Poet to idle Macon plant due to drought

Poet Biorefining-Macon will temporarily suspend plant operations effective Feb. 1 due primarily to a lack of available local corn. All of the plant's 44 team members will remain employed at their current hours.
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Court vacates 2012 RFS cellulosic biofuel volumes

The D.C. Circuit court has issued a narrow, but mixed decision, striking down the 2012 cellulosic biofuel volume requirement under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), but affirming the 2012 volume standard for advanced biofuels.
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Heron Lake BioEnergy plant sold to Guardian Energy Heron Lake

On Jan. 23, Guardian Energy Heron Lake LLC announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the ethanol production assets of Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, a 50 MMgy ethanol plant located in Heron Lake, Minn.
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Praj receives order for ethanol plant in Colombia

Praj Industries has announced major order gain for an ethanol plant from Riopaila Castilla SA for a 400,000 liter-per-day plant that will be located at La Paila in the Valle del Cauca region of Columbia.
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Windy conditions make willow a better feedstock

A research team in England has discovered that differences in the ease with which sugars can be extracted from willow can be explained by differences in their wood composition in response to conditions that induce growth stress.
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EPA publishes 2012 RIN data

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for all 12 months of 2012. RINs are used by obligated parties to meet volume requirements of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). No cellulosic RINs were generated in December.
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Chromatin to host Calif. meeting on grain sorghum opportunities

Chromatin Inc. will host a meeting on Feb. 5 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Modesto, Calif., to introduce production opportunities for grain sorghum in California. The grower meeting will provide details on the Chromatin 2013 Grain Sorghum Program.
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Poet now produces enough corn oil to produce 68 MMgy of biodiesel

Poet LLC announced that 25 of its network of 27 biorefineries have installed its patent-pending corn oil technology, bringing its total capacity to approximately 250,000 tons per year, enough to produce 68 million gallons of biodiesel annually.
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Industry responds to proposed EU duties on ethanol

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy have responded to the European Commissions recent proposal to impose duties on ethanol imported from the United States, equivalent to 62.3 Euro per metric ton.
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Novozymes announces new CEO, releases 2012 financial results

Novozymes has appointed a new president and CEO and released its financial results for 2012. On Jan. 21, the company announced its board of directors has appointed Peder Holk Nielsen president and CEO, effective April 1.
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NEDAK ethanol sold at auction, new buyer, operator sought

An idled ethanol plant in Nebraska has been purchased by a North Dakota-based company that intends to turn around and find a new buyer and operator for the facility, according to the plant's president and general manager.
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Nebraska student wins National Ethanol Conference scholarship

The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation are excited to announce Wade Hunt of Sterling, Neb., is this year's recipient of a scholarship to attend the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Driving Forward.
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Ag Energy Coalition calls for Farm Bill Energy Title funding

The Agriculture Energy Coalition has urged Congress to begin work on a new five-year Farm Bill with strong mandatory funding for energy programs. The fiscal cliff bill extended the Farm Bill, but without funding for Energy Title programs.
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Classification of DDGS as non-hazardous cargo becomes official

It's official. The classification of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as a non-hazardous cargo became final and mandatory under the code of the International Maritime Organization on Jan. 1, 2013.
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Pacific Ethanol to install Cellunators, expand sorghum use

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has contracted to install Edeniq Inc.'s Cellunator technology at its 60 MMgy Stockton, Calif., ethanol plant. The company also announced it has increased its ownership in the four plants it operates.
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First employees at Enerkem Alberta Biofuels begin training

The first employees of the 10 MMgy Enerkem Alberta Biofuels LP cellulosic ethanol plant under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, have begun technical training at Enerkem Inc.'s demonstration facility in Westbury, Ontario.
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Iowa groups announce formation of Iowa RFS Coalition

A group of Iowa businesses and organizations have congratulated President Obama on his inauguration and announced the formation of the Iowa RFS Coalition.
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RFA urges CARB to revise carbon intensity values under the LCFS

The Renewable Fuels Association is urging the California Air Resources Board to revise indirect land use change (ILUC) penalties assigned to certain biofuels under the state's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS).
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Sustainable energy, climate change included in inaugural address

President Barack Obama has officially kicked off the second term of his presidency. During his inaugural address on Jan. 21, Obama touched on several topics, including the economic recovery and sustainable energy.
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Industry Events

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

Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida

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