Senators issue letter in support of strong RFS
Saturday, June 25, 2016 3:17 AM

A group of 39 senators have issued a letter to the U.S. EPA advocating for a strong renewable fuel standard that will support U.S. jobs and the economy, reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and decrease dependence on foreign oil.

Poet expands cover crop research in Iowa
Saturday, June 25, 2016 3:16 AM

Poet LLC is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol.

2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:28 AM

The 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries.

House hearing focuses on RFS implementation
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:27 AM

On June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, biofuel supporters and other stakeholders.

Maine governor issues anti-ethanol executive order
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:25 AM

On June 20, Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage issued an executive order mandating state agencies give purchasing preference to gasoline blends with 5 percent or less ethanol when those fuels are of a comparable cost to higher ethanol blends.

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:21 AM

Two leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy.

Conventional, advanced biofuel leaders gather in Milwaukee
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:19 AM

The National Biodiesel Board's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel participated in a panel with other biofuel industry leaders at the 32nd Annual International FEW and colocated National Advanced Biofuels Conference in Milwaukee June 21.

BIO: RFS rule continues to chill advanced biofuel investment
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:28 AM

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released an analysis that finds the U.S. EPA’s new methodology for setting annual renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes is continuing to chill investment in advanced biofuels.

EPA approves Heartland Corn Products’ efficient producer pathway
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:26 AM

The U.S. EPA recently approved an efficient producer fuel pathway for Heartland Corn Products’ 104 MMgy ethanol plant in Winthrop, Minnesota. The facility is the 54th facility to achieve an efficient producer pathway approval.

USGC: Workshop in Korea offers background on ethanol as fuel
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:22 AM

The U.S. Grains Council and its domestic industry partners, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, have had a busy year so far engaging with potential global customers of U.S. ethanol.

Growth Energy CEO: Ethanol industry should share its good news
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:00 AM

It’s up to everyone in the ethanol industry to herald the many environmental, social and health benefits of the product they produce, said Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s new CEO, during her keynote address at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

FEW recognizes Abbas, Buis for contributions to fuel ethanol
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:51 AM

Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy, and Charles Abbas, director of yeast and renewables research at Archer Daniels Midland Co., were honored at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop with the High Octane award and Award of Excellence, respectively.

BBI announces Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship recipients
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:43 AM

BBI International has awarded the 2016 Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship to Donald Jackson and Patrick Thimes. The two $2,000 memorial scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing degrees that may lead to a career in the ethanol industry.

RFA: API singing the same push poll tune
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:41 AM

On June 21, the American Petroleum Institute unveiled new anti-ethanol results from a May Harris Poll. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen has spoken out to criticize the questions used to conduct the poll.

2016 FEW underway; 2,000 biofuel producers, industry reps attend
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:09 AM

The 2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo gets underway in Milwaukee with nearly 2,000 in attendance.

EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in May
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:37 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May, reporting nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first five months of the year to 6.76 billion.

DuPont launches Synerxia Fermentation System
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:28 AM

DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of its DuPont Synerxia Fermentation System, a ground-breaking approach to fermentation that will help ethanol producers improve their yields by up to 2 percent.

Greenyug to colocate biobased chemical plant at ADM facility
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:26 AM

Greenyug LLC recently announced that it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska.

Research examines obstacles to making biofuel from perennials
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:25 AM

A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy.

Blog: A call to advocacy
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:25 AM

The 2016 Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo is underway in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Ethanol 101 pre-conference kicked off June 20 with a reminder of the value of grassroots advocacy in supporting the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy
Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:10 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses.

ICM advances pathway to cellulosic ethanol
Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:06 AM

With clear application of science and engineering principles, ICM Inc. continues to create advancements in the development and optimization of ethanol technology by creating a stepping stone for future generations of advanced biofuels.

Growth Energy, Front Range Energy award funds to veterans groups
Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:03 AM

Growth Energy Cares, the charitable arm of Growth Energy, and Front Range Energy provided $125,000 in support for five veterans’ organizations at the Growth Energy/Front Range Energy annual golf tournament on June 15 in Windsor, Colorado.

Valero petitions EPA to redefine RFS obligated party
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:21 AM

On June 13, Valero Energy Corp. issued a petition to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the agency to redefine obligated party under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). In February, Valero made a similar request.

CE&P awards Technip engineering services agreement
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:18 AM

California Ethanol & Power LLC has awarded a engineering services agreement to Technip for its proposed biorefinery project in Imperial Valley, California. The facility will produce ethanol, electricity and biogas.

Report: Crop-based biofuels don’t harm food supplies
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:14 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased with the findings from a recent report that concluded biofuels from crops do not harm food supplies.

Gevo signs agreement to supply isobutanol for gasoline blending
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:07 AM

Gevo Inc. has entered into an agreement with Musket Corp. to supply isobutanol for blending with gasoline. Initial target markets are expected to include the marine and off-road markets in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

Pacific Ag acquires Calagri
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:06 AM

Pacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers.

Maintenance, Compliance Now Conflux
Friday, June 17, 2016 1:26 AM

New levels in maintenance planning, new solutions for cleaning and cooling tower tips are discussed in the July issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Business Briefs
Friday, June 17, 2016 12:57 AM
US ethanol production sets new weekly record
Thursday, June 16, 2016 6:26 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry set a new weekly ethanol production record the week ending June 10, with production reaching an average of 1.013 million barrels per day, according to data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Green Plains enters joint venture to develop Texas fuels terminal
Thursday, June 16, 2016 6:24 AM

Green Plains Inc. and Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners recently announced that they have formed a joint venture to construct and operate an intermodal export and import fuels terminal at Jefferson's existing Beaumont, Texas, terminal.

Nissan developing SOFC-powered system that runs on ethanol power
Thursday, June 16, 2016 6:22 AM

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. recently announced that it is currently researching and developing a solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC)-powered system that runs on bioethanol electric power. The new system features an e-Bio Fuel-Cell with an SOFC power generator.

Deinove completes key milestone in its Deinochem program
Thursday, June 16, 2016 6:21 AM

Deinove recently announced that it has validated the second key milestone of the Deinochem program, dedicated to the production of biosourced isoprenoids, funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).

Corporate Cronyism
Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:23 AM

American Council for Capital Formation contradicts itself in promoting the oil industry's agenda.

New Levels in Upkeep Planning
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:52 AM

Facing 10-year checkups, ethanol facilities turn to service providers to help stay ahead of maintenance and compliance issues.

Abengoa announces agreements to sell 4 US ethanol plants
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:19 AM

On June 13, Abengoa Bioenergy U.S. Holding LLC, along with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, announced an agreement to sell four of its first-generation ethanol plants in the U.S. for at least $350 million.

REN21 report shows global increase in ethanol production
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:11 AM

REN21 recently published its annual overview on the state of renewable energy, reporting 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power and renewable heat both increased, along with renewables used in transportation.

White Dog Labs wins DOE grant
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:09 AM

White Dog Labs recently emerged from stealth by announcing a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company's innovative fermentation technology platform promises to increase output of practically any biochemical by 50-100 percent.

Realities of the Market
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:21 AM

EPA's proposed rule reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the RFS's purpose, which was designed to change the realities of the market and the way oil companies do business, and to spur investment in cleaner, low-carbon renewable fuels.

New Solutions in Cleaning
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:38 AM

Companies introduce new approaches to keeping ethanol facilities clean.

CVEC celebrates 20 years of operations at Benson, MN
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:47 AM

Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. celebrated its 20th year of operations June 10 with over 500 cooperative members and guests attending a noon meal followed by a short program and tours of the plant just outside of Benson, Minnesota.

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:24 AM

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers study how a certain group of bacteria called Streptomyces may improve biofuel production. The study identifies important enzymes produced when Streptomyces flex particular genes.

GRFA: Commit to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 4:17 AM

The biofuels industry will have a significant role to play in international efforts to transition away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels in the transport sector. The GRFA will work with governments to develop policies to achieve their goals.

Conserving Cooling Power
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:32 AM

Neglecting cooling tower maintenance can curtail production, especially in the hot summer months.

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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