EPA finalizes RFS rules establishing new pathways, QAP

On July 2, the U.S. EPA published two final rules pertaining to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. The first establishes new fuel pathways, while the second finalizes the voluntary quality assurance plan for the RFS.
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Quad County begins cellulosic ethanol production

Galva, Iowa-based Quad County Corn Processors is now producing cellulosic ethanol through its 2 MMgy Adding Cellulosic Ethanol project, which converts corn kernel fiber into fuel. Ethanol industry trade groups have praised the achievement.
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CE&P gets $3.1 million tax credit for job creation

California Ethanol & Power LLC in southern California landed a tax credit from the California Competes Tax Credit Committee worth $3.1 million through 2018, if the company successfully meets the milestones in the contract.
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USDA reports reveals large corn stocks, potential record crop

On June 30, the USDA released updated grain stocks and acreage reports. In a new FarmDocDaily post, University of Illinois economist Darrel Good noted the stocks report showed much larger stocks of corn than had been anticipated by the market.
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Biofuel industry criticizes CBO's RFS report

The Congressional Budget Office has published a report on the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that is focused on compliance issues in 2014 and beyond. The biofuels industry has spoken out to criticize the study.
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Supreme Court declines petition to review California's LCFS

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's September 2013 ruling on California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. That ruling found that the LCFS program is constitutional.
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Fuels America Independence Day campaign advocates for ethanol

The Fuels America coalition is launching a new wave of ads to highlight highlighting renewable fuels' savings for consumers as gas prices climb to their highest levels since 2008.
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Researchers use supercomputer to improve catalysts for biofuel

Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose.
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Joule announces EPA clearance for modified cyanobacteria

Joule Unlimited Inc. has announced that the U.S. EPA favorably reviewed its microbial commercial activity notice (MCAN) for Joule's first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst.
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Underutilized pastureland offers sugarcane opportunity in Brazil

A new paper reviews research conducted by Brazilian researchers demonstrating the high carbon costs of converting intact Brazilian savanna compared to the carbon gains obtained from converting underutilized pastureland for biofuel crops.
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