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NEWS UPDATE January 23, 2012

New study reveals higher octane in ethanol

  •  National Corn Growers Association  •  Posted January 21, 2012

As auto makers retool engines to maximize gas mileage while minimizing emissions to meet future Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards, a new study reveals that ethanol provides the higher-octane these high-efficiency engines require while remaining both affordable and environmentally friendly. [ read more … ]

Ethanol pipeline plan on hold

Associated Press  •  Omaha World Herald  •  Posted January 23, 2012

The nation’s largest ethanol company, Poet LLC, announced Friday that it is putting on hold its plan to build a dedicated ethanol pipeline because of the lack of prospects for a federal loan guarantee. Sioux Falls-based Poet and Magellan Midstream Partners LP had been studying the feasibility of a $3.5 billion, 1,800-mile pipeline that would send ethanol from plants in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to distribution terminals in the northeastern United States. [ read more … ]

USDA awards $25M for Iowa biodiesel plant

Associated Press  •    •  Posted January 23, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $25 million Friday to an eastern Iowa plant for its project to turn garbage into fuel. Maryland-based Fiberight LLC is building the plant, which would work with a local landfill to obtain municipal trash that will be turned into cellulosic ethanol. The 55,000-square foot plant near Blairstown is expected to produce 6 million gallons of ethanol when it becomes operational next year. [ read more … ]

Group requests SOTU call for extending credits, cutting oil subsidies

Jason Plautz  •    •  Posted January 23, 2012

A biofuels group asked President Obama today to call for the extension of tax credits for advanced biofuels and a reduction in oil-industry tax breaks in his State of the Union address next week. In a letter to the White House, the Renewable Fuels Association urges Obama to “recommit the tools at [his] disposal to ensure America remains on the cutting edge of renewable fuel production and continues to lead the world toward more sustainable energy options.” The group asks for an extension of the production tax credit for cellulosic ethanol and the Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for cellulosic biorefineries, which are both set to expire at the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Ethanol Sales Top Ten Billion Gallons

Nebraska Ethanol Board  •    •  Posted January 23, 2012

Ethanol sales from Nebraska have officially reached 10 billion gallons, according to the Nebraska Ethanol Board. The history making tank-full was pumped in late 2011, after 34 years of ethanol being sold in the state. [ read more … ]

USDA to give $25 million to waste/ethanol plant

Dan Piller  •  Des Moines Register  •  Posted January 23, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it has made a conditional $25 million loan guarantee for a $59.5 million biorefinery plant in Blairstown that will produce 3.6 million gallons of ethanol annually from municipal solid waste and other industrial pulps [ read more … ]

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