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January 21, 2013
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  • RFA: CARB needs to revisit land-use-change penalties
    The California Air Resources Board needs to update its Low Carbon Fuels Standard Program in light of academic studies showing that the overall carbon intensity of corn ethanol is lower than once thought, according to a letter sent by Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, to Mary Nichols, the chairwoman of CARB. A "failure to update these [carbon intensity] values will jeopardize the ability of regulated parties to reasonably comply with the LCFS program's increasingly rigid CI standards," the letter argues. The LCFS assesses land-use-change penalties against certain biofuels. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • RFA's Dinneen: Anti-ethanol op-ed does not hold up to scrutiny
    An op-ed by Mark J. Perry, who teaches economics at the University of Michigan-Flint, contained misleading statements about E15 and the U.S. ethanol industry, writes Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. Perry claims that E15 corrodes engine parts, but extensive testing coordinated by the Department of Energy has determined E15 is safe to use in vehicle model years 2001 and later, Dinneen writes. Also, U.S. ethanol production does not use corn intended for human consumption and utilizes just 3% of global grain stocks, he writes. E-Xchange blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: Big Oil's opposition to RFS is shortsighted
    The oil industry wants to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard, a move that would hinder innovation and further the country's reliance on fossil fuels, writes Jim Lane. The oil industry's arguments for repealing the RFS "are indicative of shortsighted thinking, aimed at preservation, not innovation," said Jan Koninckx, DuPont's global business director for biofuels. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Student receives scholarship to attend NEC
    The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation have awarded a scholarship to Wade Hunt, a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to enable him to attend a National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas next month. "Ethanol's best will be on hand to showcase the bright future that lies ahead of the industry, and we hope Wade will leave even more encouraged by what our speakers have to offer," said RFF Chairman Mike Jerke. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers see biofuel potential in artificial photosynthesis
    British researchers at the University of East Anglia and their colleagues are developing technology to mimic photosynthesis in a bid to produce hydrogen for biofuel and other applications. "We imagine that our photocatalysts will prove versatile and that with slight modification they will be able to harness solar energy for the manufacture of carbon-based fuels, drugs and fine chemicals," said Julea Butt, the lead researcher. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Why 2013 could be a pivotal year for algae-based fuel
    Several companies are close to reaching commercial-scale production of algae-based fuel this year, writes Katie Fehrenbacher. Solazyme is eyeing commercial-scale output through an Archer Daniels Midland facility in Clinton, Iowa. Sapphire Energy began churning out algae oil last summer and is aiming to produce up to 1.5 million gallons annually by 2014, while Synthetic Genomics acquired an 81-acre site in California's Imperial Valley to further test its technology, Fehrenbacher writes. GigaOm (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry to face margin compression in 2013, adviser says
    The ethanol industry will continue to experience narrowing margins this year, while producers that have made improvements in their operational and financial performance in the past three years will be better positioned, said Scott McDermott, a financial adviser at Ascendant Partners. The margin compression being seen by the industry is not as serious as the downturns in 1995 and 2008, but it is lengthier, McDermott said. "We do anticipate there will be more idled plants, and there will be some distressed sales of companies and some bankruptcies this year," McDermott noted. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Guyana eyes use of ethanol-blended gasoline
    Guyanese officials are considering a plan to mix locally made ethanol into the country's gasoline supply in a bid to spur foreign investment and reduce costly fuel imports. A molasses-to-ethanol plant being built by U.K.-based Whitefox Technologies and its Brazilian partner, Green, is due for commissioning by May, said Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy. Stabroek News (Guyana) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sugar-makers in Indian state to file ethanol-blending tender
    Sugar producers in the Indian state of Maharashtra will file tenders for ethanol blending after oil companies issued their own tender. India's government has proposed a 5% ethanol blend rate to lessen costly fuel imports, but oil and sugar companies disagree over what the selling price of ethanol should be. The Times of India/TNN (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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