Special Report: Ethanol plant margins strong in uncertain times

Ethanol producers are enjoying generous margins in recent weeks, even as uncertainty over the fate of the renewable fuels standard (RFS) weighs upon the long-term outlook. Late November saw the best ethanol margins since the height of the 2006 boom.
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Industry says RFS proposal will chill cellulosic investments

The U.S. EPA's proposed reductions to the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements will not only impact current biofuel producers, the move is also expected to chill investment in second generation cellulosic projects and technologies.
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Iogen announces new drop-in cellulosic biofuel from biogas

Ottawa-based Iogen Corp. announced it has developed and patented a new method to make drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using existing refinery assets and production operations.
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Court denies LCFS rehearing request

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the petitions requesting a rehearing en banc regarding California's Low Carbon Fuels Standard. As such, a prior ruling that the LCFS does not violate interstate commerce laws stands.
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EU proposal sets renewable energy targets, ignores biofuels

The European Commission has published a proposal calling for a greenhouse gas reduction of 40 percent below the 1990 level along with an EU-wide 27 percent binding target for renewable energy by 2030. The proposal doesn't address transport fuels.
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Bioenergy sales contribute to Novozymes' 2013 growth

Novozymes has released its 2013 results, reporting that all financial targets for the year were met or exceeded. Overall organic sales growth was 7 percent. Sales to the bioenergy and household care industries were the biggest drivers of growth.
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Study shows statutory 2014 RFS requirement could be reached

A new study by Informa Economics shows the originally intended Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2014 blending requirements can be reached through expanded consumption of E85 and E15, as well as judicious use of carryover RIN credits.
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Meeting the needs of famers critical to biomass, residue harvest

While the baling of crop residues and forage crops is nothing new, the sheer volume that will be required to supply a commercial biorefinery makes developing a reliable, cost effective supply chain a challenge.
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American Freedom Energy to offer E15 in Ohio

American Freedom Energy is the first retailer in Ohio to offer E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers.
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Senators defend RFS in letter to EPA

A bipartisan group of senators has issued a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing concern over the EPA's proposed rule to set 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements and urging the EPA to modify the proposal.
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EU agriculture report predicts increased ethanol production

A report issued by the European Commission's Agricultural and Rural Development department predicts that the medium-term outlook for arable crops in the European Union is relatively positive. The biofuels market is the most dynamic demand factor.
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Praj unveils new identity

Praj Industries has adopted a new identity in line with its future growth strategy. Over the past three decades, Praj has transformed itself from being a single business sector company of ethanol solutions to a multiple business organization.
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Pacific Ethanol adds Selective Milling Technology to Idaho plant

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced it will implement yield-enhancing technology at its Magic Valley, Idaho, plant. The company chose ICM Inc.'s Selective Milling Technology to increase corn oil production and boost yields.
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UW researchers: Renewable chemical ready for biofuels scale-up

Using a plant-derived chemical known as gamma valerolactone, or GVL, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that's ripe with possibility for biofuels.
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Letter calls for revision of EPA's 2014 RFS proposal

A bipartisan group of 30 members of Congress recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, expressing concern over the EPA's proposed 2014 volume requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
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ePURE calls for binding renewable transportation fuel targets

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) calls on the European Commission to elaborate upon the successes of the current policy by proposing new binding targets for greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy use in transport by 2030.
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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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