Ethanol & Biofuels

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Industry & Facility

Appellate Judges Grill U.S. EPA, Refiners in RFS Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments recently in an ongoing suit by oil industry groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s delays in implementing the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard and the problems associated with refiners purchasing costly Renewable Identification Number credits to comply with the federal mandate.

Prices

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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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.