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January 28, 2015

Economists evaluate ethanol profitability cycles, outlook

BY Susanne Retka SchillSince launching the renewable fuels report in the Agriculture Marketing Resource Center in 2008, retired Iowa State University ag economist Don Hofstrand has followed the swings in ethanol profitability through a model Iowa-based ethanol plant. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

IRFA: Renewable fuels community 'Ready to Roll' in 2015

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said that Iowa's renewable fuels industry is "ready to roll" in 2015 at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. The IRFA also released an economic study during the event. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel processing

BY University of Minnesota Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Protec Fuel: 2 stations now offering E15 in Georgia

BY Erin VoegeleProtec Fuel has announced two convenience stores in the Atlanta metro area are now offering E15, including a Mountain Express-Quick Stop Food Store in Marietta, Georgia, and the Mountain Express-Food Mart in Greensboro, Georgia. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Supreme Court rules in Gevo's favor, remands case to lower court

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has announced that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor in the case of Gevo Inc. v. Butamax Advanced Biofuels. The court's decision reinstates Gevo's District Court victory and remands the case back to a Federal Court of Appeals. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Genera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Report highlights growth of biofuel production in China

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network estimates China's fuel ethanol production reached 2.8 billion liters (739.68 million gallons) last year, up 6 percent from 2013. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Deinove completes first key milestone of its Deinochem program

BY Deinove Deinove announced it has reached the first milestone of its Deinochem green chemistry program funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and will receive a EUR 1 million ($1.12 million) repayable advanced in early February. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

Commodities: Market fundamentals support low natural gas prices

BY Ben Straus, U.S. Energy Services Oversupply in the natural gas market is likely to lead to lower prices this summer. While the market doesn't look as oversupplied as it was in 2012, similar dynamics are emerging that support the view that there's still room for prices to fall. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

DOE announces ARPA-E funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has announced plans to award up to $125 million in support of transformational energy projects. The solicitation is the third open funding opportunity announced by ARPA-E. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

IRENA announces REsource, a new online data platform

BY International Renewable Energy Agency The International Renewable Energy Agency has launched REsource, an online knowledge platform that enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use. READ MORE

January 22, 2015

Iowa RFS campaign targets presidential candidates, caucus-goers

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Terry Branstad has announced a new campaign to promote the renewable fuel standard (RFS) during the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses. The multimillion dollar effort will aim to educate both candidates and caucus-goers on the RFS. READ MORE

January 22, 2015

GRFA: Biofuels should be addressed at World Future Energy Summit

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance As the 8th Annual World Future Energy Summit began in Abu Dhabi, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance repeated its call for participants to bring biofuels to the top of the sustainability, economic and climate change agenda. READ MORE

January 22, 2015

Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuels

BY Argonne National Laboratory A new version of an online tool created by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Green Biologics raises $76 million to support plant conversion

BY Erin VoegeleU.K-based Green Biologics Inc. has raised $76 million to support the acquisition and conversion of a Minnesota ethanol plant to produce n-butanol and acetone. The funding will also support continued development of the company's process technology. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Gevo announces cost-saving initiatives, new technology

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. has announced several cost-saving initiatives aimed at improving its overall cash flow. The actions are expected to decrease the company's average monthly corporate-wide EBITDA burn rate by 40 percent this year. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Protec Fuel announces opening of E15 station in southern Florida

BY Protec Fuel North Miami's Caraf Oil is now offering E15 in Florida. The station held a kickoff event with substantial discounts on 88-octane E15 and E85 ethanol fuels on Jan. 21. Protec Fuel managed the ethanol blends installation. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Edeniq secures $16 million for cellulosic sugar production

BY Edeniq Edeniq announced it has raised $16 million in equity. The investment was led by I2BF Global Ventures. Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Angeleno Group, Flint Hills Resources Renewables, Westly Group, Cyrus Capital, and Nimes Capital also participated. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Algenol launches algae fuels demonstration project in India

BY Algenol Algenol and Reliance Industries Ltd. have successfully deployed India's first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery. Construction on the project was complete in November. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Commodities: Chinese DDGS buyers back in the market

BY Sean Broderick, CHS With the Chinese announcement that importing MIR 162 is allowed and February right around the corner, all eyes are now on the Chinese, and whether their buying will resume at volumes that were happening early last summer. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Novozymes: Bioenergy drives 2014 growth

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes has released 2014 financial results, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. During an investor call, Peder Holk Nielsen, president and CEO of Novozymes, said bioenergy was the strongest growth driver last year. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Sheetz to offer E15 at 60 North Carolina locations

BY Erin VoegeleSheetz Convenience Stores has announced plans to offer E15 to customers in North Carolina. The company will begin to install E15 in early this year. By spring 2016, the company expects installation to be complete at 60 of its North Carolina stores. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International BBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

GRFA applauds FOA director-general for statement on biofuels

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has applauded United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva for his support of biofuels as a key part of the global agriculture complex. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Commodities: USDA report contains some surprises

BY Jason Sagebiel, FCStone The USDA released the final January supply/demand estimates for the 2014/15 corn crop and a surprising fact was that the national corn yield was lowered from 173.4 to 171. This was the largest yield drop from November to final since 1993. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Commodities: Energy, ethanol prices continue dropping sharply

BY Rick Kment, DTN Ethanol and gasoline prices have seen sharp losses over the first few weeks of 2015, as any support attributed to holiday travel demand has disappeared and additional support is hard to find. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report

BY Erin VoegeleCeres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

White paper urges regulators to rethink ethanol's carbon value

BY American Coalition for Ethanol A new white paper written by Ron Alverson of the American Coalition for Ethanol reveals how scientists are applying technology innovations by farmers and ethanol facilities to improve the accuracy of carbon intensity modeling for biofuels. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

Penford highlights ethanol sales in first quarter results

BY Erin VoegelePenford Corp. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, reporting its industrial ingredients division reported sequential improvements for the past five quarters in gross margin and operating income. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

RFS amendment would set U.S. energy agenda back decades

BY Holly Jessen Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., have attached an amendment that would eliminate corn ethanol from the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the Keystone bill that is currently before the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

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