Recent Biofuels

New biomethane tariffs in force from 12th February

Today (10/02/2015) DECC has informed us that the changes announced in the government response to the biomethane tariff review are planned to come into force on 12th February, following successful passage through Parliament in January. Changes coming into force are summarised below: New tariffs • A new tiered tariff structure to the biomethane injection to […]

President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request Proposes Increased Funding for BETO

President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request was released Monday, proposing funding levels for the U.S. Department of Energy, including $246 million for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). This budget would be a $21 million increase from BETO’s enacted budget for FY 2015 and would include an increase for all Office programs: Feedstocks, Conversion […]

Pekin’s Century-old ‘Sugar House’ has evolved into the Fifth Largest U.S. Ethanol Producer

The old Sugar House has been through a lot of changes over the years. That’s the name “old timers” like Larry Whitehouse still use to describe the ethanol plant operated by Aventine Renewable Energy in Pekin, the site of a sugar processing plant that first went into operation in 1899. When sugar beets didn’t work […]

New Enzyme Speeds Up Biomass-to-Sugar Conversion

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed an enzyme—called CelA—that can convert biomass such as trees, grasses, and agricultural residue to sugars up to 14 times faster and much more cheaply than competing catalysts used in biofuel production. If the enzyme performs well in larger tests, it could help drive down […]

GreenShift Receives Notices of Allowance on Three New Corn Oil

GreenShift Corporation (OTCQB: GERS) announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently issued Notice of Allowances for the following U.S. Pat. Application Nos.: – 13/450,997 titled “Methods of Processing Ethanol Byproducts and Related Subsystems” (the “‘997 Patent Application”) on December 19, 2014; – 13/185,841 titled “Method and Systems for Enhancing Oil Recovery […]

Update on the Medium Combustion Directive

Last year REA was notified by Defra of a new, significant piece of EU Legislation intended to regulate emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from medium combustion plants. The legislative proposal has been published by the European Commission (COM(2013) 919 final 2013/0442 (COD)), referred to as the MCP (Medium Combustion Plant) Directive. […]

Heron Lake Bio Energy facility fuels America’s roadways using energy efficient technology

Energy efficiency projects expected to achieve cost savings while reducing impact on environment From the Midwest cornfields to the highways and interstates across the country, Heron Lake Bio Energy is using energy efficiency to fuel America’s transportation industry. Heron Lake Bio Energy is an ethanol producing facility in Heron Lake, Minnesota. The facility produces 59 […]

Aemetis, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Revenues of $48.3 million Payments of outstanding debt of $8.6 million Adjusted EBITDA of $6.1 million Operating income of $4.6 million Net income (after interest) of $0.5 million or $0.02 per share Cash and cash equivalents of $5.5 million EB-5 funds in escrow of $21 million as of this report Senior debt paid down to […]

Autumn Statement has announced the end of tax-advantaged venture capital schemes

The Autumn Statement, which announced the removal of EIS/VCT, has the following key statements: “1.167 To better target the tax reliefs, the government will exclude all companies substantially benefiting from other government support for the generation of renewable energy from also benefiting from tax-advantaged venture capital schemes, with the exception of community energy generation undertaken […]

Biomethane Sustainability – Current GHG target to remain for the time being

DECC has released a note (see also below) on biomethane sustainability and updated timings for biomass sustainability overall, in which they confirm that they will not include a conversion efficiency value or network losses in the life-cycle GHG savings for biomethane. The GHG target is therefore a maximum of 34.8gCO2e/MJ at the point of injection. […]