Tag: Iowa

Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

June 22, 2017 |

In Iowa, President Trump said the ethanol industry was under siege by his Environmental Protection Agency but promised that he would save it as he said he’d do during his campaign. The White House has given the EPA the green light to publish the 2018 blending mandate proposal after reviewing it last week but changes […]

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CHS sees US ethanol exports rising 15% during 2016/17

CHS sees US ethanol exports rising 15% during 2016/17

June 5, 2017 |

In Iowa, CHS expects ethanol exports to increase another 15% during 2016/17 following a 26% increase during 2015/16, with increased demand likely coming from India whose domestic supplies are far short for its 5% blending mandate, or other countries such as the Philippines, Canada and Mexico. The United Arab Emirates, Canada and Mexico could increase […]

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All hopes on Iowa’s former and current governors

All hopes on Iowa’s former and current governors

May 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, with much of the national ethanol industry’s hopes focused on the former governor-cum-new ambassador to China in order to smooth relations and open back up ethanol and DDGS trade, the state’s industry looks to the new governor to be as supportive of biofuels as his predecessor. Key policy goals include working with the […]

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REG reports solid Q1 thanks to selling nearly 25% more biodiesel

REG reports solid Q1 thanks to selling nearly 25% more biodiesel

May 23, 2017 |

In Iowa, earlier this month, Renewable Energy Group Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2017 ended March 31. Revenues for the quarter were $418.9 million on 122.1 million gallons of fuel sold. Compared to the first quarter of 2016, REG sold 24.6 percent more gallons of fuel resulting in an increase in revenue of […]

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Governor Branstad signs Iowa biofuel funding, closing out challenging session for biodiesel

Governor Branstad signs Iowa biofuel funding, closing out challenging session for biodiesel

May 14, 2017 |

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad has signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. In 2016, Iowa’s biodiesel plants produced a record 305 million gallons of biodiesel, according to the National Biodiesel Board. A study by ABF Economics shows biodiesel activity generated about 3,800 […]

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New ag secretary assures Iowa ethanol industry Trump supports RFS

New ag secretary assures Iowa ethanol industry Trump supports RFS

May 8, 2017 |

In Iowa, the new US Secretary for Agriculture assured the state’s ethanol industry that the Trump administration has no intention of “messing” with the Renewable Fuel Standard and went further to stay they plan to support the development of new more efficient technologies. Since Trump’s election, his stance on biofuels has been unclear, especially considering […]

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REG secures up to $20 million to finance Ralston expansion project

REG secures up to $20 million to finance Ralston expansion project

May 2, 2017 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group announced it has secured financing of up to $20 million from First Midwest Bank for the $24 million capacity-expansion project at the company’s Ralston, Iowa biodiesel refinery. The upgrade project, announced last November, is expected to increase the annual nameplate capacity of the Ralston biorefinery from 12 million to 30 […]

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Poet sues Andritz over failed 2G feedstock pretreatment system

Poet sues Andritz over failed 2G feedstock pretreatment system

May 1, 2017 |

In Iowa, Poet Design & Construction Inc. is suing Andritz Inc. for breach of contract and professional negligence after investing $25 million in a feedstock pretreatment system Andritz designed but was never able to produce the intermediates required for cellulosic ethanol production, despite 1.5 years of redesigns and multiple plant shut downs. Poet claims the […]

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Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

April 27, 2017 |

In Iowa, the phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And renewable biofuels are beneficial to the environment. However, […]

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U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

April 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, researchers at the University of Iowa have contracted about 800 acres of land from 15 nearby farms to grow miscanthus for replacing coal in its energy supply. The university aims to eliminate coal use by 2025, using 10% miscanthus and the remainder from other biomass fuels. The project allows the university’s energy budget to […]

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