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Brazilian government approves new alternative tax-free financing for ethanol investments

Brazilian government approves new alternative tax-free financing for ethanol investments

June 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the government has agreed to allow sugar and ethanol companies to raise funds for boosting ethanol production through income tax-free notes in an effort to boost investment as part of the RenovaBio policy. The new rule signed during an ethanol conference in Sao Paulo this week will ensure those who […]

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Chicago Argo ethanol prices sour to two year highs

Chicago Argo ethanol prices sour to two year highs

June 18, 2019 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that benchmark Chicago Argo ethanol prices have reached $1.6075/gal, 13.6 cents higher than last week and the highest seen since April 2017. Corn prices have been soaring of late, reaching five-year highs of $4.53/bushel, due to wet weather in the Midwest this spring that has delayed and cut corn plantings, and […]

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Boeing to invest another $1 million in WWF and RSB work on sustainable Brazilian aviation biofuels

Boeing to invest another $1 million in WWF and RSB work on sustainable Brazilian aviation biofuels

June 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, Boeing announced a $1 million investment in Brazil’s efforts to establish a sustainable aviation fuel industry. The investment will focus on initiatives that maximize social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities engaged in the development of feedstock that can be used to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In 2018, the company provided […]

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Indonesia says it could save $7 billion in foreign exchange with B100

Indonesia says it could save $7 billion in foreign exchange with B100

June 18, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Antara news agency reports that the government estimates widespread adoption of B100 would save $7 billion in foreign exchange. A B100 trial for 50 cars and agricultural equipment has been run by the agricultural ministry with preliminary results showing longer lives for the diesel engines and up to 35% reduced fuel consumption […]

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Brazilian researchers find Amazonian fungus that produces key enzyme for ethanol production

Brazilian researchers find Amazonian fungus that produces key enzyme for ethanol production

June 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, a group of researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), working in partnership with colleagues at the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil, have discovered that Trichoderma harzianum, a fungus found in the Amazon, produces an enzyme with the potential to play a key role in enzyme cocktails. […]

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Bipartisan Congressmen reintroduce bill to allow MLP structures for biofuel investment

Bipartisan Congressmen reintroduce bill to allow MLP structures for biofuel investment

June 18, 2019 |

In Washington, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ron Estes (R-KS-04) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving investors in a range of clean energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure whose tax advantage is currently available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy […]

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Copersucar sees E15 in the US boosting ethanol demand by 50%

Copersucar sees E15 in the US boosting ethanol demand by 50%

June 17, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Copersucar believes US ethanol demand will increase by 50% once year-round E15 is fully implemented with significant import demand ramping up over the next two to three years. The company’s subsidiary EcoEnergy imports Brazilian ethanol in the US and exports US ethanol to Brazil when arbitrage opportunities allow, with a […]

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Malaysian waste-based biodiesel company sees rising EU demand

Malaysian waste-based biodiesel company sees rising EU demand

June 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Daily Times newspaper reports that Gamalux Oils expects biodiesel exports to jump 30% this year compared to 2018, with about 80% of its product going to the European Union thanks to the company’s sustainable waste oil-based fuels last year. The company has two factories with total installed capacity of 700 metric tons […]

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KiwiRail and ferry to begin biodiesel trials despite lack of sufficient domestic supply to meet goals

KiwiRail and ferry to begin biodiesel trials despite lack of sufficient domestic supply to meet goals

June 17, 2019 |

In New Zealand, local press reports that KiwiRail as well as the Interislander Kaiarahi ferry are set to trial biodiesel blends despite concerns about sufficient local availability should the trials go well. The rail trial is set to last between six to 12 months and should kick off anytime now while the ferry trial should […]

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Indonesia’s B30 trial kicks off with eyes on trains, ships and mining sector next

Indonesia’s B30 trial kicks off with eyes on trains, ships and mining sector next

June 17, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the much talked about B30 trial kicked off last week and will last four months with different models of passenger cars and trucks tested. The country wants to boost blending to 30% from the current 20%, creating an additional 2.8 billion liters of demand. Trains, ships and mining machinery are […]

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