Scott Thurlow to lead Canadian Renewable Fuels

Scott Thurlow will become the new president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association on April 2. An attorney, Thurlow has experience in government relations, legislation and regulation.
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S.D. retailers respond positively to blender pump grant program

Just two months after launching its latest blender pump grant program, the South Dakota office of economic development has received applications for the entire $950,000 allotted to the first round of grants.
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USDA, DOE to provide $35 million for advanced biofuels projects

The Obama administration announced March 22 that it plans to provide up to $35 million over three years to fund fiscal year 2012 Biomass Research and Development Initiative projects.
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Etankfire seeks partners for ethanol firefighting research

The SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is leading the Etankfire project -- an effort to research best practices for fighting a large-scale ethanol fire.
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Albemarle lands Navy alcohol-to-jet contract using Cobalt butanol

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif., has awarded a manufacturing contract to Albemarle Corp. to complete its first alcohol-to-jet fuel production run using biobased n-butanol provided by Cobalt Technologies.
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Mendel Biotechnology, BP Biofuels to conduct miscanthus trials

Mendel Bioenergy Seeds and BP Biofuels have signed a four-year agreement to conduct field trials of PowerCane Miscanthus and evaluate its performance as feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production at BP Biofuels' Jennings, La., demonstration plant.
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USDA to play biofuels supply chain match-maker

The USDA is hosting an event March 30 at its headquarters to facilitate communication between feedstock producers and biofuels producers with the goal of improving awareness and understanding of the complexities of the biofuels supply chain.
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Stockpiled RINs hold potential to reduce corn demand

A recent analysis suggests that while the RFS for corn ethanol implies greater demand for corn in 2012 compared to the previous year, actual demand could be up to 20 percent less due to a banking provision in the RINs trading systems.
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RFA anticipates E15 roll-out to begin soon

After receiving EPA approval for a model Misfueling Mitigation Plan for E15, the Renewable Fuels Association is moving ahead to educate fuel retailers on compliance requirements and help them complete steps to providing E15 to their customers.
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Industry Events

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

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

Rocky Mountain Forest Restoration & Bioenergy Summit

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

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

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

Algae Biomass Summit

September 24-27, 2012
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Denver, Colorado

International Biorefining
Conference & Trade Show

November 27-29, 2012

Houston, Texas

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