Marquis Energy celebrates 1 billion gallons of production

On Dec. 10, Marquis Energy celebrated reaching the milestone of 1 billion gallons of ethanol production. The total facility capacity is expected to be over 300 million gallons per year when the south unit comes online in the coming weeks.
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DuPont, Dow plan to merge then split into 3 independent companies

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Co. have announced plans to combine in an all-stock merger of equals into DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies.
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USDA announces loan guarantee for Ensyn RFO project

The USDA has announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a 20 MMgy cellulosic biorefinery under development by an affiliate of Ensyn Corp. in Georgia. The facility will produce a renewable fuel oil product.
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EIA increases 2015, 2016 ethanol production forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its forecast for 2015 and 2016 ethanol production to an average of approximately 960,000 barrels per day.
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Europe opens antitrust investigation on 3 ethanol producers

On Dec. 7, the European Commission announced it is opening a formal antitrust investigation to determine whether or not three ethanol producers have manipulated ethanol benchmarks published by a price reporting agency.
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UNICA: Demand for hydrous ethanol is down

UNICA, Brazil's sugarcane industry association, has announced rains slowed the pace of the sugarcane crush during the second half of November. The association also reported reduced demand for hydrous ethanol.
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USDA approves engineered corn for increased ear biomass

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced a genetically engineered corn developed by Monsanto for increased ear biomass is no longer considered a regulated article under certain APHIS regulations.
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WASDE projects corn use for ethanol higher by 25 million bushels

USDA made small changes to its corn supply and demand projections in its last monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report for the calendar year, mostly due to ethanol.
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Queensland to implement 3% ethanol mandate

The government of Queensland, Australia, recently passed a bill that requires the fuel industry to comply with a 3 percent ethanol mandate for gasoline and a 0.5 percent mandate for biobased diesel. The mandates take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
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Slight increase projected for corn use for ethanol production

The final rulemaking for the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) won't result in much more demand for corn, according to Darrell Good's weekly outlook, "Ethanol Production and Corn Consumption Prospects for 2016," in the FarmDocDaily.
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RINs behavior after EPA rule shows ethanol-biodiesel relationship

The release of the U.S. EPA's final rulemaking for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) was a shock to the RINs market, the renewable identification numbers used by obligated parties to demonstrate compliance.
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Biofuels contribution to GHG emissions offsets significant

At the World Climate Summit under way in Paris, France, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance in cooperation with (S&T)2 Consultants Inc. released a new report on greenhouse gas reductions from biofuels.
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USGC team shows Saudi Arabian feed producers value of DDGS

Two U.S. Grains Council members recently traveled to Saudi Arabia to participate in consultations with sophisticated grain buyers and USGC's local consultant, demonstrating the value of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).
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Laurel Biocomposite earns USDA biobased label for 3 products

Laurel BioComposite LLC has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its Bio-Res PLA with 97 percent biobased content; Bio-Res PE with 62 percent biobased content and Bio-Res powder with 100 percent biobased content.
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RFA to EPA: New gasoline volatility regulations needed

In a recent letter to the U.S. EPA, the Renewable Fuels Association urged the agency to take immediate administrative action to eliminate an arcane regulatory barrier that is impeding growth in the use of E15 and other higher-level ethanol blends.
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New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

The makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with, thanks to a new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab.
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New dual-purpose bioenergy, forage crop set for release

Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid "similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes and other sterile triploid crops."
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ICPB applies for patent for biobased MEG manufacturing process

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a patent application (U.S. 2015/0329449) from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for a production method using corn in the industrial manufacturing of a raw material called monoethylene glycol (MEG).
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Indiana opens applications for blender fuel pump program

The Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council recently announced that fuel retail stations in Indiana can begin applying for a share of $1.34 million through the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program.
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Industry Events

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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