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December 26, 2012
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  • Research probes perceptions of biofuels in the Southeast
    A team of researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Georgia will conduct a study on Southeast residents' perception of biofuels. Ryan Adolphson of the University of Georgia said the study will show how the conversion of biomass resources into energy and fuels affects the communities involved and will help the industry be more effective. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Chemtex shows blueprint of planned biofuels plant in N.C.
    Chemtex International recently showed officials in Clinton, N.C., the blueprint of the company's $200 million biofuels refinery plant, which will be built in Sampson County and is scheduled to begin production by early 2015. The company says the plant will create about 350 jobs and, if annexed, contribute more than $1 million in annual tax revenue to the city. Paolo Carollo, executive vice president at Chemtex, said the plant could be the first of many in North America. "We are going to be starting with smaller facilities and probably evolving into 40 or 50 million gallons," he said. "We need to have a good handle on the logistics before we can think about expanding the capacity." The Sampson Independent (Clinton, N.C.) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • N.Y. plans to commercially produce fuel from willows
    Several universities, government departments and businesses in New York plan to commercially manufacture fuel from willow shrubs. Researcher Timothy Volk said 800 acres of willow could yield one megawatt of electricity, enough to power 750 homes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture devoted $4.3 million this year for the cultivation of willows as a renewable fuel source in northern and central New York. CNBC/The Associated Press (12/24)
  • Alliance offers free biodiesel education materials
    The Indiana Soybean Alliance is giving high school science teachers free Soy Biodiesel Chemistry Kits containing six lesson plans, equipment and corresponding hands-on experiments. Don Wyss, chairman of the alliance's biofuels committee, says the kits are "an engaging way for high school science classes to apply the basic skills and principles of chemistry." (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • EPA to decide on advanced-biofuels quota for next year
    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected soon to announce the quota for advanced biofuels for 2013. In recent years, the EPA has waived cellulosic-fuel quotas because of a lack of production. Jeremy I. Martin of the Union of Concerned Scientists said the agency should keep the quotas but waive the requirements again next year, since "going in the right direction a little more slowly is better than going in the wrong direction." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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