Fuels America call considers likely impacts of leaked RFS draft

A teleconference hosted by Fuels America on Nov. 6 explored the likely impacts of the U.S. EPA's leaked draft proposal for the 2014 renewable fuel standard volume obligations. Speakers said the proposal would chill investment in advanced biofuels.
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Green Plains to purchase 2 BioFuel Energy plants

On Nov. 5, Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire two 110 MMgy ethanol plants of BioFuel Energy Corp. from an entity composed of its lender group.
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Cargill begins operations at Fort Dodge ethanol plant

Cargill has begun operating its corn wet mill ethanol plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Cargill purchased the idled facility from Tate & Lyle in 2011. When completed, the Fort Dodge bio-refinery campus will also produce other biobased products.
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Taiwan developers introduce high-yield biobutanol process

Researchers have developed a new butanol process that promises to convert 94 percent of the available carbon in biomass, including carbon dioxide, for a greenhouse gas reduction of more than 100 percent at a cost of less than $2 per gallon.
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Three Rivers Energy signs Enogen corn commercial agreement

Three Rivers Energy LLC, a newly restarted ethanol plant in ethanol plant in Coshocton, Ohio, is the latest to sign a commercial agreement to use Syngenta's Enogen corn. The plant was started up by Lakeview Energy LLC.
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Facility using LanzaTech technology earns RSB certification

Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd. has earned Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials sustainability certification for the joint venture's facility that converts waste steel mill gases to sustainable biofuels.
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USDA funds research to convert beetle-killed trees to bioenergy

The USDA has awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University and their partners to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as bioenergy feedstock.
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Gevo proves commercial-scale isobutnaol production with corn mash

Gevo Inc. has released its third quarter financial results, reporting progress with isobutanol production at its Luverne, Minn., plant and with its paraxylene demonstration facility and biobased jet fuel process.
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Letters fly in support of energy title programs in Farm Bill

In the last week, three letters have been sent to the ag committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, urging support for the Farm Bill's energy title programs. The letters have been issued by both federal lawmakers and trade groups.
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CARD releases paper debunking Big Oil's assessment of RINs

A new paper from two Iowa State University economists concludes that an American Petroleum Institute study predicting higher fuel prices as the result of increased renewable fuel standard (RFS) ethanol mandates is flawed.
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New map contains data on Minnesota corn yield, E85 stations

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association recently announced the creation of a new, interactive map that pulls together data that was previously tracked but not pulled together in one easy to digest format.
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CARD analyses discuss E85 and the RFS

Two new papers published by Iowa State University economists Bruce Babcock and Sebastien Pouliot discuss E85 investment and consumption. Both papers were published under the ISU's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.
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Ethanol safety informational seminar booked in Minnesota

The Renewable Fuels Association and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will co-host a free Ethanol Safety Seminar on Nov. 14 at the Pipestone Fire Hall in Pipestone, Minn. Afternoon and evening sessions are scheduled.
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WEB ONLY: Innovation in feedstock transport , testing

In August, Ernest Moniz, secretary for the U.S. DOE, announced more than $22 million in new investments to develop a more efficient feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels, in addition to more affordable algae-derived fuels.
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University economist analyzes dynamics of ethanol RIN prices

University of Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin has analyzed the current pricing of D6 renewable fuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) in a recently FarmDoc Daily post, calling the dynamics of D6 ethanol RIN pricing "quite interesting."
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RFA, Growth Energy, BIO ask to intervene in RFS legal challenge

The Renewable Fuels Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, and Growth Energy filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals to intervene in support of the RFS 2013 final rule.
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USDA projects record corn crop, record supply

Bushels being binned in the corn harvest now well underway are forecast to hit a record 13.989 billion bushels, up 146 million bushels higher than the last report. Total corn supplies are also projected to hit a record.
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Industry Events

8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

January 28-28, 2014
The Meadows Conference Center
Altoona, Iowa

International Biomass Conference & Expo

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

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

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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