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April 23, 2014

EPA reduces the 2013 cellulosic RFS to reflect actual production

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has taken action to revise the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS) to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, the volume for which cellulosic RINs were generated in 2013. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

RFA president makes appearance at rail safety forum

BY Chris HansonRenewable Fuel Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen gave a presentation at a rail safety forum hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board on April 23. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Three Rivers Energy joins Growth Energy

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has welcomed Three Rivers Energy LLC as its newest member, bringing total plant membership to 83, with another 85 associate members. Three Rivers Energy is a 50 MMgy plant located in Coshocton, Ohio. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Vireol Bio Energy enters marketing agreement with Murex

BY Murex LLC Vireol Bio Energy LLC has selected Murex LLC as its marketing partner for the bioethanol plant in Hopewell, Va. Vireol recently announced their plans to bring the 63 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Hopewell online in April of 2014. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

BY Anna Simet While global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

OilRigged campaign launches on Earth Day to defend biofuels

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe Fuels America coalition has launched a new advertising campaign dubbed "Oil Rigged" on Earth Day to counter what biofuels industry leaders called Big Oil's deliberate campaign to distort the facts. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo's renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

Biofuel groups oppose Big Oil’s requested delay in RFS challenge

BY Erin VoegeleThe American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers recently filed a motion to sever and hold in abeyance their legal challenge to the 2013 renewable fuel standard. Biofuel groups are opposing the move. READ MORE

April 21, 2014

American Ethanol, Arbor Day races to put more green in spring

BY Nebraska Corn Board The Nebraska Corn Board, in cooperation with the National Corn Growers Association, is joining NASCAR in kicking off its second year of the NASCAR Race to Green Campaign, which highlights green programs put in place by NASCAR and its partners. READ MORE

April 21, 2014

Biofuel industry criticizes study on corn stover and soil carbon

BY Erin VoegeleThe biofuel industry is speaking out against a study completed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers that claims cellulosic biofuels actually generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline due to the impacts of crop residue removal from fields. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

Sen. Johanns urges FDA to reconsider proposed animal feed rule

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., has written Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, urging the FDA to exempt distillers grain, raw agricultural commodities, and other products from a proposed rule impacting feed producers. READ MORE

April 18, 2014

GMO tobacco plants show potential for ethanol production

BY European Commission Researchers at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and the IdAB-Institute of Agrobiotechnology have conducted a study into genetically modified tobacco plants from which it is possible to produce between 20 and 40 percent more ethanol. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

EPA reports cellulosic RINs were generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that nearly 1.37 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five biofuel categories. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

STB aims to ensure rail fertilizer deliveries for spring planting

BY Erin VoegeleWith the spring planting season underway, the Surface Transportation Board is taking action to ensure U.S. farmers have access to fertilizer. The move comes after a April 10 hearing on railroad service issues. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

GAO report addresses delays in finalizing annual RFS standards

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report on the domestic petroleum industry that addresses several issues, including the U.S. EPA's recent failure to meet statutory deadlines to set yearly renewable fuel standard requirements. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

Stanford scientists make ethanol without plants

BY Stanford University, Mark Shwartz Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. The technique requires no fermentation. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

Zeeland purchases site of partially completed ethanol plant

BY Susanne Retka SchillZeeland Farm Services Inc. has purchased 435 acres and the partially built ethanol facility at Ithaca, Mich., through its affiliate, ZFS Ithaca LLC. The developer of the project halted construction on the planned 110 MMgy project in mid-2008. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

CFDC calls for ethanol to stand up as alternative fuel

BY Clean Fuels Development Coalition Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante has called on ethanol supporters to not only defend the federal renewable fuel standard, but to move beyond it by capitalizing on the benefits of mid- and high-level ethanol blends. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

IPCC: Bioenergy to play significant role in carbon mitigation

BY Susanne Retka SchillBioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

EC adopts new guidelines on renewable energy, biofuel support

BY Erin VoegeleThe European Commission recently announced it has adopted new rules on public support for renewable energy projects, including a move to market-based support. A U.K.-based trade association called the guidelines a "huge leap into the unknown." READ MORE

April 15, 2014

NTSB plans rail safety forum on transport of crude oil, ethanol

BY National Transportation Safety Board On April 22-23, the National Transportation Safety Board will convene a forum titled, "Rail Safety: Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol." The forum is free and open to the public. No registration is required. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

Iowa economists: 2014 ethanol prices drop to 58% of retail gas

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe continuing shifting relationships between ethanol, corn and gasoline are the subject of two analyses done by Iowa agricultural economists Don Hofstrand and Robert Wisner for the AgMarketing Resource Center newsletter. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

Iowa awards Fueling our Future funds to 2 retail stations

BY Gov. Terry Branstad’s office Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has announced the Oak Street Station in Inwood, Iowa, and Farmers Cooperative in Mount Ayr, Iowa, have been selected as recipients of funds through the Fueling Our Future pilot program. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Vireol Bio-Energy LLC to open Virginia plant

BY Chris HansonAfter getting approval in March for a $250,000 grant from Hopewell's City Council, Vireol Bio-Energy LLC announced it is opening its multi-feedstock ethanol plant, which will be the biggest ethanol plant on the East Coast. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

FTC proposes new labeling requirements for ethanol blends

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Trade Commission has published a proposed rule to amend its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting that would adopt and revise rating, certification and labeling requirements for ethanol-gasoline blends. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels

BY Holly JessenSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Ceres announces fiscal and business updates

BY Chris HansonCeres Inc. released its second quarter financial results and an update on its efforts in Brazil during a webcast on April 10. The company said it has increased its planting of sorghum in Brazil, where it is pursuing ethanol and biomass power markets. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Researchers find potential to grow biofuel feedstock on PV farms

BY Ker Than, Stanford University Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. READ MORE

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