DuPont opens commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries.
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Vilsack announces infrastructure grants to 21 states in Florida

USDA is distributing $100 million in the Biofuels Infrastructure Program to add nearly 5,000 E85 and E15 pumps in 21 states. Matching commitments from state and private entities bring the total investment to $210 million.
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China considering 2nd DDGS anti-dumping investigation

News that Chinese companies have petitioned the Chinese government to launch an anti-dumping investigation over imports of U.S. distillers grains is a factor in lowered distillers grains prices and slowed exports, but it’s not the only factor.
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Biofuel groups debate fate of renewable fuel standard

Agreeing to respectfully disagree was one of few assenting points reached by association heads representing the biodiesel, ethanol and advanced biofuel groups during a candid debate about the renewable fuel standard.
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US exports of feed grains in all forms reach 2nd highest level

Unprocessed feed grain exports accounted for less than 15 percent of U.S. production, but adding grain equivalents for value-added products, such as ethanol, DDGS and meat, raises that to 26 percent.
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USDA chief economist office examines ethanol’s complex impact

USDA Chief Economist Johansson calls report unique in that it centers on the pivotal role that ethanol plays in the crop and feed markets. It reviews the historical development of the industry, with multiple charts showing the change from 2000-'15.
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Valero reports solid Q3 results in refining, ethanol volumes up

Valero Energy Corp. reported overall third quarter net income of $1.4 billion, or $2.79 per share. The ethanol segment generated Q3 operating income of $35 million, compared to $198 million in Q3 a year ago.
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Poet Bioenergy focuses on employee wellness

Poet is installing fitness equipment at its plants. The corporate office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has a state-of-the-art fitness center and Poet officials wanted employees at its 28 plants also to have ready access to fitness equipment.
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Novozymes launches improved Avantec enzyme

Novozyme launches Avantec Amp combining multiple enzyme activities into one product to improve yield and throughput, increase oil extraction and reduce chemical use.
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Vertimass completes scale-up technology validation with DOE

Vertimass LLC recently announced the completion of the technology validation that verifies the initial process design and preliminary cost information for a new award of $2 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office.
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Heineken brewery celebrates achieving carbon-neutral milestone

BDI-BioEnergy Int'l and Brau Union Osterreich, part of the Heineken family, celebrated the opening of a new spent-grain fermentation plant at the Goss Brewery in Austria, the last milestone in a series of efforts to make the plant carbon-neutral.
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Ethanol industry disputes API’s ethanol claims

Ethanol industry says anti-ethanol talking points in latest API study are false and an effort to restrict American consumers' fuel choice.
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Analyst describes improvements in Brazil ethanol industry

In the wake of the Petrobras scandal, the Brazil government shifted policy, reinstating the infrastructure tax on gasoline and raising gasoline prices in late 2014. Both moves made hydrous ethanol more competitive with gasoline.
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Germans publish update versions of EU biofuels directives

German Bioethanol Industry Association has made update versions of the renewable energy and fuel quality directives adopted this summer by the EU and officially published last month. It includes a 7 percent cap for biofuels from energy crops
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DDGS prices work back up, after season lows

DDGS prices are starting to work higher, after seeing their season lows at the beginning of October. U.S. buyers are picking up their usage, and demand from the export market, particularly for containers, has stayed pretty steady.
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Most areas of Corn Belt expected to perform well

Harvest has wrapped up and yield reports have been better than expected. Aside from the Eastern Corn Belt, most areas of the Corn Belt are projected to outperform last year’s yield numbers.
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Ethanol prices finding trading range

Through Q4, the ethanol market seems to be confined to a 10-cent trading range. It’s trapped, not only by a range-bound corn market and a supply-burdened crude oil market which has pivoted around the $45 per barrel price level.
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LNG export on the verge of reality

As the U.S. natural gas market turns its eyes to 2016, there will be a new variable in the mix. After years of talking, financing, and construction, the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is set to leave the U.S. Gulf Coast in Q1.
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April 11-14, 2016
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