Growth Energy gathers for 6th leadership conference in Phoenix
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:18 AM

For the ethanol industry, 2015 is about "moving ahead and moving faster," Growth Energy co-chairman Jeff Broin told attendees in his opening remarks at Growth Energy's sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference Feb. 26-27 in Phoenix.

Vilsack calls for ethanol industry support of trade negotiations
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:09 AM

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in his keynote address at the 2015 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference held in Phoenix Feb. 26-27.

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:08 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee.

Pigs can regulate sulfur retention when DDGS is included in diet
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:07 AM

Researchers at the University of Illinois are investigating the impact of sulfur levels on pigs fed a diet that includes distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). Results show pigs fed DDGS did not have elevated sulfur levels in their organs.

Biofuel industry criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS bill
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:24 AM

On Feb. 26, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., aims to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

California GHG reporting obligations extend to ethanol
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:21 AM

Graham Noyes, an attorney with Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, discusses California’s Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions program, and its impact on ethanol producers and others who do business in the state.

Byogy Renewables, Gen 2 Energy enter partnership agreement
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:16 AM

Byogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production process.

Comet Biorefining secures funding led by Sofinnova Partners
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:15 AM

Comet Biorefining Inc. announces the closing of a funding round led by Sofinnova Partners. Comet will use the proceeds to complete the design of its commercial facility, expand the team and continue to develop commercial partnerships.

Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:13 AM

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed.

Ethanol plants, growers partner with Syngenta
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:12 AM

Because higher quality corn means higher ethanol yields, Syngenta is working with ethanol plants to help growers improve grain quality and earn a premium for doing so.

Superior Oil granted corn oil extraction patent
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:10 AM

Superior Oil, a national full line manufacturer and distributor of chemical and solvents, was awarded a U.S. patent for its innovative approach to extracting corn oil from the ethanol production processes.

Growth Energy announces new partnership with Mycogen Seeds
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:08 AM

Growth Energy has welcomed Mycogen Seeds, the national retail seed company of Dow AgroSciences, as a premiere associate member.

Aventine installs corn oil system at Nebraska plant
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:11 AM

Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has announced the successful installation of a $2.4 million Valicor corn-oil separation system at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. The system began operations in early January.

Report provides overview of European biobased economy
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:10 AM

A report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products.

RFA acquires
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:08 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association recently announced that it has acquired, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels, including E15, from thousands of stations across the country.

Growth Energy's Buis speaks at Energy Independence Summit
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:06 AM

At the 2015 Energy Independence Summit, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis participated in the "Strategies for Advancing Alternative Fuels Policies" panel. He discussed the critical role the renewable fuel standard plays in achieving energy independence.

Greenbelt Resources offers commercial-scale feedstock testing
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:04 AM

Greenbelt Resources Corp. has launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for feedstock feasibility testing services. The services are available confidentially.

Deinove strengthens its position in the United States
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:03 AM

Deinove recently announced it has has been granted a U.S. patent. The patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation based on Deinococcus bacteria.

EU committee votes to cap first-generation biofuels
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:04 AM

On Feb. 24, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament approved a draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative feedstocks, such as seaweed and waste.

All eyes on China for DDGS market impacts
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:29 AM

The DDGS market is still waiting to see what China is going to do in the container markets. As many as 35 boats having been reported as traded for the upcoming March through September time frame.

Abengoa reports top year for biofuel business
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:19 AM

Abengoa's biofuels segment experienced the best year in its history in 2014 due, in part, to high margins and increased ethanol production and sales, company CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega reported during the company's 2014 fiscal year financial results.

Raizen reports increased net revenue in quarterly report
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:17 AM

Brazil-based Raozen has released financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015,reporting net revenue of R$16.98 billion ($5.9 billion), up from R$14.88 billion during the same period of the prior year.

Natural gas prices not likely to sink to 2012 levels
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:54 AM

Parallels to 2012 invite natural gas users to dream of prices dropping below $2. However, different conditions with respect to storage inventories are likely to drive a more typical seasonal pattern, with the low price for the year coming in Q3.

Producers watching for a spring or summer weather rally
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:23 PM

The corn market stayed in a constant trade range during February. The USDA did not offer any new exciting data in the report this month but did lower carryout by 50 million bushels.

Upcoming summer demand supports energy prices
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9:44 PM

Ethanol and gasoline prices moved higher through the month of February as the focus on spring and summer driving demand created additional buyer support over the last couple of weeks. Ethanol futures have rallied more than 14 cents per gallon.

EPA: More than 4 million cellulosic RINs generated in January
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:10 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that nearly 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 4.07 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs.

E15 is new to most fuel stations, but not to NASCAR
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:09 AM

Fuel with 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, has made its way into south Florida recently. E15 has been approved for sale by the U.S. EPA since January 2011 and has been offered to consumers since July of 2012.

DOE awards $10 million to develop innovative bioenergy processes
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:06 AM

The Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office announces the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development.

Overcoming obstacles to expanding E85, higher blend sales
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2:43 AM

In December, a reader email put me on the path of investigating E85 prices and ethanol producers selling directly to retailers. I’m still on that path and wondering where it will take me next.

Opportunities, challenges in boosting E85, higher blend sales
Saturday, February 21, 2015 6:41 AM

Different gasoline retailers are having very different experiences with E85 sales, John Eichberger told attendees on the last day of the National Ethanol Conference, during a presentation called "The Road Ahead for Higher Blends."

Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meeting scheduled
Saturday, February 21, 2015 3:01 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting March 5 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the public. Written comments can be submitted at any time.

Eco-Energy begins operations at rail-to-pipe ethanol facility
Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:56 AM

Eco-Energy has announced the opening of its distribution facility located within the Knoxville, Tennessee, terminal complex. The facility will be equipped to receive rail tank cars for outbound ethanol distribution via pipeline and truck.

South Dakota driver wins RFA's E85 "Post Your Price" contest
Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:54 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce Scott LeBrun as the winner of RFA's E85 "Post Your Price" contest, which allowed individuals to submit photos of E85 prices nationwide. The winner was chosen at random.

Successes, challenges outlined at annual RFA ethanol conference
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:18 AM

In 2014, the U.S. ethanol industry had its most profitable year in history, Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said Feb. 19. "Critics may be legion but we will prevail," he said. "We are here to stay."

USDA releases first monthly corn crush and coproducts report
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:15 AM

The first monthly survey of industrial grain crush and coproducts was released Feb. 19 by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Survey, showing corn and sorghum consumption data for fuel ethanol, beverage alcohol and other uses.

NREL 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book includes biofuel statistics
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:13 AM

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, which features statistics on U.S. and global renewable energy generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data.

RFA: Study reveals wide-ranging economic impact of ethanol
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:08 AM

At this year's National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association released a new ABF Economics study titled "Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014."

E15 could significantly reduce CO2 emissions in Minnesota
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:04 AM

Making E15 the new regular unleaded fuel in Minnesota would eliminate 358,000 tons of CO2 annually, according to a technical analysis by the University of Illinois at Chicago completed in response to a query by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Wisconsin ethanol industry helps drive record high export totals
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:02 AM

Export numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection show an 18 percent increase in ethanol exports from Wisconsin, totaling an export value of over $250 million.

ANSI to be accreditation body for biomass GHG certification
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:01 AM

The American National Standards Institute has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass.

Business Briefs
Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:25 PM

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Grain Expectations
Thursday, February 19, 2015 9:43 PM

The March issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine contains stories about corn, America’s principal fuel ethanol feedstock, and market signals for growing the sorghum supply, writes Tom Bryan, president and editor in chief of EPM.

Bunge reports improved 2014 results for sugar, bioenergy segment
Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:29 AM

Bunge has released fourth quarter and 2014 financial results, reporting improved quarterly performance for its sugarcane milling and biofuels segment. The segment reported an adjusted EBIT $9 million loss, an improvement over the same period of 2013.

Lincolnway Energy releases first quarter fiscal year 2015 results
Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:23 AM

Lincolnway Energy LLC announced its unaudited financial results for the three months ended Dec. 31, reporting net income of $1.7 million, or $41.00 per unit, compared to a net loss of $300,000, or $6.39 per unit, for the same period of 2013.

UAI, EFC urge recognition of ethanol as a way to reduce carbon
Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:21 AM

The California Air Resources Board was urged to enhance its efforts to require low carbon fuels by supporting the increased use of clean burning ethanol as a means of displacing aromatics in gasoline to reduce carbon and protect public health.

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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