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Ethanol diverted from Argo for third time this year

Ethanol diverted from Argo for third time this year

November 22, 2017 |

In Illinois, Kinder Morgan’s ethanol storage terminal in Argo is full yet again so trucks are being diverted to the Stony Island terminal for the third time this year. Even though Energy Information Administration data showed that Midwest stocks fell last week, but they were still 1.391 million barrels above last year’s levels. Typically the […]

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Sunbird Bioenergy sourcing elephant grass from farmers to power boiler

Sunbird Bioenergy sourcing elephant grass from farmers to power boiler

November 22, 2017 |

In Sierra Leone, Sunbird Bioenergy will buy $10 million worth of dry elephant grass from local farmers to power the boiler at the former Addax ethanol facility it purchased late last year. Only 25,000 metric tons of sugarcane bagasse were produced this year to power the boiler due to wildfire that destroyed much of the […]

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EPA rejects proposal to shift RFS point of obligation

EPA rejects proposal to shift RFS point of obligation

November 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency said in an 87-page report that it doesn’t believe proposals put forward by Valero and other refiners to change the Renewable Fuel Standard including changing the point of obligation for compliance with the RFS would result in net benefits, saying that changing it would cause disruption to the market […]

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Argentina backtracks on ethanol price cuts after farmers complained

Argentina backtracks on ethanol price cuts after farmers complained

November 22, 2017 |

In Argentina, although the government significantly cut ethanol prices earlier this month, it has backtracked on those cuts to 7.5% for sugarcane-based ethanol from a previous cut of 15% and 10.5% from a 21.1% cut on corn-based ethanol. Ethanol producers complained about the drastic price cuts and demonstrated additional cost factors that had not been […]

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Federal Trade Commission sees monopoly activity unlikely in annual ethanol market concentration report

Federal Trade Commission sees monopoly activity unlikely in annual ethanol market concentration report

November 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the Federal Trade Commission has issued its 2017 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration, an annual report required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 “to determine whether there is sufficient competition among industry participants to avoid price-setting and other anticompetitive behavior.” As in prior years, the 2017 report concludes that “the low level […]

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NRL signs MOU for 150,000 tons of bamboo for planned Chempolis cellulosic ethanol plant

NRL signs MOU for 150,000 tons of bamboo for planned Chempolis cellulosic ethanol plant

November 22, 2017 |

In India, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd signed an MOU to secure 150,000 metric tons of bamboo annually from the Manipur region to supply its planned cellulosic ethanol plant with Finland’s Chempolis. The agreement is expected to lead towards the creation of bamboo processing clusters that will help farmers add value to their bamboo plantations.  The $146.7 […]

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Kansas and Chinese researchers make breakthrough with wheat straw ethanol production

Kansas and Chinese researchers make breakthrough with wheat straw ethanol production

November 22, 2017 |

In Kansas, thanks to an international and interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty at Kansas State University’s Institute of Computational and Comparative Medicine and bioenergy researchers at Yangzhou University in China have marked a significant milestone for the production of ethanol fuel from wheat straw. Their study, “Predictive temperature modeling and experimental investigation of ultrasonic vibration-assisted pelleting of […]

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India to allow grain-based ethanol during surplus years

India to allow grain-based ethanol during surplus years

November 22, 2017 |

In India, with an eye on 20% ethanol blending and 5% biodiesel consumption for 2030, the government’s upcoming biofuel policy is expected to allow grain-based ethanol production during surplus years. Damaged grains unfit for consumption will also be allowed as biofuel feedstock. Currently the country only consumes 2% ethanol despite a 10% blending policy and […]

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DowDuPont ethanol plant’s demise may be linked to RIN policy

DowDuPont ethanol plant’s demise may be linked to RIN policy

November 21, 2017 |

In Iowa, there is speculation that a key reason for the failure of DowDuPont’s Nevada cellulosic ethanol plant is that significantly cheaper to produce methane mined from landfills counts for the same RINs as cellulosic ethanol, significantly reducing the demand for the ethanol that would be produced at the 2G plant or the willingness of […]

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Nigerian 120,000 liter per day ethanol plant set for commissioning in two months

Nigerian 120,000 liter per day ethanol plant set for commissioning in two months

November 21, 2017 |

In Nigeria, Africa’s largest ethanol plant is set for commissioning in about two months, producing an expected 120,000 liters per day in Ota Ogun state. The plant is expected to supply a third of its production to the wider group of companies under the Sona Group while the rest will be supplied to the domestic […]

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