RFA presses EPA to release final 2012 RFS volumes

The U.S. EPA's Nov. 30 deadline to finalize biofuels volume requirements for the 2012 renewable fuel standard came and went with no announcement from the agency or any indication of when it might release the final numbers.
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CARB releases 2011 LCFS review report

CARB has completed the first required formal review of the California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. No immediate changes to the policy are anticipated, which means a .5 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of fuels is required in 2012.
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Hart Energy report suggests blend wall could drive up RIN prices

The anticipated saturation of the U.S. ethanol market could have interesting implications for the future renewable identification numbers (RINs) market, according to a report recently released by Hart Energy.
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Short funds threaten shutdown of Swedish cellulosic ethanol pilot

A pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant located in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, is headed for shutdown after the first quarter of 2012 due to short funds, SEKAB E-Technology announced
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Abengoa temporarily shuts down two smallest ethanol plants

Abengoa Bioenergy plans to halt ethanol production at its 30 MMgy plant in Portales, N.M., and its 25 MMgy plant in Colwich, Kan. The move is temporary and due to current market conditions, according to the company.
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ASA finds in favor of Shell regarding CO2 claims in ad

On Dec. 14, the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority issued adjudication in favor of Shell International Ltd. in response to a complaint filed against one of its advertisements. The complaint challenged CO2 emission reduction claims made by Shell.
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GPRE adds Neb. grain elevator assets to agribusiness segment

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. continues to follow through with its intent to expand its ethanol and agribusiness segments -- most recently by executing an agreement to acquire grain elevator assets in Nebraska.
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Coskata files registration statement for proposed IPO

Coskata Inc. is the latest high-profile biorefining firm to try its hand in the public capital markets as the Warrenville, Ill.-based cellulosic ethanol firm filed an S-1 registration with the SEC for a $100 million IPO.
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EU Commission releases long-term look at decarbonization

The EC recently released a long-sighted roadmap for the continent's decarbonization plan, exploring possible scenarios that could be deployed to meet the EU's ambitious goal of reducing GHG emissions to 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
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