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March 5, 2013
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  • RFA welcomes nomination of McCarthy as next EPA chief
    The Renewable Fuels Association and other biofuel industry groups welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy, who leads the EPA's air and radiation office, "knows the EPA inside and out and has typically approached challenges with a common-sense determination to resolve them in a timely manner," said Bob Dinneen, RFA president and CEO. Dinneen also said the industry is looking forward to meeting Ernest Moniz, Obama's choice for secretary of energy. (3/4), (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, NYMEX oil, ethanol futures post losses
    May corn settled at $6.995 per bushel Monday, down 9 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. April light sweet crude dropped 56 cents to close at $90.12 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. April denatured ethanol slipped 1.1 cents to end at $2.403 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg (3/4), MarketWatch (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RFA's "40 Facts" video gets more than 1,000 views
    The Renewable Fuels Association's "40 Facts About Ethanol" video has reached more than 1,000 views on YouTube in less than a week. It informs viewers, among other facts, that ethanol production has grown by 3,700% over the past three decades. "That's a rather impressive number that also suggests that once cellulosic ethanol gets past its infancy stage, it could, indeed become a much bigger source of renewable fuel," writes blogger Susanne Retka Schill. blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCGA reiterates commitment to E15, RFS
    Defending E15 and the Renewable Fuel Standard is a priority for the National Corn Growers Association, according to participants at the NCGA Corn Congress policy meeting last week. The country's corn growers will combat efforts to dismantle the RFS and roll back E15 approval, said Pam Johnson, the group's president. "We will not let these attacks stand," she said. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snowfall brings further drought relief to Midwest
    Snowfall is advancing into parts of the Midwest from the Northern Plains, moistening the soil ahead of spring planting and further replenishing the areas ravaged by last year's historic dry spell, according to Don Keeney, a meteorologist for MDA EarthSat Weather. "That is putting a lot of welcome moisture into the ground," Keeney said. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. ethanol producers signal interest in grain sorghum
    Ethanol producers in Trenton and Ravenna, Neb., are voicing interest in using locally grown grain sorghum in their operations if there is enough supply to meet their needs. "They are certainly letting it be known that they have the capacity and the interest to purchase large volumes of sorghum," said Barb Kliment, executive director of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. Aside from being drought-tolerant, grain sorghum qualifies as an advanced biofuel feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Exec predicts cellulosic biofuel production to boom in 2015
    The CEO of the company that operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, Italy, believes 2013 will be a turning point for the industry, with about 30 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel being produced in the U.S. and Europe. By the end of 2014, global output could reach 100 million gallons, said Guido Ghisolfi, CEO of Beta Renewables. "The boom year will be 2015 with 15 to 20 plants producing hundreds of millions of gallons," Ghisolfi said. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Efforts to bash E15 are intensifying
    A bill by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., seeking to block the rollout of E15 and requiring more tests on the biofuel is just the latest in a recent string of attacks against the homegrown biofuel, writes blogger Holly Jessen. Despite the escalating E15 bashing by the oil industry and its allies, Robert White, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association, is optimistic that E15, just like E10 before it, will eventually become widely available. "It will be successful, but it will take some time. Progress is happening, but it is going to be slow," White said. Blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big Oil's anti-ethanol rhetoric ignores lessons from Brazil
    The oil industry's attacks against U.S. ethanol conveniently overlook the lessons from Brazil's ethanol program, which proved beneficial there in terms of job creation, energy security and improved air quality, writes Bradley Krohn, president of United States EnviroFuels and manager of Highlands EnviroFuels. "Today, approximately 50 percent of Brazil's motor fuel supply is ethanol because of ethanol's mandated use, which has allowed Brazil to eliminate the importation of foreign oil altogether," Krohn states. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Brazil may lower taxes on ethanol, diesel
    The Brazilian government plans to reduce taxes on ethanol and diesel as part of efforts to rein in soaring consumer prices, according to an official. The cuts are scheduled for July but may take effect sooner if inflation approaches the 6.5% upper threshold of the central bank's target, the official said. Bloomberg (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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