Coproducts help keep ethanol producers profitable in lean times

Coproducts are becoming an increasingly important factor in ethanol plant profitability, according to the third annual benchmarking report released Sept. 18 by Christianson & Associates PLLP. The report addresses 2011 and the first half of 2012.
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Global 2012 corn crop to be second largest in history

Today the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance criticized the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development senior counselor Carmel Cahill for making unsubstantiated comments targeting the role of biofuels mandates in food price inflation.
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E15 now offered at five Kan. stations

As predicted, the Sept. 15 expiration of EPA's summer volatility restriction has resulted in an increase in E15 offerings. This week five stations in Kansas begin offer E15, bringing the total in the state to seven.
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EU to alter RED to require advanced, cellulosic biofuels

A leaked proposal by the European Commission reportedly indicates that European governments are considering altering the Renewable Energy Directive to place more emphasis on advanced biofuel feedstocks, while capping crop-based biofuel consumption.
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Biofuel industry responds to EPRINC report

Representatives of the biofuel industry are speaking out against a report, titled "Ethanol's Lost Promise," recently issued by the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on the petroleum industry.
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Oshawa Port Authority plans public meeting on proposed plant

The Oshawa Port Authority in Ontario is planning an event to help answer questions its local community has with regard to a proposed ethanol plant. To help address public concerns, the OPA plans to hold a public information meeting on Sept. 25.
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USDA expands drought assistance to 22 states

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $11.8 million in additional financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in 22 states apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought.
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Purdue gets $5.2 million to develop new biofuel process

If Purdue University researchers have their way, the term "biofuel plant" will take on a whole new meaning. A team received a $5.2 million U.S. DOE grant to develop a plant that can make substances that could be used directly as a biofuel.
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National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo announces agenda

The 2012 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo taking place Nov. 27-29 in Houston, Texas, announced its preliminary agenda this week, which includes three comprehensive program tracks focused on advanced biofuels and biochemicals.
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Corn prices drop below $8 mark, DDGS prices down too

December futures prices for corn have declined to $7.40 a bushel from a high of $8.38 on Aug. 21. Distillers grains cash prices, which track corn prices, are down too, from an average of $299 during the week of Aug. 10, to $286 on Sept. 14.
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Winners of Annual Brazilian Bioenergy Awards announced

Winners of this year's Annual Brazilian Bioenergy Awards include collaborations of companies developing algae biofuels and cellulosic ethanol. The awards were announced at the 2012 World Biofuels Markets Brazil conference and exhhibition on Sept. 18.
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Energy sorghum demonstrates potential during dry summer

Despite weather challenges and the learning curve for farmers unfamiliar with this energy sorghum, one of the first commercial-scale plantings of the crop in the U.S. has been a success. A recent field day in New York focused on the crop.
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Lallemand's annual Ethanol School kicks off in Montreal

For 32 years, the Alcohol School has provided an educational and networking opportunity for fuel and beverage alcohol industry employees and suppliers. This fall's course began Monday in Montreal with 90 participants.
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Maple Energy announces financial results for first half of 2012

Peru-based Maple Energy plc recently released its preliminary financial results for the six-month period ended June 30. The company recently began operations at its 35 MMgy sugarcane ethanol plant, and exported its first shipment of of ethanol.
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Joule partners with Audi, commissions demonstration plant

Joule Unlimited has announced it has partnered with auto manufacturer Audi AG to accelerate the commercialization of its biofuels for introduction into the respective ethanol and diesel markets. The company also commissioned its demonstration plant.
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WUSTL students study biofuels in Brazil

The International Experience Program at Washington University in St. Louis takes students to another country during the summer to study energy and environmental technology and policy. This year's trip to Brazil focused on biofuels.
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Industry Events

Algae Biomass Summit

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

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

November 27-29, 2012
Hilton Americas - Houston
Houston, Texas

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

April 8-10, 2013
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 10-13, 2013
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

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