Tag: Washington

Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March

Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March

August 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration Agency data shows ethanol production fell slightly last week to an average of 1.072 million b/d while stocks rose by of 94,000 barrels to their highest level since mid-March at 1.189 billion barrels. Even inventories in the East Coast region rose 48,000 barrels on the week as […]

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Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

August 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley says that following discussions with the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he no longer believes that that controversial proposal to generate RINs from ethanol exports is still an option for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The acting administrator has been coy about what reforms were likely to […]

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DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks

DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks

August 14, 2018 |

In Washington, to improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, Department of Energy scientists are using different layers of information (about the relationships between genes, and between genes and phenotypes) combined with new computational approaches to integrate […]

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FDA approves Brazilian GMO sugarcane

FDA approves Brazilian GMO sugarcane

August 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded recently that raw and refined sugar produced from Brazil’s first genetically-modified sugarcane variety, called CTC20BT and developed by the CTC, is safe. The US FDA focused its safety assessment on sugar because it is the main sugarcane-derived product imported to the US from Brazil. In addition to […]

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USDA announces opening of biorefinery loan guarantee program

USDA announces opening of biorefinery loan guarantee program

August 9, 2018 |

In Washington, the USDA announced the solicitation of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program to provide guaranteed loans to fund the development, construction, and retrofitting of commercial scale biorefineries using eligible technology and of Biobased product manufacturing facilities that use technologically new commercial scale processing and […]

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DOE launches RFI regarding the scale-up of catalysts

DOE launches RFI regarding the scale-up of catalysts

August 8, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) to understand research, capabilities and yet-to-be addressed challenges pertinent to production scale-up of catalysts for the conversion of biomass and waste streams. Additionally, through this RFI, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks to understand enhancement capabilities of process development […]

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA seek comments on CAFE  and GHG standards

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA seek comments on CAFE and GHG standards

August 6, 2018 |

In Washington, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) propose to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards, covering model years 2021 through 2026. The agencies are calling for stakeholders to submit comments […]

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EIA says ethanol production capacity has passed 16 million gallons per year

EIA says ethanol production capacity has passed 16 million gallons per year

August 1, 2018 |

In Washington, fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached more than 16 billion gallons per year, or 1.06 million barrels per day (b/d), at the beginning of 2018, according to EIA’s most recent U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report. Total listed, or nameplate capacity, of operable ethanol plants increased by 5%—more than […]

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New EPA administrator to continue issuing hardship waivers but with more transparence

New EPA administrator to continue issuing hardship waivers but with more transparence

August 1, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress that between appropriations that “remind” the agency to grant hardship waivers to small refineries as well as the fact that the EPA lost two lawsuits during the Obama administration for not granting enough waivers, his agency will continue to issue […]

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DOE launches Lab Partnering Service

DOE launches Lab Partnering Service

August 1, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched the Lab Partnering Service (LPS), an on-line, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. This tool will provide industry with a more efficient way to harness technical expertise and intellectual property housed […]

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