EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

On Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
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EPA: 1.66 billion RINs generated in November

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 16.54 million cellulosic RINs.
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Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

The Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S.
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Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

On Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020.
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UNICA: 1.92 billion liters of ethanol sold in November

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released its crop update for the second half of November, reporting that 789.46 million liters (208.55 million gallons) of ethanol were produced during the two-week period.
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IRFA accepting submissions for annual “Fuel the Future” contest

Iowa high school students have an opportunity to make the most of their vacation by submitting an entry to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s “Fuel the Future” Video Contest for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize.
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ePURE appoints new secretary general

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has named Emmanuel Desplechin as its new secretary general effective immediately, replacing Robert Wright. Desplechin joined ePURE in 2013, serving as director for government affairs.
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USGC: South Korea seminar outlines benefits for US grains in 2017

More than 185 buying officials, feed manufacturers, corn millers, traders and end-users gathered in Seoul, South Korea, recently to improve their understanding of the U.S. grain supply and demand outlook for the coming year.
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Flint Hills achieves EPA approval for use of Edeniq technology

Edeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 120 MGPY Shell Rock, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology.
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IRFA welcomes new communications director

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Cassidy Riley as its new communications director. Riley’s responsibilities will include media and member relations, social media and web communication, and several other duties.
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Anellotech announces breakthrough in extending catalyst lifetime

Anellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels.
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2017 National Ethanol Conference

February 20-22, 2017
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
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2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 10-12, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

June 19-21, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 19-21, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
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