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Florida county puts 18 month moratorium on new biofuel plants after Viesel fire

Florida county puts 18 month moratorium on new biofuel plants after Viesel fire

July 2, 2015 |

In Florida, Martin County has put a temporary 18 month moratorium on new biofuel plants in the county following the Viesel Fuel plant fire in April. Viesel Fuel and Genuine Bio Fuel are the only facilities currently operating in the county and won’t be affected by the moratorium.

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Hawaiian governor to veto ethanol tax bill, saying it’s unconstitutional

Hawaiian governor to veto ethanol tax bill, saying it’s unconstitutional

June 30, 2015 |

In Hawaii, the governor says he’ll veto a bill passed by the state legislature repealing the tax credit on biofuels because it would eventually be found unconstitutional. Another move made to limit ethanol tax breaks had already been found unconstitutional, contravening the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The current policy offers up to $4.5 million in […]

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New Jersey biofuel bill awaiting governor’s signature

New Jersey biofuel bill awaiting governor’s signature

June 29, 2015 |

In New Jersey, the state’s General Assembly has approved a bill to allow biofuel production from used cooking oil, fats and plants, and now awaits the governor’s signature to come into law. The Senate already approved the bill in March. Previously biobased liquid fuel, biodiesel fuel, heating oil, renewable biomass, and renewable diesel fuel were […]

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European Commission says 2020 biofuel targets challenging but achievable

European Commission says 2020 biofuel targets challenging but achievable

June 18, 2015 |

In Belgium, the European Commission says the European Union’s 28 member states are on track to meet the 2020 renewable energy goals, with the UK, the Netherlands and Luxembourg lagging behind the others, but the lack of movement on transport fuels is a major hurdle to meeting targets. In 2014, biofuel blending reached 5.4%, far […]

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Queensland keen to supply US Navy with biofuels but not so much at home

Queensland keen to supply US Navy with biofuels but not so much at home

June 15, 2015 |

In Australia, though Queensland is only looking at blending 2% ethanol in gasoline locally, it’s more than happy to produce biofuel for the US Navy, perhaps from Mackay, Gladstone or Townsville. The state’s new premier made the announcement after her first visit to Washington DC since taking office where she met with Navy top brass.

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Finnish researchers say 100% renewable energy matrix needs biofuels doubled

Finnish researchers say 100% renewable energy matrix needs biofuels doubled

June 9, 2015 |

In Finland, a 100% renewable energy matrix by 2050 would require doubling the current biofuel consumption, as well as investing heavily in solar and wind energy that would be stored as gas for use during winter months. A consortium of 20 researchers at the Lappeenranta University of Technology modeled 8 renewable energy options, some excluding […]

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Pew Charitable Trusts shows major biofuel investment in emerging markets

Pew Charitable Trusts shows major biofuel investment in emerging markets

May 28, 2015 |

In Washington, a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts looks at renewable energy investment in emerging markets, with Peru leading the way with $749 million between 2009-13 out of a total $2.25 billion in biofuel investment in the top five countries. Other major destinations for biofuel investment included Thailand with $639 million and Vietnam […]

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UK under minister says Ensus must stand on its own feet financially

UK under minister says Ensus must stand on its own feet financially

May 20, 2015 |

In the UK, the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government says the Ensus biorefinery needs to stand on its own feet financially, while recognizing that the project is an important investment for the Humber region. He said it’s too soon to write off the facility that is currently mothballed as […]

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UK biofuel blending hit 3.54% in 12 months from April 15, 2014

UK biofuel blending hit 3.54% in 12 months from April 15, 2014

May 11, 2015 |

In the UK, biofuel blending reached 3.54% between April 15, 2014 and April 15, 2015 with 75% of the fuel, about 1.01 billion liters, meeting sustainability requirements. The sustainable biofuels comprised of 50% biodiesel, 49% ethanol, 1% methanol and some negligible amounts of biogas and off road biodiesel.

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North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

April 20, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the town of Navassa has put forward a proposal to allow biofuel production in heavy industrial areas and conditionally in light industrial areas. An algae-to-methane project is interested in siting a facility in the town, prompting the change to the zoning ordinance, but strict controls on smokestacks, industrial appearance and other aspects […]

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