DOE to fund projects combining biofuel and engine research
Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:19 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.” The initiative’s approach combines the previously independent areas of biofuels and combustion.

RFA: Washington state’s proposed CAR ignores biofuel benefits
Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:14 AM

Washington state’s proposed clean air rule fails to recognize the climate benefits associated with biofuels and in fact penalizes their use, the Renewable Fuels Association told the Washington Department of Ecology in comments submitted July 22.

DOE funds study on biorefinery waste use, renewable bioproducts
Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:13 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Much of the study will focus on ways to make plastic materials from lignin.

All Smoke, No Fire on RFS Reform, Repeal Efforts
Friday, July 22, 2016 11:54 PM

While Congress will be preoccupied with other legislative issues as it winds down this session, the RFA will continue to be on guard, hitting back at misinformation and making sure the RFS and all its benefits stay put.

Recruiting, Retaining Top Talent at Ethanol Plants
Friday, July 22, 2016 10:30 PM

Ethanol plants use a variety of strategies to find and keep engaged employees.

Billion-Ton Update authors discuss report findings
Friday, July 22, 2016 6:54 AM

On July 19, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute held a briefing to discuss the U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 Billion-Ton Update, its methodology and data collection strategies, findings and goals.

Report features data on EU ethanol market
Friday, July 22, 2016 6:52 AM

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s biofuel market, including data on ethanol.

Scientists harness CO2 to consolidate biofuel production process
Friday, July 22, 2016 6:49 AM

Carbon dioxide has emerged as a new secret ingredient in the recipe for making ethanol, and that addition represents a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process.

Getting Ready for FSMA Compliance
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:50 AM

Whether producers must comply in September or next year or even 2018, they need to become FSMA-aware now and especially aware of their customers' needs.

US ethanol production sets new weekly record
Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:38 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry set a new weekly ethanol production record the week ending July 15, with production reaching an average of 1.029 million barrels per day, according to information published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Branstad honored for biofuels leadership
Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:35 AM

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the nation's longest serving governor, was recently honored by renewable fuels industry leaders, the Governors' Biofuels Coalition and the National Governors Association at a breakfast commemorating his biofuel leadership.

Access to ethanol-blended fuels continues to increase in Indiana
Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:33 AM

Sixteen ethanol blender pumps will soon be available at gas stations in Allen County and LaPorte County thanks to funding from Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

Skoring with Personal Connections
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:28 AM

Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s new CEO, speaks about connecting with consumers, building relationships and tapping the power of social media.

Siouxland Ethanol begins $8.5 million expansion project
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:34 AM

Construction is under way on a $8.5 million expansion at Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Nebraska. Construction to add two fermenters to the ethanol plant in northeast Nebraska began July 18. Capacity is also being added to the plant's cooling towers.

Government to launch app to aid renewable energy exports
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:32 AM

The U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Energy are inviting suppliers and providers of clean energy, smart grid and energy efficiency solutions to participate in an interactive directory of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.

RFA: HWRT to offer pre-blended E15 at wholesale terminals
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that HWRT Oil Co. will become the first company in the United States to offer pre-blended E15 at the terminal level. The development is a game changer that can rapidly open the market for E15.

All Things Biofuel
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:24 AM

Producers meet in Milwaukee at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:49 PM

There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers don't allow a choice. Independent retailers are demonstrating the blend wall can be breached.

Ocean Park Advisors to market Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 6:35 AM

On July 18, Ocean Park Advisors announced it has been retained by Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC to market its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Use of E15 overwhelmingly favored in Wisconsin
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 6:33 AM

A recent statewide opinion poll shows that Wisconsin citizens favor the use of E15 by a 2 to 1 margin. The survey found that 62 percent of individuals support the use of E15 fuel versus only 34 percent who oppose it.

US, Brazil Demonstrate What’s Possible
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:45 AM

UNICA wants to focus the discussion on the importance of advanced biofuels, like sugarcane ethanol. The RFS is one of the world’s most ambitious programs promoting biofuels and a key policy for the future of sustainable transportation.

House members issue letter in support of the RFS
Saturday, July 16, 2016 12:58 AM

On July 14, 17 members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to compete its 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking “in a manner consistent with the Congressional intent."

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production
Saturday, July 16, 2016 12:56 AM

Researchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round.

Sulfur Compounded in Ethanol Regulations
Saturday, July 16, 2016 12:23 AM

As the Tier 3 deadline approaches, it's important to understand the difference between EPA and ASTM treatments of the element.

Repeat After Me: High Octane, Low Carbon
Saturday, July 16, 2016 12:12 AM

We have been banging on the EPA's door for years for recognition that octane matters. It matters in terms of emissions, performance, fuel economy and cost. And now, with a global emphasis on lowering CO2 and GHG, octane matters even more.

40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil
Friday, July 15, 2016 7:13 AM

In a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups are challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil.

UDSA GAIN reports address Polish, Lithuanian ethanol production
Friday, July 15, 2016 7:11 AM

Total production of bioethanol in Poland is estimated at 200,000 metric tons with capacity at 511,000 metric tons, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

USGC event builds relationship with Columbian ethanol industry
Friday, July 15, 2016 7:04 AM

The U.S. Grains Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy, recently traveled to Colombia to cultivate relationships with the local ethanol industry.

Researchers: Genetically improving sorghum could benefit biofuels
Friday, July 15, 2016 7:02 AM

New research conducted by a group of U.S. universities examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop.

CVEC Marks 20 Years
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:14 AM

Stories reveal a can-do spirit at Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co.

Globalization of Ethanol Impacts US Industry
Thursday, July 14, 2016 11:10 PM

The proliferation of international ethanol trade during the past decade has been impressive to watch. The current global market for ethanol stands at 30 billion gallons, with 1.2 billion gallons trading hands overseas.

EIA maintains ethanol production, consumption forecasts
Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:22 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 980,000 barrels per day in 2016 and 2017, up from nearly 970,000 barrels per day last year.

USDA: No third quarter sugar purchases expected under FFP
Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:18 AM

The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. recently announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar.

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass
Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:16 AM

Within 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits.

USGC: Southeast Asia promotions address DDGS
Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:14 AM

The cities of Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok all played host to seminars targeting feed formulators and regional importers over the last two weeks, part of roadshows put on by the U.S. Grains Council.

Proposed ASTM standard covers determination of metals in biofuels
Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:43 AM

A proposed ASTM standard will provide a means to test and evaluate alternate fuel sources, such as biofuels, for metals. The proposed standard is being developed by Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants.

Nearly 42,500 comments filed on 2017 RFS proposal
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:33 AM

The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, has officially closed.

WASDE: Projected corn use for ethanol lowered slightly
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:31 AM

The USDA has released the July edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, noting corn beginning stocks for 2016-’17 are lowered 7 million bushels. Corn ending stocks for 2016-’17 are projected 73 million bushels higher.

Retailer to expand availability of ethanol blends at 20 stations
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:22 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that the Power Energy Corp. has been awarded a $1.44 million grant from Illinois to offer higher ethanol blends at 20 retail stations in the state.

RFA: Webinars to focus on hazardous chemicals release regulations
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:21 AM

The Renewable Fuels Foundation has teamed up with the experts at Pinnacle Engineering Inc. to host a six-part webinar series on complying with regulations that aim to prevent or minimize the consequences of a release of hazardous chemicals.

Comment period on 2017 RFS proposal closes July 11 at midnight
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 6:30 AM

The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, closes July 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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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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