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Indonesia lowers biodiesel price index to boost demand

Indonesia lowers biodiesel price index to boost demand

March 24, 2015 |

In Indonesia, the government continues to roll out new policies in hopes of stimulating the local biodiesel industry, this time by lowering the price index for transforming CPO into biodiesel to $125 per metric ton, down from $188 per ton. The move is meant to make biodiesel cheaper and therefore encourage Pertamina to buy more.

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UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

March 24, 2015 |

In Texas, researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings […]

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Fees and taxes increase with highway funding package

Fees and taxes increase with highway funding package

March 24, 2015 |

In South Dakota, a new law will soon come into force, including a 6 cents per gallon tax increase on ethanol at the pump, that would see the state’s revenues increase by $2.25 million. Other motor fuels will also be subject to the same increase, as well as other various license plate and excise taxes, all […]

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Raizen to cut ethanol investments by a quarter during 2015/16

Raizen to cut ethanol investments by a quarter during 2015/16

March 23, 2015 |

In Brazil, along with flat expectations for ethanol production during 2015/16, Raizen expects to cuts its ethanol investments to around $600 million, roughly 25% lower than during the previous season. A weaker Real may boost demand for Brazilian ethanol exports but low gasoline prices dampens domestic demand for ethanol.

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India’s ethanol blend at just 1.4% through February

India’s ethanol blend at just 1.4% through February

March 23, 2015 |

In India, ethanol blending only reached 1.4% through February, down from 2% last year and only a third of the mandated 5% blend. In addition to the ongoing contract disputes between sugar mills and oil marketing companies, state levies on “import” ethanol from other states have become a major dampener to trade. The national sugar […]

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Hainan Airlines flight powered by 50% biofuel between Shanghai and Beijing

Hainan Airlines flight powered by 50% biofuel between Shanghai and Beijing

March 23, 2015 |

In China, Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec over the weekend celebrated China’s first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China’s commercial aviation industry. The regularly scheduled Hainan Airlines flight – which carried more than 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing in a Next-Generation 737-800 – used biofuel made by Sinopec from […]

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Indonesia announces palm oil export levies to fund blending subsidies

Indonesia announces palm oil export levies to fund blending subsidies

March 23, 2015 |

In Indonesia, the government plans to levy $50 per metric ton on palm oil exports and $30 on olein shipments in order to pay for domestic blending subsidies. The levies will be in addition to export taxes that are currently set at zero but could be invoked again at between 7.5% and 22.5% when prices […]

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Pemex to offer 5.8% ethanol at the pump

Pemex to offer 5.8% ethanol at the pump

March 23, 2015 |

In Mexico, Pemex will soon offer 5.8% ethanol blends at the pump following deals with ethanol suppliers for up to 123 million liters of ethanol per year during the next 10 years. The ethanol will be produced from sugarcane and sorghum and will be valued at between $524 and $750 million. The company plans to […]

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EPA and DOJ settle with Utah biodiesel producer over RIN fraud

EPA and DOJ settle with Utah biodiesel producer over RIN fraud

March 23, 2015 |

In Utah, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, that resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million. From January to October of 2010, Washakie generated more than 7.2 million Renewable […]

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UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

March 23, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne tested pig diets containing 30 percent conventional DDGS (DDGS-CV), high-protein distillers dried grains (HP-DDG), or uncooked DDGS (DDGS-BPX), and compared them with a corn-soybean meal basal diet. They conducted one experiment using growing pigs and another experiment using finishing pigs to determine if the stage of […]

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