AFPM challenges RFS rule, court consolidates 3 RFS challenges

On Feb. 10, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s recent renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking.
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Flint Hills Resources licenses Edeniq’s Pathway Technology

Edeniq Inc. recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to license Edeniq’s Pathway Technology for all of its ethanol plants. The technology converts corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol.
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Green Plains reports record fourth quarter production volumes

Green Plains Inc. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting a net loss of $3.6 million, or a loss of 9 cents per share, for the three-month period. The company, however, produced a record 261 gallons during the quarter.
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RFA: US ethanol exports reached 836 million gallons in 2015

The Renewable Fuels Association has released a new summary of ethanol trade statistics, reporting the U.S. ethanol industry exported 836 million gallons of ethanol last year valued at approximately $18 billion.
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Ethanol performs well in disappointing year for The Andersons

The Andersons reported a disappointing overall year for 2015. Positive results in its rail and ethanol segments were offset by losses in the grain, plant nutrient and retail segments.
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DuPont files to intervene in court review of RFS

DuPont filed court documents Feb. 5, asking leave to intervene in support of an Americans for Clean Energy petition filed in January, saying it has “significant and concrete interest” in the case.
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Economist: No sunset for RFS, waivers impact future authority

The renewable fuel standard (RFS) does not expire in 2022, but an analysis of the statute reveals major changes could occur, said University of Illinois economist Jonathan Coppess in a recent FarmDoc Daily post.
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EIA revises 2016, 2017 ethanol production forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average approximately 965,000 barrels per day this year and next year.
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Corn use for ethanol offsets lower USDA export forecast

A 25 million bushel increase in projected corn use for ethanol in USDA’s February supply-demand report is partially offsetting a 50 million bushel lower export forecast. Corn imports are projected 10 million bushels higher.
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ACE: GREET shows improvement in life cycle ethanol emissions

Research by American Coalition for Ethanol President Ron Alverson indicates life cycle modeling has demonstrated significant improvement in emissions performance of corn-based ethanol, with continued improvements expected in the future.
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Syngenta: 18 ethanol plants now contracted to use Enogen

On Feb. 3, Syngenta International AG released financial results for 2015, reporting it has signed commercial agreements for Enogen corn with 18 ethanol plants, up from 16 in October.
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Technology harnesses waste gases for power

With a 2-MW Power Oxidizer built and being tested Ener-Core is determined to start changing the way companies like Pacific Ethanol handle low-value waste gases. This article appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline "Nothing wasted."
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Meeting the California low carbon challenge

Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS. This article appears in the March issue of EPM.
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Deinove confirms its carotenoids commercialization potential

Deinove, a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and biobased chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, announces major progress in its carotenoids project.
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Pacific Ethanol to install Whitefox’s technology at Madera plant

Pacific Ethanol Inc. and Whitefox Technologies Ltd. have entered into a technology license and purchase agreement for an industrial scale membrane system that separates water from ethanol in the plant's distillation system.
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USGC’s aqua feeding trials in Vietnam show promising results

Results of two distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) aqua feeding trials conducted by the U.S. Grains Council in Vietnam show that U.S. DDGS is an economical and nutritious way to feed pangasius catfish produced there.
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NREL discovery could lead to cheaper cellulosic fuels

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the BioEnergy Science Center say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels.
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USGC: International alliance MAIZALL sets priorities for 2016

The board of directors for MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, reaffirmed its commitment to strategic cooperation in addressing market access issues related to biotechnology and other agricultural technologies during a recent meeting.
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Researchers ‘explode’ sugar beet cells for faster fermentation

The European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a technology that explodes cell walls to create faster and cheaper fermentation. The process uses Betaprocess technology in which vacuum extrusion is used to explode cell walls.
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