Category: Policy

Trade conflict puts damper on USDA export outlook

Trade conflict puts damper on USDA export outlook

July 22, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects the U.S. export potential to shrink because of the slowdown in demand from China in the wake of the trade dispute with the U.S. The USDA raised its forecast of 2018/19 US soybean production and now expects output to reach 117.3 million tonnes, up […]

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Malaysia consulting with truck manufacturers to ensure green light for B10

Malaysia consulting with truck manufacturers to ensure green light for B10

July 19, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the New Straits Times reports that in an effort to boost consumption of B10 when the policy is implemented later this year, the government is engaging with truck manufacturers to ensure that their warranties will cover the use of higher biodiesel blends. While Japanese truck manufacturers have no issue with B10, some European […]

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Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

July 18, 2018 |

In Michigan, the biofuels and oil industries went head-to-head at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed blending volumes for 2019 and 2020. The American Petroleum Institute said until Congress fixes the broken Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency must protect consumers from higher ethanol blended fuels that threaten […]

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Queensland as Asia Pacific biofuels hub takes a step forward with the Navy

Queensland as Asia Pacific biofuels hub takes a step forward with the Navy

July 17, 2018 |

In Washington, Queensland’s potential as the biofuel hub of the Asia Pacific has taken center stage in Washington this week at a meeting with the US Department of the Navy. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick met at the Pentagon Monday with advanced biofuel experts and announced the appointment of Queensland’s […]

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UNICA concerned China-US trade war could lead to US dumping its ethanol on NNE

UNICA concerned China-US trade war could lead to US dumping its ethanol on NNE

July 16, 2018 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that UNICA is concerned the on-going trade war between the US and China will end up with the US dumping its ethanol on the Brazilian market. The US currently sends most of its 1 billion gallons of ethanol imports to Canada and Brazil but those volumes that would have gone to […]

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Senators get reply from EPA, but not the one they were hoping for

Senators get reply from EPA, but not the one they were hoping for

July 14, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators finally got a reply from the Environmental Protection Agency in response to a letter they sent the EPA about the RFS back in April, but not the one they hoped for. The EPA reply said it granted 19 waivers in […]

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EPA backs off from plan to reallocate RINs lost to hardship waivers

EPA backs off from plan to reallocate RINs lost to hardship waivers

July 12, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has backtracked on an earlier plan to re-allot RIN obligations to other refiners to make up for the 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol demand lost due to hardship waivers granted to smaller refineries. The EPA says the waivers only eliminated demand for 2.25 million gallons. The […]

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India’s GST council in favor of dropping taxes on ethanol to 12%

India’s GST council in favor of dropping taxes on ethanol to 12%

July 11, 2018 |

In India, the goods and services tax (GST) ministerial panel is in favor of lowering the GST on ethanol to 12% from the current 18% in an effort to boost demand that would in turn help beleaguered sugar mills suffering under the weight of government-imposed sugarcane prices. The council is exploring a 5% levy on […]

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New Malaysian plantations minister challenged to find new markets for palm oil

New Malaysian plantations minister challenged to find new markets for palm oil

July 10, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the palm oil industry is hopeful the new plantations minister will push a stronger biodiesel agenda in the country to help provide added value markets domestically for its CPO rather than as a low-cost commodity for export. With higher minimum wage increases, the price of CPO is expected to rise in comparison with […]

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Punjab government teams on $104.7 million 2G ethanol plant from paddy straw

Punjab government teams on $104.7 million 2G ethanol plant from paddy straw

July 9, 2018 |

In India, the Punjab government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with local company SAB Industries to develop a $104.7 million paddy straw-based second-generation ethanol plant. The facility will produce 25,000 metric tons of ethanol annually. The state government estimates there is as much as 160 million metric tons of straw available in the country […]

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