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December 28, 2012
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  • RFA lauds outgoing EPA chief's commitment to biofuels
    The Renewable Fuels Association praised the accomplishments of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, who announced she will step down next month. "Administrator Jackson put into action the Obama administration's commitment to ethanol and other biofuels," said Bob Dinneen, RFA president and CEO. "During her tenure, she cleared the way for E15, giving consumers more choice and savings at the gas pump, and she protected the progress that has been made in reducing our dependence of foreign oil by recognizing the importance and inherent flexibility of the [Renewable Fuel Standard]." (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CBOT corn, NYMEX oil, ethanol futures post losses
    March corn settled at $6.915 per bushel Thursday, down 1.75 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. February light sweet crude slipped 11 cents to close at $90.87 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. January denatured ethanol dropped 0.3 cents to end at $2.203 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/27), MarketWatch (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry must brace for tough times in 2013, expert says
    2013 will be a challenging year for ethanol producers that rely on E15 or blender pumps, according to predictions by columnist Jim Lane. The blend wall will prompt more ethanol plants to switch to biobutanol and other feedstocks to qualify for advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard, Lane writes. The RFS looks like it will weather challenges in the first half of 2013, but tougher tests are expected in the second half as algae and other technology developers push for changes in how feedstocks are defined, Lane adds. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Interest in sorghum as biofuel feedstock is rising, expert says
    There is growing interest in sorghum as a biofuel feedstock due to its drought-resistant properties and the recent approval by the Environmental Protection Agency of certain pathways for sorghum-based ethanol to qualify as a conventional or advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sorghum enters a dormant state and employs other strategies to conserve moisture during extreme drought, said Ismail Dweikat, a geneticist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Aside from being drought-tolerant, sorghum cultivation requires less fertilizer than corn, Dweikat said. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medical study could offer clues into cellulosic biofuel development
    A study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine aimed at preventing the spread of bacterial infections could help scientists find better ways to break down cellulose in plant cells for biofuel production. "One argument would be that understanding how cellulose microfibrils are being formed might allow us to design/engineer plants with optimized cell walls for biofuel production," said one of the researchers. The study appears online in the December issue of the journal Nature. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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