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India’s Prime Minister calls for talks on ethanol blend

India’s Prime Minister calls for talks on ethanol blend

November 18, 2014 |

In India, the Prime Minister’s office has called for a meeting on Wednesday with food and oil ministry top officials to hammer out an agreement on ethanol blending. The new government wants an E10 blend, an E5 is currently on the books, but oil marketing companies have only managed to reach about E2. Delays in […]

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Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest first poplar harvest a success

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest first poplar harvest a success

November 18, 2014 |

In Washington state, fall is harvest season and kicks off Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest’s first harvest of hybrid poplar for bioenergy. The Jefferson, Oregon and Hayden, Idaho demonstration sites were both harvested at the end of September and early October respectively. The trees grew rapidly at both sites and were ready for the first harvest […]

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Japanese researchers produce biobutanol from orange waste

Japanese researchers produce biobutanol from orange waste

November 18, 2014 |

In Japan, researchers at Mie University have run a test vehicle on biobutanol produced from waste oranges and waste from producing orange juice. The fuel could be ideal for running agricultural equipment. The process used can produce 20 milliliters of biobutanol from about 3kg of oranges.  

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ISU study says ILUC models not showing the real picture

ISU study says ILUC models not showing the real picture

November 18, 2014 |

In Washington, comprehensive analysis of real-world land use data recently released by Iowa State University raises serious doubts and concerns about the reliability and accuracy of economic models used by regulatory agencies to penalize ethanol for purported “indirect land use changes,” or ILUC. The new report found that farmers around the world have responded to […]

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Premium for EU cash ethanol prices sinks to lowest since July 31

Premium for EU cash ethanol prices sinks to lowest since July 31

November 17, 2014 |

In the Netherlands, cash ethanol prices sank to EUR453 per cubic meter, with its premium over December slipping to just EUR2, the lowest cash premium over front-month swap since July 31. The premium fell by EUR12 since the previous session. A rally is supporting futures prices, however.  

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Brazilian ethanol headed to the US from Santos

Brazilian ethanol headed to the US from Santos

November 17, 2014 |

In Brazil, between 10,000 and 20,000 cubic meters of ethanol could be heading to the US from the port of Santos, thanks to a weaker Real against the dollar and a recent price rally for ethanol in the US. Platts said bids and offers heard last week were $545/cu m and $555/cu m. The arbitrage […]

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EIA says October ethanol production down just slightly from September

EIA says October ethanol production down just slightly from September

November 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that ethanol production held fairly steady in October, at 1.157 billion gallons, down just 10.36 million gallons from September. Production in October was the lowest in eight months and the third consecutive shrinking production level. Ethanol prices continue to slip, tightening crush margins throughout the month of October. […]

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Company seeks to build ethanol plant in Idaho but is meeting local resistance

Company seeks to build ethanol plant in Idaho but is meeting local resistance

November 17, 2014 |

In Idaho, Demeter Bio-Resources Montana is seeking permission to build an ethanol plant in Canyon County, east of Greenleaf. A public hearing is being held on Thursday regarding the plant, which has already drawn criticism from neighbors for everything from increased truck traffic to noise and air pollution.  

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EMBRAPA says bioenergy could increase six-fold without rainforest damage

EMBRAPA says bioenergy could increase six-fold without rainforest damage

November 17, 2014 |

In Brazil, EMBRAPA says that the country can boost its bioenergy production enough to achieve its goals by converting just 20% to 30% of the 50 million hectares the agency says is available, without having to encroach on rainforest areas. That would increase crop area under production for bioenergy by six-fold.  

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Indonesia wants private sector to invest in significant biodiesel production

Indonesia wants private sector to invest in significant biodiesel production

November 17, 2014 |

In Indonesia, the government is calling on the private sector to boost biodiesel production by 4 billion liters by 2016, as it expects consumption to increase to 8 billion liters by then. Current installed capacity is around 5.6 billion liters. Companies such as Wilmar are said to be looking to boost capacity.  

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