Business Briefs
Friday, July 25, 2014 10:47 PM
More From Less
Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:10 PM

Finding ways to convert corn starch faster, cheaper and more efficiently is a virtually endless pursuit for ethanol producers, writes Tom Bryan of BBI International. That search is highlighted in the lead feature in the August issue of EPM.

DOT proposes new standards for ethanol, crude oil rail shipments
Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:56 AM

On July 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released proposed rulemaking that aims to improve the safety of rail transportation of flammable materials, particularly crude oil and ethanol.

Montanans turn barley into high-value feed, ethanol
Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:09 AM

Montana Microbial and the USDA Agricultural Research Service are developing an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct.

Aemetis announces $3 million CEC grant for sorghum project
Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:06 AM

Aemetis Inc. has announced that the company received a $3 million matching grant award from the California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support a sorghum ethanol project.

Ethanol, A Global Commodity
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:08 PM

While the oil industry works very effectively on an international level the ethanol industry could use improvement in this area, particularly in terms of trade, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International.

Bill would benefit manufacturers of alternatively fueled vehicles
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:13 AM

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide automakers an option to reduce their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards by warranting at least half the vehicles they manufacture for alternative fuels.

Analysis shows U.S. ethanol is lowest cost fuel, octane source
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:10 AM

Ethanol produced in the United States has been the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world over the past four years and has played an important role in reducing consumer fuel costs, according to a new analysis.

DOE opens funding opportunity for alternative fuel vehicles
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:09 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation.

Toolkit For Ethanol's Next Stage
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:36 PM

Forward-thinking producers will build on technological improvements implemented in recent years.

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo agenda released
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:51 AM

The agenda for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo has been released. The Oct. 13-14 event, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will focus on next-generation biofuels technology integration opportunities for existing biofuel plants.

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:47 AM

A Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity.

Ethanol, part of the winning strategy
Monday, July 21, 2014 11:17 PM

I can't help but think that, perhaps someday, the winning vehicle designs of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions can be mass produced and sold to consumers like you and me.

Leading the Way in Motorcycle Education
Monday, July 21, 2014 7:05 PM

The Renewable Fuels Association will once again have a presence at Sturgis, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. The rally, which includes ""Free Fuel Happy Hours," is a unique chance to reach out to half a million bikers.

Legislation would require country-of-origin labeling for fuels
Friday, July 18, 2014 10:46 PM

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would require fuel suppliers to disclose country-of-origin information for transportation fuels. The bill, titled the "Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act," was introduced July 16.

OECD-FAO outlook report predicts growth in ethanol production
Friday, July 18, 2014 10:43 PM

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predict that global biofuel consumption and production will increase significantly through 2023.

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining
Friday, July 18, 2014 10:40 PM

A biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer.

Making Connections at FEW
Friday, July 18, 2014 7:28 PM

The 30th anniversary International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo was held in Indianapolis June 9-12.

Cummins gets 50-85% GHG reduction with new E85 optimized engine
Friday, July 18, 2014 3:34 AM

Cummins Inc. announced the development of an E85 optimized engine and powertrain that reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by as much as 50 to 80 percent when compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck.

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development
Friday, July 18, 2014 3:31 AM

The USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products.

Bioenergy education program comes to SFSC this fall
Friday, July 18, 2014 3:26 AM

Beginning this fall, South Florida State College will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. The program will focus on preparing students for technician positions.

Higher Blends Best For America’s Energy Future
Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:04 PM

Big Oil is living in an alternate reality, blaming the renewable fuels industry for damaging the environment and receiving federal tax subsidies, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy. The real reason for the misinformation is the fight for market share.

UNICA reports increased ethanol production, lower export sales
Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:50 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a new harvest update, reporting that the south-central region of Brazil produced 1.89 billion liters (499.29 million gallons) of ethanol during the second half of June.

Edeniq, Global Bio-chem to develop industrial sugar technology
Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:49 AM

Edeniq Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Co. Ltd. to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other biobased products.

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California
Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:45 AM

Viaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass.

E15 Retailers Get Creative
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:21 PM

Facing roadblocks from big name gasoline suppliers, nimble gas station owners change course to offer customers midlevel blends.

Ceres reports Q3 results, provides update on operations in Brazil
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:45 AM

Ceres Inc. has released its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $800,000 for the three months ended May 31. The company also announced progress with its sorghum evaluations in Brazil.

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:43 AM

Bioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program.

RFA: Ethanol safety seminars coming to Oklahoma, Missouri
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:42 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association will host six free Ethanol Safety Seminars this month across Oklahoma and Missouri. Oklahoma seminars are scheduled for July 21, 22, 24 and 25, while Missouri seminars are scheduled for July 22 and 24.

What’s 1.67 Trillion Divided By 53?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:02 PM

Ron Lamberty of the American Coalition for Ethanol outlines some very large numbers from BP's Statistical Review of World Energy. The number 53, in particular, caught his attention because it's the number of years the oil on planet earth will last.

$5 million waste biomass processing plant planned in Michigan
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:34 AM

BioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final financing stages.

Mascoma confirms strategy shift, outlines plans for technology
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:19 AM

Although a recent court ruling could allow Mascoma Corp.'s Frontier Renewable Resources LLC project to move forward, that project is unlikely to break ground. Rather, Mascoma is now focused on deploying its consolidated bioprocessing technology.

Water Sage
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Allan Bly, founder and CEO of U.S. Water Services, discusses the major role water—and his company—play in the ethanol industry.

Good, good news in the ethanol industry
Monday, July 14, 2014 10:33 PM

I love writing about and hearing about good news stories in the ethanol industry. Here at my blog, I like to take the opportunity to highlight those stories.

New Technology Reduces Natural Gas Consumption
Monday, July 14, 2014 10:06 PM

Installing draft regulator in exhaust stack improves boiler operations, thermal efficiency.

Big corn crop expected, the question being how big?
Friday, July 11, 2014 11:54 PM

Great growing conditions have the industry speculating on just how big the corn crop will be. USDA's July 11 supply/demand report pegs the 2014 corn crop at 13.86 billion bushels, 65 million bushels below last year's record.

USGC China DDGS situation update: Impacts in other markets
Friday, July 11, 2014 11:47 PM

China's new inspection and permit regime for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) has created increased interest for DDGS in other markets around the world. Among the first to seize the opportunity was Taiwan.

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee
Friday, July 11, 2014 11:45 PM

The International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership.

Lux Research: Lignin-derived chemicals to hit market in 2021
Friday, July 11, 2014 10:36 PM

As lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research.

Champion Time
Friday, July 11, 2014 8:00 PM

The European biofuels industry is in need of a champion or champions to defend the industry, writes Robert Vierhout. As almost half of the elected members of parliament are new, it's a good time to reset the discussion on biofuels.

NGFA proposal to the STB could benefit shippers of ethanol, DDGS
Friday, July 11, 2014 4:27 AM

The National Grain and Feed Association has submitted an extensive proposal to the Surface Transportation Board, urging the STB to establish new rules and procedures that captive grain shippers could use to challenge unreasonable rail freight rates.

EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives
Friday, July 11, 2014 4:22 AM

The European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy.

WVU researcher to study the genetics of biomass accumulation
Friday, July 11, 2014 4:20 AM

Jennifer Hawkins, assistant professor of biology at West Virginia University, is working with a team of researchers to examine the genetic controls of tillering in corn, sorghum and foxtail millet.

Andritz to deliver pretreatment technology to Fiberight plant
Friday, July 11, 2014 4:18 AM

International technology Group Andritz has received an order to supply equipment, engineering, and field services for Fiberight's cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa. Start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2015.

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy
Friday, July 11, 2014 4:10 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases.

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