EPA: Nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs generated in November
Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:55 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs.

Industry debunks Minn. report shedding bad light on corn ethanol
Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:52 AM

An analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts from researchers at the University of Minnesota got a swift debunking from the ethanol industry.

UNICA: Brazilian ethanol production up, exports down
Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:48 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane energy association, has announced ethanol production from the start of the current season through the end of November is up 3.54 percent when compared to last year. Exports, however, are down 55 percent.

USGC leaders engage on China and biotech at JCCT
Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:46 AM

As word came that Chinese officials have given verbal approval for the biotech corn trait MIR 162, trade and agriculture stakeholders gathered this week in Chicago for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Trade and Commerce discussions.

Purdue researchers develop process to convert lignin to chemicals
Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:44 AM

A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets.

Business Briefs
Friday, December 19, 2014 10:40 PM
Hungarian ethanol plant to expand capacity above 100 MMgy
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:49 AM

Nearly three years after construction was completed at a corn-ethanol plant in Dunafoldvar, Hungary, Pannonia Ethanol has signed a loan deal so it can expand its production capacity.

UPDATED: Finland provides money to build cellulosic ethanol plant
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:39 AM

The government of Finland announced Dec.17 that it granted $36.8 million to help build a cellulosic ethanol plant. A separate project to produce biogasoline, biodiesel and smaller amounts of other renewable products was also granted funding.

BPC report highlights 40 RFS policy options
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:37 AM

Growth Energy has responded to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center that describes several options for reforming the renewable fuel standard (RFS), noting it pushes some of same tired talking points Big Oil has relied on for years.

USGC ethanol assessment team finds potential in the Philippines
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:34 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently led a delegation of industry leaders representing the USDA, Renewable Fuels Association, and Growth Energy to the Philippines to assess factors contributing to the large exports of U.S. ethanol to Southeast Asia.

SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research
Friday, December 19, 2014 6:32 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries.

Labs Leverage Benchmarking, Data
Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:57 PM

Tom Bryan, president and editor in chief of Ethanol Producer Magazine, writes about the stories featured in the January issue of the magazine, which has a lab management theme.

Iogen announces startup of Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant
Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:10 AM

Ottawa-based Iogen Corp. announced its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is producing ethanol in Brazil. The first 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) has been distributed by Brazilian ethanol producer Raizen to its network of gas stations.

Senate passes short-term tax extenders package
Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:03 AM

On Dec. 16, the U.S. Senate passed a short-term tax extenders package that aims to retroactively extend several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014.

USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy
Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:02 AM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP.

RFA: The RFS celebrates 7 years of success
Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:59 AM

This Friday marks the seventh anniversary of the signing into law of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The law expanded the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and set America on a path toward a cleaner, more energy-independent future.

Benchmarking the Ethanol Lab
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 8:11 PM

Quality control depends on accurate test results, but how do ethanol labs control their own quality?

U.K. opens competition to fund demonstration-scale biofuel plants
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:08 AM

The U.K. Department for Transport has announced plans to award GBP 25 million ($39.37 million) to support the development of up to three advanced biofuel demonstration plants through a two-phase competition.

RFA comments on FDA animal food supplemental rulemaking
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:04 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration last on its supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Renmatix acquires Sweden-based REAC Fuel's intellectual property
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:01 AM

Renmatix Inc. recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has developed intellectual property that complements Renmatix's existing technology portfolio.

World Needs Wake-up Call
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 7:56 PM

Renewable fuels like ethanol are part of the solution to global warming, writes Mike Bryan, of BBI International. Although some believe it is a hoax, science is not on their side.

Indiana ethanol plant resumes operations
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:43 AM

Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC is restarting operations at its 100 MMgy ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana. The facility is currently undergoing testing activities and is expected to be producing ethanol by mid-December.

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:41 AM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops.

Turkey's biosafety laws restrict U.S. DDGS shipments
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:39 AM

Turkey is effectively no longer accepting imports of U.S. corn coproducts following the stepped-up enforcement of existing biosafety laws that restrict which genetically modified (GM) corn varieties may enter the country's grain supply.

E85 priced competitively in Minnesota, reader says
Monday, December 15, 2014 11:51 PM

In the last few weeks, the topic of flex-fuel vehicles and E85 prices has resonated with readers of my blog.

Putting Data to Work
Monday, December 15, 2014 8:08 PM

JMP, a data analysis software from SAS Institute, can help ethanol producers get a jump on plant efficiency and profitability.

EPA highlights expected RFS rulemaking schedule during hearing
Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:04 AM

On Dec. 10, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, HealthCare and Entitlements held a hearing focused on the U.S. EPA's implementation of the renewable fuels standard (RFS).

Economists project impact of lower gas prices on ethanol profits
Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:01 AM

With oil prices dropping dramatically, the possible impact on ethanol profitability was examined by University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good in a recent FarmDocDaily post.

Genera announces investment from WindSail Capital Group
Saturday, December 13, 2014 1:54 AM

Leading biomass supply company, Genera Energy Inc., has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth financing to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability.

The Year That Wasn’t
Friday, December 12, 2014 7:54 PM

Bob Dinneeen writes the Renewable Fuels Association annual in and out list after a year in which the EPA announced it was delaying the publication of the annual RVO rule for 2014.

Economist examines hedgers concerns with proposed CFTC rules
Friday, December 12, 2014 2:46 AM

Commodity hedgers are facing another round of changes in position limits. The comment period has been reopened for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's last proposal on position limits for agricultural commodities.

Class I railroads file updated weekly status reports
Friday, December 12, 2014 2:39 AM

BNSF Railway Co. reported it held only four ethanol unit trains and 105 grain unit trains short of designation or scheduled interchange for longer than six hours during the week ending Dec. 6. Canadian Pacific held six ethanol and six grain trains.

Lincolnway highlights plant improvements in financial results
Friday, December 12, 2014 2:37 AM

Lincolnway Energy LLC reported net income of $18.0 million, or $428.70 per unit, for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. The company also highlighted several improvements made at the plant, including the installation of a natural gas boiler.

LanzaTech announces $60 million equity investment
Friday, December 12, 2014 2:31 AM

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made a $60 million equity investment in leading gas fermentation company LanzaTech. The company turns waste gas from steel mills into ethanol and other high value fuels and chemicals.

Moving Forward, Not Backward
Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:52 PM

It is of critical importance that the U.S. EPA moves forward, not backward in meeting the goals of the RFS as it reworks the 2014 renewable volume obligation rule, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy.

Prime the Pump seeks to expand E15 infrastructure
Thursday, December 11, 2014 5:14 AM

The fate of an ordinance that would require gas stations in Chicago to carry E15 is still unknown. Passed by the city council's finance committee on Monday, a vote by the full council was deferred Dec. 10 for at least a month.

ASTM approves new standard for butanol purity testing
Thursday, December 11, 2014 5:11 AM

A new ASTM International standard will be used in isobutanol manufacturing to test its purity for use in the chemical and fuel markets. Isobutanol manufacturers and quality laboratories that work with fuels will be the primary users of ASTM D7875.

Few adjustments to corn supply, demand made in December report
Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:22 AM

Supply and demand numbers for U.S. feed grains were mostly unchanged in the Dec. 10 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, with a small increase in projected corn food, seed and industrial use reducing ending stocks slightly.

Kansas challenges EPA ethanol emissions model
Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:21 AM

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked a federal appeals court to block new U.S. EPA regulations that discourage the use of ethanol by requiring states to adopt conclusions about ethanol emissions not backed by scientific facts.

Greenbelt Resources raises $550,000
Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:19 AM

Greenbelt Resources Corp. has raised $550,000 from individual qualified accredited investors. The net proceeds will be used for working capital needs, including the transition of the company's R&D facility to a commercial biorefinery.

Spotlight on Iowa
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:30 PM

Ethanol Producer Magazine digs into the details of ethanol production in Iowa and how the industry got started.

Going Advanced
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:30 PM

Iowa is home to two ethanol plants currently producing cellulosic ethanol and one that is nearing construction completion. Another notable project is algae production colocated with a corn-ethanol plant.

Message to the Masses
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:30 PM

The biofuels mobile education center is a 45-foot long trailer filled with interactive touch screen computers, educational displays, movies and more, to educate visitors about ethanol and other biofuels.

EIA: New ethanol production records set, 2015 forecast increased
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:57 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting new records for average weekly and monthly ethanol production. The EIA also increased its 2015 production forecast.

GRFA: Biofuels can reduce global transportation GHG emissions
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:55 AM

As COP 2014 is fully underway in Peru, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has reiterated that biofuels are presently one of the most commercially viable ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the medium-term.

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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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