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October 31, 2014

Class I railroad status reports point to continued service delays

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 29, Class I railroads filed their second weekly status reports with the Surface Transportation Board. According to the STB, the reports will promote industry-wide transparency, accountability and improvements in rail service. READ MORE

October 31, 2014

Growth Energy sponsors FFA programs

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy is pleased to announce a multi-year commitment and new partnership with the National FFA Organization to build on critical projects that prepare today's students to become tomorrow’s leaders in American agriculture. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Pacific Ethanol reports strong Q3 financial results

BY Erin VoegelePacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter financial results. During an investor call, Neil Koehler, president and CEO of Pacific Ethanol, noted 2014 is on pace to be a record year for the company. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

UNCIA publishes sugarcane harvest, ethanol production update

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a new biweekly report. Since April, the report indicates ethanol sales have totaled 13.11 billion liters, with most of that production, 12.34 billion liters, sold domestically. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Researchers win funding for miscanthus, sorghum research

BY University of Illinois Two University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding from the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Researchers transform toxic waste into green energy

BY Concordia University How can a struggling industry like pulp and paper in Canada be revived? According to Damien Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia doctoral candidate in biology, the answer lies in synthetic biology. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

CRFA names new leader following Thurlow's departure

BY Holly JessenThe Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced that W. Scott Thurlow has stepped down from his position as president and Andrea Kent, previously vice president of communications, has been appointed to the position. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Green Plains produced record ethanol, coproduct volumes in Q3

BY Erin VoegeleGreen Plains Inc. has released financial results for the third quarter of 2014, reporting net income of $41.7 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, up from $9.4 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, during the same period of last year. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Novozymes announces increased bioenergy sales in Q3 results

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 9 percent organic sales growth for the quarter. During the first nine months of the year, sales grew organically by 8 percent. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

GRFA: Biofuels boost sustainability, rural development in Africa

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance As the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Growth Energy and New Holland announce sweepstakes winner

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy and New Holland Agriculture officially announced Robert Baker of Sue City, Missouri, as the 2014 Growth Energy Individual Membership Sweepstakes winner. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

NCSU announces biofuel breakthroughs

BY North Carolina State University North Carolina State University scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enerkem announces partnerships with 3 Chinese companies

BY Erin VoegeleEnerkem Inc. announced agreements with three Chinese companies in October. Under each agreement, Enerkem is expected to license its waste-to-biofuel technology. The final business structure and sites for each project have not been disclosed. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Court rules against GreenShift in corn oil separation case

BY Holly JessenThe U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has issued a sealed order which holds all asserted corn oil separation patents held by GS CleanTech Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of GreenShift Corp., as invalid and not infringed on. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

HSBC to partner with Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech

BY Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic has announced that the U.K.'s largest bank, HSBC, is joining its exciting partnership with LanzaTech in preparation for a world-first flight using a ground-breaking low carbon fuel. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

BlueFire announces LOI from China EXIM to finance Fulton project

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 23, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has received a letter of intent from the Export Import Bank of China to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its proposed biorefinery project in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

ICM announces agreement with Patriot Renewable Fuels

BY ICM Inc. ICM Inc. recently announced Patriot Renewable Fuels LLC has entered into a professional services agreement for ICM's patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology and ICM's patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic fuel production continues in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

Class I railroads file first weekly status reports with the STB

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 8, the Surface Transportation Board published a decision announcing new weekly data reporting requirements for Class I railroads in order to help mitigate issues with poor service and delays. The first reports were filed Oct. 22. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Fiberight still working toward MSW plant in Iowa

BY Holly JessenDespite delays, Fiberight's plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a few interested people and money is starting to come in. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Court rejects challenge to EPA E15 regulation

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petition of review filed by the American Petroleum Institute and other groups challenging the E15 misfueling mitigation rule published by the U.S. EPA in June 2011. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Economist: Ethanol profits face decline

BY Susanne Retka SchillEthanol production profits hit a wall in the past month, according to an analysis by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin in a recent FarmDocDaily post. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University The Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

LSU AgCenter releases sweet sorghum production guide

BY Louisiana State University To help guide commercial production of sweet sorghum, the Louisiana State University AgCenter has released the Sweet Sorghum Production Guide. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents

BY Erin VoegeleCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Urban Air Initiative calls new EPA emission models flawed

BY Urban Air Initiative A computer model that states use to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative and could effectively block access to the market for higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research The bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Dinneen: 'Elections matter'

BY Tom BryanTwo weeks from Election Day, Bob Dinneen told grain and animal feed buyers gathered in Seattle that whichever party controls Congress next year will "have the gavel" on energy and agriculture but lack the power to advance or upset biofuels policy. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Maple Energy announces strategic investment offer

BY Erin VoegelePeru-based Maple Energy plc has announced it has received an offer from two strategic investors. The agreement is expected to provide sufficient capital to support ongoing operations of the company's ethanol business. READ MORE

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