China to end VAT on imports of DDGS

A value-added tax (VAT) of 11% on imports into China of distillers dried grains (DDGS) will be scrapped, Reuters reported last week, citing the country’s foreign ministry.   While anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on DDGS imports from the US, the world’s largest exporter of the

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DowDuPont puts Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant up for sale

DowDuPont Inc (NYSE:DWDP) plans to sell its cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, according to a company statement, cited by media. The facility, with a capacity of 30 million gallons (114 million litres) per year, was opened only two years ago with an aim to

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China’s SDIC targets ethanol production

China’s State Development & Investment Corp (SDIC) wants to become the country’s leading ethanol producer with plans to achieve annual output of 4 million to 5 million tonnes per year in three to five years, Reuters reported, citing company officials.   SDIC has already started

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Environment MEPs propose 35% EU renewables target by 2030

The European Parliament’s environment committee on Monday proposed a higher 2030 renewable energy target for the EU of 35%. According to the environment Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) at least 35% of the EU’s energy consumption by 2030 should be met with renewable sources

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Spain’s ethanol use jumps in Aug

Ethanol consumption in Spain jumped 22.5% month-on-month in August to 21,646 tonnes, Platts reports, citing official statistics by CORES, which manages Spain’s strategic oil reserves. The rise was well ahead of the 2.6% monthly increase in gasoline sales, translating into a blending rate of 4.63%,

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Aemetis secures site for cellulosic ethanol plant in California

Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ:AMTX) said today it has signed a lease in Riverbank, California that provides for the construction of a plant to produce cellulosic ethanol from waste orchard wood and nutshells. The 55-year lease is at a former US Army munitions facility, which is located

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Mossi Ghisolfi ponders sale of biofuels operations in Italy – report

Italian chemicals and bioplastics group Mossi Ghisolfi is mulling over the possibility of selling its local biofuels operations, an informed source told Reuters. The group has picked Mediobanca to manage the sale process, which has drawn interest from a series of private equity and industrial

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Ethanol producers move to diversify

Ethanol producers are turning to alternatives to combat depressed prices and slim profit margins, Bryan Cave LLP said in an alert last week. The US ethanol industry is expected to reach record output in 2017, which, combined with current high inventories, has put pressure on

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US studies highlight opportunity for pellets from ethanol crop residues

Making biomass pellets from ethanol crop residues can be a billion-dollar business opportunity for agricultural states in the US, according to studies commissioned by а California-based sector player. The studies focus on Iowa and Nebraska, which are large ethanol produces, and look into the case

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US ethanol sector eyes African market

The US Grains Council (USGC), an export-oriented trade body, is looking to develop opportunities for US ethanol exports in Africa, which it says represents a significant potential source of demand. Efforts include promoting the development of ethanol supportive policies across the region, the organisation said

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