Budget bill retroactively extends biofuel tax credits for 2017

On Feb. 9, President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 into law. The two-year funding bill ends a brief government shutdown and includes retroactive tax extenders for several biofuel-related tax incentives.
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RFA CEO: Outlook for domestic ethanol industry is strong

With record production, blending and exports for the U.S. ethanol industry last year, the outlook for the domestic ethanol industry isn’t just strong—it’s Ethanol Strong, said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, at the 23rd annual NEC.
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Green Plains produces record 340.8 million gallons during Q4

Green Plains Inc. has released fourth quarter 2017 financial results, reporting the company produced a record 340.8 million gallons of ethanol during the three-month period, up from 334.2 million gallons during the fourth quarter of 2016.
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EIA maintains 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its January forecast that ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day in both 2018 and 2019.
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UNICA: January sales of hydrous ethanol set record

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record in January, reaching a total of 1.36 billion liters (359.27 million gallons), up 51.77 percent when compared to January 2017.
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Report shows potential of emerging ethanol industry in Ecuador

A new report shows that Ecuador may be a promising new market for ethanol. The country currently has an E5 mandate that it is not meeting and its domestic sugar industry is looking to expand to non-food products, according to a USDA FAS GAIN report.
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Novozymes reports solid sales growth for bioenergy segment

Novozymes has released 2017 financial results, reporting solid sales growth. Overall, the company achieved 4 percent organic sales growth. In the bioenergy segment, sales grew by 11 percent for the full year and 14 percent during the fourth quarter.
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ADM releases 2017 results, expects increased ethanol exports

Archer Daniels Midland Co. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting reduced operating profit for the quarter and full year. Profits in the bioproducts segment, which includes ethanol, were down for the fourth quarter, but up for 2017.
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SIRE reports reduced revenue, increased ethanol production

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy has released financial results for the fiscal first quarter of 2018, reporting net income of $1.2 million, or $88.62 per unit, down from $5.6 million, or $422.60 per unit, for the same period of the previous year.
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ACE praises industry recognition of outgoing president

The American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings thanks the Renewable Fuels Association for recognizing outgoing ACE Board President Ron Alverson’s contributions to the industry with the 2018 RFA Ethanol Industry Award.
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Iowa to Pruitt: Unlock E15 to lower RIN prices

Iowans have an answer for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s question of how to reduce RIN prices associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard—grant E15 the same RVP treatment as all other ethanol-blended fuels.
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RFA honors farmer Ron Alverson with 2018 Industry Award

Ron Alverson, a farmer, founding member of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and board member of Dakota Ethanol LLC, is the recipient of the RFA 2018 Industry Award. He was presented with the award during the National Ethanol Conference.
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Gevo amends isobutanol supply agreement with Musket

Gevo Inc. has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corp. by amending its isobutanol supply agreement to provide Musket with the exclusive right to sell Gevo’s renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, Texas.
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DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review.
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Biofuels feedstock study supports billion-ton estimate

Researchers are trying to determine if farmers can produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock, according to North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens.
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Enerkem raises its largest financing round, adds new investors

Enerkem Inc. has completed a C$280 million ($222.82 million) investment round—its largest to date. In addition to new investors BlackRock and Sinobioway, existing investors also participated in this financing.
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ACE elects 2018 executive committee

During its first quarter meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors elected its officers and executive committee members for 2018. Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol Fuels has been elected to serve as president of the board.
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RFA to host 8 ethanol safety seminars in Kentucky in February

The Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer are hosting eight ethanol safety seminars in Kentucky this month. The seminars are funded through a Federal Railroad Administration/Transcaer grant, in partnership with the Paducah & Louisville Railway.
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