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December 24, 2012
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  • Groups laud EU panel's decision to close anti-subsidy case
    The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy lauded the European Commission's decision to close an anti-subsidy case and impose no tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports. "The RFA and Growth Energy appreciated the Commission's thoughtfulness and careful consideration of the facts and believe similar conclusion will be drawn on the anti-dumping investigation," the groups said. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • IRFA: Iowa generated 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol in 2012
    The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association found that Iowa's 41 plants generated 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol in 2012, maintaining last year's rate despite this year's drought. "Due to Iowa's incredible farmers, the state weathered the drought better than most. Iowa was fortunate not to have an ethanol plant shut down in 2012. ... In the end, we held steady, but everyone is praying for rain and a trend-line corn yield in 2013 to really jump-start the industry," said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research on cellulose synthesis may lead to better biofuel production
    Researchers at the University of Virginia have uncovered how plant cells produce cellulose fibers, a finding that could lead to more efficient bio-ethanol production. The study mapped out the structure of the enzyme that manufactures cellulose to reveal a snapshot of cellulose synthesis by plants. "Understanding how cellulose microfibrils are being formed might allow us to design/engineer plants with optimized cell walls for biofuel production," one of the researchers said. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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