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December 17, 2012
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  • Dinneen: U.S. biofuels industry is prepared to defend RFS in Congress
    The biofuels industry is prepared to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard against congressional efforts to weaken or eliminate it. "I say bring it on. We're going to win this fight," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. "Hearings on the RFS are not necessary, but should they proceed, we believe the hearings would shine a spotlight on the success of the RFS in terms of energy independence, job creation and environmental benefits," Dinneen said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Big Oil, Big Food on RFA's "naughty list"
    The American Petroleum Institute and big food companies are on the "naughty list" this year for trying to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard, said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen during a speech last week at the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium. The Obama administration is on the "nice list" for rejecting the "waiver request that Big Oil and Big Food were seeking of the RFS," Dinneen said. Brownfield (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Solazyme shares rise as firm reaches algae-production milestone
    Share prices of Solazyme rose to their highest level since Oct. 25 after the company announced that it had achieved commercial-scale algae-based oil production at a fermentation plant in Iowa. Solazyme successfully made renewable oil in 132,000-gallon containers at the facility, the company said. "Solazyme's fermentations have reached a scale that, to our knowledge, is the highest level of any algae-based company in the world," said Pavel Molchanov, an analyst at Raymond James & Associates. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MSU gets federal research grant for advanced biofuel development
    The Department of Agriculture awarded a $349,695 research grant to the agriculture technology programs of Michigan State University to develop advanced biofuels. The award is part of the department's $10 million initiative to "spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs," the agency said. "This award will help Michigan State remain at the forefront of innovative agricultural research and next-generation biofuel research," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ky. beet-to-fuel developer looks at industrial hemp
    Patriot Bioenergy, a company that is planning to build three beet-to-fuel facilities in Kentucky, is also looking at the potential of industrial hemp for power generation and biofuel production. "While Patriot is an alternative energy company, part of our goal is to create synergies with coal, natural gas and biomass to increase competitiveness and more opportunities in an increasingly challenging market," CEO Roger Ford said. EthanolProducer.com (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • KiOR's progress shows importance of state support, exec says
    The progress made by cellulosic ethanol developer KiOR is an example of why Mississippi should continue investing in unproven but promising alternative-energy technologies, according to Joe Max Higgins, head of economic development agency Golden Triangle Development Link. The failure of one project should not stop the state from investing in similar ventures in the future, although it might need to scrutinize the projects more, said Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. "We'll continue to look at those projects, but we'll look at them with a different eye," he said. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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