In Illinois, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory developed an approach to design such landscapes at a field scale to minimize concerns of land use change, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with production of food and bioenergy. This study leverages concepts of nutrient recovery and phytoremediation to place bioenergy crops on the landscape to […]
In Illinois, the period of healthy margins for Midwest ethanol producers may be coming to an end as ethanol futures shift over to a premium over gasoline. Corn prices are holding fairly steady this year but gasoline prices have fallen to a 6.5 year low this week, pushing ethanol from a discount to a premium […]
Energy Resources Center says EPA shift on RFS equal to adding 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road
In Illinois, a proposal by the U.S. EPA to change ethanol blending rules would significantly increase carbon emissions to the equivalent of adding nearly 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road, according to an analysis conducted by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The findings come in the wake of proposed […]
In Illinois, Argonne National Laboratory, Bombardier Recreational Products, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the American Boat and Yacht Council, have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol for use in watercraft. This demonstration has culminated in the approval of the fuel by the NMMA, as an […]
In Illinois, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are designing ways to improve—and hopefully optimize—land use. In collaboration with the farming community of the Indian Creek Watershed in central Illinois, these researchers are finding ways to simultaneously meet three objectives: maximize a farmer’s production, grow feedstock for bioenergy and protect the […]
In Illinois, the state’s agriculture director Philip Nelson is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to reconsider the proposed Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) volume obligations that were laid out earlier this spring. This action comes as several partner states, such as Iowa and Missouri, testified recently in opposition of the proposal at the […]
In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development. It typically involves complex biochemical processes implemented through the orchestration of metabolic reactions and gene regulation, […]
In Illinois, corn prices are expected to fall soon, known as a “mini harvest”, as farmers look to offload corn before bringing in the new crop this fall, a move that will help corn ethanol margins rebound from recent levels. Corn prices have risen 5% over the past few weeks, pressuring margins to 10 cents […]
In Illinois, corn ethanol D6 RIN prices have touched a 13-month low as the free fall worsened following the EPA’s lower-than-hoped RFS quotas through 2016, leaving roughly 1.8 billion carryover RINs on the market. On Tuesday they were just 40.5 cents, down 32% since the RFS announcement last Thursday and down 46% on the month.
In Illinois, the soybean and heating oil boho factor is stalling the biodiesel market, hampering margins due to poorer blending economics. High feedstock prices, lower RIN prices at around 87 cents and lower heating oil prices have the lowest price sellers and highest price buyers too far away to make a deal.