Analysis shows RIN prices did not affect gasoline prices in 2013

An analysis from Informa Economics Inc. indicates renewable identification number (RIN) credits did not affect retail gasoline prices during 2013. Rather, crude oil prices were determined to be the primary driver of gasoline prices.
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CARD: U.S. could meet statutory 2014 RFS volumes

A new report published by Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development demonstrates that 2014 statutory requirements for the renewable fuels standard (RFS) could be met without additional infrastructure investments.
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EIA increases 2014 ethanol forecast in January STEO

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, slightly increasing its forecast for 2014 ethanol production to an average of 913,000 barrels per day.
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RFA, NCGA weigh in on WASDE, call for support of the RFS

The USDA has released its January WASDE report, announcing that 2013 was a record crop year with a harvest of 13.93 billion bushels. The average yield was 159 bushels per acre. The forecast for corn use for ethanol was increased to 5 billion bushels.
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Aphios granted patent for cellulosic biomass pretreatment

Aphios Corp. has announced that it was granted U.S. Patent No. 8,540,847 entitled "Methods and Apparatus for Processing Cellulosic Biomass," for its Aosic enabling technology platform, which utilizes "SuperFluids," such as carbon dioxide.
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Ergon acquires Bunge's share of Mississippi plant

Ergon Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Ergon Ethanol Inc. has acquired Bunge North America Inc.'s share of the former Bunge-Ergon Vicksburg LLC ethanol plant, located in Vicksburg, Miss.
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Saskatchewan ethanol plant gets new owner

Ontario-based Just Energy Group Inc. has closed on the sale of Terra Grain Fuels Inc. to a group of undisclosed Saskatchewan businesses. The 150 MMly plant, located in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, is expected to continue operations.
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Murphy Oil sells Hankinson, ND, plant to Guardian

A group of cooperatively organized ethanol producers have joined forces to purchase a third ethanol plant for the group, this time in Hankinson, N.D. Guardian Hankison LLC purchased the plant from Murphy USA Inc.'s subsidiary in December.
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2013 corn crop adjusted down slightly, global projections up

With the harvest complete and actual numbers replacing estimates, the USDA increased the harvested acres for corn by 436,000 acres and lowered the yield to 158.8 bushels per acre, reducing the figure for total production to 13.9 billion bushels.
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RFA: U.S. ethanol export opportunities abound

U.S. ethanol exports surged to 82.4 million gallons in November, with large volumes finding their way into new or emerging markets such as China and India, as well as the Philippines, Tunisia, Panama, and Mexico, according to government data.
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Air Products, Big River Resources 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 Big River Resources Boyceville LLC in Boyceville, Wis.
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New, simple technique may drive down biofuel production costs

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production.
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VoteVets launches ad campaign to support the RFS

The largest progressive group of veterans in America, with over 360,000 supporters, VoteVets.org, has launched a powerful new television ad in Iowa, aimed at protecting the bipartisan renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Distillers Grains Technology Council appoints CEO

The Distillers Grains Technology Council is pleased to announce that it has selected Kurt Rosentrater, a faculty member at Iowa State University, to be its next executive director and CEO. Rosentrater succeeds Charlie Staff, who recently retired.
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AEC criticizes "60 Minutes" piece for missing the big picture

Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, released the following statement today in response to last night's "60 Minutes" piece criticizing the Department of Energy's investments in clean energy.
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