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December 3, 2012
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  • DuPont moves forward on cellulosic-ethanol project in Iowa
    DuPont held a flag-raising ceremony last week to mark the start of construction of its $200 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The facility, with a capacity of 30 million gallons, is expected to be the nation's biggest when it begins production by mid-2014. The plant will use locally sourced corn residue as feedstock. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, ethanol slip; NYMEX oil climbs
    March corn settled at $7.5275 per bushel Friday, down 6 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. Light sweet crude for January delivery advanced 84 cents to close at $88.91 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. December denatured ethanol dropped 2 cents to end at $2.408 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/30), MarketWatch (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dinneen slams AAA's "ignorance" on E15 testing
    AAA's recent call for the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its waiver on E15 "reflects a pathetic ignorance of EPA's unprecedented test program" on E15, said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. "The miles driven on E15 equate to 12 round trips to the moon and back without a single failure, unless you want to count the deer that was killed on the test track," Dinneen said. (11/30), Brownfield (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert: AAA's anti-E15 stance is a "disservice to consumers"
    Radio talk-show host and automotive-service expert Bobby Likis has criticized AAA's call to suspend the sale of E15 due to concerns about engine damage. "To state that ethanol damages engines is a disservice to consumers ... specifically to AAA members," Likis said. "The fact is there's no proof that ethanol damages engines," he said. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Waste-to-ethanol developer backs out of planned IPO
    Waste-to-ethanol developer Fulcrum BioEnergy has canceled its planned initial public offering, citing "challenging" conditions in the market. The firm has lined up $175 million in private financing for the development of its first commercial-scale production facility. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • RFS is good for the economy, advances energy security
    The Environmental Protection Agency was right to deny a petition to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard, writes Bryan Taliaferro, first vice president of the Virginia Grain Producers Association, in a letter to the editor. "The RFS has been of significant net value to the economy and is helping to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, lower consumer gasoline costs by an average of 89 cents a gallon, all without interrupting the supply of feed grains to livestock and poultry producers," he writes. The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • IRFA's Shaw: Big Oil's tax subsidies skew the fuel market
    The oil industry is being disingenuous when it calls for the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard because no other industry in the U.S. has benefited more from federal incentives than oil, writes Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Petroleum-based fuels are the only liquid transportation fuels receiving tax subsidies, the oldest of which "dates back to 1913," Shaw notes. "Big Oil's actions do not reflect a commitment to free market principles. Rather, their actions reflect a reliance on a big business-big government partnership to limit consumers' fuel choices," Shaw asserts. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Thailand's Bangchak to invest $3.3M in new E85 filling stations
    Thailand's Bangchak Petroleum is planning to spend about $3.3 million to increase the number of its E85 filling stations. A surge in the number of E85-compatible vehicles in Thailand has boosted demand for the blend, said Bangchak Petroleum President Anusorn Sangnimnuan. Demand for E85 in October was more than triple the year-earlier figure and was up 6% from September. Bangkok Post (Thailand) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Why You Should Attend the National Ethanol Conference
    The National Ethanol Conference is recognized as the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. "Adkins Energy is currently celebrating our 10th year of operations and we are proud to say that the NEC has been a valuable event for our company during each of these years. We have consistently sent management and board members to represent our company, giving our leaders the opportunity to network and learn something new. The NEC provides a perfect opportunity to meet with a broad range of people in the industry, and consistently bring back new ideas and strategies that will provide our company future value. The atmosphere is open and the venues are always accommodating -- it is great to know that you can be in one general area and have the ability to meet with everyone you hoped to without difficulty." Ray Baker, general manager at Adkins Energy, Lena, Ill. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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