DuPont, NexSteppe collaborate on sorghum development

NexSteppe, a feedstock development company focused on servicing the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries, recently announced a collaborative agreement with DuPont to develop sweet sorghum and high biomass sorghum hybrids.
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E85 coalition continues push for tax credit relief

The expiration of VEETC jeopardizes the future of E85 unless the tax code is modified to qualify E85 for the Alternative Fuel Credit, according to the Coalition for E85. The group is ramping up its campaign to convince Congress to make the change.
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Full ownership of Blue Flint Ethanol passes to Great River Energy

Headwaters Ethanol Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Headwaters Inc., announced Jan. 4 that it had sold its 51 percent ownership of Blue Flint Ethanol LLC to Great River Energy, which is now sole owner of the 60 MMgy North Dakota plant.
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CARB to appeal LCFS ruling, request enforcement through 2012

CARB appeals federal court ruling that strikes down California's LCFS, requests permission to continue enforcement in 2012 and issues supplementary advisory for stakeholders.
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ZeaChem completes core construction at demo plant

Construction of ZeaChem Inc.'s Boardman, Ore., demonstration-scale biorefinery's core has been successfully completed and the company said it is beginning biochemical production operations as scheduled.
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Georgia ethanol plant emerges from bankruptcy

A reorganization plan allowing Southwest Georgia Ethanol LLC to emerge from Chapter 11 was approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The ethanol plant, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of First United Ethanol LLC, filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 2.
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LanzaTech buys Range Fuels site

New Zealand-based technology developer LanzaTech became the new owner of the former Range Fuels Inc. cellulosic biofuels plant in Soperton, Ga., on Jan. 3, paying just $5.1 million for the site during a foreclosure sale.
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Process optimization seminar planned in St. Paul

Four ethanol industry service providers are collaborating on a seminar aimed at ethanol plant managers responsible for maximizing plant profitability. The Process Optimization Seminar is set for Feb. 8-10 in St. Paul, Minn.
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Industry Events

Pacific West Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

January 16-18, 2012
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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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