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UNICA: REGS could limit US access to advanced biofuels
Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:19 AM

UNICA asks EPA to clarify the biointermediate definition in its proposed REGS rule that updates several technical aspects of the agency's rules regarding the RFS. As written, the proposed rule would have unintended consquences.

Pacific Ethanol CEO honored at national conference
Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:16 AM

Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler, cofounder of California’s first ethanol production company, has received the RFA’s 2017 Industry Award. The award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry.

Retailers, marketers urge EPA to maintain point of obligation
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:03 PM

As the EPA public comment period on the RFS' point of obligation closes today, truck stop owners trade association NATSO reports vast support to keep the program's current compliance structure. The group says most of the sector opposes a shift.

Trump reiterates support for ethanol, RFS
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:18 AM

In a letter to National Ethanol Conference attendees, the president reconfirmed his support for biofuels, while making it clear that his focus on reducing regulatory burdens on American businesses supersedes his defense of renewable energy.

Novozymes launches advanced enzyme to boost ethanol yields
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:53 AM

Novozymes' new trehalase enzymes convert residual sugars that would otherwise be wasted. An average 100 MMgy corn ethanol plant could make up to $1 million in additional revenue, the company says.

Greenyug signs offtake agreement for ethyl acetate
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:46 AM

Germany-based HELM AG will handle worldwide sales and marketing of ethyl acetate from Greenyug's planned facility to be colocated with ADM in Columbus, Nebraska, using ethanol from the corn-processing facility.

US drivers to rely on internal combustion for decades to come
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:35 AM

At best, alternative vehicles will account for 50 percent of the worldwide fleet by 2015, leaving hundreds of million of cars with internal combustion engines. Fuel Freedom argues all possible solutions must be advanced.

Dinneen: U.S. ethanol industry strong, profitable
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:42 AM

Addressing more than 1,000 people at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, the leader of the Renewable Fuels Association said the U.S. ethanol industry is poised for continued growth and 'steeled for the challenges' ahead in 2017 and beyond.

Iowa ethanol plant boosts capacity with new technology
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Pine Lake Corn Processors has installed Whitefox’s Integrated Cartridge Efficiency membrane solution to increase production capacity and improve overall plant efficiency. After early success with ICE, an expansion of the modular system is underway.

Ethanol advocates critical of EPA proposed RFS revisions in REGS
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:03 AM

EPA's proposed revision to the RFS dubbed REGS for Renewable Enhancements and Growth Support Rule, is inadequate, says the RFA. The UAI focused several of its comments on the EPA's inadequate interpretation of the Clean Air Act.

Poet-DSM plans enzyme manufacturing facility at Project Liberty
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:27 AM

Construction is expected to start midyear on an on-site enzyme-manufacturing plant at Poet-DSM's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. Production is still ramping up; conversion rates reach 70 gal per ton.

2017 global ethanol production forecast remains stable
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:13 AM

GRFA and F.O. Licht forecast 97.8 billion liters (25.84 billion gallons) of ethanol production globally, continuing a trend of incremental growth since 2013.

Ethanol trade groups congratulate, instruct new EPA chief
Saturday, February 18, 2017 2:45 AM

The Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. EPA. While congratulating Pruitt, ethanol trade groups urged him not to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard, especially the program’s point of obligation.

SIRE reports ‘favorable margins’ in late 2016, early 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017 12:11 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC recently announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016. The 125-MMgy ethanol plant reported net income of $5.6 million, or $422.60 per unit, for the three-month period ending Dec. 31.

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant
Friday, February 17, 2017 4:49 AM

D3MAX has shipped its skid-mounted pilot reactor to Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, where testing of the bolt-on technology is to begin in late March.

Pacific Ethanol to install Edeniq technology at Madera plant
Friday, February 17, 2017 4:36 AM

Pacific Ethanol to add Edeniq Cellunator and Pathway technologies at its Madera ethanol plant, bringing cellulosic ethanol production to a second facility.

Iowa to Pruitt: Don't change RFS point of obligation
Friday, February 17, 2017 4:28 AM

Broad Iowa coalition urges EPA nominee Pruitt to protect the RFS by rejecting the petition to change the successful program’s point of obligation from mostly large petroleum refiners to many fuel retailers.

Ethanol delivers $24.7 M pretax income for The Andersons in 2016
Friday, February 17, 2017 4:22 AM

The Andersons ethanol group had a strong 2016 Q4, showing a 52 percent improvement over Q4 2015, the company reported in its Feb. 16 earnings report. The ethanol group earned pretax income of $11.7 million in Q4, up from $7.7 million a year ago.

Blending the Rules
Friday, February 17, 2017 12:06 AM

The March edition of EPM answers questions about RVP and E30, says EPM's editor-in-chief. Other articles cover reconditioning of key back-end equipment, along with a new DDGS treatment.

Celebrating Success, Finding Smartest Path Forward
Friday, February 17, 2017 12:04 AM

Growth Energy's annual leadership conference inspires and energizes, writes the organization's CEO in her March Drive column for Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Business Briefs
Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:51 PM
Lincolnway reports positive Q1 FY2017 results, improved yields
Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:42 AM

Nevada, Iowa-based Lincolnway Energy announced a positive net income of $2.4 million for the first quarter of its fiscal year. EBITDA was $3.4 million.

U.S. ethanol production holds steady, stocks rise
Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:38 AM

Ethanol production averaged 1.04 million barrels per day—or 43.7 million gallons daily last week. That is down slightly from the week before and a seven-week low. Stocks of ethanol continue to rise, predictably, toward last year's March high mark.

Jungbunzlauer, Green Biologics partner on biobased plasticizers
Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:37 AM

Green Biologics entered an exclusive collaboration with Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH for supply of n-butanol from Green Biologics' Little Falls, Minnesota, production facility. Jungbunzlauer will produce tributyl citrate and acetyl tributyl citrate.

President Trump: Putting American Energy First
Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:05 AM

Trump is all about American business, American energy and American innovation, writes RFA's president and CEO in his March View from the Hill column. He looks forward to working with the administration to boost domestically produced ethanol.

Passing the Test with Flying Colors
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:48 PM

Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings. This feature appears in EPM's March print edition.

Indiana senator annouces vote against Pruitt nomination
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:41 AM

Sen. Joe Donnelly expresses his concerns with Trump's nominee for EPA adminstrator, saying he cannot support a nominee who has sued the EPA "to stop the sale of E15 and praised the erosion of a policy...."

Alberta awards $60 million to 31 bioenergy companies
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:31 AM

Through its Bioenergy Producer Program, the government of Alberta has awarded $60 million to 31 different companies that have built or are in the process of constructing in-province bioenergy projects.

2016 DDGS exports reached second highest level on record
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 3:15 AM

U.S. exports of distillers grains totaled 11.48 million metric tons last year. Exports to East Asia were down, but shipments to Southeast Asia and the Middle East surged. DDGS export prices averaged $191 per metric ton, a six-year low.

No Waiver? No Sense.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:46 PM

The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer. This in-depth feature on the industry goal of changing the policy on Reid vapor pressure appears in the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Record biofuel production powers rural Iowa economy
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:25 AM

Record Iowa ethanol and biodiesel production brings significant ethanol impact, according to ABF Economics study. IRFA's Shaw says trade barriers, low RFS levels stunted growth and 2017 should be better yet.

Blog: FEW needs speakers, award nominations, scholarships
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:31 AM
Telling Our Story in DC
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:02 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol gives voice to its members through its Power by People campaign and events like the annual D.C. fly-in, writes its executive vice president in his Grassroots Voice column for the March issue of EPM.

The Inside Story
Monday, February 13, 2017 11:44 PM

Examining the state of affairs with repairs for three critical pieces of equipment in the back end of the ethanol process -- centrifuges, dryers and RTOs. In-depth reporting from the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Comment periods on 2 EPA RFS proposals to close in mid-February
Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:10 AM

The comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month, including the proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule and the EPA's proposed denial of point of obligation petitions.

Growth Energy recognizes Vilsack with America’s Fuel Award
Saturday, February 11, 2017 2:59 AM

On Feb. 10, Growth Energy awarded former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with the America’s Fuel Award at its eighth annual Executive Leadership Conference. Several individuals were also presented with “TOBI” awards.

Companies partner on reference plant for biobased chemicals
Saturday, February 11, 2017 2:54 AM

Avantium has announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl to evaluate the feasibility of a wood-to-chemicals biorefinery.

Canada’s Climate Priorities
Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Renewable Industries Canada's chairman explains how biofuels will help his country meet its GHG reduction goals as part of its Paris climate change commitments in the March EPM Global Scene column.

Adding Flowability
Friday, February 10, 2017 11:35 PM

New DDGS additive saves ethanol plants energy and improves flowability. In-depth reporting profiles a new technology in the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Green Plains reports Q4, 2016 profits, good prospects for 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017 8:22 AM

Green Plains Inc. reported profitable fourth quarter and year-end results, with earnings before taxes and depreciation of $174.4 million and a net income of $10.7 million, or 28 cents per diluted share.

NDSU scientists study distillers grains as fertilizer
Friday, February 10, 2017 8:18 AM

Wet distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles could be a source of fertilizer for some crops, according to research at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

USDA raises projected corn use for ethanol in monthly report
Friday, February 10, 2017 1:22 AM

USDA boosted its monthly projections on corn for ethanol by 25 million bushels to 5.35 billion bushels for the 2016-'17 production year. Projected ending stocks were lowered by 35 million bushels to 2.32 billion bushels,

HEI Takes Hard Look at Ethanol vs Aromatics
Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:57 PM

Candid discussions at the Health Effects Institute offer hope ethanol's positive emissions profile will be taken seriously, writes a UAI advisor and Siouxland Ethanol board member in the Clearing the Air column in the March EPM print edition.

Point of Obligation Takes Center Stage in Hearing
Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:28 PM

The director of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting weighs in on important policy issues to follow in his column on Business Matters appearing in the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

EIA revises 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:43 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting U.S. fuel ethanol production will average 1.01 million barrels per day in 2017 and 2018, up slightly from 2016.

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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