Valero purchases Mount Vernon, Ind., ethanol plant from Aventine

Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., announced March 21 that it has purchased a 110 MMGy corn ethanol plant in Mount Vernon, Ind., from Aventine Renewable Energy-Mt. Vernon LLC,
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Ethanol industry files to take LCFS fight to the Supreme Court

Following the January decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to deny rehearing en banc in the litigation regarding California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, two ethanol trade associations are taking the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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EPA announces plan to improve RFS pathway petition process

The U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing that it is taking action to improve the petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program.
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Pinal Energy back online after extended shutdown

Pinal Energy LLC in Maricopa, Ariz., is back online after being down for the past year and half. Improvements made during the facility's downtime have allowed it to restart at 60 MMgy of capacity, up from 50 MMgy.
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Aemetis reports record gross profit in 2013 financial results

Aemetis Inc. has released its 2013 financial results, reporting revenues of $177.5 million. The company said it has been consistently operating its Keyes, Calif., plant above nameplate capacity since improvements were completed in May 2013.
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GPRE announces restart of Otter Tail ethanol plant

Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. has announced its Otter Tail ethanol plant restarted production on March 16. The 60 MMgy facility located near Fergus Falls, Minn., was temporarily idled after a March 10 fire.
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USDA highlights $33 million in rural business investments

A recently released USDA report tells the story of more than $33 million in investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013. A new interactive website map also features funding information.
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Deinove highlights recent progress in financial results

France-based Deinove has released its 2013 financial results, reporting progress with increased research and development efforts. The company highlighted efforts for its biofuel-focused Deinol program and its biochemical-focused Deinochem platform.
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Report: Biofuels, other factors to lower fuel demand in Calif.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has published a new white paper that highlights the impacts of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and new fuel efficiency regulations on California's gasoline market.
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E2 report highlights biofuel, bioenergy job creation

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has published a new report on clean energy jobs, reporting that bioenergy and biofuel projects created thousands of jobs last year.
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Lesaffre launches new biorefining-focused business unit

Lesaffre is proud to announce the launch of Lesaffre Advanced Fermentation Technologies (Leaf Technologies), which will focus on the value-added fermentation solutions for fuel ethanol and bio-based chemicals producers.
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Dyadic reports revenue increase in 2013 financial results

Dyadic International Inc. has released its 2013 financial results, reporting total revenue of $17.1 million, a 10 percent increase over 2012 revenue of $15.6 million. Net product related revenue increased by 25 percent, reaching $9.8 million.
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DNA analysis strategy aids in study of biofuel feedstocks

Researchers from Michigan State University, U.S. DOE's Joint Genome Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have published the largest soil DNA sequencing effort. The data was later applied to study biofuel feedstocks.
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Hydro Dynamics cavitation reactor installed at pilot plant

Hydro Dynamics Inc. has announced that a ShockWave Power Reactor was purchased and installed in a commercial cellulosic pilot plant in Italy. The SPR was purchased after successful lab testing on extraction of cellulose from corn fiber and straw.
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FAPRI projects stable ethanol production, margins through 2024

Corn prices are likely to remain around $4 per bushel over the next decade and ethanol production will remain flat, according to an analysis released by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri.
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USDA program offers loans to farmers for biomass storage

The USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass.
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E15 now available in Cambridge, Neb.

Anew Travel Center in Cambridge, Neb., now offers E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. The fuel blend is currently offered by retailers in 14 states.
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ND farmers in 5 communities learn more about industrial beets

Farmer and community meetings are underway this week in North Dakota laying the foundation for industrial beet production. Also known as energy beets, the varieties are bred for industrial sugars that can be converted to biobased fuels and chemicals.
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Industry Events

International Biomass Conference & Expo

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

Bioenergy Project Development Seminar

March 24-24, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
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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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