Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:02 PM
People, Partnerships & Deals
Cellulosic E20 fleet tested at demo plant in Germany
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:53 PM
EPA to reconsider 2013 RFS cellulosic volumes
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:52 PM
Southeastern fuel retailer to offer E15 at C-stores
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:51 PM
Iowa RFA: Ethanol benefits state’s economy
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:50 PM
Obama signs farm bill, launches new initiative
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:49 PM
Iogen announces biogas-to-renewable hydrogen process
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:47 PM
Experts discuss DDGS export market opportunities, challenges
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:47 PM
EPA reveals 2013 RIN data
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:45 PM
Fire under control at Minnesota plant, no injuries reported
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:37 AM
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on March 10 a fire broke out in a dryer system at Green Plain Renewable Energy Inc.'s Otter Tail ethanol plant near Fergus Falls, Minn. The fire is currently contained and no injuries have been reported.
USDA awards advanced biofuel payments ethanol producers
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:43 AM
On March 6, USDA Rural Development announced nearly $60 million in payments to 195 biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill.
Ethanol exports up to 1 billion gallons expected for 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:06 AM
Ethanol exports are a bright spot for producers in a year of uncertainty. Economists predict continued strength in foreign demand could lead to ethanol exports in the range of 600 million to 1 billion gallons.
WASDE: Corn exports up, ending stocks lowered 24 million bushels
Monday, March 10, 2014 11:32 PM
Projected U.S. feed grain ending stocks for 2013/14 are reduced with higher corn exports and lower oats imports. Corn exports are projected 25 million bushels higher to 1.625 billion bushels on stronger world imports and the rising pace of shipments.
What's shrimp got to do with it?
Monday, March 10, 2014 10:21 PM
About two years ago I wrote an interesting story about DDGS as a component of shrimp feed. Recently I decided to check back in with the researcher I interviewed, to see if there were any new developments.
Here We Go
Monday, March 10, 2014 9:05 PM
It’s about to happen. Two of America’s first big cellulosic ethanol plants—the kind we’ve all been waiting years to see—are now substantially finished and in startup. Abengoa, Poet-DSM will be producing large volumes soon. DuPont will soon follow.
Lignin’s Big Leap
Monday, March 10, 2014 6:47 PM
Still seeking commercial-scale opportunities, Lignol continues to collaborate with companies that are eager to buy high-purity lignin in bulk. Is this abundant byproduct of pulp and paper milling and biorefining poised for new and higher uses?
Legal Argument Challenges EPA Authority to Change RFS
Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:32 PM
Given the solid legal arguments of the EPA's critics, the final RVO rule may prompt a judicial response that impacts the agency’s discretion when setting volumes in the future. Iowa’s attorney general has left the door open to that possibility.
EU’s Struggle for E10
Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:00 PM
For European ethanol producers, E15 is still a distant dream. In the EU, the struggle is to get from E5 to E10. The legislation to offer E10 has been in place since 2009 but its use, even five years after the legislation came into force, is minimal.
How RINs Really Work, and Why Big Oil Hates Them
Saturday, March 8, 2014 12:14 AM
The ability for independent fuel marketers to sell renewable fuels at lower prices while improving profit margins by selling RINs, has given independent fuel marketers something they have never had before: an advantage over Big Oil.
USGC continues efforts to smooth the way for DDGS exports
Friday, March 7, 2014 9:06 PM
China's Ministry of Agriculture has officially certified the registration of more U.S. ethanol plants to export distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to China. The country is back on top as the top importer of U.S. DDGS.
South Dakota plans to use E15 for state fleet FFVs
Friday, March 7, 2014 8:56 PM
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that the state will begin incorporating E15 fuel into its state vehicle fleet. The fuel will be made available at four sites during a test period.
The Real Cost of Food
Friday, March 7, 2014 8:00 PM
First-generation ethanol reduces our dependence on foreign oil, revitalizes our rural communities, improves our environment and employs nearly 400,000 workers while driving down fuel costs. The next generation will make an even greater impact.
The Sugar Producers
Friday, March 7, 2014 7:52 PM
Sweetwater Energy and Proterro, two companies using widely different approaches, aim for low-cost sugar that may give today’s corn ethanol plants a glide path into advanced ethanol production. They're in different stages, but share similar promise.
Friday, March 7, 2014 3:01 AM
Learning while producing, KiOR plans to invest another $10 million to maximize production at its commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in Mississippi. The company is building a foundation of operational and R&D experience for long-term success.
Moving Toward a Clean and Renewable Future
Friday, March 7, 2014 12:01 AM
The success of cellulosic ethanol is critical to the success of all renewables. We will continue fighting to keep the renewable fuel standard at the levels Congress intended to maintain market stability and increase investment in next-gen biofuels.
EIA: ethanol industry margins benefit from distillers grains
Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:31 PM
"Sales of dried distillers grains provide a significant portion of the total revenue received by ethanol facilities, underpinning the economic feasibility of ethanol fuel production," according to EIA report.
Illinois economist: 80% chance EPA will reverse RVO write-down
Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:14 PM
The implied probability that the U.S. EPA will reverse the write-down of the RFS found in its proposed 2014 RVO is 80 percent, according to an analysis by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:56 PM
Following multiyear feedstock procurement campaigns and vast investments of capital, resources and time, America’s first big cellulosic ethanol plants are nearing startup. EPM examines the progress of the Abengoa, Poet-DSM and DuPont facilities.
Growth Energy marks fifth anniversary of Green Jobs Waiver
Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:21 PM
Growth Energy highlighted the fact that March 6 is the five-year anniversary of when the organization filed the Green Jobs Waiver with the U.S. EPA, seeking commercial-use approval for E15.
It’s Time to Focus on the Elephant in the Corner
Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:20 PM
We've had a petroleum fuels mandate for 100 years. It’s time to get past the RFS debate and accept the fact that ethanol and biodiesel are just logical steps in the energy transition from where we are today to where we need to be tomorrow
Argentina alcohol company signs letter of intent with Gevo
Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:52 PM
Gevo Inc., the world's only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced March 6 that Porta Hnos S.A., an alcohol company in in Argentina, has signed a letter of intent to become the exclusive licensee of Gevo's isobutanol technology.
SEC investigation targets ethanol investment company, CEO
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:38 AM
The SEC investigated and recently alleged misconduct by Clean Energy Capital LLC, a Tucson, Ariz.-based investment company with multiple investments in ethanol production companies.
Renewable diesel project to use Inbicon's demonstration facility
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 11:25 PM
DONG Energy and Neste Oil have entered into a collaboration to develop a cost-effective technology for producing renewable diesel and aviation fuel from agricultural residues.
NJ company unveils low-cost CO2-to-chemical process
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:39 PM
A new process to convert carbon dioxide to chemicals has been unveiled by New Jersey-based Liquid Light Corp. The core technology uses low-energy catalytic electrochemistry to convert CO2 to chemicals, combined with hydrogenation and purification.
Budget proposal extends biofuel tax credit, cuts oil subsidies
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 4:18 AM
President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies.
Klesse steps down as Valero CEO, Gorder to assume position
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:57 PM
Valero Energy Corp. announced March 4 that Bill Klesse, 67, has chosen to step down as CEO effective May 1. Klesse will remain a Valero director and Chairman of the Board.
EPA Tier 3 rule sets E10 as new test fuel
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:45 AM
The U.S. EPA final rule for emission standards for cars and gasoline made E10 the new federal emissions test fuel, finalized specifications for E85 test fuel and said manufacturers could request approval for an E30 certification fuel.
Alkol, U of Madrid to develop sugarcane varieties for Spain
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:21 AM
Alkol Bioenergy is working with the U of Madrid to develop the dominant Brazilian sugarcane variety for Spanish production, aiming at cellulosic ethanol production from the bagasse.
EPA sets Tier 3 standards for cleaner fuel, cars
Monday, March 3, 2014 11:55 PM
Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. EPA today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline.
Telling the good news story about ethanol
Monday, March 3, 2014 11:41 PM
Call me Pollyanna, but I’d much prefer to write a good news story than to dwell on negativity, any day.
Pacific Ethanol reports record fourth quarter, year-end results
Friday, February 28, 2014 11:44 PM
Pacific Ethanol Inc. announced that it had achieved record gross profit and operating income in the fourth quarter and twelve month period that ended Dec. 31.
Aventine working to update Pekin plants, including boiler upgrade
Friday, February 28, 2014 11:16 PM
Aventine Renewable Energy is in the midst of a two-year strategic plan to bring its two ethanol plants located in Pekin, Ill., back up to and above original production levels.
Growth Energy features two retailers expanding E15 offerings
Friday, February 28, 2014 11:06 PM
It was five years ago that Growth Energy petitioned for the E15 waiver, attendees at the organization's fourth annual leadership conference were reminded in Phoenix, Feb. 27.
Ethanol industry leaders gather in Phoenix
Friday, February 28, 2014 2:40 AM
On Feb. 27, Growth Energy, a trade organization representing ethanol producers and supporters, kicked off its fifth annual Executive Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
Vilsack renews endorsement of ethanol in Phoenix
Friday, February 28, 2014 2:30 AM
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack left no one in doubt regarding his commitment to the ethanol industry in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 27.
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