2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop opens in Minneapolis

Roughly 200 ethanol plants are represented at the 31st Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo that got underway Monday evening at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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FEW panel optimistic on ethanol outlook, despite EPA rule

If the ethanol industry unites behind a common goal, "we will be undefeatable," Big River Resources CEO Ray Defenbaugh told the opening session at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop underway in Minneapolis.
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Dinneen, Coleman talk RVO numbers, EPA at FEW

The first full day of FEW kicked off June 2 with rousing speeches on the U.S. EPA’s recently released proposal for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) RVOs for 2014, 2015 and 2016, with speeches by Bob Dinneen of RFA and Brooke Coleman of AEC.
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Defenbaugh, Caupert, named FEW award winners

The two awards given out at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo were presented Tuesday, June 2, at the start of the general session. Ray Defenbaugh won the High Octane Award and John Caupert was named the Award of Excellence recipient.
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EPA to hold public hearing on RFS proposal June 25 in Kansas

The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing on June 25 in Kansas City, Kansas, on its recently released proposed rule for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) and 2017 RFS proposal for biomass-based diesel.
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EPA approves Efficient Producer pathways for 8 ethanol plants

The U.S. EPA has approved eight new corn starch pathway under the Efficient Producer pathway petition process. A total of 32 plants have now been awarded pathway approvals under the program since its launch last year.
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Nebraska governor signs rebate program into law that benefits E15

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed legislation into law that will create a rebate program for qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property, including motor vehicle fuel property that is fueled with ethanol blends of at least 15 percent.
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USDA publishes final VAPG rule, opens comment period

In May, USDA Rural Development's Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Value-Added Producer Grant program and opened a 60-day comment period that closes on July 7. The program can support the production of E85 and biogas.
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EPA seeks input on RIN quality assurance plan ICR

The U.S. EPA recently published a notice soliciting public comments on a proposed information collection request (ICR) related to the voluntary renewable identification number (RIN) quality assurance program under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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China New Energy acquires equity stake in Hungarian ethanol plant

China New Energy Ltd. recently announced it has acquired 24 percent of the issued equity in a Hungary-based ethanol project that is currently under development. CNE was contracted in 213 to design and construct the facility.
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Two free ISCC events coming up in Miami

The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification group is holding two free events in the United States in late June, including a Global Risk Assessment Services workshop and a regional stakeholder meeting.
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Gevo’s wood-derived jet fuel to be used in test flight

Gevo Inc. has announced its patented technology to make jet fuel from cellulosic wood waste will be used in demonstration flight sponsored by Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and major North American airline.
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Clemson receives grant to research crops for energy use

A new public-private partnership led by Clemson University and a worldwide biomass and bioenergy producer will research the use of crops that can both open new markets for South Carolina landowners and support the growing demand for renewable energy.
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FCStone to supply corn for Gevo’s Luverne plant

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with FCStone Merchant Services LLC to originate and supply corn for Gevo's plant in Luverne, Minnesota.
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BESC, Mascoma develop revolutionary yeast for biofuel production

Biofuels pioneer Mascoma LLC and the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter.
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Solenis develops scale inhibitor for ethanol plant evaporators

Solenis has launched its Polystabil AS4535 scale inhibitor specifically designed to help fuel ethanol producers control scale in their evaporators, improving heat transfer and reducing downtime while meeting regulatory guidelines for chemical usage.
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Genscape announces first verified D6 ethanol Q-RINs

The final week of April marked the first time Genscape D6 ethanol Q-renewable identification numbers (Q-RINs) were generated within the U.S. EPA Moderated Transaction System. Four ethanol facilities are now generating Q-RINs, with more expected soon.
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RSB approves new low ILUC risk standard

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials kicked off its annual General Assembly meeting with a delegation vote on the new "Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators." The standard was approved by consensus.
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Solenis launches new antibiotic-free fermentation aids

Solenis has launched a novel family of antibiotic-free fermentation aids to help fuel ethanol producers improve efficiency and address regulatory and consumer concerns about antibiotics in the food chain.
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IRFA: EPA inaction limits E15 as fuel option during summer months

On May 31, drivers of 2001 and newer vehicles could purchase lower-cost E15. Yet starting June 1, thousands of motorists will pull up to an E15 pump and be greeted by a new label stating "for flexible fuel vehicles only."
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CHS acquires Patriot Renewable Fuels ethanol plant

CHS Inc. recently announced it has acquired the Patriot Renewable Fuels ethanol plant from Patriot Holdings LLC in Annawan, Illinois. The 125 MMgy facility is the second ethanol plant that CHS has purchased.
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Cellerate technology, Enogen Value Tracker featured at FEW

Syngenta is featuring two exciting new ethanol industry innovations at the 31st annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo held in Minneapolis from June 1 to June 4, including Cellerate process technology and Enogen Value Tracker.
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ACE launches E15 website for retailers

As part of an ongoing retailer-focused campaign called Flex Fuel Forward, the American Coalition for Ethanol is debuting www.FlexFuelForward.com, a new website for gas and fuel marketers who have questions about E15, E85, and other flex fuel blends.
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USDA announces restart of BCAP

On June 1, the USDA announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.
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Solenis, Superior Oil resolve corn oil extraction patent dispute

Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, has resolved a patent dispute with Superior Oil Co. over methods for using chemical additives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of corn oil extraction in fuel ethanol production.
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