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Class I railroad status reports point to continued service delays
Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:14 AM

On Oct. 29, Class I railroads filed their second weekly status reports with the Surface Transportation Board. According to the STB, the reports will promote industry-wide transparency, accountability and improvements in rail service.

Growth Energy sponsors FFA programs
Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:13 AM

Growth Energy is pleased to announce a multi-year commitment and new partnership with the National FFA Organization to build on critical projects that prepare today's students to become tomorrow’s leaders in American agriculture.

Pacific Ethanol reports strong Q3 financial results
Friday, October 31, 2014 4:49 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter financial results. During an investor call, Neil Koehler, president and CEO of Pacific Ethanol, noted 2014 is on pace to be a record year for the company.

UNCIA publishes sugarcane harvest, ethanol production update
Friday, October 31, 2014 4:46 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a new biweekly report. Since April, the report indicates ethanol sales have totaled 13.11 billion liters, with most of that production, 12.34 billion liters, sold domestically.

Researchers win funding for miscanthus, sorghum research
Friday, October 31, 2014 4:44 AM

Two University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding from the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy.

Researchers transform toxic waste into green energy
Friday, October 31, 2014 4:42 AM

How can a struggling industry like pulp and paper in Canada be revived? According to Damien Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia doctoral candidate in biology, the answer lies in synthetic biology.

CRFA names new leader following Thurlow's departure
Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:28 PM

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has announced that W. Scott Thurlow has stepped down from his position as president and Andrea Kent, previously vice president of communications, has been appointed to the position.

Green Plains produced record ethanol, coproduct volumes in Q3
Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:29 AM

Green Plains Inc. has released financial results for the third quarter of 2014, reporting net income of $41.7 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, up from $9.4 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, during the same period of last year.

Novozymes announces increased bioenergy sales in Q3 results
Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:41 AM

Novozymes recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 9 percent organic sales growth for the quarter. During the first nine months of the year, sales grew organically by 8 percent.

GRFA: Biofuels boost sustainability, rural development in Africa
Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:40 AM

As the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations.

Growth Energy and New Holland announce sweepstakes winner
Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:38 AM

Growth Energy and New Holland Agriculture officially announced Robert Baker of Sue City, Missouri, as the 2014 Growth Energy Individual Membership Sweepstakes winner.

NCSU announces biofuel breakthroughs
Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:35 AM

North Carolina State University scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol.

Enerkem announces partnerships with 3 Chinese companies
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:47 AM

Enerkem Inc. announced agreements with three Chinese companies in October. Under each agreement, Enerkem is expected to license its waste-to-biofuel technology. The final business structure and sites for each project have not been disclosed.

Court rules against GreenShift in corn oil separation case
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:46 AM

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has issued a sealed order which holds all asserted corn oil separation patents held by GS CleanTech Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of GreenShift Corp., as invalid and not infringed on.

HSBC to partner with Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:43 AM

Virgin Atlantic has announced that the U.K.'s largest bank, HSBC, is joining its exciting partnership with LanzaTech in preparation for a world-first flight using a ground-breaking low carbon fuel.

BlueFire announces LOI from China EXIM to finance Fulton project
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 4:49 AM

On Oct. 23, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has received a letter of intent from the Export Import Bank of China to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its proposed biorefinery project in Fulton, Mississippi.

ICM announces agreement with Patriot Renewable Fuels
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 4:45 AM

ICM Inc. recently announced Patriot Renewable Fuels LLC has entered into a professional services agreement for ICM's patent-pending Fiber Separation Technology and ICM's patent-pending Generation 1.5 Grain Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology.

South Africa's ethanol industry is 'far behind and so small'
Monday, October 27, 2014 11:33 PM

An ethanol association is working hard to grow the ethanol industry in South Africa and nearby countries. Right now, an association staff member said, the industry feels very small and far behind the U.S. and other ethanol-producing areas.

EPA: Cellulosic fuel production continues in September
Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:20 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month.

Class I railroads file first weekly status reports with the STB
Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:15 AM

On Oct. 8, the Surface Transportation Board published a decision announcing new weekly data reporting requirements for Class I railroads in order to help mitigate issues with poor service and delays. The first reports were filed Oct. 22.

Business Briefs
Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:15 AM
Fiberight still working toward MSW plant in Iowa
Friday, October 24, 2014 4:50 AM

Despite delays, Fiberight's plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a few interested people and money is starting to come in.

Court rejects challenge to EPA E15 regulation
Friday, October 24, 2014 4:47 AM

On Oct. 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petition of review filed by the American Petroleum Institute and other groups challenging the E15 misfueling mitigation rule published by the U.S. EPA in June 2011.

Economist: Ethanol profits face decline
Friday, October 24, 2014 4:44 AM

Ethanol production profits hit a wall in the past month, according to an analysis by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin in a recent FarmDocDaily post.

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies
Friday, October 24, 2014 4:42 AM

The Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies.

LSU AgCenter releases sweet sorghum production guide
Friday, October 24, 2014 4:37 AM

To help guide commercial production of sweet sorghum, the Louisiana State University AgCenter has released the Sweet Sorghum Production Guide.

Prevention Meets Innovation
Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:43 PM

The November issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine digs into maintenance and cleaning at ethanol facilities, writes Tom Bryan, president of BBI International and editor and chief of the magazine.

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents
Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:03 AM

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

Urban Air Initiative calls new EPA emission models flawed
Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:01 AM

A computer model that states use to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative and could effectively block access to the market for higher ethanol blends.

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research
Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:02 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment
Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 AM

The bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year.

Dinneen: 'Elections matter'
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:44 PM

Two weeks from Election Day, Bob Dinneen told grain and animal feed buyers gathered in Seattle that whichever party controls Congress next year will "have the gavel" on energy and agriculture but lack the power to advance or upset biofuels policy.

3 P's of Maintenance
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:58 PM

Maintenance professionals talk about preventative, predictive and precision maintenance.

Every Family Needs a Farmer
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:38 PM

The ethanol industry tends to have a narrow view of agriculture and gets frustrated with the segments that oppose ethanol, writes Mike Bryan. The industry needs to try harder to understand the effects it has on other farming sectors.

Maple Energy announces strategic investment offer
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:49 AM

Peru-based Maple Energy plc has announced it has received an offer from two strategic investors. The agreement is expected to provide sufficient capital to support ongoing operations of the company's ethanol business.

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:45 AM

Gevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources.

U.S. Water launches corn oil recovery product line for biofuels
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:43 AM

U.S. Water has launched the first in what will be a series of products developed for the biofuels industry specific to corn oil recovery. COR NS is a new, non-sorbitol based product line designed aid in the extraction of corn oil.

Bunge analyst: exports outlook 'incredibly strong'
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:31 AM

A growing world population, urbanization and rising income will continue to drive investment in commodities, and the link between energy and agriculture will stay strong for years to come. But there are still many unknowns about world grain stocks.

Reinvention With LESS Innovation
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:36 PM

A legacy ethanol plant showcases a new low-energy solids separation system.

Food vs Fuel: Enough To Make You Scream
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:35 PM

The RFA recently compiled a report that found that corn price fluctuations don't have a significant affect on consumer food prices, writes Bob Dinneen. The food vs. fuel argument is complete and utter malarkey.

Cellerate process technology earns EPA certification for D3 RINs
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:45 AM

Quad County Corn Processors has achieved U.S. EPA certification to generate D3 cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) for cellulosic ethanol produced with Cellerate process technology.

DuPont announces MOU for cellulosic ethanol project in Macedonia
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:44 AM

The government of the Republic of Macedonia has joined a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate the development of the cellulosic ethanol market in the Pelagonia region between Ethanol Europe and DuPont.

Abengoa facility is a Hugoton diamond
Monday, October 20, 2014 10:53 PM

My trip to Kansas for the Abengoa Bioenergy grand opening celebration of its 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant was well worth the trip. I won’t soon forget my tour of the state-of-the-art facility or the local residents I met there.

Abengoa plant has multiple feedstock capabilities
Monday, October 20, 2014 9:48 PM

One of the best features of the Abengoa Bioenergy plant is the ability to convert a wide variety of feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa, told EPM Oct. 17 prior to the plant's grand opening ceremony.

Get Out the Vote for Ethanol
Monday, October 20, 2014 6:32 PM

With election day right around the corner, ethanol's advocates can show how powerful the renewable fuels industry is just by exercising their rights to vote, writes Tom Buis. The power of a coordinated grassroots effort cannot be overstated.

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