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January 7, 2013
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  • Auto Channel's Marc Rauch defends E15
    Marc Rauch, executive vice president of The Auto Channel, wrote to AAA about the anti-E15 views expressed by Lauren Fix, an AAA representative, in a Fox News report. "I found almost everything that Ms. Fix had to say about ethanol to be either a gross lie or a recitation of typical bad propaganda that has been spread by the oil industry and its lackeys over the past 80+ years," Rauch wrote in his letter to the group. "I have been test driving vehicles for 25 years and have regularly used various blend levels of gasoline and ethanol with no negative reactions," Rauch said. E-Xchange blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • U.S. ethanol output registers first yearly slip since 1996
    U.S. ethanol output ebbed to 807,000 barrels per day in the week that ended Dec. 28, down 3.2% from the week before, according to the Department of Energy. Bloomberg calculations showed that U.S. production totaled 13.2 billion gallons in 2012, down from 13.8 billion in 2011 and the first yearly decline since 1996. Ethanol imports for the week rose from 26,000 barrels per day to 87,000 barrels per day, while supplies slumped from 20.3 million barrels to 20.2 million barrels, the department said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. ethanol plant to pay penalty for air-quality violation
    The Nebraska Corn Processing ethanol plant in Cambridge, Neb., has agreed to pay a settlement after failing to comply with its state air quality permit. The plant has signed a deal with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to pay half of the $12,000 penalty within 10 days and the remainder in the next six months. The plant also agreed to allocate $12,000 for environmental initiatives in the community. Kearney Hub (Neb.)/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. corn exports slumped last week
    U.S. corn exports fell to 205,300 metric tons in the week that ended Dec. 27, down 28% from the week before and the lowest weekly tally in the current marketing year, according to the Department of Agriculture. The biggest destinations were Japan, Mexico and Taiwan. U.S. corn exports this marketing year are down 52% from the same period last year as a result of elevated prices and increased output from the rest of the world. The Des Moines Register (Iowa)/Green Fields blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • There is nothing to fear from E15, RFA's White says
    Some fuel retailers in Washington state are concerned that E15 could become an industry standard that would force them to spend for costly upgrades and void the warranty of many new vehicles. Ethanol supporters say those fears are baseless. E15 is "the most tested fuel in the history of the United States. Through 6 million-plus miles of testing, there was nothing found that there would be an issue with E15 and 2001 vehicles and newer," said Robert White, director of market development for the Renewable Fuels Association. Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.) (free registration) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Tomato project to use heat, carbon dioxide from ethanol plant
    Canada-based Truly Green is building greenhouses that are expected to use the waste heat and carbon dioxide from the nearby Greenfield Ethanol plant in Chatham, Ontario, to grow up to 48.5 million pounds of tomatoes annually. "Once this project gets done, our energy footprint will be significantly reduced, so it's a win-win," said Angelo Ligori, manager of the ethanol plant. Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs awarded a grant to the venture. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists get $2.4M federal grant to turn lignin into a biofuel
    A research team led by scientists from Texas A&M University has landed a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop biofuels from plant lignin. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia and Washington State University are also involved in the project. The grant was among several issued by the department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. fuels blog (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pilot-scale biorefinery to open this month in La.
    The Louisiana State University AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute is slated to open its pilot-scale biorefinery in St. Gabriel, La., on Jan. 25. The facility is expected to convert sweet sorghum, energy cane and other grasses into components for biofuels and renewable chemicals, said project manager Vadim Kochergin. The facility is part of a bigger initiative that received a $17.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Town Talk (Alexandria, La.)/The Associated Press (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Investors in advanced biofuel need to be patient, exec says
    Venture capital funding for advanced biofuels has gone down over the past several years due in part to lack of "near-term payoff," but the federal government "is still very much invested" in the sector, said Tom Brutnell, director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels, which funds several biofuels research at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. "We really need to be in this for the long haul and to have anything substantial come online is going to be five to 10 years down the road," Brutnell said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • NEC Speakers Announced; Registration Deadlines Approaching
    Prominent industry leaders and experts have been confirmed to speak at the 18th annual National Ethanol Conference, addressing the most pressing issues affecting the ethanol industry. View the latest agenda and learn who will be presenting vital ethanol information at this highly visible industry event. Conference session highlights include: perspectives on the future of the RFS, expanding renewable fuels globally, coproduct considerations, tax policies critical to the future of the industry, future fuels and higher octane, and a panel discussion on E15. View a list of registered attendees to date.

    Don't miss this opportunity. Register for the National Ethanol Conference and book your hotel reservation before Jan. 19 and save $100 on the registration fee.

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