Examining EPA's authority to reduce RFS volume requirements

The Renewable Fuels Association held a media teleconference Nov. 21, to address the issue of whether the U.S. EPA has the statutory authority to lower the total renewable fuel standard (RFS) numbers,
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USDA economists dig into details of the EPA proposed RFS rule

A recent FarmDoc Daily post features an analysis of the recent U.S. EPA proposal for the renewable fuel standard written by two economists of the USDA. The post outlines three possible scenarios, assuming the proposed rule is finalized as is.
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Iowa coalition urges support for the RFS

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Steve King, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey joined the Iowa RFS Coalition to call for the restoration of strong renewable fuel standard blend levels.
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Genera, University of Tennessee complete supply chain research

In 2009, The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $5 million to Genera Energy Inc. and the University of Tennessee to research and develop economical systems for bulk-handling and processing of chopped switchgrass. That project is now complete.
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Cellulosic biofuel, diesel RINs generated in October

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for October, reporting that D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. D3 and D7 RINs were also generated in June, July and September.
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Dyadic addresses biofuels, biochemicals in Q3 results

Dyadic International Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting revenues of $3.5 million, up from $2.5 million for the same period of last year. The company also recently announced the award of a new U.S. patent.
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BioPower signs joint venture agreement for cellulosic ethanol

BioPower Operations Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Global Energy Crops Corp. entered into a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Alternative Green Today LLC to license the joint venture's cellulosic production technology.
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EPA schedules 2014 RFS public hearing

On Nov. 21, the U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public hearing will be held on Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C. on the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposed rule.
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Waukon Feed Ranch now offering E15 in Northeast Iowa

Waukon Feed Ranch in Waukon, Iowa, announced Nov. 18 it will begin offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles, making it Iowa's ninth registered E15 retailer.
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Codexis shelves CodeXyme product for cellulosic fuels, chemicals

Biocatalyst producer Codexis Inc. recently released its financial results for the third quarter of 2013, reporting that it will immediately begin to wind down its CodeXyme cellulase enzyme program for the production of cellulosic sugars.
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Florida port reports high ethanol movements by rail

The Tampa Gateway Rail facility, Florida's only dockside unit train for ethanol and other cargos, has transported more than 3.89 million barrels of ethanol in 5,705 railcars in its first year of operation, reported the Tampa Port Authority.
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Beta Renewables technology to make ethanol, bioglycols in China

M&G Chemicals announced a second-generation biorefinery in China to convert 1 million metric tons of biomass into ethanol and bioglycols. The facility using Prosea technology will be 4x larger than Beta Renewables' Crescentino, Italy, plant.
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United Ethanol to contest OHSA violations filed after fatality

United Ethanol LLC, a 48 MMgy plant located in Milton, Wis., has chosen to contest the Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations announced in late October, after a worker was fatally engulfed in corn inside a grain storage bin.
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Iowa Governor encourages comment to EPA to defend RFS

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have jumped in the fray, defending the renewable fuels standard (RFS) with a new website that is collecting comments in support of the RFS. The website can be found at ProtectTheRFS.com.
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E15 now available in northern Illinois

A ribbon cutting has marked the beginning of E15 availability in Rochelle, Ill. Ethanol producer Illinois River Energy, owned by GTL Resources USA Inc., teamed up with the Rochelle Petro Travel Plaza to begin offering the higher level blend.
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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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