When Price is Right FFV Drivers Choose #Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

When fuel prices are competitive, drivers of flex fuel vehicles (FFV) will fill up with high-ethanol blends such as E85 according to a new article published in Energy Policy. Authors Sébastien Pouliot and, Bruce A. Babcock also found that the recently finalized RFS requirement for 2017 for 15 gallons of conventional biofuels is in fact achievable with current infrastructure and …

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US Government Challenging Abengoa Bankruptcy Plan

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Ethanol

KSCB News is reporting that Shell has been outbid for the cellulosic ethanol biorefinery owned by Spain-based Abengoa Bioenergy in Hugoton, Kansas. Synata Bio Inc, who owns the cellulosic ethanol technology formerly owned by Coskata, bid $48.5 million for the shuttered ethanol plant as part of Abengoa’s bankruptcy. In October, Shell put in a bid for $26 million and according …

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New Engineered Bacteria Aids #Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Research

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor James Steele has engineered and patented a new bacteria that aids in ethanol production. The Winder Bascom professor of food science specializes in food, beverage and biofuel fermentation and as such seen first hand how during the fermentation process beer and wine can often be contaminated with lactic acid bacteria. When this occurs lactic acid is …

biofuels, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Research

Study Looks at Biofuel Crops, Land Change & Climate

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Climate Change, Indirect Land Use, Research

A new study has looked at how converting land to grow biofuel crops impacts greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at the DOE Argonne National Laboratory found that in the past analyses only looked at the changes in the amount of carbon stored in the soil and vegetation of these converted lands that were previously forests, grasslands or pastureland. So the research …

biofuels, Climate Change, Indirect Land Use, Research

WEO-2016 Finds Renewables, Natural Gas Future Winners

Joanna Schroeder bioenergy, biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change

According to the 2016 World Energy Outlook (WEO-2016), the winners to reach energy demand growth through 2040 will be renewables and natural gas. The annual report is published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and finds that the era of fossil fuels is long from over. Natural gas will continue to expand and coal and oil usage will decrease. This …

bioenergy, biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change

#Ethanol Industry Reacts to Increased RVO’s

Joanna Schroeder ACE, biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Iowa RFA, NCGA, RFS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its the final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The rule has increased the conventional biofuels category that includes corn ethanol, to 15 billion gallons per year, up from 14.8 billion proposed back in May. With the news, the biofuels industry has come out to applaud the …

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RFA Thanks EPA for #Ethanol Commitment

Joanna Schroeder Audio, biofuels, E15, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is thanking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by increasing renewable volumes across the board for 2017. This includes raising the conventional biofuel category back to where the statute intended – 15 billion gallons per year from 14.8 billion gallons as proposed in May of 2016. …

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Biofuture Platform Announced During COP22

Joanna Schroeder advance biofuels, bioenergy, biofuels, Climate Change, Environment

One of the first transportation-fuel related climate initiatives was announced during COP22 this week. The Biofuture Platform was launched in COP22 host country Marrakech by co-hosts Brazil and Morocco, and is a coalition formed to accelerate development and scale up deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, industrial processes, chemicals, plastics and other sectors. …

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GRFA Calls For Global #Biofuels Commitment at COP22

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Ethanol

With COP22 under way, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is calling for a global commitment to biofuels as countries transition to low-carbon economies. Bliss Baker, GRFA president, says that biofuels such as ethanol are proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 40 percent to 90 percent as compared to fossil fuels. Prior to COP22, the United Nations released …

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Natural Chem Acquires Abengoa #Ethanol Plant

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Ethanol

Another Abengoa plant has been sold. Natural Chem Group (NCG) has acquired the ethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico via a bidding process. The new owner has plans to re-purpose the facility into an Eco-Fuels Blend Terminal with the ability to produce 4.5 million gallons of B20 biodiesel each month. The biodiesel blend will be blended with diesel at the …

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