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Business Briefs
Monday, September 29, 2014 9:04 PM
Biomass Transformations
Friday, September 26, 2014 7:24 PM

The October issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine is packed with on-theme content, writes Tom Bryan. The biomass feedstocks issue contains information about Project Liberty, dedicated energy crops, pelletized corn stover and wet biomass storage.

With Consolidation Comes Strength
Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:22 PM

Consolidation is making the ethanol industry stronger, writes Mike Bryan. Companies that do not consolidate can still survive or even thrive but they are more vulnerable to changes in the market and commodities price changes.

The Future is Here
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:20 PM

Quad County Corn Processors' state-of-the-art facility is now producing cellulosic ethanol from corn-kernel fiber. What was once a long shot has now become a reality, writes Bob Dinneen.

Drilling Into the Details of Corn Stover Biomass
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:20 PM

Adam Wirt of Poet writes about corn stover, the biomass feedstock of Project Liberty. Poet-DSM is currently producing ethanol at its commercial-scale facility.

It’s Not Me, It’s You
Monday, September 22, 2014 9:18 PM

Rather than creating programs to convince retailers to sell higher blends of ethanol, the industry should talk to fuel retailers and create programs that address what marketers really need, writes Ron Lamberty.

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
Monday, September 22, 2014 6:55 PM

Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

NRDC loses challenge to Indiana ethanol air permits
Friday, September 19, 2014 11:54 PM

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state’s ethanol industry in a case filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council challenging Indiana’s implementation of the Clean Air Act. The case begun in 2010 has undergone several reversals.

USGC, RFA, Growth Energy promote ethanol overseas
Friday, September 19, 2014 11:15 PM

Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy traveled this week to Japan and Korea to explore the potential for U.S. ethanol in those markets.

Comment period opens on FRA rule impacting ethanol trains
Friday, September 19, 2014 10:50 PM

The Federal Railroad Administration has opened a comment period on a proposed rule that aims to amend brake system safety standards for certain trains. According to the rulemaking, trains carrying ethanol would be among those impacted.

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections
Friday, September 19, 2014 10:33 PM

The International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production.

Gevo provides update on Luverne, Minnesota, plant
Friday, September 19, 2014 10:30 PM

Gevo reported an update on the progress of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota, on Sept. 18.

Ethanol Slashes GHG Emissions
Friday, September 19, 2014 9:16 PM

In advance of important climate change meetings set for Septemeber, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance sent an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, outlining ethanol's power to reduce GHG emissions, writes Bliss Baker.

Victory For Project Liberty
Friday, September 19, 2014 6:47 PM

What was once only a dream has become a reality with the grand opening ceremony of Project Liberty.

Cellulosic developers call for favorable EPA rule on 2014 RVO
Friday, September 19, 2014 2:13 AM

The cellulosic industry continues to keep the pressure on the administration as the Office of Management and Budget reviews the U.S. EPA's final determination on the 2014 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

New secretary general appointed to ePURE
Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:24 PM

The European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, has appointed Robert Wright as its new secretary general. Wright will take up the position immediately.

DDGS Already a Proven Ingredient in Aquafeeds
Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:26 PM

Traditional DDGS is a proved ingredient in aquaculture feed, writes Kurt Rosentrater. He vies a broad look at the industry and history of its use.

Aventine secures $40 M loan, security agreement
Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:02 PM

Aventine pays down debt and adds $10 million in increased borrowing capacity, providing more flexibility of working capital for Nebraska, Illinois plants.

Control System Upgrade Yields Greater Sustainability and Output
Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:36 PM

Carbon Green BioEnergy's Mitch Miller details a plant turnaround effort. The company purchased a mothballed plant in Lake Odessa, Michigan, and brought it back online.

Florida cellulosic ethanol plant upgraded, coming back online
Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:40 AM

The Indian River BioEnergy Center, a cellulosic ethanol production center near Vero Beach, Florida, has completed a major turnaround, including technology upgrades, and the facility is now being brought back online.

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on energy tax incentives
Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:37 AM

The U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled "Reforming America's Outdated Energy Tax Code," to discuss possible paths forward to reform U.S. energy tax code.

USDA not expected to sell sugar under FFP during fiscal 2015
Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:35 AM

In early September, the USDA's Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2015.

2008 NC ethanol blending statute upheld by appeals court
Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:21 AM

A final point in a challenge to the North Carolina ethanol blending statute was upheld by U.S. District Court. The plaintiffs, the American Petroleum Institute and Association of Fuel and Petroleum Manufacturers, have until late September to appeal.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies adds Neal Jakel
Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:18 AM

Fluid Quip Process Technologies has announced that Neal Jakel joined the company to lead its strategy and technology growth efforts.Jakel is the former general manager of Illinois River Energy.

DuPont selects Murex as marketing partner for cellulosic ethanol
Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:14 AM

DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the selection of Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from its 30 MMgy plant in Nevada, Iowa.

RFA submits comments to CARB on LCFS lifecycle analysis tool
Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:12 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board voicing support for CARB's proposal to transition to a new version of the GREET model, but also recommending several additional improvements.

Sustainability Assessments Likely to Increase
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:22 PM

Supply-chain sustainability is something that should be a high priority for ethanol producers, writes Sara Hessenflow Harper. Data collection is a critical component of that.

Stover Pellets Pack in the Pounds
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:43 PM

Densification reduces transportation cost, improves storability and could open new markets. Are pellets the future for corn stover?

Leader of ePURE steps down, looking to serve as consultant
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:03 AM

Rob Vierhout, secretary general of ePURE, is stepping down from his position at the European Renewable Ethanol Industry Association. The group has not yet publically announced the name of his successor.

Chempolis, NRL partner to produce cellulosic ethanol, chemicals
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:02 AM

Chempolis Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India-based Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that could result in the development of a cellulosic biorefinery that produces ethanol, furfural and acetic acid.

BlueFire Renewables pursues new avenues of revenue for projects
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:00 AM

BlueFire Renewables Inc. recently filed a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noting the company is seeking financing for its proposed Fulton, Mississippi, project from Chinese entities.

Iowans purchase more than 2.9 million gallons of E85 in Q2
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:57 AM

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Iowa motorists purchased 2.98 million gallons of E85 in the second quarter of 2014, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue.

Ahead of His Time
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:41 PM

The idea of wet biomass storage has yet to catch on in the cellulosic industry, despite long-term use in the pulp and paper industry.

Froman asked to intervene in MIR 162 issue, Cargill sues Syngenta
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:44 AM

Several senators have asked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asking to work with China to restore the flow of agricultural-related trade following the MIR 162 trade issues. Meanwhile, Cargill has filed a lawsuit against Syngenta.

Pacific Ethanol to sell CO2 from Columbia plant in Oregon
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:34 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced an agreement with Kodiak Carbonic LLC to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Columbia plant located in Boardman, Oregon. Kodiak plans to construct a liquefaction and dry ice processing facility adjacent to the plant.

Capturing the California 'Golden Gallon'
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:31 AM

Ethanol producers need to learn their corn oil destination by working with marketers.

Exciting news in the cellulosic world
Monday, September 15, 2014 11:40 PM

The grand opening of a cellulosic ethanol plant like Project Liberty is exciting stuff because the second generation industry is still so new. Here’s what’s happening with some other commercial-scale advanced biofuel projects.

Legislation, hearing aim to alleviate rail delays
Saturday, September 13, 2014 12:00 AM

As the 2014 harvest season kicks off, members of the U.S. Senate are taking action to ensure the Surface Transportation Board has the authority necessary to help mitigate the rail backlog currently plaguing the Midwest.

Letters highlight importance of RFS to cellulosic investments
Friday, September 12, 2014 11:59 PM

As the industry continues to wait for the U.S. EPA to hand down the final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), political figures and members of the biofuel industry continue to advocate for maintaining a strong RFS program.

3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock
Friday, September 12, 2014 11:56 PM

Comparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley.

Fuels America call stresses the importance of the RFS
Friday, September 12, 2014 5:21 AM

On Sept. 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to stress the importance of maintaining a strong renewable fuel standard. The group also plans to publish a new advertisement highlighting achievements made by cellulosic biofuel producers.

EIA forecast predicts continued growth in ethanol production
Friday, September 12, 2014 4:38 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the September issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, slightly altering its ethanol production forecasts for this year and next year.

RFA: Fuel volatility regulations continue to stifle E15
Friday, September 12, 2014 4:36 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association implored Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. EPA, to immediately address disparate fuel volatility regulations that hinder the sale and expansion of E15.

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability
Friday, September 12, 2014 4:34 AM

Genera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability.

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site
Friday, September 12, 2014 4:32 AM

Viaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California.

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.” ...read 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.” ...read more