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January 29, 2013
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  • Court was right to strike cellulosic requirements, WSJ says
    The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was correct in ruling against federal requirements that oil refiners purchase cellulosic ethanol, because not enough is being produced, according to The Wall Street Journal's editorial board. "In writing the law, Congress included a safety valve and told the EPA to set the mandate to meet 'the projected volume available' in the event of a shortfall. But the EPA nonetheless argued that accurate projections would undermine 'the objective of promoting growth in the industry' and creating 'the appropriate economic conditions for the cellulosic biofuel industry to grow,' " the board writes. The Wall Street Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Anti-ethanol op-ed is riddled with inaccuracies, exec says
    An op-ed by economics professor Mark J. Perry criticizing ethanol production contained several misleading statements, writes Mitch Miller, CEO of Energetix, which operates an ethanol plant in Lake Odessa, Mich. Contrary to Perry's claim, there has not been a 51-cent-per-gallon ethanol blender's tax credit for several years now, and the 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit ended on Jan. 1, 2012, Miller states. Perry's allegation that the Renewable Fuel Standard sets a target of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022 is wrong, as the standard limits ethanol output at 15 billion gallons with advanced biofuels making up the remainder, Miller notes. (Michigan) (free registration) (1/28), E-Xchange blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White Energy suspends operations at Texas ethanol plant
    White Energy temporarily stopped production at its ethanol plant in Plainview, Texas, on Jan. 7, said plant manager Alfred Flores. "Right now, we're hoping to idle through the first quarter, but it might be through the next corn harvest in October," Flores said. The company's ethanol plants in Hereford, Texas, and Russell, Kan., are still operational. Plainview Daily Herald (Texas) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Study: Insect guts hold clues to cellulose breakdown
    Researchers from Texas A&M University and their colleagues found that biocatalysts in the stomachs of herbivorous insects allow them to efficiently break down plant cellulose and lignin, a finding that could lead to the development of more cost-efficient systems for converting biomass into biofuels, according to a report in the journal PLoS Genetics. The biocatalysts could be used to model new enzymes for advanced-biofuel production, said Joshua Yuan, an assistant professor at Texas A&M whose laboratory received a $2.4 million federal grant to study the biofuel potential of enzymes found in termite guts. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IRFA: Sen. Harkin has been "instrumental" for renewable fuels
    Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has been a staunch advocate of homegrown biofuels, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Over the years, Harkin's support for the first energy program in the farm bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard and the biodiesel industry has been "instrumental in ensuring Iowa's renewable-fuels industry can compete against the highly subsidized and mandated petroleum industry," said Rick Schwarck, president of the IRFA. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Germany used more sugar beets to make ethanol in 2012
    German ethanol production rose to 613,381 metric tons in 2012, up by a record 7.4% from the year before, according to industry group Bundesverband der deutschen Bioethanolwirtschaft. About 253,866 metric tons of ethanol was processed from sugar beets, representing a 54% increase from 2011, BDBe said. About 359,030 metric tons came from feed grains, a 12% decline from 2011, the group reported. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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. "Adkins Energy is currently celebrating our 10th year of operations and we are proud to say that the NEC has been a valuable event for our company during each of these years. We have consistently sent management and board members to represent our company, giving our leaders the opportunity to network and learn something new. The NEC provides a perfect opportunity to meet with a broad range of people in the industry, and consistently bring back new ideas and strategies that will provide our company future value. The atmosphere is open and the venues are always accommodating -- it is great to know that you can be in one general area and have the ability to meet with everyone you hoped to without difficulty." Ray Baker, general manager at Adkins Energy, Lena, Ill. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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