Category: Producer News

Maine exploring Fiberight’s technology for 187 towns’ MSW

Maine exploring Fiberight’s technology for 187 towns’ MSW

October 23, 2014 |

In Maine, the University of Maine has been hired by a consortium of 187 towns and their MSW streams to evaluate whether Fiberight’s technology could be a good option for the state’s waste. The company is producing its Trashanol at a facility in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Currently the consortium’s waste is processed by a waste-to-energy plant […]

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Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

October 23, 2014 |

In Brazil, Datagro says that ethanol imports are likely to resume and could hit 600 million liters during the intercrop period this marketing year. Drought has cut the cane crush by about 10%, forcing imports already earlier in the year than typical. Most of the ethanol is likely to be sourced from the US.  

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EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that September’s ethanol production fell to a six-month low of 1.16 billion gallons. That’s 39.22 million gallons, or 3.27%, less than in August. Despite low corn prices, low ethanol prices squeezed margins, leading to lower production.  

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BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

October 23, 2014 |

In California, BlueFire Renewable announced that it has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its bio-energy project in Fulton, Mississippi. China EXIM’s interest in providing substantial financing to BlueFire is unprecedented and significant for the U.S. renewable […]

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Bio-based materials and chemicals could see $1 billion in investments in 2014

Bio-based materials and chemicals could see $1 billion in investments in 2014

October 23, 2014 |

In Massachusetts, bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract nearly $1 billion in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The estimated $974 million investment represents a 28 percent increase from 2013, suggesting companies that endured the waves of economic disruption have gained maturity and regained investors’ […]

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EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

October 23, 2014 |

In Belgium, ahead of the European council of head of state this week, the European biofuels supply chain group representing feedstock producers and biofuel processors demanded specific targets for renewables and specifically biofuels in the 2030 Climate and Research framework. They say that without specific transport targets in the 2030 Energy Package, biofuels would disappear […]

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Boeing and CACC open aviation biofuel demo plant

Boeing and CACC open aviation biofuel demo plant

October 22, 2014 |

In China, Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China inaugurated their gutter oil-based aviation biofuel demo plant with a production of 160 gallons per day. The technology was developed by Hangzhou Energy & Engineering Technology and is part of the China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project. Estimates are 1.8 billion liters of aviation fuel could be produced […]

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Biocom secures 20-year offtake agreement for entire electricity production

Biocom secures 20-year offtake agreement for entire electricity production

October 22, 2014 |

In Angola, the national power company Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has signed a 20-year offtake agreement with Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom) for the latter’s entire excess electricity supply. The power should provide electricity to 400,000 households when it comes online in January. The president approved the deal in a presidential order in September.  

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Urban Air Initiative analysis says EPA calculation on fuels flawed

Urban Air Initiative analysis says EPA calculation on fuels flawed

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, a computer model used by states to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative (UAI). The model’s inaccurate results could block access to the market for higher ethanol blends, denying states what could be a valuable tool in protecting public health. The Urban Air Initiative […]

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US Circuit Court throws out API’s E15 case again

US Circuit Court throws out API’s E15 case again

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia again denied the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Engine Products Group (EPG) in their attempt to keep E15 from reaching the consumer marketplace. The court found that API and EPG did not have standing because, “they cannot show that their members […]

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