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Indian cabinet gives up on jatropha JVs once and for all

Indian cabinet gives up on jatropha JVs once and for all

March 23, 2017 |

In India, the cabinet has approved the closure of the two joint ventures set up in 2008 and 2009 with HPCL and Indian Oil with the Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency to develop and commercialize jatropha-based biodiesel. The agency had provided waste land to grow the jatropha on but the resulting crops had results that […]

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POET Biorefining to decide on Marion expansion by month’s end

POET Biorefining to decide on Marion expansion by month’s end

March 23, 2017 |

In South Dakota, POET Biorefining is looking to invest up to $130 million to expand one of its existing 27 corn-based ethanol plants, with the Marion facility confirmed as being on the short list. The decision expected to be made by the end of this month would see production double, in the case of Marion […]

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Alliance Bioenergy seeking $10 million to buy INEOS Bio plant

Alliance Bioenergy seeking $10 million to buy INEOS Bio plant

March 23, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance Bioenergy announced its filing of a Regulation D (506(c)) offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The purpose of the filing is to secure funds through accredited investors for the purchase of the INEOS bioethanol plant in Southeast Florida that would enable the Company to increase production capacity and profitability […]

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RIN production down in February

RIN production down in February

March 23, 2017 |

In Washington, though D6 RIN production fell in February compared to January to 1.16 billion from 1.26 billion, D3 cellulosic biofuel RIN production jumped to 15.9 million in February from just 459,000 the month before. The ethanol portion of the D3 production was just 357,000 however, with the rest coming from renewable LNG and CNG. […]

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Brazilian biodiesel production fell in January but feedstock mix is diversifying

Brazilian biodiesel production fell in January but feedstock mix is diversifying

March 23, 2017 |

In Brazil, this year is not starting in the most positive way for biodiesel plants. According to data recently released by the ANP, the production in January was a disappointing 255.3 million liters, down 5.9% on the year. The raw materials mix of the Brazilian biodiesel industry is still in transition at the beginning of […]

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Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

March 23, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has approved 16 research proposals that seek to demonstrate the value and viability of industrial hemp cultivation in the state. The projects were approved under the new Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which the department launched in December after Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly enacted Act […]

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Cantwell supports NBB biodiesel anti-dumping claims

Cantwell supports NBB biodiesel anti-dumping claims

March 23, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) supported the National Biodiesel Board’s complaint against Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. “We’ve known for a long time that foreign producers of biodiesel have been flooding our markets at the expense of American producers, knowing they can take advantage of our tax policy. Today’s suit confirms just how […]

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Source of biodiesel spill on Columbia River unknown

Source of biodiesel spill on Columbia River unknown

March 22, 2017 |

In Washington state, a biodiesel spill has been detected in the Columbia River near Wenatchee but the source of the fuel has yet to be determined. Bystanders first notice a sheen on the river Friday and reported to the state’s department of ecology who has been monitoring the situation ever since and is using absorbent […]

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EIA says 2016 biodiesel imports jumped 65%

EIA says 2016 biodiesel imports jumped 65%

March 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration said biodiesel and biomass-based diesel imports jumped 65% last year to 916 million gallons thanks to support from the biodiesel blenders credit during much of the year. December imports passing 100 million gallons despite the biodiesel blenders credit already having expired. Of the total, 64% of imports came from […]

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African Climate Technology Center grants US consortium funds for ethanol clean cooking research

African Climate Technology Center grants US consortium funds for ethanol clean cooking research

March 22, 2017 |

In the Ivory Coast, the Berkeley Air Monitoring Group (US), in partnership with International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development / University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Project Gaia Prospects Ltd. and Winrock International will conduct a pilot evaluation of diffusion and usage of ethanol cooking technology in urban neighborhoods of Lagos with funding from the African […]

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