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Missouri governor axes funding to pay off Qualified Biodiesel Producer Incentive Fund debt

Missouri governor axes funding to pay off Qualified Biodiesel Producer Incentive Fund debt

September 20, 2016 |

In Missouri, the governor has cut the state budget including funds intended to pay down the $9.6 million debt of the state’s Qualified Biodiesel Producer Incentive Fund. The legislature voted to pay the debt during the spring session but his budget cuts over the summer and last week backtracked those efforts, the third time he […]

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New study shows Australian canola meets EU’s GHG emissions thresholds for biofuels

New study shows Australian canola meets EU’s GHG emissions thresholds for biofuels

September 20, 2016 |

In Australia, CSIRO has published a study funded by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre and the Australian Oilseeds Federation showing the European Commission that the country’s canola meets not only the EU’s 35% GHG emissions reduction threshold but also the 50% threshold set for 2018. As European canola producers till their land, emitting nitrous […]

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University of Texas researchers produce alcohol fuels using organic semiconductor

University of Texas researchers produce alcohol fuels using organic semiconductor

September 20, 2016 |

In Texas, chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst. In this proof-of-concept study, the researchers provide insights into the unique behavior […]

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ACE launches two week ad campaign pushing for RVP update

ACE launches two week ad campaign pushing for RVP update

September 20, 2016 |

In Washington, The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) kicked-off a two week ad campaign Monday in Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E), a Washington DC-based media outlet with five daily online publications and a daily video webcast for energy and environmental policy leaders. Charlie Good, an ASE-certified mechanic and c-store owner, is featured in digital advertisements […]

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JetBlue announces 10-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston

JetBlue announces 10-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston

September 19, 2016 |

In New York state, JetBlue announced a ten-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston, a bioenergy company. The airline is partnering with SG Preston to purchase renewable jet fuel made from rapidly renewable, bio-based feedstocks that do not compete with food production. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements […]

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Nigerian investors embark on 1.5 million ton cassava ethanol project

Nigerian investors embark on 1.5 million ton cassava ethanol project

September 19, 2016 |

In Nigeria, Mokk Investments has launched its 6,000 hectare cassava project that will eventually produce 1.5 million metric tons of ethanol and starch. The first phase of the project will include 5,000 farmers and later will scale up to 10,000 in the catchment of Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority. Fortis Microfinance Bank will finance the […]

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Two Finnish bioenergy companies merge to offer better, stronger product to the market

Two Finnish bioenergy companies merge to offer better, stronger product to the market

September 19, 2016 |

In Finland, two Finnish energy solution suppliers are joining forces through a merger in which KPA Unicon Group Oy is purchasing the entire share capital of Renewa Oy. The transaction will give the Finnish and European Cleantech sector a stronger, renewed player whose solutions will enable increasingly more responsible, more sustainable and more profitable energy […]

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Donald Trump accidentally backtracks on RFS stance and then retracts the “mistake”

Donald Trump accidentally backtracks on RFS stance and then retracts the “mistake”

September 19, 2016 |

In Washington, a policy paper was published on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign website slamming the Renewable Fuel Standard’s system of RIN credits for compliance with the RFS’s biofuel blending mandate, in line with one of his billionaire backers Carl Icahn. Later the paper was removed with staffers saying it was an early draft that was […]

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Tennessee congresswoman introduces bill to extend biodiesel blenders credit

Tennessee congresswoman introduces bill to extend biodiesel blenders credit

September 19, 2016 |

In Virginia, NATSO, the national association representing America’s travel plazas and truckstops, applauded Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) for introducing the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016,” (H.R. 5994) that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit for two years through 2018. The tax credit is set to expire at the end of […]

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Russia looks to dump heavy excise tax on ethanol to stimulate production

Russia looks to dump heavy excise tax on ethanol to stimulate production

September 19, 2016 |

In Russia, to help its ethanol industry achieve a 10% blend by 2020, the government is preparing to lift a heavy $1.62 per liter excise tax currently levied upon domestic fuel ethanol by year’s end. Such a move will stimulate production as the tax represented 90% of the production price, bring investors to the table […]

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