Business Briefs
Friday, February 19, 2016 3:15 AM
The energy behind ethanol
Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:43 PM

The March issue of EPM is now online, including stories about the LCFS, on-site energy options and research into mid-level ethanol blends, writes Tom Bryan, in his editor's note.

Biofuels ‘here and now’ solution
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:30 PM

Biofuels are an important part of the renewable energy mix and an internal tool in the fight against climate change, writes Jim Grey. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Oil consumers puppets on a string
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:40 PM

With the technology we have today, it’s a disgrace that we still largely depend on oil as our main source of energy, writes Mike Bryan. This column appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline, "Puppets on a string."

Pushing back against misinformation
Monday, February 15, 2016 11:39 PM

Members of the biofuel industry need to be vigilant in pushing back against the myths and misinformation regarding ethanol that is being perpetuated by the media and policymakers, writes Bob Dinneen. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Going full throttle with ethanol
Friday, February 12, 2016 9:37 PM

E15 is a great fuel for Richard Childress Racing and for the entire NASCAR community, writes the former driver and team owner of RCR. This column appears in the March EPM.

‘The best lobbyists aren’t really lobbyists’
Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:23 PM

Participants in ACE's annual fly-in don't need to be professional lobbyists, writes Brian Jennings. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Technology harnesses waste gases for power
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:10 PM

With a 2-MW Power Oxidizer built and being tested Ener-Core is determined to start changing the way companies like Pacific Ethanol handle low-value waste gases. This article appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline "Nothing wasted."

Energy center enhancements deliver more steam
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 9:35 PM

Six approaches provide range of solutions to squeeze out more power for production. This contribution appears in the March issue of EPM.

Meeting the California low carbon challenge
Monday, February 8, 2016 11:04 PM

Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS. This article appears in the March issue of EPM.

EPA rulemaking aims to update GHG reporting requirements
Saturday, February 6, 2016 3:09 AM

The U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, including some provisions related to biogas and ethanol. Comments are due Feb. 29.

Promising jet fuel market looms for upgraded bioethanol, butanol
Friday, February 5, 2016 8:48 PM

Developers make progress towards renewable aviation fuels. This contribution appears in the March issue of EPM.

Economists: Ethanol retains low-cost octane enhancer status
Friday, February 5, 2016 7:06 AM

Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices. The biggest threat, say University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, would be a shortfall in U.S. corn production.

Indiana bill would extend misfueling immunity to mid-level blends
Friday, February 5, 2016 7:02 AM

In mid-January, a congressman in the Indiana General Assembly introduced a bill that aims to increase use of ethanol-blended fuels by expanding immunity for the misuse of blended fuel.

ACE 2016 DC fly-in to be held April 13-14
Friday, February 5, 2016 7:00 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol has announced its 8th annual fly-in will be held on April 13-14, with the Washington Court on Capitol Hill serving as the host hotel for the event. Registration information is available on the ACE website.

E25, E40 for the masses
Thursday, February 4, 2016 10:36 PM

Widely introducing consumers to 'super premium' ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well. This article appears in the March issue of EPM.

Let’s not leave the discussion in Iowa
Thursday, February 4, 2016 9:45 PM

Ethanol's importance to rural America shouldn't be regarded as a Midwest phenomenon, writes Dave VanderGriend. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Energy Bill amendments aim to impede biofuels, benefit bioenergy
Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:33 AM

The U.S. Senate is currently considering the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. To date, lawmakers have introduced more than 275 amendments to the bill, including several that would impact biofuels and bioenergy.

Study: Increased switchgrass acreage could improve water quality
Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:32 AM

Argonne National Laboratory has released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin.

President signs tax extenders, government funding legislation
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:41 PM

Legislation passed in mid-December contain several credits, incentives and other provisions important to the renewable energy industries, writes John Kirkwood. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Biofuels industry speaks out following results of Iowa caucus
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:28 AM

On Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus officially kicked off the primary election season. Twelve of the 14 candidates who participated in the Iowa caucus are supportive of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

ADM reports Q4 earnings of 61 per share, down from $1 a year ago
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:25 AM

Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported net earnings for the fourth quarter were $718 million, or $1.19 per share, and segment operating profit was $900 million. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 61 cents.

Gevo signs licensing, joint development agreements with Porta
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:22 AM

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock.

Powering up with a let-down turbine
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:58 AM

Installing a turbine where steam pressures are being dropped generates power and reduces carbon intensity. This article appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline, "Powering up by letting down."

Corn use for ethanol reached 444.5 million bushels in December
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:33 AM

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has published the February edition of its Grain Crushing and Coproducts Production report, showing total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was 444.5 million bushels.

County board approves modified loan for CE&P
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:22 AM

The Imperial County, California, board of supervisors recently approved a modified loan for California Ethanol and Power, a company developing a sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol plant in the region.

Growth Energy launches ad campaign as nation’s eyes turn to Iowa
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:17 AM

Growth Energy has launched a television and digital ad campaign highlighting ethanol’s contribution to a cleaner, more prosperous, more secure America. The spot features Iowa farmer Chris Soules, star of The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars.

Blog: Whatever happened with that story?
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 2:03 AM

Have you ever remembered a news story you read a while back and wondered, hey, I wonder what the outcome of that was? Did that new business survive and thrive? Did that court case ever get decided and who came out the victor?

CARB accepts innovative Trestle Energy coproduct pathway
Saturday, January 30, 2016 2:26 AM

Trestle Energy LLC has received a favorable carbon intensity rating from the California Air Resources Board for a pathway approach that creates a new coproduct credit from using corn stover for electric generation.

Tradition celebrates the launch of new environmental markets hub
Saturday, January 30, 2016 2:17 AM

Tradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub that brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand.

Cruz reiterates firm opposition to RFS, other mandates
Friday, January 29, 2016 12:00 PM

During a Fox News GOP presidential debate Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) clarified his position on ethanol and the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard. Cruz said he supports an energy strategy that includes ethanol, but that he would tear down the RFS.

Valero reports increased ethanol production volumes
Friday, January 29, 2016 6:55 AM

Valero Energy Corp. has released 2015 financial results, reporting the company’s ethanol segment achieved increased production volumes, but decreased operating income. Overall, Valero reported increased adjusted net income.

FSA seeks comments on revision of information collection for NAP
Friday, January 29, 2016 6:53 AM

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

USGC: Mission examines Argentine market on cusp of policy changes
Friday, January 29, 2016 6:51 AM

A recent U.S. Grains Council mission to Argentina offered participants the chance to meet with local grain industry representatives just as new President Mauricio Macri has begun implementing changes that could impact grain markets.

EPA: RIN generation reached 17.89 billion in 2015
Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:35 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December, reporting that more than 1.21 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the full-year 2015 total to nearly 17.89 billion.

ExxonMobil, REG to research biodiesel from cellulosic sugars
Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:34 AM

ExxonMobil, a global leader in advanced biofuels research, announced an agreement with Renewable Energy Group Inc. to study the production of biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste.

USGC looks to ethanol potential in Asian markets
Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:32 AM

A team of U.S. Grains Council staff and two ethanol industry representatives traveled to Japan, Korea and Taiwan last month to review the ethanol markets in these countries and evaluate potential for ongoing export promotion programs in the region.

NETL carbon capture technologies to be used in bioenergy process
Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:30 AM

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has granted a license for two patented sorbent technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from streams of mixed gases and enable cleaner, more-efficient energy production from renewable fuels.

Abengoa announces plan to sell first-generation biofuel assets
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 6:20 AM

Abengoa has announced plans to sell its non-core assets, including its first-generation biofuel plants, as part of a new restructuring plan to avoid bankruptcy. It is currently unclear how the company’s cellulosic ethanol plant will be affected.

New research addresses biomass supply variation risk
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 6:16 AM

New research shows variations in the biomass supply chain could reduce potential for cellulosic biofuel production, but that feedstock diversification and portfolio strategies can effectively mitigate risk.

USGC offers technical consultations on DDGS in Korea
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 6:15 AM

The U.S. Grains Council visited 10 major distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) importers and commercial mixed feed manufacturers recently to carry out one-on-one consultations and review the current DDGS market situation with them.

USDA report details Rural Development investments
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:03 AM

The USDA has released a report detailing the impacts investments made by its Rural Development team have had on rural America. Bioenergy investments are among those highlighted in the document.

Study demonstrates value of corn distillers oil in poultry
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:02 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a research study with North Carolina State University that determined carotenoid pigments may add potential value and profitability to corn distillers solubles oil (CDSO) within the ethanol industry.

Flint Hills Resources to add ethanol terminal in Texas
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 6:53 AM

Flint Hills Resources is moving forward with a project to build its first ethanol terminal in Texas. Construction will begin this month and the terminal is expected to be operational by December 2016.

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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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