EPA receives additional letters about drought, RFS waiver

On Aug. 22 three state governors sent letters to the U.S. EPA about the renewable fuel standard, one requesting that the RFS remain in effect and two asking for a waiver. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's letter supported maintaining the RFS.
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California issues 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan

California has released its 2012 Bioenergy Action Plan, which is designed to accelerate clean energy development, job creation, and protection of public health and safety. The plan was developed by state agencies and outside experts.
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USDA ERS report addresses DDGS market potential in China

The USDA Economic Research Service has published a new report addressing the Chinese export market for distillers dried grains. The report is titled "China's Market for Distillers Dried Grains and the Key Influences on Its Longer Run Potential."
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Enogen corn expected to have multiple benefits for ethanol plants

Syngenta recently announced that two more ethanol plants, Siouxland Ethanol LLC and Golden Grain LLC, will conduct trials of its corn specially engineered for the ethanol industry. Enogen corn features alpha amylase enzyme built into the grain.
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Brazil investment powerhouse launches new oil, biofuel company

Brazil's ethanol industry will be closely following the launch of a new company created by Brasilinvest. Announced this week the country's leading investment banks, BOB-Brasilinvest Oil, Gas and Biofuel, will be under new leadership.
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Chemtex cellulosic plant project lands USDA loan guarantee

Chemtex International Inc. received a conditional USDA loan guarantee to build a 20 MMgy cellulosic ethanol facility in eastern North Carolina's Sampson County. The plant, named Project Alpha, plans to use energy grasses as feedstock.
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NCGA study to assess GHG impact of ethanol more accurately

The National Corn Growers Association has supported a study that will be released this fall, reporting that supplementing cattle feed with corn stover actually decreases the amount of greenhouse gases created during corn ethanol production.
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Poet, Agrivida agreement aims to reduce cellulosic ethanol costs

Poet LLC and Agrivida Inc., a feedstock and feedstock processing company, announced an agreement Aug. 21, with the goal of significantly reducing the capital and operating costs of commercial cellulosic ethanol production plants.
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E15 Sold at Second Retail Station in Kansas

The sale of E15 fuel has expanded to Ottawa, Kan., at the Zarco 66 station located at 2518 east Logan. This is the second retail gas station to offer E15 in the United States. A grand opening promotion will be announced soon.
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EPA opens comment period on RFS waivers

The U.S. EPA is requesting public comments on the renewable fuel standard (RFS) waiver requests that were filed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue in mid-August. The comment period will be open for 30 days.
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GPRE celebrates milestone, issues update of algae project

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. is holding an event on August 23 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of its Shenandoah, Iowa plant. The event aims to thank the Shenandoah community for the five years of support it has offered to the plant.
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Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
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National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

November 27-29, 2012
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April 8-10, 2013
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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June 10-13, 2013
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

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