EurOberv'ER releases annual Biofuels Barometer report
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:54 AM

The EurObserv'ER has released its annual Biofuel Barometer, reporting that last year was the first time the consumption of biofuels in Europe decreased. The report notes the decline is essentially related to Spain and Germany.

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:07 AM

CHS Inc.has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1,400 Cenex branded locations to meet consumer demand for E15. The Cenex Tank Program will cover a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install E15 storage tanks.

Nomination deadline for export advisory committee extended
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:04 AM

The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has amended a recent announcement that it is accepting nominations for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee. The deadline is now set for Aug. 29.

China is still the big story in DDGS market
Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:59 AM

With no approval to admit DDGS into China with Syngenta’s MIR 162 trait it's still the big story in the coproduct market. Shippers have been working to find resolutions for tons of product on contract but not yet shipped.

Ethanol prices supported by stable corn prices
Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:37 AM

Despite the focus on potential record corn production this growing season, corn futures are showing an amazing sense of stability at the end of August. This is creating the potential for light to moderate buyer support.

Valero celebrates restart of Mount Vernon plant
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:06 AM

On Aug. 26, Valero Renewable Fuels Co. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., and the Ports of Indiana hosted an event to commemorate the restart of a 110 MMgy ethanol plant located in Mount Vernon, Indiana.

Genera Energy provides insight in choosing a biomass solution
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:02 AM

Genera Energy recently released a new infographic featuring a visual overview of biomass feedstock and guidelines for choosing the best solution for every biomass project. The four-page infographic highlights key supply chain elements.

Geringhoff to participate in Poet-DSM Project Liberty trials
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:01 AM

Geringhoff will participate in Poet-DSM's Project Liberty trials, starting with an open house and tours at Poet's facilities in Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Sept. 3. Trials are being performed with the Geringhoff Horizon Elite XL Stover Collection corn head.

FRA grants support development of a Short Line Safety Institute
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:21 AM

The Federal Railroad Administration has announced two grants totaling $350,000 to support the development of a Short Line Safety Institute. According to the FRA, the institute will help mitigate risk associated with shipping hazardous materials.

STB issues new reporting requirements to improve rail service
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:00 AM

Surface Transportation Board recently announced it will require both Canadian Pacific Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to provide new information on their respective weekly grain order reports.

American Science and Technology scale up uses Baisch Engineering
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:55 AM

American Science and Technology Corp. has selected Baisch Engineering to scale up its Wausau, Wisconsin-based pilot plant from its current production capacity of 200 pounds of lignocellulosic biomass per day to 2 tons per day.

Celebrating good news stories
Monday, August 25, 2014 9:36 PM

In the last couple of weeks I’ve covered some undeniably good news stories. I have to say, those kinds of stories are a lot more fun to write than stories about bankruptcies, idled plants and tight margins.

EPA's final 2014 RVO delivered to the OMB; industry reacts
Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:54 AM

The U.S. EPA has finalized its 2014 renewable volume obligation rule for the renewable fuels standard and submitted it to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Friday, Aug. 22.

Despite current issues, China 'hit for the cycle' in 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:35 PM

Despite challenges surrounding imports, China has accomplished a feat never before seen. According to Chinese and USDA data, China has imported more than 3 million metric tons each of corn, sorghum and DDGS this marketing year, which ends Aug. 31.

Butamax corn oil separation system fully operational at Highwater
Friday, August 22, 2014 2:29 AM

Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC and Highwater Ethanol held an Aug. 20 ribbon cutting, celebrating the completion of phase one of a two-phase retrofit to biobutanol production. The facility is now separating corn oil with Butamax technology.

Geneticists develop tree biomass crop to grow on marginal land
Friday, August 22, 2014 12:25 AM

Two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate.

Business Briefs
Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:46 PM
King of Netherlands to attend Project Liberty event
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:26 PM

Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, has announced that he will attend the Grand Opening of Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels' Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Aventine celebrates completion of natural gas boiler project
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:43 AM

Aventine Renewable Energy recently held a ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 15 to mark the completion of a project to replace three aging coal boilers with two new natural gas boilers at its Pekin, Illinois, ethanol production complex.

Abengoa reports strong quarter for biofuels, bioenergy
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:40 AM

Abengoa's biofuels and bioenergy business saw a strong second quarter in the Americas, Abengoa CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega said during the company's first half of 2014 earnings call on Aug. 12.

Cosan reports increased ethanol production in Q2 results
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:39 AM

Brazil-based Cosan recently released financial results for the second quarter, reporting a 16 percent increase in EBITDA for its Raizen Energia business unit, which comprises its sugar, ethanol and cogeneration operations.

St1 Biofuels to develop cellulosic ethanol plant in Finland
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:37 AM

North European Bio Tech Oy has made an investment decision concerning the construction of a bioethanol plant on the Renforsin Ranta industrial estate in Kajaani, Finland. The raw material for the plant will be sawdust from local sources.

JBEI research paves the way for closed loop biorefineries
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:35 AM

While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the horizon, bionic liquids.

Oh, They’re Good for It
Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:09 AM

Ethanol Producer Magazine's September issue, which has a project finance theme, features stories about shareholder liquidity, lenders and a North Dakota project to build a corn-ethanol plant largely financed by foreign investors, writes Tom Bryan.

Getting Back to Basics
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:30 PM

It's important to remind ourselves that ethanol is about revitalizing small towns and farms in rural America, writes Mike Bryan. A 50 MMgy ethanol plant will generate nearly $200 million in yearly revenue in DDGS and ethanol sales alone.

Aemetis reports Q2 results, plans future improvements
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:04 AM

Aemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $57.2 million, a 21 percent increase over the same quarter of 2013. The company also outlined future improvement plans in a recent business update conference call.

Dyadic releases Q2 results, files registration statement with SEC
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:03 AM

Dyadic International Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting a an increase in net product-related revenue. Dyadic has also filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

USGC: Malaysia grants U.S. DDGS exemption from new regulations
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:02 AM

Malaysian officials recently agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles and corn gluten meal from the nation's new sanitary and phytosanitary and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities.

RFA Internship Stokes Student’s Enthusiasm
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:03 PM

Evan Ludowese, a summer intern for the Renewable Fuels Association, reflects with excitement on his experiences working at RFA’s St. Louis office.

Grants help develop sorghum feedstock program in California
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:54 AM

Calgren Renewable Fuels, Aemetis Inc. and Pacific Ethanol Inc. each received a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support sorghum feedstock development.

Ethanol safety seminar planned for Massachusetts
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:49 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and Fore River Transportation Corp. will co-host a free Ethanol Safety Seminar on Aug. 26-27 in the auditorium of South Middle School in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Such a sweet thing
Monday, August 18, 2014 9:11 PM

The cover crop potential for corn production is just one example of the many interesting things to learn about when writing about the ethanol industry.

Banking on Biofuels
Monday, August 18, 2014 6:30 PM

The industry’s principal lenders helped give rise to today’s fleet of ethanol plants. Will they help producers with the next stage?

Recent ethanol production volumes among highest recorded levels
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:44 PM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that ethanol production has averaged approximately 940,000 barrels per day over the past three months.

Novozymes reports strong growth in bioenergy sales
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:41 PM

Novozymes has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. Organically, sales grew by 8 percent. EBIT grew by 19 percent and EBIT margin reached 28.1 percent.

USDA: New switchgrass variety promises more biofuel at lower cost
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:40 PM

The release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. The cultivar "Liberty" can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre.

Green Plains announces share repurchase program, doubles dividend
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:37 PM

Green Plains Inc.'s board of directors has approved a share repurchase program of up to $100 million of the company's shares of common stock effective immediately, and has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 8 cents per share on its common stock.

Engage Politicians Before Midterm Elections
Friday, August 15, 2014 6:51 PM

With 435 members of Congress and 36 senators are up for re-election now is the perfect time to engage with politicians, writes Tom Buis. There are many ways to make your voice heard.

Gevo provides update on side-by-side operations in Q2 results
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:55 AM

Gevo inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenues of $7.7 million, up from $1.9 million during the same period of 2013. The company attributes the increase to the production and sale of ethanol and distillers grains.

Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:54 AM

More than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA's biogenic accounting framework.

Study shows ethanol impact on retail ag service sales
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:52 AM

Ethanol production in North Dakota generates significant income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers, roughly $700 million a year, according to a study recently released by North Dakota State University.

Researcher: Regulations needed to identify invasive feedstocks
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:51 AM

In response to the need to prevent invasive species, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose.

Spirit of Innovation Alive and Well
Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:48 PM

Brian Jennings celebrates the success of Quad County Corn Processors, which unveiled a technology for converting corn fiber into cellulosic ethanol. The ethanol plants' engineer is part of ACE's "power by people" campaign.

Recapping European Policy Decision Making
Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:53 AM

Robert Vierhout looks back on nearly a decade of columns written for EPM. European policy decisions may be difficult for the non-European to understand, he writes, but it's not much easier for Europeans to understand either.

ICM announces startup of ACA Bio ethanol plant in Argentina
Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:20 AM

ICM Inc. is pleased to announce the successful start-up and commissioning of the dry-mill corn ethanol plant designed for ACA Bio Cooperative Limitada. The plant is located in Villa Maria, which is in the central province of Cordoba, Argentina.

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