|By Marketwire .||
|January 7, 2013 08:20 AM EST||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/07/13 -- The Alternative Energy Industry received a major boost this week as a last-minute deal by law makers to avoid the "fiscal cliff" surprisingly included the extension of tax credits for renewable energy and alternative fuels. The PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy ETF (PBW) has gained nearly 10 percent in the past week. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Alternative Energy Industry and provides equity research on Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) and Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX).
Congress has extended a $1 per gallon tax credit, which expired at the end of 2011, through the end of 2013. The National Biodiesel Board believes the tax credit will increase biodiesel production by approximately 300 million gallons in 2013. The approved deal also extends a $1.01/gal credit for cellulosic fuel, which are made from non-food organic materials, by one year. In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised the amount of biodiesel refiners are required to blend to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013.
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ADM delivers clean-burning ethanol to refiners through an expansive network of trucks, railcars, barges and terminals. The company makes ethanol from corn through an efficient process that also produces large amounts of animal feed. The company's bioproducts business decreased $179 million to a loss of $26 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012.
Pacific Ethanol, the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, has entered into agreements to increase its ownership interest in the plants and improve their debt position. The company has recently announced plans to purchase an additional 13% ownership interest in New PE Holdco, LLC for $1.3 million, increasing the company's equity ownership to 80%.
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