Dakota Spirit AgEnergy completes commissioning

A press conference was held at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant in North Dakota, marking the facility reaching its full commercialization phase. It’s the first corn-ethanol plant to be built in the U.S. in more than five years.
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EPA: 12.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 12.41 million cellulosic RINs.
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RFS comment period to close July 27

The public comment period on U.S. EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal is set to close July 27. As of July 22, more than 45,000 comments had already been filed on the proposal.
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EIA proposes to expand biofuel data collection activities

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on proposed revisions to certain information collection forms, including several focused on biofuel. Comments are due Sept. 8.
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UNICA: Ethanol production, sales set new record in June

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production and sales by mills in the country's south-central region hit record levels in June. Sales of hydrous ethanol were up 51.76 percent when compared to June 2014.
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Tax extenders package benefiting biofuels passes Senate committee

The Senate Finance Committee has passed a tax extenders package that includes two-year extensions of tax credits for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel. The next step for the legislation is consideration by the full U.S. Senate.
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Senate Finance Committee to address tax extenders bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is scheduled to address a tax extenders bill on July 21. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently announced he has secured the inclusion of tax incentives for cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel in the legislation.
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Liquid Light, Coca-Cola sign technology development agreement

Liquid Light announced it has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. The objective of the agreement is to accelerate the development of Liquid Light's technology which can make mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from carbon dioxide.
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Deinove unveils biobased muconic acid production program

Deinove recently announced that it has completed conclusive proof of concept for the production of muconic acid by a Deinococcus bacterium and has decided to launch a new research and development platform in this field.
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New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

New Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement.
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Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration

Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. This story appears in the August issue of EPM.
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RFA: Motorcyclists celebrate 75 years at Sturgis

The Renewable Fuels Association will once again partner with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is set to take place Aug. 3-9 in Sturgis, South Dakota.
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Lee Enterprises Consulting, Zeton announce strategic alliance

Lee Enterprises Consulting, an alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, has announced a strategic alliance with Zeton Inc., which designs and fabricates lab-scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and other facilities.
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New Corn Traits Yield Homegrown Enzymes

Plymouth Energy collaborates with corn growers to increase plant efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable. This story appears in the August issue of EPM.
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RFA: Boat Racers return to Kansas for 'Shootout' on the water

The National Boat Racing Association recently held its annual Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout in Garnett, Kansas. The July 12-13 event invited boat racers to compete on the waters of Lake Garnett with ethanol-powered hydroplanes.
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Blume Distillation announces sale of biorefinery to Numbitrax

Blume Distillation LLC recently announced sale of its first African-based biorefinery. Numbitrax LLC, based in Touwsriver, Western Cape, South Africa, has completed a purchase agreement and fund transfer for a Blume biorefinery system.
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Trialing Innovation

New products undergo extensive research and collaboration before real-time testing. This story appears in the August issue of EPM.
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NCGA invests an additional $500,000 in Prime the Pump

The National Corn Growers Association announced the investment of an additional $500,000 to Prime the Pump, which seeks to expand fueling infrastructure capable of delivering higher blends of ethanol fuel to American consumers.
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U.S. Water launches technology for cooling water treatment

U.S. Water has announced the launch of PhosZero with E-FeX Technology, which is a synergistic blend of ingredients that replaces the most common uses of phosphorus in cooling water applications.
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Genomatica, Cargill announce renewable chemical collaboration

Genomatica and Cargill have entered into a collaboration agreement to accelerate the production of renewable chemicals for industrial applications. Cargill also made an equity investment in Genomatica.
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Advanced Ethanol Council changes name, expands membership

The Advanced Ethanol Council is expanding its organizational charter to include other types of advanced biofuels. The new group, called the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, also announced new corporate and board members.
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Industry Events

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 11-14, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 20-23, 2015
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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