Category: Producer News

Europe biofuels consumption declines for the first time, says EurObserv’ER

In Europe, the EurObserv’ER has released its annual Biofuel Barometer, reporting a decline in consumption of biofuels in Europe for the first time. The decline was attributed to Spain’s incorporation target cuts and Germany’s abolishment of tax exemptions for the biodiesel sector. Some countries, including the U.K., Sweden and Denmark, significantly increased their incorporation rates, […]

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Kelley Green Biofuels demos innovative methanol-recovery method in biodiesel production

In North Carolina, Kelley Green Biofuels presented an innovative approach to biodiesel production and methanol recovery at the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference this month in Pittsboro. With the technology, the company’s biodiesel exits the reactor containing 4-6% methanol by volume, at which point the fuel is sent through a flash drum which recovers up to […]

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Valero restarts Indiana ethanol plant production

In Indiana, Valero Energy has restarted production at its ethanol plant in Indiana, shuttered more than two years ago. Valero purchased the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy for $34 million. The plant is expected to raise Valero’s ethanol production to 1.3 billion gallons annually, setting it up third in ethanol production behind […]

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University of Kentucky receives $20m for biofuels research from Kentucky NSF grant

In Kentucky, the University of Kentucky has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The grant, which is to support 150 jobs over the next five years, will focus on three research areas: chemical biology for advanced materials, which can help biofuel manufacturing processes; advanced-membrane technologies, […]

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Growth Energy demos model ethanol plant at Farm Progress Show

In Iowa, Growth Energy, in partnership with New Holland, created a special display for the Farm Progress Show which demonstrated a model ethanol plant. The educational display includes a fully built-to-scale plant demonstrating how feedstocks come into the plant and how products are made. The push from Growth Energy fits into New Holland’s commitment to […]

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As huge corn crop looms, corn futures hit new contract lows

In the US, nearby corn futures have seen new contract lows, with low prices benefitting end-users like ethanol producers, causing unusually high margins. With the big crop looming, new crop carry-out is expected to increase but low prices will encourage future demand in 2015. Despite the lows, various private analysts have released final yield estimates […]

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Indonesian airline Garuda to deploy aviation biofuel blend by 2016

In Indonesia, airline Garuda expects to be using an aviation biofuel blend by 2016 comprised of biofuel and avtur (aviation turbine fuel). The aircraft are already equipped to use biofuel and the carrier aims to run a trial flight soon. However, the state-owned carrier’s commitment to supporting the use of clean energy will be highly […]

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Cenex to make E15 more available to Minnesota consumers by covering installation costs

In Minnesota, E15 will be more available to consumers if CHS’s new program across their 1400 locations is a success. For Cenex retailers wanting to offer E15 in addition to their current gasoline products, the Cenex Tank Program will cover a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install an additional storage tank for […]

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Dropping palm oil prices blamed on market flooding, but is a rebound ahead?

In Southeast Asia, palm oil prices are expected to drop to near-production levels, the lowest since 2009. Futures have fallen to the lowest close in more than five years. According to Dorab Mistry, director at Godrej International, “We know from experience that during bear markets, the price tends to gravitate toward the cost of production.” […]

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Hawaii looks to expand renewable electric capacity

In Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company has proposed plans for Hawaii’s energy future that will lower electric bills, give customers more service options and nearly triple the amount of distributed solar while achieving the highest level of renewable energy in the nation by 2030. Plans include expanding solar and wind capacity, as well as utilizing more […]

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