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NEWS UPDATE May 3, 2013

Surprise guest crashes ethanol briefing

Written by Christopher Doering, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted May 3, 2013

The contentious battle between ethanol and Big Oil took its latest twist Thursday when an event hosted by the renewable fuels industry drew an unexpected guest. The surprise visit happened during an ethanol industry briefing for congressional staffers in Washington. Ethanol supporters at the event aggressively spoke out against a push by the oil industry that aims to roll back or end the federal Renewable Fuel Standard — an 8-year-old law that requires refiners to use alternative fuels from corn, soybeans and other products in the country’s gasoline supply.
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Tax credit, RFS drive profits for nation’s largest biodiesel company

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 3, 2013

The nation’s largest biodiesel company posted its strongest first quarter ever on the heels of the retroactive reinstatement of a key tax credit and the incentives provided by the renewable fuel standard. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced late yesterday that it sold 39 million gallons of biodiesel in the first part of the year ending March 31, up 14 percent from the first quarter of last year. The Ames, Iowa-based company produced a total of 40 million gallons of the fuel. [ read more … ]

New method finds shortcut to produce fuel from crop wastes

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 3, 2013

Cellulose is an appealing raw material for fuels. Several chemical processes can turn this long sugar chain into fuel precursors for cars, trucks and aircraft. It’s abundant in crop waste, like leaves and stalks from corn, so it’s cheap and won’t raise food prices. But making it efficiently is tricky. Most of the common ways to break cellulose down involve finicky enzymes or microbes, which will only work with high-quality cellulose sources and require a strictly controlled environment. These exacting standards increase the cost of building a biofuel plant and the unit cost of the products. [ read more … ]

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