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Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

October 14, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and confirmed what many private analysts had already reported – the U.S. corn crop is going to break last year’s record production by a substantial amount. Total production is now projected at 14.475 billion bushels, 550 million […]

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Vega Biofuels breaks ground on torrefaction plant

Vega Biofuels breaks ground on torrefaction plant

October 14, 2014 |

In Georgia, Vega Biofuels announced that its Joint Venture with Agri-Tech Producers, LLC has broken ground on its Allendale, SC pilot torrefaction plant. Vega recently announced it has entered into the Joint Venture to build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products. When completed in Q1 […]

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NASA study shows aviation biofuels reduce GHG emissions at least 50%

NASA study shows aviation biofuels reduce GHG emissions at least 50%

October 14, 2014 |

In California, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines. This follow-up set of Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions flight tests, known as ACCESS […]

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ePure calling for biofuel targets through 2030

ePure calling for biofuel targets through 2030

October 14, 2014 |

In Belgium, ePURE is calling for European policy makers to introduce a long-term policy framework to support the broadening of Europe’s network of biorefineries by 2030. Such a framework would include targets for European Union transport to encourage the continued use of renewable ethanol as a fuel in transport.  

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European ethanol tops gasoline prices for first time in four weeks

European ethanol tops gasoline prices for first time in four weeks

October 13, 2014 |

In the Netherlands, for the first time in four weeks European ethanol FOB Rotterdam was at a premium to Eurobob gasoline. Ethanol hit $636.34/cu m on Friday while Eurobob was at $632.88/cu m. That’s a major turn around from the $180.61/cu m discount to gasoline seen earlier in the year.  

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National Oilheat Research Alliance says B20 blend just fine

National Oilheat Research Alliance says B20 blend just fine

October 13, 2014 |

In Virginia, research conducted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) on blending ASTM D6751 biodiesel with both standard and low sulfur heating oil confirms that blends up to 20 percent biodiesel can be used in heating oil without incident. This research includes both lab testing and field results. A recent service organization survey conducted […]

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Second Valero plants catches fire

Second Valero plants catches fire

October 13, 2014 |

In Indiana, the second Valero ethanol plant in a week has caught fire. The facility located in Montgomery County has suffered major damage to the western section of the plant where the dryer area apparently caught fire. It took firefighters five hours to put out all of the hotspots. No injuries were recorded.

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Argentina’s biodiesel exports soar after government cuts export taxes

Argentina’s biodiesel exports soar after government cuts export taxes

October 13, 2014 |

In Argentina, biodiesel exports have taken off since May when the government cut export taxes to 11% from 21%, allowing producers to begin recouping lost exports after the European Union imposed anti-dumping tariffs in 2012. Biodiesel exports could now hit 1.4 million metric tons this year, double last year’s measly 700,000 tons.  

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Vivergo expects 2014 to be a banner year as production reaches for capacity

Vivergo expects 2014 to be a banner year as production reaches for capacity

October 13, 2014 |

In the UK, Vivergo expects its 2014 results to outshine 2013’s loss of GBP48.9 million thanks to operating for a full fiscal year, rather than last year when the plant only came online midway through. Full capacity should be achieved by the end of this year, bringing production up to 420 million liters per year […]

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Malaysian palm oil prices weaken thanks to falling crude

Malaysian palm oil prices weaken thanks to falling crude

October 13, 2014 |

In Malaysia, palm oil prices are following crude oil prices south, closing at $664.01 per metric ton on Monday. Brent crude fell to $88. Demand for vegetable oils for biodiesel is falling as fossil fuel prices slip further. In the US, soybean production is expected to rise 17% on the year, adding more supplies to the […]

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