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NEWS UPDATE March 7, 2013

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition to Meet in Sioux Falls

GBC Media Advisory  •    •  Posted March 7, 2013

Two Midwest governors and several leading authorities in the biofuels and renewable energy industry will be on hand when the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) holds its annual meeting March 12-13, 2013, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The meeting will take place at the POET headquarters at 4615 North Lewis Avenue in Sioux Falls. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, GBC chairman, and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, a GBC member, will open the meeting on Wednesday by leading a discussion of the accomplishments of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Governor Branstad was one of the founders of the coalition and instrumental in the passage of the RFS. [ read more … ]

Brazil to increase ethanol blend level to 25 percent

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 7, 2013

The government of Brazil has published an official notice to increase the mandatory blend level of anhydrous ethanol to 25 percent, effective May 1. The current blend level is set at 20 percent. According to the document, the resolution was made on Feb. 28 by the president of the Council Interministerial Sugar and Alcohol (CIMA). [ read more … ]

Executives, former Pa. governor ‘telling the bio-products gospel’ on Capitol Hill

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 7, 2013

As experts warn that the United States is lagging in renewable energy markets, company executives and advocates are trying to gather support on Capitol Hill for legislation they say would provide tax parity to renewable chemicals. The bill being prepared by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) would create a production tax credit for chemicals made from renewable sources like plants, algae and waste. It would fill what supporters say is a gaping hole in U.S. policy, which they argue is slowing potential growth in the industry and driving renewable chemical production overseas. [ read more … ]

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