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December 22, 2014

EPA publishes request for substantiations of confidentiality

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted reports and transactional information on the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 22, 2014

EIA: 2 new weekly ethanol production records set in December

BY Erin VoegeleData recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the U.S. ethanol industry started out the last month of the year with two record-setting weeks of production, with a new record set the week ending Dec. 12. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

USDA says corn acres to decline, yields increase in decade ahead

BY Susanne Retka SchillUSDA long-term projections call for slightly lower corn acres to be planted over the next decade while corn yields steadily climb. The USDA will release the complete long-term supply, use and prices projections to 2024 in February. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office updates program plan

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office recently released an updated multi-year program plan (MYPP), which sets for goals and structure for the office over the next five years. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

U.S. Navy files supersonic with Gevo ATJ

BY Gevo Inc. The U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Gevo, Inc. have announced the first successful alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) supersonic flight at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Syngenta receives Chinese import approval for MIR162

BY Syngenta Syngenta has announced that it has received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait (event MIR162) from China's regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

BY County of Ottawa, Michigan At a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick‐off of the Great Lakes Ag‐Tech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

EPA: Nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Industry debunks Minn. report shedding bad light on corn ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillAn analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts from researchers at the University of Minnesota got a swift debunking from the ethanol industry. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

UNICA: Brazilian ethanol production up, exports down

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane energy association, has announced ethanol production from the start of the current season through the end of November is up 3.54 percent when compared to last year. Exports, however, are down 55 percent. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

USGC leaders engage on China and biotech at JCCT

BY U.S. Grains Council As word came that Chinese officials have given verbal approval for the biotech corn trait MIR 162, trade and agriculture stakeholders gathered this week in Chicago for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Trade and Commerce discussions. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Purdue researchers develop process to convert lignin to chemicals

BY Purdue University A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

Hungarian ethanol plant to expand capacity above 100 MMgy

BY Holly JessenNearly three years after construction was completed at a corn-ethanol plant in Dunafoldvar, Hungary, Pannonia Ethanol has signed a loan deal so it can expand its production capacity. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

Finland provides money to build cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Holly JessenThe government of Finland announced Dec.17 that it granted $36.8 million to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant. A separate project to produce biogasoline, biodiesel and smaller amounts of other renewable products was also granted funding. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

BPC report highlights 40 RFS policy options

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy has responded to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center that describes several options for reforming the renewable fuel standard (RFS), noting it pushes some of same tired talking points Big Oil has relied on for years. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

USGC ethanol assessment team finds potential in the Philippines

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council recently led a delegation of industry leaders representing the USDA, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy to the Philippines to assess factors contributing to the large exports of U.S. ethanol to Southeast Asia. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Iogen announces startup of Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Susanne Retka SchillOttawa-based Iogen Corp. announced its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is producing ethanol in Brazil. The first 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) has been distributed by Brazilian ethanol producer Raizen to its network of gas stations. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Senate passes short-term tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 16, the U.S. Senate passed a short-term tax extenders package that aims to retroactively extend several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

RFA: The RFS celebrates 7 years of success

BY Renewable Fuels Association This Friday marks the seventh anniversary of the signing into law of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The law expanded the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and set America on a path toward a cleaner, more energy-independent future. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

U.K. opens competition to fund demonstration-scale biofuel plants

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department for Transport has announced plans to award GBP 25 million ($39.37 million) to support the development of up to three advanced biofuel demonstration plants through a two-phase competition. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

RFA comments on FDA animal food supplemental rulemaking

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration last on its supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Renmatix acquires Sweden-based REAC Fuel's intellectual property

BY Renmatix Inc. Renmatix Inc. recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has developed intellectual property that complements Renmatix's existing technology portfolio. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

Indiana ethanol plant resumes operations

BY Erin VoegeleNoble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC is restarting operations at its 100 MMgy ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana. The facility is currently undergoing testing activities and is expected to be producing ethanol by mid-December. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

Turkey's biosafety laws restrict U.S. DDGS shipments

BY U.S. Grains Council Turkey is effectively no longer accepting imports of U.S. corn coproducts following the stepped-up enforcement of existing biosafety laws that restrict which genetically modified (GM) corn varieties may enter the country's grain supply. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

EPA highlights expected RFS rulemaking schedule during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleOn Dec. 10, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, HealthCare and Entitlements held a hearing focused on the U.S. EPA's implementation of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 12, 2014

Economists project impact of lower gas prices on ethanol profits

BY Susanne Retka SchillWith oil prices dropping dramatically, the possible impact on ethanol profitability was examined by University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good in a recent FarmDocDaily post. READ MORE

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