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Attis plans to convert Fulton ethanol plant to green tech campus
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:45 AM

Attis Industries has announced plans to purchase a 85 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, from Sunoco LP and develop the site into a green tech campus that will produce corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol and other biomass-based products.

Koda Energy urges EPA to process eRIN applications
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:44 AM

Shakopee, Minnesota-based Koda Energy LLC is urging the U.S. EPA to promptly process applications to allow biomass power facilities to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program by generating e-renewable identification numbers (eRINs).

Out of Harm’s Way
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 4:53 AM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: A fatal fire at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in 2016 prompted the facility to make changes and encourage other plants to do the same.

Octane on ‘Sesame Street’
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 11:05 PM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Striving for higher-octane fuels shouldn't mean saying goodbye to the RFS.

Attis to buy New York ethanol plant, collaborate with Novozymes
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:34 AM

Attis Industries Inc. has announced plans to purchase a New York-based ethanol plant. The company also recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes to provide biotechnology for ethanol production at its biorefineries.

RFA asks EPA to separate E15 provisions, RIN reform in rulemaking
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:30 AM

With the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15, the RFA is urging the U.S. EPA to focus strictly on year-round E15 provisions in its forthcoming proposed rule and address RIN reform measures separately.

USGC expands its ethanol offerings at Grains.org
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:27 AM

New information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

Burgeoning Biomethane
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:46 AM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant.

Business Briefs
Monday, January 21, 2019 11:03 PM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Buckman add to leadership team, and The Andersons expanding use of ICM technology.

HRSG Health: Efficiency and Performance
Friday, January 18, 2019 10:41 PM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Plants built in the ethanol construction peak are approaching 10 to 15 years of operation, and many are exploring whether to repair or replace. HRST Inc. has some advice.

Iowa governor request funds for biofuel infrastructure program
Friday, January 18, 2019 6:29 AM

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has requested state funding to support the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, which provides cost-share grants to help fuel retailers in Iowa install equipment needed to offer higher blends of biofuel.

Aemetis advanced biofuel project wins $12M California tax waiver
Friday, January 18, 2019 6:27 AM

Aemetis Inc. has announced that the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority awarded its Riverbank Advanced Biofuels Project an exclusion from the payment of California sales and use taxes valued at $12.7 million.

ICM to implement its technologies at Brazilian ethanol plant
Friday, January 18, 2019 6:25 AM

ICM Inc. has announced an agreement with Usimat Destilaria de Alcool Ltda (Usimat) to implement ICM’s proprietary technologies at Usimat’s ethanol plant located in Campo de Julio, Mato Grasso, in Brazil.

Wheeler: E15, RFS rulemakings could be delayed by shutdown
Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:03 AM

On Jan. 16, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed that the agency currently plans to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 by June 1, but cautioned it will be unable to meet that deadline if the government shutdown continues.

USGC helps open Japanese market to US ethanol
Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:01 AM

The U.S. Grains Council utilized Market Access Program funds to promote U.S. corn-based ethanol in the Japanese market with the potential of up to 1.3 billion gallons of U.S. ethanol use if an E10 blending level is achieved.

EIA: Ethanol production to remain relatively flat in 2019, 2020
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:32 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its December forecast for 2019 ethanol production levels and offering its first short-term forecast for 2020 production.

RFA launches E15 awareness campaign
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:29 AM

With less than five months before the start of the summer driving season, the RFA has launched an awareness campaign to educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of E15 in anticipation of the blend being available year-round.

CropEnergies reports reduced revenues, earnings for Q3
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:43 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies AG recently released financial results for the first nine months of its fiscal year, reporting reduced revenues and earnings when compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year.

IRFA welcomes new policy director
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:40 AM

The IRFA has announced Nathan Hohnstein as its new policy director. His responsibilities will include overseeing state policy, supporting IRFA’s political and PAC programs, and working on state and federal regulatory affairs, among other duties.

Assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold piecemeal via auction
Saturday, January 12, 2019 3:49 AM

Equipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, are being sold piecemeal via a timed auction ending Jan. 15, according to the Maas Companies.

USGC: Peru poultry producer resumes purchases of US DDGS
Saturday, January 12, 2019 3:47 AM

A decade since its last purchase of U.S. DDGS, the largest poultry producer in Peru imported U.S. DDGS again following direct engagement by U.S. Grains Council staff in the Western Hemisphere.

BNDES provides financing for ethanol pipeline project in Brazil
Friday, January 11, 2019 6:10 AM

In Brazil, the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) has announced an agreement with Logum Logística SA under which it will provide R$1.81 billion ($487.8 million) in financing to expand ethanol pipeline and storage infrastructure.

USGC rolls out report citing high-quality, near-record yield
Friday, January 11, 2019 6:08 AM

The U.S. Grains Council is rolling out the good news that a warm and moist growing season resulted in near-record yields and good quality for the 2018 corn crop. The 2018/2019 Corn Harvest Quality Report is the USGC's 8th annual corn quality survey.

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator
Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:44 AM

On Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month.

Iowa ethanol plants produce record 4.35 billion gallons in 2018
Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:42 AM

Iowa ethanol plants saw another record-breaking year in 2018, producing 4.35 billion gallons. This was up from 4.2 billion gallons in 2017. While a record, 2018 production was below the 4.5 billion gallon capacity of Iowa’s ethanol producers.

ACE to hold 2019 Washington, DC, fly-in April 2-3
Thursday, January 10, 2019 5:40 AM

ACE has announced its 11th annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit will take place April 2-3. Fly-in attendees with meet with Trump administration officials to discuss E15, the RFS and high-octane fuels.

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6:48 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels.

USGC: Potential for growing ethanol markets in Nigeria, Ghana
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6:46 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a market assessment mission to Nigeria and Ghana gauging the potential for U.S. ethanol exports to these countries.

Global Bioenergies welcomes increased biofuel mandates in France
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6:44 AM

Global Bioenergies welcomes the French deputies' vote for the country's 2019 finance bill, which stipulates an increase in the minimum amount of biofuels to be incorporated into motor vehicle fuel. The minimum will reach 8.2 percent in 2020.

Ethanol industry confident in E15 timeline despite shutdown
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:21 AM

The partial government shutdown has now entered its third week. Although much of the U.S. EPA’s staff has been furloughed, many in the ethanol industry are hopeful the agency will be able to complete its E15 rulemaking by the June 1 deadline.

USGC supports Bolivia’s plan to establish E10 mandate
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:12 AM

The USGC is supporting Bolivia with technical expertise to promote a consistent biofuel policy with a role of trade that will both increase local gross domestic product and become a potential export opportunity for the U.S. ethanol market.

Marathon reportedly considers offering E15
Saturday, January 5, 2019 2:31 AM

Late last year, it was reported that Marathon Petroleum Corp. was considering selling E15 at some of its retail locations. While the company has failed to confirm that news, those in the ethanol industry say the reports—if true—could be a good sign.

UNICA: Increased production, sales of ethanol continue
Saturday, January 5, 2019 2:23 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that a significant number of sugarcane processing mills have closed for the season. Increased sales and production of ethanol, however, continued in early December.

UK consumption of ethanol, biodiesel up during Q3
Friday, January 4, 2019 5:45 AM

The U.K. government recently released new quarterly energy statistics showing that the consumption of biofuels, including both ethanol and biodiesel, increased significantly during the third quarter of 2018.

Study: Corn ethanol production has minimal effect on cropland use
Friday, January 4, 2019 5:43 AM

A new study co-authored by a University of Illinois researcher shows that the overall effects of ethanol production on land-use have been minimal despite the sharp increase in ethanol production over the past decade.

ORNL team uses supercomputer to aid in biofuel production
Friday, January 4, 2019 5:34 AM

Using supercomputers, a team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass.

Bosselman Enterprises introduces Boss Fuel brand
Thursday, January 3, 2019 6:36 AM

Bosselman Enterprises has launched Boss Fuel, its own brand of gasoline, which is available at some of its Pump & Pantry locations in Nebraska. To date, the rebranding effort has been launched at 21 of the company's 45 Pump & Pantry stores.

EPA: 27.83 million cellulosic RINs generated in November
Thursday, January 3, 2019 6:34 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.58 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 27.83 million cellulosic RINs.

OPINION: What do you (think you) know about E15?
Thursday, January 3, 2019 6:33 AM

A recent article about unleaded E15 in a Wisconsin newspaper attempted to explain what’s different about the “new” 88 unleaded gasoline being sold in a growing number of locations in the state, but much of the information presented was wrong.

OPINION: UST corrosion blame game continues
Thursday, January 3, 2019 6:31 AM

Biofuel opponents are continuing to blindly blame ethanol for corrosion in underground storage tanks (USTs). However, ethanol is not the culprit, and retailers need to know the facts to help fight back against misinformation.

OPINION: Growth Energy launches new online retailer hub
Thursday, January 3, 2019 6:28 AM

Growth Energy works with investors, technical specialists, and marketing experts dedicated to helping build the infrastructure and distribution network of higher biofuel blends in order to give more and more Americans the choice of E15 at the pump.

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