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Brazil’s ANP clears Amyris’ farnesene in jet fuel at up to 10%

Brazil’s ANP clears Amyris’ farnesene in jet fuel at up to 10%

December 16, 2014 |

In Brazil, Amyris welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil’s fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet fuel in blends of up to 10 percent. “Building on the revised ASTM International standard for aviation turbine fuel approved in June, Brazil’s ANP last week […]

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Bipartisan Policy Center launches suggestions on reforming RFS

Bipartisan Policy Center launches suggestions on reforming RFS

December 16, 2014 |

In Washington, in order to support constructive dialogue in this ongoing debate, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project convened an advisory group of diverse stakeholders who agreed to discuss legislative and/or regulatory reforms that could put the RFS on a stable footing. The advisory group met three times over the course of 2014, and their […]

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Universities look how to produce bioproducts from wastewater

Universities look how to produce bioproducts from wastewater

December 16, 2014 |

In Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will explore the “Production of Bioisoprene from Wastewater” (WERF project # NTRY6R14). The research team will convert biomass from wastewater treatment facilities into isoprene (used in production of rubber components of automotive tires), as well as renewable biofuel (methane) using an engineered microbe. Greeley and Hansen is conducting research […]

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Leadership shuffle supports Green Fuel’s plans for second ethanol plant

Leadership shuffle supports Green Fuel’s plans for second ethanol plant

December 16, 2014 |

In Zimbabwe, a shift in local leadership is opening the way for Green Fuels to develop its second ethanol plant, this time in Mwenezi. The former area leader was blocking the project, but the new leaders want to see the lowveld’s sugarcane plantations expand to help supply fuel towards the country’s blending mandate while also […]

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Minnesota ethanol plant pays fourth air pollution fine since 2009

Minnesota ethanol plant pays fourth air pollution fine since 2009

December 15, 2014 |

In Minnesota, Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago has taken steps to more diligently inspect and maintain equipment that controls air pollutants, under an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The company has also agreed to correct other violations at the plant and pay a $25,141 penalty. State inspections in 2012 and 2014, […]

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Boho factor soars to 16-month high leaving biodiesel producers in the lurch

Boho factor soars to 16-month high leaving biodiesel producers in the lurch

December 15, 2014 |

In New York state, biodiesel’s boho factor has hit 34.02 cents/gal, up 4.83 cents at the highest level since July 2013, indicating poorer blending margins due to higher soyoil prices used to blend in heating oil. Heating oil prices have sunk, following oil prices south to below $60 last Friday. Biodiesel producers are considering shutdowns […]

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ASTM approves up to 20% biodiesel blending with heating oil

ASTM approves up to 20% biodiesel blending with heating oil

December 15, 2014 |

In Pennsylvania, ASTM International has voted to approve performance specifications for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil. The move is a significant leap forward in the industry effort to boost the percentage of cleaner burning biodiesel that homeowners and building managers use in oilheat equipment common to the Northeast and […]

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Syngenta expects China to approve GMO corn very soon

Syngenta expects China to approve GMO corn very soon

December 15, 2014 |

In China, approval of Syngenta’s GMO corn is expected in the coming days. Beijing has blocked the import of the corn, including the DDGS produced from the corn as a byproduct of ethanol production, which has led to a steep loss in demand and therefore prices for DDGS. The North American Export Grain Association says […]

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Latest Brazilian biodiesel auction sells 667.8 million liters

Latest Brazilian biodiesel auction sells 667.8 million liters

December 15, 2014 |

In Brazil, the country’s 40th biodiesel auction held on Dec. 9 saw 667.8 million liters of biodiesel sold, of which 98.6% came from producers holding the social seal. The average price was BRL2.194 per liter. A total of 40 producers offered 764.5 million liters at the auction. The fuel will be used to supply the […]

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Buckeye Albany Terminal to pay $181,000 fine for air permit violations

Buckeye Albany Terminal to pay $181,000 fine for air permit violations

December 15, 2014 |

In New York state, under a Consent Order, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) imposed a $181,000 penalty on Buckeye Albany Terminal, LLC for air permit violations, relating to the transfer of ethanol at its Port of Albany facility, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The violations did not result in any material air quality […]

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