Biofuel industry criticizes study on corn stover and soil carbon

The biofuel industry is speaking out against a study completed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers that claims cellulosic biofuels actually generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline due to the impacts of crop residue removal from fields.
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Cellulosic ethanol from corn residue worse than gas? Not so fast

A new academic paper on biofuels was released this week, and some media outlets have reached sweeping conclusions. A careful reading of the paper, however, doesn't in any way support these conclusions.
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EPA reduces the 2013 cellulosic RFS to reflect actual production

The U.S. EPA has taken action to revise the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS) to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, the volume for which cellulosic RINs were generated in 2013.
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Canada issues new tank car requirements for ethanol, crude oil

The Canadian government has announced plans improve rail safety, including the phase out certain railcars used to carry ethanol and crude oil over a three year period. Some DOT-111 railcars are being removed from dangerous goods service immediately.
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Fuels America study reveals positive impact of biofuels

The Fuels American coalition recently released an economic impact study that demonstrates the economic benefits of ethanol and other biofuels on a state-by-state basis. The analysis was completed by John Dunham & Associates.
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DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees

The U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation.
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RFA president makes appearance at rail safety forum

Renewable Fuel Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen gave a presentation at a rail safety forum hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board on April 23.
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Commodities: DDGS affected by tangled logistics, export increases

The month prior to Easter was pretty quiet and the weather is just now abating enough to have folks thinking about planting in the near future in the Midwest. The focus for DDGS prices is still on logistics and slow rail movement.
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Commodities: Corn market continues bullish run

The corn market has been on a bullish run since the January report. The carryout has continued to decline, as export demand continues to increase.
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Novozymes increases sales of enzymes to the bioenergy industry

Three enzymes that promise to improve profits for producers of corn ethanol are behind the strong growth in Novozymes' first quarter bioenergy sales, including Avantec, Spirizyme Achieve and Olexa.
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Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo's renewable jet fuel

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo's renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use.
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Biofuel groups oppose Big Oil's requested delay in RFS challenge

The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers recently filed a motion to sever and hold in abeyance their legal challenge to the 2013 renewable fuel standard. Biofuel groups are opposing the move.
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EPA opens comment period on draft permits for ADM CCS project

The U.S. EPA has opened a comment period on draft permits for Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s carbon capture and storage project in Dacatur, Ill. The project aims to inject and sequester carbon dioxide produced at ADM's Decatur ethanol plant.
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OilRigged campaign launches on Earth Day to defend biofuels

The Fuels America coalition has launched a new advertising campaign dubbed "Oil Rigged" on Earth Day to counter what biofuels industry leaders called Big Oil's deliberate campaign to distort the facts.
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USDA economists evaluate RINS stocks, impact of mandate changes

Two USDA economists took up the U.S. EPA's request for comments on whether and how to account for carryover renewable identification numbers (RINS) in setting yearly mandated renewable fuel volumes.
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Vireol Bio Energy enters marketing agreement with Murex

Vireol Bio Energy LLC has selected Murex LLC as its marketing partner for the bioethanol plant in Hopewell, Va. Vireol recently announced their plans to bring the 63 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Hopewell online in April of 2014.
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Proterro reaches sugar-making milestones

Proterro CEO Kef Kasdin recently reported that his company reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones. "While sugar production has begun at low levels, it has been controllable," he said.
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Alternative financing options subject of Calif. workshop

The California Energy Commission conducted a workshop aimed at alternative financing options and strategies to support the development and implementation of transportation technologies which reduces greenhouse gas and criteria emissions.
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Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

While global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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Three Rivers Energy joins Growth Energy

Growth Energy has welcomed Three Rivers Energy LLC as its newest member, bringing total plant membership to 83, with another 85 associate members. Three Rivers Energy is a 50 MMgy plant located in Coshocton, Ohio.
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American Ethanol, Arbor Day races to put more green in spring

The Nebraska Corn Board, in cooperation with the National Corn Growers Association, is joining NASCAR in kicking off its second year of the NASCAR Race to Green Campaign, which highlights green programs put in place by NASCAR and its partners.
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Industry Events

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

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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