Proposed corn ethanol plant in Iowa awarded tax incentives

A proposed corn ethanol plant that has been under development in southwest Iowa for nearly a decade may finally come to fruition. If constructed, it will be one of only a handful of first-generation ethanol plants to break ground since 2008.
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Biofuel, oil groups continue to challenge RFS rule in court

Legal challenges against the renewable fuel standard (RFS) continue to be filed by both stakeholders in the biofuels industry and representatives of the oil industry.
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McCarthy addresses RFS, role of biomass in CPP during hearing

On Feb. 11, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. EPA policies that impact the rural economy. The renewable fuel standard (RFS) and Clean Power Plan were among the programs discussed during the nearly three-hour event.
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Ocean Park Advisors predicts consolidation in biofuels business

The North American biofuels industry saw dramatic consolidation of players in 2015, and signs so far this year point to an even greater number of mergers and acquisitions in 2016, a leading industry advisor says.
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Comet Biorefining to build biomass sugar plant in Ontario

Comet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in 2018.
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Octane benefits highlighted at National Ethanol Conference

NEC review: Vilsack praises ethanol industry. Hofmeister proposes new energy agency. Speakers address octane benefits and the potential for high octane fuels to increase efficiency, lower consumer fuel costs.
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New study released, FFV campaign launched at ethanol conference

The National Ethanol Conference kicked off Feb. 15 in New Orleans with a welcome reception. On Feb. 16, the Renewable Fuels Association released a new study and launched a flex-fuel vehicle awareness program.
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South Dakota announces availability of funding for blender pumps

The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development is soliciting applications for grants to support the installation of ethanol blender pumps. According to the GOED, it aims to support the installation of 74 new blender pumps.
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Report: Energy efficiency of ethanol continues to improve

Reports published by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist and the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute demonstrate that ethanol production continues to become more energy efficient and benefit the economy.
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RFA: US exports of distillers grains set new record in 2015

U.S. exports of distillers grains set a new record of 12.56 million metric tons (MMT) in 2015, according to a new summary of ethanol coproduct trade statistics released by the Renewable Fuels Association.
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ORNL: Titan probes depths of biofuel’s biggest barrier

To better understand exactly how lignin persists, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory created one of the largest biomolecular simulations to date, a 23.7-million atom system representing pretreated biomass in the presence of enzymes.
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Clariant: Cellulosic ethanol now used in cleaning agents

Clariant, in cooperation with Werner & Mertz, has launched a project which expands the possible applications of its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol to detergents, cleansers and cleaning agents, including Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner.
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Alliance BioEnergy: CTS pilot plant producing cellulosic sugar

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has announced the CTS pilot plant, located at the its subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock through fermentation of cellulosic sugars.
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GRFA calls on national governments to end fossil fuel subsidies

Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently called upon national leaders to take advantage of the low price and abundant stockpiles of crude oil to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.
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RFA: Report offers recommendations on how to market ethanol

During the National Ethanol Conference, Matthew Willcox, executive director of the Institute of Decision Making, discussed how insights from behavioral science can be used by fuel marketers to affect consumer choice at the pump regarding ethanol use.
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Method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production

An assistant research specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has designed a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass.
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SIRE releases first quarter financial results

On Feb. 10, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC released financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2016, reporting net income of $1.1 million, or $82.99 per basic unit, for the three-month period ending Dec. 31.
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Dinneen: State of the ethanol industry remains strong

Speaking before more than 1,000 attendees at the National Ethanol Conference in New Orleans Feb. 16, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen declared that the domestic ethanol industry remains strong.
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Whitefox Technologies, Pine Lake Corn Processors sign agreement

Whitefox Technologies Ltd. announced at the National Ethanol Conference that it has signed an agreement with Iowa-based Pine Lake Corn Processors to install the first Whitefox ICE Solution in the Midwest.
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Renewable fuels from algae boosted by NREL refinery process

A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research.
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Chempolis, NRL cellulosic ethanol project in India moves forward

A joint venture of Chempolis Ltd. and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that aims to build a biorefinery utilizing Chempolis’ formicobio technology is moving forward after getting approval from NRL’s board.
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2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 11-14, 2016
Charlotte Convention Center
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June 20-23, 2016
Wisconsin Center
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