NASS launches survey of ethanol corn use, coproduct production

In late October, ethanol producers will be receiving the first of what will become monthly surveys to report corn crush and coproduct production to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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USDA awards loan guarantee to Cool Planet

The USDA has awarded a $91 million loan guarantee to Cool Planet Energy Systems to help finance the company's advanced biofuel facility, which is under development in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
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Genscape suggests 75 million cellulosic RINs possible in 2014

Cellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, while biogas could contribute another 67.5 million D3 RINs, suggests a new white paper from Genscape.
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Thune, Klobuchar ask USDA to quantify impact of rail congestion

Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recently sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, requesting the USDA conduct an economic analysis of the rail service challenges facing agricultural shippers.
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UK DECC: Record volume of liquid biofuels consumed in Q2

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced a record 464 million liters of liquid biofuels were consumed by the country's transportation sector during the second quarter.
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Commodities: Natural gas hedging strategy prudent this year

The market is still feeling the effects of one of the coldest stretches in the last 30 years. That's mainly in the form of a reduced storage inventory that has staged a solid but incomplete recovery thanks to record production and static demand.
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Thermotolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol

With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology indicate the findings may result in ethanol being more effectively manufactured.
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Governors' Biofuels Coalition calls for amended RFS proposal

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, have sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to amend the 2014 renewable fuels standard proposal.
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Poll: 3 in 4 British Columbians support clean fuels regulation

A new poll shows that most British Columbians support BC's renewable and low carbon fuels regulation that requires transportation fuels to contain renewable content (5 percent in gasoline) and 10 percent carbon content by 2020.
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EPA approves permit for ADM's second CCS well

The U.S. EPA has approved a permit that will allow Archer Daniels Midland Co. to proceed with the development of a second well to sequester carbon dioxide captured from its Decatur, Illinois, ethanol plant.
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End users reap benefits of lower corn, soy prices

The corn and soy complex continues its downward spiral as yield and production potential continues to escalate. This may not be positive news for the grain or soy producer, however, all aspects of the end-user are reaping the initial benefits.
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RFA announces new leadership

The Renewable Fuels Association recently elected new leadership at its annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The Board selected Randall Doyal, general manager and CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel, as the next chairman of the board of directors.
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Commodities: Ethanol futures falling fast

September saw a near freefall in ethanol futures as prices declined 62 cents per gallon and additional price pressure is likely still to come. Front month October ethanol futures fell from $2.20 at the end of August to $1.58 in late September.
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Commodities: DDGS value comes down to logistics

August's news about China and domestic transportation logistics worked to depress DDGS prices in September, writes Sean Broderick. Still, increased demand in Mexico and in the domestic hog and poultry diets has had a positive impact.
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RFA refreshes key guidelines for quality control programs

The Renewable Fuels Association has released an updated version of its guidelines to help companies establish successful quality control and quality assurance programs.
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Comment period on DOT's proposed rail safety rule closes Sept. 30

Representatives of the ethanol industry who wish to weigh in on the U.S. Department of Transportation's recent rail transportation safety proposal have until Sept. 30 to submit comments.
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New Urban Air Initiative website highlights benefits of ethanol

The Urban Air Initiative has launched a new website drawing attention to the growing problem of toxic compounds in gasoline, with a call to action for the U.S. EPA to regulate some of the most harmful components in our fuel.
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Industry Events

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-14, 2014
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June 1-4, 2015
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