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NEWS UPDATE September 25, 2014

Branstad: EPA chief misled ethanol producers, farmers

Chris Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 25, 2014

As the White House moves closer to a decision on how much ethanol should be included in the gasoline supply, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad charged the head of the agency overseeing the mandate with being misleading in her support for renewable fuels. In an interview, Branstad said Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, promised during an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in August of 2013 that she was supportive of renewable fuels and was focused on repairing strained relations between the farming community and the regulatory agency. It was one of her first speaking engagements after taking the job a month earlier.
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U.S. produced record 3.5M gallons of cellulosic last month

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 25, 2014

The nation produced nearly 3.5 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel in August, more than all the other months of the year combined and the most production ever for a single month, U.S. EPA reported. Before August, year-to-date production of cellulosic biofuel was slightly greater than 62,000 gallons. Last month, EPA reported 4,156 gallons of cellulosic biofuel production, while the previous two months both recorded zero production. [ read more … ]

GranBio starts cellulosic ethanol production at 21 million gallon plant in Alagoas, Brazil

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted September 25, 2014

World’s largest-known cellulosic ethanol project to date comes online in Brazil in record time. In Brazil, GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1, unit built in São Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 million liters of ethanol per year (21.6 million US gallons) The 2G ethanol produced by GranBio is the cleanest fuel produced on a commercial scale in the world in carbon intensity – 7.55 gCO2/MJ, as confirmed by the Air Resources Board in California. No other fuel produced on a large scale is better for the environment and reversing climate change than that of GranBio, the first producer of 2G ethanol to have the carbon footprint approved by the American agency. [ read more … ]

Biofuels made by Fort Collins firm to power Southwest, military jets

By Howard Pankratz, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted September 25, 2014

The $200 million plant will convert woody biomass — bark, sawdust, tree branches and needles from a local sawmill — into jet, diesel and naptha fuels, Kulesa said. He said about half the production will go to the military, the other half to Southwest. Kulesa said the jet fuel bound for Southwest will be shipped by rail to Stockton, Calif., and blended with traditional jet fuel. It then will be trucked to nearby airports in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose. [ read more … ]

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