Company eyes hemp as feedstock for biofuel, power generation

Patriot Bioenergy Corp. joined the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association and sees value in industrial hemp for biomass blending with bituminous coal for power generation as well as a possible cellulosic feedstock for biofuels.
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NCGA offers ethanol facts resource, designed for mobile platform

The National Corn Growers Association has launched a new web-based resource, www.EthanolFacts.com. The home page of EthanolFacts offers links to short articles on hot topics in ethanol circles: flex-fuel vehicles, food and fuel, and many others.
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EIA: Ethanol production expected to rebound in 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its December Short Term Energy Outlook, showing that ethanol production is expected to remain near current levels through mid-2013, but will return to pre-drought levels by the end of the year.
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BP Biofuels to expand ethanol production in Brazil

BP Biofuels has announced that it plans to invest $350 million to expand its ethanol processing capacity of Tropical, one of its sugarcane processing ventures in Brazil. The expansion is scheduled to start next year.
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Propel Fuels secures funding to expedite expansion

Propel Fuels has closed on the initial phase of its Series D round of funding with $11 million in equity capital from existing investors and $10 million in debt financing from CapX Partners. The funding will allow Propel to accelerate expansion.
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Flint Hills acquires Nebraska ethanol plant, now owns five total

Flint Hills Resources LLC announced Dec. 7 that it finalized the acquisition of a 115 MMgy Fairmont, Neb., ethanol plant, formerly owned by Advanced BioEnergy LLC. The purchase brings Flint Hills total production capacity to 550 MMgy.
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Oregon to implement phase one of Clean Fuels Program

On Dec. 7, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission elected to begin implementation of the state's Clean Fuels Program. A spokeswoman for the Oregon DEQ confirmed the commission voted four to one to implement the proposed rules for phase one.
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EU anti-subsidy case terminated, anti-dumping case ongoing

The EU announced it will not oppose a European Commission decision to terminate the anti-subsidy proceeding concerning imports of U.S. ethanol and to terminate the registration of U.S. ethanol importers. An anti-dumping investigation is ongoing.
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Kansas fed economist says markets, not mandates, drive ethanol

Markets shape ethanol production, Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, argues in the most recent issue of the Main Street Economist. The analysis addresses mandates, the blend wall, and waiver requests.
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Partnership produces ethanol from sweet sorghum in Kentucky

Delta BioRenewables LLC has announced that its collaboration partner Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC has successfully produced ethanol from sweet sorghum sugars at its corn ethanol facility in Hopkinsville, Ky. using Ceres Inc.'s sweet sorghum hybrid.
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WASDE: US crop unchanged, global corn supplies increase

The USDA made no changes to its supply and demand projections for coarse grains in the U.S., including corn, in this month's supply/demand report, shifting its focus to global projections that indicate the global supply will be up by 7 million tons.
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Ethanol imported as advanced biofuel competes with biodiesel

Ethanol imports from Brazil have surged into the U.S. in recent months, University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out, but not because it is cheap relative to ethanol.
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Verenium announces $22.5 million, five-year secured financing

Verenium Corp., an industrial biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of high-performance enzymes, announced on Dec. 10 the signing of a $22.5 million secured debt financing with Athyrium Opportunities Fund.
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April 8-10, 2013
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September 30-3, 2013
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