Ethanol industry reacts positively to news of new head of EPA

President Barack Obama nominated a new administrator of the U.S. EPA March 4. Gina McCarthy, current assistant administrator for the EPA's office of air and radiation, is on deck.
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Bill introduced in House would require additional study of E15

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to repeal the E15 waiver and require additional testing of the fuel, despite extensive testing by the U.S. DOE. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced H.R. 875.
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EU tariff on US ethanol officially in place for five years

For the next five years, U.S. ethanol, and only U.S. ethanol, exported to European Union countries will be subject to an $83.03 per metric ton tariff or duty. It's a disappointing blow for U.S. ethanol producers.
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Vierhout addresses outcome of anti-dumping, anti-subsidy cases

Rob Vierhout, secretary general of ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association, spoke to Ethanol Producer Magazine about the recent European Union decision to impose an $83.03 per metric ton tariff on imported U.S. ethanol.
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California energy beet project gets $5 million for demo

Mendota Bioenergy LLC, a California energy beet-to-ethanol project, landed a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build a demonstration plant in the Mendota area in Fresno County.
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Report: Rebound expected for Brazilian cane production

Netherlands-based Rabobank has published an analysis predicting sugarcane production in Brazil's center/south region will rebound strongly during the 2013-'14 harvest, resulting in a significant increase in both sugar and ethanol production.
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IRFA highlights impact of biofuels on Iowa's progress, prosperity

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has released an online version of an industry scrapbook that illustrates how far the renewable fuels industry has come and how profound its impact on Iowa has been over the past decade.
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Abengoa revenues up 10 percent, though bioenergy results down

The U.S. has become the leading region for Spain-based Abengoa SA's international businesses, the company reported with the release of its 2012 financial statement which shows revenues of EUR 7.78 billion ($10.17 billion).
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EIA releases monthly ethanol production, consumption statistics

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February issue of its Monthly Energy Review, which includes ethanol date through Nov. 2012. During the first 11 months of 2012, the U.S. produced 12.209 billion gallons of ethanol.
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Chromatin and Calgren sign alliance for sorghum

Chromatin Inc. and Calgren Renewable Fuels have announced an alliance to develop a local supply chain for sorghum for the production of fuel ethanol and distillers grains. The multi-year agreement covers up to 30,000 acres of sorghum.
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Witnesses bash E15 during one-sided House committee hearing

A Feb. 26 hearing featured testimony of three E15 critics, including a representative of the Coordinating Research Council, which has authored research reports concluding E15 could damage engine valves and fuel system components.
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EPA approves new cellulosic, advanced biofuel pathways

The U.S. EPA has published a new final rule, qualifying additional fuel pathways under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The rulemaking covers two new feedstocks, camelina and energy cane. It also qualifies new renewable gasoline pathways.
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EIA: Cellulosic biofuels begin to flow

Several companies combined produced about 20,000 gallons of cellulosic biofuels at commercial-scale facilities in late 2012. This output could grow to more than 5 million gallons in 2013, as operations ramp up at several plants.
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BIO welcomes EPA approval of new RFS feedstocks

U.S. EPA has issued long-awaited approval for new feedstocks and biofuel processes under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), including those for camelina and energy cane. The rule was first proposed in January 2012.
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Ethanol industry responds to witness list for E15 hearing

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on Environment is scheduled to hold a hearing on mid-level ethanol blends on Feb. 26. Only ethanol critics have been selected to provide verbal testimony.
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American Ethanol enhances sponsorship of Richard Childress Racing

American Ethanol plans to enhance its partnership with Richard Childress Racing and driver Austin Dillon for the 2013 NASCAR season. American Ethanol was launched by Growth Energy and National Corn Growers Association to expand awareness of ethanol.
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South Bend, Ind., hopes New Energy will restart

Two auction liquidators got a deal when they successfully bid $2.5 million for the 102 MMgy New Energy Corp. ethanol plant in a bankruptcy auction Jan. 31. Locals are hoping there is a chance that they will arrange for a new operator.
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