Corn stocks up, prospective plantings down in USDA reports
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:53 AM

Corn acres are expected to be down for the third year in a row, the USDA said in its Prospective Plantings report, and corn stocks are higher, according to the Grain Stocks report, both released March 31.

Bill would expand ethanol waiver for RVP to blends beyond E10
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:45 AM

Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have introduced Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. One provision of the bill would extend the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure (RVP) to ethanol blends higher than E10.

EPA announces plans for cellulosic information collection request
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:43 AM

The U.S. EPA is soliciting public comments on a proposed information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding cellulosic volume projections and efficient producer reporting. Comments are due May 26.

EPA opens comment period on E15 information collection request
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:42 AM

On March 24, U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register opening a 60-day comment period on an information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding E15.

RFA corrects PMAA’s overblown assertions in letter
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:40 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association recently sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to counter misleading and inaccurate statements about ethanol availability and infrastructure made by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America.

SIRE to begin using Syngenta Enogen corn
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:38 AM

Syngenta recently announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to begin using Enogen corn enzyme technology at its Council Bluffs, Iowa, ethanol production facility following the 2015 harvest.

EIA: U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:37 AM

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons.

Rex American Resources reports record net income for fiscal 2014
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:41 AM

Rex American Resources Corp. has released financial results for fiscal year 2014, which ended Jan. 31, reporting net sales of $572.2 million, down from $666 million in fiscal 2013. Gross profits, however, more than doubled, reaching $141.9 million.

RFA: Economic models are one thing, reality is another
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:38 AM

Science Magazine has published another study from environmental activist and attorney Timothy Searchinger that re-packages his disproven theory of food vs. fuel. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, has responded.

'Where's my ethanol?'
Monday, March 30, 2015 11:12 PM

A North Carolina consumer wonders why he can't buy E85 in his state.

Nearly 8 million cellulosic RINs generated in February
Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:33 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.25 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.93 million cellulosic RINs.

Groups defend USDA funding for blender pumps, trade programs
Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:31 AM

Ethanol and agricultural groups have sent a letter to a House of Representatives subcommittee, advocating for the continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts.

Gevo releases 2014 results, reports progress with SBS operations
Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:28 AM

Gevo Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting increased revenues when compared to 2013. During the fourth quarter, the company continued to progress with commercial production of isobutanol at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant.

EPA rule allows timely release of cellulosic waiver credit prices
Friday, March 27, 2015 9:20 AM

The U.S. EPA has introduced rulemaking that aims to clarify the data sources and methodology used to calculate the price of cellulosic waiver credits (CWC). The rule would also allow CWC prices to be announced in a more timely manner.

UGA researchers create trees that are easier to turn into fuel
Friday, March 27, 2015 9:17 AM

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth.

Maintenance managers meet to share experiences, meet vendors
Friday, March 27, 2015 12:29 AM

Ethanol maintenance managers met in Des Moines, Iowa, for their semiannual gathering to meet with vendors and learn from each other. In the best attendance yet, nearly 50 maintenance managers from plants in 12 states gathered, along with 85 vendors.

Croda to manufacture surfactant from ethanol, opening new market
Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:33 AM

Croda Inc. is planning to break ground on a $170 million upgrade to its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware. When completed, the company will begin converting between 10 million and 14 million gallons of ethanol into ethylene oxide.

Commodities: Ethanol prices gauging gasoline direction
Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:16 AM

Ethanol prices have gained momentum at the end of March, following renewed spring support in corn futures prices. The reduction of supplies over the last four weeks has created additional support through the ethanol complex.

Commodities: Volatile global currency environment affects corn
Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:58 AM

Currently, the corn market has been responding to an ever-volatile global currency environment. The U.S. dollar has been a culprit affecting commodity values within the U.S.

Commodities: Longevity, depth of Chinese market at top of mind
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:14 AM

DDGS prices are still being dramatically affected by Chinese demand, in both bulk and container shipments. More than 2.5 million metric tons have been booked via the Gulf in bulk vessels destined for China so far for the summer.

Commodities: Analysts to watch summer inventory supply closely
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:58 AM

Winter is almost over. And for the natural gas market, the end of winter is significant event mainly in terms of declining demand.

ACE emphasizes 'Power by People' during Capitol Hill fly-in
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:51 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol and more than 70 of its members are in Washington, D.C., to meet with top Administration officials and Members of Congress as part of the advocacy group's "Biofuels Beltway March" annual fly-in March 24 and 25.

Praj to license Gevo's technology for sugar-based ethanol plants
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:31 AM

Gevo, Inc. announced March 24 that Praj Industries Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding to become a Gevo licensee for producing renewable isobutanol at sugar-based ethanol plants.

California demo produces first low-carbon, whole-beet ethanol
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5:15 AM

Mendota Bioenergy has made the first whole-beet ethanol in a California demonstration facility. The technology promises a carbon intensity rating of 22 to meet state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Go to and get involved
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:34 AM

The RFA needs your help to promote and update two newly acquired E85 websites.

API, AFPM sue EPA over RFS delays
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:42 AM

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. EPA regarding delays in finalizing 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel standards.

AEE report illustrates growth in the U.S. advanced energy market
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:39 AM

The Advanced Energy Economy recently commissioned a study completed by Navigant Research that found the U.S. advanced energy market grew by 14 percent last year, which is five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall.

Business Briefs
Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:02 AM
EIA report illustrates biofuel, bioenergy subsidies
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:08 AM

On March 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a report on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy for fiscal year (FY) 2103. The report responds to a request from two members of Congress.

ICM celebrates 20 years in the ethanol, renewable fuels industry
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:06 AM

ICM Inc. is proudly celebrating 20 years of innovation in the ethanol and renewable fuels industries. ICM was founded on Jan. 23, 1995 with only 20 employees. Through the years the company grew, designing more than 100 ethanol plants.

San Francisco welcomes E85
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:04 AM

March 19 marks the first offering of E85 to flex-fuel vehicle owners in San Francisco. Pearson Fuels and All Stars Fuel celebrated the high-octane E85 at a ribbon cutting by offering E85 at 85 cents per gallon.

Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:03 AM

One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants.

Scientists harness enzymes to break down tough cell walls
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:01 AM

Researchers at the University of Toronto Bioproducts Research Lab studying ways to isolate components of plant cell walls so they can be used to create renewable fuels, high-value chemicals, and novel bio-based materials.

Being First Is Risky
Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:30 PM

The April issue of EPM contains articles about lignin, algae-to-ethanol production, the process to develop new yeasts for cellulosic ethanol production and biogas entering the D3 RIN market, writes Tom Bryan of BBI International.

Patriot Renewables featured in Car Clinic radio show
Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:00 AM

Bobby Likis featured Judd Hulting, commodities manager at Patriot Renewable Fuels LLC, in Annawan, Illinois, during his two-hour Saturday morning radio show, Bobby Likis Car Clinic, on March 14.

PHMSA finalizes pipeline rulemaking that addresses ethanol
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:55 AM

The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has published a final rule in the Federal Register that amends pipeline safety regulation, including adding ethanol to the definition of hazardous materials.

Dynamic Recycling installs distillation column at Tennessee plant
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:51 AM

MXI Environmental Services LLC has completed installation of the distillation column for the company's new plant in Bristol, Tennessee. The installation went smooth and company is one step closer to operating.

Failure Is Not An Option
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:30 PM

Is the ethanol industry too big to fail? No, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. Will it ever let failure be an option? As Winston Churchill said, never, never, never!

Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:45 AM

Legislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in February.

Ceres, Raizen to scale-up sweet sorghum for ethanol
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:43 AM

Ceres Inc. and Raizen S.A., have signed a multiyear collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet sorghum can extend the operating season of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol mills.

Iowa sets new E85 sales record in 2014
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:40 AM

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Iowa motorists purchased more than 2.93 million gallons of E85 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a record-setting 11.96 million gallons in all of 2014.

More Than Simply Numbers
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:30 PM

While both numbers and personal stories show the benefits of the ethanol industry many politicians and naysayers are continuing their attacks on the industry, writes Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association.

Dyadic releases annual results, calls 2014 a turning point
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:52 AM

Dyadic International Inc. recently released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $12.5 million, down from $17.1 million the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributed to a $6 million BASF upfront license fee in 2013.

UAI files petition challenging EPA emissions data
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:50 AM

The Urban Air Initiative filed a new petition against the U.S. EPA as the next step in what UAI officials describe as their ongoing effort to challenge EPA's defective models and policies relating to ethanol.

The 2014 D3 RIN Leap—For Biogas
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:50 AM

Introducing renewable natural gas, the new player in the cellulosic RINs market.

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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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