Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

The Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill.
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GeoSynFuels purchases, retrofits idle demonstration plant

GeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit the plant to use its proprietary 5CS Technology.
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Iowa Senate unanimously passes biofuels bill, sends it to House

An Iowa bill that extends several tax credits for producers and retailers passed the Iowa Senate with 48 "yes" votes and zero "no" votes on April 1. The bill was referred to the Iowa House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on April 2.
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Global ethanol production to reach 90 billion liters this year

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, in cooperation with F.O. Licht, has released its Global Annual Ethanol Production Forecast, which predicts global fuel ethanol production to surpass 90 billion liters (23.78 billion gallons) in 2014.
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EIA: Rail congestion, cold weather raise ethanol spot prices

Ethanol spot prices have increased steadily since early February. By late March, New York Harbor spot ethanol prices exceeded prices for RBOB (the petroleum component of gasoline) by more than $1 per gallon.
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Nebraska corn producers are excited about Brazilian biofuels

A group of Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio corn farmers have returned from a multi-state trade mission to Brazil excited about the potential relationships and similarities of ethanol fuel.
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County waives majority of taxes for formerly idled Texas plant

A Texas county commission recently voted to waive all but 5 percent of a Plainview, Texas, ethanol plant's taxes, as part of a 10-year tax abatement pact signed with the county in 2009.
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First functional 'designer' chromosome in yeast is synthesized

An international team of scientists has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels.
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Purdue researchers launch innovative bioenergy company

Purdue University researchers are launching a company, Spero Energy Inc., focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals.
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Fire consumes small percentage of DuPont's stover bales

An early morning fire on March 31, destroyed about 5,200 of the 55,000 corn stover bales stored at a 30-acre DuPont stover storage site located about 10 miles northeast of Nevada, Iowa. It is suspected lightning started the fire.
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American Ethanol to plant trees to put more green in spring

The National Corn Growers Association will join NASCAR in kicking off its second year of the NASCAR Race to Green Campaign. The campaign is intended to highlight the environmental accomplishments of green programs put in place by NASCAR.
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No production delays expected at Wisconsin plant following fire

A minor fire that broke out in a section of ductwork at Monroe, Wis.-based Bader State Ethanol LLC is not expected to impact plant operations. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of April 1. No injuries were reported.
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Axens, Total and IFPEN launch ethanol-to-ethylene technology

Axens, Total and IFP Energies nouvelles have launched Atol, an innovative technology for bioethylene production through dehydration of bioethanol. The resulting bioethylene can be integrated in existing downstream polymerization installations.
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EIA data shows U.S. ethanol consumption continues to grow

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the March edition of its Monthly Energy Review, which features final 2013 data for ethanol production, imports and consumption. The report shows ethanol consumption continue to grow last year.
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USDA: Corn planting down, but still fifth largest acreage

The USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service has released its Prospective Plantings report, predicting 91.7 million acres of corn will be planted this year, down 4 percent from last year. Soybean acreage, however, is forecast to increase.
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Researcher wins grant for hybrid conversion biofuel process

Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State University, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process.
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Iowa bill would extend state renewable energy tax credit

The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that aims to extend the deadline for renewable energy projects to qualify for the state's renewable energy tax credits. It also has provisions that apply to cogeneration projects associated with ethanol plants.
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Senate Finance Committee to markup tax extenders legislation

The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to markup a tax extenders bill on April 3. The legislation, titled the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, includes extensions of several biofuel tax credits.
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Industry Events

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
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International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
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