BioFuels Journal News and Information for Ethanol and BioDiesel Industries Renewable Fuels Association Commends Sen. Letter to EPA Regarding E15 Volatility Regulation Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:34:49 EST Washington - On Feb. 17, five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more difficult to sell ethanol blends above 10% year-round. The senators asked the administrator to extend the 1-psi RVP waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends, “to eliminate this needless obstacle to consumer choice.” Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen had the following statement: “We applaud Senator Ernst and the other senators for their leadership on this critical issue. "The single most vexing issue facing Renewable Fuels Association Releases Statement on Senate Approval of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:44:39 EST Washington - Today, the Senate approved Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by a 52 to 46 vote. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen had the following statement: “The Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Scott Pruitt on Senate confirmation to become the next EPA administrator. "As Mr. Pruitt said during his confirmation hearing last month, ‘To honor the intent and the expression of the Renewable Fuel Standard statute is very, very important.’ "We could not agree more. "We look forward to working with Mr. Pruitt to ensure the RFS remains on track with strong, American Coalition For Ethanol Congratulates Scott Pruitt For Confirmation as Administrator of U.S. EPA Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:21:36 EST Sioux Falls, SD - February 17, 2017 - Brian Jennings, the Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation and are eager to work with him to help EPA keep the promises that President Trump made about ethanol during the campaign. "EPA and oil company restrictions on the use of higher ethanol blends the last few years have created surplus stocks of corn and put pressure on prices Growth Energy CEO Skor Congratulates Scott Pruitt For Confirmation as EPA Administrator Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:17:20 EST Washington, DC - Today, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response to Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, issued the following statement: “We congratulate Mr. Pruitt on his confirmation as Administrator of the EPA. "We look forward to working with him to carry out President Trump’s strong commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and the issues crucial to the success of the American ethanol industry. “America’s ethanol producers and supporters were instrumental in helping bring President Trump into the White House and are counting on his leadership National Biodiesel Board Commends on Scott Pruitt's Confirmation as EPA Head Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:06:41 EST The statement below can be attributed to National Biodiesl Board in general or to Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel. “We look forward to working with Mr. Pruitt and the EPA as they continue to carry out the Renewable Fuel Standard as enacted by a bi-partisan Congress. "The RFS is working as intended to deliver jobs and American made energy, a major point of emphasis of the Trump Administration. "American-made biodiesel continues to be the fastest growing advanced biofuel in the country and a large portion of that success can be attributed to the success of the RFS.” For more information, ACE Ethanol, LLC to Install D3MAX Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant Technology at Stanley, WI Facility Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:13:46 EST Grand Forks, ND - February 16, 2017 - D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. The pilot facility will be installed at ACE Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, in late February. Installation is expected to be complete by mid-March with startup and testing at the facility taking place over the ensuing two months. “We are very excited to take this next step in developing the D3MAX technology,” says Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3MAX. “ACE (Ethanol LLC) has been an excellent partner in the lead up to the installation Renewable Fuels Association Ures EPA to Retool REGS Proposal to Address Barriers Impeding Renewable Fuels Expansion Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:04:10 EST Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests its recent Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) proposed rule will promote renewable fuels and remove barriers to their production, distribution and consumption. However, the proposal does not adequately address key regulatory barriers that are constraining growth in ethanol production and use, according to comments filed today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). In order to truly promote expansion in renewable fuels production and use, RFA’s comments encourage EPA to take immediate action to eliminate a number of significant regulatory impediments. “While well-intentioned, the REGS rule does not adequately address the key regulatory POET-DSM to Build an On-Site Enzyme Manufacturing Facility in Emmetsburg, IA Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:24:21 EST Sioux Falls, SD - Feb. 16, 2017 - POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. For Project Liberty, the OSM will directly pipe enzymes into the Liberty production process without requiring downstream processing, stabilizers and other chemicals required for enzyme transportation. New enzymes developed by DSM are also expected to improve effectiveness of the enzyme mix, further reducing costs for the process. CRB has been awarded the contract for the design, engineering and construction management. Biotechnology Innovation Organization Submits Comments on EPA's Proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support Rule Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:16:35 EST Washington, D.C. - February 16, 2017 - The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule. BIO supports EPA’s ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section, stated: “BIO supports inclusion of additional biofuel feedstocks and pathways under the RFS program, and we support EPA’s proposal to allow biofuels from biointermediates produced in a separate facility to be eligible for the program. "We urge EPA to take a more Green Biologics and Jungbunzlauxer Collaborate on Bio-Based Plasticizers Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:36:34 EST Ashland, VA and Abingdon, Oxfordshire U.K. - February 14, 2017 - Green Biologics, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Green Biologics Ltd., a U.K. industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals company, announced today an exclusive collaboration with Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH, the German operating unit of Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG in Basel, Switzerland. In February 2017, Jungbunzlauer received its first shipment of 100 percent renewable BioPure™ n-butanol from Green Biologics’ production facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. Jungbunzlauer aims to produce bio-based CITROFOL® BI (tributyl citrate) and bio-based CITROFOL® BII (acetyl tributyl citrate) for its customers with commercial shipments beginning next month. “Jungbunzlauer is an outstanding