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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFBruce Babcock, PhD, has been added to the roster of presenters for the upcoming RIN Academy set for August 26 in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Babcock is the Cargill Endowed Chair of Energy Economics and a professor of economics at Iowa State University and the Director of the Biobased Industry Center. Dr. Babcock will present his views on the effect of RIN pricing on consumer acceptance of higher ethanol blends. He will also discuss his researched findings on sugar markets and the competitive advantage, if any, of sugar ethanol over biodiesel in meeting the Advanced Biofuel volume requirements of RFS2.
  • Quad County Corn Processors will formally break ground on a new “bolt on” biorefinery that will turn corn kernel fibers into cellulosic ethanol. Quad County’s Adding Cellulosic Ethanol (ACE) project ground breaking will take place at 1:00 pm (CT) on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the plant and visitors are welcome. Confirmed speakers for the ceremony include Congressman Steve King; Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association in Washington, DC; Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association; and Brian Jennings, Executive Vice-President of the American Coalition for Ethanol.
  • Gas Technology Institute’s (GTI) third international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, tcbiomass2013, will bring together experts and visionaries in gasification, pretreatment, pyrolysis, and upgrading to explore the world of bioenergy, September 3-6, 2013 in downtown Chicago, IL. The theme of this year’s event is Making it Real. Speakers from numerous facets of the bioenergy arena will discuss how the use of biomass to produce renewable and sustainable fuels is becoming a reality as industry experts move advanced conversion processes into commercial projects.
  • Power-One, Inc. announced that at its special meeting of stockholders they approved the adoption of the merger agreement, pursuant to which ABB will acquire Power-One for $6.35 per share of Power-One common stock. On April 21, 2013, ABB agreed to acquire Power-One in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1 billion. The transaction has already received the required antitrust approvals and Power-One and ABB expect to complete the transaction by the end of this week.
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