US ethanol production sets new weekly record

The U.S. ethanol industry set a new production record the week ending Dec. 9, with production reaching an average of 1.04 million barrels per day, according to information published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Survey: Voters against shifting RFS point of obligation

A recent survey has determined the majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and Americans.
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Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate.
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Fuels America letter urges Trump’s continued support for the RFS

On Dec. 15, members of Fuels America sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump congratulating him on the election and noting they look forward to working with his administration to implement the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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EPA amends Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

The U.S. EPA has published a final rule amending specific provisions of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with the goal of streamlining and improving implementation of the rule and improving the quality and consistency of data collected.
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NREL releases 2015 renewable energy data book

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. The report includes data on bioenergy capacity and electricity generation, along with data on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel.
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Governors thank Trump for support of biofuels, RFS

On Dec. 9, three members of the Governor’s Biofuel Coalition sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump thanking him for his repeated statements of support for biofuels and the renewable fuels standard (RFS) during the campaign.
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BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

On Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs.
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Pacific Ethanol to acquire ownership in Nebraska grain elevator

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has entered an agreement with the Aurora Cooperative Elevator Co. under which it will acquire ownership of the grain elevator. The transaction was part of a larger financial announcement made by Pacific Ethanol.
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December WASDE maintains 2016-’17 corn supply, use forecasts

The USDA recently published the December edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, announcing no changes have been made to the 2016-’17 corn supply and use projections.
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ACE urges call-to-action over Pruitt confirmation process

The American Coalition for Ethanol has issued a call-to-action to its grassroots membership, urging ethanol supporters to contact their U.S. Senators about the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. EPA.
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RFA: DOE data shows half the US broke the blend wall in 2015

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that gasoline consumed in 25 states and the District of Columbia contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average in 2015, demonstrating that the so-called “E10 blend wall” continues to crumble.
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Switchgrass may be option for farmers who have lost topsoil

A study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil.
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Iowa seeks nominations for renewable fuels marketing awards

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently encouraged Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the Secretary’s Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31.
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Nebraska drivers save $17 million using ethanol-blended fuel

In 2016, Nebraska drivers will save approximately $17 million by using ethanol-blended gasoline. The savings is based on lower prices for ethanol compared to wholesale gasoline and the state’s projected fuel consumption.
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Industry Events

2017 National Ethanol Conference

February 20-22, 2017
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California

2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 10-12, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

June 19-21, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 19-21, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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