Successes, challenges outlined at annual RFA ethanol conference

In 2014, the U.S. ethanol industry had its most profitable year in history, Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said Feb. 19. "Critics may be legion but we will prevail," he said. "We are here to stay."
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Opportunities, challenges in boosting E85, higher blend sales

Different gasoline retailers are having very different experiences with E85 sales, John Eichberger told attendees on the last day of the National Ethanol Conference, during a presentation called "The Road Ahead for Higher Blends."
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USDA releases first monthly corn crush and coproducts report

The first monthly survey of industrial grain crush and coproducts was released Feb. 19 by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Survey, showing corn and sorghum consumption data for fuel ethanol, beverage alcohol and other uses.
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Golden Grain Energy produces 1 billionth gallon of ethanol

Golden Grain Energy LLC has reached a new milestone, with 1 billion gallons of ethanol produced. The 120 MMgy plant, located in Mason City, Iowa, broke ground in 2003. Members of the ethanol industry have spoken out to applaud the achievement.
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UAI, EFC urge recognition of ethanol as a way to reduce carbon

The California Air Resources Board was urged to enhance its efforts to require low carbon fuels by supporting the increased use of clean burning ethanol as a means of displacing aromatics in gasoline to reduce carbon and protect public health.
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RFA to CARB: Use real-world data to revise ILUC analysis

The Renewable Fuels Association submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board asking for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard re-adoption proposal to reflect recent scientific advances and new empirical data regarding indirect land use change.
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Growth Energy comments on CARB's LCFS re-adoption proposal

Growth Energy has filed comments with the California Air Resources Board outlining its opposition to CARB's proposed amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and a proposed regulation on the commercialization of alternative diesel fuels.
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RFA: Study reveals wide-ranging economic impact of ethanol

At this year's National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association released a new ABF Economics study titled "Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014."
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Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting March 5 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the public. Written comments can be submitted at any time.
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Eco-Energy begins operations at rail-to-pipe ethanol facility

Eco-Energy has announced the opening of its distribution facility located within the Knoxville, Tennessee, terminal complex. The facility will be equipped to receive rail tank cars for outbound ethanol distribution via pipeline and truck.
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South Dakota driver wins RFA's E85 "Post Your Price" contest

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce Scott LeBrun as the winner of RFA's E85 "Post Your Price" contest, which allowed individuals to submit photos of E85 prices nationwide. The winner was chosen at random.
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NREL 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book includes biofuel statistics

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, which features statistics on U.S. and global renewable energy generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data.
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Valicor working with Purina, announces patent acquisition

Valicor Separation Technologies LLC and Purina Animal Nutrition LLC have signed a letter of intent to work together on developing a high protein coproduct market. This move compliments the company's Valicor Stillage Fractionation Technology.
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Wisconsin ethanol industry helps drive record high export totals

Export numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection show an 18 percent increase in ethanol exports from Wisconsin, totaling an export value of over $250 million.
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E15 could significantly reduce CO2 emissions in Minnesota

Making E15 the new regular unleaded fuel in Minnesota would eliminate 358,000 tons of CO2 annually, according to a technical analysis by the University of Illinois at Chicago completed in response to a query by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
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Lincolnway Energy releases first quarter fiscal year 2015 results

Lincolnway Energy LLC announced its unaudited financial results for the three months ended Dec. 31, reporting net income of $1.7 million, or $41.00 per unit, compared to a net loss of $300,000, or $6.39 per unit, for the same period of 2013.
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Bunge reports improved 2014 results for sugar, bioenergy segment

Bunge has released fourth quarter and 2014 financial results, reporting improved quarterly performance for its sugarcane milling and biofuels segment. The segment reported an adjusted EBIT $9 million loss, an improvement over the same period of 2013.
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Murphy USA to offer E15 in suburbs of Chicago, Houston

Murphy USA Inc. has announced plans to bring E15 to consumers in the suburbs of Chicago and Houston this year. According to the company, the decision to expand E15 availability was made after several successful introductions of E15 in Iowa.
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SIRE reports strong margins in first quarter fiscal 2015 results

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC has announced unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, reporting net income of $9.8 million or $737.45 per unit for the three months ended Dec. 31.
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Gevo: Marine industry consortium releases isobutanol test results

A consortium of organizations from the recreational marine industry have completed more than four years of testing on Gevo Inc.'s renewable isobutanol. Results show isobutanol blends of up to 16.1 percent can be successfully used in marine engines.
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ANSI to be accreditation body for biomass GHG certification

The American National Standards Institute has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass.
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Regenis, DVO launch AD facility at California ethanol plant

Sustainable energy production has entered a new era in California as a consortium of American companies recently joined together with state energy officials to launch the Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which utilizes waste from dairy farms.
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Industry Events

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 20-22, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases

May 3-6, 2015
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, Florida

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 1-4, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

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