Gevo reports progress at ethanol, isobutanol plant

Exciting progress is being made at Gevo Inc.'s Luverne, Minnesota, renewable fuel plant, and also within the company's recent commercial activities, Gevo CEO Pat Gruber reported during the company's third quarter conference call.
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Aemetis reports positive earnings, receives 3% EB-5 loan

California ethanol producer Aemetis Inc. reported record earnings for the first three quarters of 2014, turning the company around from the losses reported in 2013. For the first nine months of the year, Aemetis reported revenues of $166.2 million.
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Ergon Biofuels to restart Mississippi ethanol plant in May

Ergon BioFuels LLC, a subsidiary of Ergon Inc., has announced plans to restart its 60 MMgy ethanol facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi, beginning May 2015. Ergon BioFuels is one of the largest ethanol producers in the southeastern United States.
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Ag groups advocate for the RFS in letter to Obama

A group of agriculture organizations recently issued a letter to President Obama asking him to intervene in the U.S. EPA's proposed cuts to the 2014 renewable fuel standard volume obligations. The final 2014 rule is expected to be released soon.
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Class I railroads file status reports for week ending Nov. 8

Class I railroads have filed their fourth weekly status reports with the Surface Transportation Board. The reports provide an overview of operational performance for the week ending Nov. 8.
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EIA: Rail traffic up 4.5% from last year

U.S. rail traffic, including carloadings of all commodity types, has increased 4.5 percent through October compared to the same period in 2013. Increased movement of grain represents the biggest commodity increase in rail traffic so far this year.
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EIA predicts increased ethanol production in 2015

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the November issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that ethanol production will average 934,000 barrels per day next year.
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Distillers grains with calcium oxide improve cattle diets

Research by Purdue University scientist Jon Schoonmaker and his colleagues has shown that small amounts of calcium oxide can neutralize the acid in distillers grains, a commonly used alternative to corn in many livestock feed mixes.
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Gov. Nixon to chair Governors' Biofuels Coalition in 2016

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will serve as the 2015 vice chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, while Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will serve as chairman. In 2016, Nixon will transition to the role of chairman.
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UI economists: Ethanol/CBOB ratio at breakeven, unlikely to last

The recent drop in gasoline prices raises the question whether ethanol's competitiveness in blends is being threatened. University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good examined the prices relationship in a recent FarmDocDaily post.
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UN report outlines growing biofuels role in developing economies

Biofuels now account for 1 percent of global energy use, a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds. The document provides a sweeping global overview of the development of liquid biofuels.
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Cosan reports slight increase in ethanol production in Q3 results

Brazil-based Cosan has released financial results for the third quarter, reporting a 2 percent increase in the volume of ethanol produced despite a 9 percent reduction in sugarcane crush volumes.
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Murphy USA reports positive Q3 results for Texas ethanol plant

Murphy USA Inc. has released financial results for the third quarter, reporting $6 million of operating income from its 110 MMGy ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas. The company posted a loss of $900,000 for the facility during the same period of 2013.
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Digestion strategy in shipworms holds potential for biofuels

An international research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolasbs at Northeastern University, has discovered a novel digestive strategy in shipworms that could benefit biofuel development.
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Enerkem, AkzoNobel partner to explore development in Europe

Enerkem Inc. recently announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.
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GRFA: Fossil fuel subsidies discourage investment in renewables

The International Energy Agency has released its annual World Energy Outlook, revealing that fossil fuel consumption subsidies reached $550 billion in 2013. According to the EIA, those subsidies discourage investment in renewables.
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IGPC Ethanol reaches 1 billion liters of ethanol production

IGPC Ethanol Inc.'s fuel ethanol facility in Aylmer, Ontario, has now produced over 1 billion liters (264.17 million gallons) of ethanol, a substantial milestone in IGPC's history. The facility has been in operation for more than six years.
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Xylome, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation reach deal on yeast

Xylome Corp. has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals.
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