Red River Energy restarts operations, plans upgrades

Red River Energy LLC's ethanol plant in Rosholt, South Dakota, is once again operating after sitting idle for approximately 18 months. As production continues, the company plans to increase capacity and complete several improvement projects.
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Legacy 18 MMgy Minnesota plant restarts ethanol production

Minnesota-based Buffalo Lake Advanced Biofuels recently restarted operations. The 18 MMgy plant, which was purchased out of bankruptcy in 2012, has undergone repairs and upgrades, including the installation of a new solids separation technology.
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Legislation, hearing aim to alleviate rail delays

As the 2014 harvest season kicks off, members of the U.S. Senate are taking action to ensure the Surface Transportation Board has the authority necessary to help mitigate the rail backlog currently plaguing the Midwest.
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QCCP celebrates grand opening of bolt-on cellulosic facility

Glava, Iowa-based Quad County Corn Processors celebrated the grand opening of its 2 MMgy bold-on cellulosic facility on Sept. 9. The project, which converts corn kernel fiber into ethanol, began operations earlier this summer.
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Fuels America call stresses the importance of the RFS

On Sept. 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to stress the importance of maintaining a strong renewable fuel standard. The group also plans to publish a new advertisement highlighting achievements made by cellulosic biofuel producers.
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Letters highlight importance of RFS to cellulosic investments

As the industry continues to wait for the U.S. EPA to hand down the final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), political figures and members of the biofuel industry continue to advocate for maintaining a strong RFS program.
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RFA: Fuel volatility regulations continue to stifle E15

The Renewable Fuels Association implored Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. EPA, to immediately address disparate fuel volatility regulations that hinder the sale and expansion of E15.
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EIA forecast predicts continued growth in ethanol production

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the September issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, slightly altering its ethanol production forecasts for this year and next year.
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Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

Genera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability.
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Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

Viaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California.
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Flint Hills Resources to acquire Georgia ethanol plant

Flint Hills Resources LLC has announced plans to acquire Southwest Georgia Ethanol LLC's 100 MMgy ethanol plant in Camilla, Georgia. The company currently owns six ethanol plants with a combined capacity of 650 million gallons.
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Corn to yield 171.7 bu/acre for record 14.4 billion bushel crop

The USDA boosted its corn yield forecast by 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels, projecting corn production at a record 14.395 billion bushels, 368 million bushels higher than last month's supply/demand report.
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NCGA announces new CEO

The National Corn Growers Association recently announced that Chris Novak will become the organization's next CEO, taking the place of 14-year veteran Rick Tolman, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire from the organization.
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U.S. Water announces launch of Ethanol Final Filter

U.S. Water Services Inc.has introduced the new U.S. Water Ethanol Final Filter. The bolt-on, mechanical/chemical system improves final fuel quality through the removal of both existent and potential sulfate.
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RFA: Safety seminars, retailer workshops headed to Michigan

The Renewable Fuels Association, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, will continue its national tour of Ethanol Safety Seminars this month with five stops across Michigan.
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Corn Oil One breaks ground on distillers corn oil frac facility

Corn Oil One has announced a major step toward the further processing of distillers corn oil by breaking ground on its new oil frac facility. The project, collocated with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC, is expected to be completed in early 2015.
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EMS signs 2 agreements to provide plant management services

Energy Management Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of ICM Inc., is pleased to announce two new signed plant management agreements with Red River Energy LLC in Rosholt, South Dakota, and Midwest Renewable Energy LLC in Sutherland, Nebraska.
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RFA study debunks food vs. fuel again

The Renewable Fuels Association has released a report that further debunks the fictional food vs. fuel argument. The report shows that while corn prices have dropped dramatically over the past two years, retail food prices have not.
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3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock

Comparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley.
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Industry Events

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-14, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 1-4, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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