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September 22, 2014

Minnesota group adds stations offering higher ethanol blends

BY Holly JessenEighteen more retail gasoline stations will convert to Minnoco, a gasoline brand of the Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association. The brand generally offers E15, E30, E85 and diesel, along with regular grades of gasoline. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

Baltimore welcomes first E85 station

BY Maryland Grain Producers Association Offering the first E85 in Baltimore, Three Brothers/A1 Auto Repair and Protec Fuel recently joined forces to launch a new E85 station to give more choice for the hundreds of thousands of flex-fuel vehicle drivers traveling in Baltimore, Maryland. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

NRDC loses challenge to Indiana ethanol air permits

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's ethanol industry in a case filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council challenging Indiana's implementation of the Clean Air Act. The case begun in 2010 has undergone several reversals. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

USGC, RFA, Growth Energy promote ethanol overseas

BY USGC Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy traveled this week to Japan and Korea to explore the potential for U.S. ethanol in those markets. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

Comment period opens on FRA rule impacting ethanol trains

BY Erin VoegeleThe Federal Railroad Administration has opened a comment period on a proposed rule that aims to amend brake system safety standards for certain trains. According to the rulemaking, trains carrying ethanol would be among those impacted. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

Gevo provides update on Luverne, Minnesota, plant

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo reported an update on the progress of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota, on Sept. 18. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Cellulosic developers call for favorable EPA rule on 2014 RVO

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe cellulosic industry continues to keep the pressure on the administration as the Office of Management and Budget reviews the U.S. EPA's final determination on the 2014 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

New secretary general appointed to ePURE

BY ePURE The European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, has appointed Robert Wright as its new secretary general. Wright will take up the position immediately. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Aventine secures $40 M loan, security agreement

BY Aventine Renewable Energy Aventine pays down debt and adds $10 million in increased borrowing capacity, providing more flexibility of working capital for Nebraska, Illinois plants. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Florida cellulosic ethanol plant upgraded, coming back online

BY Holly JessenThe Indian River BioEnergy Center, a cellulosic ethanol production center near Vero Beach, Florida, has completed a major turnaround, including technology upgrades, and the facility is now being brought back online. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled "Reforming America's Outdated Energy Tax Code," to discuss possible paths forward to reform U.S. energy tax code. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

USDA not expected to sell sugar under FFP during fiscal 2015

BY Erin VoegeleIn early September, the USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2015. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

2008 NC ethanol blending statute upheld by appeals court

BY Susanne Retka SchillA final point in a challenge to the North Carolina ethanol blending statute was upheld by U.S. District Court. The plaintiffs, the American Petroleum Institute and Association of Fuel and Petroleum Manufacturers, have until late September to appeal. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Fluid Quip Process Technologies adds Neal Jakel

BY Fluid Quip Process Technologies Fluid Quip Process Technologies has announced that Neal Jakel joined the company to lead its strategy and technology growth efforts.Jakel is the former general manager of Illinois River Energy. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

DuPont selects Murex as marketing partner for cellulosic ethanol

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the selection of Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from its 30 MMgy plant in Nevada, Iowa. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

RFA submits comments to CARB on LCFS lifecycle analysis tool

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board voicing support for CARB's proposal to transition to a new version of the GREET model, but also recommending several additional improvements. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Leader of ePURE steps down, looking to serve as consultant

BY Holly JessenRob Vierhout, secretary general of ePURE, is stepping down from his position at the European Renewable Ethanol Industry Association. The group has not yet publically announced the name of his successor. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Chempolis, NRL partner to produce cellulosic ethanol, chemicals

BY Chempolis Ltd. Chempolis Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India-based Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that could result in the development of a cellulosic biorefinery that produces ethanol, furfural and acetic acid. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

BlueFire Renewables pursues new avenues of revenue for projects

BY Katie FletcherBlueFire Renewables Inc. recently filed a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noting the company is seeking financing for its proposed Fulton, Mississippi, project from Chinese entities. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Iowans purchase more than 2.9 million gallons of E85 in Q2

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Iowa motorists purchased 2.98 million gallons of E85 in the second quarter of 2014, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Froman asked to intervene in MIR 162 issue, Cargill sues Syngenta

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral senators have asked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asking to work with China to restore the flow of agricultural-related trade following the MIR 162 trade issues. Meanwhile, Cargill has filed a lawsuit against Syngenta. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

Pacific Ethanol to sell CO2 from Columbia plant in Oregon

BY Pacific Ethanol Inc. Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced an agreement with Kodiak Carbonic LLC to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Columbia plant located in Boardman, Oregon. Kodiak plans to construct a liquefaction and dry ice processing facility adjacent to the plant. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

Legislation, hearing aim to alleviate rail delays

BY Erin VoegeleAs the 2014 harvest season kicks off, members of the U.S. Senate are taking action to ensure the Surface Transportation Board has the authority necessary to help mitigate the rail backlog currently plaguing the Midwest. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

Letters highlight importance of RFS to cellulosic investments

BY Erin VoegeleAs the industry continues to wait for the U.S. EPA to hand down the final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), political figures and members of the biofuel industry continue to advocate for maintaining a strong RFS program. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock

BY PLOS ONE Comparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

Opinion: It’s Not Me, It’s You

BY Ron Lamberty Rather than creating programs to convince retailers to sell higher blends of ethanol, the industry should talk to fuel retailers and create programs that address what marketers really need, writes Ron Lamberty. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

Opinion: Ethanol Slashes GHG Emissions

BY Bliss Baker In advance of important climate change meetings set for Septemeber, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance sent an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, outlining ethanol's power to reduce GHG emissions, writes Bliss Baker. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

In Depth: Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy

BY Katie Fletcher Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

In Depth: Victory For Project Liberty

BY Holly JessenWhat was once only a dream has become a reality with the grand opening ceremony of Project Liberty. READ MORE

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