Monthly Archives: April 2018

Japan’s about-turn on US ethanol imports seen as pre-empting trade war

In Brazil, Reuters reports that local ethanol producers will take a hit when Japan starts importing US ethanol instead of Brazilian, accusing the country of backsliding on its environmental commitments by choosing corn-based ethanol rather than lower GHG ethanol made … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Japan’s about-turn on US ethanol imports seen as pre-empting trade war

Eco-Energy extends marketing contract with Pinal Energy for three more years

In Tennessee, Eco-Energy announced a three-year contractual extension with Pinal Energy – a 55 million gal/yr plant in Arizona. Eco-Energy has been Pinal Energy’s ethanol marketer since 2014. “At Eco, our core focus is on our Alliance plant partners and … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Eco-Energy extends marketing contract with Pinal Energy for three more years

POET overtakes ADM as largest ethanol producer

In Iowa, Reuters reports that as ADM scales down its ethanol production to 1.6 billion gallons of installed capacity, POET has filled the gap and taken over the former’s spot at top US producer with 2 billion gallons expected by … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on POET overtakes ADM as largest ethanol producer

Ethanol crush margin slides to three-week low as maintenance period ends

In Illinois, Platts reports that the crush margin for corn-based ethanol fell to three-week lows of 5.94 cents/gal Friday with an eye on ethanol production coming back online over the next few weeks as maintenance season comes to an end. … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Ethanol crush margin slides to three-week low as maintenance period ends

Texas and Kansas ethanol producers pick up cheap sorghum thanks to China

In Texas, Reuters reports that ethanol producers in Texas and Kansas are benefiting from the import deposits of 178.6 percent China slapped on sorghum—the crop’s main export marketing—sending prices tumbling into a deep discount. Conestoga Energy Partners bought up nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Texas and Kansas ethanol producers pick up cheap sorghum thanks to China

Estimates for palm oil prices already factor in Malaysian elections

In Malaysia, the Edge Markets reports that key analyst Dorab Mistry believes risk from the country’s upcoming elections this year are already built into the price and with current supply and demand estimates, he expects a range of $612.56-$689.13 per … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Estimates for palm oil prices already factor in Malaysian elections

University of Bristol researchers design entirely new synthetic protein molecules within E. coli

In the UK, researchers in the Schools of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the University of Bristol are working to boost cellular productivity of biofuels at a fundamentally scientific level in order to create innovative, sustainable solutions. Collaborating with scientists from … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on University of Bristol researchers design entirely new synthetic protein molecules within E. coli

RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada release analysis of proposed Clean Fuel Standard

In Canada, Canada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders – Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), together representing almost 50 member companies –released the results of a new study on the economic impact of Canada’s upcoming Clean Fuel Standard … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada release analysis of proposed Clean Fuel Standard

The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials

Origin is a new kind of chemical company, focused on the future of materials science. By finding value in underutilized feedstocks like cardboard, wood waste and agricultural residues, they invent new and better materials for humanity. Origin’s Kim Raiford gave … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials

Marathon Petroleum to acquire Andeavor for $23B

In Ohio, Marathon Petroleum agreed to acquire Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) for $23.3 billion, based on MPC’s April 27, 2018, closing price of $81.43. ANDV shareholders will have the option to choose 1.87 shares of MPC stock, or $152.27 in cash … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Marathon Petroleum to acquire Andeavor for $23B

Neste posts highest ever quarterly result

In Finland, oil refiner and biofuel producer, Neste, posted its highest ever quarterly result, helped by a U.S. tax break and profitable biofuel production, according to Reuters. Shares jumped more than 12% after the first-quarter report showed operating profit of … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Neste posts highest ever quarterly result

RFA to CARB: Ethanol Plays Key Role in LCFS Success Story

In Washington, D.C., ethanol has played a key role in the success of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and is poised to make even greater contributions to the state’s climate policy objectives if certain regulatory actions are taken to allow … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on RFA to CARB: Ethanol Plays Key Role in LCFS Success Story

Novozymes posts first-quarter earnings

In Denmark, Novozymes posted first-quarter earnings slightly above forecasts but sales through its BioAg alliance with U.S. seeds company Monsanto Co were hit by Indian tariffs, according to Reuters. Novozymes posted operating profit (EBIT) of 1.016 billion Danish crowns ($166.43 … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Novozymes posts first-quarter earnings

UK supermarket chain bans palm oil from its products

In the United Kingdom, the supermarket chain Iceland decided to ban palm oil from its own products by the end of 2018 which has led to recent criticism from palm oil producers and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council who say … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on UK supermarket chain bans palm oil from its products

Ethanol production settled below 1 million b/d for first time in 15 weeks

In Washington, DC, ethanol production averaged 985,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.37 million gallons daily—down 25,000 b/d from the prior week, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. This is the first time in 15 weeks that … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Ethanol production settled below 1 million b/d for first time in 15 weeks

Value of grain and rapeseed declines relative to oil price

In Germany, UFOP reports that trade agreements are exacerbating pressure on prices for grain and rapeseed and that the development of prices for food and feed uses lags behind that of prices for the “fuel value” of these feedstocks. Brent … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Value of grain and rapeseed declines relative to oil price

Vietnam raising environmental tax on petrol, affects biofuel

In Vietnam, the Ministry of Finance’s amendment to the Environment Protection Tax Law is drawing protests from biofuel producers as it impacts E5. Starting in July, every liter of petrol will be charged an additional VND1,000 in environmental tax. Tran … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Vietnam raising environmental tax on petrol, affects biofuel

Researchers produce caproate from food waste

In Ireland, University of Ireland researchers were able to produce caproate, a precurser molecule to form oil-based products, from food waste, using microbes as a way to convert the food waste to an energy source. The team collected food waste … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Researchers produce caproate from food waste

Missouri Biodiesel Coalition launched to expand biodiesel usage

Missouri may be known for the largest beer producing plant in the nation (the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis) or for Kansas City’s many fountains (more than any city except Rome), but it is making news today for another reason. … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Missouri Biodiesel Coalition launched to expand biodiesel usage

Isobutanol: Now on the Radar for USA

By Jess Hewitt, RIN and Isobutanol Expert, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a comment period for the registration of the use of Isobutanol in gasoline.  Why is this important?  Because since … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiesel Report | Comments Off on Isobutanol: Now on the Radar for USA