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NEWS UPDATE March 7, 2012

New TV ads will focus on childhood asthma in bid to protect carbon rules

Jean Chemnick  •  E&E  •  Posted March 7, 2012

Environmentalists will link carbon emissions to asthma in a television ad campaign that begins today. The Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council are sponsoring the ad featuring elementary-school children wandering the halls of Congress with inhalers and wearing oxygen masks to meetings with lawmakers. [ read more … ]

Brazil Look to Benefit from US Renewable Fuel Standard Mandates

  •  •  Posted March 7, 2012

US rules on ethanol usage will favour Brazilian cane sugar producers and could lead to a surge in imports in the coming years, according to a research note from Rabobank International. However, if Brazilian imports do surge, US legislators will likely act to change the rules, the analysts warned. [ read more … ]

Minnesota makes grants to 9 biofuels projects

Meghan Sapp  •  Biofuels Digest  •  Posted March 7, 2012

In Minnesota, the state’s Dept. of Commerce has granted $2.4 million to nine projects to stimulate biofuels. A technical committee comprised of staff from the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Employment and Economic Development, Natural Resources and the Pollution Control Agency reviewed a total of 18 projects. After ranking the projects, nine were selected. [ read more … ]

Record U.S. ethanol exports in 2011 help offset Brazil’s production decline

  •  The FINANCIAL  •  Posted March 7, 2012

U.S. ethanol exports in 2011 reached a record high partly due to Brazil’s need to import more ethanol after a poor harvest of sugarcane—the feedstock for most of Brazil’s ethanol—sharply decreased that country’s U.S. ethanol exports were 133,000 barrels per day at the end of 2011 compared with about 10,000 barrels per day in early 2010. [ read more … ]

Cellulosic fuel company to focus on wood resources in Miss.

Tiffany Stecker  •  E&E  •  Posted March 7, 2012

A California cellulosic biofuel maker has secured $100 million in public and private funding to develop its technology to make fuel, chemicals and other products from forestry waste and wood farms. Redwood City, Calif.-headquartered Virdia Inc. will apply the funding to build several manufacturing plants in Mississippi. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Development Authority to build the facilities, thanks to $75 million in low-interest loans and up to $155 million in tax incentives over a 10-year period. [ read more … ]

Grafton, N.D., ethanol plant could reopen by fall

Kevin Bonham  •  Grand Forks Herald  •  Posted March 7, 2012

The former Alchem Ltd. Ethanol plant in Grafton, N.D., is expected to reopen this fall. [ read more … ]

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