Tag: Washington

US Senator secures $250,000 from NSF for biofuel research at University of North Dakota

US Senator secures $250,000 from NSF for biofuel research at University of North Dakota

September 1, 2015 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced $250,000 in federal funding for research at the University of North Dakota (UND) to study biomass as a biofuel and solar energy absorption by nanoparticles.

“North Dakota has a rich heritage of conservation and we must continue to develop and use our natural resources responsibly,” said Heitkamp. “That also […]

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WSU researcher gets $494,000 grant to develop cellulosic-based aromatic hydrocarbons

WSU researcher gets $494,000 grant to develop cellulosic-based aromatic hydrocarbons

August 31, 2015 |

In Washington state, Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and performance of biofuels. Lei said he will use the biomass-derived catalysts to produce aromatic hydrocarbons, which are high-energy organic compounds […]

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EPA data shows RFS biodiesel demand continues to push production levels

EPA data shows RFS biodiesel demand continues to push production levels

August 26, 2015 |

In Washington, data from the EPA shows that biomass-based diesel production grew month-on-month for the fifth time in a row in July at 192.68 million gallons, up 15 million gallons over June, some 9%. So far, biodiesel production through July is already 113 gallons higher than during the same period last year. The push in […]

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US Grains Council’s hard work paying off with major boost in ethanol exports

US Grains Council’s hard work paying off with major boost in ethanol exports

August 25, 2015 |

In Washington, this marketing year’s U.S. ethanol exports are expected to be the second largest on record as ethanol export promotion efforts ramp up by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. “Efforts to promote increased exports of U.S. ethanol are showing progress, […]

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Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

August 25, 2015 |

In Washington state, sales tax management software company Avalara has released a white paper looking at the new tax challenges that arise from biodiesel. With future growth of biodiesel consumption in many ways dependent on tax policy in addition to the quotas set in the RFS, the paper goes over the maze of federal and […]

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BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

BIO report says RFS has displaced 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil in its 10 years

August 24, 2015 |

In Washington, over its 10-year lifespan, the Renewable Fuel Standard s (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589.33 million metric tons, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) finds in an analysis released Monday. The major findings of the […]

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RFA hits out at motorcyclists association for spreading myths about E15

RFA hits out at motorcyclists association for spreading myths about E15

August 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association has released the following statement in response to a press release issued by the American Motorcyclist Association, in which the group calls on motorcycle riders to support legislation that would amend the renewable fuel standard (RFS) by prohibiting gas stations from selling fuel that contains more than 10 percent ethanol, and […]

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Ethanol production holds steady while nationwide stocks increase slightly

Ethanol production holds steady while nationwide stocks increase slightly

August 19, 2015 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says last week’s ethanol production held steady at 965,000 barrels per day. Stockpiles rose slightly at 32,000 barrels with increased stocks across all regions except for the West Coast, where supplies fell by 217,000 barrels. The ethanol blending rate reached about 9.33%, below the blending Wall of 10%. Gasoline […]

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IRS publishes tax code for biodiesel tax credits

IRS publishes tax code for biodiesel tax credits

August 19, 2015 |

In Washington, the IRS has published a notice that informs claimants about the federal income tax treatment of credits under § 6426(c) and (d) of the Internal Revenue Code that are paid in cash under the one-time claim submission process of section 160(e) of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (Act), Pub. L. No. […]

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RFA says Indiana oil refinery shutdown shows need to rely less on fossil fuels

RFA says Indiana oil refinery shutdown shows need to rely less on fossil fuels

August 17, 2015 |

In Washington, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the BP 240,000-barrels-per-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which has caused gasoline prices to spike in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin, and could cause prices to increase in other Midwest states. “The Whiting refinery […]

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