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February 19, 2013
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  • RFA: House bill would worsen reliance on fossil fuels
    The Renewable Fuels Association is criticizing a bill by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would set a ceiling on how much the Environmental Protection Agency can increase the Renewable Fuel Standard's cellulosic biofuel target each year. The bill would "turn back the clock to days of petroleum domination" just when cellulosic ethanol is about to enter the marketplace, said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. "Why limit the speed of progress toward energy independence from any domestic resource?" Dinneen asked. EthanolProducer.com (2/18), DomesticFuel.com (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • EU sets anti-dumping tariff on U.S. ethanol
    U.S. ethanol entering the EU faces an anti-dumping tariff of about $83 per metric ton for the next five years after the EU determined that U.S. ethanol imports caused "material injury" to European producers of the biofuel. The levy, which will apply only to U.S. ethanol used for fuel, will take effect after its official publication within the next week. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethanol producers keep eye on this year's corn crop
    Falling demand for gasoline coupled with a dry spell in key corn-growing areas could make 2013 another challenging year for ethanol producers, insiders said. Twenty of the nation's 211 ethanol plants have suspended operations because of the drought-induced spike in corn prices, but there are signs of recovery as the Department of Agriculture's latest outlook projects this year's corn crop at 14.5 billion bushels, which would be a record high. KMEG-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drought hasn't hurt ethanol production in N.D.
    North Dakota's ethanol production is unaffected by the massive drought that ravaged last year's corn crop and caused a number of U.S. ethanol plants to suspend production. Abundant corn supplies are allowing North Dakota's ethanol output to remain steady at nearly 400 million gallons yearly, although one plant closed last spring for reasons unrelated to the drought, said Deana Wiese, executive director of the North Dakota Ethanol Council. "We're exporting corn to Illinois and Indiana to help them out on their supply, because we have plenty," said Greg LaPlante, manager of research for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association and Utilization Council. The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Startup, university to research heat-tolerant fungus for biofuel
    Sustainable Bioproducts is partnering with Montana State University to study the biofuel potential of heat-tolerant fungus from Yellowstone National Park's hot springs that converts the cellulose in algae into oil. "The most important part of our research now is to test the technology further and investigate the feasibility of using this organism to produce biofuels and other products," said company founder Mark Kozubal. The National Science Foundation has awarded an initial grant of $150,000 to the venture. Biofuels-News.com (U.K.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • AEC, other groups fire back at Big Oil's latest attempt to undo RFS
    The Advanced Ethanol Council and other groups are criticizing the American Petroleum Institute's latest attempt to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard. Contrary to API's allegation, the Environmental Protection Agency's cellulosic biofuel mandate is based on the capacity of plants that are already built, the groups said. "API's strategy on the RFS is simple: create as much uncertainty and doubt around the program as possible to scare off investors from advanced biofuels," said AEC Executive Director Brooke Coleman. DomesticFuel.com (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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