Monthly Archives: February 2017

Defense attorney says client charged with biofuel tax fraud got bad legal advice

In New Jersey, the defense attorney for a man charged with participating in a $50 million biofuel tax credit scam says charges should be dropped because his client was given bad legal advice by his previous attorney, claiming conflict of … Continue reading

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Delaware ethanol distribution hub to go ahead following rejection of appeal

In Delaware, Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted against the appeal brought forward by the Audubon Society and League of Women Voters against a planned ethanol distribution hub before the appeal hearing even began. The board voted 5-1 against the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Soybean Processors to invest $240 million in North Dakota soy plant

In North Dakota, Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP) announced that MnSP is taking steps toward construction of a $240 million soybean processing plant – the first of its kind in North Dakota – … Continue reading

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Iowa biodiesel production capacity set to jump 20%

In Iowa, the Iowa Biodiesel Board announced the state’s capacity to produce biodiesel is on the rise by nearly 20 percent, from 334 MMgy to almost 400 MMgy. Expansion projects currently underway or recently completed led to the boost. Biodiesel … Continue reading

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SYNLawn producing biobased PE synthetic turf

In Georgia, SYNLawn is paving the way for the future by introducing a new biobased and environmentally renewable polyethylene (PE) product made from Brazilian sugar cane that is sustainably grown under some of the strictest environmental, social, and industrial practices … Continue reading

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Indian biodiesel industry worried as expiry of excise tax exemption nears

In India, while the biodiesel industry waits for the renewable energy ministry to develop a policy that would promote biodiesel rather than the 2009 law that doesn’t provide sufficient price support, it must instead return every year to the finance … Continue reading

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding how microalgae makes oil

In Japan, scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology lead by Professor Hiroyuki Ohta have made breakthroughs in understanding the mechanisms underlying microalgae’s oleaginous trait by investigating lipid metabolism in Nannochloropsis oceanica. TAGs are synthesized in the extraplastidic Kennedy pathway through … Continue reading

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Trump to force point of obligation shift via Executive Order…or not

In Washington, a representative of the Trump Administration told the head of the Renewable Fuels Association that a non-negotiable executive order shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuels Standard was in the works, so the RFA responded that … Continue reading

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ABLC set to open amidst RFS policy upheaval: ABLC preview, top trends

The 8th Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference is ready to open in Washington, DC just as a major split looms in the ethanol sector, which we report on here. And as the Fuels America coalition dumps RFA, as we report here. Rumors … Continue reading

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Fuels America dumps Renewable Fuels Association over Icahn deal

In Washington, the Fuels America coalition resolved to reject a play by Carl Icahn, owner of CVR Refining, to permanently destabilize the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and has severed ties with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The Fuels America coalition … Continue reading

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The Biobased Economy: Measuring Growth and Impacts

By Brent Erickson, executive vice president, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest BIO continues to be the champion of federal and state policies that help build the biobased economy. Biobased production encompasses a value chain from agriculture, through industrial … Continue reading

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Affordable, drop-in hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 process

The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing ongoing commercialization support. Twelve US and seven international patents have … Continue reading

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Ethanol battle escalates amid rumors of RFA-Icahn deal

In Washington, as the advanced bioeconomy’s leadership headed into town for the annual Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, rumors of a deal surfaced between the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, shifting renewable fuel obligations away from oil refiners, in return for Icahn’s … Continue reading

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Study says ethanol contributed $1.98 billion to Minnesota’s GDP in 2016

In Minnesota, the ethanol industry continued to boost Minnesota’s economy in 2016, contributing $1.98 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). A new study released by ABF Economics, which was commissioned by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, said Minnesota’s ethanol … Continue reading

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Sierra Club files notice of intent to sue EPA for failing to report on RFS

In Washington, the Sierra Club filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failure to conduct triennial reports to congress on environmental and conservation impacts of the renewable fuel standard and failure to conduct anti-backsliding analysis … Continue reading

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Fishkill cause confirmed as wastewater discharge from Roxal Bioenergy

In the Philippines, local authorities have confirmed reports received by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that the rivers of Pontevedra have suffered a fishkill caused by wastewater discharged from the Roxol Bioenergy plant in La Carlota City. Discharge … Continue reading

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China’s January ethanol imports fall 98% on month while seven Q1 cargoes canceled

In China, ethanol imports fell 98% between December and January to just 2,415 cubic meters, the lowest volume in three months due to the implementation of the 30% import tariff. The tariff had been 5% since 2010. Platts reported seven … Continue reading

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Vietnam pushes back switch over to E5 until year’s end

In Vietnam, implementation of the E5 switch over, phasing out non-ethanol blended fuel availability, has been postponed to January 1, 2018 following continued challenges, including lack of consumer confidence in the fuel. Petrol companies have been told to have blending … Continue reading

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South Australia to allow industrial hemp production

In Australia, the South Australian government will back a plan to allow hemp growing for industrial uses including for biofuel. Victoria was the first state to allow hemp production in 1998, followed but all other states except for South Australia … Continue reading

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DOE researchers find brown rot fungi can help with wood biofuel production

In Minnesota, a team of scientists from the University of Minnesota; the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Gyeongsangnam-do Agricultural Research and Extension Services, Republic of Korea; and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found evidence that brown rot … Continue reading

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