Bad bacteria inhabits biofuel

FARGO, N.D. — Biodiesel is, as the name implies, a biological product. It’s susceptible to many of the same problems as other biological organisms — things like bacterial infections. Think about it. Corn, soybean, canola and any other organic substances entering biodiesel refineries are biological. They remain in an organic state, just like cooking oil, […] Read more

Feds consider clean-fuel policy

The renewable fuels industry has a powerful ally in its attempt to maintain or increase biofuel mandates. The Conference Board of Canada has come out in favour of doing just that in a recent briefing entitled Renewable Fuel Standards Within a Low-Carbon Fuel Strategy. Environment and Climate Change Canada is in the process of developing […] Read more

Biofuel plant diversifies into new markets

Company shifts gears to target specialty markets as carbon pricing moves toward renewable and alternate fuels

UNITY, Sask. — North West Bio-Energy Ltd. is moving more into specialty alcohol markets after expanding its ethanol facility two years ago. Chief Executive Officer Jason Skinner said the plant is selling a range of higher grades of alcohol since it added distillation capacity. “When we make fuel alcohol, it’s probably the lowest grade of […] Read more

Ethanol consumption exceeds mandate

Canadians are using more ethanol and less biodiesel than they’re required to, according to a new report. National ethanol consumption was 2.8 billion litres in 2015, or 6.8 percent of total gasoline use that year, according to a report by Ad-vanced Biofuels Canada. The federal mandate calls for a five percent ethanol blend. Biodiesel consumption […] Read more

U.S. biofuel target boosts soyoil, canola

Oilseed prices, including canola, rose following the announcement of new U.S. biofuel targets last week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s overall biofuel target of 19.28 billion gallons for 2017 was larger than expected and the component for advanced biofuels of 4.28 billion gallons, which includes biodiesel from vegetable oil, was particularly strong. On Nov. 27, […] Read more

Prairie ethanol sector hits tough times

The industry says the closing of a plant in Weyburn, Sask., is a sign that all is not 
well in the biofuel sector

A Saskatchewan ethanol plant has shut down because of low fuel prices, high feedstock costs and the loss of government incentives. NorAmera BioEnergy Corp. stopped producing ethanol at its Weyburn plant in May after nine years in business. Chief executive officer Brad Hill said the freefall in crude oil prices to less than $60 per […] Read more

Corn-oil price link weaker but not gone

Analyst says corn prices could fall when ethanol-gas relationship normalizes

The link between crude oil and grain prices is broken, say analysts. Corn moved in lockstep with crude from 2008-10, when the U.S. ethanol industry was expanding and biofuel use mandates in the U.S. and elsewhere were rising. However, that is no longer the case now that no new plants are being built and mandates […] Read more

Biodiesel mandate hike wanted

Industry sets agenda | Canadian Renewable Fuels Association makes six recommendations

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has 2020 vision. The association released its 19 page Evolution and Growth document last week, which sets out a plan that will take the industry through the end of the decade. It includes six recommendations for provincial and federal governments on how they can support the biofuel sector. “These are […] Read more

U.S. corn making much of Canada’s ethanol

Canada’s ethanol mandate is being met in a large part by a torrent of U.S. corn ethanol flooding across the border. The five percent federal mandate requires 2.2 billion litres of ethanol to be blended into the fuel supply annually. Canadian fuel blenders imported 893 million litres of U.S. ethanol in 2012, according to the […] Read more

Biofuel support ignores other factors

Canada, the United States and the European Union have increasingly placed biofuel at the centre of their green strategies in the past decade. Initial studies highlighted the potential for large reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Rural leaders support potential job creation by developing ethanol and biodiesel industrial plants, and farmers hope biofuel can act as […] Read more