Tag: biofuel

Iowa’s biofuel industry urges Pruitt to reject point of obligation petition

Iowa’s biofuel industry urges Pruitt to reject point of obligation petition

February 16, 2017 |

In Iowa, with the U.S. Senate on the cusp of approving Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a broad coalition of Iowa farmers, renewable fuel producers, and retailers urged Pruitt to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by rejecting the petition to change the successful program’s point of obligation.  The […]

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Alberta awards more than C$6 million in grants for biofuel companies

Alberta awards more than C$6 million in grants for biofuel companies

February 13, 2017 |

In Canada, the provincial government of Alberta awarded four biofuel companies just over C$6 million in grant funds under the Climate Change Program’s Bioenergy Producer Program . Both Permolex Ltd. and ADM Agri Industries were awarded C$1.8 million each, Invigor Bioenergy received C$1.1 million while Enerkem Alberta Biofuesl received C$526,400. Other projects who also won […]

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Nigeria preparing to fundraise $50 million biofuel equity investment vehicle

Nigeria preparing to fundraise $50 million biofuel equity investment vehicle

February 8, 2017 |

In Nigeria, the country’s central bank announced it is setting up a $50 billion equity investment fund to kickstart commercial biofuel production in the country, funded entirely by state-owned companies and the various domestic investment banks along with support from various multilateral agencies like the United Nations Environmental Program and the United Nations Development Program. […]

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UPM looking to invest in commercial biofuel production

UPM looking to invest in commercial biofuel production

February 1, 2017 |

In Finland, following success at its pilot plant that makes biofuels from tall tail oil, UPM is planning further investment in biofuels now that it was able to move beyond breakeven to making a profit late last year. With the country set to boost its use of biofuels to 54% by 2030 including double counting […]

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Indonesia looks to secure domestic biofuel supplies in light of Trump presidency

Indonesia looks to secure domestic biofuel supplies in light of Trump presidency

January 30, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the government is taking a cue from the election of US President Donald Trump to try to curb imports of fossil fuel among other products because it expects the global economy to shift in response to his policies. As the US reduces its oil imports and tries boost exports of gas, demand patterns […]

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European biofuels industry slams EU for supporting oil

European biofuels industry slams EU for supporting oil

January 26, 2017 |

In Belgium, the biofuel industry shot back at the European Commission at a POLITICO event held on Wednesday, accusing the body of setting energy policy that favors the oil industry and is counterproductive to the goal of achieving low emissions mobility. Seeing how conventional biofuels producers have been treated by European policymakers through the phase […]

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Opinion survey shows nearly 70% of Europeans want conventional biofuels

Opinion survey shows nearly 70% of Europeans want conventional biofuels

January 23, 2017 |

In Belgium, Europeans overwhelmingly support the use of conventional biofuels made from crops and believe EU policy should encourage it, according to an EU-wide opinion survey released Monday by ePure. More than 69 percent of Europeans surveyed say conventional biofuels should be encouraged, while just 15 percent think they should not, according to the EuroPulse […]

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EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

January 19, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has written a letter to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers denying the group’s request for a waiver on the cellulosic biofuel-blending mandate for 2016 of 230 million gallons. Though data through November shows that less fuel was produced than mandated in 2016 as the AFPM argues, the EPA […]

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UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

January 12, 2017 |

In the UK, a new eco-friendly process developed by Aberystwyth University biology graduate Joe Freemantle could provide a solution to managing specific types of waste including disposable diapers presents significant environmental challenges. Joe has devised a process to turn disposable diapers, incontinence pads and sanitary products into valuable products including pure cellulose fiber and bio-fuel. […]

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DOE awards universities funding to boost biofuel performance in engines

DOE awards universities funding to boost biofuel performance in engines

December 29, 2016 |

In Washington, the DOE announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office are collaborating to maximize energy savings and on-road vehicle performance, while dramatically reducing […]

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