Monthly Archives: June 2015

Amyris agrees funding deal with Total and Temasek

In California, Amyris continues to go from stride to stride this week, now having agreed on key business terms with Total Energies Nouvelles Activités USA (a wholly owned subsidiary of Total S.A.) for restructuring its fuels joint venture to open … Continue reading

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Philippines relaxes E10 on premium gas due to low domestic ethanol production

In the Philippines, the Department of Energy has decided to relax the requirement for 10% ethanol blending in premium 97 octane gasoline in an effort to reduce ethanol import demand following the lack of local production. The circular dated June … Continue reading

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Biomass prices drop by 30% in Lithuania, helping to cut heating costs this winter

In Lithuania, biomass for heating prices are set to be up to 30% lower this next winter which ought to reduce consumers’ heating bills by up to 15% due to feedstock accounting for roughly half of the overall heating bill. … Continue reading

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Iowa’s B11 and higher tax credit comes into effect July 1

In Iowa, the state’s 3 cents per gallon tax exemption on biodiesel blends of 11% and higher is set to come into force on July 1 and be in effect for the next five years. The legislation was signed into … Continue reading

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Methes Energies signs funding deal for $1.25 million

In Nevada, Methes Energies announced that it has entered into agreements with certain institutional investors for a registered direct placement of approximately $1,250,000 of common stock at a price of $0.5435 per share. In addition, the Company will issue to … Continue reading

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Imperial County to discuss $1.5 million loan for California Ethanol + Power

In California, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday to discuss a $1.5 million loan application from the Agriculture Benefit Fund for California Ethanol + Power LLC to build its planned sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol, power and … Continue reading

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University of Illinois researchers makes discoveries into clostridial metabolism

In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development. It … Continue reading

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Hawaiian governor to veto ethanol tax bill, saying it’s unconstitutional

In Hawaii, the governor says he’ll veto a bill passed by the state legislature repealing the tax credit on biofuels because it would eventually be found unconstitutional. Another move made to limit ethanol tax breaks had already been found unconstitutional, … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Donal F. Day, Professor, Audubon Sugar Inst. LSU AgCenter

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Lead organization in development of energycane and sweet sorghum for use as biofuel crops in the deep South Tell us about your role and what you are focused … Continue reading

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Biofuels Digest Index rebounds to 64.40 despite continuing Grexit concerns

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rebounded 0.64 percent to  64.40 despite continuing Grexit concerns and the expected impact on growth.  For the day, Amyris (AMRS) soared 16.77 percent to $1.95 on Total renewable jet … Continue reading

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Sea-Tac wants to be first bioport in the US

In Washington state, the Port of Seattle wants Sea-Tac airport to become the first bioport in the US offering aviation biofuels to all airlines, following in the footsteps of Oslo and Amsterdam. The port commissioners are developing a framework that … Continue reading

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Microvi Biotechnologies demos breakthroughs in biological ethanol production

In California, Microvi Biotechnologies, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production. Microvi’s technology uses engineered biocatalyst composites which have been synthetically designed … Continue reading

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Ethanol production hits record high of 994,000 bpd

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says ethanol production from corn hit a new record high last week of 994,000 barrels per day, 2,000 bpd higher than the previous record hit in December. Corn prices are at near five-year lows, … Continue reading

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More than 61% of Brazilian cane used for ethanol production so far in 2015

In Brazil, 58% of sugarcane harvested in the center-south region during the first half of June went towards ethanol production, and more than 61% during the crush so far, with the remainder going towards sugar. Despite the heavy focus on … Continue reading

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India goes for B20 in ports as new palm oil waste biodiesel plant comes online

In India, Emami Group has recently set up a 300 ton per day multi-feedstock biodiesel facility at Haldia with Desmet Ballestra. Feedstocks include palm oil residues. The company is working with the government to boost use of biodiesel in ports, … Continue reading

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Anderwood Ventures seeks to put up UCO biodiesel plant in Utah

In Utah, Anderwood Ventures wants to process 50 million gallons per year of used cooking oil from a 300-mile radius around St. George to produce biodiesel for use in local school buses. The company says there is enough supply in … Continue reading

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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center gets $8 million ARPA–E TERRA grant

In Missouri, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced it was awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA–E TERRA program. Funds will be used for research to accelerate breeding and the commercial release of economically … Continue reading

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Bipartisan House bill put forward to even playing field for renewable energy investors

In Washington, U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ted Poe (R-TX-02), and Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to a decades-old … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Valentin Perez, Project Manager, SINMT

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. My company is building the first bioethanol plant using sugarcane in Mexico. We will sell ethanol to Pemex and other companies. The scope of the project is not only … Continue reading

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Under Secretary of Energy Franklin Orr: Keynote Address at the DOE Bioenergy 2015 conference

Biofuels are a very important part of America’s economic and energy future. On the geopolitical side, from Ukraine to the Middle East we see events that threaten energy stability. We see domestic manufacturing fighting its way back from Great Recession, … Continue reading

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