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February 20, 2013
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  • U.S. biofuels groups slam EU's levy as "blatant protectionism"
    The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy will fight "in every manner possible" the EU's imposition of an anti-dumping tariff on U.S. ethanol, the groups said in a joint statement. The EU's countrywide 9.5% levy on U.S. ethanol is "blatant protectionism at its worst," the statement said. A U.S. trade official is also dismayed by the EU's decision, saying the U.S. trade office has "serious concerns about a number of procedural and methodological irregularities that took place during the final stages of the investigation." Reuters (2/19), (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Update 
  • Global Partners wraps up buyout of Ore. crude oil, ethanol facility
    Massachusetts-based fuel distributor Global Partners has finalized the acquisition of a crude oil and ethanol facility along the Columbia River in Oregon from Cascade Kelly Holdings for about $95 million. "The purchase of this crude oil and ethanol facility strategically enhances our network of origin and destination assets, and extends Global's virtual pipeline to the West Coast," said Eric Slifka, president and CEO of Global Partners. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Plant cell-wall discovery may unlock future of biofuels
    Discovery of a possible connection between two types of cell-wall glycans and the arabinogalactan wall protein may offer biofuels a significant step forward. Researchers Li Tan and Debra Mohnen hope their discovery will lead to further research of plant cell walls and open up access to the sugars inside that can be used to economically create biofuels. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: BECCS system makes net negative emissions achievable
    Bioenergy production coupled with carbon capture and sequestration systems could allow energy producers to achieve net negative emissions, according to a report from the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University. Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS, could be used by ethanol plants and other manufacturing facilities to reduce their carbon profile, the report showed. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chromatin to provide grain sorghum to Pacific Ethanol
    Seed producer Chromatin has struck a deal to supply California-based Pacific Ethanol with locally grown grain sorghum. Chromatin aims to initially contract about 20,000 acres for sorghum production in California, eventually rising to 30,000 acres. "As the benefits of sorghum become more widely known, especially its resiliency, flexibility and its affordability compared to corn, we are optimistic that it will become the feedstock of choice in ethanol production," said Chromatin CEO Daphne Preuss. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Fla. bill to undo E10 mandate would scare away investors, exec says
    A bill in the Florida Legislature proposing to undo the 10% ethanol blend requirement in the state would drive away investors, biofuel advocates said. "Sending a message by repealing the [Renewable Fuel Standard] now sends a really chilling message that not only to ourselves with emerging technologies, but a lot of other companies who have invested money here," said Dan Cummings, whose company has invested $130 million in an ethanol project in Florida. WJHG-TV (Panama City, Fla.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Price of hydrous ethanol climbs in key Brazilian state
    The price of hydrous ethanol in Brazil's Sao Paulo state rose last week to its highest level in nearly 14 months, buoyed by the government's decision to increase the wholesale price of gasoline by 6.6%, according to research firm Cepea. Distribution companies' return to the market after the recent Carnival celebrations also boosted prices of the biofuel, Cepea said. Platts (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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