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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 11/24/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 11/24/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

November 23, 2014 |

The Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, RBOB gasoline, and Ethylene; ethanol […]

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The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

November 23, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section EPA’s November surprise is as big a shock to the system as this year’s early arrival of cold weather. The decision not to finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) merely compounds the damage done to the advanced biofuel industry by […]

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5 Minutes with Novozymes North America president Adam Monroe on the EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

5 Minutes with Novozymes North America president Adam Monroe on the EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

November 23, 2014 |

We look at EPA delays on RFS, the consequences, the hoped-for silver lining, fueling infrastructure at the heart of the dispute, and the RFS’ strategic intent. Have no doubt about it, the troubles with the United States’ Renewable Fuel Standard has very little to do with carbon, or energy security, or mandates, or renewable fuel […]

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EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

November 21, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015. The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of opposition from renewable fuel groups, who said the proposed rule substantially cutting biofuels targets “pulled the rug” from underneath billions of dollars investment made […]

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Producer News

Ethanol futures tumble 7% on production surge

Ethanol futures tumble 7% on production surge

November 20, 2014 |

In Illinois, Chicago ethanol futures prices tumbled 7% after the Energy Information Agency said that ethanol production during the week ending Nov. 14 averaged 970,000 barrels per day, just shy of the 972,000 barrel high seen in June. But even so, New York Harbor ethanol prices are at the highest since May thanks to rail […]

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Europe’s crush spreads running negative despite lower wheat prices

Europe’s crush spreads running negative despite lower wheat prices

November 20, 2014 |

In Europe, crush spreads are far below where they were in 2013, even though wheat prices are around 15% lower than last year. The challenge has been the low ethanol prices that have dominated the region in 2014, some EUR135.18 per cubic meter lower.  That has led to about a EUR50 difference in crush spreads […]

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UNICA says October hydrous ethanol sales were up 3.51% on year

UNICA says October hydrous ethanol sales were up 3.51% on year

November 20, 2014 |

In Brazil, UNICA says hydrous ethanol sales into Brazil’s domestic market by producers in Brazil’s South Central region totaled 1.31 billion liters in October, an increase of 3.51% versus October 2013 (1.26 billion liters). Sales of anhydrous ethanol into Brazil’s domestic market also were up, going from 807.03 million liters in October 2013 to 821.47 […]

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Mendota Bioenergy pilot project to commission in December

Mendota Bioenergy pilot project to commission in December

November 20, 2014 |

In California, construction is underway at the pilot plant Mendota Advanced Bioenergy Beet Cooperative is building to produce ethanol from beets. The pilot plant should be commissioned in December and run for nine months before it pushes to scale up to 15 million gallons annually with a commercial facility, aiming for commission during 2017 or […]

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5-Minute Guides

4 minutes with…Ben Thorp, Chairman, Bioenergy Deployment Consortium

4 minutes with…Ben Thorp, Chairman, Bioenergy Deployment Consortium

November 23, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. BDC role is to track, validate, and evaluate deployments and business strategies that promote the bio economy by gaining more value from biomass. Tell us about your role and what you are focused on in the next 12 months. BDC is a member […]

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4 minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI

4 minutes with…Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, CAAFI

November 20, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. CAAFI represents Commercial Aviation Supply chain end customers seeking to support their goals in establishing a sustainable supply of jet fuel to meet its carbon neutral growth 2020 goals. In partnership with the U.S. Military we represent the cutting edge of sustainable transportation […]

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4 minutes with…Heather Youngs, Senior Fellow, Energy Biosciences Institute and Executive Editor, Bioenergy Connection

4 minutes with…Heather Youngs, Senior Fellow, Energy Biosciences Institute and Executive Editor, Bioenergy Connection

November 19, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. The Energy Biosciences Institute explores the application of biology to the energy sector. We have a commitment to improving sustainability of energy systems and bringing modern science to the public discourse on the future of energy. Tell us about your role and what […]

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4 minutes with…Tim Lust, CEO, National Sorghum Producers

4 minutes with…Tim Lust, CEO, National Sorghum Producers

November 18, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. National Sorghum Producers is concentrated on the policy side of the advanced bioeconomy and how it affects sorghum – grain, sweet and biomass. Sorghum is a very sustainable feedstock, and our goal is to achieve policy that recognize sorghum’s benefits in this sector. […]

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R&D News

Spanish researchers boost energy crop yields with sewage sludge

Spanish researchers boost energy crop yields with sewage sludge

November 20, 2014 |

In Spain, researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers. The Agroenergy Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and researchers of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche have carried out […]

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USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

November 19, 2014 |

In Illinois, the potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their partners. Work by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemical engineer Nasib Qureshi suggests that barley straw and corn stover—both agricultural byproducts—could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing “biobutanol.” ARS is USDA’s […]

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Japanese researchers produce biobutanol from orange waste

Japanese researchers produce biobutanol from orange waste

November 18, 2014 |

In Japan, researchers at Mie University have run a test vehicle on biobutanol produced from waste oranges and waste from producing orange juice. The fuel could be ideal for running agricultural equipment. The process used can produce 20 milliliters of biobutanol from about 3kg of oranges.  

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Novozymes and Roskilde University discover super-producing enzyme

Novozymes and Roskilde University discover super-producing enzyme

November 17, 2014 |

In Denmark, researchers at Novozymes and Roskilde University say the artificial enzyme they have jointly developed is almost twice as effective as the enzymes found in nature being used to create cellulosic ethanol. Enzymes for cellulosic ethanol are typically very expensive but doubling the production capacity could help to bring down the cost of production […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Indonesia’s president asks EU president directly to lower trade barriers

Indonesia’s president asks EU president directly to lower trade barriers

November 20, 2014 |

In Indonesia, the country’s president has asked the outgoing European Commission president specifically to help lower the barriers against his country’s palm oil products, primarily to help support farmers benefit from export trade. Palm oil exports accounted for more than 10% of the country’s overall exports in 2013. The EU president said he would take […]

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Students calling for fossil fuel transition in Minnesota

Students calling for fossil fuel transition in Minnesota

November 19, 2014 |

In Minnesota, student-led Fossil Free Minnesota is pushing for higher alternative use, saying that token amounts of blended biofuel “isn’t going to cut it”. They’re cutting for a total transition away from fossil fuels. Though discussions in the Legislative Energy Commission that met last week centered around the possibilities for hydrogen and green electricity for […]

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ISU study says ILUC models not showing the real picture

ISU study says ILUC models not showing the real picture

November 18, 2014 |

In Washington, comprehensive analysis of real-world land use data recently released by Iowa State University raises serious doubts and concerns about the reliability and accuracy of economic models used by regulatory agencies to penalize ethanol for purported “indirect land use changes,” or ILUC. The new report found that farmers around the world have responded to […]

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Only one major Republican seen getting in the way of the RFS in 2015

Only one major Republican seen getting in the way of the RFS in 2015

November 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the new wave of Republican legislators heading to the national capital in 2015 aren’t likely to have a major impact on the Renewable Fuel Standard, though one in particular may try. The three main ethanol groups agree that the fuel is bipartisan, having more to do with regions than parties, as congressmen from […]

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Columnists

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

September 11, 2014 |

It towers above the surrounding central Iowa countryside like the Launch Assembly Building lords it over Cape Canaveral — it’s the new DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, on the outskirts of the town of Nevada. Functional yet inspiring, imposing yet accessible — when it opens before year end 2014 it is sure to be a monumental addition […]

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Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

August 28, 2014 |

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

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White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

August 25, 2014 |

By Dr. Doria Gordon, The Nature Conservancy  Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the U.S. and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard. These crops may be used for production of ethanol, biodiesel or heat through […]

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In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

August 24, 2014 |

By Todd Taylor, partner, Fredrikson & Byron Skeptic: from the Greek “skeptikos” meaning “to consider, examine” “Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.” [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924] “Trust, but Verify” – President Ronald Reagan […]

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Other Recent Articles

Biofuels Digest Index edges up to 69.03 as ethanol equities gain

Biofuels Digest Index edges up to 69.03 as ethanol equities gain

November 23, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, edged up 0.35 percent to 69.03 as ethanol equities gained. For the day, Cosan (CZZ) jumped 8.55 percent to $9.52, while Gevo (GEVO) climbed 4.85 percent to $0.45. Among other equities, Solazyme (SZYM) slid 5.15 percent to $2.78. Overall, advances led declines 10 to […]

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Bloomberg says corn-based RINs at highest since Aug. 17

Bloomberg says corn-based RINs at highest since Aug. 17

November 20, 2014 |

In New York state, Bloomberg says corn-based RINs jumped to 53.5 cents, up 13% and the highest seen since Aug. 17. Rail congestion keeping ethanol in the Midwest along with the EPA’s delays in unveiling the 2014 RFS blending mandates are boosting RIN prices. Export demand is also having a hand in boosting RIN prices.  

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Poo-powered bus hits the road in the UK

Poo-powered bus hits the road in the UK

November 20, 2014 |

In the UK, the country’s first ever bus powered on food waste and human poo has taken to the road which engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport – cutting emissions in polluted towns and cities. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, which runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food […]

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Biofuels Digest Index gains 1.01 percent to 68.79 as advanced biofuels recover

Biofuels Digest Index gains 1.01 percent to 68.79 as advanced biofuels recover

November 20, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 1.01 percent to 68.79 as advanced biofuels recovered. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) soared 13.22 percent to $0.43, while Solazyme (SZYM) slumped 4.28 percent to $2.91. Among other equities, Abengoa (ABGB) tipped back 6.60 percent to $14.29. Overall, advances led declines 2 to […]

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Shell: expects to be producing advanced biofuels at scale, in US, by end of decade

Shell: expects to be producing advanced biofuels at scale, in US, by end of decade

November 20, 2014 |

Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext: “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade. “We believe our best bet is woody biomass and energy crops as feedstocks. We plan to do this with a scale-up of smaller plants with widespread feedstock availability.” “The RFS […]

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Protected: ABLC Next 2014 presentation links

Protected: ABLC Next 2014 presentation links

November 20, 2014 |

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