New clean fuel standard proposals worry growers

Canadian farmers say Ottawa’s clean fuel standard should not burden those who grow the feedstock for biofuels. Grain Farmers of Ontario last week said they had deep concerns about current proposals from Environment Canada because they contain land-use restrictions. For example, a discussion document proposes buffer zones around riparian areas. On Twitter, farmers across Canada […] Read more

If gasoline consumption falls by 15 to 20 percent over the next two months it could reduce 2019-20 corn consumption by 120 to 170 million bushels, according to Todd Hubbs, assistant professor of agricultural commodity markets at the University of Illinois. | File photo

COVID-19 expected to hit biofuel sector hard

COVID-19 is expected to wreak havoc on the biofuel sector and that is already depressing corn and other grain prices. “Biofuel producers are under desperate strain,” Emily Skor, chief executive officer of Growth Energy said in an email. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen before.” Growth Energy is the leading biofuel trade association in the […] Read more

Biofuel forecast may prop up prices

International Energy Agency says global production will increase to 130 billion litres by 2024 from 110 billion this year

One of the main pillars propping up the grain and oilseed sector won’t be crumbling any time soon, according to an intergovernmental organization. Biofuel production is expected to increase 25 percent over the next five years, based on an outlook prepared by the International Energy Agency. If the forecast proves true, it will help underpin […] Read more


Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has promised to increase the renewable content in diesel fuel to five percent if the Progressive Conservatives are re-elected Sept. 10. | File photo

Increase in biodiesel mandate becomes Man. election promise

Manitoba trucks may soon be burning more biodiesel. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has promised to increase the renewable content in diesel fuel to five percent if the Progressive Conservatives are re-elected Sept. 10. Right now, diesel fuel in Manitoba must contain two percent biodiesel. Canola industry associations praised Pallister for the biodiesel commitment, saying canola […] Read more

The biofuel industry is pleased that Ottawa has decided to separate liquid fuel from gaseous and solid fuels and to develop that standard first.  |  File photo

Biofuel sector hopes for big role in clean fuel strategy

Environment Canada is scheduled to release details of its proposed clean fuel standard this week. It is holding meetings with stakeholders in Ottawa, where it will disclose particulars, such as what share of the 30 million tonne reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 will be allocated to each fuel stream. “That’s something that people have […] Read more


Milligan Bio-Tech Inc. is one of the few canola biodiesel plants operating in Western Canada. Canola growers are happy to have a home for off-grade canola.  |  File photo

Milligan Biofuels is back

Milligan Biofuels wasn’t out of business long. The Foam Lake, Sask., biodiesel manufacturer that was forced into receivership on February 1 has been purchased by a small group lead by a local farmer. “We’re going to put those assets back to use and hopefully create employment,” said Glenn Helgason, who operates a 14,000 acre grain […] Read more

System maps out best bio-energy sites in Alta.

Called BRIMS, the application tells investors how much agriculture supply there is to help decision making


Companies looking to invest in biofuels or other bio-resources can now more easily look for places to set up in Alberta, thanks to a new online resource. The application, called the Bio-Resource Information Management System, or BRIMS for short, was developed by Alberta Innovates, an arms-length government agency, and Silvacom, a consulting and software company […] Read more

The company from Foam Lake, Sask., was well known in Western Canada for its ability to take oilseeds that were mostly destined for farm pits and turn them into useful products.
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Milligan BioFuels shuttered

Milligan BioFuels has entered receivership. The company from Foam Lake, Sask., was well known in Western Canada for its ability to take oilseeds that were mostly destined for farm pits and turn them into useful products. The company that is managing Milligan’s finances has suggested that it will be entertaining offers to sell it as […] Read more


Quicker, cheaper biofuel production in the works

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, have developed a biofuel production method they say is quicker, cheaper and safer than other methods. It involves pre-treating agricultural crop waste with carbon dioxide at high temperature and pressure in water before it is fermented. Cigdem Eskicioglu, an associate professor of engineering, said this process known […] Read more

Biodiesel is a biological product, susceptible to all the enemies that might attack any liquid organic material.  The sample of black biodiesel has turned this colour because of oxidation.  Oxidation is caused by hot fuel returning to the tank, thus creating a reaction similar to coking, says Eric Lawson of MegCorp Consulting in Minnesota.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

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