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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.

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant
Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:37 AM

On Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September.

UNICA: Sugarcane mills continue to prioritize ethanol production
Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:33 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the south-central region of Brazil experienced a smaller than average crush during the second half of September. However, more than 60 percent of the processed cane went to ethanol.

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth
Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:31 AM

Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions.

Chempolis signs agreement for bamboo ethanol project in India
Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:30 AM

On Oct. 15, Finland-based Chempolis Ltd. announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., an enterprise of the Indian government, to build a cellulosic ethanol and chemical production facility in Assam, India.

More Than Btus, Bushels and Facts
Friday, October 17, 2014 7:30 PM

The people featured in ACE's Power by People campaign are regular people who just so happen to care deeply about clean air, affordable fuel, and our economic well-being, writes Brian Jennings. The second phase of the campaign will launch soon.

Waste Not, Want Not: Turning Crop Residues Into Sustainable Fuel
Friday, October 17, 2014 6:30 PM

Abengoa's new cellulosic ethanol facility is one of the first second-generation ethanol plants to come online in the U.S., writes Manuel Sánchez Ortega. A grand opening ceremony was held Oct. 17 in Hugoton, Kansas.

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:50 AM

A French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies.

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:48 AM

The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA.

Virginia releases new energy plan
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:47 AM

On Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state.

RFA hammers CARB on lack of ILUC transparency
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:39 AM

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, recently submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board outlining serious concerns regarding the staff's new indirect land use analysis.

CRFA member brings E30 ethanol to Niagara region
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:37 AM

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Gale's Gas Bars on its debut of E30 gasoline in Ontario. Gale's has 16 sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 Welland Avenue, in St. Catharines, beginning Oct. 16.

RFA announces E85 "Post Your Price" contest
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:32 AM

In an effort to promote E85 sales and track E85 prices, the Renewable Fuels Association announced a unique opportunity to win free E85 for one year with a simple snap of a camera and click of a mouse.

EC confirms unannounced inspections in biofuel sector
Friday, October 17, 2014 4:30 AM

The European Commission can confirm that on Oct. 7, commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the production, distribution and trading of ethanol, a biofuel.

NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour
Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:48 PM

A sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo.

Canadian Ethanol, 30 Years Green
Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:30 PM

The Canadian ethanol industry has grown tremendously in the last 30 years, writes W. Scott Thurlow. Still it is nowhere close to reaching the full potential of Canada’s renewable fuels technology, innovation or products.

Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16
Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:08 AM

The recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board.

RFA releases updated publication debunking food vs. fuel
Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:06 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association released an updated version of its popular publication "Fueling a Nation, Feeding the World." This 10-page booklet outlines ethanol's contribution to the global food and feed supply.

Fire reported at Valero's Linden, Indiana, facility
Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:03 AM

Valero Energy Corp.'s ethanol plant near Linden, Indiana, experienced a fire on Oct. 13. No injuries were reported. According to Bill Day, vice president of communications at Valero, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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