Business Briefs
Saturday, May 23, 2015 3:23 AM
EPA: Nearly 8 million cellulosic RINs were generated in April
Saturday, May 23, 2015 3:14 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that more than 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.82 cellulosic RINs.

Air Liquide commissions carbon dioxide plant at Calgren facility
Saturday, May 23, 2015 3:12 AM

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP has commissioned a carbon dioxide liquefaction plant in Tulare County, California. The new 450 ton-per-day facility is one of three carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities owned and operated by Air Liquide in the state.

Meet the EPM staff at FEW, nominate an operations rock star
Saturday, May 23, 2015 1:14 AM

The 31st annual FEW is just days away. Learn more about your chance to meet the EPM staff at FEW as well as sending me nominations for an article I’m writing for the August issue of the magazine.

REX reports profitable first quarter
Friday, May 22, 2015 7:44 AM

REX American Resources Corp. has released first quarter financial results, reporting net sales and revenue of $105.2 million, down from $155.9 million during the same quarter of the prior year. The company did, however, report a profitable quarter.

Ethanol industry weighs in on API E0 claims
Friday, May 22, 2015 7:39 AM

Several ethanol trade associations have weighed in on recent announcements by the American Petroleum Institute regarding demand for E0 and the use of E10 in marine and small engines.

Biofuel trade groups comment on EPA’s proposed consent decree
Friday, May 22, 2015 7:37 AM

Biofuel trade organizations have submitted comments to the U.S. EPA regarding its recently announced proposed legal agreement that sets specific deadlines for establishing 2014, 2015 and 2016 volume requirements under the renewable fuel standard.

RFA, USGC, Growth Energy participate in mission to Japan
Friday, May 22, 2015 7:35 AM

Representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council recently traveled to Tokyo to follow up on an industry market assessment of the potential to export U.S. ethanol to Japan.

UN SE4ALL announces global bioenergy initiative
Friday, May 22, 2015 7:33 AM

UN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the sustainable bioenergy solutions to meet the global need for sustainable energy.

New Laws, Rules Offer Options for Raising Capital
Friday, May 22, 2015 12:33 AM

Attempts to bring crowdfunding to industry fall short, but new mechanisms are available.

Matchmaking, Money And Makeovers
Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:37 PM

The June issue of EPM includes stories about the overall financial state of U.S. ethanol plants, M&A, the conversion of a small ethanol plant to high-value ethanol production, the growing demand for biobased chemicals and more, writes Tom Bryan.

How Deals Square Up
Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:30 PM

After a long stretch of profitability, there are few U.S. ethanol producers "approaching the table" to sell. But that could change.

Protec Fuel opens E15 station near Orlando
Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:24 AM

Protec Fuel has announced E15 is now available in the Orlando, Florida, metro area. The fuel blend is being offered by Protec and Kissimmee Citgo. The fuel station, located in Kissimmee, Florida, is owned by Mid-State Energy Inc.

IRENA publishes renewable energy jobs report
Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:23 AM

The International Renewable Energy Agency has announced 7.7 million people worldwide were employed by the renewable energy industry in 2014, including, 822,000 jobs in biomass, 381,000 jobs in biogas, and 1.788 million in liquid biofuels.

RFA: Retail gas prices unaffected by RFS RIN credits
Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:21 AM

Retail gasoline prices from 2013 through the first quarter of 2015 were unaffected by prices for renewable identification number (RIN) credits that are used to demonstrate compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

Taurus Energy, Lallemand announce agreement
Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:19 AM

Lund, Sweden-based Taurus Energy AB and Canadian-based Lallemand have signed an agreement for collaboration with respect to the development, marketing, sale and licensing of Taurus' Gen 2 XyloFerm yeast platform on the U.S. market.

Poet selects Aras for enterprise product lifecycle management
Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:15 AM

Aras recently announced that Poet has selected the Aras PLM Solution Suite to drive product development and engineering best practices, improve processes and product tracking, and improve visibility into product-related data.

Commodities: Summer cooling season becoming a second price driver
Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:51 AM

While summer consumption is far less dramatic than the winter, the increasing prevalence of natural gas as a fuel for power generation makes peak summer heat and the associated air-conditioning demand an increasingly influential price driver.

Commodities: Ample corn supply, carryover creates price pressure
Thursday, May 21, 2015 1:13 AM

The market had the opportunity to get an updated look at the old and new crop scenarios in the May USDA supply and demand report. Old crop supplies have been plentiful and carryout was increased slightly to 1.831 billion bushels.

Market Tools Help Identify, Manage Margins
Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:47 AM

Volatility, a function of fluctuating prices for corn and natural gas inputs, is changing revenue values for ethanol, DDGS and corn oil.

'Back to the Future' With N-butanol
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:08 PM

A Minnesota ethanol plant is first in line to produce high-value renewable chemicals.

CropEnergies reports increased ethanol production
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:27 AM

European Ethanol producer CropEnergies AG has released financial results for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, reporting that ethanol production increased 20 percent last year, reaching 1.06 million cubic meters.

RFA honored by Transcaer for ethanol education safety initiatives
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:24 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association was recently awarded the 2014 Transcaer Achievement Award. This is the third year in a row that RFA has been awarded this honor as it continues working to ensure first responders have the proper training and resources.

EIA: Nonpetroleum share of transportation energy growing
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:20 AM

In the United States, petroleum is by far the most-consumed transportation fuel. But recently the share of fuels other than petroleum for U.S. transportation has increased to its highest level since 1954.

Small Changes Affect Sampling Methods
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:40 AM

A team effort determines the most accurate, efficient, cost-effective emission compliance testing.

Present Day Ethanol Trumps Good Ol’ Days
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:34 PM

Although there are challenges and there's still much work to be done, the ethanol industry is in a better place now than it was in the so-called good ol' days, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International.

UNICA: Producers prioritize hydrous ethanol production in April
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:51 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced producers in the country's south-central region have prioritized hydrous ethanol production since the beginning of the season.

Lincolnway Energy releases first quarter financial results
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:49 AM

Lincolnway Energy LLC has announced its unaudited financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015.The company reported a net loss of $255,856 for the quarter, compared to net income of $4.3 million for the same three-month period of 2014.

Commodities: Price decline brings DDGS back into US rations
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:46 AM

Going into Memorial Day, DDGS pricing is still being overly influenced by Chinese demand. However, demand has slowed, and the resulting price decline has created prices that have begun to work back into U.S. rations.

Commodities: All eyes on the road
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:24 AM

This is the time of year when what happened from January through May seems to have very little impact on overall direction of the market. Traders are squarely focused on the road ahead.

Blog: Adding E15 and E15 only at a retail station
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:22 AM

Does the cost of adding blender pumps and other new equipment to sell E15 and other higher ethanol blends seem high? Don’t worry, there’s another option for retailers that are ready to add E15 to their product list.

Waves of Ethanol Misinformation
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:17 AM

E10 can be safely used in marine engines and every marine engine manufactured today provides warranty coverage for E10, writes Bob Dinneen. To combat misinformation floating around, he encourages one-on-one conversations to keep the facts straight.

Riding the Performance Curve
Monday, May 18, 2015 9:59 PM

A good understanding of financial ratios is essential when making strategic plans.

Dyadic Q1 results show revenue growth, improved gross profits
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:23 AM

Dyadic International Inc. recently released its financial results for quarter one of 2015, reporting an established market position with its licensee Abengoa and more recent collaborator Compagnie Industrielle de Matiere Vegetale for its products.

Biomass advisory committee to meet in May
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:21 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on May 20-22 in Washington, D.C.

Biofuels: the right crop at the right place
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:18 AM

According to recent findings by environmental scientists at Radboud University, the location of the agricultural lands used to grow biofuel crops has a major impact on the greenhouse gas emission they ultimately produce.

Distillers industry looks toward good marketing year, FSMA
Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:40 AM

Discussions on the China market and FSMA dominated the presentations at the 19th Distillers Grains Symposium held in Kansas City.

High Hurdle Race
Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:32 AM

E15 and higher ethanol blends do not receive the same 1-pound RVP volatility waiver that is granted to E10, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy, encouraging readers to contact their legislators to show support for new bills seeking to change that.

Kum & Go E15 expansion continues with two more stations
Friday, May 15, 2015 11:32 PM

Two additional Kum & Go locations in the greater Des Moines-area are now offering cleaner-burning, lower-cost E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles. The most recent Kum & Go stations offering registered E15 are located in Des Moines and Ankeny.

Long-Term Planning Mitigates Risks from Prolonged Downturns
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:35 PM

Advisors provide guidance and tools to achieve more sound financial footing.

EIA revises short-term ethanol production forecast
Friday, May 15, 2015 4:13 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, slightly revising its ethanol production forecasts for this year, but maintaining the forecast for 2016 production made in April.

Joule announces new investment, results of fuel testing
Friday, May 15, 2015 4:09 AM

Joule Unlimited Inc. has announced third-party testing of its fuel ethanol has confirmed its ethanol meets U.S. and European standards. The company has also secured $40 million in private equity and venture debt financing.

Dyadic receives funding for new advanced biofuels program
Friday, May 15, 2015 4:06 AM

Dyadic International Inc. has announced details regarding 2G BIOPIC, a new advanced biofuels project funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program. In the 2G BIOPIC project, Dyadic's subsidiary will develop a demonstration-scale facility.

Lux Research: Biofuel developers can thrive despite cheap oil
Friday, May 15, 2015 4:05 AM

While alternative fuels like biofuels had obvious appeal when oil prices were well over $100 a barrel, the plummet in oil prices to $50 levels can threaten the cost-competitiveness of alternative fuels.

Research highlights potential of double-cropping for food, fuel
Friday, May 15, 2015 4:03 AM

The use of double-cropping systems, a winter annual biomass crop is grown then harvested in the spring, followed by a summer annual crop, has been suggested as an option to produce biofuel feedstocks.

Market Commentaries
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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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