Export Exchange results in $460M grain, coproduct sales
Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:37 AM

Buyers at this fall's Export Exchange struck deals to purchase an amount of DDGS equivalent to roughly 8 percent of last year’s total U.S. DDGS exports.

Corn consumption for fuel alcohol higher in October
Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:28 AM

The total amount of corn used for ethanol and other industrial uses during October was 5 percent higher than it was in September and 3 percent more than was used in October 2015, according to the Dec. 1 USDA grain crushings and coproducts report.

Queensland RFA: Mandate shouldn’t result in higher pump prices
Saturday, December 3, 2016 1:24 AM

Queensland motorists should not expect to pay more at the pump due to the state’s ethanol mandate, said Larissa Rose, Queensland Renewable Fuels Association managing director.

Letter to EPA: Don't change RFS point of obligation
Friday, December 2, 2016 4:02 AM

Several associations sent a letter this week to Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, expressing their unified support for keeping the Renewable Fuel Standard program’s point of obligation unchanged.

Court accepts $48.5M bid for Abengoa Hugoton from Synata Bio
Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:58 AM

Startup Synata Bio outbid Shell Oil Co. in the bankruptcy auction for Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas at Hugoton, Kansas. Shell's stalking horse bid of $26 million was nearly doubled in the winning bid.

Growth Energy: Annual October Pink Out Program a success
Thursday, December 1, 2016 3:43 AM

Growth Energy partnered with major fuel retailers Sheetz, Minnoco, Protec Fuel and Murphy USA for its annual Pink Out program to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer during October.

RFA: Most manufacturers approve using E15 in MY 2017 vehicles
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:29 PM

More than 80 percent of new 2017 model year vehicles are approved by the manufacturer to use E15 , according to an analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

ePure: Proposal to phase out conventional biofuels not scientific
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:57 PM

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) regrets the European Commission’s intentions to phase out, or significantly reduce, the use of conventional biofuels in Europe.

Corn market steady
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:31 AM

Nov. 28--Corn production was determined to be 15.226 billion bushels as the national yield was last figured at 175.3 bushels per acre.

Rex third quarter sales, revenue up from third quarter 2015
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:32 AM

Rex American Resources released third quarter financial results Nov. 29, reporting net sales and revenue of $116.3 million, up from $110.6 million in the third quarter of 2015

New chemical enhances biodiesel, ethanol production
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:17 AM

BASF is introducing a new version of its Lutropur brand of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) with higher active concentration for multiple applications in biodiesel and ethanol processing.

Natural gas inventories hit record peak
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:14 AM

Natural gas inventories hit record peak after starting from a baseline of more than 2.4 Tcf in March,

Ethanol prices rally on post-election energy uncertainty
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:08 AM

The market seemed to be making a delayed shift to seasonal patterns during late October and early November as energy and ethanol prices started to turn lower based on growing supplies.

Warm fall temperatures delay DDGS seasonal demand
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:03 AM

With Thanksgiving behind us, and the Mississippi ready to close down in the ‘Cities, the winter months are here, but the weather has not yet caught up.

Canada announces plans for national low-carbon fuel standard
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:18 AM

On Nov. 25, the government of Canada announced plans to develop a low-carbon fuel standard that would require reductions in the carbon footprint of fuels supplied in the nation based on lifecycle analysis.

STB seeks nominations to fill vacancy on RETAC
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:17 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced it is seeking nominations to fill a vacancy on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. The STB is seeking candidates representing private railcar owners, lessors or manufacturers.

Shell, Cosan revise Raízen joint venture agreement
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:15 AM

Shell and Cosan have reached an agreement to strengthen the Raízen joint venture in Brazil through a change in its contractual structure that has transformed Raízen from a temporary to a permanent joint venture.

EPA: Cellulosic RIN generation reaches 17.79 million in October
Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:57 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 17.79 million cellulosic RINs.

UNICA: Several sugarcane mills wrap up 2016-’17 season
Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:56 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released a crop update for the second half of October, reporting ethanol production in the south-central region during the period reached 1.3 billion liters (343.42 million gallons).

EPA finalizes 2017 RFS RVOs, biofuels industry applauds rule
Thursday, November 24, 2016 2:29 AM

On Nov. 23, the U.S. EPA released its final rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel. Several of the RVOs represent increases over proposed volumes.

Ethanol plant in Hungary plans expansion
Thursday, November 24, 2016 2:26 AM

Pannonia Ethanol Zrt. recently announced it hsuccessfully completed a Euro 135 million credit facility agreement with a consortium of Hungarian banks. The facility will support expansion at the company’s Dunafoldvar, Hungary biorefinery.

Scientists study how biofuel crop reflectivity impacts climate
Thursday, November 24, 2016 2:23 AM

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have conducted a detailed study of the reflectivity effects of converting land to grow biofuel crops.

EPA: Comment period open on proposed point of obligation ruling
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 4:35 AM

The U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to deny several petitions requesting the agency redefine the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), officially opening a 60-day public comment period.

Engineering firm warns biomass builders on cutting costs
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 4:33 AM

Moves to make green energy more cost-effective, by cutting corners to reduce up-front costs cheaper, can prove to be an expensive mistake, Axiom Engineering Associates, a U.K. materials engineering company, warns.

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs, reduce emissions
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 4:32 AM

A new article looks at the potential benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a vision to enable a sustainable market for producing and converting a billion tons of US biomass to biobased energy, fuels, and products by 2030.

Comment period opens on EPA rule to update RFS, fuel regulations
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:40 AM

On Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are due Jan. 17.

Mission Innovation launches sustainable biofuel challenge
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:37 AM

On Nov. 14, Mission Innovation Partners came together at the UN climate change conference, known as COP22, to report on developments one year from its launch. The global effort aims to double clean energy research and development.

RFA welcomes new member KAAPA Ethanol Ravenna
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:35 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced the addition of KAAPA Ethanol Ravenna LLC to its membership. The facility uses 33 million bushels of corn to produce 90 million gallons of ethanol per year.

Blog: Leaded gasoline’s sordid history
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 3:04 AM
USGC: Ethanol exports up in September
Saturday, November 19, 2016 1:46 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently reported that USDA export data for September, which is the first month of the 2016-’17 marketing year, showed a dramatic increase in exports of feed grains in all forms.

European groups oppose any phase-out of conventional biofuels
Saturday, November 19, 2016 1:40 AM

ePURE was among a group of trade organizations that recently issued a letter to the European Commission strongly opposing any phase-out of European Union support for conventional biofuels produced in Europe from European-grown crops and feedstock.

Food security benefits found in African biofuels production
Friday, November 18, 2016 6:54 AM

Biofuels operations under the right conditions can lead to improved household food security in developing countries, concludes a new study conducted by researchers in Ireland that reviews the limited development of biofuel production in Africa.

Post-election, USGC encourages focus on expanding ag exports
Friday, November 18, 2016 6:47 AM

Grain exports are a bright spot in the current farm economy and can grow even further through outreach to the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside U.S. borders, leaders of the U.S. Grains Council said at a recent event.

Iowa E15 retailers’ ‘Pink at the Pump’ campaign raises $12,000
Friday, November 18, 2016 6:28 AM

Drivers filling-up their cars with cleaner-burning E15 during the month of October raised $12,000 for breast cancer awareness as part of the “Pink at the Pump” Campaign. Nearly 30 E15 retailers in Iowa participated in the program.

White House decarbonization report addresses biofuels, biomass
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:46 AM

The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change under the Paris climate deal.

RFA: Report knocks the stuffing out of ‘food vs. fuel’ turkeys
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:43 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has released an independent analysis on the impact of ethanol on food prices showing the current collision of falling food prices and record ethanol production should end the contrived “food vs. fuel” debate for good.

GRFA calls for strong global commitment to biofuels at COP22
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:40 AM

On Nov. 16, Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, called on negotiators participating in events underway at COP22 to seize the opportunities presented by biofuels to support the global transition to low-carbon transportation.

Sleepy Eye High School students visit Highwater Ethanol
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:37 AM

Twenty-three students from Sleepy Eye High School toured Minnesota-based Highwater Ethanol Nov. 8 to get a closer look at clean renewable energy production. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Elegant Solutions
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:09 AM

Ethanol Producer Magazine's editor in chief reviews the lineup of articles in the December issue, adding commentary on the ethanol industry.

Business Briefs
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:47 PM
Gevo provides update of operations at Luverne facility
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:25 AM

On Nov. 14, Gevo Inc. released third quarter financial results, reporting the company produced approximately 145,000 gallons of isobutanol during the quarter, with approximately 240,000 gallons produced during the first nine months of the year.

Natural Chem acquires Abengoa plant in Portales, New Mexico
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:23 AM

Natural Chem Group LLC recently announced that the company has acquired the mothballed Abengoa ethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico. NCG plans to redevelop the facility into an Eco-Fuels Blend Terminal that produces a B20 biodiesel blend.

St1 plans 50 MMly Cellunolix ethanol plant at UPM site in Finland
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:20 AM

Acting on behalf of North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB), St1 has begun the analysis and signed letters of intent with Alholmens Kraft and UPM on a sawdust-based ethanol plant in the Alholma industrial area in Pietarsaari, Finland.

ICM: Flight powered by biofuel made from residual wood
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:18 AM

ICM Inc. contributed to the successful production of renewable biojet fuel from woody biomass used on a commercial Alaska Airlines flight on Nov. 14 as part of the USDA-sponsored Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project.

Changing cell behavior could boost biofuels, medicine
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:16 AM

A computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances, which could be useful for stem cell research, gene therapy and biofuel production.

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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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