Poet GMs testify at EPA hearing on proposed 2014 RFS volumes
Friday, December 6, 2013 2:24 AM
Three general managers of Poet Biorefining facilities along with Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel’s business development manager testified Dec. 5 at the U.S. EPA hearings on the proposed 2014 volumes for the renewable fuel standard.
Fuels America members defend biofuels at EPA hearing
Thursday, December 5, 2013 11:46 PM
More than 50 Fuels America coalition members from across the renewable fuel industry are lining up to testify regarding the negative impacts the proposed RFS volumes could have.
Ad campaign aims to recruit speakers against RFS proposal
Thursday, December 5, 2013 11:17 PM
Americans United for Change launched an advertising campaign to urge farmers, ethanol industry workers, related industries and American consumers to voice their concerns on the U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel standard proposal.
Irwin, Good analyze implications of proposed RFS write-down
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:59 PM
University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good evaluate implications of the proposed EPA rule that writes down RFS mandates.
Growth Energy to testify at EPA hearing on 2014 RFS RVO
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:50 PM
Growth Energy testimony will highlight the success of the RFS and the severe consequences of cutting volume requirements.
RFA comments on proposed DOT rules for rail shipping
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:38 PM
The Renewable Fuels Association presses the DOT to look at the underlying causes of train derailments, which include rail construction and maintenance, instead of focusing exclusively on the expensive retrofit of current DOT-111 railcars.
RFS proposal ag impacts discussed at RFA teleconference
Thursday, December 5, 2013 3:34 AM
The negative agricultural impact of the U.S. EPA’s proposal to lower the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard targets was the subject of a teleconference hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
Lanza Tech, Concord Blue to convert waste to biofuels in Georgia
Thursday, December 5, 2013 1:57 AM
LanzaTech and Concord Blue USA Inc. will integrate their technologies to demonstrate the production of fuels and chemicals from waste materials at LanzTech's Freedom Pines facility in Soperton, Ga.
Grants available for biomass energy on WV surface-mined land
Thursday, December 5, 2013 1:40 AM
The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University is exploring reuse and redevelopment potential of land that has been surface-mined. Biomass production is a possible application for this land.
DSM, DONG Energy report improved cellulosic ethanol yield
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 11:04 PM
Royal DSM, together with DONG Energy, announced it has demonstrated the combined fermentation of C6 and C5 sugars from wheat straw on an industrial scale. The combined fermentation results in a 40 percent increase in ethanol yield per ton of straw.
Fox River Valley Ethanol plant restarts production
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:51 AM
The Oshkosh, Wis.-based Fox River Valley Ethanol plant has resumed operations. Ace Ethanol LLC purchased the 52 MMgy plant from Utica Energy LLC in August. The facility had been idle since September 2012.
Enerkem begins front-end systems commissioning at Edmonton plant
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:47 AM
Enerkem has announced that commissioning is gradually beginning at its full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton. This update was shared by Enerkem CEO Vincent Chornet at the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit.
Report evaluates role of biofuels in EU transport sector
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:44 AM
Consulting firm E4tech has published a report that shows biofuels and vehicle efficiency will be essential in helping the European transportation sector reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet its decarbonizations targets.
EPA opens comment period on 2014 RFS waiver petitions
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 5:21 AM
The U.S. EPA has published a notice of receipt of petitions for a waiver of the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60 day comment period. A related comment period is also open for the 2014 RFS proposal.
CMEC shareholders approve asset purchase agreement
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 5:17 AM
The shareholders of Central MN Ethanol Co-op have voted to approve an asset purchase agreement for the sale of CMEC's 54 MMgy ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minn., to U.K.-based biochemical producer Green Biologics Inc.
Biochemtex to locate cellulosic biofuel plant in N.C.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 5:15 AM
N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker have announced that Biochemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in Sampson County, N.C., operating in the state as Carolina Cellulosic Biofuels.
RFS intended for higher biofuels blends
Monday, December 2, 2013 10:01 PM
The spirit and intention of the renewable fuels standard was never to create a national biofuels program that would be unable to grow during periods when gasoline consumption declined.
Comment period open until Jan. 28 for proposed 2014 RFS volumes
Saturday, November 30, 2013 12:33 AM
The U.S. EPA officially published the proposed rule Friday that would set the 2014 volumes for the renewable fuel standard (RFS), marking the opening of the 60-day comment period that will close Jan. 28.
Report highlights benefits of a comprehensive Farm Bill
Friday, November 29, 2013 11:18 PM
A new government report highlights the economic importance of passing a comprehensive Farm Bill. It discusses many benefits of a strong Farm Bill, including those related to the bioeconomy and clean energy.
Study highlights challenges of using invasive plants as feedstock
Friday, November 29, 2013 11:16 PM
According to a recent study at the University of Illinois, harvesting invasive plants for use as biofuels may sound like a great idea, but the reality poses numerous obstacles and is too expensive to consider.
Raizen breaks ground on Iogen facility in Brazil
Friday, November 29, 2013 8:56 PM
Iogen Corp. and Brazilian ethanol giant Raizen have started construction of a commercial 10 MMgy biomass-to-ethanol facility using Iogen Energy's (a joint venture between Raizen and Iogen Corp.) advanced cellulosic biofuel technology.
FTC annual ethanol report finds industry is unconcentrated
Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:35 AM
The Federal Trade Commission has published its annual report on the status of domestic ethanol production, noting that 158 firms are either producing ethanol or are likely to begin producing ethanol in the next 12 to 18 months.
Ethanol: cost savings, fuel choices and 100 years of gas stations
Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:33 AM
This Thanksgiving, as Americans take to the highways and rural country roads to visit relatives, they will be zipping past countless gas stations and often stopping to fill up their gas tanks, buy a snack, or simply stretch their legs.
ISU data shows profit shift from corn farmer, to ethanol producer
Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:30 AM
Profits in the ethanol supply chain have shifted in recent months and now accrue to the ethanol producer instead of the corn farmer. Retired Iowa State University extension agricultural economist Don Hofstrand took a closer look at the numbers.
Scientists capture 'redox moments' in living cells
Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:28 AM
Scientists have charted a significant signaling network in a tiny organism that's big in the world of biofuels research. The findings about how a fast-growing organism conducts its metabolic business bolster scientists' ability to create biofuels.
CCC sells sugar under FFP, announces new purchase invitation
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:34 AM
The USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. has announced the results of an offer made on Nov. 14 to sell sugar to bioenergy producers under the Feedstock Flexibility Program. The CCC also published a new invitation to purchase sugar under the program.
USDA converts spent corn grains into kitty litter
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:24 AM
Kitty litter that's nearly 100 percent biodegradable can be made by processing spent grains left over from corn ethanol production. A distillers grains-based litter may provide a new and perhaps higher-value market for the product.
Arcadia Biosciences, DuPont Pioneer collaborate on sorghum
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:21 AM
Arcadia Biosciences Inc. and DuPont Pioneer have announced their intention to collaborate to develop enabling technology to help manage pollen flow in sorghum, which will help facilitate the development and deployment of agronomic and quality traits.
EPA appoints scientific integrity official
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 6:43 AM
The U.S. EPA has appointed Francesca Grifo as its new scientific integrity official. In her new role, Grifo will coordinate and carry out the agency's scientific integrity policy. She will also chair a standing EPA scientific integrity committee.
Green Plains completes acquisition of Wood River, Fairmont plants
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 6:40 AM
Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. has announced that it completed the acquisition of two 110 MMgy ethanol plants previously owned by BioFuel Energy Corp. The plants are located in Wood River, Neb., and Fairmont, Minn.
How to start conversations about ethanol
Monday, November 25, 2013 9:11 PM
An ethanol plant board member took a Jamaican vacation that featured ethanol education.
Another Banner Year for DDGS Exports
Monday, November 25, 2013 3:11 PM
Distillers grains exports are a big story this year, particularly in China, where appetite for the coproduct is expected to only grow. Domestically, prices are high, supported in part by growing export numbers.
Winter natural gas prices likely to stay consistent
Monday, November 25, 2013 12:28 PM
Winter strip pricing for natural gas has been remarkably consistent in recent years and that's expected to continue this calendar year. Some key drivers include weather outlook and inventory level.
Positive corn, soybean yield reports add market pressure
Monday, November 25, 2013 12:26 PM
Corn prices are weakening and reports of a 14 billion bushel corn crop are circulating. This is increasing interest in distillers grains domestically and in the export markets.
DDGS prices under high export demand, price appreciation
Monday, November 25, 2013 12:24 PM
The export market for distillers grains continues to drive prices while also impacting demand domestically. Animal producers are dropping their usage rates or searching for a feed replacement, thanks to higher prices.
Investment traders cautious about energy markets
Monday, November 25, 2013 12:17 PM
The partial government shutdown created uncertainty in the marketplace. Traders, who need volatility and price shits to maintain expected returns, reacted to the situation in different ways.
Buying, Selling Ethanol Facilities
Monday, November 25, 2013 12:57 AM
When considering consolidation, a current trend in the ethanol industry, there are three key factors to keep in mind to avoid surprises or mistakes. For those unfamiliar with the process, it can mean avoiding delays and getting the best price.
Let’s Go For Simplicity
Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:55 PM
The EU sustainability certification policy is complicated, unclear and not consistent from country to country. Many agree the policy needs to be re-examined.
Fuel Source Promoters Promise Great Things
Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:59 PM
With some government help, a certain fuel source could mean less or even no imports of imported oil. But is it really as wonderful as it sounds?
Never Underestimate Productivity of the American Farmer
Saturday, November 23, 2013 3:03 PM
As Thanksgiving approaches, it's important to keep in mind that the American farmer produces the food that we eat daily and during holiday feasts. Unfortunately, farmers are too frequently criticized, unfairly and inaccurately.
NREL Report Counters Big Oil’s False E15 Claim
Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:07 AM
The concept of the blend wall is based on a controversial study that has been called into question, most recently by a National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis that identified a series of serious flaws.
Iowa coalition urges support for the RFS
Saturday, November 23, 2013 1:15 AM
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Steve King, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey joined the Iowa RFS Coalition to call for the restoration of strong renewable fuel standard blend levels.
Cellulosic biofuel, diesel RINs generated in October
Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:08 AM
The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for October, reporting that D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. D3 and D7 RINs were also generated in June, July and September.
Genera, University of Tennessee complete supply chain research
Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:07 AM
In 2009, The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $5 million to Genera Energy Inc. and the University of Tennessee to research and develop economical systems for bulk-handling and processing of chopped switchgrass. That project is now complete.
Dyadic addresses biofuels, biochemicals in Q3 results
Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:05 AM
Dyadic International Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting revenues of $3.5 million, up from $2.5 million for the same period of last year. The company also recently announced the award of a new U.S. patent.
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.” ...read 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.
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.” ...read more