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October 11, 2016
Plans to build Denmark’s first biorefinery near Holstebro, which was due to produce bioethanol and biogas, have come to a halt as a result of lack of political support and financing issues. The parties behind the Maabjerg Energy Center project have now decided not to go ahead with the biorefinery, which was intended to generate green power, heating, biogas and second-generation... [Read More]

October 7, 2016
The US Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of car, fuel, and ethanol industry representatives from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the petrol pool. As Thailand has already gone to a nationwide ethanol blending programme, with almost 50% of retail outlets offering E20, Thai automobile producers were central... [Read More]

October 7, 2016
Crimson Renewable Energy has completed the expansion of its ultra-low carbon biodiesel production facility that the company hopes will lead to a tripling of production. The multi-million dollar plant upgrade was partially funded by a matching grant from the California Energy Commission’s Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The upgrades included... [Read More]

October 6, 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has released a white paper analysing data recently released by the US Environmental Protection Agency on compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard between 2010 and 2013. The newly available data challenges the widely accepted assumption that the blend wall – the point at which ethanol blending in gasoline exceeds... [Read More]

October 6, 2016
Canada’s biofuel policies have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but subsidies to the industry should be terminated due to their cost, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission (EFC) says. In a report titled Course Correction: It’s Time to Rethink Canadian Biofuel Policies, EFC examines the extent to which biofuel policies have achieved their... [Read More]

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October 5, 2016
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have filed a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics (NGL) and Western Dubuque Biodiesel for violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  Western Dubuque has agreed to pay $6 million (€5.3m) to resolve the RFS program violations for generating renewable identification numbers... [Read More]

October 5, 2016
A new report by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that in 2014, the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion (€350bn) and 4.2 million jobs to US economy. The Economic Impact Analysis of the US Biobased Products Industry also indicates that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014, creating or supporting an additional 220,000 jobs and $24... [Read More]

October 5, 2016
Struggling Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa has published the financial results for the first six months of 2016, recording revenues of €1.215 billion and EBITDA of -€51 million. The company is in the course of obtaining the necessary accessions to the Restructuring Agreement of its financial debt, which was reached with a group of financial creditors and investors. Obtaining... [Read More]

October 4, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support Rule proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations. The EPA is proposing to make several changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme regulations that would align them with recent developments in the marketplace to increase production... [Read More]

October 3, 2016
Noble Group has taken full ownership of previously 50%-held subsidiary Noble Mansfield Renewable Energy for $2.47 million (€2.2m). Noble, a commodity trader, said that the acquisition was financed with internal resources, The Business Times reports. The book value and net tangible asset of Noble Mansfield was about S$3.3 million on 30 August, 2016, Noble said. Noble... [Read More]

October 3, 2016
A Nebraska, US, company has found a way to make dry cattle feed pellets from an ethanol by-product without adding any binding ingredients. Platte Valley Distillers told AP news agency it has secured the rights to a patented technique that will allow it to make feed pellets in Lexington that can be easily transported for possible export. Ethanol plants routinely sell... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Texas-based Mard, formerly known as KiOR, and its former CEO and president Fred Cannon non-disclosure of key facts regarding the company’s technology. The charge, filed on 26 September, states the company and Cannon failed to disclose important assumptions about the yield that KiOR had claimed to have achieved... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
Global Bioenergies and Clariant have started isobutene production from a wheat straw hydrolysate in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. The project combines Clariant’s proprietary process, allowing for the conversion of agricultural residues into sugar-rich hydrolysates, with Global Bioenergies’ proprietary process for the production of isobutene from... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
The share of ethanol in the US petrol market rose to 10.2% last week, according to a report published by the US Energy Information Association (EIA) on Wednesday. The increase in market share breaches the so called blend wall at 10%, over which the biofuels industry and petroleum producers have wrestled for several years. The oil and petroleum industry claims that ethanol... [Read More]

September 29, 2016
The City of New York passed legislation on Wednesday that incrementally displaces 20% of the heating oil sold within the city with biodiesel. The bill, which passed by a 47-3 vote and is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will increase the amount of biodiesel in heating oil in the City from the current 2% level to 5% by 1 October, 2017. The blend level... [Read More]

September 28, 2016
Activists from Greenpeace blocked entry to a palm oil refinery at the Port of Rotterdam for seven hours on Tuesday due to claims of the plant being linked to Indonesian environmental concerns. A report by the environmental group links IOI, the owner of the Croklaan palm oil refinery, to deforestation, wildfires, and human rights violations including using child labour... [Read More]