Sen. Baucus releases proposal to overhaul energy tax incentives

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to overhaul U.S. energy tax incentives by creating technology-neutral incentives for clean electricity and clean transportation fuels.
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ICM, IGPC Ethanol sign letter of intent

ICM Inc. has announced that IGPC Ethanol Inc. of Ontario, Canada, signed a letter of intent to be the first Canadian adopter of ICM's Generation 1.5 technology, which will enable the plant to produce corn fiber cellulosic ethanol.
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Pacific Ethanol, Sweetwater Energy announce cellulosic sugar deal

Sweetwater Energy Inc. and Pacific Ethanol Inc. announced an agreement to supply sugars for the production of cellulosic ethanol. The agreement supports the construction of a cellulosic biorefinery at Pacific Ethanol's Stockton, Calif., plant.
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Just Energy Group announces agreement to sell Terra Grain Fuels

Just Energy Group Inc. is recently announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement pursuant to which it has agreed to sell all of the issued and outstanding shares of Terra Grain Fuels Inc., an ethanol producer located in Saskatchewan.
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USDA, DOE give $8 million for energy crop research

Seven projects focused on biomass genomics research will receive a total of $8 million from the U.S. DOE and USDA to study energy crops including switchgrass, energy cane, sorghum and pine and populus trees.
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Record season for ethanol in Brazil unlikely to be repeated

The Brazil ethanol industry saw record supplies for the 2013/2014 crush season just being wrapped up, and got a welcome boost from auto executives who said ethanol-powered cars are more viable for reducing pollution than electric vehicles.
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Air Products, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy sign agreement

Air Products, one of the leading suppliers of liquid carbon dioxide in the United States, has announced the signing of a long-term agreement for the production of liquid CO2 with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC.
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CoBank report considers implications of 2014 RFS proposal

CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving rural American industries, has published a report analyzing the possible economic impacts of the U.S. EPA's proposed 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements.
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Renmatix announces collaborations with BASF, Virent

Renmatix Inc. and Germany-based BASF announced Dec. 18 that they will jointly scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process. The announcement followed another two weeks earlier about an agreement with Virent Inc.
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China New Energy to acquire BAPP Ethanol Holdings

The Board of China New Energy announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to acquire BAPP Ethanol Holdings Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sino Distillery Group Ltd.
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EIA publishes AEO2014 reference case

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the early release of its Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014), increasing its projections for biomass energy and other renewables. The analysis also predicts increased consumption of biofuels.
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Renewable Fuels Association reflects on success of the RFS

The Renewable Fuel Association showcased the trends and successes of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) on the sixth anniversary of the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
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Senators push for clean energy tax credit extensions

A group of 24 senators, led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., issued a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Finance on Dec. 16 calling for support of programs that spur investment in the clean energy sector.
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Iowa leaders invite federal officials to host RFS hearing

Elected officials in Iowa are urging the federal government to host a hearing on the renewable fuels standard (RFS) in Iowa, giving government leaders the opportunity to hear directly from Midwesterners how their businesses will be affected.
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Bills to extend tax credits benefiting biofuels introduced

On Dec. 12, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., introduced two bills that would benefit the biofuels industry. One aims to extend the second generation biofuel producer credit and the special allowance for second generation biofuel plant property.
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Sen. Cochran hopeful Farm Bill agreement can be reached soon

Congress has adjourned for the year, leaving the Farm Bill unfinished. Lawmakers are expected to take up the legislation in January, and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said progress is being made.
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IRFA hosts a biofuel forum for republican senate candidates

On the sixth anniversary of the signing of the expanded federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) into law, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association hosted a renewable fuels forum for Iowa's leading Republican candidates seeking the GOP Senate nomination.
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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

Industry Jobs

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Employer: Pinal Energy LLC
Employer: Novozymes NA, Inc.
Employer: Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC
Employer: Trenton Agri Products

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