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February 8, 2013
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  • Vilsack: Support for RFS remains strong in Obama administration
    The Obama administration is committed to the Renewable Fuel Standard, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters Thursday at the National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas. "Our position is that we are strong supporters of the RFS. It's working. It's doing what it's supposed to do. We would hope Congress will continue to allow it to work," Vilsack said. Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

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  • CBOT corn, NYMEX oil, ethanol futures retreat
    March corn declined for the fifth straight session to end at $7.1075 per bushel Thursday, down 11.75 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. Light sweet crude for March delivery slipped 79 cents to settle at $95.83 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. March denatured ethanol closed at $2.408 per gallon, down 2.1 cents, on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RFA honors first retailer to sell E15 in the U.S.
    The Renewable Fuels Association gave Scott Zaremba, president of Zarco 66 and Zarco 66 American Fuels, the Ethanol Industry Award for his commitment to expanding the availability of E15. Zaremba is the first U.S. retailer to offer E15 to non-flex-fuel vehicles. He now sells the blend at seven filling stations across Kansas. DomesticFuel.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Demand for flex-fuel vehicles in U.S. is low, carmakers say
    There is not enough demand yet for flex-fuel vehicles in the U.S., according to automakers at the National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas. Carmakers need "confidence" that there will be enough ethanol available to justify making more flex-fuel vehicles, said Coleman Jones, biofuel implementation manager for General Motors. Platts (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds award $500,000 to N.C. alt-fuel project
    The Alternative Fuel Implementation Team for North Carolina project received $500,000 from the Department of Energy to look for ways to increase adoption of alternative fuels, including E85. In its second year, the project will develop a toolkit designed to help vehicle owners and fleet managers decide which alternative fuel will best satisfy their needs. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
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  • EPA OKs new E15 fueling option
    The Environmental Protection Agency endorsed a fueling configuration intended to address concerns about potential commingling of E10 and E15 in single dispensers. The new option requires a dedicated pump for blends with 10% ethanol and less and another dispenser for E15 that must be clearly labeled to prevent misfueling. "With this new change, we expect to see additional interest in E15 and an increased availability thereby provided American drivers with a product that helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil while also benefiting the environment," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. EthanolProducer.com (2/8), DomesticFuel.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bills seek to change how EPA sets biofuel targets
    Legislation directing the Environmental Protection Agency to set the Renewable Fuel Standard's annual targets based on the previous year's output levels has been introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., David Vitter, R-La., and Michael Crapo, R-Idaho. The Fuels America coalition says the legislation "plays into the hands of oil companies looking to undermine the renewable fuel industry and deny Americans choice at the gas pump." Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, said the legislation aims "to make the RFS reflect the marketplace instead of push the marketplace, which is what the oil industry wants because that would short-circuit the RFS." FuelFix.com (2/7), EthanolProducer.com (2/8), DomesticFuel.com (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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