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NEWS UPDATE October 17, 2014

U.S. gas station constraints complicate 2014 biofuel mandate

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 17, 2014

The Obama administration is trying to balance its support for renewable fuels with awareness of infrastructure constraints at gas stations as it finalizes targets for 2014 biofuel use, agency officials said on Tuesday. But with only 11 weeks left in the year, the administration also needs to weigh oil refiners’ ability to comply with the long-delayed requirements, one official told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit. [ read more … ]

Biofuels plant harbinger of renewable fuel future

By ROXANA HEGEMAN – Associated Press  •    •  Posted October 17, 2014

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as stalks and leaves, for production and thus do not compete for food crops. The second-generation ethanol plant operated by Abengoa, a Spanish multinational corporation, began operating in late September and has the capacity to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol per year. [ read more … ]

Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant

By Abengoa  •    •  Posted October 17, 2014

Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, today announced the official grand opening of its second generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City. The opening was attended by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, Mayor of Hugoton Jack E. Rowden and CEO of Abengoa Manuel Sánchez Ortega. [ read more … ]

Energy Secretary: Kansas biorefinery using plant waste is the future of ethanol production

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted October 17, 2014

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says a commercial biofuels plant opening in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production. Moniz spoke to The Associated Press ahead of Friday’s grand opening of Abengoa’s second-generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. The plant has a capacity to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol per year. [ read more … ]

Nonfood biofuel is new frontier in ethanol

By David Shaffer, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted October 17, 2014

The next big cellulosic-ethanol plants are planned or being built in Brazil, not the United States. Although the U.S. government has spent more than $1 billion to develop cellulosic technology, industry executives recently wrote to President Obama that other countries, including China, could “reap the economic and environmental rewards of technologies pioneered in America.” Most ethanol is fermented from corn kernels. The fuel made at the new Emmetsburg plant is derived from inedible parts of the corn plant. Straw and grasses also can be used because, like corn residue, they contain sugars that cellulosic technology can extract from the fibers. [ read more … ]

Big year for ethanol

AgriView  •    •  Posted October 17, 2014

Ethanol production, consumption and stocks data are typically reviewed on a calendar-year basis because Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) are established for calendar years. But according to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, corn is the major feedstock for domestic ethanol production, ethanol data on a corn marketing year basis (September to August). Therefore are important for monitoring and anticipating marketing-year corn consumption. [ read more … ]

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