DOT rule includes new tank car standards, retrofit schedule
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 7:32 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a final rule unveiling a new enhanced tank car standard and risk-based retrofitting schedule for older tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol.

March ethanol corn crush up from February, lags behind January
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 7:29 AM

The corn crush for ethanol was up from the short month of February, but still down a bit from January's corn crush, according to the Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report released May 1 by the USDA.

Urban Air Initiative partners in Clean Fuels Omaha campaign
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 7:28 AM

The Urban Air Initiative joined with a broad cross section of public and private interest groups supporting the call for more aggressive regional pollution control measures in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area.

E15 video promises to pack a punch with retailers
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:30 AM

The staff of Ethanol Producer Magazine has been watching the situation in Chicago closely. Now, a new video has been released, introducing gas retailers from the Windy City to gas retailers that have found success with E15.

New RSB standard proposed to certify low-risk ILUC biomass
Saturday, May 2, 2015 2:43 AM

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials released a draft standard, titled "Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators," that could make it possible to certify biomass as low risk for indirect land use change (ILUC).

UNICA reports final 2014-'15 ethanol data, initial 2015-'16 stats
Saturday, May 2, 2015 2:41 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced final numbers for the 2014-'15 crop along with initial data for the new crop. Ethanol production was up 2.23 percent last season, and the current season is off to a strong start.

Supercomputer identifies materials to improve fuel production
Saturday, May 2, 2015 2:37 AM

Using supercomputing resources at Argonne, a research team from the University of Minnesota and Rice University has demonstrated a predictive modeling capability that can help accelerate the discovery of new materials to improve biofuel production.

Ample corn supplies expected, modestly higher prices forecast
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:54 AM

As corn planting gets in full swing across the Corn Belt, ag economists are looking at projections and implications. Planted corn acres are projected lower and yields are expected to be slightly below the trend-line.

DOE publishes Quadrennial Energy Review
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:51 AM

In April, the U.S. Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review. The report focuses on energy infrastructure and identifies threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security.

Thompsons announces agreement with IGPC Ethanol
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:49 AM

Thompsons Ltd. announces an agreement with IGPC Ethanol Inc. to partner for sourcing corn for 50 MMgy facility for IGPC in Aylmer, Ontario, effective Oct. 1. Cargill will continue to serve IGPC for corn purchases and deliveries through Sept. 30.

Solenis to introduce new chemical innovations during 2015 FEW
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:46 AM

Solenis will introduce a novel family of antibiotic-free fermentation aids and a new scale inhibitor at the 2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo to be held June 1-4 in Minneapolis.

Freudenberg-NOK develops EPDM rubber from ethanol-based feedstock
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:44 AM

With the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock.

Intrexon, FuturaGene collaborate on eucalyptus, poplar
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:43 AM

Intrexon Corp. and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., recently announced they have entered into an exclusive collaboration to increase biomass in eucalyptus and poplar trees.

Aloterra announces foodservice ware line made from miscanthus
Friday, May 1, 2015 7:41 AM

Sustainable agribusiness leader, Aloterra, and compostable foodservice ware innovator, World Centric, are jointly developing and marketing a new line of certified compostable foodservice ware made from Miscanthus plant fiber.

Green Plains: 2015 outlook strong in spite of Q1 dip in profits
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:58 AM

In spite of a first quarter net loss overall and its ethanol segment breaking even on an EBITDA basis, Todd Becker, CEO of Green Plains Inc., remains confident the company will see a strong performance overall for 2015.

EPA's RVO announcement to be discussed at 2015 FEW
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:56 AM

Produced by BBI International, the 2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop will bring together the largest gathering of ethanol producers to discuss the industry's renewed certainty for long-term growth supported by the U.S. government.

Valero reports increased ethanol production in Q1 results
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:54 AM

Valero Energy Corp. has released financial results for the first quarter, reporting net income of $964 million, While operating income for the company's ethanol segment was down, average quarterly ethanol production volumes were up.

USDA: New private funds to make investments in rural America
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:51 AM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs.

Commodities: DDGS priced out of domestic market
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:39 PM

With planting season right around the corner, the conversation about grain prices this time of year normally focuses on soil moisture, and temperatures. This year, though, conversations about DDGS are more focused on Chinese export business.

Commodities: Natural gas price outlook positive for consumer
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:04 PM

With NYMEX prices for the summer hovering between $2.50 and $2.70 per MMBtu, by how much will supply exceed demand? More to the point, where will inventory levels be by the end of the summer?

Parliament votes to approve EU biofuels cap, provides closure
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:51 AM

The European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the 7 percent cap on first-generation biofuels, providing a degree of closure to the long-debated measure. European biofuel trade associations now want talks to focus on post-2020 policy.

Canada limits speeds of crude oil, ethanol trains in urban areas
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:50 AM

The Canadian government issued an emergency directive to railway companies to slow trains transporting dangerous goods. Companies must now slow their trains to a maximum of 40 miles per hour when traveling in highly urbanized areas.

Report: Illinois could reduce carbon pollution with E15
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:45 AM

A new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago's principal research economist, Steffen Mueller, found that giving Illinois consumers more access to cleaner fuel options, such as E15, would provide significant environmental benefits.

Commodities: Corn, milo markets under pressure
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:35 AM

Markets have been under pressure amidst planting progress, bird flu and overall comfortable feeling with domestic and global corn stocks.

Propel Fuels relocates headquarters to Sacramento
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:31 AM

Propel Fuels has announced it will move its headquarters from Redwood City to Sacramento, California. The company also said it will announce new products for operators seeking to offer low carbon fuels at their locations during the fourth quarter.

Commodities: Ethanol prices remain range bound
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:27 AM

Ethanol prices have moved around in a choppy pattern over the last month, following the gyrations of gasoline prices as well as short-term moves in the grain markets. The market has been consistently locked in a 10-cent-per-gallon trading range.

Kum & Go to offer E15 at more than 65 stores in 7 states
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:47 AM

Kum & Go has announced it will begin offering E15 as a fuel option. Over the next two years, the company plans to make E15 available at more than 65 stores across Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

New poll: 62 percent of Americans support the RFS
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:45 AM

On April 27, Morning Consult released the results of a national survey conducted on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association. The results show that Americans overwhelmingly support the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

Blog: Smartphone app, on the racetrack for ethanol education
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:10 AM

A small company is using out-of-the-box marketing to reach members of the public as well as spread the word about cavitation.

37 senators issue letter in support of a strong RFS
Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:49 AM

A bipartisan group of 37 senators have send a letter to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to reverse course from the 2014 proposed rule and maintain a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS) to drive innovation and growth in America's economy.

China Steel approves investment in LanzaTech commercial project
Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:45 AM

Taiwan's largest integrated steel maker, China Steel Corp. has announced formal board approval of a $46 million capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful White Biotech demonstration plant project.

Engineered softwood could transform pulp, biofuel industries
Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:41 AM

Scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The findings could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries.

House bill aims to extend RVP waiver to ethanol blends beyond E10
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:21 AM

Bill Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, recently introduced legislation in the house that includes a provision to extend the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure (RVP) to ethanol blends with more than 10 percent ethanol.

DuPont highlights cellulosic ethanol in first quarter results
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:16 AM

DuPont briefly addressed ethanol during its first quarter investor call, reporting the company is developing new categories of biobased products, including cellulosic ethanol.

Aventine sends first unit train shipment of ethanol
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:13 AM

Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska. On April 19 Aventine's first unit train pulled out of Aurora heading to Birmingham, Alabama.

ZeaChem to provide services to third parties at Boardman plant
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:12 AM

ZeaChem has announce the launch of the ZeaChem Technology Institute & Processing Services in Boardman, Oregon. The institute will enable third parties to scale their efforts in a cost-effective manner on a accelerated timetable.

USDA partners with farmers, ranchers to address climate change
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:10 AM

In a speech April 23 at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change.

KSU: DDGS plus salt boosts weight gain in beef cattle
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:09 AM

A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain.

Feinstein's PTC bill would impact certain trains carrying ethanol
Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:39 AM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., recently introduced legislation that would allow railroads to be granted short-term extensions on the implementation of Positive Train Control. The bill also contains a provision that would impact ethanol trains.

Syngenta addresses Enogen, Cellerate technology in Q1 results
Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:37 AM

Syngenta has released financial results for the first quarter of 2015, announcing continuous expansion of the Enogen corn planform. According to the company, Enogen acreage is expected to double this year.

Growth Energy commends the American farmer on Earth Day
Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:35 AM

April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued a statement in recognition of Earth Day and the American farmers’ contribution to sustainability while producing food, fiber and fuel.

NCGA: On the farm, every day is Earth Day
Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:32 AM

On April 22, the world commemorates Earth Day. Around the globe, communities will take part in activities to promote awareness of environmental issues. However, for farmers, promoting the health and stability of nature resources happens every day.

EPA: 7.8 million cellulosic RINs generated in March
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:15 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that more than 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.8 million cellulosic RINs.

ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:14 AM

A multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report.

Study: Nitrogen use efficiency trait increases sugarcane biomass
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:13 AM

Arcadia Biosciences Inc. has announced that a study conducted by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute shows improvements in plant growth parameters and biomass in sugarcane lines incorporating Arcadia's nitrogen use efficiency trait.

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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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