Trump reiterates support for ethanol, RFS

In a letter to National Ethanol Conference attendees, the president reconfirmed his support for biofuels, while making it clear that his focus on reducing regulatory burdens on American businesses supersedes his defense of renewable energy.
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Dinneen: U.S. ethanol industry strong, profitable

Addressing more than 1,000 people at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, the leader of the Renewable Fuels Association said the U.S. ethanol industry is poised for continued growth and 'steeled for the challenges' ahead in 2017 and beyond.
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Retailers, marketers urge EPA to maintain point of obligation

As the EPA public comment period on the RFS' point of obligation closed, truck stop owners trade association NATSO reported vast support to keep the program's current compliance structure. The group said most of the sector opposes a shift.
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Poet-DSM plans enzyme manufacturing facility at Project Liberty

Construction is expected to start midyear on an on-site enzyme-manufacturing plant at Poet-DSM's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. Production is still ramping up; conversion rates reach 70 gal per ton.
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Novozymes launches advanced enzyme to boost ethanol yields

Novozymes' new trehalase enzymes convert residual sugars that would otherwise be wasted. An average 100 MMgy corn ethanol plant could make up to $1 million in additional revenue, the company says.
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Iowa ethanol plant boosts capacity with new technology

Pine Lake Corn Processors has installed Whitefox’s Integrated Cartridge Efficiency membrane solution to increase production capacity and improve overall plant efficiency. After early success with ICE, an expansion of the modular system is underway.
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IRFA: ‘Merchant refiners not paying for RINs’

Merchant refiners claim they are paying millions for RINs to meet their RFS obligations. In a letter to the EPA, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association argues that the fundamental underpinning of the petitioners' argument is not true.
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Propel Fuels serves largest US E85 market in California

Propel Fuels describes its innovative strategy to build customer loyalty in the California market for its branded E85. Successfully executing consumer strategies will be worth billions of dollars, CEO Elam says.
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Alliance Bioenergy makes offer on IneosBio Vero Beach property

Alliance BioEnergy Plus submitted an offer to buy the Vero Beach, Florida, cellulosic ethanol facility built by INEOS. If successful, the company says it will immediately begin retrofitting the front end with its CTS cellulosic ethanol process.
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Ethanol advocates critical of EPA proposed RFS revisions in REGS

EPA's proposed revision to the RFS dubbed REGS for Renewable Enhancements and Growth Support Rule, is inadequate, says the RFA. The UAI focused several of its comments on the EPA's inadequate interpretation of the Clean Air Act.
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UNICA: REGS could limit US access to advanced biofuels

UNICA asks EPA to clarify the biointermediate definition in its proposed REGS rule that updates several technical aspects of the agency's rules regarding the RFS. As written, the proposed rule would have unintended consequences, the group claims.
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Pacific Ethanol CEO honored at national conference

Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler, cofounder of California’s first ethanol production company, has received the RFA’s 2017 Industry Award. The award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry.
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Greenyug signs offtake agreement for ethyl acetate

Germany-based HELM AG will handle worldwide sales and marketing of ethyl acetate from Greenyug's planned facility to be colocated with ADM in Columbus, Nebraska, using ethanol from the corn-processing facility.
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US drivers to rely on internal combustion for decades to come

At best, alternative vehicles will account for 50 percent of the worldwide fleet by 2050, leaving hundreds of million of cars with internal combustion engines. Fuel Freedom argues all possible solutions must be advanced.
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2017 global ethanol production forecast remains stable

GRFA and F.O. Licht forecast 97.8 billion liters (25.84 billion gallons) of ethanol production globally, continuing a trend of incremental growth since 2013.
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