BioFuels Journal News and Information for Ethanol and BioDiesel Industries Growth Energy Releases Statement Defending E15 Fuel Bill and Consumer Choice Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:41:15 EDT Washington, D.C. - Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement in response to Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) floor speech today in opposition to the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517): “This bill is about protecting consumer choice year-round for a legal fuel that is better for the environment, improves engine performance, and saves Americans money at the pump. "We stand firm that Congress should put the needs of consumers ahead of the oil industry. “E15 is a federally approved fuel for all cars made since 2001. "It boosts octane, saves consumers up to 10 cents per gallon, and Renewable Energy Group Commends CA Lawmakers For Approving Pro-Low Carbon Fuels Legislation Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:16:49 EDT Ames, IA - July 19, 2017 - Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) lauded California lawmakers for approving pro-low carbon fuels legislation that included a ten year extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program and pioneering Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which encourages greater use of biomass-based diesel. With a bi-partisan, 2/3 supermajority vote, legislators passed A.B. 398, extending the cap-and-trade program and LCFS from the programs’ initial end date in 2020 through 2030. “As a leading provider of lower-carbon biomass-based diesel in California and North America, REG is thankful to Golden State legislators for these forward thinking actions that will further improve National Biodiesel Board Welcomes SolFuels USA, LLC as New Member Company Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:09:25 EDT The National Biodiesel Board welcomes the new membership of SolFuels USA, LLC. SolFuels brings more than 25 years of experience as a fuel supplier to NBB’s already broad membership base. NBB brings value to members through a strong advocacy presence in Washington, D.C. and in state capitals across the country, a robust technical program, communications resources, and much more. “We are pleased Solfuels USA sees the value of being a part of the biodiesel industry’s premier association and that they are joining our membership in advancing this industry,” said Brad Shimmens, Director of Operations and Membership. “NBB values each of U.S. Department of Energy Awards $40 Million to Four Bioenergy Research Centers Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:03:27 EDT Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. The centers—each led by a DOE National Laboratory or a top university—are designed to lay the scientific groundwork for a new bio-based economy that promises to yield a range of important new products and fuels derived directly from nonfood biomass. Initial funding for the four centers will total $40 million for FY 2018, with plans for National Biodiesel Commends Trump Administration on Nominating Steve Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:25:20 EDT Washington, DC - On July 13, 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) issued the following statement from CEO Donnell Rehagen: "President Trump’s pick of Steve Censky to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture is an outstanding step forward for agriculture and the countless related markets, like biodiesel, that play a key role in supporting our economy. "Steve implicitly understands the immeasurable benefits that agriculture and related products deliver, as well as the ongoing challenges we face. "We are thrilled to see Steve take on this new role with the administration, and we know he will continue to advance America’s successful Renewable Fuels Association Celebrates 15 Years of E-15 Market Availability Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:54:44 EDT Washington - Five years ago this week, 15% ethanol (E15) blends debuted in the marketplace, offering consumers a new lower-cost, higher-octane fuel option at the pump. On July 10, 2012, Kansas became the first in the nation to offer E15. Since that time, the growth of E15 availability has expanded, with nearly 900 stations in 29 states currently offering the fuel blend. In June 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave final approval for the sale and use of E15 in light duty vehicles made since 2001, representing nearly 90 percent of today’s automotive fleet. Meanwhile, manufacturers of more than 80 Growth Energy Applauds American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat For Victory at GLOC Shootout Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:02 EDT Washington, DC - On Sunday, July 16, the American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat took home “Top Gun” honors at the Grand Lake of the Cherokees (GLOC) Shootout with a 200-mph run. The American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat boat routinely finishes in the top of its field in competition, breaking its own record at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout last year with a speed of 217 mph. The boat is owned by Don Onken, a supporter of American agriculture, innovator in the industrial recycling space, and an ardent supporter of American Ethanol. The boat runs on an E90 ethanol blend and Renewable Fuels Association Congratulates Glacial Lakes Energy on 15th Anniversary and New Unit Train Shipping Facility in Watertown, SD Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:27:42 EDT Washington - Fifteen years ago, RFA member company Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) began production at its existing 100-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Watertown, SD. GLE was initially formed in May 2001 and began production at its Watertown plant in August 2002. The operation had an initial production capacity of 40 million gallons per year, but underwent an expansion in 2007 to its current production capacity. The Watertown plant uses more than 43 million bushels of locally grown corn every year and also produces nearly 340,000 tons per year of high-quality distillers grain. GLE also operates a Siouxland Ethanol Reports Positive Results From MSW Energy Recovery Project Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:31:31 EDT Siouxland Ethanol reports that the performance of the MER (MSW Energy Recovery) project for its first month of operation exceeded expectations. The natural gas usage for the month of June was lowered by 17.8%, from 23,200 BTU’s per gallon to 19,058 BTU’s per gallon. This exceeds the performance guarantee from MSW Consulting, Inc. of a 15% reduction in natural gas usage. This will result in nearly $1 million in savings on an annualized basis. Siouxland Ethanol expects additional reductions in natural gas usage and cost savings by further optimizing the MER system to its operation. DuPont Industrial Biosciences Enters Strategic Partnership With Bock UK Ltd. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:03:42 EDT Birmingham, UK - June 28, 2017 – On June 28, DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and silage storage specialists Bock UK Ltd (Bock) announced a strategic partnership where Bock will demonstrate DuPont’s biogas enzyme technology at commercial scale in the U.K. market. The enzyme technology, OPTIMASH® AD-100, has been shown to help biogas producers in the agricultural sector improve yields and process robustness, which ultimately can increase customers’ revenue and profitability while simultaneously increasing offerings in renewable energy. DuPont intends to provide its OPTIMASH® AD-100 enzyme biotechnology, an innovative and easy to use liquid enzyme product that has been shown to produce