Author Archive: Meghan Sapp
Tweet In Texas, biodiesel exports slipped during September to just 15.9 million gallons, with the bulk split between Canada and Gibraltar, while imports nearly doubled on the month. Most imports of traditional biodiesel came from Argentina and Indonesia, who recently lost their European market, while nearly 26 million gallons of “other renewable diesel” were imported, […]
Tweet In Washington, if the EPA lowers the blending mandate for ethanol and demand shrinks for ethanol as a result, then the government will have to fork out for corn subsidies instead to keep farmers above water. Without ethanol to support prices, corn is seen falling to the mid-$4 per bushel from the record $6.89 […]
Tweet In California, researchers from Bio Architecture Lab published in the journal Nature an alginate monomer transporter they discovered that will help to significantly boost the efficiency of cellulosic ethanol production from brown macroalgaes. Using fermentation, the researchers were able to achieve 83% theoretical yield from the sugars.
Tweet In Virginia, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad testified in front of the EPA at a public hearing on Tuesday in support of the RFS. The governor believes the EPA is following Obama’s marching orders to dismantle the RFS in favor of supporting the oil lobby to the detriment of Iowan families dependent on the ethanol […]
Tweet In Brazil, another 20 sugarcane mills are expected to shut down in the next few years, following in the footsteps of the more than 50 that have been shuttered since 2007, even though the government agreed to boost gasoline prices by 4%. The move to reduce subsidies on gasoline isn’t expected to be enough […]
Tweet In Zimbabwe, Green Fuel is doing due diligence into investing in a $300 million dam that would support its irrigation and hydro power plans. The proposed Kondo dam, which would be the largest inland dam in Manicaland, could see construction begin as soon as 2015.
Tweet In Argentina, the government has boosted the mandatory biodiesel blend to 10% from the current 8% to help offset a slump in exports resulting from anti-dumping duties in Europe. In addition to transport use, the government has also required thermal electric plants running on diesel to comply with the B10 mandate. The move is […]
Tweet In North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced that Chemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in Sampson County. The company and its partners plan to create 65 new jobs and invest approximately $200 million over the next three years. Chemtex will operate in North […]
Tweet In South Korea, the oil industry is pushing the government to keep the biodiesel blend at 2% next year rather than raising it to 3% as planned, saying that a higher blend would raise production costs that then have to be levied onto the consumer. The increased blending mandate has already been delayed, which […]
Tweet In Indonesia, the country’s largest lender by assets has lent $4.4 billion to the palm oil sector in 2013 through October, with expectation for more lending opportunities next year. Bank Mandiri’s palm oil investments are up 7.7% on the year. Less than 10% of the funds were dispersed to more than 137,000 farmers who […]