Tag: California

RFA submits comments to CARB on new version of GREET model

RFA submits comments to CARB on new version of GREET model

September 16, 2014 |

In California, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Monday voicing support for CARB’s proposal to transition to a new version of the GREET model, but also recommending several additional improvements. CARB uses the GREET model to estimate direct lifecycle carbon intensity (CI) for fuels regulated under […]

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Pacific Ethanol to Sell CO2 From Its Boardman, Oregon ethanol plant

Pacific Ethanol to Sell CO2 From Its Boardman, Oregon ethanol plant

September 15, 2014 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol, announced an agreement with Kodiak Carbonic, LLC to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Columbia plant located in Boardman, Oregon. Kodiak plans to construct a liquefaction and dry ice processing plant adjacent to the Columbia facility and expects to purchase up to 200 tons of CO2 per day to sell to food processing and beverage producers. Neil […]

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S&W Seed expects to file patents for stevia varieties with improved taste and higher yield

S&W Seed expects to file patents for stevia varieties with improved taste and higher yield

September 15, 2014 |

In California, S&W Seed Company reports that it expects to file patent applications in October or November of 2014 for its stevia varieties. The company is compiling data from its most recent field trials, during summer and fall of 2014. Its R&D effort, headed by Dr. Clinton Shock, has successfully crossed certain lines that have produced improved taste profiles and plant mass that the company […]

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R Power Biofuels to auction off stake in North Star Biofuels after $3m Agri Beef lawsuit

R Power Biofuels to auction off stake in North Star Biofuels after $3m Agri Beef lawsuit

September 12, 2014 |

In California, R Power Biofuels will be auctioning off their 10% stake in North Star Biofuels. The biodiesel plant is located in Watsonville, California and produces around 13 million gallons annually. The auction will take place on October 7 and will be handled telephonically by Heritage Global Partners. R Power Biofuels and the other stakeholders […]

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UC Berkeley performs 3D imaging of plant cell walls that could unlock potential of cellulosic ethanol

UC Berkeley performs 3D imaging of plant cell walls that could unlock potential of cellulosic ethanol

September 11, 2014 |

In California, new 3D imaging performed at the University of California, Berkeley has allowed scientists an even closer look at cell walls than before, which will help to develop breakdown techniques for fuel creation. One of the scientists working on the project explained: “We have developed and compared novel sample preparation and molecular 3D imaging […]

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Aemetis stock championed by SeeThruEquity, bouncing back from Seeking Alpha smackdown

Aemetis stock championed by SeeThruEquity, bouncing back from Seeking Alpha smackdown

September 10, 2014 |

In California, Aemetis has received a positive review from SeeThruEquity, with the equity research firm asserting that the company is “an attractive play in the biofuels space.” The update note explained that “Favorable ethanol operating environment in the U.S. and significant ramp up in production and revenues at the India plant provide significant potential for […]

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Oberon’s DME wins EPA fuel pathway OK

Oberon’s DME wins EPA fuel pathway OK

September 5, 2014 |

In California, Oberon Fuels said that the EPA has approved its DME for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Oberon’s biogas-based DME is now eligible for cellulosic and advanced renewable identification numbers, or RINs, after the agency determined that biogas-based DME produced from the Oberon process resulted in an approximate 68% reduction in greenhouse gases […]

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Pacific Ethanol invests $6.0M, brings ownership in plants to 96%

Pacific Ethanol invests $6.0M, brings ownership in plants to 96%

September 3, 2014 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol, announced that it has purchased an additional 5% ownership interest in PE Op Co., the owner of the Pacific Ethanol plants, for a total cash purchase price of $6,000,000. The acquisition increased the company’s ownership interest in the Pacific Ethanol plants to 96%. The company is he leading producer and marketer […]

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Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

August 28, 2014 |

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

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California legislature moves to further criminalize grease theft

California legislature moves to further criminalize grease theft

August 25, 2014 |

In California, the legislature has passed a bill to boost criminal penalties for grease theft. The state has grappled with a rise in used cooking oil theft as the biofuel industry has developed. The penalties are currently so minor that thefts aren’t even worth responding to for many law enforcement agencies. But according to the […]

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