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December 27, 2012
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  • Jackson to step down as head of EPA
    Lisa Jackson will leave her post as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency early next year, according to reports. In an e-mail message to EPA staff, she said that as she leaves the agency, "the ship is sailing in the right direction." A successor has not been named, and Jackson has not commented on what she plans to do next. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, ethanol slump; NYMEX oil advances
    March corn shed 11 cents Wednesday to settle at $6.9325 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. February light sweet crude advanced $2.37 to close at $90.98 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. January denatured ethanol settled at $2.206 per gallon, down 2.2 cents, on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/26), MarketWatch (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethanol producers turn to other markets to boost earnings
    Several ethanol producers are ramping up production of ethanol coproducts to boost earnings amid decreased margins from ethanol sales. Some are diversifying into corn oil production, carbon dioxide extraction and marketing of specialized animal-feed products. "With multiple products, you're probably going to get less-violent swings than if you're just producing ethanol," said Bill Leffler, owner of Venus Consulting. The Wall Street Journal (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brazilian ad campaign for ethanol shows value of cool factor
    An opinion paper that focuses on an advertising campaign for Brazilian ethanol shows the value of linking ethanol use with being cool and sexy, an approach that is not used in the U.S. and Europe, writes columnist Joanna Schroeder. "Truth is that facts such as job creation, national security, global warming, etc., have never proved their value, as they all depend on a previous knowledge about socioeconomic issues people are unaware of or simply do not care, ignoring instead the real motivations for people using something new," the op-ed stated. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • U.S. energy use fell in first 9 months of 2012, EIA says
    Americans consumed 3% less energy in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year, data from the Energy Information Administration showed. Energy consumption in the transportation sector fell 1.2%, the EIA said. Fossil fuel production grew 3.14% while renewable energy production dropped 2.8%. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers seek bioenergy crops for marginal lands in S.C.
    Researchers at the University of South Carolina and Clemson University are working together to test fast-growing, high-volume biomass crops such as energy cane for biofuel production. The project's goal is to develop bioenergy crops that can be grown profitably on marginal lands in South Carolina, said Steve Kresovich, a biologist at USC. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Magazine lauds Fla.-based biojet developer
    Florida-based advanced-biofuel developer Applied Research Associates and its partners have been chosen by Popular Science magazine as one of its top 25 science stories of 2012. ARA and Chevron Lummus Global joined forces with the National Research Council of Canada, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Agrisoma Biosciences to develop and demonstrate a drop-in biojet fuel. The fuel was developed by ARA for the Air Force lab. News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Agenda 
  • Israel rolls out $107M program to spur biofuel R&D
    Israel's government is launching a program to provide loans to companies engaged in research and development of biofuels. The government by 2020 will issue up to $107 million in loans to such companies, with the first loans expected to be granted next year. Globes (Israel) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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