In Washington, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Congressman David Young (R-IA) introduced the House companion to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) authored the legislation, which removes the burdensome restrictions placed on the ethanol […]
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In Michigan, a team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. Photosynthesis stores energy in two forms that are used to power plants’ metabolism. The amount of energy flowing into each of […]
In California, prompt railcar delivered ethanol has hit $1.76/gallon, the highest seen since January when it hit $1.80. Near-term tightness is supporting prices thanks to increased blending demand in Northern California, Arizona and some regions of the Pacific Northwest. Traders expect stocks to have fallen last week to their lowest since early January.
In Oregon, a proposed bill in the state’s House would require farmers who wish to grow giant cane to supply the PG&E power plant in Boardman would have to post a $1 million surety bond with the Oregon Invasive Species Council to cover potential clean up should the invasive species get out of control. That […]
In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group said while preliminary damage assessments following the April 2 fire at its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery are still ongoing, the damage appears to be contained to a limited area of the production facility. The Company’s current expectation, subject to change, is that it should take 2-4 months to restore operations. The […]
In Iowa, REG has released information about the fire that occurred on the night of April 2nd at its Geismar plant. The fire was extinguished after five hours at around 11 pm. The company has not discovered the cause of the fire, but stated that an assessment of damages and investigation is ongoing. The refinery […]
In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) applauded Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for introducing S.889, the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, that would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 1 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, just as the Agency has done for E10, allowing E15 to […]
In Oregon, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Trucking Associations and the Consumer Energy Alliance all say the newly signed Low Carbon Fuel Standard is unconstitutional, claiming it discriminates against out-of-state fuels in exchange for promoting in-state biofuels. The three filed suit on Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland in hopes of […]
In Oregon, the state’s new governor signed legislation ending the sunset period for cleaner fuels. On the signing of Clean Fuels legislation, Governor Kate Brown said, “I strongly support SB 324’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is difficult to deny that we are seeing the effects of a warming planet. This year, 85 […]
Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Drystill has developed a new distillation technique needed by the BioTech industry. It can gently remove alcohols from live fermentation broths at room temperature, preserving bio-catalysts and enzymes. It accomplishes this separation using less than half the energy of ordinary distillation. Tell us […]