In Indonesia, despite the government more than doubling the CPO biodiesel blending subsidy, low oil prices may keep the country from keeping its blending B10 mandate of 1.7 billion liters. About 1.5 million metric tons of CPO would be needed to reach the mandate, up from 800,000 tons in 2014, but some analysts fear that […]
In the US, ethanol production averaged 947,000 barrels per day (b/d), 39.77 million gallons daily, down 17,000 b/d from the week before.The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 955,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.64 billion gallons. Gasoline demand for the week remained high at 374.4 million gallons daily, despite another round of […]
In Guatemala, the country’s energy ministry is embarking on a pilot trial using E5 and E10 in 25 vehicles and five motorcycles during four months. The country mostly exports the 65 million gallons of ethanol its produces annually but introducing an E10 would consume 36 million gallons. The US and Brazilian governments along with the […]
In Ethiopia, the country’s Ministry of Water and Energy has recently launched a biofuels private enterprise unit in hopes of attracting investors to produce 450 million liters of biodiesel in the next five years. The government hopes to revive previous jatropha plantations that investors launched and abandoned during the jatropha boom and bust in hopes […]
In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee voted to cap first generation biofuels at 6%, lower than the 7% sought by member states and 8% sought by the biofuels industry. Rather than waiting for a parliamentary vote, the committee agreed to move forward with negotiations the European Commission.
In Ireland, the country’s agriculture minister says that EU biofuel policies have no impact on national animal feed prices because cereals markets are global. The country imports 3 million metric tons of animal feed out of a total 4.7 million tons, most of which comes from North and South America, biofuel byproducts themselves.
In Washington, the EPA has confirmed it will release its RFS blending targets this spring for 2014—likely similar to what has already been published—as well as 2015 and 2016. Longer-term demand issues will also be addressed at the same time, taking into consideration concerns from the oil industry that blending has reached its peak.
In Belgium, ePure is asking MEPs to make a final policy decision on ILUC at last during the ENVI committee’s upcoming vote on Feb. 24. The association wants a focus on ILUC mitigation considering that actually measuring and modeling ILUC is nearly impossible. With hardly any new biofuel investments since the European Commission released its […]
In Oregon, H.B. 2373 was introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives to remove the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol. Currently, the state requires that “a retail dealer, nonretail dealer or wholesale dealer may not sell or offer for sale gasoline unless the gasoline contains […]
In Belgium, the RecOil project team will organize a round table “Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Chain towards 2030” on March 3 at the headquarters of the European Biomass Industry Association. The event is organized with the support of the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the Executive Agency for Small and […]