Author Archive: Meghan Sapp

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EIA data from 2016 shows blend wall no longer exists

EIA data from 2016 shows blend wall no longer exists

April 20, 2017 |

In Washington, gasoline consumed in the United States in 2016 contained more than 10% ethanol on average for the first time ever, according to an analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The EIA data dispels the myth that 10% is the marketplace limit for ethanol content […]

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Gevo converts $16.5 million of 2017 senior secured notes to 2020 equivalent

Gevo converts $16.5 million of 2017 senior secured notes to 2020 equivalent

April 20, 2017 |

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. announced that WB Gevo, Ltd. (“Whitebox”), the holder of the Company’s issued and outstanding Senior Secured Convertible Notes, due June 23, 2017 and the Company have entered into an Exchange and Purchase Agreement pursuant to which Whitebox has agreed to exchange all $16.5 million of the existing 2017 Notes for the […]

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Most of Trump’s inauguration donations from energy came from fossil fuels

Most of Trump’s inauguration donations from energy came from fossil fuels

April 20, 2017 |

In Washington, the Federal Elections Commission revealed that President Trump’s inauguration committee received $160 million in donations, $107 million more than President Obama, $7 million of which came from the energy industry. Of the total, $1 million came from Green Plains Renewable Energy and natural gas and nuclear power producer NextEra Energy donated $250,000. The […]

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North Dakota railroad board awards $3.5 million low interest loan for Ringneck project

North Dakota railroad board awards $3.5 million low interest loan for Ringneck project

April 20, 2017 |

In North Dakota, the State Railroad Board approved a $3.55 million loan at 2% interest towards building a rail spur for the planned $140 million Ringneck Energy ethanol plant in Onida, awarded to the Sully County rail authority. Originally the project sought $5.2 million but reduced the request. The loan has a 15-year amortization period […]

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City seeking to transition fleet to alternative fuels with help from Clean Fuels Ohio

City seeking to transition fleet to alternative fuels with help from Clean Fuels Ohio

April 20, 2017 |

In Ohio, the City of Lima is seeking a $50,000 grant from Ohio’s Local Government Innovation Fund for Clean Fuels Ohio to undertake an assessment to determine what alternative fuels such as biodiesel or natural gas could be appropriate for the city’s fleet of buses and trucks, as well as options for county and regional […]

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China to work through 250 million ton corn stockpile in five years

China to work through 250 million ton corn stockpile in five years

April 20, 2017 |

In China, the government is planning to work through its 250 million metric ton corn stockpile over the next five years as companies such as COFCO Biochemical boost their processing capacity for products such as ethanol. The company expects to process 10 million tons per year by 2020, up from 6 million tons now, while […]

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POET uses ingenuity from ND State University students to solve feedstock challenges

POET uses ingenuity from ND State University students to solve feedstock challenges

April 20, 2017 |

In South Dakota, POET worked with College of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering students at South Dakota State University to solve a major challenge that has impeded the use of some of its corn stover in its cellulosic ethanol production facility. Turning netwrap and twine intermingled with corn stalks, tree branches and chunks of debris into […]

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Iowa bill puts biofuel blending at risk by changing tax credit program

Iowa bill puts biofuel blending at risk by changing tax credit program

April 20, 2017 |

In Iowa, a proposed amendment to HSB 187 seeks to cap the biofuel tax credit scheme by issuing credits only after annual sales figures for fuel retailers were calculated, at which point the per gallon figure for the tax credit would be determined. Petroleum marketers are concerned that the policy shift, after the tax credit […]

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Enerkem gets lowest ever carbon intensity value from BC for 2G ethanol

Enerkem gets lowest ever carbon intensity value from BC for 2G ethanol

April 19, 2017 |

In Canada, Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation. The confirmed carbon intensity of Enerkem’s waste-based ethanol is set at -55 gCO2e/MJ. As a comparison, gasoline has an intensity of […]

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Canadian canola industry excited about export opportunities for US biodiesel

Canadian canola industry excited about export opportunities for US biodiesel

April 19, 2017 |

In Canada, the canola industry believes that an extra 200 million to 400 million pounds of canola oil demand could result from the US renewing the biodiesel blenders credit but only applying it to domestic biodiesel production. The US industry could import oil from their Canadian neighbors and still qualify for the credit, so the […]

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