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
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:40 PM

People, Partnerships & Deals

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.

Three Decades Strong
Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:20 PM

The International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo will celebrate its 30th anniversary in June. With plant personnel making up more than a fourth of its 2,000 attendees, the world’s longest-running ethanol event is still “Where Producers Meet."

New Horizons
Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:58 PM

The Renewable Fuels Association is working to expand ethanol export markets, says Bob Dinneen, president and CEO. For example, the group has led trips abroad to connect U.S. ethanol producers with new customers.

Senate asks for industry input on RFS during biofuel hearing
Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:54 AM

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry recently held a hearing on advanced biofuels. The event featured testimony from representatives of DuPont, the Advanced Ethanol Council and Airlines for America.

Vander Griend calls for test standards for ethanol blends
Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:14 AM

The ethanol industry needs to call for new fuel testing standards when testing gasoline with varying ethanol content, according to Steve Vander Griend, technical manager of fuel and engine technology at ICM Inc.

Syngenta licenses Adding Cellulosic Ethanol technology
Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:12 AM

Syngenta has announced an agreement with Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quad County Corn Processors, to license its Adding Cellulosic Ethanol technology, a new process for ethanol plants.

RFA: Poll shows Americans overwhelmingly support the RFS
Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:09 AM

A new national poll conducted by American Viewpoint found 65 percent of adults support the renewable fuel standard (RFS), while just 26 percent are opposed. Support for the RFS has been steadily rising, increasing from 61 percent in 2012.

Continued strong exports reduces project corn ending stocks
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:24 PM

In its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates released April 9, USDA reduced projected U.S. corn ending stocks for 2013/14 by 125 million bushels based on the projected increase in corn exports.

Ready Markets Soak Up Corn Oil
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:33 PM

Distillers corn oil, produced at the majority of ethanol plants today, is in high demand.

Lies, Repeated Often Enough, Become Fact
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:02 PM

Limiting ethanol content to 10 percent isn't a technical issue, writes BBI International's Mike Bryan. It's a political issue, plain and simple.

Court hears oral arguments in challenge to 2013 RFS standard
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:41 AM

On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA's final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS). The petitioners are asking the court to vacate the EPA's rulemaking.

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:40 AM

LanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals.

Wet mill reaches agreement with state attorney general
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:36 AM

Grain Processing Corp. of Muscatine, Iowa, a wet mill that produces quality alcohol and some fuel ethanol, has been ordered to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty for environmental violations and will transition from coal to natural gas.

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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