Pacific Ethanol sets quarterly record for gallons sold


Pacific Ethanol Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting net sales of $321.1 million, a 37.4 percent increase over the $233.8 million in net sales reported for the same period of last year.
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Green Plains announces near-record quarterly results


Green Plains Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting its second best quarter in history. Net income for the three-month period was $32.3 million, or 82 cents per diluted share. Revenues were $837.9 million.
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Valero reports strong Q2 results for ethanol segment


Valero Energy Corp. has released financial results for the second quarter, reporting strong results for its ethanol segment. Overall, the company reported net income from continuing operations attributable to Valero stockholders of $651 million.
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Joint venture formed to develop cellulosic biorefinery in China


A joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. The project was first announced in late 2013.
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USGC asks USDA to intervene in China's MIR-162 trade requirements


On July 27, U.S. Grains Council Chairman Julius Schaaf asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to personally intervene with his counterpart in China to halt the "current regulatory sabotage of the DDGS trade with China."
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Researchers evaluate low-fat DDGS for use in swine diets


Researchers at the University of Illinois are evaluating low-fat distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in swine diets. The team compared amino acid digestibility in growing pigs fed diets containing conventional DDGS or low-fat DDGS.
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EPA releases June RIN data


The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting that more than 1.46 billion RINs were generated during the month across all biofuel categories.
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JBEI develops tool for characterizing plant sugar transporters


A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of "fuel" crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute.
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Eco-Energy announces deal with Dakota Spirit AgEnergy


Eco-Energy has signed a multiyear deal with Dakota Spirit AgEnergy in Spiritwood, North Dakota, which is scheduled to begin production in early 2015.
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Miscanthus might yield more biomass in Iowa that first thought


Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University.
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Helping switchgrass survive winter will boost biofuel potential


Michigan State University has been awarded $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy and USDA program to develop hardier switchgrass, a plant native to North America that holds high potential as a biofuel source.
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New UC Davis study offers surprising insights on biofuels


A study recently released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis examines how an incremental approach to supplement advanced innovation in biofuels can help California and the nation meet clean fuel and lower emission standards.
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Genera Energy introduces proprietary feedstock management systems


Genera Energy Inc. has announced the deployment of two new proprietary feedstock management systems, Energy Grange and Supply AssureBoth systems were developed through years of R&D and in-the-field testing.
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Commodities: Natural gas prices fall as storage issues resolve


Although natural gas storage inventories were depleted by a cold winter, which increased prices, key risks for storage recovery appear to be reduced. This has resulted in lowered price levels.
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Commodities: Corn prices tumble, ethanol margins improve


July was not a pretty month for the corn producer but end-users of corn benefited with tumbling prices. Nearby corn futures declined nearly 60 cents since July 1 to July 28. Prospects of a bigger yield continue to weigh on prices and the cash market
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NRDC report ranks biofuel sustainability programs


Amid increasing interest in alternative transportation fuels, a new report commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows how federal agencies and other large commercial customers can buy sustainably produced biofuels.
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NASCAR reaches 6 million miles of racing with E15


For more than three years, NASCAR has run on Sunoco Green E15. Drivers recently raced at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, where a historic milestone was set of 6 million miles of racing on higher blends of ethanol in NASCAR.
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Pacific Ethanol awarded grant to support sorghum program


Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced it was awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program collaboratively with several other organizations.
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Gevo: Side-by-side operation of Luverne plant on track


Gevo Inc. has reported an update on the progress of the implementation of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. In the beginning of June, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol.
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Commodities: Ethanol markets stabilize despite corn slide


Through late summer, the ethanol complex has remained extremely stable, unlike most commodity markets around it. Corn prices have fallen 55 cents per bushel while ethanol prices increased 2 cents per gallon.
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RFA to DOE: Update your E85 data


The Renewable Fuels Association has pointed to the vast underrepresentation of E85 stations in the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center database and implored DOE to accurately account for all stations selling E85.
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Commodities: China's DDGS rules still evolving


China again has created new rules with regard to shipments that state all shipments must have a government stamped document stating the absence of MIR 162 corn. However, there aren't currently any agencies that can officially test for that.
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