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December 19, 2012
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  • AEC releases report on cellulosic biofuels progress
    The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as Abengoa Bioenergy, Enerkem, INEOS Bio and ZeaChem shows the progress made since the Renewable Fuel Standard was put into place five years ago. "Despite the global recession, the cellulosic biofuels industry now has facilities and projects under development in more than 20 U.S. states representing billions of dollars in private investment. Enzyme costs are down 80% in the last decade, and cellulosic biofuels are being produced for $2.00 per gallon or less today," AEC says in the report. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Analysis: Banked RINs will aid RFS compliance this year
    This year's drought-induced reduction in ethanol production means that for the first time since the establishment of the renewable identification number system, RINs from previous years will be used to aid Renewable Fuel Standard compliance, writes University of Illinois economist Nick Paulson. Federal data suggest that this year's net ethanol RIN generation will be about 12.5 billion gallons, below the RFS target of 13.2 billion gallons, Paulson notes. This shows that the RFS has the flexibility to adapt to market changes, he states. Farmdoc Daily (University of Illinois) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • New technique may turn ice cream into fuel
    A research project involving scientists from Turku University in Finland and Manchester University in the U.K. have found a way to extract hydrocarbons from the fatty acid in products such as ice cream, shampoo and soap. "The key is to match up the correct biocatalyst with the specific product you are trying to make," said Nick Turner, the U.K. team leader. (U.K.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • House, Senate agree to keep Defense Dept.'s biofuels program
    The House of Representatives and the Senate have struck a deal to strip a provision from the defense authorization bill that would limit the military's ability to purchase biofuels. "This new compromise language will allow [the Department of Defense] to move forward with its clean energy agenda unscathed," said Stephanie Dreyer, a spokeswoman for the Truman National Security Project. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. House bill targets ethanol-blending rule
    Florida state Reps. Matt Gaetz and Keith Perry have introduced legislation that would repeal a state law requiring a percentage of ethanol in the gasoline supply. If approved, the bill would take effect in July. A similar proposal by Gaetz last year was defeated at committee level. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. rolls out 10-year energy action plan
    The administration of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber unveiled a 10-year energy road map that would shift state incentives away from biomass fuel source collection to development of cellulosic biofuel, institutional boiler and cogeneration facilities. The plan also calls for an extension of the Clean Fuels Program, which requires 10% ethanol content in gasoline and 5% biodiesel in diesel. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No deal yet on farm bill, lawmaker says
    Farm bill advocates are finding it "very difficult" to move forward because House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has not indicated whether he wants a farm bill included in a compromise deal warding off the "fiscal cliff," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "There has to be leadership in the House to care about rural America and to back up their leaders," Stabenow said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the House and Senate must hammer out an agreement on the farm bill soon because President Barack Obama and Boehner won't wait for them. The Daily Republic (Mitchell, S.D.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Abengoa suspends operations at Dutch ethanol plant
    Spain's Abengoa has temporarily stopped operations at its ethanol plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands, while enhancements are made at the facility. The facility is the biggest ethanol plant in Europe, capable of churning out 126.8 million gallons of ethanol and 360,000 metric tons of animal feed annually, the company said. The plant will be idled for up to three months, the company said. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Preliminary Agenda for NEC is Now Available
    The preliminary agenda for the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference is now available. This year's program highlights how the ethanol industry continues to evolve to meet the demands of a rapidly changing marketplace. With the RFS under fire and recent natural environment setbacks, the global market-driven atmosphere in which the industry must compete comes with new challenges. Industry leaders and experts will address how we are meeting these new demands by accelerating innovation in technology, marketing, logistics and feedstocks for the production of advanced ethanol. Conference session highlights include: perspectives on the future of the RFS, expanding renewable fuels globally, co-product considerations, tax policies critical to the future of the industry, future fuels and higher octane, and a panel discussion on E15. Don't miss this opportunity. Register for the National Ethanol Conference today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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