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Major site isses week of March 31, 2014

April 7, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Our apologies for the site being unstable last week.  We experienced some major issues with our hosting provider and the site was unusable with extended load times.   It looks like these issues have been resolved and BFC is back to provide the latest and most relevant news related to renewable and biofuels production and their use.   Should you experience any issues, please drop us a note and let us know.  BFC   Thank You for your support.   -BFC   Share this article :ShareGoogleTwitterFacebookDiggLinkedInPinterestPocketTumblrDeliciousBlinklistRedditStumbleUponTechnorattiNewsvineYahooPrintEmailLike... [Read the full story]

Biodiesel

Local and national biofuel production threatened by EPA

June 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Fuels Standard, which the administration expects to finalize in June, could severely impact biodiesel production locally and nationally, says Blue Ridge Biofuels founder Woody Eaton.   The Asheville-based business creates about 1 million gallons of biodiesel each year and works with about 1,000 local restaurants and companies. According to a press release from Biodiesel.org, the RFS proposal would maintain a biodiesel standard of 1.28 billion gallons — the same as 2013 — for 2014-15. This number falls significantly below the actual... [Read the full story]

Biofuels

Biomass researchers in Ind. get $12M federal grant

June 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Purdue lands $12M for fuel-from-plants research   Purdue University has landed a follow-up $12 million federal grant to do research in getting fuel from plants. The funds, to be doled out over four years, go to the Purdue-led Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, called C3Bio, based at Discovery Park in West Lafayette. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy gave an initial $20 million grant to the center. The center will use the new funding in part to research how to produce biofuels that closely resemble gasoline and aviation fuel in molecular makeup and energy density,... [Read the full story]

Ethanol

Biomass researchers in Ind. get $12M federal grant

June 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Purdue lands $12M for fuel-from-plants research   Purdue University has landed a follow-up $12 million federal grant to do research in getting fuel from plants. The funds, to be doled out over four years, go to the Purdue-led Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, called C3Bio, based at Discovery Park in West Lafayette. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy gave an initial $20 million grant to the center. The center will use the new funding in part to research how to produce biofuels that closely resemble gasoline and aviation fuel in molecular makeup and energy density,... [Read the full story]

Energy

Biomass researchers in Ind. get $12M federal grant

June 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Purdue lands $12M for fuel-from-plants research   Purdue University has landed a follow-up $12 million federal grant to do research in getting fuel from plants. The funds, to be doled out over four years, go to the Purdue-led Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, called C3Bio, based at Discovery Park in West Lafayette. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy gave an initial $20 million grant to the center. The center will use the new funding in part to research how to produce biofuels that closely resemble gasoline and aviation fuel in molecular makeup and energy density,... [Read the full story]

Producer News

Oshawa council seeks ethics probe into ethanol plant decision

August 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Oshawa council seeks ethics probe into ethanol plant decision   Disagreement is heating up over an ethanol refinery to be built in Oshawa, with the city’s council calling for an investigation into the relationship between the federally controlled Oshawa Port Authority, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and FarmTech Energy Corp., the company building the plant. The port authority approved the controversial $200-million project for Oshawa’s waterfront in a closed-door meeting Aug. 9. At a special meeting last week, council fired back. Mayor John Henry was directed to ask that the federal... [Read the full story]

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Biomass researchers in Ind. get $12M federal grant

Purdue lands $12M for fuel-from-plants research   Purdue University has landed a follow-up $12 million federal grant to do research in getting fuel from plants. The funds, to be doled out over four years, go to the Purdue-led Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, called C3Bio, based at...

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Corn Ethanol and Brazil

In Brazil, ethanol is equated with sugarcane.   Travelling through the interior of Sao Paulo state, you see miles of densely packed lush cane fields and cane ethanol accounts for over a third of light vehicle fuel consumption. But ethanol is also being produced from corn in Mato Grosso, Brazil’s No. 1 grain...

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Midwest ethanol production margin declines

US estimated ethanol margin tumbles 15.5% to four-month low   The estimated production margin for a typical US Midwest dry-mill ethanol plant for the week ended Friday fell 13.88 cents, or 15.5%, to a four-month low of 75.64 cents/gal, US Department of Agriculture and Platts data showed. As ethanol prices continued...

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Corn and Soybeans Gain on Bets U.S. Flooding to Damage Crops

Corn capped the first weekly gain since early May and soybeans rose on speculation that production will be curbed by excessive rain in the U.S., the world’s top producer of both crops.   Some areas of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska have received more 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain this month,...

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Ethanol is Caught in the Middle

Nearby ethanol futures were unable to move in any significant direction Monday with narrow fractional gains in front-month July futures being offset by fractional losses in other nearby summer and fall contract months.   The news stories focusing on China’s announcements that they will not import dried distillers...

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Distillers Grain, Corn Oil Aid Ethanol Profitability

Ethanol profitability in Iowa is the best ever, as the ethanol industry has created a financial revival for rural America.   Article by the Mason City Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/…). Walt Wendland, CEO of Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler, Iowa, said in a recent speech, that the strength of the industry,...

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Supreme Court rebukes EPA, but mainly leaves intact program to deal with carbon emissions

The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration’s only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming.   But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional...

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POSTED: 06/23/2014

Is ethanol to blame for increase in meat prices

Beef prices up 11 percent from last year   If you’ve been in a grocery store, you’ve seen what has been going on with meat prices. “We have to readjust our budget,” said shopper Sandra Beekmann. She’s probably isn’t alone. According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, prices have hit an all-time...

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POSTED: 06/3/2014

Local and national biofuel production threatened by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Fuels Standard, which the administration expects to finalize in June, could severely impact biodiesel production locally and nationally, says Blue Ridge Biofuels founder Woody Eaton.   The Asheville-based business creates about 1 million gallons of biodiesel...

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POSTED: 06/2/2014

Spot Ethanol Prices Mixed in Lackluster Session

Spot ethanol prices were mixed in thin trade Monday with buyers and sellers far apart on pricing, suggesting an impasse.   “It’s … the first day of [trade for] the month,” said a source. “Buyers still hope that the backwardation will be real … sellers expect it to roll up.” Prompt...

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