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Brazilian ethanol production passes 2 billion liters during H2 July

Brazilian ethanol production passes 2 billion liters during H2 July

August 15, 2017 |

In Brazil, more than 2 billion liters of ethanol were produced during the second half of July, with hydrous representing 1.14 billion liters of the total while the rest was anhydrous. More than 11.5 billion liters have been produced so far this season since April 1. A total of 1.11 billion liters of hydrous ethanol were sold from […]

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Goa launches biogas bus trial with eye on adding 40 to its fleet in February

Goa launches biogas bus trial with eye on adding 40 to its fleet in February

August 15, 2017 |

In India, Goa has launched its first biogas bus as a pilot project ahead of next February’s planned introduction of 40 such Scania buses. The pilot including the biogas bus and two ethanol buses was launched on Independence Day and will be operated by state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited. The biogas will be supplied by the […]

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Ethanol crush margins continue to increase despite higher production and growing stocks

Ethanol crush margins continue to increase despite higher production and growing stocks

August 15, 2017 |

In the Midwest, ever-stronger crush margins thanks to falling corn prices ahead of a bumper crop have producers cranking out ethanol despite ethanol prices remaining range-bound for the past several weeks. Ethanol production remains well over a million barrels per day. Platts reported that the crush margin was around 28.39 cents/gal on Monday, up 2.59 cents/gal from […]

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Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

August 15, 2017 |

In India, Karnataka has become the first state to implement amendments to the Industries Development and Regulation (IDR) Act by dropping the requirement for permits issued from the excise department for the movement of ethanol. The move is among the requests by the ethanol industry for the government to reduce red tape and facilitate improved ethanol […]

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Indian biodiesel run demonstrates high-level blends

Indian biodiesel run demonstrates high-level blends

August 14, 2017 |

In India, in collaboration with Dutch research institutes and local partners under the Made in India initiative, for the first time ever a vehicle was driven more than 5,000 kilometers on a mixture of high-level biodiesel blends, ranging between B25 and B50, to demonstrate the viability of domestically produced biodiesel. The push across 11 states […]

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Spanish biodiesel sales soar in June

Spanish biodiesel sales soar in June

August 14, 2017 |

In Spain, biodiesel sales soared in June to 98,669 metric tons, up 22% on the year as well as more than 2% higher than in May yet fossil diesel consumption only rose 5.4% on the year and 3.6% from the month prior, for a total blend of 5.44%. Ethanol consumption also rose slightly in light […]

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North Dakota ethanol plant offering premium for corn due to drought concerns

North Dakota ethanol plant offering premium for corn due to drought concerns

August 14, 2017 |

In North Dakota, Blue Flint Ethanol near Underwood is offering a 20-cent per bushel premium for corn in light of short supplies due to the ongoing drought, a price bump that could help farmers recuperate losses resulting from the dry weather. The state’s corn production is seen down 19% on the year, while in a […]

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Brazil inaugurates first corn-only ethanol plant

Brazil inaugurates first corn-only ethanol plant

August 14, 2017 |

In Brazil, the president and agriculture minister attended Friday’s inauguration of the country’s first corn-only ethanol plant, FS Bioenergia in Mato Grosso, which they vowed would not be the last, voicing support for more corn-based ethanol production. The facility will produce 63.4 million gallons of ethanol annually in addition to 60,000MWh of electricity and more […]

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Justice Department charges couple with defrauding $50 million in energy grants

Justice Department charges couple with defrauding $50 million in energy grants

August 14, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, an Acton couple was arrested and charged with defrauding the U.S. Treasury Department of more than $50 million in tax free energy grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. From May 2009 to June 2013, Condron and Metivier allegedly submitted fraudulent grant applications to the Treasury Department on […]

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European T2 ethanol prices sink to 15-week low

European T2 ethanol prices sink to 15-week low

August 14, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices continue to fall in light of increased imports and higher margins post-maintenance period encouraging producers to boost production. Prices last week hit Eur551/cu m, the lowest in 15 weeks. With the upcoming sugarbeet harvest along with the former Abengoa Salamanca ethanol plant coming back online, prices for Q4 aren’t […]

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