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December 01, 2023

By U.S. Grains Council


The USGC was invited by the Latin American Energy Organization to participate in a panel focused on liquid biofuels and their role in decarbonizing transportation during the VIII Energy Week event held in Uruguay.

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging Iowans to nominate fuel marketers in their communities for the Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards, which recognize retailers that go above and beyond in their efforts to promote biofuels.

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Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on Nov. 29 introduced the Flex Fuel Fairness Act of 2023, which aims to level the playing field for vehicles that run on low-carbon liquid fuels, such as ethanol.

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The attorneys general of Iowa and Nebraska on Nov. 29 filed a motion for summary judgement with a U.S. District Court in Iowa regarding the U.S. EPA’s failure to act on petitions filed by eight Midwestern governors to allow year-round E15 sales.

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Total U.S. operable biofuels production capacity fell slightly in September, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Nov. 30. Feedstock consumption was down slightly from August, but up significantly from September 2022.

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The U.S. EPA on Nov. 16 released updated SRE data, reporting that no new SRE petitions have been filed under the RFS during the past month. Three SRE petitions remain pending, including two for compliance year 2018 and one for compliance year 2022.

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Stretching Out Steam

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By Luke Geiver

November 09, 2023

Energy Integration Inc. is helping ethanol producers rethink, reroute and reuse steam and heat in ways that impact cooling, steam generation and overall plant energy use.

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Harvesting Hydrogen

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By Sue Retka Schill

November 08, 2023

A high-profile, multi-participant project in Brazil is poised to demonstrate ethanol-to-hydrogen technology.

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As the era of high-tech corn receiving coalesces with the rise of 2-million-plus-bushel grain bins, ethanol plants are becoming known for feedstock receiving and storage systems that are fast, efficient and massive.

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