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NEWS UPDATE September 21, 2013

3 countries serve as ‘pioneers’ in ethanol policies — report

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 21, 2013

What do Brazil, Malawi and Sweden have in common? They are all “pioneers” in developing a lasting infrastructure for biofuels, a new study says, and their programs could serve as models for countries looking to boost their own production. The birth of biofuels policy in all three of the countries is rooted in the 1970s OPEC oil crisis, when record-high petroleum prices encouraged consumers worldwide to cut down on gasoline. But once oil prices stabilized, Brazil, Malawi and Sweden continued their programs for very different reasons, said Francis Johnson, a senior research fellow in energy and climate at the Stockholm Environment Institute. [ read more … ]

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture checks out a new kind of ethanol plant

By Stephanie Ross, Multimedia Journalist, KTIV  •    •  Posted September 21, 2013

Siouxland is home to several ethanol plants, but soon there will be one like no other. And Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, checked out the progress on Friday. “This is potentially very, very significant for the ethanol industry, actually in the country – certainly for Iowa, as Iowa’s the biggest state for ethanol production,” Northey said. Northey was talking about cellulosic ethanol. Even though it has a different name, it’s the same product you’ve been getting out of your local gas pump, but it’s made with a different feed stock. [ read more … ]

Ethanol plant in Emmetsburg set to open early next year

  •    •  Posted September 21, 2013

South Dakota-based Poet LLC and its Dutch partner say a cellulosic ethanol plant being built in Iowa will open early next year. By next summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should have any glitches worked out at the $250 million Emmetsburg, Iowa, plant, Steve Hartig, general manager of the joint venture, said Thursday during a biotech conference in Sioux Falls.
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Nothing to see here, biodiesel industry says of latest fraud case

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 21, 2013

In the fourth major biodiesel fraud case to come to light in the past two years, the federal government this week charged six individuals and three companies with carrying out a tax and securities scheme that cost investors and taxpayers $100 million. A day later, the biodiesel industry played down the relevance of the alleged scheme, in which a producer in Indiana is accused of reselling millions of finished gallons of biodiesel at a marked-up price and collecting benefits through the renewable fuel standard and tax credits. The federal charges, said the biodiesel industry’s main trade group, do not signal that there is a lingering fraud issue in the sector because the fraud happened before recent attempts to stem it by the private sector and U.S. EPA. [ read more … ]

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