California plant prepares to restart, produce advanced biofuels

The Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes Inc. plant in Keyes, Calif., will start grinding corn this week, after it was idled in January for planned maintenance and to prepare for advanced biofuel production. The plant will soon start processing sorghum.
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Margins, market more positive for ethanol industry recently

News of ethanol plant restarts and improved profitability is building some cautious optimism about the state of the ethanol industry in recent weeks, with most of the plants idled during last year's drought resuming production.
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Pew releases clean energy investment report

The Pew Charitable Trusts has published the 2012 edition of its "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?" report. The analysis offers an update of Pew's reports tracking clean energy investments over the past nine years.
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ICE to launch D4, D5, D6 RIN futures contracts

IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), an operator of global markets and clearing house, has announced the introduction of new North American environmental futures contracts for three categories of renewable energy numbers (RINs), including D4, D5 and D6.
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CME Group announces futures contracts for RINs

CME Group has announced the launch of nine new futures contracts for renewable identification numbers (RINs). These contracts will be listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of NYMEX.
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Poet Biorefining - Macon resumes production

Poet Biorefining - Macon has resumed ethanol and Dakota Gold distillers grain production and has now added Voila corn oil to its product mix. The 45 MMgy ethanol plant suspended operations on Feb. 1.
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Memorial fund established for family of United Ethanol employee

A memorial fund has been established for the family of a 27-year-old ethanol plant employee that died April 19 after being trapped in a grain bin at United Ethanol LLC, a 48 MMgy plant in Milton, Wis.
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Utica Energy plant in Wis. to be sold

The ethanol production facility, grain elevator and related assets of Utica Energy LLC will be sold under direction of a court appointed receiver. The 50 MMgy plant was originally commissioned in 2003 and expanded to its current capacity in 2004.
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EIA releases ethanol statistics for January

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the April issue of its Monthly Energy Review, showing a slight decrease in ethanol production in January.
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Minn. plant in bankruptcy files claim against former employees

Buffalo Lake, Minn.-based Purified Renewable Energy LLC filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 24. A few weeks later, on April 8, the company filed a complaint against its former CEO and and chief financial officer.
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Chemists use oxygen to convert lignin to into chemical feedstocks

University of Wisconsin-Madison chemists have identified an approach to use oxygen gas to convert lignin, a byproduct of biofuel production, into a form that could allow it to replace fossil fuels as a source of chemical feedstocks.
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Brazil takes action to boost ethanol industry

Brazil's Ministry of Finance has announced it will implement three new measures to increase production and investment in its ethanol industry. The three new measures are in addition to the country's prior announcement to increase the blend level.
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Minn. bill would allow other biofuels to meet ethanol mandate

Pending legislation in Minnesota could alter the state's ethanol mandate, allowing for the use biofuels under than ethanol to meet the current 10 percent renewable content requirement for gasoline. The measure is included in H.F. 976.
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BioProcess Algae wins DOE funding to develop military biofuels

BioProcess Algae LLC has been selected to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million from the U.S. DOE, as part of an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery project related to production of hydrocarbon fuels meeting military specification.
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VTT serves as research partner for Brazilian cellulosic plant

Odebrecht is making preparations for second generation ethanol production and plans to construct a demonstration plant in Brazil. VTT acts as Odebrecht's research partner, tasked with developing the technology used in the company's processes.
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Comment period on RIN QAP closes, industry weighs in

The comment period of the U.S. EPA's proposed rules for a voluntary renewable identification number (RIN) integrity program closed on April 18. The proposed rule creates a structured process for buyers of RINs to verify their validity.
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IRFA: Renewable fuels lead to cleaner air, water

Just in time for Earth Day, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled a list of 10 ways the renewable fuels industry is helping to better our environment at the plant, on the farm and out of the tailpipe.
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Industry Events

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

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

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

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