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January 22, 2013
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  • CARB needs to update ILUC values in fuels standard, RFA says
    The Renewable Fuels Association is asking the California Air Resources Board to update the indirect land use change analysis for ethanol and other fuels in its low-carbon fuels standard to reflect the best available science. A new analysis has determined that the carbon intensity of corn ethanol is up to 38% lower than the value currently assigned by CARB, RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen wrote in a letter to CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Work is under way to reopen Kan. ethanol plant
    Work is under way to get Pratt Biofuel Investors' ethanol plant in Pratt, Kan., up and running this year. The renovations and upgrading will likely take four to five months to finish, said plant manager Jerry Schroeder. "We want to get it up and running this year," he said. Pratt Tribune (Kan.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • DOE sets up $10M research fund for algae-based projects
    The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will allocate up to $10 million to support research initiatives aimed at promoting algae-based fuel production. The program's primary objective is to achieve an annual yield of 2,500 gallons of biofuel feedstock per acre by 2018. (U.K.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Novozymes, MBI get $2.5M federal grant for enzyme project
    Novozymes and biotechnology firm MBI received $2.5 million from the Department of Energy to develop enzymes that will ease the extraction of fermentable sugars from corn stover. The two companies are working together to develop enzymes for biomass treated with MBI's AFEX technology. MBI previously received a $4.3 million grant to scale up its AFEX technology and is in the process of completing a pilot-scale reactor in Michigan. (U.K.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Crooked willows release more fermentable sugars
    Researchers at Imperial College London and their colleagues found a genetic marker that makes diagonally growing willow trees release more fermentable sugars, a finding that could have implications for biofuel production. "Our study shows that natural genetic variations are responsible for these differences and this could well be the key to unlocking the future for sustainable bioenergy from willow," one researcher said. (Hong Kong) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Coalition is formed in Iowa to defend RFS
    The Iowa RFS Coalition, a newly formed group of businesses and organizations in Iowa supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to maintain his support for homegrown biofuels. "The Iowa RFS Coalition will stand with your Administration and the Iowa Congressional delegation to defend the RFS from false attacks," the coalition wrote. "With your support, this vital policy will continue to thrive for the next decade unlocking cleaner, cheaper domestic fuel choices for American consumers." (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Brazil's BNDES to pour $294M into cellulosic ethanol project
    Brazilian development bank BNDES will inject $294 million into GraalBio's proposed cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil's Alagoas state. In exchange, the bank will get a 15% stake in GraalBio and a seat on the company's board. The facility, which is expected to have a generating capacity of 22 million gallons per year, is due to open in early 2014, BNDES said. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Agenda for the National Ethanol Conference is Now Available
    The agenda for the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference is available online. This year's program highlights how the ethanol industry continues to evolve to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing marketplace. With the RFS under fire and recent natural environment setbacks, the global market-driven atmosphere in which the industry must compete comes with new challenges. Industry leaders and experts will address how we are meeting these new demands by accelerating innovation in technology, marketing, logistics and feedstocks for the production of advanced ethanol. Conference session highlights include: perspectives on the future of the RFS, expanding renewable fuels globally, co-product considerations, tax policies critical to the future of the industry, future fuels and higher octane, and a panel discussion on E15. This year's keynote speaker will be Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    Don't miss this opportunity. Register for the National Ethanol Conference today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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