July WASDE maintains 2020-’21 forecast for corn use in ethanol
Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:10 AM

The USDA reduced its estimate for corn use in ethanol during the 2019-’20 marketing year by 50 million bushels in its latest WASDE report, released July 10. The forecast for corn use in ethanol during the 2020-’21 crop year, however, was maintained.

UAI, ACE, corn growers challenge EPA’s flawed testing, modeling
Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:04 AM

Joining forces to challenge flawed science, a coalition including the Urban Air Initiative, 10 state corn grower organizations and the American Coalition for Ethanol are pressuring the U.S. EPA to correct its recent “Anti-Backsliding’ study.

DOE funds 8 biomanufacturing projects
Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:02 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy on July 10 announced the selection of eight projects totaling over $5 million to conduct research and development (R&D) needed to accelerate the US biomanufacturing sector.

CropEnergies: Q1 financial performance better than expected
Friday, July 10, 2020 6:47 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies released first quarter financial results on July 8, reporting reduced revenues, EBITDA and net income. The company, however, said impacts from COVID-19 were less severe than initially expected.

UNICA: Ethanol sales down during first half of June
Friday, July 10, 2020 6:45 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that ethanol sales by mills in the south-central region of the country were down during the first half of June. Corn ethanol production, however, continued to grow.

Ernst discusses her work for Iowa’s biofuel producers
Friday, July 10, 2020 6:43 AM

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a biofuel advocate and member of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, recently joined Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, to discuss her work to promote the RFS and for Iowa’s farmers and biofuel producers.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks increase by 2%
Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:13 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up nearly 2 percent the week ending July 3, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by more than 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 8.

Biofuel groups file comments on EPA’s anti-backsliding proposal
Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:10 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed comments with the U.S. EPA on July 8 supporting the agency’s proposed anti-backsliding determination but criticizing the use of outdated and flawed data.

Greenlane system will help Brazilian ethanol plant produce RNG
Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:08 AM

Greenlane Renewables Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd. has signed a contract with a Grupo Cocal, a Brazlian sugar mill operator, to supply its PSA biogas upgrading system for the production of RNG.

EIA increases forecasts for 2020, 2021 ethanol production
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:29 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its forecasts for 2020 and 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released July 7. Forecasts for ethanol consumption were also revised up.

RenovaBio marks important milestones, setbacks
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:25 AM

Ethanol markets in the U.S. and Brazil have been hit hard by the COVID pandemic, and demand has plummeted. The Brazilian government has proposed a reduced RenovaBio target for 2020 that trims the goal 50 percent, according to EcoEngineers.

RFA adds Grain Densification International as associate member
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:16 AM

The RFA on July 6 welcomed Grain Densification International as its newest Associate Member. Based in Granite City, Illinois, GDI produces 100 percent all-natural calf pellets, range cubes, creep feed and lick tubs using distillers grains.

USDA: Exports of ethanol, distillers grains down in May
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:43 AM

The U.S. exported 67.53 million gallons of ethanol and 601,029 tons of distillers grains in May, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on July 2. Exports of both products were down significantly.

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:40 AM

The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on June 29 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program from crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020.

South Dakota ethanol supporters call on Trump to approve E30
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:39 AM

With the majestic Mount Rushmore as a backdrop, South Dakota ethanol supporters are calling on President Trump to take a “monumental step” by opening the world’s largest gasoline market to higher blends like E30, thus demolishing the blend wall.

32 House members urge Trump to reject gap year SREs
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:51 AM

A bipartisan group of 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 2 sent a letter to President Trump calling on his administration to deny 52 gap year SRE petitions that have been filed in an attempt to circumvent a recent court ruling.

Growth Energy Urges EPA to combat PM emissions with ethanol
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:50 AM

Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley has submitted comments to the U.S. EPA on the agency’s review of the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter (PM NAAQS).

ACE: EPA misses opportunity to raise 2020 RVO as requested
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:46 AM

ACE CEO Brian Jennings has expressed his disappointment in the EPA for taking no action to follow through on ACE’s request to issue an interim final rule by July 1 to increase the RVO for 2020 to ensure 20.09 billion gallons of biofuel is blended.

RFA: New video spotlights ethanol’s important coproducts
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:43 AM

A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, including distillers grains, distillers oil, and captured carbon dioxide.

Harvestone adds 4 more plants to its platform
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:41 AM

Harvestone Group has added four plants owned by Glacial Lakes Energy to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. The four plants represent 360 MMgy of production capacity. Harvestone's platform now handles more than 850 MMgy of production.

UAI calls out EPA for failed PM reductions
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:38 AM

The Urban Air Initiative has filed comments with the EPA calling the agency's decision not to tighten air quality standards for particulate matter (PM) a shortsighted and technically flawed decision.

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, weekly ending stocks fall by 4%
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:14 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up approximately 1 percent the week ending June 26, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by more than 4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 1.

EPA issues guidance for ethanol plants producing hand sanitizer
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:13 AM

The U.S. EPA on June 27 posted a document to its guidance portal that explains how fuel ethanol plants that are producing hand sanitizer to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic can do so without invalidating an existing efficient producer pathway.

USGC celebrates USMCA as it enters into force
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:10 AM

U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement officially entered into force on July 1. The agreement represents a culmination of years of work to update and improve NAFTA, offering improved agricultural market accesses and fairer trade between the countries.

Ag, biofuel groups challenge EPA on SAFE Vehicles rule
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:07 AM

A broad coalition of ag and ethanol groups are challenging the Trump administration’s recent fuel efficiency rulemaking, on that grounds that it ignores the efficiency and of higher ethanol blends and fails to realize the promise of increased octane.

OPINION: If you’re thinking about E15 and flex fuels, think fast.
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:48 AM

If you’ve been thinking about stepping up, standing out from the competition, and growing your profits with higher ethanol blends, there may be no better time to make the change, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol.

ACE launches video series on HBIIP application process
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:11 AM

ACE has announced the first few in a series of short fuel marketer-focused videos on the website and is launching a broader digital advertising campaign to help fuel retailers navigate that application process for HBIIP.

UAI comments cite EPA’s obstacles to mid-level blends
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:09 AM

The Urban Air Initiative filed comments with the EPA calling on the agency to correct several crucial provisions impacting ethanol blends as part of a new rule designed to streamline regulations governing gasoline and diesel fuels.

OPINION: HBIIP: Past the halfway point, what have we’ve learned?
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:05 AM

Believe it or not, we’re already at the halfway point in the 90-day application window for the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. RFA's Cassie Mullen reviews lessons that have been learned so far.

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