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January 25, 2013
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  • U.S. ethanol production rose slightly last week
    The U.S. produced an average of 792,000 barrels of ethanol per day in the week that ended Jan. 18, up 1% from the week before, according to the Energy Information Administration. Supplies of the fuel fell to 20 million barrels, down 1.4% from the previous week, the EIA said. Ethanol imports rose to 67,000 barrels per day from 27,000 the week before. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pearson Fuels gets $1.35M to install E85 pumps across Calif.
    The California Energy Commission awarded $1.35 million to Pearson Fuels to install E85 dispensers at 19 filling stations across the state. The funding is part of $3.27 million set aside by the CEC for projects aimed at lessening tailpipe emissions. With about 55,000 new flex-fuel vehicles hitting the streets annually in California, the state is likely to become the biggest market for E85 in the nation, the CEC said. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MAPCO Express, partners open E85 filling stations in Va.
    MAPCO Express, in partnership with Protec Fuel, the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board and the Clean Cities Coalitions in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., opened three new E85 dispensing stations in Virginia. MAPCO Express and Protec Fuel plan to add two more E85 dispensers this year as well as offer cellulosic ethanol. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Farmer-owned group agrees to buy Minn. ethanol plant for $55M
    Farmer-owned Guardian Energy Heron Lake has signed a deal to acquire the struggling Heron Lake BioEnergy ethanol plant in Minnesota for $55 million. The plant has been operating with negative margins for the past five quarters and has debts amounting to $45 million, regulatory documents showed. Guardian Energy was formed by four ethanol producers that were also part of the group that acquired an ethanol plant in Janesville, Minn., in 2009. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Startup LS9 denies it is shutting down
    Biofuel startup LS9 appointed a new CEO and underwent restructuring in the last quarter of 2012 but is not closing shop, a spokesperson said. The company reduced its workforce as part of the restructuring but is now prepared to forge ahead, the spokesperson said. LS9 opened a demonstration-scale facility in Florida last year and an office in Brazil in 2011. GigaOm (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Novozymes exec: Cellulosic ethanol could transform business
    Enzyme developer Novozymes could get up to 90% of its revenue from sales to the biofuel market by 2030 if more countries embrace renewable energy, said incoming CEO Peder Holk Nielsen. The firm gets about 16% of its revenue from biofuel producers and less than 1% from cellulosic ethanol producers, Nielsen said. "If the world really wants to secure a significant part of its liquid-fuel consumption based on biomass, this would totally transform the enzyme business," he said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Benefits of no-till corn-growing methods are underestimated
    No-till corn-production methods capture more carbon than previously thought, according to a Department of Agriculture analysis. The no-till methods sequestered carbon up to 59 inches deep in the ground, while previous studies looked only as far as 11 inches, the study found. "The findings of this study are important in that they demonstrate a previously overlooked environmental benefit of corn production in general and of corn-based ethanol in specific," said Keith Alverson, a member of the National Corn Growers Association's Corn Board. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • 2 bills in Maine target ethanol
    Maine state Rep. Jeff Timberlake introduced two bills that aim to curb the availability of ethanol in the state. The first bill would lessen the percentage of ethanol in Maine's gasoline supply from 10% to 5%, while the second would facilitate the establishment of an ethanol-free fuel market in New England for oil company Irving. Canada-based Irving is offering to provide ethanol-free gasoline in New England if at least three states sign up for the plan, Timberlake said. Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big Oil's anti-ethanol push would hurt Neb.'s economy, exec says
    Policies promoting ethanol production and use such as the Renewable Fuel Standard have added billions of dollars to Nebraska's economy, said Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller and Hightower Report President David Hightower at a conference in Grand Island, Neb. However, the oil industry is ramping up efforts to dismantle the RFS and curb the growth of homegrown biofuels, Sneller said. "They are now trying to unravel a national public policy, which had really been designed not only to improve air quality by burning clean burning fuels, but helps the energy-security goals and helps support the economic goals we have," Sneller said. The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Why You Should Attend the National Ethanol Conference
    The National Ethanol Conference is recognized as the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. Read why others continue to attend this event year after year. "This will be the eighth consecutive year that I have attended NEC and it is the single most important event that I attend each year for my work in the ethanol industry. The program helps me learn about both the technical and policy issues facing the ethanol industry. Even more important, the conference provides the best opportunity all year to meet with and learn from the many opinion leaders in the industry that attend," said David L. Bracht, partner at Husch Blackwell. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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