RFA: Ethanol a key player in energy security
Saturday, May 28, 2016 3:22 AM

Memorial Day weekend is a time to be thankful to our armed forces for their sacrifices, helping to keep the U.S. secure. A big part of keeping America safe involves energy security and that’s where ethanol comes into play.

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting
Saturday, May 28, 2016 3:19 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee.

RFA hosting June 4 ethanol safety seminar in Wisconsin
Saturday, May 28, 2016 3:17 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting a free ethanol safety seminar on Saturday, June 4, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Certificates of Completion will be handed out to all attendees at the end of each safety seminar.

USGC: Analysis quantifies value of ethanol, coproduct exports
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:47 AM

The U.S. Grains Council has published a new analysis conducted by Informa Economics that determined exports of U.S. corn and corn products generated $74.7 billion in annual economic output in 2014.

Growth Energy applauds Trump’s pro-RFS statements
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:44 AM

Growth Energy has spoken out to applaud a statement made by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in support of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Meanwhile, two former senators are asking Trump’s energy advisor to support the RFS.

UIA calls on CARB to recognize role of ethanol in reducing carbon
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:42 AM

In comments recently filed with the California Air Resources Board, the Urban Air Initiative made a compelling case for higher octane, lower carbon fuels like midlevel ethanol blends to help the state meet its carbon reduction goals.

ADM completes sale of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol operations
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:40 AM

Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced that it had completed the sale of its sugarcane ethanol operations in Limeira do Oeste, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

Branstad signs bill to extend biofuel incentives in Iowa
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:39 AM

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad recently signed S.F. 2309 into law, a bill that included the extension of several important renewable fuels tax incentives through 2024. The signing took place at REG Newton, a 30 MMgy biodiesel plant.

Nebraska gasoline blends top 13 billion gallons of ethanol
Friday, May 27, 2016 7:37 AM

According to the Nebraska Department of Revenue Motor Fuels Division, in the last 37 years more than 13 billion gallons of ethanol have been sold in the Nebraska fuel market .

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal, registrations due May 31
Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:09 AM

The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing June 9 in Kansas City, Missouri, on its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuels standard (RFS). Parties wishing to testify at the hearing must contact the EPA by May 31.

Ethanol plant digester to send 5 MW to California grid
Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:07 AM

Not only does Tulare County, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC manufacture renewable transportation fuel and utilize renewable energy to power its operations, but starting next month, the plant will also send electricity to the grid.

California biofuel industry calls on state to allocate funding
Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:05 AM

California’s biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane industries are calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels.

Minnesota high school students visit Highwater Ethanol
Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:02 AM

Twenty-five students from Tracy Area High School recently toured Highwater Ethanol to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

USDA announces application periods for BCAP
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:56 AM

The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced incentives will resume this month through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the USDA, $3 million is available for BCAP during fiscal year 2016.

Ethanol trade groups participate in USDA trade mission to Mexico
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:55 AM

The USDA has announced an ethanol trade mission to Mexico May 24-25. Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse will lead a team of leaders in the U.S. ethanol industry to explore opportunities to expand each country’s renewable energy sector.

Solenis licenses corn oil extraction technology to Buckman
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:53 AM

Solenis LLC and Buckman Laboratories Inc. recently announced the resolution of a pending lawsuit filed by Buckman against Solenis regarding Solenis’ patent for using polysorbate as an additive for corn oil extraction aids.

US Water facility in Minnesota wins safety award
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:48 AM

U.S. Water’s Cambridge, Minnesota, facility was awarded a Meritorious Achievement in Occupational Safety 2015 Governor’s Safety Award during the 2016 Minnesota Safety & Health Conference in Minneapolis.

Corn follows soy complex in May market
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:40 AM

The late May corn market followed the soy complex amid production concerns in the Southern Hemisphere and a global vegetable oil deficit.

Pursuit of Higher Yield, Efficiency Drives FEW Participation Up
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:14 AM

In early May, I was informed that registrations for the 2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo were on pace to match our seven-year high mark. This column is published in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Business Briefs
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:01 AM
EPA: Nearly 17 million cellulosic RINs generated in April
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:19 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for April, reporting more than 1.511 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first four months of the year to nearly 5.88 billion RINs.

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:18 AM

The USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training.

Outlook for natural gas burn use this summer is ho
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:42 AM

With the natural gas market currently in the midst of a lull in demand due to shoulder season, weather forecasts for the coming summer have come into focus.

Seasonal Demand Sparks Price Rally in Ethanol
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:17 AM

Strong gains developed in ethanol and RBOB gasoline markets through the month of May as firm buyer support kept corn futures near $4 per bushel in front-month contracts.

Blog: Effective Messages for Ethanol
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:38 AM

Powerful insights for those wanting to influence others – tap into the tendencies to rebel against the establishment. Be aware of the gut reactions to fear loss, follow signals from others and receive immediate rewards.

Martin Andreas: The Passing of a Pioneer
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:12 AM

I received the news of the passing of Martin Andreas, former senior vice president of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). This column appears in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

DDGS market boosted by soymeal prices, Chinese buying
Monday, May 23, 2016 11:50 PM

With Memorial Day right around the corner, the DDGS market continues to be influenced by prices of soymeal and Chinese buying, and is up $15-25 per ton from last month.

It's Time for the RFS to get ‘Back on Track’
Monday, May 23, 2016 1:18 AM

In recent years, U.S. EPA officials repeatedly have said they want to get the renewable fuel standard (RFS) “back on track.” This column is published in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Thanking Tom Buis— A Strong Voice for the Ethanol Industry
Sunday, May 22, 2016 1:09 AM

Anyone who has spent time with Tom Buis knows his love for the ethanol industry is unquestionable. This column is published in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

STB issues SNPR for rail reporting requirements
Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:15 AM

In early May, the Surface Transportation Board published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPR) that aims to update pending regulations requiring Class I railroads to report certain service metrics, including data on ethanol unit trains.

USGC launches aqua DDGS promotion program in Egypt
Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:09 AM

U.S. Grains Council staff and consultants recently conducted a program in Egypt to promote distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) in aqua rations. This program was done in conjunction with Mirasco, a USGC member company.

Helping Ethanol Producers Get the Most Out of Their Product
Friday, May 20, 2016 11:55 PM

When margins matter most, strategies to ratchet up ethanol yield make good business sense. This article is published in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine under the headline "Up On Output."

Queensland Renewable Fuels Association names board members
Friday, May 20, 2016 6:52 AM

The Queensland Renewable Fuel Association has appointed a board of directors. Mike Bryan, a 32-year veteran of the renewable fuels industry in the United States and a tireless advocate for the industry, was named chairman of the board.

Clariant to scale-up catalysts for Gevo’s ETO technology
Friday, May 20, 2016 6:46 AM

Gevo Inc. had announced that it has entered into an agreement with Clariant Corp. to develop catalysts to enable Gevo’s ethanol-to-olefins (ETO) technology, which produces tailored mixes of propylene, isobutylene and hydrogen.

RFA holding FDA-certified FSMA training classes this summer
Friday, May 20, 2016 6:44 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has scheduled four training courses to help facilities meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The classes are designed for individuals overseeing the food safety plan of an ethanol plant.

Scania trucks use ethanol made with Clariant's sunliquid process
Friday, May 20, 2016 6:41 AM

Clariant and Scania are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which involved an investment in sustainable technologies for cargo transportation.

Solving the biomass puzzle
Friday, May 20, 2016 6:39 AM

Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. Researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture.

Advancing the Brewing Process With New Yeasts, Enzymes
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:49 PM

The pace of innovation in fermentation has picked up. This article is published in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

ICM collaboration with Fournier Industries creates success
Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:24 AM

An important aspect of ICM Inc.'s Fiber Separation Technology process was developed through a joint partnership with Fournier Industries Inc., an equipment manufacturer headquartered in Quebec, Canada.

RFF, MathPro hosting webinar series on ethanol’s octane benefits
Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:19 AM

The Renewable Fuels Foundation has teamed up with fuel refining experts at MathPro Inc. to sponsor a five-part webinar series on ethanol’s unique octane properties and its potential role as the octane source of choice in future fuels.

EPA releases proposed rule to set 2017 RFS RVOs
Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:50 AM

On May 18, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel.

You’re Not the Boss of Me
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:07 AM

There are important lessons we can learn from the long, strange trip to the 2016 election. This column is published in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

SIRE reports reduced net loss for fiscal second quarter
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:54 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy has published financial results for its second fiscal quarter of 2016, the three-month period ended March 31, reporting a slight decrease in revenues, but improved net income and modified EBITDA.

RFA welcomes fuel infrastructure expert Cassie Mullen to staff
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:52 AM

Petroleum and fuel equipment expert Cassie Mullen has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as director of market development. She will work to facilitate expansion of infrastructure capable of offering higher level ethanol blends to consumers.

UM researchers earn $1.4 million grant to study biomass
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:50 AM

University of Montana researchers will use a newly grant awarded by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments.

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

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