Tag: Washington

EPA may release 2014 RFS at last this spring

EPA may release 2014 RFS at last this spring

January 22, 2015 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency may at last finalize the 2014 RFS this spring. The statement was made during the National Biodiesel Board conference this week and then was confirmed by the EPA that the timing seemed on track but no more specifics were given.

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QCCP and Syngenta join the Advanced Ethanol Council

QCCP and Syngenta join the Advanced Ethanol Council

January 19, 2015 |

In Washington, Quad County Corn Processors and Syngenta have joined the Advanced Ethanol Council. The two companies are currently engaged in a joint venture to develop, license and deploy Cellerate — a “bolt on” cellulosic ethanol process technology easily integrated into existing corn ethanol production processes. The integration of this technology into QCCP’s 35 million […]

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Tom Buis criticizes Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake’s Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015

Tom Buis criticizes Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake’s Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015

January 19, 2015 |

In Washington, Senators Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015, which Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis claims is recycled legislation that is “extremely shortsighted.” He said it seeks to appease the wishes of Big Oil and Big Food, is based on false information, and is ignorant of the environmental […]

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US biodiesel market shrunk in 2014 due to policy uncertainty

US biodiesel market shrunk in 2014 due to policy uncertainty

January 15, 2015 |

In Washington, the U.S. biodiesel market shrunk in 2014 amid policy uncertainty in Washington that destabilized the industry and caused many biodiesel plants to shut down or reduce production. According to EPA data released Jan. 15, total U.S. biodiesel consumption fell to 1.75 billion gallons for the year, down slightly from nearly 1.8 billion gallons […]

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New policy report offers suggestions on how to take into account food systems

New policy report offers suggestions on how to take into account food systems

January 15, 2015 |

In Washington, to aid U.S. policymakers and other stakeholders who make decisions about the nation’s food system, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council offers a framework for assessing the health, environmental, social, and economic effects of proposed changes to the system. The report also offers six examples to illustrate […]

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Washington development agency looking for new biodiesel operators

Washington development agency looking for new biodiesel operators

January 13, 2015 |

In Washington state, proposals to take over operations at the biodiesel plant at the Odessa Public Development Authority are being accepted until Jan. 30. The former tenants, TransMessis Columbia Plateau, stopped production last fall and the agency has been looking for a new operator ever since. The agency borrowed $4.2 million from the Energy Freedom […]

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Advanced biofuels production capacity in North America reached 800 million gallons in 2014

Advanced biofuels production capacity in North America reached 800 million gallons in 2014

January 7, 2015 |

In Washington, North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than 800 million gallons in 2014, up from the previous year and almost double the capacity in 2011, according to a new market report unveiled today by the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). This is the highest capacity since E2 […]

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USDA may regulate GM sorghum as noxious weed

USDA may regulate GM sorghum as noxious weed

January 6, 2015 |

In Washington, the USDA is contemplating regulating a GM sorghum variety developed by Ceres as a noxious weed. The company developed the variety using a “gene gun” to create an energy crop with more biomass and higher sugar content than others that would increase ethanol yields. The USDA can’t regulate the crop under its biotechnology […]

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PNNL researchers determining best environment for cyanobacteria yields

PNNL researchers determining best environment for cyanobacteria yields

January 5, 2015 |

In Washington state, rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their own food hold promise as host organisms for producing chemicals, biofuels and medicine. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and The Pennsylvania State Univ. are closely studying one of these photosynthetic species of fast-growing cyanobacteria using advanced tools developed […]

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US Grains Council sees Cuba as major market for DDGS exports

US Grains Council sees Cuba as major market for DDGS exports

December 31, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Grains Council says that coarse grains exports could increase dramatically if United States-Cuba diplomatic relations are fully normalized, with the island nation having the potential to become the 12th largest market for U.S. corn if trade is truly open. The United States has sold corn to Cuba each marketing year since […]

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