Commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol refinery opens in Italy

Beta Renewable and Novozymes has marked the official opening in Northern Italy of the world's largest advanced biofuels facility. The plant uses wheat straw, rice straw and arundo donax as feedstock to produce cellulosic ethanol.
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Coshocton Ethanol restarts as Three Rivers Energy in Ohio

Three Rivers Energy LLC, Coshocton, Ohio, will begin grinding corn Monday, Oct. 14, bringing the long-idled 50 MMgy plant back online. Chicago-based firms Lakeview Energy LLC and Crestwood Energy LLC bought the plant in foreclosure proceedings.
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Economist examines $2 billion drop in total RIN market

What's behind the plunge in renewable identification numbers (RINs)? University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin examined the question following the dramatic shifts in RINs markets for renewable fuels.
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API challenges 2013 RFS cellulosic volume requirement

The American Petroleum Institute has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA's 2013 volume requirement under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which was finalized in August. Representatives of the biofuels industry are calling the move frivolous.
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First of planned quarterly meetings held in Iowa by DuPont

A Community Advisory Panel meeting held Oct. 8 in Nevada, Iowa, brought together about 50 people, from a variety of backgrounds to talk about the DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant under construction there.
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Pacific Ethanol begins production of corn oil at Stockton plant

Pacific Ethanol Inc., a marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, has begun commercial production of corn oil at its Stockton, Calif., plant.
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Highwater moves forward with corn oil technology installation

Corn oil separation technology being installed at Highwater Ethanol LLC is expected to be completed this winter, with corn oil production expected in early 2014. The technology is licensed through an agreement with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC.
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Corn, ethanol relationship reverse; E85 markets respond

The market relationships between ethanol and corn prices in place for much of the ethanol boom have reversed and consumers are responding to competitively priced E85, although not to the degree expected.
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RFA accepting applications for student NEC scholarship program

The Renewable Fuels Association and Renewable Fuels Foundation have announced the availability of six student scholarships to 19th Annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 17-19. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 13.
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EIA revises 2014 ethanol production forecast in October STEO

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the October issue of its Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook (STEO), noting that the ethanol industry is beginning to show some recovery from last year's drought.
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South Africa to mandate biofuel blending starting in 2015

The Republic of South Africa's Department of Energy recently announced that the country will begin requiring biofuels to be blended with gasoline and diesel starting Oct. 1, 2015. Ethanol blends of E2 to E10 will be permitted under the mandate.
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Ethanol groups issue letter to UN committee on food security

The relationship between biofuels and food prices is once again a topic of debate in Europe. The United Nations Committee on World Food Security kicked off its annual meeting on Oct. 7 in Rome, and biofuel policy is on the agenda.
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Ethanol blending provides another proxy for gasoline demand

Measuring current U.S. gasoline demand can be difficult, as there are 160,000 retail gasoline stations and more than 250 million vehicles in the country. However, ethanol blending offers a proxy to measure gas consumption.
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Industry Events

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

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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