Ethanol prices hit one-year low, corn prices down too

At the end of a strong year for ethanol prices, futures prices for ethanol sank to $2.06 on Dec. 15, the lowest price since November 2010. The other side of the coin is that corn prices are down too.
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Mascoma scores $80 million from DOE for Michigan plant

Mascoma Corp. announced Dec. 14 that it has secured $80 million in funding through the U.S. DOE as part of a cooperative agreement to design, construct and operate its planned 20 MMgy hardwood pulpwood-to-ethanol facility in Kinross, Mich.
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USDA helps install 266 blender pumps through REAP

The USDA announced the final round of fiscal year 2011 Renewable Energy for America Program awards on Dec. 14, bringing the total number of REAP-funded blender pump projects for the fiscal year up to 65.
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Canadian company works to showcase closed-loop ethanol plant

By the end of January, Atlantic BioEnergy Corp. expects to be producing ethanol at its new $6.2 million demonstration plant in Cornwall, Prince Edward Island.
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Tax credits continue to dominate ethanol policy discussions

As the cellulosic ethanol industry begins to actively come into commercial-scale production, current tax incentives must remain to support those facilities through the initial few years of production, according to the Advanced Ethanol Council.
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Ethanol shuffle based on 'questionable assumptions'

The assumption that the production of sugarcane ethanol results in fewer lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than corn ethanol is based on questionable analyses, RFA's Geoff Cooper argues.
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Enerkem raises C$15 million in project equity financing

Enerkem raises $15 million in project equity financing for its commercial waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Grant goes to purchase advanced harvesting equipment

The Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy is using a $4.8 million grant to purchase advanced harvesting equipment. The first piece of equipment purchased was a Stinger Stacker 6500 bale-handling truck.
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Pacific Ethanol boosts ownership stake to 34 percent

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has signed with a group of institutional investors to raise $8 million in a private placement transaction and acquired an additional 7 percent ownership stake in the Pacific Ethanol production facilities.
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April 16-19, 2012
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November 27-29, 2012

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