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ETHANOL UPDATE

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., introduced two bills Wednesday. One would eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard altogether, and a second would cap corn ethanol’s market at 10%.

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ETHANOL MARGINS SQUEEZED

Archer Daniels Midland on Tuesday said ethanol producers will have to cut output amid high stocks and stagnating demand, as the industry’s woes deepen with the oil rout and squeezed margins. ADM was still booking ethanol profits, but pressured margins are leaving higher-cost producers with “some problems,” ADM CEO Juan Luciano said.

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IOWA AND ETHANOL

Renewable-fuels advocates are promising to spend millions putting ethanol back in the debate for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus next year as cheap oil and setbacks in biofuels policy make the additive less central to voters.

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ETHANOL MERGER

Pekin-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. has merged with Pacific Ethanol Inc., a Sacramento, Calif.-based producer and marketer of renewable fuels. The transaction will establish Pacific Ethanol as the fifth largest producer and marketer of ethanol in the United States.

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ETHANOL DEMAND

U of I ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good say declining gasoline and increasing ethanol prices have created concerns that ethanol and corn demand could be adversely affected. Their latest analysis suggests the risk is over-stated. The pair say even with an extended period of high ethanol to gasoline prices, domestic ethanol consumption is… read more

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Transportation Coalition

Transportation for Illinois coalition in Springfield today presented its funding source for a capital plan.  It includes higher fuel taxes, ending ethanol credit. The coalition wants to raise the state gas tax 4 cents, diesel tax up 7 cents, plus raise vehicle registration fees and tax repairs & oil changes.

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RFS REPORT

Responding to the fact that “some policymakers have proposed repealing or revising the Renewable Fuel Standard” which requires blending biofuels with gasoline, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported Tuesday that it could be difficult to comply with the steadily increasing ethanol volumes which the law mandates.

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WASHING WITH ETHANOL

DuPont and Procter & Gamble announced on Monday that cellulosic ethanol, rather than corn-based ethanol, will be used in a commercial-scale laundry detergent for the first time. Using cellulosic ethanol in Tide Cold Water will mark the first time that agricultural waste renewable biomass will be used for laundry detergent in a scaled-up, commercial way…. read more

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RFS DECISION

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tell Agri-Pulse this week he expects blending requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard will end up being raised from the EPA’s draft proposal for 2014, but he cautioned those in the ethanol industry not to focus too much on the numbers.

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EPA SENDS BIOFUELS TARGETS

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sent its final targets for 2014 biofuel use to the White House, as the long-delayed rule enters its final round of review before public release.

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