White House OMB reviews 2017 RFS rule

On Oct. 19, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume standards for 2017 and biobased diesel standards for 2018 to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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Biofuels finance conference meets in Minneapolis

There is some optimism for the biofuels industry in the nation’s capital, in spite of the current election environment, attendees of the Christianson Biofuels Finance Conference learned in Minneapolis on Oct. 18.
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USGC: Ethanol, DDGS exports up during the 2015-’16 marketing year

The U.S. Grains Council has announced U.S. feed grains in all forms during the 2015-’16 marketing year reached 100.5 million metric tons (3.96 billion bushels), up more than 300,000 metric tons from the previous marketing year.
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Studies on extinguishing ethanol tank fires refines foam methods

Researchers working on the Etankfire project have completed a number of tests aimed at developing firefighting tactics for large ethanol tank fires. The research has been led by Henry Persson from the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
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USDA solicits REAP applications

On Oct. 18, the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which can help agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems.
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BIO asks Congress to extend biofuel tax incentives

On Oct. 18, the Biotechnology Industry Organization sent a letter to several congressional leaders calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits that are currently set to expire at the end of the year.
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CropEnergies reports increased ethanol production volumes

CropEnergies AG has announced ethanol production increased during the first half of the 2016-’17 financial year, reaching 450,000 cubic meters (118.88 million gallons), up from 422,000 cubic meters during the same period of prior year.
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Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol.
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RFA: Record corn harvest sets tone for Export Exchange

With U.S. farmers anticipating a record corn harvest and U.S. ethanol producers expecting record production of animal feed co-products, the timing could not be better for Export Exchange 2016, scheduled for next week in Detroit.
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RFA, RFF to offer National Ethanol Conference scholarships

For the eighth year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the National Ethanol Conference, scheduled for Feb. 20–22, 2017 in San Diego.
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Researchers develop instrumentation to study plant cell walls

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bioenergy.
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NHREG High School students visit Guardian Energy

Thirty-five students from NRHEG (New Richland, Hartland, Ellendale, Geneva) High School recently visited Guardian Energy to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.
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UAI: EPA emails show oil industry helped design test fuels

The Urban Air Initiative has discovered that the U.S. EPA relied heavily on the oil industry to help design test fuels used for the EPAct Study, which erroneously shows that blending ethanol into gasoline increases pollution.
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ORNL researchers unravel the science behind biomass breakdown

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the chemical details behind the process to more easily deconstruct biomass in order to more easily produce biobased fuels and chemicals.
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RFA: Data show the so-called “blend wall” is crumbling

Gasoline supplied to the U.S. market last week contained an average of 10.4 percent ethanol, according to data U.S. Energy Information Administration data. It was the second time in the last four weeks that the ethanol blend rate topped 10 percent.
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‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel.
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RFA hosting ethanol safety seminars in Ocala, Florida

The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting free ethanol safety seminars in Ocala, Florida. The Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 seminars at Florida State Fire College will be each held from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. ET. Certificates of completion will given to attendees.
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NCBiotech awarded grant for sorghum initiative

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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