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February 13, 2013
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  • Obama calls for "more sustainable sources of energy"
    President Barack Obama called for an "all-of-the-above" approach to American energy production during his State of the Union address Tuesday. While he didn't mention biofuels specifically, Obama called for speeding "the transition to more sustainable sources of energy." Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said biofuels can help reduce carbon emissions and help boost the U.S. economy. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report sheds light on ethanol's contributions to U.S. economy
    Despite the challenges faced by U.S. ethanol producers last year, they still managed to produce 13.3 billion gallons of the biofuel, adding $43.4 billion to the gross domestic product while providing livelihood for more than 383,000 Americans, according to a study conducted by Cardno Entrix and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association. "This past year, our nation's ethanol industry has demonstrated its efficiency and resilience during one of the worst droughts in half a century," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Idled Ga. ethanol plant to resume production in July
    The Southwest Georgia Ethanol plant in Camilla, Ga., which halted operations in October because of high corn prices, could resume production sooner than ethanol plants in the Midwest, said Murray Campbell, the company's president. "We know we are going to restart in July. We've been booking corn with local farmers since late fall and early winter," Campbell said. WABE-FM (Atlanta) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethanol producers continue to feel impact of last year's drought
    The corn supply in southern Minnesota is allowing the Al-Corn Clean Fuel ethanol plant in Claremont, Minn., to remain open, but strong demand for corn from other parts of the country is "pulling it out of here as fast as it can," said CEO Randall Doyal. Last summer's massive drought made it difficult for many ethanol plants to maintain output levels, but the price of the biofuel remained low because of the influx of Brazilian ethanol, Doyal said. "Ethanol kept coming in from Brazil. That kept our stocks high and price low," he said. KTTC-TV (Minn)/The Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siouxland ethanol producers hopeful of industry recovery
    Several ethanol producers in the Siouxland region are optimistic that the industry will bounce back from the current downturn once the supply of corn returns to normal levels. "Many of the facilities in the country have cut back to some extent. Others have idled their facilities. And as a result, we're seeing less of a demand on corn," said Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. Others are hopeful that increased adoption of E15 and strong export demand will help the industry recover to pre-drought levels. KTIV-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cellulosic ethanol plant files for bankruptcy protection
    The demonstration-scale Western Biomass Energy cellulosic plant in Upton, Wyo., has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The plant was the first U.S. cellulosic ethanol facility to enter service and the first to receive cellulosic-ethanol renewable identification numbers, for a shipment of about 20,000 gallons to Brazil. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Colo. corn ethanol plant to include woody biomass in production
    The Front Range Energy ethanol plant in Windsor, Colo., will begin switching to Sweetwater Energy's process for turning biomass into sugars next year. The plant aims to use woody biomass for 7% of its output by 2014, which would reduce its corn intake by about 1.2 million bushels per year. If the transition goes smoothly, the company will gradually increase the amount of biomass. The Denver Post (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bumper crop could drive down corn prices later this year, analyst says
    The price of corn is likely to remain high in the first half of 2013, but it could drop to an average of about $6 per bushel for the entire year if the new crop measures somewhere between 13.5 billion and 14 billion bushels, according to Chad Spearman, an analyst for CattleFax. "If we do produce a crop of that size, I think that we'll be transitioning into substantially lower prices," Spearman said. Brownfield (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The Fuels America campaign is asking you to join the effort to promote the benefits of America's renewable fuels, which have bolstered the economies of communities nationwide. The coalition spans the full spectrum of domestically grown renewable fuel and national security stakeholders, and is dedicated to protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard and the economic and national security benefits that it provides. Join them in their fight to strengthen our country's energy backbone and help spread the word about the importance of renewable fuel by signing the Pledge For America's Energy Future. Learn more at and follow Fuels America on Twitter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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