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Flint Hills Resources acquires Southwest Georgia Ethanol
Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:11 AM

On Jan. 30, Flint Hills Resources LLC announced that it has finalized the acquisition of an ethanol plant near Camilla, Georgia, from Southwest Georgia Ethanol LLC. The Camilla plant opened in 2008 and has an annual capacity of 120 million gallons.

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal
Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:07 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications.

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions
Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:05 AM

A group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase.

Valero ethanol segment earns record 2014 income of $786M
Friday, January 30, 2015 6:34 AM

Valero Energy Corp. showed strong earnings in its fourth quarter and year-end financial report. The oil refiner and ethanol producer showed adjusted net income of $952 million, or $1.83 per share in Q4.

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended
Friday, January 30, 2015 6:31 AM

In late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30.

DuPont releases 2014 financial results
Friday, January 30, 2015 6:30 AM

DuPont has released financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014, reporting earnings of 71 cents per share, up from 59 cents per share during the same period of 2013. For the full year, DuPont reported operating earnings of $4.01 per share.

RFA testifies at ozone hearing on E10 volatility waiver
Friday, January 30, 2015 6:28 AM

On Jan. 29, Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, testified before the U.S. EPA at a Washington, D.C.-based hearing today focused on a proposal to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard ozone levels.

POET partners to fight pollution, deforestation in Haiti
Friday, January 30, 2015 6:26 AM

Poet LLC is fighting pollution and deforestation in Haiti through a new partnership with Project Gaia to replace wood-burning stoves with clean, ethanol-fueled cook stoves. Poet Biorefining - Jewell will produce the ethanol needed for the project.

York scientists shed further new light on biomass breakdown
Friday, January 30, 2015 6:23 AM

Scientists at the University of York are part of a research team which has found that a recently discovered family of enzymes, lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, can degrade resistant forms of starch.

Economists evaluate ethanol profitability cycles, outlook
Thursday, January 29, 2015 5:29 AM

Since launching the renewable fuels report in the Agriculture Marketing Resource Center in 2008, retired Iowa State University ag economist Don Hofstrand has followed the swings in ethanol profitability through a model Iowa-based ethanol plant.

IRFA: Renewable fuels community 'Ready to Roll' in 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015 5:24 AM

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said that Iowa's renewable fuels industry is "ready to roll" in 2015 at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. The IRFA also released an economic study during the event.

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel processing
Thursday, January 29, 2015 5:21 AM

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products.

Protec Fuel: 2 stations now offering E15 in Georgia
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:04 AM

Protec Fuel has announced two convenience stores in the Atlanta metro area are now offering E15, including a Mountain Express-Quick Stop Food Store in Marietta, Georgia, and the Mountain Express-Food Mart in Greensboro, Georgia.

Supreme Court rules in Gevo's favor, remands case to lower court
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:01 AM

Gevo Inc. has announced that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor in the case of Gevo Inc. v. Butamax Advanced Biofuels. The court's decision reinstates Gevo's District Court victory and remands the case back to a Federal Court of Appeals.

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:59 AM

Genera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S.

Report highlights growth of biofuel production in China
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:21 AM

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network estimates China's fuel ethanol production reached 2.8 billion liters (739.68 million gallons) last year, up 6 percent from 2013.

Deinove completes first key milestone of its Deinochem program
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:18 AM

Deinove announced it has reached the first milestone of its Deinochem green chemistry program funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and will receive a EUR 1 million ($1.12 million) repayable advanced in early February.

Straight from the ethanol producer to your gas tank
Monday, January 26, 2015 11:57 PM

Some ethanol producers are selling E85 directly to drivers like you and me. It seems they take the phrase, cutting out the middleman, very seriously!

Commodities: Market fundamentals support low natural gas prices
Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:53 AM

Oversupply in the natural gas market is likely to lead to lower prices this summer. While the market doesn't look as oversupplied as it was in 2012, similar dynamics are emerging that support the view that there's still room for prices to fall.

DOE announces ARPA-E funding opportunity
Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:15 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has announced plans to award up to $125 million in support of transformational energy projects. The solicitation is the third open funding opportunity announced by ARPA-E.

IRENA announces REsource, a new online data platform
Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:13 AM

The International Renewable Energy Agency has launched REsource, an online knowledge platform that enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use.

Iowa RFS campaign targets presidential candidates, caucus-goers
Friday, January 23, 2015 5:14 AM

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has announced a new campaign to promote the renewable fuel standard (RFS) during the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses. The multimillion dollar effort will aim to educate both candidates and caucus-goers on the RFS.

GRFA: Biofuels should be addressed at World Future Energy Summit
Friday, January 23, 2015 5:12 AM

As the 8th Annual World Future Energy Summit began in Abu Dhabi, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance repeated its call for participants to bring biofuels to the top of the sustainability, economic and climate change agenda.

Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuels
Friday, January 23, 2015 5:10 AM

A new version of an online tool created by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks.

Business Briefs
Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:40 PM
Green Biologics raises $76 million to support plant conversion
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:14 AM

U.K-based Green Biologics Inc. has raised $76 million to support the acquisition and conversion of a Minnesota ethanol plant to produce n-butanol and acetone. The funding will also support continued development of the company's process technology.

Gevo announces cost-saving initiatives, new technology
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:11 AM

Gevo Inc. has announced several cost-saving initiatives aimed at improving its overall cash flow. The actions are expected to decrease the company's average monthly corporate-wide EBITDA burn rate by 40 percent this year.

Protec Fuel announces opening of E15 station in southern Florida
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:09 AM

North Miami's Caraf Oil is now offering E15 in Florida. The station held a kickoff event with substantial discounts on 88-octane E15 and E85 ethanol fuels on Jan. 21. Protec Fuel managed the ethanol blends installation.

Edeniq secures $16 million for cellulosic sugar production
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:05 AM

Edeniq announced it has raised $16 million in equity. The investment was led by I2BF Global Ventures. Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Angeleno Group, Flint Hills Resources Renewables, Westly Group, Cyrus Capital, and Nimes Capital also participated.

Algenol launches algae fuels demonstration project in India
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:04 AM

Algenol and Reliance Industries Ltd. have successfully deployed India's first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery. Construction on the project was complete in November.

Commodities: Chinese DDGS buyers back in the market
Thursday, January 22, 2015 5:20 AM

With the Chinese announcement that importing MIR 162 is allowed and February right around the corner, all eyes are now on the Chinese, and whether their buying will resume at volumes that were happening early last summer.

More Volume, More Places
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:59 PM

The February issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine has an exports theme and includes stories about trade missions overseas to build global markets for U.S. ethanol as well as the biggest export markets for U.S. DDGS and ethanol, writes Tom Bryan.

Novozymes: Bioenergy drives 2014 growth
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:16 AM

Novozymes has released 2014 financial results, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. During an investor call, Peder Holk Nielsen, president and CEO of Novozymes, said bioenergy was the strongest growth driver last year.

Sheetz to offer E15 at 60 North Carolina locations
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:15 AM

Sheetz Convenience Stores has announced plans to offer E15 to customers in North Carolina. The company will begin to install E15 in early this year. By spring 2016, the company expects installation to be complete at 60 of its North Carolina stores.

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:13 AM

BBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis.

GRFA applauds FOA director-general for statement on biofuels
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:10 AM

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has applauded United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva for his support of biofuels as a key part of the global agriculture complex.

Commodities: USDA report contains some surprises
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:09 AM

The USDA released the final January supply/demand estimates for the 2014/15 corn crop and a surprising fact was that the national corn yield was lowered from 173.4 to 171. This was the largest yield drop from November to final since 1993.

Commodities: Energy, ethanol prices continue dropping sharply
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:48 AM

Ethanol and gasoline prices have seen sharp losses over the first few weeks of 2015, as any support attributed to holiday travel demand has disappeared and additional support is hard to find.

Regaining Ground
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:12 PM

Year-end U.S. fuel ethanol exports are expected to exceed 800 million gallons, second only to the record-breaking 1.19 billion gallons exported in 2011.

Hats Off to the American Farmer
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 6:30 PM

Agriculture has been one of the greatest success stories, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. And, through the ethanol industry, the ag industry has has played a role in reducing our dependence on foreign oil and improving our environment.

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:53 AM

Ceres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil.

White paper urges regulators to rethink ethanol's carbon value
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:49 AM

A new white paper written by Ron Alverson of the American Coalition for Ethanol reveals how scientists are applying technology innovations by farmers and ethanol facilities to improve the accuracy of carbon intensity modeling for biofuels.

More ethanol producers should sell directly to gas retailers
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:40 AM

Ethanol producers that aren’t selling E85 direct to area gas retailers should seriously think about it, according to producers with direct-sales programs in place.

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
Monday, January 19, 2015 7:36 PM

Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and regulation must be grounded in reality, not hypothetical fancy.

Beyond Boats To China
Sunday, January 18, 2015 10:03 PM

After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world's top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?

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

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