EPA: 1.61 billion RINs generated in July
Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:42 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting more than 1.61 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 15.21 million cellulosic RINs.

Scaling Up conference to focus on Canada’s low-carbon future
Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:39 AM

Low-carbon alternative energy will be the focus of a new Canadian conference in the planning. “Scaling Up: Delivering Canada’s low carbon, biobased economy through sustainable innovation,” is set for Nov. 14-16 in Ottawa.

EC to appeal ethanol duties ruling, US industry disappointed
Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:37 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are disappointed with the Aug. 26 decision by the European Commission to file an appeal with the EU General Court related to its June 2016 ruling invalidating certain ethanol duties.

Natural gas storage inventories are growing at a snail’s pace
Friday, August 26, 2016 10:17 PM

The story of current natural gas storage in the U.S. is a two-sided tale. On one hand, inventories have sat at unprecedented high levels throughout the season.

Ethanol industry criticizes API-funded study on biofuel emissions
Friday, August 26, 2016 6:43 AM

Representatives of the U.S. ethanol industry are speaking out to criticize a University of Michigan study that claims biofuels increase carbon dioxide emissions. The study was funded in part by the American Petroleum Industry.

USGC: Taiwanese stakeholders see advantages of US corn, DDGS
Friday, August 26, 2016 6:41 AM

A group of grain buyers from Taiwan visited Indiana and Michigan this week to become familiar with production, application, grading and quality standards for U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

USGC: Ethanol exports prompt global conversation at recent event
Friday, August 26, 2016 6:38 AM

From flex fuels and carbon intensity to the future of ethanol and technological advancements, speakers at the American Coalition for Ethanol annual conference last week in Minneapolis continued to highlight ethanol’s unique advantages.

Advanced biorefinery proposed for eastern North Dakota
Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:33 AM

A biorefinery proposed to be built in Grand Forks, North Dakota, would transform low-value agricultural byproducts, including sugar beet tailings, wheat straw and potato waste, into biofuel.

Report: Canadian ethanol industry operating at full capacity
Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:31 AM

Canada recently filed annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting the nation’s ethanol industry has consolidated and plants are running at capacity.

Enerkem facility earns ISCC certification for methanol production
Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:26 AM

Enerkem Inc. announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada.

Successful bidders named in sale of 5 Abengoa ethanol plants
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:44 AM

On Aug. 22, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri named the successful bidders for five Abengoa first-generation ethanol plants in the U.S. The court is expected to approve the sale of the assets to the bidders on Aug. 29.

RFA hosting ethanol safety seminars in Nebraska, Connecticut
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:39 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting three free ethanol safety seminars this and next week in Nebraska and Connecticut. Certificates of Completion will be handed out to all attendees at the end of each safety seminar.

St1 signs letter of intent for cellulosic ethanol plant
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:36 AM

St1 Nordic Oy’s Norwegian subsidiary, Smart Fuel AS, has signed a letter of intent with Viken Skog SA and its subsidiary Treklyngen Holding AS to construct a Cellunolix ethanol plant in Norway.

DOE: 5 bioenergy businesses selected for round two of SBV pilot
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:33 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers pilot, including five businesses in the bioenergy space. Together, the 43 awards are worth more than $8 million.

Report discusses Australian biofuel industry
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:30 AM

A recent report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides updated data on Australia’s biofuel industry, noting ethanol production is expected to reach 250 million liters this year.

Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy celebrates 10 years of operation
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:28 AM

Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy thanked the local community for 10 years of support with a public celebration on Aug. 19. The 40 MMgy facility is located in Phillipsburg, Kansas, and employs 35 people.

Business Briefs
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:11 AM
Companies building around ethanol’s new brand
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:08 AM

The introduction of E15 into the U.S. fuel marketplace is gaining critical mass This column appears in the September issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

New generation drives global economy
Sunday, August 21, 2016 9:59 PM

While protectionism and isolationism may make good headlines during an election cycle, they seldom are good options in a global economy. This article appears in the September 2016 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

HWRT offering pre-blended E15 at terminals
Saturday, August 20, 2016 9:16 PM

A few months ago, a game changer rocked the gasoline retailer world.. This article appears in the September 2016 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

PHMSA codifies DOT-111 phase out schedule included in FAST Act
Saturday, August 20, 2016 1:45 AM

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a final rule to codify certain elements included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which mandates a revised phase-out schedule for certain DOT-111 tank cars.

Texas A&M to host course on plant operations, process engineering
Saturday, August 20, 2016 1:42 AM

The Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities."

It is time to address RVP
Friday, August 19, 2016 8:29 PM

Summer is coming to a close, which means people are wrapping up vacations, kids are back in school and the summer driving season is coming to an end. This column appears in the September 2016 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

EPA commits to meet statutory RFS reporting requirements
Friday, August 19, 2016 6:29 AM

On Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding that two agency offices have not complied with certain statutory reporting and analysis requirements concerning the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Green Plains Obion
Friday, August 19, 2016 6:28 AM

In late July, the U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway petition for Green Plains Obion LCC, bringing the total number of plants to receive pathway approvals under the efficient producer program to approximately 61.

JGI: Expanding the stable of workhorse yeasts
Friday, August 19, 2016 6:25 AM

Research led by U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is helping boost the use of a wider range of yeasts and to explore the use of genes and pathways encoded in their genomes.

Got octane?
Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:13 PM

It’s the Holy Grail for many in the ethanol industry to increase demand for our fuel based on its octane value proposition. This column appears in the September 2016 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

US ethanol production ties weekly record
Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:00 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry has tied the weekly ethanol production record it set in July, with production once again reaching an average of 1.029 barrels per day the week ending Aug. 12, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Lightning causes feedstock fire near DuPont cellulosic facility
Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:56 AM

A lightning strike is the suspected cause of a second fire that has impacted feedstock storage areas associated with DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, in August. The first fire occurred Aug. 4, with the second starting Aug. 17.

Third RFA octane webinar kicks off Thursday
Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:54 AM

The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, is hosting the third of five webinars on Aug. 18 blending properties of ethanol, the RVP waiver for E10 blends and other issues.

EU cannot ignore ethanol’s high GHG savings
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:30 PM

At COP21 last year, the EU committed to cutting its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030. As part of its climate and energy plans, This column appears in the September 2016 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

NATSO speaks out against efforts to redefine RFS obligated party
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 7:01 AM

On Aug. 8, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators issued a statement opposing efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to rack sellers.

Cellerate, Enogen corn benefits highlighted at recent event
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:59 AM

Advances in cellulosic ethanol technology, including a collaboration between Syngenta and Iowa-based Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies LLC, were a key topic at the recent American Coalition for Ethanol annual conference.

21 land-grant universities create animal feed database
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:58 AM

Several land-grant institutions and partner organizations are collaborating to provide researchers, Extension professionals, regulators, feed industries, and producers with up-to-date information on the nutrient needs of agricultural animals.

There is an E15 consumer disconnect
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:03 PM

Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel.

Retaining knowledge in the face of attrition is important
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:25 PM

Recent surveys show that industries are beginning to face dire shortages of skilled staff. Various survey results have revealed that this issue is expected to worsen. This article appears in the September 2016 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Aemetis provides update on Edeniq, LanzaTech transactions
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:58 AM

Aemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting improved ethanol pricing and positive margins. The company’s planned acquisition of Edeniq is expected to close during the third quarter.

Research makes biofuel production with E. coli more efficient
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:54 AM

A team of researchers from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in E. coli much more efficient.

Praj to launch Green Fund for 2G ethanol projects in India
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:52 AM

Praj, a global process solutions company, has announced it will be the first technology provider in the India to participate in second generation ethanol projects through the Green Fund.

Blog: Simplistic argument targets ethanol, again
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:37 AM

A recent column provides some insight into anti-ethanol stances by making a connection between beef prices, the cow herd expansion and restaurant profits, with rather breath-taking simplification.

Ethanol faces a terminal challenge
Monday, August 15, 2016 11:00 PM

NREL finds more infrastructure is needed for more ethanol and high-octane fuels. This article appears in the September 2015 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Reflections on what could have been
Monday, August 15, 2016 9:45 PM

Ah, summertime ..., and the livin' is easy, as the song says. But if not for the U.S. EPA, it could have been even easier. This article appears in the 2016 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

USDA predicts record corn production at 15.2 billion bushels
Saturday, August 13, 2016 2:41 AM

The USDA has released the August edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, forecasting corn production will reach a record 15.2 billion bushels, up 613 million from the July projection.

Green Plains considers purchase of food ingredients company
Saturday, August 13, 2016 2:31 AM

Green Plains Inc. recently announced the company has executed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire a complementary business in the food ingredients industry for a proposed price of $225 million to $275 million.

RFA: Record corn, ethanol production underscore need for RFS
Saturday, August 13, 2016 2:25 AM

America’s farmers are poised to harvest a record corn crop this fall and achieve the highest yield per acre in U.S. history, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released Aug. 12.

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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