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NEWS UPDATE June 1, 2012

Ethanol production plunges on weak demand

Dan Piller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted June 1, 2012

Demand for regular gas has fallen, too, causing prices to drop. Ethanol production dropped by 17,000 barrels per day during the week ended May 25, although stockpiles of 21.5 million barrels remain 6.3 percent higher than a year ago, the U.S. Department of Energy reported this week. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Senate group being formed to study RFS

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 1, 2012

Senators are forming a bipartisan study group to assess the federal renewable fuel standard, according to a memo obtained by Greenwire. The group will examine how the RFS affects the fuel market and technology development in an effort to determine “which provisions are working and which provisions could be improved,” the memo says. [ read more … ]

Sorghum’s emergence as an ‘advanced’ biofuel may be less than 2 years away

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 1, 2012

U.S. EPA published a notice of data availability last week to announce the possibility of grain sorghum’s eligibility as an advanced biofuel. This marks the first time a domestically grown grain is eligible for the designation, applied only to fuels that emit at least 50 percent less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels, and could provide a homegrown alternative to the most commonly used advanced biofuel available: sugar-cane ethanol from Brazil. [ read more … ]

Senate bid to halt Pentagon purchases a blow to rural areas — Vilsack

Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 1, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today slammed a surprise move by the Senate last week aimed at stopping some Pentagon biofuel purchases, saying that it “turns its back” on the rural areas that stand to gain. Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa who now serves as the Obama administration’s main diplomat to rural America, told reporters that lawmakers and the oil industry are standing in the way of helping farmers make money by growing crops for fuel. [ read more … ]

ACE to hold 25th conference in Omaha, Aug. 8-10

By American Coalition for Ethanol  •    •  Posted June 1, 2012

The American Coalition for Ethanol has adopted the theme, “Proud History, Bright Future,” for its upcoming 25th annual ACE Ethanol Conference, Aug. 8-10 in Omaha, Neb.
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