Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

On Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September.
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Abengoa plant has multiple feedstock capabilities

One of the best features of the Abengoa Bioenergy plant is the ability to convert a wide variety of feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa, told EPM Oct. 17 prior to the plant's grand opening ceremony.
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Policy issues plague advanced biofuel industry

2014 was unlike any other that Mike McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuel Association, has seen in his decades-long career. And that's not a positive observation.
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Biogas producers finding opportunity in advanced biofuel markets

During the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference held in Minneapolis on Oct. 13-14, professionals in the biogas space reviewed the continued momentum and implications biogas producers are experiencing in advanced biofuel markets.
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NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour

A sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo.
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STB initiates new reporting requirements for Class I railroads

The Surface Transportation Board has announced Class I railroads will now be required to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance. Certain data on ethanol shipments are among the new reporting requirements.
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Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

A French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies.
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Report shows ethanol's connection to high food prices is a lie

Growth Energy and the RFA responded to the USDA's October supply/demand report, which forecasted a record corn yield. Growth Energy said it ended the food vs. fuel myth and RFA said it underscores the need for market certainty.
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UNICA: Sugarcane mills continue to prioritize ethanol production

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the south-central region of Brazil experienced a smaller than average crush during the second half of September. However, more than 60 percent of the processed cane went to ethanol.
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ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions.
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Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA.
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Chempolis signs agreement for bamboo ethanol project in India

On Oct. 15, Finland-based Chempolis Ltd. announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., an enterprise of the Indian government, to build a cellulosic ethanol and chemical production facility in Assam, India.
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Virginia releases new energy plan

On Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state.
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RFA hammers CARB on lack of ILUC transparency

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, recently submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board outlining serious concerns regarding the staff's new indirect land use analysis.
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EC confirms unannounced inspections in biofuel sector

The European Commission can confirm that on Oct. 7, commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the production, distribution and trading of ethanol, a biofuel.
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CRFA member brings E30 ethanol to Niagara region

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Gale's Gas Bars on its debut of E30 gasoline in Ontario. Gale's has 16 sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 Welland Avenue, in St. Catharines, beginning Oct. 16.
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RFA announces E85 "Post Your Price" contest

In an effort to promote E85 sales and track E85 prices, the Renewable Fuels Association announced a unique opportunity to win free E85 for one year with a simple snap of a camera and click of a mouse.
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Fire reported at Valero's Linden, Indiana, facility

Valero Energy Corp.'s ethanol plant near Linden, Indiana, experienced a fire on Oct. 13. No injuries were reported. According to Bill Day, vice president of communications at Valero, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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DOE awards $13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass.
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RFA releases updated publication debunking food vs. fuel

The Renewable Fuels Association released an updated version of its popular publication "Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World." This 10-page booklet outlines ethanol's contribution to the global food and feed supply.
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Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16

The recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board.
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ePURE calls for long-term policy support of biobased economy

On the occasion of a Policy Conference in Brussels, ePURE is calling for European policy makers to introduce a long-term policy framework to support the broadening of Europe's network of biorefineries by 2030, including targets for ethanol use.
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