Battle to implement E15 waiver continues

Letters for and against an amendment that would prevent the U.S. EPA from using appropriated funds to implement the E15 waiver have recently been sent to leadership of the Appropriations Committees.
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Valero agrees to fund Mascoma cellulosic ethanol plant

Cellulosic ethanol technology developer Mascoma Corp. has finalized an agreement with petroleum refiner Valero Energy Corp. to finance the construction and start-up of its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility in Michigan.
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RFA wants trade distortion addressed in ethanol tariff talks

The Renewable Fuels Association says free ethanol trade between the U.S. and Brazil cannot be achieved until Brazil addresses its trade distortion measures.
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Livestock, poultry groups request hearing to evaluate RFS

A coalition of livestock and poultry lobby groups submitted a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee leaders on Dec. 7, requesting a hearing to evaluate the economic impact of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Foreclosure sale set for Range Fuels site

It's now been nearly a year since Range Fuels Inc. closed its doors and plans are in place to liquidate its assets, including a foreclosure sale for the Soperton plant, scheduled to take place on Jan. 3.
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Arizona, California colleges offer free biofuels classes

Thanks to grant money, students in Arizona and California can earn certificates that will train them to work in the biofuels industry, including ethanol production.
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Pacific Ethanol increases ownership percentage, still on NASDAQ

A month after announcing record sales, Pacific Ethanol made two more positive announcements. First, it is back in compliance with NASDAQ listing requirements and it has purchased an additional 7 percent ownership interest in New PE Holdco LLC.
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Iowa State analyses corn use, blend wall numbers

Last year's corn crop may have been modestly under-estimated, suggests Iowa State University's Robert Wisner, professor emeritus and analyst with the Ag Marketing Resource Center.
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Highwater CEO: Biobutanol is 'next step in biofuels'

Lamberton, Minn.,-based Highwater Ethanol LLC has signed a letter of intent with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC to potentially retrofit its 50 MMgy corn ethanol plant to produce biobutanol.
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Industry Events

Pacific West Biomass
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January 16-18, 2012
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San Francisco, California

National Ethanol Conference

February 22-24, 2012
Gaylord Palms Resort
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

April 16-19, 2012
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 4-7, 2012
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Biorefining
Conference & Trade Show

November 27-29, 2012

Houston, Texas

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