Slice Through Political Chatter This Presidential Election Season
Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:36 PM
FFA Helps Build NextGen Leaders
Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:30 PM
ACE Members Pressure EPA, White House
Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:23 PM
Climate Change Top of Mind Again
Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:10 PM
Business Briefs
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:55 PM
Coming to Grips With Arterial Plaque
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:52 PM

Differences among carbonates, oxylates, MAP must be understood to effectively minimize and treat precipitates.

Understanding, Your Autopilot
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:49 PM

Amplification of process upsets avoided when autopilot is used correctly.

Volkswagen’s Woes Could Affect Ethanol Plants
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:45 PM
High-Tech Maintenance
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:43 PM

Ethanol plants tap into vibration, ultrasound, infrared and laser technologies.

TEAM M3: Networking Builds Strong Tool Belt
Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:24 PM

Almost a decade ago, ethanol industry maintenance managers started a movement, banding together to help individual plants become stronger as a whole.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:54 PM

For two decades, ICM has adapted with the changing times, bringing technology solutions to the ethanol industry.

August RINs data shows D3, D5 RINs rising, steady D6 generation
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 4:06 AM

U.S. EPA data on RINs generation through August reveals cellulosic D3 biofuels continue to climb, advanced biofuel D5 RINs generation is up sharply and the mainstay, D6 renewable fuels (primarily ethanol) continues on pace.

REG acquires various KiOR plant assets for $1.5 million
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 4:01 AM

After receiving court approval, REG Synthetic Fuels is purchasing certain equipment from the bankrupt KiOR cellulosic gasoline and diesel plant in Mississippi, including a 12-million gallon hydrotreating unit, distillation column and tankage.

Blog: Ethanol is a high-octane solution to the toxic gas question
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:17 AM

Have you ever heard anyone use the phrase high-octane to describe a person or an event? I have. And the connotation was always positive.

WASDE: U.S. corn yields rise slightly, production down slightly
Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:50 AM

Total U.S. corn production will be lower than estimated last month, but the average yield of their crop is expected to be slightly higher, according to the agency’s October World Agricultural Supply and Demand estimate.

4 ethanol plants added to EPA efficient producer list
Friday, October 9, 2015 5:35 AM

Three Valero ethanol plants and a Michigan plant join the club of ethanol producers achieving greenhouse gas reductions of 20 percent or better, when compared to the baseline gasoline used in the renewable fuels standard.

NFU, NCGA: RFS uncertainty drives down US farm income
Friday, October 9, 2015 4:41 AM

National Corn Growers and Farmers Union leaders say weakening the renewable fuel standard will harm rural America, citing USDA projections of a 50 percent decline in net farm income in 2015 compared to the 2013 high.

August corn crush down 1% from July, DDGS down 3%
Friday, October 9, 2015 12:40 AM

Ethanol dry mills, at 445.2 million bushels, used nearly 90 percent of the corn consumed for fuel ethanol production in August, the remainder being used by wet millers.

Carbon Green opens C-store in Ionia, Michigan
Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:23 PM

Cars have been streaming into NuVu Fuels in Ionia, Michigan, this week. The new c-store, which sells blended fuels and locally-grown food, is seven miles from Carbon Green Green Bioenergy LLC, which provides the ethanol.

CoBank ethanol report: Industry rebalances in 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015 1:40 AM

After a year and a half of record earnings, the ethanol industry stabilized in 2015, according to a CoBank ethanol industry report. Going forward, ethanol margins are expected to remain “modestly positive,” on average, for the next 12 to 18 months.

U.S. ethanol exports sank in August, DDGS shipments down slightly
Thursday, October 8, 2015 1:20 AM

In August, U.S. ethanol exports fell 35 percent t to the lowest monthly volume in more than two years, according to RFA analysis of government data released Oct. 7. DDGS exports also decreased 6 percent from the record high set in July.

Former Shell president to speak at National Ethanol Conference
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 10:38 PM

The Renewable Fuels Association announced that the founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, John Hofmeister, will headline next year’s National Ethanol Conference, which is set to take place Feb. 15–17 in New Orleans.

Enogen corn expands to 16 plants, reaches billion gallon capacity
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:08 AM

Syngenta announced that, to date, it has reached agreements with 16 ethanol plants to use Enogen grain. Together, the plants have a combined production capacity of more than 1 billion gallons.

RFA launches revamped website
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:35 PM

The Renewable Fuels Association announced it has launched a redesigned website. With the completion of the full rebuild, RFA has added new and enhanced content to further improve ease of navigation, usability, and end-user experience.

USGC: Trade ministers' approval of TPP win for US farmers
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:05 AM

U.S. Grains Council says trade ministers' approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a win for U.S. agriculture and trade partners.Reducing barriers to open trade benefits both the grain industry and overseas customers.

Alliance Bioenergy achieves record CTL conversion rates
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 5:35 AM

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that it's subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, achieved 63 percent conversion of coastal hay, at commercial scale, into fermentable sugars in less than 30 minutes.

Grants provide HazMat training for crude oil, ethanol incidents
Saturday, October 3, 2015 12:17 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced $5.9 million in grants to provide hazardous materials training for emergency responders responding to crude oil or ethanol-related incidents.

UNL to lead research project to improve sorghum as a biofuel
Friday, October 2, 2015 11:16 PM

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5 million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production.

Platts publishes price assessments for DDGS
Friday, October 2, 2015 11:01 PM

Platts, a global provider of energy and commodities information, has began publishing price assessments for a key ethanol coproduct increasingly used as animal feed in the United States and globally.

Amendment to eliminate corn-ethanol blending defeated
Friday, October 2, 2015 5:16 AM

The Senate Banking Committee has defeated an amendment that would have eliminate corn-ethanol blending targets under the RFS. The amendment introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., was defeated Oct. 1 by a vote of 7-15.

RFA announces new officers for board of directors
Friday, October 2, 2015 3:42 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced the election of officers for the board of directors at its annual membership meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

EPA registers Joule's CO2-recycled ethanol
Thursday, October 1, 2015 5:56 AM

Joule, a company working toward commercial-scale production of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced that its fuel grade Sunflow-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. EPA for commercial use in E10 and E15 gasoline blends.

Annual safety summit kicks off Oct. 13 in Nebraska
Thursday, October 1, 2015 1:15 AM

Safety professionals from across the state will gather in Kearney, Nebraska, for the 11th annual Environment, Health and Safety Summit Tuesday, Oct. 13. The event includes speakers from agencies across the country.

New organization formed to advocate for RFS
Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:58 AM

The ethanol industry has a new advocate in Americans for Energy Security and Innovation. The organization will target its efforts on expanding support of the RFS and is made up of U.S. biofuel producers and investors.

CARB re-adopts state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:59 AM

The California Air Resources Board has re-adopted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020.

Aemetis harvesting biomass sorghum in California
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:50 AM

Aemetis Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced the harvesting of 12- to 15- foot tall biomass sorghum grown in Central California. The company has a multi-year strategy to transition from grain to biomass feedstocks.

Commodities: Gulf storms can impact natural gas market
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:43 AM

In general, hurricanes do not pose the same level of fundamental threat to the natural gas market as they once did. Still, a Gulf storm can still usher volatility into the futures market as traders react to the news and anticipate the impact.

Commodities: USDA yield projections may be justified
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 1:35 AM

The USDA has been more optimistic with yield potential than most of the trade. With harvest getting started in Midwest areas less affected by the heavy rains yield outlooks look more promising and the USDA may be justified in the projections.

Gevo sells renewable isooctene to BCD Chemie
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:06 AM

Gevo and BCD Chemie commence a relationship to begin the marketing of renewable hydrocarbons into Europe. Gevo will produce isooctene in Texas derived from isobutanol produced at its retrofitted corn ethanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota.

Data indicates demand for 1B gallons E85, if priced right
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 4:13 AM

E85 would make the original RVO achievable, a new report from Babcock and Pouliot at Iowa State's CARD, shows. The economists analyze 3 years of retail data on E85 price and sales to estimate national demand, if E85 is priced right.

Blog: Roadside assistance for proud ethanol supporters
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:44 AM

When is the last time you were stranded on the side of the road, wishing you were a member of a motor club? Or, perhaps, you are already a member of a motor club, but that motor club has a habit of bashing ethanol. You need to keep reading.

Commodities: China on the sidelines of DDGS buying
Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:27 AM

The DDGS market continues to move back down to the lower end of the spectrum as a percentage of corn. Chinese buying, which moved the market up through the spring and early summer, has been on the sidelines for the past several months.

Commodities: Ethanol priced at premium to gasoline
Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:09 AM

Ethanol prices are trading at a 14-cent premium to RBOB gasoline prices. Recent premiums are at the highest levels seen since January 2015, and continue to focus on current and future market strength.

PhyCO2, MSU develop algae tech to capture power plant CO2
Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:04 AM

Michigan State University and PHYCO2 have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2’s revolutionary and patented concept that promotes algae growth and sequesters, or captures, carbon dioxide from power plants.

Irwin, Good analyze ethanol, biodiesel RINs relationships
Friday, September 25, 2015 3:15 AM

Ethanol D6 RIN prices have stayed relatively stable over the summer while D4 biodiesel RINs prices plummeted, Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out in their analysis of RINs markets.

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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