EPA: 1.79 billion RINs generated in April
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:00 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that nearly 1.79 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 17.29 million cellulosic RINs.

IRFA: Decorah home to Iowa’s 104th E15 station
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:59 AM

When Decorah, Iowa, residents fuel up at the local Decorah Mart, they now have the opportunity to choose high-performance, earth-friendly E15. The station is the first in Decorah to offer E15 and E85.

KnipBio’s Microbe Technology Creates Better Fish Feed
Monday, May 22, 2017 10:34 PM

Company develops new use for ethanol in producing aquaculture feed. This new technology feature appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

You Want to Expand, Now What?
Monday, May 22, 2017 8:43 PM

The Business Matters columnist in the June print EPM outlines the important things to remember when developing construction contracts for large projects at ethanol plants.

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Didion Ethanol
Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:41 AM

In early May, the U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway for Didion Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

USGC: KFC Malaysia testing US DDGS
Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:39 AM

Nobody does chicken like KFC. And U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are a healthy, cost-effective and culturally-appropriate feed ingredient for those chickens and others produced in Malaysia.

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up
Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:19 AM

Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production. This feature on the efficient producers appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Protease Use for FAN as Urea Substitute Poses Challenges
Friday, May 19, 2017 9:59 PM

Understanding yeast physiology and preferences for utilizing free amino nitrogen is important to avoid yield-robbing problems. This contribution appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

USGC, NCGA weigh in on plan to renegotiate NAFTA
Friday, May 19, 2017 6:35 AM

The Trump Administration has announced plans to renegotiate the NAFTA. In response, U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association are speaking out to remind the administration how important NAFTA is to the U.S. agricultural industry.

Crappie Masters disputes anti-ethanol claims made by BoatUS
Friday, May 19, 2017 6:31 AM

On May 16, the Boat Owners Association of the U.S. (BoatUS) issued a press release criticizing a new Renewable Fuels Association ad campaign focused on the use of E10 fuels in boats. Crappie Masters has spoken out to dispute claims made by BoatUS.

Growth Energy pushes for senate action on E15 fix
Friday, May 19, 2017 6:28 AM

On May 18, Growth Energy urged the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to quickly approve legislation that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15).

RFA: China’s tariffs on US ethanol, DDGS exacerbate trade deficit
Friday, May 19, 2017 6:26 AM

China’s recent protectionist barriers imposed on U.S. ethanol and DDGS exports are exacerbating a trade deficit with that country, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen told a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing May 18.

Optimizing Surfactants for Increased Corn Oil Yield
Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:56 PM

Ethanol will be used to produce bioethylene oxide as the base for oil extraction aides. This contributed article appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Cleaning Comes with Choices
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:52 PM

Quality service providers offer wide variety of techniques, mediums to meet plant needs. Spongeblasting and other techniques discussed in this contribution from the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Brandstad signs bill that includes biofuel infrastructure funding
Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:50 AM

On May 12, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation that provides $3 million of funding for the state’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Fund. The legislation is known as the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Bill, or HF 643.

Green Plains completes Cargill feed yard acquisition
Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:48 AM

Green Plains Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary, Green Plains Cattle Co., completed the previously announced acquisition of two cattle feed yards from Cargill for approximately $36.7 million, excluding working capital.

Rayeman Elements sells RCD drying system to Lincolnway Energy
Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:46 AM

Rayeman Elements Inc., in conjunction with its partner Nationwide 5 LLC, has completed the sale of its second patented grain drying system, the Rayeman Compression Dryer, to Lincolnway Energy of Nevada, Iowa.

Ethanol Producers Must Engage in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:49 PM

A drastically changed farm economy means the next bill will likely be very different than past ones. The National Sorghum Producers share things to know as the debate begins in this contribution in the June print edition of EPM.

Tube Bundle Cleaning Gets Automated
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:45 PM

Showcasing the benefits of safety and production in cleaning ethanol evaporators. This contributed article appears in the June print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Biofuel groups ask EPA to ease regulatory burdens
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:21 AM

Several biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol production and use.

Brazil announces new requirements for ethanol importers
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:14 AM

Brazil is taking action to protect domestic producers of ethanol. A notice in Brazil’s official gazette states biofuels importers must comply with the same capacity and inventory requirements that currently apply to domestic biofuel producers.

Novozymes to expand Nebraska enzyme plant
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:08 AM

On May 16, less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America.

OSU launches new program in bioenergy and biowaste management
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:01 AM

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute has announced a new associate of applied science program in bioenergy and biological waste management to prepare students for careers in wastewater and drinking water treatment.

OMB reviews 2018 RFS rule
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:45 AM

On May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment.

Growth Energy: Poll shows no boater confusion at the pump
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:41 AM

CK Motorsports and Growth Energy released a new survey, which found that an overwhelming majority of American boaters are confident when selecting fuels. The poll showed that 94 percent of boaters find it easy to pick the right fuel.

Poet ad campaign brings homegrown leadership to D.C.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:36 AM

The nation’s largest biofuel producer, Poet LLC, has announced a major new advertising campaign aimed at bringing the Sioux Falls-based company’s distinctive message on homegrown innovation and clean energy leadership to the nation’s capital.

Aemetis discusses current operations, future projects
Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:16 AM

Aemetis Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting increased ethanol revenues but reduced gross margins. In addition, the company reported its biodiesel business in India is growing.

SIRE reports improved net income
Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:12 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC has reported net income of $7.7 million, or $577.55 per basic unit, for the six months ended March 31, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million, or $84.19 per basic unit, for the six months ended March 31, 2016.

BETO announces third round of Small Business Vouchers Pilot
Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:10 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced Gevo, Cogent, Kalion, Synvitrobio and ThermChem will collaborate with national labs as part of the third round of the Small Business Vouchers Pilot.

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA
Friday, May 12, 2017 5:46 AM

On May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development.

EIA increases 2017 ethanol production outlook
Friday, May 12, 2017 5:42 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day this year, up from 1 million barrels per day last year.

Researchers develop new capabilities for engineering of yeast
Friday, May 12, 2017 5:40 AM

In a new article in Nature Communications, University of Illinois researchers describe how their successful integration of several cutting-edge technologies will enhance our ability to work with yeast.

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Ethanol Rebounds From Two–Week Low as Corn, Gasoline Advance
Jun 7th, 2011

“It was outside markets,” said Michael Breitenbach, an analyst and trader at Blue Ocean Brokerage LLC in New York. “The planting issue continues to be a factor with corn. Ethanol is the nexus between the ‘ags’ and the energies. You’re seeing some uncertainty in both markets.” more

New System, New Start For All Things RIN
With all the changes to the renewable identification number (RIN) system, many have been scrambling to understand and comply.
David Steiner
April 15th, 2010

David Steiner of Blue Ocean Brokerage LLC points out that under RINs1, ethanol and biodiesel RINs were interchangeable. Obligated parties could purchase either type. Now, with four RINs types, cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels and renewable fuel, four distinct markets, each with its own pricing relationships, are created. “We’ll probably see less linkage between the different RINs markets,” he adds. For example, there was a big spread between biodiesel and ethanol RINS in early 2010. By mid–March biodiesel RINs had traded for 19 cents or even as high as 37 or 39 cents per gallon and ethanol RINs were only at 3.5 to 4 cents, Steiner says. That situation was created by the demand for biodiesel RINs since not as much biodiesel was blended in early 2010 as producers waited to hear whether the tax credit would be extended. Price differences won't stop with that example, he suggests. “Each market is going to function and have its own unique price as a result.” more

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