Biofuels Market Expansion Act calls for more FFVs, blender pumps

The Biofuels Market Expansion Act of 2011 has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, with a goal of increasing the number of FFVs, blender pumps and renewable fuel pipelines. Sen. Tom Harkin introduced the bill Jan. 25.

Corn Plus garners $12 million tax credit for its fluidized bed

The blenders credit wasn't the only tax credit extended through 2011. Thanks to the Alternative Fuel Mixture Tax Credit, Corn Plus LLLP in Winnebago, Minn., will get a $12 million credit for diverting its syrup to a fluidized bed to provide steam.

Small-scale enzyme research could have big biomass implications

Biofuels goals are more often than not measured by the millions of gallons, but some of the biggest accomplishments are first achieved by the milligram. Researchers are working on a quick method to assay multiple enzymes.

Auction Feb. 1 for operating ethanol plant in Rosholt, SD

North Country Ethanol LLC, a 25 MMgy ethanol plant in Rosholt, S.D., will go on the auction block Feb. 1, with sealed bids due by 5 p.m. The company has been operating, even while in bankruptcy proceedings.

Legislation introduced to stop EPA from moving forward with E15

Legislators introduced the "Leave Ethanol Volumes at Existing Levels Act," saying it will "allow for a pause before EPA hastily approves any further ethanol in fuel." Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Michael Burgess said there is need for more studies.

Obama calls for more biofuels investment, no oil subsidies

Calling it "our generation's Sputnik time," U.S. President Barack Obama called for continued investment in biofuels during his State of the Union speech and the elimination of subsidies for oil companies.

Fulcrum, BlueFire score additional investments

Two cellulosic ethanol developers have secured additional funding for their first commercial-scale production facilities. One is now ready to begin construction. The other is in a holding pattern until it receives word on a federal loan guarantee.

EnergyOne pulls back on groundbreaking at Lake Wales plant

Instead of starting work on a 2 MMgy ethanol plant in Lake Wales, Fla., as was hoped, EnergyOne has announced it is putting the project on hold for an unspecified amount of time due to high corn costs and low stocks plus the subsidy uncertainty.

Industry Events

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

May 2-5, 2011
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 27-30, 2011
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

International Biorefining
Conference & Trade Show

September 14-16, 2011
Hilton Americas - Houston
Houston, Texas

Northeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

October 11-13, 2011
Westin Place Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Industry Jobs

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