Category: Producer News

Western Australia looks to support hemp for biofuel and bioeconomy

Western Australia looks to support hemp for biofuel and bioeconomy

February 22, 2018 |

In Australia, the McGowan Government is set to boost Western Australia’s fledgling hemp industry, loosening a legislative barrier that was limiting hemp production in the State. The State Government will amend the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 to allow hemp to be grown with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of up to one percent. Currently, the Industrial […]

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Agron Bioenergy reopens in California under new ownership

Agron Bioenergy reopens in California under new ownership

February 22, 2018 |

In California, shuttered Monterey Bay-area plant has opened its doors again, manufacturing a cleaner-burning biofuel that will help meet California’s low carbon fuel demands. An open house and ribbon-cutting today drew supporters from the Midwest to the California coast to celebrate the reopening of Agron Bioenergy, a biodiesel production facility in Watsonville, California. Western Iowa […]

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JBS Biodiesel to invest $1.69 million to use waste animal fats for biodiesel

JBS Biodiesel to invest $1.69 million to use waste animal fats for biodiesel

February 22, 2018 |

In Brazil, JBS Biodiesel is set to invest $1.69 million in order to facilitate the use of chicken and pork fat as feedstock for biodiesel production. JBS is one of the world’s largest meat processors and has ready access to millions of kilos of potential waste fats for feedstock. Thanks to the B10 blending mandate […]

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Proposed changes to California’s LCFS send compliance credits on rollercoaster

Proposed changes to California’s LCFS send compliance credits on rollercoaster

February 22, 2018 |

In California, Platts reports that LCFS compliance credits took a rollercoaster ride following the announcement the California Air Resources Board proposed a change reducing carbon emissions in transport fuels to 7.5% by 2020 rather than 10% but would boost it to 20% by 2030. With less urgency due to reduced short-term goals, prices fell to […]

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lore Refineries and Petrochemicals to invest $148.7 million in 2G ethanol plant

lore Refineries and Petrochemicals to invest $148.7 million in 2G ethanol plant

February 22, 2018 |

In India, the Hindu newspaper reports that Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd. will invest $148.7 million in a 600,000 liter per day second-generation ethanol facility in Karnataka. A local MP announced that the proposed facility will be sited on 50 acres of industrial land near Harihar in Davangere and will eventually create 80 full-time jobs. […]

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Former White House energy advisor says RFS reform must come from Congress

Former White House energy advisor says RFS reform must come from Congress

February 22, 2018 |

In Washington, a former White House energy advisor told Platts Congress will have to reform the Renewable Fuels Standard and not the White House as the negotiations will be too sensitive and tricky to come from the administration directly. He said that most of the ethanol currently blended, above 90%, still would be even without […]

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FS Bioenergy to invest $308 million in second corn-based ethanol plant in Mato Grosso

FS Bioenergy to invest $308 million in second corn-based ethanol plant in Mato Grosso

February 21, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Summit Agricultural Group’s FS Bioenergy announced it will build a second corn-based ethanol plant, investing $308 million to produce 680 million liters per year in the facility based in Sorriso, in northern Mato Grosso. Using 1.8 million metric tons of corn annually, it will also produce half a million tons […]

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Green Plains jumps into tax loophole and creates cooperative

Green Plains jumps into tax loophole and creates cooperative

February 21, 2018 |

In Kansas, Green Plains has jumped on the opportunity provided by the new tax reform and created a cooperative to take advantage of tax benefits provided under the new laws—at least in the short term until it undoubtedly gets reformed again. But with farmers forward selling up to a quarter of their crop, the company […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol stocks fall by a quarter in just two weeks

Brazilian hydrous ethanol stocks fall by a quarter in just two weeks

February 21, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that hydrous ethanol stocks have fallen by a quarter, or 725 million liters, in just two weeks to 2.1 billion liters as of February 1, 5% less than February 1, 2017. Sales during the period were up more than 51% on the year at 1.36 billion liters. Total hydrous ethanol sales […]

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Senator Ted Cruz tells PES refinery workers their woes are due to RIN speculation

Senator Ted Cruz tells PES refinery workers their woes are due to RIN speculation

February 21, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, Texas Senator Ted Cruz told hundreds of refinery workers at a Philadelphia Energy Systems refinery that speculators were responsible for making the Renewable Fuels Standard unworkable, saying that fixing the RIN system would support American workers and their jobs. The Senator, PES and others allege that RIN compliance requirements under the RFS pushed […]

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