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Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization added its voice to comments on the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal for 2014-2016. We highlighted commentary from other parties here. Matt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, writes: EPA’s proposed RVOs for 2014-2016 represent a significant improvement over the prior notice of proposed rule-making released in […]

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US ethanol production rate dips to below 15 billion gallon/year threshold

US ethanol production rate dips to below 15 billion gallon/year threshold

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 965,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.53 million gallons daily. That is down 8,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 977,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.98 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol […]

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DSM, CVC partnership for Polymer Intermediates, Composite Resins finalizes, changes shape of nylon industry

DSM, CVC partnership for Polymer Intermediates, Composite Resins finalizes, changes shape of nylon industry

August 2, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, DSM and CVC Capital Partners (CVC) have finalized the formation of ChemicaInvest B.V. for Polymer Intermediates (Caprolactam and Acrylonitrile) and Composite Resins. DSM contributed its global caprolactam business (Europe, North America, its 60% stake in DNCC (China) and the caprolactam licensing business), acrylonitrile business and composite resins business including its 75% stake […]

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Growth Energy’s Tom Buis steps back from CEO role, becomes co-chair of the Board of Directors

Growth Energy’s Tom Buis steps back from CEO role, becomes co-chair of the Board of Directors

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, Growth Energy announced today that CEO Tom Buis has been named as co-chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. Buis will join POET Founder and Executive Chairman Jeff Broin as co-chairmen of the Growth Energy board. In his new role Buis will remain actively involved in member activities and policy matters important to […]

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US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, Hours before the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation round in Maui, Hawaii, concludes the Agriculture and manufacturing sectors, in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, called on the US  to focus on strong outcomes, “not lowest common denominator” tactics and to “keep weakening carve-outs out of final TPP deal”. The National […]

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Abengoa revenues up, EBITDA spike, but says bioenergy sector conditions “remain challenging in the US”

Abengoa revenues up, EBITDA spike, but says bioenergy sector conditions “remain challenging in the US”

August 2, 2015 |

In Spain, Abengoa reported revenues of €3,390 million for the first half of 2015, an increase of 3 % versus the same period of the previous year. EBITDA rose by 9 % to €650 million while net income reached €72 million, a 5 % increase compared to the same period of 2014.  Net income for […]

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China’s economic growth will cease without energy diversification: explosive new report

China’s economic growth will cease without energy diversification: explosive new report

August 2, 2015 |

The global economic engine known as China will creak to a halt, tossing a big question mark into global economic growth, without energy diversification away from fossil energy, especially coal, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study, published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change, looks at the […]

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4 Minutes with…Daniel Hayes, CEO, Celignis Analytical

4 Minutes with…Daniel Hayes, CEO, Celignis Analytical

August 2, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy.   Celignis undertakes laboratory analysis of biomass samples to determine properties relevant for the production of biofuels and bioenergy. We are the only company to offer near infrared (NIR) analysis for cellulosic properties relevant to advanced biofuel production. This means we can provide […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 8/3/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 8/3/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

August 2, 2015 |

New and improved! Now, with D5 advanced biofuels RINs. 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 […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops to 58.98 as advanced bio falls, led by Solazyme’s tumble

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops to 58.98 as advanced bio falls, led by Solazyme’s tumble

August 2, 2015 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 1.68 percent to 58.98 as advanced bio fell primarily led by Solazyme’s tumble.  For the day, Solazyme (SZYM) dumped 20.41 percent after a miss on Q2 earnings erased earlier-week gains, while Aemetis (AMTX) gave back 6.11 percent to $3.56.  Among other equities, […]

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