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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1KXO Radio is reporting that the Imperial Irrigation District Directors have approved a $2.5 million grant for California Ethanol and Power for its processing plant located in Keystone Industrial Park in California’s Imperial Valley. The proposed $500 million facility would produce an estimated 66 million gallons of ethanol per year from 55,000 acres of locally grown sugarcane. At the same time, the project expects to generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity.
  • The European Commission has provided EUR 88,5 million in grants of NER 300 investment subsidies for the biofuel refinery planned by Kaidi in Ajos, Kemi.  The subsidy, which is directed towards producers of renewable energy, was initially granted in 2012 for the realization of a biofuel refinery planned by Vapo. Vapo halted the project in 2014. The funds will be used to complete the project.
  • The European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility that explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing conventional and advanced ethanol producers, welcomes the Commission’s commitment to assess the future role of low carbon fuels in Europe’s transport through a science-led approach.
  • Attendees at the STN Expo had their first opportunity to experience Blue Bird’s new Vision CNG bus, along with Blue Bird’s newest offering, the Vision Gen 4 Propane bus. It features Blue Bird’s industry-exclusive Ford/ROUSH CleanTech powertrain.  The new Type C Vision Gen 4 Propane bus exceeds emission standards, with virtually zero emissions, and has better fuel economy than other propane-fueled school buses due to the bus’ EconoShift optimization.
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