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  1. July 14, 2014

    François Hollande pledges tax cuts to boost reforms

    François Hollande has promised tax cuts for “hundreds of thousands” of French taxpayers next year as he pledged to...

  2. June 23, 2014

    New milestone for biofuels from waste

    The history of the advanced biofuels industry resembles nothing so much as the alchemists’ pursuit of the Philosopher’s...

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  1. May 18, 2014

    Brazil’s ‘first ethanol billionaire’ hits at petrol price curbs

    Rubens Ometto, the sugar cane tycoon, has described government petrol price controls as a “disaster”, in a rare outburst for...

  2. March 28, 2014

    Ethanol jumps on supply crunch

    The world’s biggest biofuels market is straining under a supply crunch. US prices for corn-based ethanol have leapt by...

  3. February 16, 2014

    Bumper profits threaten US ethanol support

    The US ethanol industry is enjoying bumper profits again, placing it in an awkward position as it battles plans by the Obama...

  4. November 15, 2013

    US tries to put brake on ethanol mandate

    The Obama administration has formally moved to put the brakes on US biofuels as it juggles conflicting pressures from two of...

  5. November 6, 2013

    Italy leads biofuels ‘revolution’ hopes

    In contrast to a welter of gloomy commentaries over Italy’s inability to compete globally, a locally led international...

  6. October 29, 2013

    ADM warns against cut in biofuels mandate

    Archer Daniels Midland has cautioned US officials against a change to biofuels policy as Washington considers cutting an...

  7. October 17, 2013

    Petrobras: Unfulfilled potential

    Pharaoh’s motel in the industrial outskirts of São Paulo is typical of Brazil’s 5,000 secretive “love hotels” found in the...

  8. October 14, 2013

    US ethanol credits slump after leak

    A precipitous decline in the market for US ethanol credits accelerated after a leaked proposal showed Washington examining...

  9. October 11, 2013

    US eyes cutting ethanol usage

    The US would ratchet back its ethanol consumption mandate for the first time under a proposal that would ease costs for oil...

  10. September 23, 2013

    E85 hopes up as US refines biofuels needs

    The US ethanol industry is reaching for a stronger brew in a last, best hope to avert a looming quandary in federal biofuels...

  11. September 2, 2013

    US struggles with sugar surplus

    The US government is struggling to shore up the domestic sugar market as it tries to stave off federal loan defaults by...

  12. August 14, 2013

    US ethanol biofuels mix hits the oil ‘blendwall’

    In the slow-motion collision between US biofuels policy and the “blendwall”, it looks like the wall will be left standing....

  13. August 6, 2013

    US biofuel mandate change hits ethanol credits

    The US government plans to cut back its biofuel mandate for the first time next year, in a victory for oil companies that...

  14. July 15, 2013

    US ethanol credits soar to fresh high

    The price of US ethanol credits has notched a new high as oil companies scramble to comply with a biofuels mandate that...

  15. June 19, 2013

    Traders look to Brazilian motorist for sugar’s salvation

    Can the Brazilian motorist save the sugar market? As the world’s largest sugar producer and exporter faces another bumper...

  16. May 6, 2013

    Support for corn as ethanol output hits 10-month high

    The US ethanol industry is setting a floor beneath corn futures markets as it rebounds from months of losses and plant...

  17. April 9, 2013

    Brazil expects bumper sugar crop

    Expectations of a bumper Brazilian cane crop weighed on sugar prices, as bears were undeterred by harvest delays caused by...

  18. April 7, 2013

    Oil traffic surge strains US trains

    The train that stands on the track running past the Union Pacific railroad’s Davidson Yard in Fort Worth, Texas, is one that...

  19. March 20, 2013

    Bloated biofuels

    Bill Gates observed recently that it took “an IQ of 80” to realise that the defunct US ethanol tax credit was a bad policy....

  20. March 17, 2013

    US refiners count cost of ethanol credits

    The US refining industry’s lustre is dimming with investors as it faces billions of dollars in new costs related to biofuels...

  21. March 12, 2013

    Rally in ethanol credits ends with plunge

    The price of US ethanol credits plunged by more than a third, reversing a spectacular rise that prompted oil companies to...

  22. March 11, 2013

    Oil groups warn of biofuel risk to prices

    Spectacular moves in an obscure biofuel market threaten to lead to higher US petrol prices and even localised shortages in...

  23. March 11, 2013

    Cut in fuel use reignites ethanol debate

    “Wow, I’m going to double-check that number, it’s crazy,” exclaims Jeff Hove as instant messages flash up on his computer...

  24. March 10, 2013

    Brazil ethanol industry set for tax cut

    Brazil is set to cut taxes this month in the country’s ethanol industry as the government looks to throw a lifeline to the...

  25. March 6, 2013

    US ethanol credits surge 1,400% this year

    The niche market for US ethanol credits has started the year with a furious rally that underscores concerns about the...

  26. February 26, 2013

    Brazil sugar surplus hits prices

    Sugar hit a two-and-a-half-year low as prospects of large supplies from Brazil continued to weigh on prices. Production from...

  27. February 25, 2013

    Highlights from the USDA annual conference

    Like seedlings emerging from winter dormancy, discussion of US food commodities returned to the agenda at the annual US...

  28. February 12, 2013

    Ethanol rally boosts Brazilian biofuel industry

    Brazil’s biofuel industry has received a boost as the country’s ethanol price has risen above the value of sugar for the...

  29. February 10, 2013

    Lobbyists fight over ethanol subsidies

    A lobbying war has broken out in Washington as an unlikely coalition of the oil industry, environmentalists and aid groups...

  30. November 16, 2012

    US will not ease corn ethanol mandate

    The White House on Friday rejected requests to halt a government mandate to blend billions of gallons of corn-based ethanol...

  31. November 6, 2012

    Deal to produce biggest ethanol trader

    Copersucar, Brazil’s biggest sugar exporter, is to take control of US-based Eco-Energy, creating the world’s largest ethanol...

  32. October 26, 2012

    BP drops ‘second generation’ ethanol plant

    BP has cancelled plans to build a $300m ethanol plant in Florida in another blow to hopes that “second-generation” biofuels...

  33. October 16, 2012

    Brussels to unveil new biofuels policy

    The European Commission will on Wednesday present a revamp of its policy for biofuels despite furious objections from the...

  34. October 1, 2012

    Ethanol plant to boost biofuel output

    One of Europe’s biggest ethanol plants is poised to start production in northern England, part of a surge of biofuel...

  35. September 17, 2012

    Brussels rethinks rules on biofuels

    The European Commission is to overhaul rules encouraging the use of biofuels amid concerns that the policies may have...

  36. August 20, 2012

    Waive the fuel

    “Never waste a crisis,” they say. Rising corn prices caused by the drought in the US have created both an incentive and an...

  37. August 14, 2012

    Ensus bio-refinery to resume production

    Europe’s largest bio-refinery, the £300m Ensus plant on Teesside, is to resume production following a 15-month shutdown....

  38. August 12, 2012

    Drought stokes debate over biofuel

    When Barack Obama arrives in corn-growing Iowa for a three-day tour on Monday, he will be confronting a fierce debate over...

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