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February 1, 2013
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  • EPA announces new RFS volume targets
    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to require production of 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels this year, up from 8.7 million gallons in 2012. The proposed target is "a reasonable representation of expected production" this year, said EPA spokeswoman Julia Valentine. "Cellulosic ethanol is being produced today at commercial scale in Florida, and with construction nearing completion at several other commercial sites, we fully expect 2013 to be the breakthrough year for cellulosic ethanol," said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. Associated Press (1/31), Hoosier Ag Today (Clermont, Ind.)/NAFB News Service (1/31), (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • RFA: CPI data show no link between RFS, food cost inflation
    Newly issued consumer price index data show that food price inflation was just 1.8% last year, the second-lowest growth rate in the past two decades, disproving allegations by food manufacturers that ethanol production and the Renewable Fuel Standard are pushing up food costs, writes Geoff Cooper, vice president of research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association. Since the RFS came into being in 2005, annual food price inflation has averaged 2.8%, below the 2.92% average of the past 25 years, Cooper points out. E-Xchange blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.N. draft report on biofuels is flawed, RFA says
    A U.N. draft report on biofuels and food security contains several wrong assumptions about biofuels and ignores the industry's positive contributions to farmers and consumers, according to comments filed by the Renewable Fuels Association. In addition, the report "inappropriately expands the intended scope of the study, blatantly disregards input from the May 2012 consultation, fails to include a comprehensive literature review, and adopts highly questionable assumptions regarding animal feed co-products, crop yields and other factors," said Geoff Cooper, RFA's vice president for research and analysis. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Iogen sells enzyme unit for $80M, shifts focus to cellulosic
    Canada's Iogen will shift its attention to cellulosic ethanol production after agreeing to sell its industrial enzyme operations to Novozymes for about $80 million. "We're fully focused on making cellulosic ethanol a big success," said Iogen CEO Brian Foody. Proceeds from the sale of Iogen's Bio-Products unit will be used for debt repayment, Foody said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Post-harvest corncob removal won't affect soil quality
    Removing corncobs from harvested fields has no discernible impact on soil quality, according to the Department of Agriculture's Agroecosystem Management Research Unit in Lincoln, Neb., which studied sediment loss and runoff rates in fields where corn residue was either taken or retained. The finding suggests that corncobs could be collected for use in biofuel production without harming soil quality, said a researcher. Corncobs account for up to 20% of residue by weight, "which means that the average U.S. production of corn could provide 40 to 50 million tons of cobs for feedstock every year," he added. United Press International (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • RFA raises concern about Brazilian ethanol flooding the market
    The Renewable Fuels Association and other biofuel industry groups welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to require 14 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels this year, but some are concerned that costly imported Brazilian ethanol would displace domestic fuels in meeting the standard. "EPA allows more expensive imported Brazilian ethanol to claim the advanced biofuel [renewable identification number] that is currently trading at 48 cents," despite recent studies suggesting that its lifecycle emissions are not as low as initially thought, said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA unveils proposed RIN quality assurance program
    The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a proposed rule to create a new voluntary program for checking renewable identification numbers. The proposed rule has six key provisions, including the setting of minimum requirements for RIN quality assurance programs. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, welcomed the proposed program, saying it would address concerns over faked RINs. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Group: Brazilian region to set new cane output record next season
    Sugarcane production in Brazil's center-south region will increase to between 566 million and 580 million metric tons in the 2013-2014 season, the highest ever for the region, according to milling company Usina Alta Mogiana. "Processing all this cane will be a great challenge, especially in the month of April, when we estimate at least 50 million tons of cane will need to be crushed in order to avoid leftover cane for next year," Usina said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Why You Should Attend the National Ethanol Conference
    The National Ethanol Conference is recognized as the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. Read why others continue to attend this event year after year. "This will be the eighth consecutive year that I have attended NEC and it is the single most important event that I attend each year for my work in the ethanol industry. The program helps me learn about both the technical and policy issues facing the ethanol industry. Even more important, the conference provides the best opportunity all year to meet with and learn from the many opinion leaders in the industry that attend," said David L. Bracht, partner at Husch Blackwell. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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