ACE conference features retailer, ethanol producer capturing RINs

An Iowa ethanol plant and a South Dakota gas station have found a way to capture value from higher Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices, resulting in lower prices for consumers at the gas pump.
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Fiberight awarded MSW supply agreement

Fiberight LLC plans to break ground on a solid waste recycling plant in Marion, Iowa, as soon as December. Once complete, the facility will process municipal solid waste into feedstocks for the production compressed biogas and cellulosic ethanol.
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Buffalo Lake plant purchased by lender, restart expected soon

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherine Constantine approved the acquisition of the assets of Purified Renewable Energy LLC to its lender West Ventures LLC on Aug. 26. West Ventures plans to bring the facility back online as soon as possible.
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Report: Southwest Ontario can support biomass-to-sugar plant

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture recently announced that a value chain consortium has presented a final report to local corn producers, showing that it is commercially viable to establish a cellulosic sugar plant in southwestern Ontario.
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Growth Energy launches "You're No Dummy" campaign

Growth Energy has launched its new "You're No Dummy" national advertising campaign, which is designed to fight back against Big Oil's effort to stop the growth of renewable fuel and protect their own bottom lines.
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RFA letter urges EPA to deny Big Oil's RFS Waiver petition

In a letter sent to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the Renewable Fuels Association urged EPA to reject the petition for a partial waiver of the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) submitted recently by petroleum trade groups.
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R.C. Costello, Zeton sign MOU to offer scale-up services

R.C. Costello & Associates Inc. and Zeton Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a customized "end-to-end" solution from feasibility studies, process simulation, front end engineering to detailed design, procurement, and fabrication.
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Lux Research: DNA freeware may out-innovate patented genes

With synthetic biology (synbio) rapidly gaining momentum, and a landmark U.S. Supreme Court judgment striking down an age-old biological patenting system, biotechnology companies need to incorporate open-source into their innovation plans.
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As RINs lower E85 price, sales soar in Cresco, Iowa

Since the start of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association E85 Wholesale Price Listing Service, several retailers are turning to E85 suppliers that pass along some of the renewable identification number (RIN) value.
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Abengoa reports earnings growth, debt reduction

Abengoa reported improved market conditions in its biofuels segment, and overall strong results for the first half of the year ending June 30. Revenues reported for the industrial production segment, which includes the bioenergy business, increased.
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Another retailer in Nebraska to offer E15

Frontier Co-op will begin offering E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles at four Nebraska locations beginning Sept. 20, including Weston, Brainard, Ceresco, and Dwight. A grand opening promotion will be announced soon.
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ALCF scientists look to nature to develop biofuel catalysts

Scientists working at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility are looking to nature's catalysts, enzymes, for inspiration in their quest to find a more effective means of converting biomass into renewable fuel.
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Farmers Cooperative Co. registers to sell E15 in Creston, Iowa

Farmers Cooperative Co. has announced it will be offering E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles starting this fall at its Creston station. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is assisting Farmers Cooperative with the registration process.
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IISD overestimates EU biofuel subsidies, issues correction

In mid-August, the International Institute for Sustainable Development drastically reduced its estimate of the value of excise tax exemptions that European Union member states provide to the biofuels industry.
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FTC agrees to investigate antitrust allegations against Big Oil

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently announced that the Federal Trade Commission has agreed to examine possible anti-competitive practices by oil companies to limit access to biofuels.
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Economists: China demand for soy outpaces ethanol use for corn

While ethanol from corn is often credited for agriculture's current period of prosperity, Ohio State University economists Carl Zulauf and Nick Rettig say that China's appetite for soybeans is a bigger economic driver.
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Industry Events

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

OnSite Energy Conference & Trade Show

September 23-25, 2013

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 9-12, 2014
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

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