Category: Biofuels

Oil industry accuses administration of political motive in ethanol rules

The administration has yet to finalize the long-delayed 2014 biofuels proposals, but the American Petroleum Institute said Thursday the government may raise the ethanol requirements beyond previous predictions to help a Democrat locked in a closely matched U.S. Senate race in Iowa.  More »

Biorefineries planned for South Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, the company’s chief operating officer, said Monday that NFR BioEnergy will convert sugar cane waste, known as bagasse, into hardened energy pellets for use as fuel at global power plants.  More »

Iowa Senate candidates stress support for ethanol

Ethanol production has become a key issue in Iowa’s closely matched U.S. Senate race, with both candidates pledging support for an industry that is important to the state’s corn-powered agricultural economy  More »

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

Project Liberty is a $250 million joint venture between a Netherlands biotechnology company and POET, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol maker.  More »

Valero restarts ethanol plant

Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11.  More »

EPA sends biofuel mandates to White House

The White House is now reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned quotas for renewable fuels, a major milestone in the long path to setting this year’s biofuel mandates.  More »

Biofuels demand up for aviation, marine industries

Demand for biofuels in the aviation and marine industries has expanded rapidly in recent years, a new report finds.  More »

Gulf dead zone should be smaller than 2013, tied to ethanol production

The annual Gulf of Mexico dead zone — which scientists tie to Midwest agriculture including ethanol production — is expected to be slightly smaller than last year but still around 5,000 square miles.  More »

KiOR hires investment bank to explore sale

KiOR, based in Pasadena, announced it had hired Guggenheim Partners  More »

Area biofuels company gets extension on Mississippi loan

KiOR, the Pasadena-based firm that has led efforts to develop biofuels from non-food sources but is struggling financially, has gotten an extra four months to resume payments on a loan from the state of Mississippi.  More »

Oil group: Biofuel delay risks gas price swings

The federal government is already seven months late in setting biofuel quotas for 2014, with the risk that tardiness will translate into volatile gasoline prices, the oil industry’s leading trade group said Wednesday.  More »

Pain at the Pump

With Memorial Day behind us, the summer driving season is “officially” underway. Predictably, the price of gasoline is rising. AAA has warned motorists’ gasoline prices are expected to remain high this summer, a reoccurring trend. Since 1995, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated two types of gasoline formulas be used – summer and winter […]  More »
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