EPA reduces the 2013 cellulosic RFS to reflect actual production
Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:04 AM

The U.S. EPA has taken action to revise the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS) to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, the volume for which cellulosic RINs were generated in 2013.

RFA president makes appearance at rail safety forum
Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:01 AM

Renewable Fuel Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen gave a presentation at a rail safety forum hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board on April 23.

Three Rivers Energy joins Growth Energy
Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:00 AM

Growth Energy has welcomed Three Rivers Energy LLC as its newest member, bringing total plant membership to 83, with another 85 associate members. Three Rivers Energy is a 50 MMgy plant located in Coshocton, Ohio.

Vireol Bio Energy enters marketing agreement with Murex
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:43 AM

Vireol Bio Energy LLC has selected Murex LLC as its marketing partner for the bioethanol plant in Hopewell, Va. Vireol recently announced their plans to bring the 63 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Hopewell online in April of 2014.

Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:41 AM

While global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:10 AM

The U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation.

OilRigged campaign launches on Earth Day to defend biofuels
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:04 AM

The Fuels America coalition has launched a new advertising campaign dubbed "Oil Rigged" on Earth Day to counter what biofuels industry leaders called Big Oil's deliberate campaign to distort the facts.

Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:01 AM

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo's renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use.

Biofuel groups oppose Big Oil’s requested delay in RFS challenge
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00 AM

The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers recently filed a motion to sever and hold in abeyance their legal challenge to the 2013 renewable fuel standard. Biofuel groups are opposing the move.

American Ethanol, Arbor Day races to put more green in spring
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:25 AM

The Nebraska Corn Board, in cooperation with the National Corn Growers Association, is joining NASCAR in kicking off its second year of the NASCAR Race to Green Campaign, which highlights green programs put in place by NASCAR and its partners.

Biofuel industry criticizes study on corn stover and soil carbon
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:03 AM

The biofuel industry is speaking out against a study completed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers that claims cellulosic biofuels actually generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline due to the impacts of crop residue removal from fields.

New corn stover study not in the realm of reality
Monday, April 21, 2014 11:15 PM

A new study about corn stover as a cellulosic ethanol feedstock is distracting attention from the positive role ethanol has in protecting the environment, revitalizing the rural economy and bolstering national security.

Sen. Johanns urges FDA to reconsider proposed animal feed rule
Friday, April 18, 2014 10:00 PM

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., has written Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, urging the FDA to exempt distillers grain, raw agricultural commodities, and other products from a proposed rule impacting feed producers.

GMO tobacco plants show potential for ethanol production
Friday, April 18, 2014 9:56 PM

Researchers at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and the IdAB-Institute of Agrobiotechnology have conducted a study into genetically modified tobacco plants from which it is possible to produce between 20 and 40 percent more ethanol.

EPA reports cellulosic RINs were generated in March
Friday, April 18, 2014 2:13 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that nearly 1.37 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five biofuel categories.

STB aims to ensure rail fertilizer deliveries for spring planting
Friday, April 18, 2014 2:11 AM

With the spring planting season underway, the Surface Transportation Board is taking action to ensure U.S. farmers have access to fertilizer. The move comes after a April 10 hearing on railroad service issues.

GAO report addresses delays in finalizing annual RFS standards
Friday, April 18, 2014 2:08 AM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report on the domestic petroleum industry that addresses several issues, including the U.S. EPA's recent failure to meet statutory deadlines to set yearly renewable fuel standard requirements.

Stanford scientists make ethanol without plants
Friday, April 18, 2014 2:05 AM

Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. The technique requires no fermentation.

Business Briefs
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Zeeland purchases site of partially completed ethanol plant
Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:37 AM

Zeeland Farm Services Inc. has purchased 435 acres and the partially built ethanol facility at Ithaca, Mich., through its affiliate, ZFS Ithaca LLC. The developer of the project halted construction on the planned 110 MMgy project in mid-2008.

CFDC calls for ethanol to stand up as alternative fuel
Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:34 AM

Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante has called on ethanol supporters to not only defend the federal renewable fuel standard, but to move beyond it by capitalizing on the benefits of mid- and high-level ethanol blends.

IPCC: Bioenergy to play significant role in carbon mitigation
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:28 PM

Bioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future.

Corn Oil Removal Impacts Carbon Accounting
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:39 PM

Managing carbon intensity values under California’s LCFS.

A Remarkable and Crucial Year
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:51 PM

This year is crucial from a political and policy perspective, writes Rob Vierhout, of ePURE. The industry needs to convince the new Parliament and Commission that the renewable energy target must be continued.

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:03 AM

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

EC adopts new guidelines on renewable energy, biofuel support
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:00 AM

The European Commission recently announced it has adopted new rules on public support for renewable energy projects, including a move to market-based support. A U.K.-based trade association called the guidelines a "huge leap into the unknown."

NTSB plans rail safety forum on transport of crude oil, ethanol
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:32 PM

On April 22-23, the National Transportation Safety Board will convene a forum titled, "Rail Safety: Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol." The forum is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

OSHA Alive and Well With Budget Increase
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:33 PM

Ethanol producers would be wise to pay attention to changes to OSHA regulations and enforcement programs. The best way to protect the business is to, through an attorney, hire a consulting expert to evaluate programs and practices, writes Eric Hobbs.

Prepare for Upcoming Flowability Challenges
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:36 PM

Distillers grains flowablity is a complex problem, affected by factors an ethanol plant can control and some it cannot. Kurt Rosentrater writes that the most important step to improve flowablity is to minimize variability.

Iowa economists: 2014 ethanol prices drop to 58% of retail gas
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:39 AM

The continuing shifting relationships between ethanol, corn and gasoline are the subject of two analyses done by Iowa agricultural economists Don Hofstrand and Robert Wisner for the AgMarketing Resource Center newsletter.

Iowa awards Fueling our Future funds to 2 retail stations
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:34 AM

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has announced the Oak Street Station in Inwood, Iowa, and Farmers Cooperative in Mount Ayr, Iowa, have been selected as recipients of funds through the Fueling Our Future pilot program.

Corn oil brings out the geek in me
Monday, April 14, 2014 9:05 PM

The recently competed May issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine has a corn oil theme. The stories cover the corn oil market, a new separations technology, extraction aids and co-located biodiesel production at ethanol plants.

Biodiesel: Coming Soon to an Ethanol Plant Near You
Monday, April 14, 2014 8:43 PM

The concept of co-locating biodiesel production at ethanol plants is finally taking shape.

Naturally Driven to Innovate
Monday, April 14, 2014 6:54 PM

Farmers have adopted new technologies at an unrivaled speed, prompted by the RFS, writes Brian Jennings. Ethanol production has helped the agricultural sector be more profitable, providing opportunities for adoption of new practices.

Vireol Bio-Energy LLC to open Virginia plant
Friday, April 11, 2014 11:07 PM

After getting approval in March for a $250,000 grant from Hopewell's City Council, Vireol Bio-Energy LLC announced it is opening its multi-feedstock ethanol plant, which will be the biggest ethanol plant on the East Coast.

FTC proposes new labeling requirements for ethanol blends
Friday, April 11, 2014 11:04 PM

The Federal Trade Commission has published a proposed rule to amend its Rule for Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and Posting that would adopt and revise rating, certification and labeling requirements for ethanol-gasoline blends.

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels
Friday, April 11, 2014 11:02 PM

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels.

Ceres announces fiscal and business updates
Friday, April 11, 2014 11:00 PM

Ceres Inc. released its second quarter financial results and an update on its efforts in Brazil during a webcast on April 10. The company said it has increased its planting of sorghum in Brazil, where it is pursuing ethanol and biomass power markets.

Researchers find potential to grow biofuel feedstock on PV farms
Friday, April 11, 2014 10:59 PM

Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists.

China eyes advanced ethanol technologies to quench fuel demand
Friday, April 11, 2014 10:58 PM

China's fast-growing demand for oil, and its continued dependency on sugar-based ethanol, is opening up opportunities for advanced ethanol technologies, according to Lux Research.

Optimizing for More Oil
Friday, April 11, 2014 9:32 PM

With corn oil extraction widely implemented, the ethanol industry turns to improving yields and efficiency.

Serving Those Who Serve
Friday, April 11, 2014 7:56 PM

Growth Energy's members have supported service members, veterans and their families with more than $75 million since 2001. The group is dedicated to serving those that serve this country, writes retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark.

RFA, Growth Energy testify on rail congestion at STB hearing
Friday, April 11, 2014 3:35 AM

On April 10, representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy presented testimony at a Surface Transportation Board hearing. The testimony focused on the negative impact that rail congestion is having on the ethanol industry.

EIA revises forecast for 2014 ethanol production, summer blending
Friday, April 11, 2014 3:33 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration included a slight revision of projected 2014 U.S. ethanol production in the April issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook. The EIA now predicts 2014 ethanol production will average 908,000 barrels per day.

RFA calls CARB's ILUC analysis out of date
Friday, April 11, 2014 3:31 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board pertinent to CARB's draft indirect land use change analysis. The comments express concern with many aspects of the draft.

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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