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Second Siouxland Ethanol plant shuttered as post-SRE bloodbath continues

Second Siouxland Ethanol plant shuttered as post-SRE bloodbath continues

September 17, 2019 |

In Iowa, the Des Moines Register newspaper reports that a second Siouxland Ethanol plant has been shut on the back of demand destruction for ethanol resulting from the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent approval of 31 small refinery hardship waivers. The company’s board of directors specifically pointed the finger at the EPA and Trump Administration policy […]

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Delta Air Lines to invest $2 million in aviation biofuel feasibility study

Delta Air Lines to invest $2 million in aviation biofuel feasibility study

September 17, 2019 |

In Washington state, Delta Air Lines is investing $2 million to partner with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC (NWABF) for the feasibility study of a biofuel production facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products. The sustainable aviation fuel, expected to be produced in a facility in Washington State, could be used in Delta […]

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Minnesota governor convenes special biofuels council to hasten fossil fuel transition

Minnesota governor convenes special biofuels council to hasten fossil fuel transition

September 17, 2019 |

In Minnesota, the governor has convened a special council on biofuels bringing together the state’s agriculture, transportation, and commerce commissioners as well as the pollution control agency to recommend policies and budgets that will boost its production and use of biofuels. The 15-member council must submit a report to the governor by November 1, 2020 […]

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Chinese to invest $620 million in Gabon cassava-based ethanol project

Chinese to invest $620 million in Gabon cassava-based ethanol project

September 17, 2019 |

In Gabon, local press reports that Chinese investors are set to plow $620 million into a facility that will produce 300,000 metric tons of ethanol from cassava annually. The 900,000 tons of feedstock required annually from the project will be grown on 83,000 hectares of land for plantation that the government must give over, but […]

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University of Queensland-led study says Brazilian cane area could increase by 5 million ha by 2030

University of Queensland-led study says Brazilian cane area could increase by 5 million ha by 2030

September 17, 2019 |

In Australia, a University of Queensland-led study has revealed that future demand for ethanol biofuel could potentially expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by five million hectares by 2030. UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences researcher said that because Brazil produced ethanol from sugarcane, future biofuel demand would directly impact land use. “Our study […]

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President Trump tired of dealing with biofuel issues

President Trump tired of dealing with biofuel issues

September 17, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that President Trump is tired of dealing with the ongoing ethanol dispute between oil refiners and biofuel producers, supposedly saying that he has spent more time on the issue than on China and Iran. In total, more than a half dozen meetings to try to reach a compromise that satisfies both […]

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Bioeconomy Ireland Week to include free tour to three sites

Bioeconomy Ireland Week to include free tour to three sites

September 16, 2019 |

In Ireland, on October 16, as part of Bioeconomy Ireland Week 2019, the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation will be hosting a Knowledge Transfer Demonstration Day where companies with novel ICT, IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions for the bio-based sector will demonstrate their technologies in a real operating environment. The day […]

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EIA launches new biodiesel production capacity report

EIA launches new biodiesel production capacity report

September 16, 2019 |

In Washington, on September 13, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its first annual U.S. Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity Report. The report includes the total biodiesel production capacity for all operating plants in both million gallons per year (gal/y) and barrels per day (b/d) as of January 1, 2019. The names of the reporting […]

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Japan’s Biodiesel Okayama gets building permission for MSW biomass power facility

Japan’s Biodiesel Okayama gets building permission for MSW biomass power facility

September 16, 2019 |

In Japan, Biodiesel Okayama Co., which is a subsidiary of Dowa Holdings Co. has obtained permission to construct a municipal waste treatment facility dated September 10, 2019 and will begin constructing a biomass power plant that will use food waste as the material. Biodiesel Okayama Co. will begin biomass power generation using food waste as […]

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Gevo invests $1.5 million in wind power provider to secure 5MW of power for Luverne facility

Gevo invests $1.5 million in wind power provider to secure 5MW of power for Luverne facility

September 16, 2019 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced it secured the supply of 5.0 MW of fully renewable electricity for its Agri-Energy production plant located in Luverne, MN from an affiliate of Juhl Energy. The electricity generated from wind will be wired directly to Agri-Energy, enabling it to claim the renewable benefit of lower carbon intensity score under the […]

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