EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in December
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:58 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting more than 1.84 billion RINs were generated during the final month of last year, including nearly 16.83 million cellulosic RINs.

U.S. Water: Court of appeals overturns patent decision
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:56 AM

U.S. Water has announced that on Dec. 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated an adverse judgment against it by the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin relating to the use of phytase in ethanol plants.

European researcher aims to generate more value from biomass
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:49 AM

Roberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his work on lignin valorization.

Doing the Math, Part 4 or 5
Monday, January 23, 2017 11:57 PM

ACE's Grassroots Voice columnist explains the RINs math behind E85, that ought to result in savings at the pump. Lamberty's column appears in the February print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Transportation issues hamper DDGS shipment
Monday, January 23, 2017 11:49 PM

Midway through January, it has been an interesting month, already. The new year started with cold weather in the Midwest and heavy rain and snow on the West coast.

Pelleted Feed Innovation from Nebraska
Monday, January 23, 2017 11:26 PM

Big in ethanol and corn, Nebraska's corn stover and distillers grains resources are being tapped for new, enhanced feed products from two emerging companies. This feature appears in the February print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

UNICA: Most Brazilian sugarcane mills wrap up 2016-’17 harvest
Saturday, January 21, 2017 2:41 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a crop update for the second half of December, reporting ethanol production reached 24.91 billion liters (6.58 billion gallons) from the start of the current season through Jan. 1.

ORNL: Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels
Saturday, January 21, 2017 2:35 AM

Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists, biofuel researchers and others.

Ethanol CO2 & Concrete Cement a Relationship
Saturday, January 21, 2017 12:12 AM

CarbonCure Technologies strengthens concrete while reducing its carbon footprint. This feature on a new use for the ethanol coproduct appears in the February print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

US Must Maintain Its Leadership on Biofuels
Friday, January 20, 2017 11:56 PM

The Global Scene columnist from the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance says the importance of the RFS cannot be overstated. This column appears in the February print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

US ethanol production breaks record for third consecutive week
Friday, January 20, 2017 5:57 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry has broken production records for three consecutive weeks. Production reached a new record the week ending Jan. 13, averaging 1.054 barrels per day, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary
Friday, January 20, 2017 5:53 AM

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011.

EPA denies cellulosic waiver filed by APFM
Friday, January 20, 2017 5:52 AM

On Jan. 17, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to the American Petrochemical and Fuel Manufacturers denying its petition for a partial supplemental waiver of the 2016 cellulosic biofuel standard under the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

Biofuels champ Richard Childress makes NASCAR Hall of Fame
Friday, January 20, 2017 5:45 AM

This week, Growth Energy will join racing fans across the country to celebrate the induction of NASCAR’s 2017 Hall of Fame honorees, including racing legend Richard Childress, a longtime champion for ethanol-based fuels.

Edeniq closes on $7 million in equity financing
Friday, January 20, 2017 5:42 AM

Edeniq Inc. recently announced it has raised $7 million in equity capital. The proceeds will be used to support growth in Edeniq’s Pathway cellulosic ethanol business.

Reverse Osmosis System Operation and Monitoring
Friday, January 20, 2017 12:06 AM

Cleaning RO systems when fouling solids are most easily removed maintains membrane life, restores performance. This contribution appears in the February print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

The Promise of Ethanol in an Unknown Political Climate
Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:54 PM

The ethanol industry is a good fit for a new regulatory era. This Clearing the Air column from the executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition appears in the February print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS
Thursday, January 19, 2017 8:15 AM

On Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed.

Flint Hills Resources to upgrade Fairmont ethanol plant
Thursday, January 19, 2017 8:07 AM

Flint Hills Resources plans to invest more than $50 million in its Fairmont, Nebraska, ethanol plant to install a new technology that will produce a high protein animal and fish feed ingredient from a portion of the plant’s distiller grains.

Legislative Uncertainty Calls for Vigilance
Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:33 AM

The change in administrations raises multiple questions and the need to stay-up-to-date with potential business implications. This Business Matters column also appears in the February print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Bright Future Ahead for Ethanol Exports
Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:20 AM

Contributing writer Weiner charts the trends in top ethanol importing countries. This story also appears in the February print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

New RFA brochure outlines 2017 flex fuel vehicle offerings
Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:57 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has released a new brochure compiles all of the flex fuel vehicle (FFV) models available in the current model year (MY2017), as well as previous model years going back as far as MY1999.

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Kentucky plant
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:44 AM

The U.S. EPA recently approved an efficient producer pathway petition for Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, bringing the total number of plants to receive pathway approvals under the efficient producer program to approximately 64.

Inauguration week ad recognizes Trump leadership on biofuels
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:42 AM

The nation’s top renewable fuel advocates are celebrating inauguration week with a new television ad highlighting President-elect Donald Trump’s vocal support for jobs in the biofuels sector and offering thanks for his steadfast leadership.

US ethanol exports up 85 percent in Q1 of 2016-’17 marketing year
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:40 AM

Exports of U.S. ethanol are off to a strong start for the first quarter of the 2016-‘17 marketing year and are at their highest levels during that time frame over the past five years, according to data recently released by the USDA.

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 analyzes environmental effects
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:39 AM

The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1 has been jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

DOE releases analysis of biofuels, bioproducts from waste streams
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:38 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities.

DOE jobs report features data on bioenergy, biofuels employment
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:36 AM

On Jan. 13, the U.S. Department of Energy released its second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy. The report addresses a wide range of energy technologies.

RFA responds to FAO news that global food prices fell in 2016
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:34 AM

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has announced prices of major global food commodities dropped 1.5 percent from 2015 to 2016. The Renewable Fuels Association noted the news shows corn ethanol has not increased food prices.

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2017 IBCE
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:29 AM

BBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Blog: Ethanol’s GHG profile sees impressive improvement
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:40 AM
EIA: Ethanol production expected to increase slightly in 2018
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:49 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 1 million barrels per day in 2017, increasing slightly to 1.02 million gallons in 2018.

Crushings analysis shows increases in corn oil, DDGS production
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:43 AM

Corn distillers oil production was up a whopping 15 percent in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, according an analysis of the USDA Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report.

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production
Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:39 AM

Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year. However, current research shows dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce biofuels nine months of the year, increasing profits by as much as 30 percent.

USDA report demonstrates GHG benefits of corn ethanol
Friday, January 13, 2017 6:30 AM

On Jan. 12, the USDA released a report showing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with U.S. corn ethanol are currently approximately 43 percent lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis.

WASDE: Corn supplies down, ethanol use up
Friday, January 13, 2017 6:11 AM

USDA ratcheted down corn supplies for the 2016-’17 crop year, lowering corn ending stocks by 48 million bushels from last month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Corn production is estimated at 15.148 billion bushels.

RDA set to deliver affordable ethanol for Australia
Friday, January 13, 2017 6:03 AM

Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd. is fast approaching the delivery of the first of its planned five large scale bioethanol farms and production facilities to supply ethanol for the Australian and export markets.

US ethanol industry opens 2017 with record-setting production
Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:32 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry opened 2017 with a new weekly production record. Production reached an average of 1.049 million barrels per day the week ending Jan. 6, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

China takes action against US DDGS, ethanol imports
Thursday, January 12, 2017 6:30 AM

On Jan. 11, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced it will subject U.S. distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. According to information released by the ministry, the duties will be levied beginning Jan. 12.

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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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