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American Process sells the first woody biomass cellulosic ethanol RINS

On Friday April 18, 2014, American Process shipped its second commercial ethanol cargo and sold the first cellulosic ethanol RINs from its Alpena Biorefinery. These are the first cellulosic ethanol RINs generated since the beginning of 2013.  These are also the first ever commercial cellulosic ethanol RINS generated from woody biomass in in the US. […]

April 21, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index climbs to 78.10 as ethanol equities rally

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, climbed 0.68 percent to 78.10 as ethanol equities rallied.  For the day, Biofuel Energy (BIOF) soared 27.39 percent to $7.72, while Gevo (GEVO) rebounded 12.45 percent to $0.93. Among other equities, Ceres (CERE) slumped 10/15 percent to $0.61. Overall, advances led declines 7 to […]

April 17, 2014 More

Brazil: Biofuels Digest’s 10 Top Trends for 2014

After the inter-harvest season — what’s up in the Big South? Brazil’s on the move on a number of fronts — sales, diversification of products and feedstocks, and even in engine development. Let’s look at the Top 10 Trends. 1. Feedstock diversification. If you thought it was all cane, cane, cane, think again. There’s a lot […]

April 17, 2014 More

Liquid Light: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Liquid Light develops electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant carbon dioxide (CO2).  Licensees benefit from a lower cost of production and can reduce their carbon footprint. Liquid Light is funded by BP Ventures, Redpoint, Osage University, VantagePoint and Chrysalix, and now coming out of stealth after six years of developing a […]

April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada launched

In Canada, the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and Ontario’s Bioindustrial Innovation Centre — who jointly developed Sarnia as a renewable chemicals hub, have consolidated into Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. Murray McLaughlin, former SCA executive director, will be the executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. The consolidated organization has launched a newsletter, Bioeconomy Visions, and has outlined four […]

April 17, 2014 More

Pacific Ethanol pays off the rest of its corporate debt

In California, Pacific Ethanol announced it has retired in full its $22.2 million in original principal amount of senior unsecured notes by repaying the remaining principal balance of less than $1.0 million. Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated: “With the retirement of our senior unsecured notes, we have eliminated all indebtedness of the […]

April 17, 2014 More

DOE announces $4 billion loan guarantee solicitation for renewables: drop-in biofuels targeted

In Washington, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be […]

April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – CCEMC Grand Challenge hands $500K seed grants to 24

Alberta’s Grand Challenge on carbon — Liquid Light, Enerkem among 24 winners picking up $500,000 seed grants in first round. Next round will result in up to five $3M grants in 2018, and $10M to the Grand Challenge winner in 2018. In Alberta, Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation’s the CA$35M Grand Challenge announced 24 […]

April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – CRFA’s New Action Plan

In Ontario, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) released a comprehensive new plan for Canada’s renewable fuels industry and emerging bioeconomy. The goal of the CRFA’s new document, aptly entitled Evolution and Growth, is to help Canada capitalize on the sizable economic and environmental benefits of its domestic biofuels industry and set a clear pathway […]

April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – Ontario exits coal-generated power

In Ontario, the province celebrated the elimination of coal as a source of electricity generation. The Thunder Bay Generating Station, Ontario’s last remaining coal-fired facility, has burned its last supply of coal. Operated by Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay Generating Station was the oldest coal-fired station in the province. The plant is scheduled to be […]

April 17, 2014 More