EPA: 20.4 million cellulosic RINs generated in August
Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:36 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.4 million cellulosic RINs.

IRFA: Magellan to offer E15 at all Iowa fuel terminals
Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:35 AM

Magellan Midstream Partners is now offering pre-blended E15 at many terminals across the U.S., including all Magellan terminals that service Iowa. The availability of pre-blended E15 means stations without blender pumps can now offer the fuel blend.

UK proposes to increase biofuel obligations, cap crop-based fuels
Friday, September 22, 2017 5:32 AM

The U.K. Department for Transport has published proposals that aim to increase the amount of renewable fuel in the transportation energy mix and make several other changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

MBA rewards E15 drivers in Minnesota
Friday, September 22, 2017 5:30 AM

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and KS95 FM teamed up on Sept. 20 to reward drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded Plus) at Bona Bros Minnoco in Fridley. Twelve drivers who switched to E15 were rewarded during the event.

Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research
Friday, September 22, 2017 5:28 AM

An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex.

Measured Change
Friday, September 22, 2017 5:12 AM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the magazine, including feature articles about healthy investment risk, funding options, lab innovations, biotechnology advancements, the next generation of ethanol enthusiasts and more.

The ‘Cool’ Fuel
Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:28 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Multiple trade groups and ethanol companies offer internships, contests and events to get young people interested in biofuels. The next generation is drawn to ethanol's environmental and economic benefits.

Censky, McKinney nomination hearing addresses biofuels, RFS
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:45 AM

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on the nomination of Stephen Censky at deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

DOE announces integrated biorefinery optimization projects
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:44 AM

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries.

Minnesota high school students visit Highwater Ethanol
Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:39 AM

Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School traveled across town on Sept. 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Ethanol: Gasoline on Steroids for Motorcycles
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:09 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: The RFA supports the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year. This was the first year motorists had access to a permanent E10 fueling station at the event.

Engineering and Evolution in Biotechnology
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:31 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Advancements in yeast optimization are gaining momentum. New companies are entering the space and veterans are improving their processes.

UNICA reports increased ethanol sales in late August
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:43 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data for the second half of August, reporting increased ethanol sales. Ethanol production during the second half of August was up 3.15 percent, with 1.77 billion liters manufactured.

Renewable fuel standards can help Canada reduce GHG emissions
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:40 AM

Canada's ethanol mandate has played a key role in reducing the carbon intensity in gasoline. Maintaining renewable fuel standards can be an integral part of Canada's transition to a low-carbon future, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

ePURE: Europe’s ethanol industry produces low-carbon fuel
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:36 AM

European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.2 billion liters of ethanol and 4 million metric tons of high-protein animal feed in 2016, according to new audited data released by the industry association.

Biofuels Have Central Role in Low-Carbon Economy
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:03 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: As the only commercially available and immediately dispatchable low-carbon transport fuel alternative to crude oil, biofuels are the obvious choice for countries to slash transport sector greenhouse gas emissions.

Innovation in the Lab
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:35 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Ethanol laboratories use HPLCs to find issues early in fermentation, but increasingly have been using the data for process optimization.

Senators ask Lighthizer to resolve Brazilian tariff issue
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:01 AM

A bipartisan group of senators, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is calling on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to work with the Brazilian government to end a recently reinstated tariff on ethanol imports.

Enerkem begins commercial production of cellulosic ethanol
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:58 AM

Enerkem Inc. has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its commercial-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, and is now converting that biomethanol into ethanol.

Clariant licenses Sunliquid technology to Enviral
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 1:54 AM

Clariant and Enviral, an ethanol producer in Slovakia, have signed a license agreement on Sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. Enviral plans to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant at its existing Leopoldov site in Slovakia.

The Message is Clear: We Must Create Demand
Monday, September 18, 2017 9:59 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Growth above 15 billion gallons will require new markets and widespread understanding of ethanol's carbon-reduction value.

Evaluating Funding Options
Monday, September 18, 2017 9:41 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Funding options are generally best-suited to specific types of projects. The money is out there –– producers just need to figure out which source is the right fit for them.

Business Briefs
Monday, September 18, 2017 5:55 AM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association has new members, the U.S. Grains Council elects its first chairwoman, and ACE presents its industry awards.

It’s All in the Risk
Sunday, September 17, 2017 9:49 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: The ethanol industry has been conservative on risky investments since its most recent downturn, experts say. But innovating, expanding and diversifying are important and can be done prudently.

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases
Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:17 AM

On Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs.

USGC: Taiwan pledges to purchase corn, DDGS
Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:15 AM

Members of the 2017 Taiwan Agricultural Goodwill Mission pledged Sept. 13 to purchase 5 million metric tons (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) between 2018 and 2019.

North Carolina ethanol distribution project to celebrate opening
Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:12 AM

In North Carolina, the town of Selma’s Planning and Economic Development Office has announced plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 26 to celebrate the the Selma Ethanol Project, an ethanol unit train-to-pipeline distribution system.

CARB to hold workshop on proposed LCFS amendments Sept. 22
Friday, September 15, 2017 6:58 AM

The California Air Resources Board has announced plans to hold a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard on Sept. 22. Members of the public can participate in the event via webcast or teleconference.

DOE funding helps commercialize promising energy technologies
Friday, September 15, 2017 6:56 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from the DOE’s national laboratories to the marketplace. Several bioenergy projects were among those that received funding.

RFA: Early end to summer E15 RVP limit was helpful in many states
Friday, September 15, 2017 6:55 AM

In a typical September, the U.S. EPA’s onerous summer restriction on selling E15 would end this weekend. But with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaking havoc on the nation’s fuel market, this September has been anything but typical.

ACE reminds retailers annual E15 restrictions lifted Sept. 15
Friday, September 15, 2017 6:52 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol is reminding retailers they can resume offering E15 to drivers of all gasoline-powered 2001 and newer passenger vehicles after the low-Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season ends Sept. 15.

ACE hosts market development webinar
Friday, September 15, 2017 6:51 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty hosted a webinar Sept. 12 that covered the organization’s market development work and highlighted legislative and policy priorities.

Scaling Up Without Wall Street
Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:25 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Alliance Bio-Products’ chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made in the development of the company’s cellulose-to-sugar process.

EIA increases 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, September 14, 2017 5:39 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has increased its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts. The U.S. is now expected to produce 1.03 million barrels of ethanol per day this year, increasing to 1.04 million barrels per day next year.

Flint Hills installs MSC technology at Fairmont, Nebraska, plant
Thursday, September 14, 2017 5:33 AM

Construction is underway at Flint Hills Resources's Fairmont, Nebraska, ethanol plant to install Maximized Stillage Co-Products, a bolt-on technology that will allow the plant to produce a high-protein feed ingredient from distillers grains.

Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood
Thursday, September 14, 2017 5:29 AM

A University of Delaware research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste. The feedstock could serve as a substitute for petroleum used in consumer goods.

Edeniq supports LCFS pathway for corn kernel fiber ethanol
Thursday, September 14, 2017 5:27 AM

Edeniq Inc. recently submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board supporting final approval of Little Sioux Corn Processors’ application under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard for a pathway for cellulosic ethanol.

WASDE forecasts corn production up, corn use for ethanol down
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:45 AM

The USDA has increased the 2017-’18 outlook for corn production in the September edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, noting greater feed and residual use, higher ending stocks and lower prices are also expected.

Growth Energy kicks off advocacy summit in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:42 AM

Growth Energy is holding its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C., this week, bringing together over 150 leaders in the ethanol industry from across the country to champion the association’s policy priorities on Capitol Hill.

IRFA: E15 now available at 135 stations across Iowa
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:41 AM

In recent weeks four Iowa retailers have added E15 as a new fuel choice at 10 stations. Kwik Star added E15 to seven stations, while Kum & Go added the fuel blend at one station. Two independently owned stations also began offering E15.

USGC brings Mexican media to US to learn about ethanol
Saturday, September 9, 2017 4:00 AM

The U.S. Grains Council arranged for a group of Mexico-based energy and economy media members to travel to Denver and Chicago in August to learn about U.S. ethanol production, integration in the agricultural economy, and regulations and standards.

Ethanol groups testify at EPA hearing on CAFE-GHG standards
Friday, September 8, 2017 5:32 AM

Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association recently testified at at hearing held by the U.S. EPA to reconsider greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles.

Biofuel groups demand US government respond to Brazilian tariff
Friday, September 8, 2017 5:29 AM

Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the U.S. Grains Council are calling upon the U.S. government to develop an immediate response to Brazil’s newly implemented tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports.

USDA: 455 million bushels of corn consumed for ethanol in July
Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:07 AM

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the September edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses reached 509 million bushels in July.

DMT to supply desulfurization process to California AD facility
Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:04 AM

DMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced that Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC is going to install DMT’s desulfurization technology, Sulfurex BR. The anaerobic digestion facility is located adjacent to Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC, a 55 MMgy ethanol plant.

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