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December 7, 2012
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  • RFA, Growth Energy react to EU's proposed ruling in ethanol probe
    The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy issued a joint statement in response to the European Commission's general disclosure document recommending an anti-dumping levy on U.S.-made ethanol. "We are troubled by news that the commission is recommending a 9.6 percent anti-dumping duty to its Member States. We remain convinced that if all the facts are considered, the European Union will decide not to impose any antidumping duties on imports of ethanol produced in the United States," the two groups said. The EU's anti-dumping probe is expected to be completed in February. (12/6), (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, NYMEX oil, ethanol futures retreat
    March corn settled at $7.515 per bushel Thursday, down 6.25 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. January light sweet crude dropped $1.62 to close at $86.26 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. January denatured ethanol shed 1.2 cents to end at $2.409 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/6), MarketWatch (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dinneen: Expect attacks on RFS to continue in 2013
    This year has been a memorable one for the industry, mainly because of the E15 approval, the historic drought that severely affected the agriculture sector and caused ethanol production to fall by 15%, and the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to toss out a petition for a temporary waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, writes Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. The start of 2013 might be "rocky" for the industry because of renewed attacks on the RFS, but the continuing growth of the cellulosic-ethanol sector is a cause for optimism, Dinneen states. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Blend wall could have a major impact on RIN prices
    The ethanol blend wall could have a major impact on the price of renewable identification numbers, according to a study by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri. The blend wall will likely deter the expansion of ethanol use, pushing up RIN prices, the study showed. However, RIN prices could remain at low levels if the blend wall becomes less of a limiting factor through the introduction of drop-in advanced biofuels into the market, or if more biofuels are used for purposes other than transportation fuels, the study found. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Company gives ethanol firm a chance to buy S.D. rail line
    Iron Horse Development, the company picked by the South Dakota Railroad Board to buy a state-owned railroad line between Napa and Platte, S.D., is willing to cancel the deal if Wagner Native Ethanol, a group behind a long-delayed ethanol project, can raise the $1.5 million by Dec. 31 to acquire the line. Wagner Native Ethanol has long been interested in the line, but delays in its ethanol project prompted the board to sell to Iron Horse Development instead. Wagner Native Ethanol is still trying to secure investments for its project, with the latest interest coming from Europe. The Daily Republic (Mitchell, S.D.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • EU should follow U.S. example on RFS waiver rejection, exec says
    The Environmental Protection Agency's rejection of a petition for a temporary suspension of the Renewable Fuel Standard was the right decision and should serve as an example for EU regulators, according to Robert Vierhout, secretary general of ePURE. "Hopefully, European regulators will take note of what has happened. If they are intellectually honest, they should acknowledge that if the U.S. biofuel policy has no real negative impact on the food/feed market, then surely the European policy cannot have any impact at all," Vierhout explains. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. regulators consider proposed clean-fuels standard
    Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission will meet today to discuss a proposed clean-fuels standard that would reduce the carbon in motor fuels by 10% per gallon by 2025. Supporters of the proposed standard include ethanol and biodiesel producers, the Oregon Environmental Council and the state chapter of the American Lung Association. The standard would spur production of homegrown biofuels, lessen reliance on imported oil and address global warming, they said. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Brazilian agency to build demonstration cellulosic-ethanol plant
    Brazilian sugarcane research agency Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira has committed $38.5 million to build a demonstration-scale facility that would convert cane residues into cellulosic ethanol. The plant, which would have the capacity to make nearly 800,000 gallons of ethanol annually, will be built at an existing cane mill in 2013, said Oswaldo Godoy, the agency's projects manager. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National Ethanol Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available
    Don't miss your opportunity to be a sponsor at the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas, Feb. 5 through 7, 2013 at the Wynn Las Vegas. Becoming a sponsor is one of the most effective ways you can connect your business with the ethanol decision makers. Sponsorship offers significant visibility and exposure, including reduced or free conference registrations, booth space in main traffic area, and ads in the onsite conference program. Deadline is Jan. 4, 2013. Get complete information on and download the official 2013 NEC Sponsorship Prospectus. Visit the conference site for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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