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October 22, 2014

Dinneen: ‘Elections matter’

BY Tom BryanTwo weeks from Election Day, Bob Dinneen told grain and animal feed buyers gathered in Seattle that whichever party controls Congress next year will “have the gavel” on energy and agriculture but lack the power to advance or upset biofuels policy. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents

BY Erin VoegeleCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Urban Air Initiative calls new EPA emission models flawed

BY Urban Air Initiative A computer model that states use to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative and could effectively block access to the market for higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research The bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Maple Energy announces strategic investment offer

BY Erin VoegelePeru-based Maple Energy plc has announced it has received an offer from two strategic investors. The agreement is expected to provide sufficient capital to support ongoing operations of the company's ethanol business. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

U.S. Water launches corn oil recovery product line for biofuels

BY U.S. Water U.S. Water has launched the first in what will be a series of products developed for the biofuels industry specific to corn oil recovery. COR NS is a new, non-sorbitol based product line designed aid in the extraction of corn oil. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Bunge analyst: exports outlook 'incredibly strong'

BY Tom BryanA growing world population, urbanization and rising income will continue to drive investment in commodities, and the link between energy and agriculture will stay strong for years to come. But there are still many unknowns about world grain stocks. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Cellerate process technology earns EPA certification for D3 RINs

BY Syngenta Quad County Corn Processors has achieved U.S. EPA certification to generate D3 cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) for cellulosic ethanol produced with Cellerate process technology. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

DuPont announces MOU for cellulosic ethanol project in Macedonia

BY DuPont The government of the Republic of Macedonia has joined a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate the development of the cellulosic ethanol market in the Pelagonia region between Ethanol Europe and DuPont. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Abengoa plant has multiple feedstock capabilities

BY Holly JessenOne of the best features of the Abengoa Bioenergy plant is the ability to convert a wide variety of feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa, told EPM Oct. 17 prior to the plant's grand opening ceremony. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

UNICA: Sugarcane mills continue to prioritize ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the south-central region of Brazil experienced a smaller than average crush during the second half of September. However, more than 60 percent of the processed cane went to ethanol. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Chempolis signs agreement for bamboo ethanol project in India

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 15, Finland-based Chempolis Ltd. announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., an enterprise of the Indian government, to build a cellulosic ethanol and chemical production facility in Assam, India. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillA French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ann Perry The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Virginia releases new energy plan

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

RFA hammers CARB on lack of ILUC transparency

BY Renewable Fuels Association Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, recently submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board outlining serious concerns regarding the staff's new indirect land use analysis. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

CRFA member brings E30 ethanol to Niagara region

BY Canadian Renewable Fuels Association The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Gale's Gas Bars on its debut of E30 gasoline in Ontario. Gale's has 16 sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 Welland Avenue, in St. Catharines, beginning Oct. 16. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

RFA announces E85 "Post Your Price" contest

BY Renewable Fuels Association In an effort to promote E85 sales and track E85 prices, the Renewable Fuels Association announced a unique opportunity to win free E85 for one year with a simple snap of a camera and click of a mouse. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

EC confirms unannounced inspections in biofuel sector

BY European Commission The European Commission can confirm that on Oct. 7, commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the production, distribution and trading of ethanol, a biofuel. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour

BY Katie FletcherA sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16

BY Erin VoegeleThe recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

RFA releases updated publication debunking food vs. fuel

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association released an updated version of its popular publication "Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World." This 10-page booklet outlines ethanol's contribution to the global food and feed supply. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Fire reported at Valero's Linden, Indiana, facility

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp.'s ethanol plant near Linden, Indiana, experienced a fire on Oct. 13. No injuries were reported. According to Bill Day, vice president of communications at Valero, the cause of the fire is under investigation. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Biogas producers finding opportunity in advanced biofuel markets

BY Katie FletcherDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference held in Minneapolis on Oct. 13-14, professionals in the biogas space reviewed the continued momentum and implications biogas producers are experiencing in advanced biofuel markets. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

STB initiates new reporting requirements for Class I railroads

BY Erin VoegeleThe Surface Transportation Board has announced Class I railroads will now be required to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance. Certain data on ethanol shipments are among the new reporting requirements. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

DOE awards $13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass. READ MORE

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