Midwest senators strike back with pro-biofuels bill

The Securing America's Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act, introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tim Johnson, D-S.D., would establish incentives for biofuels infrastructure and deployment and modify ethanol subsidies.
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Minn. plant has 60 days to raise $4.5 million in working capital

Bob Ferguson, CEO of Heron Lake BioEnergy, a 50 MMgy ethanol plant in Heron Lake, Minn., is confident the company will be able to raise $4.5 million in working capital.
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Sale of U.S. DDGS to China slow in January

The U.S. Grains Council has confirmed that the sale of U.S. DDGS have slowed down following the Chinese anti-dumping investigation announced in January. Orders have been canceled and reports indicate a Chinese feed company is protesting the action.
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Propel continues CA E85 build-out, awaits USDA blender pump plan

California-based Propel Fuels is moving ahead with plans to add 75 E85 stations this year. It is also exploring opportunities to include blender pumps, though details on a new USDA program are scarce.
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Senators introduce bills to repeal, modify blenders credit

Congress lobbed its latest jabs at the ethanol industry with Senate bills introduced to repeal or modify the blenders credit. Two Republican senators introduced legislation to repeal blenders credit, a Democrat proposed modifications.
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Infrastructure, FFV expansions needed now, RFA study finds

A recently released study commissioned by the RFA confirms that a combination of rapid infrastructure expansion and increased production of FFVs is necessary if ethanol is to meet the renewable fuel standard (RFS2).
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FAPRI report assumes VEETC isn't renewed, ethanol production dips

Assuming the tax credit expires, FAPRI projects ethanol production to go from 13.6 million gallons in 2010-'11 to 12.9 million next year, then back up to 13.5 million gallons the next year and increases slowly to 18.4 million gallons in 2020-'21.
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Germany to proceed with introduction of E10 after fuel summit

Despite a difficult start, Germany will continue to introduce E10. Government, agriculture, fuel and auto industry representatives met in a fuel summit March 9 and agreed on several measures to educate and inform consumers about the fuel.
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