ICM contracts with The Andersons to expand Michigan plant

ICM Inc. has announced a contract with The Andersons Albion Ethanol LLC to design and build the expansion of the Albion, Michigan, location, doubling the facility’s capacity.
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Pacific Ethanol reports record net sales in 2015 results

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting net sales of $378.8 million for the three-month period, up 47 percent when compared with the same quarter of the prior year.
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EIA slightly increases 2016, 2017 ethanol production forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that ethanol production is expected to average slightly more than 2015 level of 966,000 barrels per day this year and next year.
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House hearing focuses on DOE loan guarantee program

On March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. Abengoa projects were among those discussed during the event.
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RFA: Absolute Energy celebrates 10th anniversary

The Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Iowa ethanol producer Absolute Energy for celebrating its 10th anniversary. The company was formed in early 2006 and began construction of its St. Ansgar, Iowa, ethanol plant in June 2006.
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USDA: Corn use for fuel alcohol down slightly in January

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently published the March edition of its Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report, noting total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 491.3 million bushels in January.
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Abengoa releases 2015 results, reports lower ethanol margins

Abengoa recently released condensed consolidated financial statements for the second half of last year, reporting that it generated nearly EUR 5.76 billion ($6.34 billion) in revenues and EUR 515 million in EBITDA during 2015.
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USDA: March report makes few changes to feed grain supply, demand

USDA made only small changes to its monthly supply and demand report, including a 9 million bushel reduction in corn use for ethanol in the last marketing year.
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Ethanol industry commends swift action on DDGS antidumping case

Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association recently sent a letter to President Obama urging swift action to “mount an aggressive defense of our access to the Chinese livestock feed market.” The administration took action in less than a week.
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Alliance BioEnergy: CTS, CoProMax processes can improve economics

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has announced testing at a 55 MMgy ethanol plant in Illinois has shown the Harvesting Technology CoProMax process combined with the ALLM CTS process offers an opportunity to add to the bottom line of an ethanol plant.
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UT, Genera Energy harvest hybrid poplar stand

A small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy.
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RFA: Missouri now selling E15 at Two Kum & Go Stations

The Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Missouri for becoming the latest state to offer E15. The fuel blend is now being sold at two Kum & Go locations in the state, with a total of eight stations expected by the end of the month.
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China takes US ethanol export market by storm, DDGS exports slip

U.S. ethanol exports had a strong start in 2016, expanding 7 percent over December volumes to a 14-month high, according to Renewable Fuels Association analysis of government data released late Friday.
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Optimizing biofuel production from algae using CO2 emissions

A research team reports in American Chemical Society’s journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research an optimized way of producing biofuel from algae that also removes CO2 emissions from the environment.
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RFA analysis finds improvement of corn ethanol net energy balance

An analysis conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association and released March 7 finds the net energy balance of corn-based ethanol at U.S. dry mill biorefineries averages 2.6–2.8, an improvement over previous estimates, reflecting efficiency gains.
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Comet Biorefining awarded $10.9 million SDTC grant

Sustainable Development Technology Canada has awarded Comet Biorefining, Inc. a grant of CA$10.9 million ($8.2 million) for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced biobased chemicals plant in Sarnia, Ontario.
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Gevo, Butamax ink patent, settlement agreements

Gevo and Butamax are no longer expending energy on their patent dispute, leaving both companies with a clearer path to commercialization. This article appears in the April issue of EPM with the headline, "Licence to grow."
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Chasing the ever-nimble hacker

After many hacker break-ins last year, there will be even more sophisticated capers in 2016, according to reports released by top cybersecurity firms. This article appears in the April issue of EPM.
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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, 2016
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

June 20-23, 2016
Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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