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March 15, 2013
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  • Dinneen: Refiners are using high RIN prices to undermine RFS
    The run-up in the price of ethanol Renewable Identification Numbers is not driving up the retail cost of gasoline, according to Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. Refiners are using the rising price of RINs as an excuse to spread "hysteria" and "undermine" the Renewable Fuel Standard, Dinneen said. "There is no way that the opaque marketplace for RINs is driving up the cost of gasoline today," Dinneen said. Bloomberg (3/14), (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CBOT corn dips; NYMEX oil, ethanol futures rise
    March corn settled at $7.3275 per bushel Thursday, down 8.5 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. April light sweet crude gained 51 cents to close at $93.03 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. April denatured ethanol advanced 4.5 cents to reach its highest settlement price since Aug. 23 at $2.628 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/14), MarketWatch (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Global biofuel production grew in 2012
    Despite the challenges last year, global production of biofuels grew from 27.9 billion gallons to 31.4 billion gallons, according to a report from Clean Edge. "2012 was a year of extreme uncertainty for clean energy markets, as venture investors pulled back and high-profile bankruptcies became a partisan wedge in the presidential election, all while climate disruptions brought clean tech back into the limelight," said Ron Pernick, Clean Edge managing director. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Calif. firm completes takeover of camelina developer
    California-based Global Clean Energy Holdings has completed the acquisition of Sustainable Oils, a leader in the development and production of camelina, the only non-food crop to qualify as an advanced biofuel feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sustainable Oils has contracts with camelina growers in 10 states and Canadian provinces, and has conducted tests on camelina-based fuel in 40 states and Canadian provinces and seven countries. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • German institute reports progress in biomass-to-fuel initiative
    The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, in partnership with Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, has successfully commissioned the second stage of the biomass-to-fuel process at its pilot-scale facility. The four-stage process entails converting the biomass into a crude-oil-like substance, turning the substance into a tar-free syngas, removing impurities from the syngas and then converting it into transportation fuels. Germany's Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection provided half of the roughly $36.27 million spent by KIT and Air Liquide on the second stage commissioning. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senate bill amendments would cut funds to Pentagon's biofuel programs
    Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., introduced two amendments to a defense appropriations bill that would shift a total of $174 million from the military's alternative fuel programs to other uses. Under the measures, $114 million would be steered from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force's alternative energy research and development budget to the Army's operations and maintenance fund, while $60 million would be taken from the Department of Defense's biofuels program and put into the agency's operations and maintenance budget. Supporters of the military's biofuel programs vowed to defeat the amendments. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Know the Truth, Get the Facts About Ethanol
    Check out the Renewable Fuels Association's video titled "40 Facts About Ethanol." It is a fast-paced, data-based review of ethanol, past, present and future. To view this video, visit RFA's website or YouTube channel.

    "This video proves once and for all that today's ethanol is not your father's ethanol. The ethanol industry has made impressive strides in the last 30 years in production volumes, foreign oil displacement, production efficiencies, co-products, job creation and cellulose and advanced ethanol market entry. The ethanol industry has a great story to tell and this video helps us tell it with data, color and occasionally humor. Whether you think you know all there is about ethanol or you are new to the topic, this video is a must-see. It is a great primer," said Bob Dinneen, RFA's President and CEO. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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