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China Cancels Ethanol Imports as Tax Hike Threatens Trade
(Monday, January 16, 2017) Chinese buyers have cancelled up to seven cargoes of ethanol due to arrive by the end of March, sources said, the first sign that a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand from the world's fastest-growing market.

USDA Analysis Says Ethanol's Environmental Benefits Better Than Forecast
(Thursday, January 12, 2017) The U.S. government on Thursday said that ethanol made from corn is better for the environment than previously expected in a report boosting the country's biggest biofuel a week ahead of a new administration that has some in the industry concerned.

Africa's First Grid-connected Biogas Plant Powers Up
(Tuesday, January 10, 2017) A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa's first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national grid, cutting the carbon emissions associated with oil-powered generation.

China to Plough $360 Bln into Renewable Fuel by 2020
(Thursday, January 05, 2017) China will plough 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country's energy agency said on Thursday, as the world's largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels.

U.S. EPA Seeks to Ban Genscape from Verifying Renewable Fuel Credits
(Thursday, January 05, 2017) Genscape has 60 days to oppose the EPA notice, and the company can continue to verify credits until the agency issues it final order.

Union Statement: Minnesota Refinery Facing Possible Strike
(Wednesday, December 28, 2016) Western Refining's plant in St. Paul Park, Minnesota could be headed for a strike at the beginning of the year.

Icahn Says Others on 'Trump Team' More Skeptical on Ethanol
(Tuesday, December 27, 2016) Billionaire Carl Icahn said there are others on the president-elect's team who have even deeper criticisms of the program.

Honda Begins Deliveries of Fuel-cell Cars in Southern California
(Tuesday, December 20, 2016) Honda Motor Co Ltd said customer deliveries of its hydrogen fuel-cell car, dubbed Clarity Fuel Cell, began on Monday at select Honda dealerships across Southern California.

Petrobras to Sell Ethanol Unit Stake to Sao Martinho for $133 Mln in Shares
(Thursday, December 15, 2016) Brazilian oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA has agreed to sell its 49 percent stake in the sugar and ethanol joint venture Nova Fronteira Bioenergia SA to partner São Martinho SA, both companies said in securities filings on Thursday.

U.S. Renewable Fuel Credit Prices Drop After News of Trump's EPA Pick
(Thursday, December 08, 2016) The drop in prices for RINs also weighed on U.S. gasoline futures and refining margins, traders said, noting that falling RIN prices incentives fuel production and higher inventorieR.

Biofuel Producers Blast EU for Slashing Crop-based Fuel Use
(Thursday, December 01, 2016) European biofuel producers said a proposal by Brussels to nearly halve the level of crop-based biofuel used in the European Union by 2030 was a U-turn in policy that would threaten jobs and boost animal feed and crude oil imports.

Death of Castro Could Free Cuba to Produce Biofuels
(Thursday, December 01, 2016) Cuba currently produces 96 percent of its energy with fossil fuels, around 60 percent of which are imported.

Shell Studies Green Energy Deals to Prepare for Future After Oil
(Wednesday, November 30, 2016) "The idea that you can just be a very clever observer and step in when the moment is right, forget about it," Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Reuters.

Valero, Long a Critic of Ethanol Law, Joins U.S. Biofuels Group
(Tuesday, November 29, 2016) A subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., a long-time critic of America's ethanol mandate, has joined the Renewable Fuels Association, one of the industry's biggest trade groups.

Brazil Weighs New Ethanol Policy as Mills Focus on Sugar
(Monday, November 28, 2016) The Brazilian government is preparing a program to stimulate ethanol production with the aim of curbing the country's gasoline imports, the energy minister said on Monday, at a time when local refining capacity is expected to plateau.

Big Corn Beats Big Oil as U.S. Hikes 2017 Biofuel Targets
(Thursday, November 24, 2016) The U.S. government will require energy companies to use a record amount of biofuel next year.

Finnish Government Lifts Biofuel Targets
(Thursday, November 24, 2016) Finland's centre-right government said on Thursday it planned to lift the share of biofuels blended in transport fuel to 30 percent by 2030 to help meet the country's emissions reduction targets.

U.S. Boosts Refiners' 2017 Biofuel Quotas to Record Levels
(Wednesday, November 23, 2016) The 2017 quotas are certain to increase pressure on Congress and President-elect Donald Trump to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard.

EU Considering Halving Crop-based Biofuels by 2030 - Draft
(Tuesday, November 22, 2016) The European Commission is considering halving the maximum amount of crop-based biofuels used in transport after 2020 over concerns they increase rather than reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft seen by Reuters.

Argentina Biodiesel Producers Fear Losing Access to U.S. Market
(Tuesday, November 22, 2016) Argentina's biodiesel producers fear losing access to the United States, the destination of nearly all their exports, after Donald Trump's surprise victory in presidential elections earlier this month, representatives of the sector said.

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