RFS proposal ag impacts discussed at RFA teleconference

The negative agricultural impact of the U.S. EPA's proposal to lower the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard targets was the subject of a teleconference hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association.
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Fuels America members defend biofuels at EPA hearing

More than 50 Fuels America coalition members from across the renewable fuel industry are lining up to testify regarding the negative impacts the proposed RFS volumes could have.
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Enerkem begins front-end systems commissioning at Edmonton plant

Enerkem has announced that commissioning is gradually beginning at its full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton. This update was shared by Enerkem CEO Vincent Chornet at the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit.
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Fox River Valley Ethanol plant restarts production

The Oshkosh, Wis.-based Fox River Valley Ethanol plant has resumed operations. Ace Ethanol LLC purchased the 52 MMgy plant from Utica Energy LLC in August. The facility had been idle since September 2012.
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Biochemtex to locate cellulosic biofuel plant in N.C.

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that Biochemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in Sampson County, N.C., operating in the state as Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels.
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Poet GMs testify at EPA hearing on proposed 2014 RFS volumes

Three general managers of Poet Biorefining facilities along with Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel's business development manager testified Dec. 5 at the U.S. EPA hearings on the proposed 2014 volumes for the renewable fuel standard.
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RFA comments on proposed DOT rules for rail shipping

The Renewable Fuels Association presses the DOT to look at the underlying causes of train derailments, which include rail construction and maintenance, instead of focusing exclusively on the expensive retrofit of current DOT-111 railcars.
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CMEC shareholders approve asset purchase agreement

The shareholders of Central MN Ethanol Co-op have voted to approve an asset purchase agreement for the sale of CMEC's 54 MMgy ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minn., to U.K.-based biochemical producer Green Biologics Inc.
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Ad campaign aims to recruit speakers against RFS proposal

Americans United for Change launched an advertising campaign to urge farmers, ethanol industry workers, related industries and American consumers to voice their concerns on the U.S. EPA's renewable fuel standard proposal.
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Growth Energy to testify at EPA hearing on 2014 RFS RVO

Growth Energy testimony will highlight the success of the RFS and the severe consequences of cutting volume requirements.
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Irwin, Good analyze implications of proposed RFS write-down

University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good evaluate implications of the proposed EPA rule that writes down RFS mandates.
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Lanza Tech, Concord Blue to convert waste to biofuels in Georgia

LanzaTech and Concord Blue USA Inc. will integrate their technologies to demonstrate the production of fuels and chemicals from waste materials at LanzTech's Freedom Pines facility in Soperton, Ga.
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Grants available for biomass energy on WV surface-mined land

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University is exploring reuse and redevelopment potential of land that has been surface-mined. Biomass production is a possible application for this land.
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DSM, DONG Energy report improved cellulosic ethanol yield

Royal DSM, together with DONG Energy, announced it has demonstrated the combined fermentation of C6 and C5 sugars from wheat straw on an industrial scale. The combined fermentation results in a 40 percent increase in ethanol yield per ton of straw.
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Report evaluates role of biofuels in EU transport sector

Consulting firm E4tech has published a report that shows biofuels and vehicle efficiency will be essential in helping the European transportation sector reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet its decarbonizations targets.
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EPA opens comment period on 2014 RFS waiver petitions

The U.S. EPA has published a notice of receipt of petitions for a waiver of the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60 day comment period. A related comment period is also open for the 2014 RFS proposal.
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Industry Events

8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

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

National Ethanol Conference

February 17-19, 2014
JW Marriott Orlando
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass Conference & Expo

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

Bioenergy Project Development Seminar

March 24-24, 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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