Ethanol & Biofuels

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Volatile Ethanol Futures, Spot Weigh on RIN Prices

Front-month May ethanol futures gained 1.2% last week on the Chicago Board of Trade as traders remained attentive of rail car availability for shipping product out of the ethanol-rich U.S. Midwest and return times from major hubs for repeat delivery to key consuming markets.

Technology

Siluria's Quest to Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Natural gas is the most abundant pure-source hydrocarbon in the world; however, between 5% and 10% of it is typically flared or massively underutilized.Enter: Siluria Technologies. The San Francisco, Calif.-based gas-to-liquids technology developer plans to change that practice by enabling an economical and practical way for converting methane – the principal ingredient in natural gas – into liquid fuels and chemicals.

Industry & Facility

Cool Planet Funding Garners Significant International Investor Interest

Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Cool Planet Energy Systems recently secured $100 million in Series D funding. All of Cool Planet’s current strategic and venture investors supplemented their prior investments, and the company significantly broadened its investor base with more than 50% of equity funds from new investors coming from outside the U.S.

Policy

Iowa Senate Unanimously Approves Biofuels Bill

The Iowa Senate on April 1 unanimously voted (48-0) to pass Senate File 2344, which will extend the state’s biodiesel production tax credit that’s set to expire at the end of this year for five years and enhance the state’s E15 retailer tax credit to help alleviate extra costs to Iowa retailers who want to offer the biofuel blend as a registered fuel during the summer driving season.

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International Developments
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Investors Could 'Catalyze' Advanced Biofuels Move - Report

Global commercial volumes of advanced biofuels – those derived from non-food crops – could help reduce climate risks and avoid environmental and social conflicts associated with conventional food crop-based biofuels, according to an investor briefing issued April 2 by London-based EIRIS, a leading global provider of environmental and social governance ratings and research to responsible investors.

Industry & Facility

Marathon’s Speedway Sees E85 Potential

It has been widely debated recently that in order for the U.S. to break through the E10 “blendwall” – the maximum allowable amount at which no more than 10% ethanol content can be blended in the gasoline pool – increased availability and higher consumption rates of mid- to high-ethanol blends such as E15 and/or E85 will be needed.