Energy Bill amendments aim to impede biofuels, benefit bioenergy

The U.S. Senate is currently considering the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. To date, lawmakers have introduced more than 275 amendments to the bill, including several that would impact biofuels and bioenergy.
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Biofuels industry speaks out following results of Iowa caucus

On Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus officially kicked off the primary election season. Twelve of the 14 candidates who participated in the Iowa caucus are supportive of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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Economists: Ethanol retains low-cost octane enhancer status

Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices. The biggest threat, say University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, would be a shortfall in U.S. corn production.
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ACE 2016 DC fly-in to be held April 13-14

The American Coalition for Ethanol has announced its 8th annual fly-in will be held on April 13-14, with the Washington Court on Capitol Hill serving as the host hotel for the event. Registration information is available on the ACE website.
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Gevo signs licensing, joint development agreements with Porta

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock.
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ADM reports Q4 earnings of 61 per share, down from $1 a year ago

Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported net earnings for the fourth quarter were $718 million, or $1.19 per share, and segment operating profit was $900 million. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 61 cents.
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EPA rulemaking aims to update GHG reporting requirements

The U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, including some provisions related to biogas and ethanol. Comments are due Feb. 29.
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Corn use for ethanol reached 444.5 million bushels in December

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has published the February edition of its Grain Crushing and Coproducts Production report, showing total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was 444.5 million bushels.
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Indiana bill would extend misfueling immunity to mid-level blends

In mid-January, a congressman in the Indiana General Assembly introduced a bill that aims to increase use of ethanol-blended fuels by expanding immunity for the misuse of blended fuel.
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County board approves modified loan for CE&P

The Imperial County, California, board of supervisors recently approved a modified loan for California Ethanol and Power, a company developing a sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol plant in the region.
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Powering up with a let-down turbine

Installing a turbine where steam pressures are being dropped generates power and reduces carbon intensity. This article appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline, "Powering up by letting down."
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E25, E40 for the masses

Widely introducing consumers to 'super premium' ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well. This article appears in the March issue of EPM.
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Study: Increased switchgrass acreage could improve water quality

Argonne National Laboratory has released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin.
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Growth Energy launches ad campaign as nation’s eyes turn to Iowa

Growth Energy has launched a television and digital ad campaign highlighting ethanol’s contribution to a cleaner, more prosperous, more secure America. The spot features Iowa farmer Chris Soules, star of The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars.
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