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FEW announceds technical sessions agenda
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:18 AM

Technical agenda announced for the 33rd International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, scheduled for June 19-21 in Minneapolis. The agenda includes more than 140 speakers in four comprehensive tracks. Nearly 2,000 attendees are expected.

Efficient producer status given to 7 more Poet plants
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:11 AM

Seven more Poet plants with efficient producer status brings the total to 15 that have demonstrated GHG reductions of 20 percent or better. A total of 75 plants have successfully applied to the U.S. EPA for EP3 status.

Edeniq, Aemetis file suits in dispute over merger cancellation
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:05 AM

Edeniq files counter-claims to Aemetis' filing following the collapse of merger plans for the two California-based companies.

An Allegory on PoO
Monday, March 27, 2017 10:48 PM

ACE's Lamberty lampoons supporters of changing the point of obligation in this Grassroots Voice column from the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Taming the Power-Hungry Beast
Monday, March 27, 2017 4:40 PM

Updated regulations, motor industry advances promise efficiency improvements in the full range of electrical motors used in ethanol operations. This feature story appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Ensuring Pipeline Integrity Requires Multi-Tiered Approach
Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:03 AM

Prevention of gas leaks comes first for pipelines supplying ethanol plants, relying on proper design, construction, operation, maintenance, training and education. This contribution appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

LCFS to Drive New Advanced Biofuel Demand
Friday, March 24, 2017 11:47 PM

UNICA spokesperson Phillips describes advanced biofuels' role in the updated California Low Carbon Fuel Standard in this Global Scene column from the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

EPA: 1.16 billion D6 RINS generated in February
Friday, March 24, 2017 2:30 AM

D6 RINs generation for ethanol and other fuels in the general renewable category were down slightly in February from the previous month. Cellulosic ethanol RINS for January and February totaled 357,000.

Two Case Studies in Motor Troubleshooting Part 1: Getting Grounded
Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:59 PM

Proper shaft grounding solves motor bearing problems at Red Trail Energy's ethanol plant. This contributed article appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

UAI Coalition Challenges Clean Air Act Interpretation
Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:44 PM

The Urban Air Initiative's Clearing the Air column in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine takes issue with how the U.S. EPA interprets its authority in the Clean Air Act.

Maryland grain producers promote E15 across Mid-Atlantic
Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:24 AM

Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board launches four-month campaign to launch 'Choice at the Pump' as E15 and E85 are introduced to the region's drivers.

Ethanol shines in Nebraska agriculture
Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:13 AM

Nebraska ethanol board calls ethanol a bright spot in a bleak agriculture forecast, with new investments being made in several Nebraska ethanol plants.

GRFA: IRENA report highlights key role for transport biofuels
Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:02 AM

IRENA report done for current G20 president notes the transport sector has lowest share of renewables today, but contributes a disproportionate share of CO2 emissions. GRFA calls for increased use of biofuels in global transport.

Two Case Studies in Motor Troubleshooting Part 2: Testing, Testing
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:57 PM

Troubleshooting unexpected equipment issues at Cardinal Ethanol with a de-energized motor testing instrument. This contributed article appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

CARB Proposes LCFS Verification Program
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:38 PM

Ethanol producers need to watch developments in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard as the rules are updated. This Business Matters column appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

ACE members visit DC to meet with lawmakers about ethanol
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:38 PM

The American Coalition for Ethanol and over 70 of its members descended on the nation's capitol in late March for the organization’s 9th annual fly-in. The Renewable Fuels Standard and Reid vapor pressure relief topped their priority list.

January corn crush up 7 points; total for 2016 up just 1
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:27 AM

Monthly grain crush report shows 476 million bushels of corn crushed for fuel ethanol in January, up 7 percent from January 2016. DDGS production up 9 percent. Annual summary shows modest growth.

Greenbelt commissions waste-to-ethanol system in Australia
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:20 AM

California-based Greenbelt Resource's small-scale, modular technology will be used to produce 500,000 gallons annually from waste wheat screenings at Standard Ethanol.

Managing Margin, Risk, Financial Transparency in the Ethanol Industry
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:51 PM

An outline of best-in-class elements for risk management policies and systems by a contributing writer with KRM Business Solutions. This article appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

AgMRC looks at ethanol production, gross margin, projections
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:48 AM

U.S. ethanol production increases an average of 470 million gallons a year. February gross margin, generally the lowest of the year, falls between last two years in analysis of Iowa-based prices.

Economists: Octane premium offsets ethanol energy penalty
Friday, March 17, 2017 2:39 AM

Much of the analysis of the cost of ethanol relative to CBOB has ignored the potential benefit of the biofuel's octane-enhancing qualities. Looking at ethanol's energy penalty alone is misleading, say University of Illinois economists Irwin and Good.

ASTM calls new 100 octane fuel spec groundbreaking
Friday, March 17, 2017 2:30 AM

ASTM develops new standard for 100 octane fuel in record time. The specs open the way for engine designs that utilize higher ethanol blends to achieve more power, more efficiently.

Senators urge Trump to maintain RFS point of obligation
Friday, March 17, 2017 2:25 AM

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar led 23 senators in a bipartisan letter advising the president to maintain the Renewable Fuels Standard’s longtime compliance mechanism, and reject proposed changes that threaten to upend the current system.

Ethanol groups back new review of fuel economy, GHG rules
Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:50 PM

The U.S. biofuels industry reacted positively to President Trump's move to reevaluate hard-to-reach, Obama-era fuel economy and emissions standards. A deeper review of the rules could give high-octane fuels a larger, more defined role in the plan.

Webinars planned to train the trainers for ethanol emergencies
Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:38 AM

RFA/Transcaer webinars aim to teach individuals how to train others in ethanol emergency response tactics and procedures. The 2-hour, free webinars will take place in April, June and August.

Conference to examine low-carbon shortage, sustainability
Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:31 AM

One-day conference in San Francisco to look at low-carbon fuels on the West Coast, international trade requirements and the need for secure sustainability certification for low-carbon fuels trading.

Company hopes to make cellulosic ethanol at under $1 per gallon
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:55 AM

After announcing plans to purchase an aspirant cellulosic ethanol plant in Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has released a bold cost-of-production estimate and supportive research on the economics of its cellulose-to-sugar conversion process.

National Farmers Union passes resolution to support E30 use
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:02 PM

National Farmers Union called for the EPA to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the group’s annual meeting held last week in San Diego. The group's South Dakota affiliate brought the concept forward.

US ethanol exports on record pace after strong 2016
Friday, March 10, 2017 11:17 PM

U.S. net exports of ethanol reached 838 million gallons, the second highest level ever, exceeded only in 2011. Shipments exceeded 1 billion gallons and imports totaled 215 million gallons. 2017 exports could set a record, projected at 1.46 billion.

Daschle speaks at Siouxland Ethanol annual meeting
Friday, March 10, 2017 1:21 AM

Nebraska ethanol producer reports successful year at annual meeting. Keynote speaker Sen.Tom Daschle hopeful that 2017 will be a year of transformational change for the ethanol industry.

WASDE: Corn use for ethanol up; Global projections increase
Friday, March 10, 2017 1:10 AM

March supply-demand report boosts corn use for ethanol by 50 million bushels, offset by lower feed and residual use, resulting in no change to ending stocks projections.

Record February warmth brings unprecedented winter storage build
Friday, March 10, 2017 1:06 AM

Commodity report: Historically low usage by the residential and commercial sectors, combined with lackluster demand from industry and power generators, resulted in the first net increase in natural gas inventories ever seen in February.

IRFA celebrates 100th E15 fueling site opening
Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:53 AM

Wessels Oil Co. has been offering E85, E20, E30 and B5 at its six stores in Iowa since 2014. Crossroads Convenience Store in Spencer, Iowa, is its first location to offer E15.

Anticipated summer demand shifts focus in ethanol, RBOB markets
Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:42 AM

Commodity report: There is growing uncertainty over whether expected upcoming buyer support will be able to offset the growth in overall supplies. Crude oil supplies remain the center of this "watch party."

Soft prices, strong dollar affect DDGS markets
Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:39 AM

Commodity report: DDGS production has been strong, and the world has an ample supply of grains. As a result, new distillers trades that are happening are not moving the market as much as earlier.

As planting begins, talk suggests lower corn acres
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 4:12 AM

Commodity report: In advance of the first planting intention report on March 31, Ag Forum projections put corn acreage at 90 million acres, down from 94 million acres planted in 2016 as projections for soybean plantings jumped to 88 million acres.

Aemetis reports improved financial, operational performance
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:13 AM

Operating a 60 MMgy corn and sorghum ethanol plant in Keyes, California, the producer reported revenues of $143 million for 2016. Its financial and operational performance improved significantly, due to higher ethanol prices and lower corn costs.

Ethanol to remain world's most prevalent green solvent
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 11:47 PM

Global demand for green solvents, chemicals derived from natural or renewable resources, will reach 2 billion pounds in 2020, according to a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Ethanol, or alcohol-based solvents, will make up half the market.

Governors ask Trump to support biofuels industry
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 5:02 AM

Governors from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota ask Trump administration to remove barriers to higher ethanol blend use, enforce the RFS and update biofuels' lifecycle and emissions profiles.

Pacific Ethanol reports improved profitability in 2016
Friday, March 3, 2017 10:51 AM

The company grew net sales by 17 percent and improved gross profit by $17.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The ethanol producer's improved performance reflects the benefits of the acquisition and integration of Midwest facilities.

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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