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NEWS UPDATE November 12, 2012

Ethanol producers bullish despite 2012

By Bryan Lund, The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN  •    •  Posted November 12, 2012

Despite a challenging 2012, Minnesota’s ethanol producers are optimistic about the industry’s future, fueled by a new state Department of Agriculture report showing the industry’s strength. U.S. ethanol production is headed to drop for the first time in 16 years this year, as it’s caught between high prices for the corn it buys and low prices for the ethanol it sells. The Energy Department says output is down 14 percent this year. [ read more … ]

Obama calls for compromise, touts clean energy as way to boost economy

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 12, 2012

In his first White House speech since winning re-election, President Obama on Friday called on Congress to get to work on addressing the looming fiscal cliff and took some time to praise clean energy development as an important tool for growing the economy. [ read more … ]

US ethanol lobby expects hearings on renewable fuel mandate next year

Washington (Platts)  •    •  Posted November 12, 2012

The US ethanol industry’s loudest voice in Washington expects to have to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard during congressional hearings next year. Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, told reporters Friday he considers it likely that ethanol opponents will again introduce legislation repealing or weakening the policy. This time, though, he thinks those efforts will get enough traction for a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee by spring or early summer. [ read more … ]

Project LIBERTY taking shape

By LARRY KERSHNER, kersh@farm-news.com , Messenger News  •    •  Posted November 12, 2012

“It’s fun to see this taking shape,” said Adam Wirt, regional biomass coordinator for POET Biomass LLC. He was talking about the structures that are rising from the ground that will eventually become Project LIBERTY, a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. The $200 million plant is scheduled to begin production in late 2013. At peak capacity, the plant is expected to produce 25 million gallons of ethanol, all from corn stover – stalks, leaves and cobs. [ read more … ]

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