RFA scores retailers for E85, E15 offerings; Big Oil gets an 'F'

The five Big Oil brands got an "F" in the Renewable Fuels Association's score card for their poor performance in offering E15 or E85. Among stations carrying other refiner-affiliated brands, only Speedway/SuperAmerica and Cenex received high marks.
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N.C. funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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EIA increases ethanol production forecasts in July report

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the July issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its 2014 and 2015 ethanol production forecasts for the second month in a row. The EIA also announced a new weekly production record.
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NGFA proposal to the STB could benefit shippers of ethanol, DDGS

The National Grain and Feed Association has submitted an extensive proposal to the Surface Transportation Board, urging the STB to establish new rules and procedures that captive grain shippers could use to challenge unreasonable rail freight rates.
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EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives

The European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy.
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ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

The International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership.
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Big corn crop expected, the question being how big?

Great growing conditions have the industry speculating on just how big the corn crop will be. USDA's July 11 supply/demand report pegs the 2014 corn crop at 13.86 billion bushels, 65 million bushels below last year's record.
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Lux Research: Lignin-derived chemicals to hit market in 2021

As lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research.
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WVU researcher to study the genetics of biomass accumulation

Jennifer Hawkins, assistant professor of biology at West Virginia University, is working with a team of researchers to examine the genetic controls of tillering in corn, sorghum and foxtail millet.
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USGC China DDGS situation update: Impacts in other markets

China's new inspection and permit regime for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has created increased interest for DDGS in other markets around the world. Among the first to seize the opportunity was Taiwan.
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Andritz to deliver pretreatment technology to Fiberight plant

International technology Group Andritz has received an order to supply equipment, engineering, and field services for Fiberight's cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa. Start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2015.
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DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases.
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Ceres licenses DNA browser software to Bayer CropScience

Ceres Inc., an agricultural biotechnology and seed company, has announced that the company has licensed its Persephone genome visualization application to Bayer CropScience. The software was originally developed for in-house use by Ceres.
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Report highlights economic impact of the US bioscience industry

A new report published Biotechnology Industry Organization and Battelle indicates the U.S. bioscience industry demonstrated strong growth from 2011 to 2012, has navigated the economic recession better than most industries, and is once again growing.
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Ethanol reduces oil's damage to climate and US economy

As 41 million Americans hit the road to celebrate the country's birthday, they are again reminded of the strain gasoline puts on the family's budget. Fuel consumers want and need choices at the pump.
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US Water, ChemCal join forces in corporate merger

U.S. Water Services, Inc. the provider of integrated solutions for water treatment, announced the merger of Texas based ChemCal, Inc and U.S. Water.
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Syngenta, FFA collaborate on fundraising at Iowa Speedway event

Syngenta and lowa FFA chapters will be joining forces to increase awareness of the benefits of American ethanol and to raise money to support flex fuel availability, and the FFA, at the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen, on July 11 and 12.
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Growth Energy letter addresses continued rail shipment delays

In response to a recent order by the Surface Transportation Board, which called on rail providers to resolve backlogs of rail cars for grain orders, but failed to address rail service for ethanol, Tom Buis of Growth Energy sent a letter to STB.
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World Bank: Climate-smart development benefits lives, jobs, GDP

Advanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new holistic modeling framework.
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