Tag: Washington

Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

October 20, 2014 |

In Washington, the Institute for Energy Research has released a new analysis regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to change the definition of cellulosic biofuels to include liquefied and compressed natural gas produced from biogas and landfills, and the impact it will have on the RFS, saying it is more proof that the policy is […]

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EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

October 15, 2014 |

In Washington, the EPA says that infrastructure constraints at gas stations, better known as the blend wall, is one of the reasons keeping the agency from announcing the 2014 RFS. Falling gasoline demand has meant less ethanol was required to hit that blend wall of 10%. It also says it is conscious of the period […]

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Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

October 14, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and confirmed what many private analysts had already reported – the U.S. corn crop is going to break last year’s record production by a substantial amount. Total production is now projected at 14.475 billion bushels, 550 million […]

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DOE announces $13.4 million in awards

DOE announces $13.4 million in awards

October 13, 2014 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy announced $13.4 million for five advanced biofuels and bioproducts projects focused on integration last week. The University of Wisconsin of Madison, Wisconsin will receive up to $3.3 million to develop a process to produce high value chemicals from biomass, which can be used as plasticizers (an additive in certain […]

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EIA sees higher ethanol and biodiesel production in 2015

EIA sees higher ethanol and biodiesel production in 2015

October 9, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency expects ethanol production to hit 933,000 barrels per day in 2015, up from its 2014 estimate of 927,000 barrels per day. For biodiesel, the agency sees biodiesel rising to 84,000 barrels daily in 2015, up from 81,000 in 2014 but still well below the 87,000 barrels seen in 2013. […]

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Man gets three years in federal prison for ethanol investment scam

Man gets three years in federal prison for ethanol investment scam

October 7, 2014 |

In Washington state, Robert J. Braun has pleaded guilty to five counts of wire and securities fraud related to a fake ethanol plant investment he tried to sell to investors. He will spend three years in federal prison and must return $1.5 million to investors. Of the 60 investors, they have recuperated about 1% of […]

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Sens. Thune and Klobuchar want USDA to study impact of rail delays on ag

Sens. Thune and Klobuchar want USDA to study impact of rail delays on ag

October 2, 2014 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack calling on USDA to conduct an economic analysis of the rail service challenges facing agricultural shippers. Thune and Klobuchar’s letter cites […]

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RFA releases updated guidelines for quality control and assurance

RFA releases updated guidelines for quality control and assurance

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released an updated version of its guidelines to help companies establish successful quality control and quality assurance programs. “This document underscores the commitment of the Renewable Fuels Association to help ethanol producers provide the highest product quality with the highest product integrity,” said Kristy Moore, RFA’s vice president […]

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Oil and rail industries want seven years to retrofit rail cars

Oil and rail industries want seven years to retrofit rail cars

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the oil and rail industries are pushing back against proposed regulations that would require them to retrofit tank cars that transport volatile liquids, including ethanol. The federal government has proposed a two-year timeline to retrofit the oldest cars, while the industries are pushing for up to seven years, saying doing it faster will […]

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USDA to reinstate monthly grain and oilseed reports

USDA to reinstate monthly grain and oilseed reports

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the USDA will begin publishing its grain and oilseed reports again next year after having stopped in 2011. Data will include information on dry and wet alcohol milling as well as oilseed crushing. Key will be the resumption of the soybean crush reports for the biodiesel industry. The USDA will begin reaching out […]

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