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January 11, 2013
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  • Dinneen: Plan to ban E15 in Maine would be bad for consumers
    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is crafting legislation that would outlaw the sale of gasoline blends with more than 10% ethanol if at least two other New England states adopt the same measure. The proposal takes "consumer choice away, and that seems somewhat un-American," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. "If there are consumers in Maine that would like to add E15 to their 2012 Ford, and it's going to reduce their gasoline price, because it would, then I think Maine should want to see consumer choice," he said. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • U.S. corn exports slumped again last week
    U.S. corn exports fell to a new marketing-year low for the second week in a row in the week that ended Jan. 3, according to the Department of Agriculture. Exports slipped to 106,800 metric tons, down 48% from the week before and 64% from the average of the past four weeks, the USDA said. The biggest destinations were Japan, Mexico and Guatemala. The Des Moines Register (Iowa)/Green Fields blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slight price change would give biodiesel edge over Brazilian ethanol
    Current prices indicate that the return of the biodiesel blender's tax credit is not enough to erase the advantage of Brazilian ethanol in meeting this year's undifferentiated advanced biofuel requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard, according to Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, economists at the University of Illinois. However, a reduction of as little as 25 cents in biodiesel prices "would flip the economics of RFS advanced biofuels compliance in favor of biodiesel," Irwin and Good note. Farmdoc Daily (University of Illinois) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb., Calif. see boost in E85 pumps
    E85 is becoming more and more available to consumers in Nebraska and California. Two pumps were installed at the Stop N Go fueling station in Hartington, Neb., bringing the state's total to about 80. In California, RTC Fuels received a $1.35 million grant from the California Energy Commission to install E85 equipment at 19 fueling stations. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Scientists identify key enzyme in plant-sugars study
    An international team of scientists led by researchers from the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has pinpointed the first enzyme capable of boosting the galactan content in plant cells, according to a report in the journal Plant Cell. Galactans are made up of hexoses, which are easier than pentoses to convert into biofuels and other compounds, said Henrik Scheller, vice president of JBEI's Feedstocks Division. The finding "provides an important new tool for the engineering of advanced bioenergy fuel crops," Scheller said. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Danish firm to supply pretreatment reactor to U.S. ethanol plant
    Denmark-based BioGasol will supply to Sweetwater Energy a pretreatment reactor designed for lignocellulosic feedstock. The equipment will be installed by Sweetwater Energy at an Ace Ethanol production facility. The reactor is capable of producing fermentable sugars for cellulosic ethanol production at the facility for up to 16 years, BioGasol said. (U.K.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Extensions of Farm Bill, biofuel tax credits are in "fiscal cliff" deal
    The deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" includes an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill through September, as well as a three tax credits for biofuels. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said the extensions will help the industry grow this year. "I think it shows government support of new renewable fuels. Up until the vote, the support was being shown more towards petroleum and fracking," he said. Cattle Business Weekly (Philip, S.D.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Brazil's BNDES to offer $1.97B in financing to sugarcane growers
    Brazilian development bank BNDES is planning to offer a second batch of loans totaling $1.97 billion under a program intended to renew aging sugarcane fields and stimulate ethanol production. The first batch of loans, also totaling $1.97 billion, was aimed at promoting cultivation of more than 1 million acres of cane for sugar and ethanol production. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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