Petitions request rehearing of recent LCFS case in California

Petitions have been filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit, requesting a rehearing en banc with regard to a recent ruling that determined that California's low carbon fuel standard program does not violate interstate commerce laws.
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ASTM publishes D7862 standard for butanol

Butanol has a new ASTM International standard, intended for blends with gasoline at 1 to 12.5 percent volumes to be used as an automotive spark-ignition engine fuel. The new specification, ASTM D7862, covers three butanol isomers.
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Butamax, Highwater Ethanol break ground on biobutanol retrofit

Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a biobutanol technology company, and Highwater Ethanol LLC, a producer of first-generation ethanol, have begun to retrofit Highwater's ethanol plant in Lamberton, Minn., for the production of biobutanol.
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BlueFire Renewables adds pellet production to Miss. facility

BlueFire Renewables Inc. has integrated a synergistic wood pellet production plant to its facility in Fulton, Miss. The reconfigured design will be a 9 million gallon per year ethanol plant integrated with a 400,000 ton per year wood pellet plant.
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Big River Resources, Prairie Gold form joint venture

Big River Resources LLC and Prairie Gold Inc. have signed agreements forming a joint venture to produce corn zein proteins. The new venture, Big River Prairie Gold LLC will construct and operate a zein production facility near Galva, Ill.
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Pacific Ethanol agrees to purchase 167 million pounds sugar

A second ethanol plant announced Oct. 1 it had agreed to purchase sugar through the Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers. Pacific Ethanol Inc. joins Front Range Energy LLC in taking advantage of the program.
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Company producing DDGS product has ribbon cutting, open house

Nebraska-based Laurel BioComposite LLC recently moved into a newly constructed manufacturing facility, a fact celebrated during a Sept. 25 open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. The company's first production line is now operational.
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Canadian cellulosic ethanol project attracts government funding

The Canadian government will invest $734,500 in a cellulosic ethanol project under development by Vanerco, a joint venture of Enerkem and GreenField, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada's Next Gen Biofuels Fund.
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Edeniq announces award of new patent

Edeniq Inc. announced it has received notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, protecting three targeted process applications. The new patent is entitled "Materials and Methods for Converting Biomass to Biofuel."
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Eco-Energy announces agreement with Heron Lake BioEnergy

Eco-Energy has announced additional growth to its global ethanol platform with the signing of a new multiyear marketing agreement with Heron Lake BioEnergy, located in Heron Lake, Minn. Eco-Energy now markets for 18 plants across North America.
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UNICA revises sugarcane, ethanol projections

UNICA, the sugarcane association of Brazil, has revised its sugarcane forecast for the 2013-'14 season, reducing the crush estimate by 0.44 percent, from 589.6 million metric tons to 587 million metric tons.
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E15 to be available near Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa

ECI has begun the registration process to offer E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area in Iowa. "After reviewing the economics, offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles just makes sense for us," said Terry Grant of ECI.
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UCLA develops metabolic pathway to convert sugars into biofuels

University of California, Los Angeles chemical engineering researchers have created a new synthetic metabolic pathway for breaking down glucose that could lead to a 50 percent increase in the production of biofuels.
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Proterro meets key milestones, commissions pilot plant

Proterro Inc. recently announced it has met key new development milestones. "We scaled up our novel photobioreactor design and conducted independent functionality tests that confirmed the unit's robustness," said Proterro CEO Kef Kasdin.
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EIA data outlines production, consumption for first half of 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released new statistics as part of its Monthly Energy Review outlining ethanol production and consumption data through June, showing that consumption increased during the first half of the year.
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Researchers develop method to prevent ethanol corrosion

Research shows it's now possible to prevent stress corrosion cracking without resorting to completely removing oxygen from ethanol, which is expensive to do. Sacrificial metals or inhibitors, for example, can be used.
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Data shows Big Oil's anti-E15 tests lacks real work credibility

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has released new testing data from vehicles driving in the real world that demonstrates Big Oil's earlier Coordinating Research Council testing on E15 has no real world implications.
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Lignol reports Q1 financial results

Lignol Energy Corp. has released its unaudited consolidated financial results for its first fiscal quarter of 2014, the three months ended July 31. The company reported an operating loss of $980,000, up slightly from the same quarter of last year.
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RFA, Growth Energy speak out against API poll results

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are disputing the results of a new poll released by the American Petroleum Institute, calling the data biased and deceptive. The poll was conducted by Harris Interactive.
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EIA report summarizes Brazil's rise as energy producer

Brazil has made great strides in increasing its total energy production, particularly oil and ethanol. In a recent analysis, the U.S. Energy Information Administration noted that Brazil is the eighth largest energy consumer in the world.
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Industry Events

International Biomass Conference & Expo

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

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June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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