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What does biofuel really mean to Big Commodity?
Posted September 16, 2009

 

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WASDE: Record soy oil stocks projected

USDA boosted its projections for the U.S. corn and soybean crop in its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report issued Sept. 11.READ MORE

Manitoba biodiesel mandate kicks in Nov. 1

Manitoba is continuing its role as a leader in the development and support of biofuels by becoming the first province to implement mandated biodiesel, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau announced Sept. 10. "Today's announcement of a biodiesel mandate once again reinforces Manitoba's reputation as an innovator when it comes to the development of the biofuels industry," said Rondeau. "Biodiesel will benefit Manitoba's agricultural communities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 56,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 11,000 cars off the road annually."READ MORE 9-16

Darling, Valero apply for DOE loan guarantee

The nation's largest independent renderer, Darling International Inc. has teamed up with Valero Energy Corp. to apply for a U.S. DOE loan guarantee to build a facility capable of producing over 10,000 barrels per day (135 MMgy) of renewable diesel on a site next to Valero's St. Charles oil refinery near Norco, La.READ MORE

Biofuels corridor promoted for Ohio Route 33

An Ohio partnership has declared U.S. Route 33 from Columbus, Ohio, to the Ohio River a Biofuels Corridor. Non-profits Rural Action Inc. and Clean Fuels Ohio along with Hocking College Energy Institute are promoting the use of biodiesel along the highway corridor. The objective is to have at least six retail biodiesel fueling points and buses from at least three school districts using biodiesel along the four-county route. Part of the initiative to inform potential suppliers and users that Ohio has grant money available for both biodiesel dispensing stations at the retail level and for the incremental cost difference between petroleum diesel and biodiesel for K-12 school buses.READ MORE

Ever Cat brings new process online

Ever Cat Fuels LLC announced its plant in Isanti, Minn., is officially in operation as of Sept. 11. "We believe this is a major step towards energy independence in the United States," said Clayton McNeff, chief science officer. "This commencement of plant operations on Sept. 11, eight years after the horrific attacks on America perpetrated by terrorists, is especially meaningful as we honor those whom were lost on that dark day in history."READ MORE

BMW presents new diesels at Frankfurt Auto Show

The 63rd International Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, started Sept. 15 with several interesting diesel debuts from BMW AG, said Dirk Arnold, BMW product communications manager. BMW only has two diesel models offered in the U.S.-the X5 xdrive35d and 335d models-but the automaker has a wide portfolio of compression motors available in Europe. Earlier this year, BMW announced the introduction of a 3.0 liter twin turbo diesel engine and is introducing the 740d in Frankfurt for sale in 2010, along with the 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition, which emits only 109 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. "We have several new diesel offerings in Europe, where they are selling quite well," Arnold said.READ MORE

B20-approved models considered "flex-fuel" under EPA proposed rule

The U.S. EPA issued a 1,200 page document yesterday in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlining an "historic national program" that would dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy for new cars and trucks sold in the United States. Notably, the proposed rule includes flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) credits for auto manufacturers. The proposed rule would treat B20-capable vehicles the same as ethanol/gas FFVs. It would apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, covering model years 2012 through 2016.READ MORE
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