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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

April 11, 2014

China eyes advanced ethanol technologies to quench fuel demand

BY Lux Research China's fast-growing demand for oil, and its continued dependency on sugar-based ethanol, is opening up opportunities for advanced ethanol technologies, according to Lux Research. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

RFA, Growth Energy testify on rail congestion at STB hearing

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 10, representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy presented testimony at a Surface Transportation Board hearing. The testimony focused on the negative impact that rail congestion is having on the ethanol industry. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

EIA revises forecast for 2014 ethanol production, summer blending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration included a slight revision of projected 2014 U.S. ethanol production in the April issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook. The EIA now predicts 2014 ethanol production will average 908,000 barrels per day. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

RFA calls CARB's ILUC analysis out of date

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board pertinent to CARB's draft indirect land use change analysis. The comments express concern with many aspects of the draft. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Senate asks for industry input on RFS during biofuel hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry recently held a hearing on advanced biofuels. The event featured testimony from representatives of DuPont, the Advanced Ethanol Council and Airlines for America. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Vander Griend calls for test standards for ethanol blends

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe ethanol industry needs to call for new fuel testing standards when testing gasoline with varying ethanol content, according to Steve Vander Griend, technical manager of fuel and engine technology at ICM Inc. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Syngenta licenses Adding Cellulosic Ethanol technology

BY Syngenta Syngenta has announced an agreement with Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quad County Corn Processors, to license its Adding Cellulosic Ethanol technology, a new process for ethanol plants. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

RFA: Poll shows Americans overwhelmingly support the RFS

BY Renewable Fuels Association A new national poll conducted by American Viewpoint found 65 percent of adults support the renewable fuel standard (RFS), while just 26 percent are opposed. Support for the RFS has been steadily rising, increasing from 61 percent in 2012. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Continued strong exports reduces project corn ending stocks

BY Susanne Retka SchillIn its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates released April 9, USDA reduced projected U.S. corn ending stocks for 2013/14 by 125 million bushels based on the projected increase in corn exports. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Court hears oral arguments in challenge to 2013 RFS standard

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA's final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS). The petitioners are asking the court to vacate the EPA's rulemaking. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing

BY Susanne Retka SchillLanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals. READ MORE

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