Argentina and Ghana drive ethanol industry forward
For this weekly round-up, Argentina has increased their required blend of ethanol in gasoline by 2%; a company in Ghana will start producing cellulosic ethanol from cassava; and, the US EPA has proposed a new rule that may be of interest to ethanol plants.
On a tour of Argentina’s poorer Northern provinces, Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced an increase to the required blend of ethanol in gasoline to 12 percent from the current 10 percent. The additional ethanol will be derived exclusively from sugar cane and will benefit struggling sugar farmers in the region. Read the full article on AgWeek.
Caltech Ventures, a cassava cropping and processing company at Hodzo, in the Ho Municipality, will begin producing ethanol from cassava, a starch rich energy crop grown in the area, by March of this year. This will be the first attempt at ethanol production in Ghana with major implications for the region. Read the full article on News Ghana.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with specific provisions related to biogas and ethanol. Under the proposed rule, ethanol plants will be required to report if their facility uses a wet or dry milling process and recovery of biogas generated by anaerobic processes during industrial wastewater treatment would need to be measured. Public comments on the proposed rule are being accepted through Feb. 29. Read the full article on Ethanol Producer.
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