USDA announces grants for blender pumps, E85 pumps

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced April 8 that his agency is clarifying language in the Rural Energy of America Program in order to make blender pump and E85 pump distribution systems eligible for funding.
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NC ethanol plant files for bankruptcy, cites high corn prices

Clean Burn Fuels LLC, a 60 MMgy ethanol plant in Raeford, N.C., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and temporarily shut down. The company hopes to restart and emerge from bankruptcy before the year is over.
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Spring ethanol plant map shows 14.31 billion gallons of capacity

The Spring 2011 Fuel Ethanol Plant Map is Ethanol Producer Magazine's twice-yearly look at the industry, shows 211 ethanol plants in the United State, both producing and idled, with a combined capacity of 14.31 billion gallons.
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Senate energy committee explores biofuel infrastructure expansion

The Senate energy committee held a two-hour hearing April 7 to discuss proposed legislation to expand the domestic biofuels market, but expanded its scope through testimony and committee member questions to cover nearly every major issue.
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Brazilian demand for U.S. ethanol expected to increase

Small shipments of U.S. ethanol have been received by ports in northeast Brazil over the past few months, but activity is expected to ramp up in the coming weeks as demand increases in the industrial regions near Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero.
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LanzaTech, Jianye Greentech projects move forward in China

Project development is moving forward on two ethanol plants in China--a demonstration plant using LanzaTech technology converting carbon dioxide to ethanol, the other an MSW-to-ethanol plant.
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Suncor ethanol doubles capacity at Sarnia, Ontario plant

An ethanol plant in Sarnia, Ontario, recently completed an expansion project--making it the largest ethanol plant in Canada. Suncor Energy St. Clair Ethanol Plant went from 200 MMly (52.8 MMgy) to 400 MMly.
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Head of DOE loan programs asks Congress not to cut funds

Various ethanol-related programs are on the chopping block as Congress struggles with budget cuts. Recently, the head of the U.S. DOE's loan programs made the case to continue support for renewable energy projects.
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Industry Events

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

May 2-5, 2011
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 27-30, 2011
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

International Biorefining
Conference & Trade Show

September 14-16, 2011
Hilton Americas - Houston
Houston, Texas

Northeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

October 11-13, 2011
Westin Place Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Algae Biomass Summit

October 25-27, 2011
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Southeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

November 1-3, 2011
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Industry Jobs

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Employer: Novozymes NA, Inc.

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