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April 24, 2012
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  • Ethanol producers volunteer to fund nationwide survey on E15
    A group of 99 ethanol companies representing 60% of U.S. ethanol capacity has agreed to shoulder the cost of a nationwide survey required by the Environmental Protection Agency to bring E15 to the market. The survey is the final federal requirement for the commercial sale of E15. "While rhetorical battles in Washington are waged to find a solution to lowering prices, America's ethanol producers are stepping up to bring a cleaner, cheaper and more American-made fuel to the market," according to a statement issued by the Renewable Fuels Association and other groups. (4/23), (4/23), Brownfield (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • E15 may become available as early as May 1
    E15 could become commercially available at filling stations equipped with blender pumps as soon as May 1 if the federal misfueling-mitigation plan is finalized and all other regulatory requirements for the fuel are satisfied. "Because we already have blender dispensers, for us to put E15 in is really simple," said Scott Zaremba, a fuel retailer in Lawrence, Kan. "The Misfueling Mitigation Plan that's in place should solve any of those problems that might happen for a retailer, so we feel very comfortable with being able to dispense to the motoring public a local, American-made fuel," he added. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China will likely buy more U.S. corn, DDGS in the years ahead
    China is expected to become a consistent buyer of U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles in the years to come, analysts said. China is likely to import between 10 million and 30 million metric tons of corn from the U.S. in the coming years, according to estimates from the U.S. Grains Council. Also, despite an ongoing anti-dumping probe, China bought 612,638 metric tons of DDGS in February, up 1% from January, and accounted for 25% of the total U.S. DDGS exports in February, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sale of idled Pa. ethanol plant for $9.35M gets nod from court
    A judge has approved the sale of the shuttered Bionol Clearfield ethanol plant in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania Grain Processing for $9.35 million, according to court documents. Bionol Clearfield declared bankruptcy in 2011 after Getty Petroleum Marketing canceled plans to buy the plant's output. The facility's new owner wants to resume production as soon as possible. The Philadelphia Inquirer (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. must end reliance on cartel-controlled fuels, expert says
    Reliance on foreign oil constitutes "the most vital threat to America right now," according to energy expert Robert Zubrin. To become energy independent, the U.S. must ramp up production of fuel sources that are not controlled by a foreign oil cartel, Zubrin said. "In order to weaken the power of the cartel, and as well as lower the price of oil, and benefit our economy, we need other options," he said. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sapphire Energy on track to open N.M. facility in 2014, official says
    Sapphire Energy is making progress in its efforts to bring down the cost of algae-based fuels, even as some of its rivals have closed shop or shifted focus to making specialty chemicals for nutraceuticals and other applications. The company is "still on track" to open its demonstration-scale algal-fuel plant in Columbus, N.M., in 2014, said outgoing CEO Jason Pyle. "Our timelines are long, but we have major customers like the [Department of Defense] that are interested in quality, and recognizing that changing the energy mix takes years," Pyle added. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows impact of global warming on corn market
    Climate change contributes more to corn-price volatility than energy policies and oil-market fluctuations, according to a recent study. "U.S. corn-price volatility exhibits higher sensitivity to near-term climate change than to energy policy influences or agriculture-energy market integration," the study showed. "The likelihood of increasing occurrence of severe hot events in response to increasing global greenhouse-gas concentrations poses a particular risk for field crops." Bloomberg Businessweek (4/23), The Christian Science Monitor (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Appeals court orders temporary reinstatement of Calif.'s LCFS
    A U.S. Court of Appeals judge granted a request by California's Air Resources Board to temporarily reinstate the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard while a lawsuit over its implementation is on appeal. A U.S. District Court on Dec. 29 put the LCFS on hold because it discriminated against fuel sources from outside California. The LCFS was supposed to take effect Jan. 1. Bloomberg (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Governors want tax credit program widened to include E85
    A group of 33 governors wrote a letter to the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee asking lawmakers to add E85 to the list of fuels eligible for the alternative-fuel tax credit. The Governors' Biofuels Coalition wrote that E85 was purposely left out of the tax credit to avoid a double tax benefit with the then-active Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit. "Now that Congress has ended the [VEETC], E85 could continue to benefit from the alternative fuels incentive," they wrote. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free Ethanol Safety Seminar, May 7, Spartanburg, S.C.
    The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with Norfolk Southern Railroad, will be hosting a free Ethanol Safety Seminar in Spartanburg, S.C., on May 7 at the Spartanburg Community College in the Health Sciences Building -- Community Room. There will be a morning session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an evening session from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. This course was developed to give first responders, hazmat teams and safety personnel an in-depth look at proper training techniques needed when responding to an ethanol-related emergency. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Certificates of participation will be distributed following the completion of the seminars. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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