White Dog Labs advances in $20 million Carbon Xprize contest
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:51 AM

New technology developer White Dog Labs has been selected as a semifinalist in the $20 million Carbon Xprize, announced shortly after its peer-reviewed research paper was published in the journal Nature Communications.

Petrobras negotiates to sell interest in sugarcane company
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:50 AM

On Oct. 21, Brazil-based Petrobras announced it is beginning negotiations with Tereos International S.A. regarding the sale of 45.9 percent interest of Petrobras Biocombustivel in the sugarcane company Guarani. S.A.

Ag buyers, suppliers head to Detroit for Export Exchange 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:46 AM

More than 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products from more than 35 countries are arriving in Detroit for Export Exchange 2016, ready to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain.

GRFA calls for G20 leadership on emissions reduction plans
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:45 AM

Oct. 24, Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, called on G20 countries to take action to reduce GHG emissions in response to recent reports showing that global temperatures are rising at higher-than-anticipated rates.

Fortum and Taaleri invest in Chempolis
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:21 AM

Fortum and Taaleri Kiertotalous Ky recently signed an agreement with Chempolis Oy to invest in the company. The deal is part of a restructuring of Chempolis Oy’s ownership and financing, in order to strengthen the balance sheet and operations.

Blog: Super yeasts and catalysts
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:42 AM
Ethanol futures pulled higher on tighter oil supplies
Monday, October 24, 2016 9:19 PM

Ethanol and gasoline markets have continued to make significant counter-seasonal surges in October.

BIO asks Congress to extend biofuel tax incentives
Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:41 AM

On Oct. 18, the Biotechnology Industry Organization sent a letter to several congressional leaders calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits that are currently set to expire at the end of the year.

NHREG High School students visit Guardian Energy
Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:35 AM

Thirty-five students from NRHEG (New Richland, Hartland, Ellendale, Geneva) High School recently visited Guardian Energy to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.

White House OMB reviews 2017 RFS rule
Friday, October 21, 2016 5:47 AM

On Oct. 19, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume standards for 2017 and biobased diesel standards for 2018 to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Studies on extinguishing ethanol tank fires refines foam methods
Friday, October 21, 2016 5:44 AM

Researchers working on the Etankfire project have completed a number of tests aimed at developing firefighting tactics for large ethanol tank fires. The research has been led by Henry Persson from the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

ORNL researchers unravel the science behind biomass breakdown
Friday, October 21, 2016 5:41 AM

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the chemical details behind the process to more easily deconstruct biomass in order to more easily produce biobased fuels and chemicals.

Researchers develop instrumentation to study plant cell walls
Friday, October 21, 2016 5:39 AM

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bioenergy.

RFA, RFF to offer National Ethanol Conference scholarships
Friday, October 21, 2016 5:36 AM

For the eighth year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the National Ethanol Conference, scheduled for Feb. 20–22, 2017 in San Diego.

Biomass Breakaways
Friday, October 21, 2016 12:03 AM

A review of the line up of in-depth reporting in the November print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Business Briefs
Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:53 PM
USDA solicits REAP applications
Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:50 AM

On Oct. 18, the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which can help agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems.

UAI: EPA emails show oil industry helped design test fuels
Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:48 AM

The Urban Air Initiative has discovered that the U.S. EPA relied heavily on the oil industry to help design test fuels used for the EPAct Study, which erroneously shows that blending ethanol into gasoline increases pollution.

RFA: Data show the so-called “blend wall” is crumbling
Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:47 AM

Gasoline supplied to the U.S. market last week contained an average of 10.4 percent ethanol, according to data U.S. Energy Information Administration data. It was the second time in the last four weeks that the ethanol blend rate topped 10 percent.

‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels
Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:43 AM

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel.

The Odd Decouple
Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:32 AM

National laboratories argue for a paradigm shift in the industry’s approach to biomass handling and preparation for cellulosic ethanol biorefineries and other biomass applications. In-depth reporting in the November EPM.

Lies and Big Oil Fiction
Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:02 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association's View from the Hill column in the November EPM: Biofuel critics will continue to distort the truth to fit their own narrative, but you can bet the ethanol industry will hit back with the truth each and every time.

CropEnergies reports increased ethanol production volumes
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:46 AM

CropEnergies AG has announced ethanol production increased during the first half of the 2016-’17 financial year, reaching 450,000 cubic meters (118.88 million gallons), up from 422,000 cubic meters during the same period of prior year.

RFA: Record corn harvest sets tone for Export Exchange
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:43 AM

With U.S. farmers anticipating a record corn harvest and U.S. ethanol producers expecting record production of animal feed co-products, the timing could not be better for Export Exchange 2016, scheduled for next week in Detroit.

Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:38 AM

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol.

Biofuels finance conference meets in Minneapolis
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 3:35 AM

There is some optimism for the biofuels industry in the nation’s capital, in spite of the current election environment, attendees of the Christianson Biofuels Finance Conference learned in Minneapolis on Oct. 18.

New Pathways for Stover
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:51 AM

Innovation in stover utilization targets feed, sugars and coproduct credits, building markets beyond cellulosic ethanol use. In-depth reporting in the November EPM.

The Road to 10 Million Miles
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 AM

Growth Energy's Drive column in the November EPM: The 10-million-mile mark is an incredible milestone for American Ethanol and our industry, and every mile on that journey is a reminder that E15 is the fuel of the present and the future.

USGC: Ethanol, DDGS exports up during the 2015-’16 marketing year
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:27 AM

The U.S. Grains Council has announced U.S. feed grains in all forms during the 2015-’16 marketing year reached 100.5 million metric tons (3.96 billion bushels), up more than 300,000 metric tons from the previous marketing year.

RFA hosting ethanol safety seminars in Ocala, Florida
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:22 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting free ethanol safety seminars in Ocala, Florida. The Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 seminars at Florida State Fire College will be each held from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. ET. Certificates of completion will given to attendees.

NCBiotech awarded grant for sorghum initiative
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:19 AM

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Fiber: Feedstock of the Future
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:46 AM

Realizing its full potential requires a better understanding of fiber’s fickle characteristics when used as a cellulosic ethanol feedstock. In-depth reporting in the November EPM.

Auto Club Monitoring Proves Ethanol Blending Safe
Monday, October 17, 2016 11:59 PM

Guest columnist for ACE's Grassroots Voice column in the November EPM writes about the AMCM and Travelers Motor Club experiences with ethanol.

Shell files bid to purchase Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant
Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:59 AM

Shell Oil Co. has offered a stalking horse bid of more than $26 million to purchase Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC’s 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

EIA maintains ethanol production forecast for 2016, 2017
Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:54 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting fuel ethanol production will average 990,000 barrels per day this year and next year, up from 970,000 barrels per day in 2015.

IRFA: Absolute Energy produces 1 billionth gallon of ethanol
Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:51 AM

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently recognized Absolute Energy, an ethanol production facility in St. Ansgar, Iowa, for producing its 1 billionth gallon of cleaner-burning, homegrown ethanol this month.

Wet Cake Max-imization
Saturday, October 15, 2016 12:40 AM

New technology poised to improve ethanol plant’s bottom line, through conversion of corn fiber in distillers to cellulosic ethanol. In-depth reporting in November EPM.

Coming Together for a Thriving Low-Carbon Economy
Friday, October 14, 2016 11:58 PM

The Global Scene columnist in the November EPM describes Renewable Industries Canada's plans for an interactive forum to foster measurable actions for the transition to a biobased economy.

UNICA releases updated ethanol production data
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:51 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association recently announced mills in the country’s south-central region produced 18.06 billion liters (4.77 billion gallons) of ethanol from the beginning of the current season through mid-September.

USDA revises corn outlook in October WASDE report
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:48 AM

The USDA Office of Chief Economist has released the October edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, predicting lower production for corn, with increased exports, reduced stocks and higher prices.

Green Biologics introduces BioPure brand, GreenInside trademark
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:46 AM

Green Biologics Inc. has announced a branding and product development strategy for its biobased n-butanol and acetone, as well as downstream products. Its biobased products will be branded BioPure, with downstream products trademarked GreenInside.

RFA celebrates National Farmer’s Day
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:44 AM

In recognition of National Farmer’s Day, the Renewable Fuels Association would like to thank farmers, the backbone of the U.S. economy, providing abundant supplies of food, fuel and fiber for the U.S. and the world.

High school students visit Chippewa Valley Ethanol plant
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:42 AM

Twenty-one high school students from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School recently visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. plant to get a better understanding of how clean homegrown renewable energy is produced.

RFA announces fishing sponsorship to promote ethanol
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:41 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced it will be a co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail this year with Bass Pro Shops, in an effort to educate boaters, conservation enthusiasts and consumers about ethanol’s benefits.

USGC: Southeast Asia trade team discusses ethanol blending
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:16 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently hosted a team of automobile manufacturers, ethanol policy regulators, fuel distributors, and ethanol producers from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in gasoline.

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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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