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EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Element
Friday, April 20, 2018 5:05 AM

The U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway petition from ICM Inc. and The Andersons Inc. for Element LLC in Colwich, Kansas.

Partners in Production
Friday, April 20, 2018 3:32 AM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Chemical companies are developing technologies that would create new market opportunities for the ethanol industry.

Stay Vigilant
Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:16 PM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: ACE's Brian Jennings discusses the importance of paying attention and remaining active in ethanol advocacy.

House committee passes 2018 Farm Bill
Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:06 AM

On April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes many bioenergy programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding.

STB schedules RETAC meeting for April 26
Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:04 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced it will hold a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee on April 26 in Washington, D.C. RETAC addresses issues related to the transportation of energy resources, including ethanol.

Advanced BioEnergy adds grain receiving, storage capacity
Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:01 AM

Advanced BioEnergy LLC announced April 9 it will build an initial 800,000 bushels of year-round corn storage and related grain receiving capabilities at its Aberdeen, South Dakota, ethanol plant. Additional expansions are planned for the future.

Veolia launches UK online marketplace for organic resources
Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:00 AM

Veolia is launching an online trading platform in the U.K. that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. The BioTrading website will be a sales and auction marketplace that connects buyers to the rest of the value chain.

FEW Technical Sessions Planner
Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:08 AM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: The agenda for the world’s largest ethanol conference is, as always, jam-packed with relevant and intriguing panel discussions. Attendees will need to plan which concurrent tracks they’ll attend. Here’s the info.

Business Briefs
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:08 PM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Awards, permitting milestones, new trade group memberships and more.

Studies: Ethanol reduces toxic emissions, improves air quality
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:38 AM

Two recent studies commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative have found that ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50 percent, significantly improving air quality and protecting the health of the public.

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:33 AM

On April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.

Senators ask EPA to cease issuing RFS ‘hardship’ waivers
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:31 AM

Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS.

Japan to allow imports of ETBE made from US corn ethanol
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:30 AM

The U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and their member organizations welcome the news April 17 that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol.

RICanada applauds Ontario’s move to E10
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:28 AM

Building on the success of current biofuel mandates, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauds Ontario’s leadership in increasing blending requirements for ethanol in gasoline to 10 percent by 2020.

CVEC to install Whitefox ICE bolt-on membrane dehydration system
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:24 AM

Whitefox Technologies has announced Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company is to install a Whitefox ICE membrane dehydration system at its plant in Benson, Minnesota. The installation will allow CVEC to increase its production capacity by 7.5 MMgy.

ASTM revises test method to support ethanol specification
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:21 AM

Members of ASTM International recently revised a key test method (D1613) that has been used to measure the acidity of fuel ethanol and denatured fuel ethanol, including ethanol used for car gasoline blends.

New UK biofuel targets take effect April 15
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:49 AM

In the U.K., the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation came into force on April 15, requiring fuel companies to nearly triple the amount of renewable fuel they supply by 2032. The new regulations also introduce incentives for waste-based fuels.

RFA: E15 debuts in St. Louis metro region
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:47 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is excited to announce that E15 has debuted in the St. Louis area and will be available throughout the year. Home Service Oil Co. now offers both E15 and E85 at 1707 Hwy Z in Pevely, Missouri, just off Interstate 55.

RFA, Pinnacle host webinars on combustible dust hazards
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:46 AM

The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, has teamed up with the experts at Pinnacle Engineering Inc. to host two webinars on educating facility personnel about the hazards of combustible dust.

Growth Energy welcomes Golden Grain Energy as newest plant member
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:44 AM

Growth Energy recently welcomed Golden Grain Energy LLC as its newest member. Golden Grain Energy began production in December 2004 and is a locally owned ethanol producer with roughly 900 unitholders.

NUS engineers pioneer new technique for biofuel production
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:43 AM

Engineers from the National University of Singapore recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.

Hearing explores the possibility of a fuel performance standard
Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:14 AM

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled “High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities” on April 13. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor testified at the event.

USGC answers ethanol questions from Mexico service station owners
Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:05 AM

As Mexico’s energy sector continues to evolve, the U.S. Grains Council is running a series of technical workshops there to answer questions from local service station owners about how to utilize and profit from using ethanol.

Senators issue statement against EPA attacks on RFS
Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:04 AM

In response to a January letter sent by Sens. Grassley, Thune, Blunt, Fischer and Ernst, EPA has again confirmed that oil refiners aren’t negatively impacted by compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs
Friday, April 13, 2018 5:28 AM

On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding.

EPA gives North Dakota power to regulate underground CO2 storage
Friday, April 13, 2018 3:06 AM

North Dakota became the first state to receive federal approval to regulate underground storage of carbon dioxide April 10. The approval puts North Dakota in control of carbon storage within its boarders and is expected to benefit ethanol producers.

USGC: US ethanol exports hit monthly record
Friday, April 13, 2018 3:01 AM

The U.S. recorded the highest-ever monthly exports total for ethanol in February 2018 at 218.7 million gallons, according to data from the USDA. Exports so far this marketing year are up 6 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

ACE addressing ethanol marketing challenges at NEB Forum
Friday, April 13, 2018 2:57 AM

ACE board member and past board president Ron Alverson of Dakota Ethanol spoke April 12 at the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s 2018 Emerging Issues Forum about assessing new markets based on ethanol’s low carbon emissions benefits.

RFA hosting Kentucky ethanol safety seminars April 18-20
Friday, April 13, 2018 2:54 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer are hosting three ethanol safety seminars in Kentucky April 18-20. The seminars are designed for individuals who respond to ethanol-related emergencies, emergency planning committees and safety managers.

Trump pledges support for year-round E15 sales
Friday, April 13, 2018 2:50 AM

On April 12, President Donald Trump pledged his support for allowing year-round sales of E15. Representatives of the ethanol industry are speaking out in support of his announcement.

Perdue discusses RFS waivers during Senate hearing
Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:40 AM

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefly addressed the U.S. EPA’s misuse of Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waivers during an April 11 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture.

2018 Ethanol Producer Award winners announced
Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:39 AM

The winners of the first-ever Ethanol Producer Awards have been chosen. Nominations were made under five categories: The Good Neighbor Award, Board of the Year, Project of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Workplace of the Year.

Students tour Heartland Corn Products
Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:36 AM

Twenty students from Central High School in Norwood Young America, Minnesota, toured Winthrop’s Heartland Corn Products April 11 to learn more about clean renewable Minnesota energy.

EIA maintains 2019 ethanol production forecast
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:37 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its previous 2019 ethanol production forecast, but slightly lowering the production forecast for 2018.

Minnesota drivers choose E15
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:35 AM

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and KS95 FM teamed up April 6 to reward drivers in Fridley, Minnesota, who switched to E15 during a two-hour appearance at the Holiday on University Avenue.

Senators ask Trump to stop EPA from misusing waiver authority
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:56 AM

On April 9, five republican senators from the Midwest sent a letter to President Trump asking him to direct the U.S. EPA to stop misusing waivers that are exempting large oil refining companies from meeting their legal obligations under the RFS.

RFA receives sixth Transcaer award for ethanol safety seminars
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:55 AM

For the sixth consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association has received a Transcaer National Achievement Award for hosting a series of seminars last year on ethanol safety and emergency responders.

Alliance BioEnergy Plus announces sublicense agreement
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:54 AM

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. announced April 5 that it has signed a sublicense agreement with Phoenix Biomaterials Thomaston LLC for the use of its licensed and patented CTS process in a plant Phoenix intends to build in Thomaston, Georgia.

USDA: No Q2 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program
Saturday, April 7, 2018 2:13 AM

The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the second quarter of 2018. The next quarterly estimate regarding the FFP is expected to be released by July 1.

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