EIA increases 2016 ethanol production forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 970,000 barrels per day in both 2016 and 2017.
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Biofuel, ag groups ask court to review EPA’s recent RFS rule

On Jan. 8, seven agricultural and biofuel groups filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asking the court to review the U.S. EPA’s final rule setting 2014-'16 obligations under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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USGC comments on Chinese investigations of US DDGS exports

The U.S. Grains Council has issued a statement following the announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce that it has initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles exported to China.
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Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2016 IBCE

BBI International announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 9th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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AFPM files motion to intervene in RFS lawsuit

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers has announced it has filed a motion to intervene in the recent lawsuit brought by members of the ethanol industry against the U.S. EPA regarding its recent renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking.
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CARB releases FAQ on new LCFS regulations in advance of deadline

With a Jan. 31 deadline approaching, the California Air Resources Board released an FAQ to answer frequently asked questions about the changes to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
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UNICA: Ethanol production up nearly 5% through December

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that with the harvest season almost finished, the sugarcane crush in the south-central region reached approximately 594.08 million tons at the end of December.
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WASDE: Corn yield down 0.9 bushel, ending stocks up 17 M bushels

Soft corn markets should be strengthened some by USDA lowering its national average yield by 0.9 bushels to 168.4 bushels per acres. That brings the USDA estimates for 2015-’16 corn production down by 53 million bushels.
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RFA comments on DOE’s Optima program

The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted two comments to the U.S. Department of Energy in response to a request by the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy for information on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Optima).
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2015 Crop results: Good quality, plentiful corn

Survey provides snapshot of new crop quality for ethanol production. This story appears in the February issue of EPM.
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Biofuels company industrializes photosynthesis

For eight years, Joule has been working under the radar to develop and commercialize its CO2-to-fuel technology. This story appears in the February issue of EPM with the headline 'Industrializing Photosynthesis.'
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Vilsack to speak at Iowa renewable fuels event

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and former Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack will provide a unique perspective on the USDA’s commitment to renewable fuels at the 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on Jan. 19 in Altoona, Iowa.
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Study questions reliability of ethanol results from EPA model

The U.S. EPA’s vehicle emissions modeling system is inadequate and unreliable as a tool for estimating the exhaust emissions of gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol, according to a new comprehensive third-party evaluation.
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Nixon named chairman of Governors’ Biofuels Coalition

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will serve as the 2016 chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will serve as vice-chair. The 33-state bipartisan organization was founded more than 20 years ago.
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Study: Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study.
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RFA: Most vehicles sold in 2015 approved by automakers for E15

Last year automakers sold a record 17.47 million vehicles in the United States, with a majority explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15, according to statistics from Autodata and an analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association.
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Global Bioenergies, Lanzatech strengthen cooperation

Global Bioenergies and LanzaTech announce the signature of a new collaboration agreement to broaden the feedstock flexibility of Global Bioenergies’ Isobutene process and the product-portfolio of LanzaTech's carbon capture technology.
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Study: Bacteria attack lignin with enzymatic tag team

Scientists from Rice University, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have discovered how two bacterial enzymes work as a team to break apart lignin.
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The BioAg Alliance announces microbial solution for corn

The BioAg Alliance, Novozymes’ and Monsanto’s collaboration to improve crop harvests through naturally-occurring microbes, recently announced results from its 2015 field trial program. Those results included a corn inoculant product.
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