China to revive corn-based ethanol amid record-high stocks

After a decade-long ban, China is set to resume building new corn-based ethanol plants. The sudden change in policy comes after record high corn stocks due to deterioration of corn which made it unsuitable for human or animal consumption. Currently, local governments in China’s northeast provinces have proposed to build more than a million tons of annual corn-based capacity. Furthermore, state-owned food group COFCO has agreed to build two ethanol production facilities, each with a capacity of 300,000 tons per year. Read the full article on Biofuels Digest.

Renewables overtake coal in Q3 electricity generation

The third quarter of 2015 saw a significant 31% increase in renewables generation from the same period in 2014. Currently, renewables are the third largest contributor to the United Kingdom’s electricity generation, after gas and nuclear power. Between July and September of 2015, renewables provided 14.3TW of generation, or 20% of daily electricity output. Overall, renewables contribute 20.2% of total energy generation with 32% of that coming from biomass. Read the full article on Bioenergy Insight.

Poll shows strong support for RFS, ethanol in Iowa

A new survey conducted by Selzer & Company shows strong support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In Iowa, 79% of Republican and 90% of Democrat caucus-goers think the RFS is good for the nation. Furthermore, 76% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans said they would be more inclined to vote for a presidential candidate that supports the RFS. Read the full article on Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Five new biofuels manufacturing plants in U.S., Canada to produce jet fuel

Aviation biofuels took one step closer to being a reality this week with the announcement of a partnership between SG Preston, a bioenergy company, and IHI E&C, an engineering, procurement and construction company. By the year 2020, there will be at least five facilities online throughout the Midwest with a renewable jet and aviation fuel capacity of 1.2 billion gallons. Read the full article on Biofuels Digest.

India exempts biodiesel input material from central excise tax

On October 19 the Indian Government through The Department of Revenue at the Ministry of Finance issued a notice stating it is exempting goods used for the production of biofuels from the central excise tax. Biofuel companies like Indian subsidiary Universal Biofuels Private Ltd. are now exempt from the 12.5% tax giving them the opportunity to invest more into their biofuel operations in the country. Shortly after the tax exempt notice, Biofuels Private Ltd. announced that they now plan to double production capacity from 50 MMgy to 100 MMgy. Read the full article on Biodiesel Magazine.

UPM to begin field testing of wood-based biodiesel fuel in bus traffic

UPM announced this month that they will start conducting field tests of its wood-based diesel fuel in urban buses. In previous studies the wood-based fuel has scored well in comparison to other high quality biofuels in efficiency, effectiveness and amount of pollutants released. Over the next year, UPM will be testing the biofuel on four identical Volvo Euro VI class buses that will be operated as regular bus routes between the Finnish cities of Kerava and Helsinki. Read the full article on Biofuels Journal.

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Evan V.

I'm a Social Media Specialist for Novozymes currently managing the Bioenergy team's social media presence. I like digital marketing, dark roast coffee, and disc golf.