Renewable fuel associations express mixed reactions to final rule
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 5:48 AM

Positive aspects were found in the U.S. EPA's final rule establishing the renewable volume obligations for compliance with the renewable fuel standard, but the overall tone from associations responding immediately after the announcement was negative.

EPA sets 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS RVOs
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 5:46 AM

The U.S. EPA has released its long-anticipated final rule setting the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel.

Blog: Industry making positive progress, even as it waits
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 1:40 AM

There may be speed bumps in the road ahead, yes, and the ethanol industry will continue to change and evolve, certainly. But this industry has been through that before and it will make it through again.

EPA: 1.54 billion RINs generated in October
Saturday, November 28, 2015 3:35 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that 1.54 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first 10 months of the year to net total of 14.79 billion RINs.

Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Dec. 1
Saturday, November 28, 2015 3:32 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meeting has been rescheduled for Dec. 1. The committee serves as a forum for the discussion of issues related to the transportation of energy resources.

Study: Crop prices, climate variables affect yield, acreage
Saturday, November 28, 2015 3:28 AM

When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and two-thirds from cropping additional acreage.

US sets new weekly ethanol production record
Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:21 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry set a new weekly production record the week ending Nov. 20 with production averaging 1.008 million barrels per day. This is the first time weekly production has surpassed the 1 million barrel-per-day mark.

High octane ethanol fuels championship for Oder
Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:16 AM

John Oder claimed the Kearney Raceway Pro Class Points Championship in a come-from-behind victory Nov. 1. This was his first year racing on Ignite Fuel, a 90 percent ethanol and 10 percent gasoline blend.

Redfield Energy unveils ICM's Fiber Separation Technology
Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:09 AM

There is a new look to the Redfield Energy ethanol plant, as officials with both Redfield Energy and ICM Inc. unveiled ICM's Fiber Separation Technology in a public ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 19.

USGC: US corn exports down, but sales continue
Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:08 AM

With 96 percent of this year’s U.S. corn crop harvested as of Nov. 15 according to the USDA's weekly Crop Progress report, U.S. farmers are now turning toward the market, looking for pockets of demand to sell their bountiful crop.

Ontario program to boost industrial bioproduct development
Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:02 AM

Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Agricultural Adaptation Council are fostering innovation in the province's growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector through the $$3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts R&D Challenge launched Nov. 9.

Commodities: DDGS prices steady, domestic demand rising
Thursday, November 26, 2015 12:23 AM

DDGS prices have settled into a holding pattern. Prices have been steady for the last couple of weeks, and have only recently started to see more domestic demand.

Commodities: Three natural gas trends to watch in 2016
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 11:55 PM

The table is set for several potential shifts in natural gas market dynamics that could impact end users. Market participants have gotten used to a well-supplied situation and generally low prices but the market is changing over the next 12 months.

Commodities: Yield projected to be up in most of Corn Belt
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 6:18 AM

Harvest has wrapped up and yield reports have been better than expected. In the USDA’s October supply and demand report, the government increased yields to 168 bushels per acre, up from the first new crop yield report in May.

RFA call features experts on ethanol’s impact on GHG emissions
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 5:56 AM

On Nov. 24, the Renewable Fuels Association hosted a press call featuring several experts in the field of biofuel life cycle greenhouse gas analysis and agricultural land use. The speakers addressed the flawed arguments made by ethanol opponents.

Kanas Ethanol, Corn LP named to efficient producer list
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 5:52 AM

Kansas Ethanol LLC, Lyons, Kansas, and Corn LP, Goldfield, Iowa, have received letters of notification that they have been approved as efficient ethanol producers by the U.S. EPA, bringing the total to 52 corn ethanol plants.

Deinove produces second generation ethanol on 300-liter scale
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 5:48 AM

Deinove recently announced that it has produced second generation ethanol with an exceptional performance level in a 300-liter fermenter. The trials were conducted at VTT1, Deinove's long-term partner, using a mixture of glucose and xylose.

Barley pathway approved for proposed Montana ethanol plant
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 6:25 AM

Developers of a proposed barley-to-ethanol plant for Great Falls, Montana, received notice from the U.S. EPA that its pathway has been approved both as a renewable fuel and as a advanced biofuel, as long as it meets specified energy and yield levels.

Growth Energy releases RFS ad featuring Bachelor star
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 6:14 AM

Growth Energy has announced the launch of a new television ad in support of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) featuring Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer and star of "The Bachelor" and "Dancing with the Stars."

Fluid Quip Processes LLC develops new technologies
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 6:12 AM

Fluid Quip Processors LLC has developed a fiber bypass system that will remove solids before ethanol fermentation. The system has already been installed in two U.S. plants, and will be installed in an additional U.S. facility and one in Brazil soon.

RFA: API push poll proved false by real poll
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 6:08 AM

Renewable Fuels Association dismissed a push poll released Nov. 19 by the American Petroleum Institute, which claimed that a majority of voters are concerned about using ethanol in their engines and are opposed to the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

Blog: Author explains process behind article debunking biofuels
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:22 AM

What happens when you unleash a recent college graduate on the topic of biofuels and whether they increase food prices? Keep reading to find out.

Commodities: Pre-holiday selling hits ethanol markets
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:14 AM

Early November proved to be a trial for ethanol markets, which eroded 10 cents per gallon through the first two weeks of the month. Ethanol followed strong declines in both corn prices and RBOB gasoline markets during the same time period.

RFA: RFS has reduced GHG emissions by 355 million metric tons
Saturday, November 21, 2015 2:00 AM

Biofuels consumed under the expanded renewable fuel standard have reduced U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 354 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent since 2008, according to a new analysis conducted by California-based Life Cycle Associates.

ITA announces app to help companies export clean energy solutions
Saturday, November 21, 2015 1:56 AM

The International Trade Administration has announced a beta version of an interactive app to serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exporters. Companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact the ITA.

RFA, Growth Energy meet with OMB, advocate for RFS to be upheld
Friday, November 20, 2015 6:25 AM

At a meeting on Nov. 18 with the Office of Management and Budget, Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, and Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, delivered the message that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is working.

Real cost of producing corn lower today than the late '70s
Friday, November 20, 2015 6:23 AM

The real cash cost of producing a bushel of corn and other crops is lower now than during the late 1970s, according to analysis by Ohio State University economist Carl Zulauf in a recent FarmDoc Daily post.

Fuels America launches new ad focused on the RFS
Friday, November 20, 2015 6:20 AM

On a press conference call Nov. 19, top executives from Fuels America announced the launch of a new ad campaign targeting President Obama and urging him to lead the world on climate by getting the renewable fuel standard (RFS) back on track.

API announces first nanocellulose patent
Friday, November 20, 2015 6:19 AM

American Process Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent for its BioPlus nanocellulose technology. The patent covers an AVAP process for producing a nanocellulose material and downstream applications.

Business Briefs
Friday, November 20, 2015 12:37 AM
An industry safe and sound
Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:01 PM

The December issue of EPM is now online. Tom Bryan writes in his editor's note about safety-related stories, as well as regulation and cellulosic ethanol stories, which appear in that issue.

RFA: website, app upgraded
Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:17 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled a redesigned version of its fuel market website The revamped crowdsourcing site integrates mobile device compatibility so that users can access no matter where they are.

Bill aims to create tax incentives for renewable chemicals
Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:12 AM

Sen Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., recently introduced legislation that aims to provide tax credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities.

DOE biomass advisory committee schedules November meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:11 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for Nov. 18-19. The event will be held in Emeryville, California.

ePURE: Stronger focus on decarbonizing transport needed
Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:10 AM

ePURE has announced that while it supports the objectives of Europe's Energy Union, the commission should swiftly introduce stronger measures to support Europe’s climate ambitions, particularly in transport.

Pacific Ag announces completion of record wheat straw harvest
Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:06 AM

Pacific Ag recently completed its largest harvest of wheat straw on record. Working closely with more than 200 growers across seven states, the company harvested more than 100,000 acres of wheat straw for use in end-markets.

Ethanol, Big Oil play close game
Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:58 AM

The 2016 season is just around the corner and it will almost certainly be a wild season of swings, misses and hits, punctuated by walks, runs and hopefully a few homers, writes Mike Bryan. This column appears in the December issue of EPM.

Focus on safety
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:24 PM

Safety takes precedence in the ethanol industry, for producers as well as providers. This article appears in the December issue of EPM.

SD, VA projects receive USDA value-added grant funding
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:03 AM

Five bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. Since 2009, USDA has awarded $154 million under the program.

EIA revises 2016 ethanol forecast in short-term outlook
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:01 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average more than 950,000 barrels per day this year and in 2016.

U.S. Water acquires A and W Technologies
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 5:59 AM

U.S. Water, an Allete company, has announced the acquisition of A and W Technologies. The purchase agreement for $9 million dollar was signed by both parties Nov. 17. A and W Technologies is located in Georgia and serves the Southeastern U.S.

UNH, Yale researchers develop economic, green catalytic process
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 5:54 AM

Researchers at the University of New Haven and Yale University have discovered a high-quality catalytic process for converting biomass model compounds, which can be used to convert biomass into value-added chemicals, such as biofuels.

RFS in the limelight
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 8:55 PM

Bob Dinneen presents his annual in and out list in a column that appears in the December issue of EPM.

EPA sets 2016 cellulosic waiver credit prices at $1.33
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:25 AM

The U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing its cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price calculation for next year. The agency has set the CWC price for 2016 at $1.33.

Moralco develops technology to reduce glycerin in ethanol
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:22 AM

A start-up company in the Netherlands is working to commercialize a patented technology that it hopes significantly will increase ethanol in the fermentation processes by reducing the formation of glycerin as a byproduct.

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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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