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NEWS UPDATE September 10, 2014

2nd Iowa plant makes cellulosic ethanol reality

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 10, 2014

The same kernel of corn that Iowa producers use to make ethanol also can be the source for the industry’s next generation of renewable fuel, say leaders at Quad County Corn Processors. The northwest Iowa ethanol plant is using corn fiber to produce cellulosic ethanol, a more environmentally friendly fuel that industry leaders have worked years to develop. Using fiber from the same corn kernels it already uses to create conventional ethanol will enable Quad County Corn Processors to produce 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually, CEO Delayne Johnson told about 200 visitors Tuesday at the opening of the company’s $9 million cellulosic expansion project. [ read more … ]

Companies threaten to move business overseas without RFS boost

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 10, 2014

Executives of seven advanced biofuels companies today warned President Obama that they would take their business overseas if the government isn’t aggressive in supporting their industry. In a letter, the companies urged the president to both raise the proposed targets for biofuels use this year and adjust the methodology by which they were calculated. U.S. EPA last fall proposed to lower the federal mandates for both conventional ethanol and advanced biofuels, citing limits to the amount of ethanol that can be used in fuel infrastructure and the slower-than-expected ramping up of the advanced biofuels industry. [ read more … ]

First North American commercial cellulosic ethanol plant opens

By Krissa Welshans, Feedstuffs  •    •  Posted September 10, 2014

The concept was envisioned by the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition when they worked with Congress and President George W. Bush to launch an ambitious federal research program to deliver cost-effective advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol. The Coalition helped persuade Congress to pass the first Renewable Fuels Standard over a decade ago, accelerating the move away from imported oil toward domestically produced biofuels. “The cellulosic ethanol industry has arrived and is an important avenue for adding value to agricultural products and spurring economic and family income growth in rural America,” said Governor Branstad, vice chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, calling the facility “inspiring” [ read more … ]

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