility will support expansion at the company’s Dunaföldvár, Hungary biorefinery, investment in new projects, cost reduction, additional jobs, and increases in both corn... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
Canadian renewable diesel technology specialist Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. has signed a commercial purchase agreement with XR Resources to purchase a property located in High River, Alberta, on which there is an existing biodiesel refinery. This multi-feedstock processing plant was built in 2009 for an approximate capex cost of $10.2 million (€9.4m) and was capable... [Read More]

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November 23, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalised increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme. In a required annual rulemaking, today’s (23 November, 2017) action finalises the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel,... [Read More]

November 22, 2016
The European Commission’s (EC) leaked draft proposal to continue supporting first-generation biofuels until 2030 will increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport over the period 2021-2030 by an amount equivalent to the emissions from the Netherlands in 2014, according to environmental campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E). These... [Read More]

November 21, 2016
The Finnish government is exploring the implementation of a €100 million subsidy package for 2017-2020 to speed up the uptake of biogas- and electricity-powered cars. With the subsidy, the government aims to have 250,000 electric and 50,000 biogas cars on Finland’s road by 2030, which would mark a massive increase from the current 2,250 fully electric or hybrid... [Read More]

November 21, 2016
Indian state-run fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp. (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp. (BPC), and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. (HPC) will set up around seven second-generation (2G) ethanol plants across the country. The plants will be set up at a cost of Rs40 billion (€552.7m) and will help enhance ethanol availability for blending with petrol, according to online... [Read More]

November 21, 2016
Sweetwater Energy, a New York-based renewable biochemical producer, announced that it has signed a conditional lease with Eastman Business Park to locate a green integrated biochemical facility in the park. The $53-million facility will use local timber to produce high-value industrial biochemicals and clean-fibre products. The lease is contingent upon the Finger Lakes... [Read More]

November 18, 2016
Exports of US ethanol began with notable growth in the first month of the new marketing year, according to recent data published by US Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).  The top three customers of US ethanol in September 2016 were Canada, Brazil, and China, respectively. Exports of US ethanol totalled 99.6 million gallons... [Read More]

November 18, 2016
Global Bioenergies, a French renewable fuels firm, has completed the construction of its Leuna demo plant in eastern Germany that converts renewable resources into high-purity isobutene for use in a number of industries, including the fuel sector. The plant will be switched on over the coming weeks after it secures a certificate from German authority TUeV, Rick Bockrath,... [Read More]

November 17, 2016
Millions of Americans preparing for Thanksgiving next week are undoubtedly noticing that dinner will cost less than it did a year ago. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), overall grocery prices are roughly 2% lower than at this time last year, and prices specifically for poultry products — like turkey — are down 1.5% compared to last fall. Meanwhile,... [Read More]

November 17, 2016
National Biodiesel Board members have voted to fill seven board member spots. The US trade association represents around 200 members involved in biodiesel and renewable diesel. “The biodiesel industry is fortunate to have a strong team of leaders from all sectors of the industry," said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “The membership is united, optimistic, and will... [Read More]

November 17, 2016
EXCLUSIVE - The European Commission (EC) is set to publish phase two of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) on 30 November and may set out plans to phase out crop-based biofuels from 2021. Market analyst Platts stated the news in a biofuels webinar, held on 17 November, 2016. During its webinar, a Platts spokesman said the company had viewed a draft EC document on the... [Read More]

November 16, 2016
Denmark-based Novozymes will be establishing a new enzyme production facility near Mumbai on India’s west coast. With an initial investment of approximately DKK 300 million (Rs. 300 crore) the company plans to establish a new enzyme production and supply chain plant that is expected to be ready for operation in 2018 and will employ 150 people in the first phase. “We... [Read More]