Green Plains decommissions Virginia plant, closes on Valero sale


On Nov. 15, Green Plains Inc. announced it is permanently closing its 60 MMgy ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia. The company also announced it has closed on the previously announced sale of three ethanol plants to Valero Renewable Fuels Co. LLC.
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European Parliament approves REDII


The European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with the European Council in June on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII).
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EPA: No new small refinery waivers filed, approved in past month


On Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10.
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EPA: 29.5 million cellulosic RINs generated in October


The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 29.5 million cellulosic RINs.
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Cooper brings passion for ag, biofuels to RFA leadership role


Geoff Cooper transitioned into the role of president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association last month. He recently discussed his goals for the organization and the ethanol industry with Ethanol Producer Magazine.
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EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Indiana plant


The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Clymers Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.
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EPA extends comment period on RFS information collection request


The U.S. EPA is extending the comment period on a previously announced information collection request (ICR) that aims to consolidate and update recordkeeping and reporting burden and cost estimates related to the Renewable Fuel Standard program.
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RFA welcomes six new members


The RFA has announced that six new member companies have joined the organization, including a state-of-the-art ethanol plant under construction in Kansas and a cellulosic ethanol facility soon to begin construction in North Dakota.
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USGC announces new ethanol programs coordinator


Turquoise Adams joined the U.S. Grains Council on Nov. 5 as the ethanol programs coordinator at the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. In this role, Adams will support the ethanol and economics team.
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USGC DDGS promotion efforts in Taiwan lead to increased sales


Some of the new generation of livestock nutritionists in Taiwan lack of experience with U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The USGC organized a variety of DDGS promotional activities last year to better educate those nutritionists.
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