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Ethanol prices jump on hopes of exports to Brazil

Ethanol prices jump on hopes of exports to Brazil

February 8, 2016 |

In Illinois, hopes for exporting ethanol to Brazil during the inter-harvest season and drawing down on near-record stocks has helped to boost ethanol futures to December highs. Ethanol prices in Brazil are near 2011 highs with arbitrage opportunities opening up between the US and the country’s northeast region and just five cents away from entering […]

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Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

February 8, 2016 |

In Botswana, researchers have refused to give up on demonstrating the viability of jatropha despite suffering from frostbite, heat waves and hailstorms during the past four years. Indigenous plants morula, morama, and mongongo were included in the trials in addition to jatropha. The team of local and Japanese researchers have weathered through the disasters and […]

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IEA-RETD releases scoping paper on co-locating 2G biofuels at 1G facilities

IEA-RETD releases scoping paper on co-locating 2G biofuels at 1G facilities

February 8, 2016 |

In Germany, integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially for bioethanol plants. For biodiesel, conversion of fossil refineries to advanced biofuel production is another promising option as well. These are the results of a scoping study […]

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Argentina boosts ethanol mandate to 12%

Argentina boosts ethanol mandate to 12%

February 8, 2016 |

In Argentina, the country has approved a shift to 12% ethanol blending from the current 10%, with the additional 20% in demand—about 160,000 cubic meters—to be serviced entirely by sugarcane-based ethanol in an effort to help the industry recover from low sugar prices. Currently sugarcane ethanol represents about 41% of the country’s total ethanol production, […]

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ADM may be stuck with dry corn mills in tough assets market

ADM may be stuck with dry corn mills in tough assets market

February 4, 2016 |

In Illinois, ADM may be stuck with the three dry corn mills it is thinking about potentially selling with few potential takers in the market considering the half billion dollar ticket price for two of the near facilities and the fact that Abengoa’s biofuel assets also recently came on the market. Though consolidation has been […]

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Louisiana State Police cites REG for mishandling hazardous materials at Geismar

Louisiana State Police cites REG for mishandling hazardous materials at Geismar

February 4, 2016 |

In Louisiana, state police have cited the Renewable Energy Group with a civil violation of careless handling of hazardous material for a hydrogen gas explosion in September at the Geismar facility that injured four people. It was the second explosion during a five-month period. The citation can carry up to a $10,000 fine but that […]

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European biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines until Q2 auction in mid-February

European biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines until Q2 auction in mid-February

February 4, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines as they wait for Q2 when demand will pick up for summer blends, a move which has seen the premium for both RED RME and RED FAME 0 fall to two month lows. Tenders for Q2 are expected to open around mid-February, which should help to […]

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December corn consumption for ethanol slightly higher over November but down on year

December corn consumption for ethanol slightly higher over November but down on year

February 4, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says corn consumption for ethanol production reached 444.5 million bushels in December, up 2% over the previous month but down 3% from the year-ago period. Nearly 89% of the corn was used in dry milling while the remaining was from wet milling. Corresponding production for DDGS was […]

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Abengoa Nebraska creditorss seek involuntary liquidation to pay bad debts

Abengoa Nebraska creditorss seek involuntary liquidation to pay bad debts

February 4, 2016 |

In Nebraska, Gavilon Grain LLC, the Farmers Cooperative Association and The Andersons Inc. have petitioned the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Nebraska to enter Abengoa Bioenergy of Nebraska into involuntary bankruptcy liquidation, Chapter 7, to recuperate the $4.07 million in unpaid grain they say they are owed. Abengoa Bioenergy of Nebraska owns ethanol plants in Ravenna […]

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ANP says 2015 ethanol consumption reached all-time record at 28.7 billion liters

ANP says 2015 ethanol consumption reached all-time record at 28.7 billion liters

February 4, 2016 |

In Brazil, the National Petroleum Agency said ethanol consumption was 1.55 billion liters of hydrous ethanol in December and 1.04 billion liters anhydrous, up 13% over November and 7% over the same period last year. Total ethanol consumption for 2015 reached 28.7 billion liters, up 19% from 2014 and the highest on record. The agency […]

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