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Biofuel accounts for record 5.8% of UK transportation fuel in Q1
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:25 AM

The U.K. consumed 645 million liters (170.39 million gallons) of transportation biofuels during the first quarter of 2020, up 53 percent when compared to the same period of 2019, according to data released by the U.K. government on Sept. 10.

UNICA: Domestic ethanol sales down, exports up
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:24 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing both ethanol production and domestic sales were down during the second half of August. Ethanol exports, however, were up when compared to last year.

Censky to leave USDA, resume post at American Soybean Association
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:23 AM

The USDA announced on Sept. 18 that Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky will step down on Nov. 8 to resume his post as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a position he previously held for 21 years.

RFA welcomes Orion Oil as newest associate member
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:22 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association welcomed Orion Oil as its newest Associate Member. Based in Miami, Florida, Orion Oil is a fuel distributor that also operates gas stations and convenience stores in South Florida.

ACE unveils awards video during virtual conference
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:20 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol honored a select group of advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry with an awards video during the 33rd annual ACE conference held virtually in conjunction with the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo.

Growth Energy rallies biofuel champions at DC summit
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:19 AM

During a virtual event Sept. 14-17, over 150 participants heard from Growth Energy experts and guest speakers in preparation for meetings with legislators and congressional staff in 87 offices representing 15 states.

Stabenow criticizes plan to bail out oil refiners with USDA funds
Friday, September 18, 2020 3:41 AM

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is speaking out to criticize the Trump administration over reports that it plans to use $300 million in USDA funding to bail out small oil refineries that are denied small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS.

European ethanol industry launches new E10 consumer resource
Friday, September 18, 2020 3:38 AM

E10info.eu, a new online resource for consumer information about the widely available E10 fuel blend, launched on Sept. 17 as part of a broader effort to highlight the importance of renewable ethanol to EU climate goals.

EPA: 7 new SRE petitions filed, including 5 gap year SREs
Friday, September 18, 2020 3:36 AM

The U.S. EPA has published updated SRE data that reflects the denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions announced by the agency on Sept. 14. The data also shows seven new SRE petitions have been filed in recent weeks, including five new gap year SREs.

USGC: US DDGS exports to South Korea rebound
Friday, September 18, 2020 3:33 AM

Exports of U.S. DDGS to South Korea are on track to set another record for the 2019/2020 marketing year, thanks to the U.S. Grains Council’s work to encourage resumed purchasing following COVID-19 production shortfalls last spring.

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks fall by 1%
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:57 AM

U.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 2 percent the week ending Sept. 11 while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by 1 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 16.

House to vote on bill that aims to increase SRE transparency
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:56 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act during the week of Sept. 21. The bill includes the provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act.

Novozymes launches Fibrex platform for corn fiber-to-ethanol
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:53 AM

Novozymes on Sept. 16 announced the launch of Fiberex, a comprehensive platform based on novel enzymes and yeast strains to convert corn fiber into ethanol. Fiberex is specifically aimed at breaking down tough fibers in the corn.

ACE: New tool helps retailers determine E15 compatibility
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:52 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol has launched a tool on its fuel-marketer focused flexfuelforward.com website to provide retailers with a free way to check if their equipment is already E15 compatible.

ACE leadership addresses virtual conference attendees
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:50 AM

American Coalition for Ethanol Board President Duane Kristensen representing Chief Ethanol Fuels kicked off the organization’s 33rd annual ethanol conference being held virtually on Sept. 16 followed by remarks from ACE CEO Brain Jennings.

LanzaTech: Advanced biofuel facility gets green light in India
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:47 AM

India-based Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. is planning to install a second generation ethanol facility. The company has awarded LanzaTech the contract to commence the basic engineering for an 5.3 million gallon facility.

Prometheus Fuels licenses ORNL ethanol-to-jet-fuel process
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:45 AM

Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by ORNL researchers. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis.

FEW general sessions address policy, production
Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:33 AM

Discussions during the general session of the 2020 virtual Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo focused on the RFS, SREs, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. ethanol industry, its product mix and operations.

Skor focuses on the road ahead in FEW keynote
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 11:55 PM

“What a year we’ve had,” Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, said in her keynote address at the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. She discussed the many challenges the U.S. ethanol industry currently faces.

Letter urges EPA to comply with GOA investigation of SRE process
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:30 AM

Seven federal lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 15 expressing disappointment with the agency’s failure to cooperate with the Government Accountability Office’s investigation into the SRE waiver process.

Brazil sets 2020 RenovaBio goal at 14.53 CBios
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:29 AM

The Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy on Sept. 10 set the 2020 goal for the country’s recently launched national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, at 14.53 million decarbonization credits (CBios). The 2021 target was set at 24.86 million CBios.

Proposal aims to lift regulation barring E15 sales in Kansas City
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:27 AM

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced it will hold a public hearing on Nov. 4 to consider the revocation of an existing regulation that prevents the sale of E15 in the Kansas City area during the summer months.

ACE elects board of directors during annual business meeting
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:25 AM

ACE announced the re-election of several board members to the organization’s board of directors during its annual business meeting prior to ACE’s 33rd conference, which is being held virtually in combination with the virtual FEW.

Lallemand launches new fermentation technology for biofuels
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:23 AM

Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has introduced Convergence, a new yeast and enzyme platform that combines a new yeast that generates virtually all the GA required for fermentation with a small amount of complementary exogenous enzyme.

Prairie Horizon adopts ICM’s APP to produce higher-value feed
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:20 AM

ICM Inc. has completed the first installation of its proprietary Advanced Processing Package for Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy LLC. The APP empowers ethanol plants to diversify their product offerings, thereby increasing revenues.

EPA denies gap year SRE petitions
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:51 AM

The U.S. EPA announced Sept. 14 it will deny “gap-year” small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions filed by oil refineries in an effort to circumvent a January 2020 ruling by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

EPA to update E15 labels, clarify E10 pumps can distribute E15
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:50 AM

President Trump on Sept. 12 posted a tweet stating that subject to state approval, the ethanol industry will be allowed to use E10 pumps to distribute E15. The U.S. EPA said it will update E15 labels as part of that effort.

Brazil extends TRQ on ethanol for 90 days
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:47 AM

The U.S. government on Sept. 11 announced that bilateral trade discussions on ethanol with Brazil will take place over a 90-day period starting on Sept. 14. During that time, Brazil will extend its previous TRQ for U.S. ethanol.

USGC assistance leads to DDGS-based aqua feed sales in Egypt
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:44 AM

One of the largest feed producers in Egypt is now selling aqua feed produced with U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM), thanks to a product quality trial conducted with the U.S. Grains Council.

September WASDE lowers forecast for 2020-‘21 corn use in ethanol
Saturday, September 12, 2020 5:03 AM

The USDA lowered its forecasts for 2020-’21 corn production and corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Sept. 11. Corn ending stocks were also revised down, while corn exports were increased.

Mexican cattle producers take virtual tour of US ethanol, corn
Saturday, September 12, 2020 5:02 AM

The USGC ook cattle ranchers in southeast Mexico on a virtual tour of the production of corn, ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in Indiana in late August. The event helped the ranchers understand how DDGS is made.

CCC urges passage of comprehensive energy legislation
Saturday, September 12, 2020 5:00 AM

The Carbon Capture Coalition, along with 72 other organizations, sent a letter to Senators on Sept. 11 urging them to pass the American Energy Innovation Act this Congress. In addition, 35 coalition members sent a letter to the House.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, weekly ending stocks fall 4%
Friday, September 11, 2020 6:29 AM

U.S. ethanol production increased by 2 percent the week ending Sept. 4 while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by more than 4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 10.

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals
Friday, September 11, 2020 6:28 AM

The USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda.

Senate fails to advance COVID-19 relief package
Friday, September 11, 2020 6:27 AM

The U.S. Senate on Sept. 10 failed to advance a $300 billion COVID-19 relief package that contained $20 billion in ag support and an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, two provisions that could have provided relief to biofuel producers.

DOE opens RFI on bioenergy workforce development
Friday, September 11, 2020 6:26 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 8 issued a request for information (RFI) regarding bioenergy workforce-development methods and tools available, as well as those needed in the U.S. Responses can be filed through Nov. 2.

RFA testimony calls for immediate action on delayed EPA decisions
Friday, September 11, 2020 6:24 AM

The U.S. EPA needs to take concrete steps immediately to support U.S. ethanol producers and rural America in these troubled times, according to testimony provided by the RFA to EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee.

ACE: Ethanol producers get candid about what’s next
Friday, September 11, 2020 6:22 AM

This year’s ACE 33rd annual conference is taking place online live from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Central on Sept. 16. The final segment will feature a panel of ethanol producers discussing how they've adapted their business to cope with current events.

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA
Friday, September 11, 2020 6:20 AM

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops.

EIA lowers 2020, 2021 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:29 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly reduced its forecasts for 2020 and 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released Sept. 9. Forecasts for ethanol blending were also lowered.

Senate releases $300 billion COVID-19 relief package
Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:28 AM

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Sept. 8 the U.S. Senate will vote this week on a $300 billion COVID-19 relief bill. The bill does not contain dedicated relief for biofuels, but does contain provisions that could benefit some biofuel producers.

Biofuel, ag groups welcome reports of gap year SRE denials
Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:25 AM

RFA, NCGA, NFU and ACE on Sept. 9 welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the U.S. EPA to reject dozens of “gap year” SRE petitions and denounced an effort to have the Tenth Circuit Court's SRE ruling reviewed by the Supreme Court.

AFBF: Trump, Biden outline agricultural priorities
Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:24 AM

A new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW
Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:42 AM

Doug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16.

Biofuel plant managers urge Trump to reject gap year SREs
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:24 AM

A group of 93 biofuel plant managers, farm organizations and biofuel stakeholders sent a letter to President Trump on Sept. 8 urging him to stand in defense of the RFS and call on the U.S. EPA to reject gap year SRE petitions.

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