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Last Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released ethanol production for the month of October and, once again, makers of the corn-based fuel set a record high. For October, U.S. production of ethanol shot up to 27,410,000 barrels, beating the 26,061,000 barrels made in September and shattering the previous record of 26,963,000 barrels produced back in August 2010.

Thursday at the Platts Cellulosic Ethanol Conference saw three of the cellulosic ethanol plant builders give updates on their strategy for converting biomass to fuel and where their companies are today. The speakers were Wes Bolsen, CMO and vp at Coskata, Christopher Veit, senior marketing manager, biomass, for Novozymes, Inc., and Murray Burke, president and CTO of SunOpta. The short version of each of their speeches: we're doing amazing things, you should really take another look at our techno

Well, this story isn't exactly in Texas, but it does have a lot to do with what is now apparently the Lone Star Biofuel State. TexCom, with headquarters in Houston, announced yesterday they will build a biodiesel plant in Oklahoma, funded in part by $6 million of former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer's money. Switzer will become a consultant and advisor for TexCom. Construction on the plant will begin in November. TexCom is also building a 35 million gallon per yea

After last year's sold-out conference in Chicago, Platts is announcing its second annual Biodiesel Investor Conference. The conference will take place in Houston June 28 and 29 at the Marriott West Loop. Platts says the conference will focus on these main issues in the large-scale biodiesel producer world: