Tag: COVID-19

USDA announces additional $700M COVID-19 bailout for biofuel producers

USDA announces additional $700M COVID-19 bailout for biofuel producers

June 15, 2021 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic […]

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Cristal Union’s ethanol losses completely offset by 10x increase in sales for disinfectants in 2020

Cristal Union’s ethanol losses completely offset by 10x increase in sales for disinfectants in 2020

June 10, 2021 |

In France, Reuters reports Cristal Union was able to completely offset the loss in demand for ethanol last year resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic by instead selling 500 million liters of ethanol to make disinfectants. Its sales to the disinfectant market rose 10-fold on the back of the demand for hand and other sanitizers. […]

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Malaysia postpones B20 in Sabah and the peninsula indefinitely

Malaysia postpones B20 in Sabah and the peninsula indefinitely

June 2, 2021 |

In Malaysia, The Edge Markets reports that the government has decided to delay yet again implementation of the B20 blending mandate in both Sabah and on the peninsula, this time without a new target date. The impacts of COVID-19 and the increase in cases was reported as the reason for the decision for further delays […]

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EPA seen keeping 2021 and 2022 RVOs steady with 2020

EPA seen keeping 2021 and 2022 RVOs steady with 2020

May 20, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that sources say that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to keep biofuel blending levels steady for 2021 and 2022 at similar levels as 2020, but the formal proposals are expected to come this summer. They should have already been proposed last year but were […]

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European crush margins turn negative despite prices at six-month highs

European crush margins turn negative despite prices at six-month highs

May 6, 2021 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that European crush margins have again slipped into the red as corn prices in Europe and internationally take a bullish turn as Brazilian and US supplies tighten and Ukrainian prices also strengthen. The negative margins are despite the fact that with European countries easing COVID-related travel restrictions in the near future, […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic still affecting Neste and their 2021 outlook, renewable diesel sales

COVID-19 Pandemic still affecting Neste and their 2021 outlook, renewable diesel sales

May 2, 2021 |

In Finland, Neste reports a resilient Renewable Products business and challenging market in Oil Products to start 2021 off and they expect volatility in the oil products and renewable feedstock markets to remain high due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales volumes of renewable diesel in the second quarter are expected to be on the same […]

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Ethanol production rebounds to pre-COVID levels

Ethanol production rebounds to pre-COVID levels

April 1, 2021 |

In Washington, according to Energy Information Administration data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending March 26, ethanol production rebounded 4.7%, or 43,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 965,000 b/d, equivalent to 40.53 million gallons daily. Production was 14.9% above the same week last year, when output started falling sharply due to […]

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3D bioprinted Casa Covida, lab-grown fish, countertop meat gardens, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 2nd

3D bioprinted Casa Covida, lab-grown fish, countertop meat gardens, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 2nd

April 1, 2021 |

3D printed mud huts, called Casa Covida, are offering Covid-19 quarantine comfort complete with 3 a bedroom, fireplace and bathtub for when you need to separate from others. And you can be like a turtle and carry your house around thanks to the lightweight adobe walls made from sand, silt, clay and water, and printed […]

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Malaysia’s complete B20 roll out delayed until year’s end due to COVID-19 impacts

Malaysia’s complete B20 roll out delayed until year’s end due to COVID-19 impacts

March 29, 2021 |

In Malaysia, The Edge Markets reports the Malaysian Palm Oil Board the further roll out of the B20 mandate has been delayed due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and will reach Peninsular Malaysia by the end of the year. It says the situation in Malaysia is different than in Indonesia so the two countries’ […]

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COVID, EPA blending waivers, India biodiesel blamed for Aemetis lower 2020 revenues

COVID, EPA blending waivers, India biodiesel blamed for Aemetis lower 2020 revenues

March 14, 2021 |

In California, Aemetis, a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on below zero carbon intensity products, reported $166 million in revenues for 2020, compared to $202 million in 2019, primarily attributable to decreases in the production and sales price for ethanol in North America caused by the COVID pandemic and oil refinery blending […]

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