Leaked RFS proposal discussed in letter to White House

The Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Advanced Ethanol Council issued a letter to the White House on Oct. 29, expressing concerns over a draft proposal for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) that was leaked earlier this month.
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Cellulosic biofuel, cellulosic diesel RINs generated in September

The U.S. EPA has published new renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance data, showing that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated in September.
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Industry reacts to congressional letter to EPA on RFS

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy fired back against a letter signed by a group of members of U.S. Congress, which asks the U.S. EPA to "to consider a fair and meaningful nationwide adjustment" to the 2014 renewable fuel standard.
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Ontario plant to recycle beverages into ethanol, other products

Energentium Inc. is finalizing tests before entering into full production in a few weeks at its new 15 MMly (4 MMgy) plant in Brantford, Ontario, to recycle waste beer and soft drinks into ethanol.
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E15 now available in Minnesota

The first retailer in Minnesota began offering E15 to motorists in late October. Four dispensers began selling E15 to drivers of vehicles model year 2001 or newer at the Penn Minnoco service station in Minneapolis.
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CARB files response to LCFS rehearing petition

The California Air Resources Board has filed its response to a petition filed in the 9th circuit court to request a rehearing en banc with regard to a prior court ruling the state's low carbon fuel standard does not violate interstate commerce laws.
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Green Plains sees strong Q3 earnings, positive ethanol outlook

Earnings at Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. made a strong recovery, according to the company's third quarter report. "We believe ethanol industry fundamentals are as positive as we have seen in recent history," said Todd Becker, president and CEO.
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ADM reports solid third quarter results, ethanol margin recovery

Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported financial results for the third quarter on Oct. 29. One of the highlights was corn processing profit increased $91 million, which ADM attributed to ethanol margin recovery.
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New ethanol enzymes perform well for Novozymes

Novozymes recently released its nine-month interim financial report, which reveals that the company's new trademarked enzyme technologies, Avantec and Spirizyme Achieve, have been well received by its customers, the company said.
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Valero reports improved ethanol margins, increased production

Valero Energy Corp. has released its financial results for the third quarter, reporting net income attributable to stockholders of $312 billion, or 57 cents per share, down from $674 million or $1.21 per share during the same period of last year.
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Ceres, Syngenta continue sweet sorghum work in Brazil

Ceres Inc. and Syngenta AG have extended their joint market development agreement in Brazil, where Ceres has been introducing its sweet and high-biomass sorghum varieties at Brazilian ethanol mills.
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Argentina's largest ethanol plant begins operations

Vogelbusch Biocommodities GmbH has announced the opening of a corn ethanol plant in Alejandro Roca, Argentina, that is based on its state-of-the-art technology that is designed for optimal performance in terms of primary energy and water consumption.
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Draft bill would eliminate corn ethanol portion of RFS

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are speaking out against draft legislation that would reportedly eliminate the conventional ethanol portion of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). It is unclear when the bill will be introduced.
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Gov. Nixon discusses corn harvest, ethanol

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon visited a recently expanded grain elevator to discuss the state's strong corn harvest and his priorities for continuing to expand Missouri agriculture by expanding exports of renewable fuels, such as ethanol.
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Iowa ethanol producer offers blender pump grants

Little Sioux Corn Processors is offering financial assistance to Iowa retailers who install blender pumps. The LSCP board of directors is making $75,000 available to retailers to offset the cost of blender pump installations.
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More than 70 percent of top selling cars approved for E15 in 2014

More than 70 percent of the Top 20 best-selling cars as identified by Edmunds / AOL Auto have been explicitly approved by automakers to use E15 in 2014 models. This includes all Ford, GM and Volkswagen 2014 models.
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EIA Monthly Energy Review shows rebounding production

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October issue of its Monthly Energy Review, reporting that the U.S. ethanol industry produced 1.13 billion gallons of ethanol in July, up from 1.12 billion gallons the prior month.
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Corn harvest progresses quickly; few prospects for higher prices

The corn harvest is progressing rapidly, at 59 percent harvested in the 18 leading corn production states, compared to just 39 percent a week ago, according to USDA's weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.
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Wisconsin plant faces OSHA violations

United Ethanol LLC has been cited for 15 health and safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a worker was fatally engulfed in corn inside a grain storage bin on April 19.
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AAA, API continue call for lower RFS standards

AAA is urging the U.S. EPA to include lower mandates for ethanol in the 2014 renewable fuels standard (RFS), claiming that higher ethanol blends could damage engines. The American Petroleum Institute is also continuing its fight against the RFS.
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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
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National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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