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December 21, 2012
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  • Expert: Renewable fuels industry abuzz with new projects
    The renewable fuels sector has ceased from talking about the long-term promise of cellulosic biofuels and started touting "a splash of new refining projects, and steel in the ground," a reverse of what is happening in the oil and gas industry, writes Jim Lane. Renewable fuels developers have announced at least four major development projects in low-cost enzymes and road-transport and aviation fuels after "a year of dire headlines in government spending, renewable fuel mandates and so on," Lane writes. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Green Plains' BlendStar rolls out new ethanol terminal in Ala.
    BlendStar, a subsidiary of Green Plains Renewable Energy, has opened a new 96-car train terminal in Birmingham, Ala. The facility "will provide more efficient distribution of ethanol to underserved markets in the southeastern U.S.," said Green Plains President and CEO Todd Becker. "We have unloaded the first unit train of ethanol and expect the terminal to be at full capacity in January 2013," he added. (U.K.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USDA: U.S. corn and soybean export sales fell this week
    U.S. corn and soybean export sales declined this week, according to the Department of Agriculture. Corn export sales fell to 114,400 metric tons, down 56% from last week, while soybean export sales dropped 53% to 619,400 metric tons. Net sales were 65% and 23% below the four-week average for corn and soybeans, respectively. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Solazyme, Beta Renewables top Lux Research's 2012, 2013 lists
    Biorefining firms led Lux Research's list of top emerging-technology companies of 2012 as well as its list of such companies to watch in 2013. Solazyme topped the 2012 list, with Lux noting that the company is "aligning partners and scaling production facilities to sell into high value markets before bringing down costs to complete in commodity fuels and chemicals." The 2013 list was topped by Beta Renewables, whose output in its commercial cellulosic ethanol facility in Italy is eagerly anticipated by the industry. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ArborGen, Clemson University partner for biofuel tree study
    Commercial forestry company ArborGen will collaborate with Clemson University researchers to study which variety of poplar would be best as a feedstock for renewable fuel. The study aims to identify a variety that grows quickly, regenerates after being cut down and produces biofuel efficiently. During the next several years, experts from ArborGen and Clemson will observe the four poplar varieties the company planted in 2011 at the university's Pee Dee Research and Education Center. The State (Columbia, S.C.)/The Associated Press (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infinite Enzymes reveals first commercial cellulase enzyme product
    Infinite Enzymes recently launched its first commercial, single-activity, plant-based cellulase enzyme product, IE-CBHI, which can now be purchased from Sigma-Aldrich for research and development purposes. IE-CBHI is produced from lower-value parts of corn kernels and creates a new market for corn-processing byproducts. Infinite Enzymes recently received a $450,000 federal grant for the advancement of its enzyme development technology. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Chu asks Congress to expand MLPs to renewable energy
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu asked Congress this week to approve measures that would expand master limited partnerships to renewable energy investments. "It's a world of difference, and it will have a profound effect on capital private investment," Chu said. The move would "level the playing field" for wind energy and other renewables, he added. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vilsack: Congress may fail to pass 5-year farm bill this year
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he is concerned that Congress will be unable to pass a new five-year farm bill this year. "The uncertainty of not knowing what the policies are going to be will create difficulties," Vilsack said at an event organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "The reality is we're still working, and there is some indication [from House Speaker John Boehner] that he has some reluctance," Vilsack said, adding that he hopes Boehner will "get over that reluctance" and "recognize the importance of this to the country, particularly in rural America." Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Anti-dumping tariff on U.S. ethanol imports nears approval in EU
    A majority of European Union member states voted Thursday to impose a 9.6% tariff on U.S. ethanol imports to EU countries over the next five years, bringing the proposed measure a step closer to implementation. "While we are troubled by the Commission's preliminary decision, we remain convinced that this matter lacks the merit necessary for imposing such a duty and that, when all the facts are considered, the European Union will rightly decide not to impose any antidumping duties on imports of ethanol produced in the United States," said to a joint statement by the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National Ethanol Conference Sponsorship Opportunities Available
    Don't miss your opportunity to be a sponsor at the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas, Feb. 5 through 7, 2013 at the Wynn Las Vegas. Becoming a sponsor is one of the most effective ways you can connect your business with the ethanol decision makers. Sponsorship offers significant visibility and exposure, including reduced or free conference registrations, booth space in main traffic area, and ads in the onsite conference program. Deadline is Jan. 4, 2013. Get complete information on and download the official 2013 NEC Sponsorship Prospectus. Visit the conference site for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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