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Category Archive: Ethanol/Biofuels

  1. USDA Raises Forecast for Corn Crop

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    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) increased the forecast for this year’s corn crop to an expected record 14.395 billion bushel crop. The ethanol industry is projected to use 5.125 billion bushels of this year’s crop, holding steady from last year’s numbers. If the projected crop estimates are accurate, 2014 will set the 5th record corn production level in the last twelve years. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to reduce the 2014 renewable fuel standard volumes by more than 1 million gallons. Read more in Ethanol Producer Magazine.

  2. New Ethanol Plant First-of-a-Kind

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    Dakota Spirit AgEnergy is under construction near Spiritwood, ND, and is the first ethanol plant to be approved for construction under new federal guidelines for corn ethanol plants that require a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The facility is owned by Midwest AgEnergy Group, which also owns Blue Flint Ethanol, near Underwood, ND. Great River Energy is the majority owner of Midwest AgEnergy Group. Read more in Ethanol Producer Magazine.

  3. Federal Rules on Rail Transport Open for Comment

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    The federal Department of Transportation released proposed regulations for comment this week regarding rail car requirements and safety guidelines for the transport of certain types of flammable liquids, including petroleum and ethanol. Industry officials, Senators Hoeven and Heitmamp and Governor Dalrymple lauded the new proposal. The North Dakota Ethanol Council is concerned that the rail industry won’t be able to meet the demand for new rail cars without disruption to rail service. Read more in the Bakken Breakout.

  4. Bright Future for Bio-Industry

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    North Dakota State University hosted the Future of the Bio-Industry Action Summit last week, and presenters showcased growing potential for bio-based products and industries.  Fargo consultant Neil Doty told the audience that 40 percent of North Dakota’s corn crop is currently used in ethanol production.  Doty noted that the global market for fermented products from corn is more than $22 billion.  Retired USDA Economist Marv Duncan said that for the bio-products industry to be successful, it must meet the test of “price, performance and measurable environmental benefits.”  Read more in the Grand Forks Herald.


  5. ND Alliance for Renewable Energy Elects Officers

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    The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has re-elected Kim Christianson, Bismarck, to another term as President.  Ken Hellevang and Warren Enyart were also re-elected to their posts as Vice-President and Secretary, respectively.  In addition to officer elections, NDARE has retained Riverwind Consulting, West Fargo, to provide staffing services for the organization.  Read more on NDARE’s website.