EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to OMB
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:08 AM

The U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Budget and Management May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment.

House Biofuels Caucus asks EPA to split E15, RIN reform rule
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:07 AM

The House Biofuels Caucus sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler May 20 expressing support for year-round sales of E15 and urging the agency to complete its proposed RIN reforms in a separate rulemaking.

ACE elevates low carbon white paper to Senate Ag Committee
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:03 AM

ACE CEO Brian Jennings highlighted the scientific and economic opportunities U.S. farmers and biofuel producers hold to support climate change mitigation and get the rural economy back on track in a letter to Senate Ag committee leaders.

Ricketts pumps E15, proclaims May as Renewable Fuels month
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:01 AM

On May 17, Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska during a ceremony a local fuel station. Following the official proclamation, the governor stepped up to the pump to fill customers’ tanks with E15.

CARB: Cleaner fuels offset 3 billion gallons of diesel under LCFS
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:59 AM

New 2018 data from the California Air Resources Board indicates that, to date, the state's LCFS has replaced 3.3 billion gallons of diesel with cleaner fuels. The data also shows fuel producers are in 100 percent compliance with the LCFS.

Court rejects ABFA request for injunction on SREs
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:46 AM

A court on May 17 denied a motion filed the ABFA last month seeking a preliminary injunction preventing the EPA from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS until its pending lawsuit with the agency is resolved.

Flores introduces bill to limit RFS ethanol blending obligations
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:43 AM

Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, has reintroduced legislation that aims prevent RFS blending obligations from requiring ethanol to make up more than 9.7 percent of the total volume of gasoline projected to be sold in the U.S. for a given calendar year.

Pathways Await Priority
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:01 AM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The U.S. EPA hasn't issued a new pathway approval in over a year, but technology providers for corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol remain optimistic.

Largest Issue, Largest Event
Monday, May 20, 2019 10:40 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about D3 RIN pathway approvals, a summary of ACE's April fly-in, the 2019 FEW award winners, and more.

All For One
Saturday, May 18, 2019 5:14 AM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The American Coalition for Ethanol’s annual Washington, D.C., fly-in attracts participants from all sectors affected by ethanol to spend an afternoon lobbying for the industry.

CropEnergies: 2018-’19 results impacted by low ethanol prices
Saturday, May 18, 2019 3:45 AM

CropEnergies AG has released financial results for its 2018-’19 financial year, reporting earnings were impacted by low ethanol prices and high input costs. Moving forward, the company expects prices to remain volatile, but improve slightly.

USGC demonstrates ethanol’s cost savings in Indonesia
Saturday, May 18, 2019 3:43 AM

Ethanol could generate significant cost savings while boosting octane in fuel supplies in Indonesia. That’s the message the USGC and its partners are conveying to Indonesian importers and government agencies to promote increased ethanol use.

The Facts Behind Gas Price Increases
Friday, May 17, 2019 10:39 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The facts show that this spring's increase in gas prices wasn't due to ethanol.

EPA misleads on reason for SRE policy change
Friday, May 17, 2019 5:52 AM

The U.S. EPA reportedly changed its small refinery exemption (SRE) evaluation process at least four months before a 2017 court ruling the agency often cites as the reason for its changed process. The policy change has financially benefited refiners.

Senate Finance Committee taskforce to examine energy tax credits
Friday, May 17, 2019 5:48 AM

Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee announced the formation of several bipartisan taskforces May 16 to examine 42 temporary tax provisions that expired or will expire by the end of 2019, including those related to biofuels and bioenergy.

EPA: 1 SRE application for 2018 withdrawn or declared ineligible
Friday, May 17, 2019 5:47 AM

The U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemptions (SREs) May 16, reporting one of the 40 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2018 was withdrawn or declared ineligible. The 39 remaining SRE petitions for 2018 are still pending.

Whitefox successfully starts up ICE system at E Energy Adams
Friday, May 17, 2019 5:46 AM

Whitefox Technologies has announced the sixth successful start-up of its Whitefox ICE system at E Energy Adams in Adams, Nebraska. This is Whitefox's first installation in Nebraska. The system is now operational at ethanol plants in five states.

USGC, USDA promote fuel ethanol In South Korea
Friday, May 17, 2019 5:43 AM

The USGC is encouraging ethanol use in the South Korean transport sector, working with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service to provide information on the environmental, human health and economic benefits of blending ethanol into fuel supplies.

Industry Accolades
Friday, May 17, 2019 5:02 AM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: In their second year, the Ethanol Producer Awards honor worthy people, projects and partnerships.

Market Access Key to Building Demand
Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:37 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Driving global ethanol demand by strengthening nations' fuel policies critical in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

EU repeals anti-dumping duties on US ethanol
Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:07 AM

The European Commission issued a decision May 14 announcing it will repeal anti-dumping duties on European Union imports of U.S. ethanol. The anti-dumping duties have been in place since early 2013.

SIRE reports increased ethanol production for Q2
Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:03 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Inc. recently released financial results for its fiscal second quarter, the three months ended March 31. The company reported increased ethanol production and a slight decrease in revenues.

New Study: RFS saves consumers 22 cents on every gallon of gas
Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:00 AM

The RFS has lowered gas prices by an average of 22 cents per gallon in recent years and saved the typical American household $250 annually, according to a study published May 15 by economist and energy policy expert Philip K. Verleger, Jr.

‘A Personal Business’
Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:58 AM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Two ethanol company executives discuss their career changes, lessons they’ve learned and their impressions of our industry.

USGC promotes DDGS, ethanol during USDA ATM to Taiwan
Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:54 AM

USGC members and staff participated in a recent trade mission to engage targeted Taiwan customers, connect them with U.S. suppliers to capture additional demand for products like U.S. DDGS and encourage increased ethanol use.

Ethanol: Let’s Ride the Wave
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10:34 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Making ethanol part of the "green wave" by debunking environmental misinformation.

Petition urging automakers to make more FFVs seeks signatures
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:55 AM

A grassroots effort is underway to help convince automakers to continue to produce FFVs. To date, nearly 750 people have signed an online petition. Organizers of the effort are hoping to grow that number to at least 10,000.

RFA rolls out new logo and web site
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:50 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled a new, modernized logo and launched a fully rebranded web site. The redesign features fresh design elements, crisp imagery, streamlined content, and new information.

UTIA awarded nearly $1 million to study wood biomass logistics
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:48 AM

Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture were awarded a grant for nearly $1 million to determine the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass feedstock logistics systems for commercial biorefineries.

Running on Refuse
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:51 AM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Enerkem is producing methanol and ethanol at its Edmonton, Alberta, plant, which has the potential to divert up to 24 percent of the city’s landfill waste. The company has partners for another project in the Netherlands

Business Briefs
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:24 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Camag's new lab manager, agreement grants DSM license to Lallemand, Poet CEO recognized, Ace Ethanol's Whitefox system complete, and ADM to create new subsidiary.

California certifies 2 plants for corn kernel fiber ethanol
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:50 AM

Edeniq Inc. announced May 13 that the California Air Resources Board approved its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber. The customers are Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane.

Aemetis details progress with RNG, cellulosic ethanol projects
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:16 AM

Aemetis Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 9, reporting progress with its advanced biofuel projects, including its proposed cellulosic ethanol plant and its dairy digester project to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

STB: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet May 15
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:10 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting May 15 in Washington, D.C. The RETAC provides advice to STB related to the transportation of energy resources by rail.

Feedstock Flexibility
Monday, May 13, 2019 9:44 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol.

WASDE: Corn use for ethanol expected to increase 1%
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3:53 AM

The USDA has forecast that 5.5 billion bushels of corn will go to U.S. ethanol production during the 2019-’20 season in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, released May 10.

Green Plains discusses plant improvement projects, Q1 performance
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3:51 AM

Green Plains Inc.’s first quarter 2019 financial performance was impacted by weak ethanol margins and severe weather. However, Todd Becker, president and CEO of Green Plains, said the worst of the low ethanol margin cycle could be over.

USDA: March ethanol, DDGS exports up from prior month
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3:49 AM

The USDA Foreign Agriculture Service released updated export data on May 9 reporting that the U.S. exported approximately 140 million gallons of ethanol in March, along with 956,828 tons of distillers grains.

CFDC report: What’s in our gasoline is killing us
Saturday, May 11, 2019 3:47 AM

A report released by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition calls emissions from gasoline one the biggest health threats facing the American public. The report links a range of diseases to carcinogenic compounds refiners use to increase octane.

Opportunities in High-Protein Feed
Friday, May 10, 2019 9:36 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The market is growing and ethanol can play an important role, providing diversified revenue streams.

Gevo announces plans to decarbonize Luverne plant
Friday, May 10, 2019 6:23 AM

Gevo Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 8, highlighting efforts to decarbonize its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery and predicting the company could be become profitable during the next 18 months.

EIA reduces 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts
Friday, May 10, 2019 6:22 AM

The EIA released the latest edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook May 7 reducing its forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. The agency now predicts ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day in 2019.

Green Plains appoints new CFO
Friday, May 10, 2019 6:19 AM

Green Plains Inc. announced May 8 that Patrich Simpkins, chief development officer, will take over as chief financial officer (CFO) of Green Plains and Green Plains Partners LP effective May 13. Current CFO John Neppl has has joined Bunge Ltd.

The Case for a Credit
Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:24 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Ethanol plants contribute up to 40 percent of merchant carbon dioxide, reducing emissions from fermentation while providing a crucial product.

EPA issues guidance on registration of corn kernel fiber pathways
Thursday, May 9, 2019 6:35 AM

The EPA has released guidance on how to demonstrate that an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch at a traditional ethanol plant satisfies applicable regulatory requirements.

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