Pacific Ethanol sets quarterly record for gallons sold
Saturday, August 2, 2014 1:41 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting net sales of $321.1 million, a 37.4 percent increase over the $233.8 million in net sales reported for the same period of last year.

EPA releases June RIN data
Friday, August 1, 2014 11:20 PM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting that more than 1.46 billion RINs were generated during the month across all biofuel categories.

Researchers evaluate low-fat DDGS for use in swine diets
Friday, August 1, 2014 11:18 PM

Researchers at the University of Illinois are evaluating low-fat distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in swine diets. The team compared amino acid digestibility in growing pigs fed diets containing conventional DDGS or low-fat DDGS.

JBEI develops tool for characterizing plant sugar transporters
Friday, August 1, 2014 11:13 PM

A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of "fuel" crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute.

Valero reports strong Q2 results for ethanol segment
Friday, August 1, 2014 4:31 AM

Valero Energy Corp. has released financial results for the second quarter, reporting strong results for its ethanol segment. Overall, the company reported net income from continuing operations attributable to Valero stockholders of $651 million.

Eco-Energy announces deal with Dakota Spirit AgEnergy
Friday, August 1, 2014 4:30 AM

Eco-Energy has signed a multiyear deal with Dakota Spirit AgEnergy in Spiritwood, North Dakota, that is scheduled to begin production in early 2015.

Miscanthus might yield more biomass in Iowa that first thought
Friday, August 1, 2014 4:28 AM

Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University.

Helping switchgrass survive winter will boost biofuel potential
Friday, August 1, 2014 4:26 AM

Michigan State University has been awarded $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy and USDA program to develop hardier switchgrass, a plant native to North America that holds high potential as a biofuel source.

New UC Davis study offers surprising insights on biofuels
Friday, August 1, 2014 4:23 AM

A study recently released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis examines how an incremental approach to supplement advanced innovation in biofuels can help California and the nation meet clean fuel and lower emission standards.

Commodities: Natural gas prices fall as storage issues resolve
Friday, August 1, 2014 2:48 AM

Although natural gas storage inventories were depleted by a cold winter, which increased prices, key risks for storage recovery appear to be reduced. This has resulted in lowered price levels.

Commodities: Corn prices tumble, ethanol margins improve
Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:40 PM

July was not a pretty month for the corn producer but end-users of corn benefited with tumbling prices. Nearby corn futures declined nearly 60 cents since July 1 to July 28. Prospects of a bigger yield continue to weigh on prices and the cash market

Green Plains announces near-record quarterly results
Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:04 AM

Green Plains Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting its second best quarter in history. Net income for the three-month period was $32.3 million, or 82 cents per diluted share. Revenues were $837.9 million.

Genera Energy introduces proprietary feedstock management systems
Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:02 AM

Genera Energy Inc. has announced the deployment of two new proprietary feedstock management systems, Energy Grange and Supply AssureBoth systems were developed through years of R&D and in-the-field testing.

NRDC report ranks biofuel sustainability programs
Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:01 AM

Amid increasing interest in alternative transportation fuels, a new report commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows how federal agencies and other large commercial customers can buy sustainably produced biofuels.

Joint venture formed to develop cellulosic biorefinery in China
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:04 AM

A joint venture of an M&G Chemicals subsidiary and China-based Anhui Guozhen Co. Ltd. has been created to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China. The project was first announced in late 2013.

Pacific Ethanol awarded grant to support sorghum program
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:01 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced it was awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program collaboratively with several other organizations.

NASCAR reaches 6 million miles of racing with E15
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:58 AM

For more than three years, NASCAR has run on Sunoco Green E15. Drivers recently raced at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, where a historic milestone was set of 6 million miles of racing on higher blends of ethanol in NASCAR.

Commodities: Ethanol markets stabilize despite corn slide
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:56 PM

Through late summer, the ethanol complex has remained extremely stable, unlike most commodity markets around it. Corn prices have fallen 55 cents per bushel while ethanol prices increased 2 cents per gallon.

Gevo: Side-by-side operation of Luverne plant on track
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:28 AM

Gevo Inc. has reported an update on the progress of the implementation of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. In the beginning of June, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol.

USGC asks USDA to intervene in China's MIR-162 trade requirements
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:25 AM

On July 27, U.S. Grains Council Chairman Julius Schaaf asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to personally intervene with his counterpart in China to halt the "current regulatory sabotage of the DDGS trade with China."

RFA to DOE: Update your E85 data
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:24 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has pointed to the vast underrepresentation of E85 stations in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center database and implored DOE to accurately account for all stations selling E85.

Commodities: China's DDGS rules still evolving
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:20 AM

China again has created new rules with regard to shipments that state all shipments must have a government stamped document stating the absence of MIR 162 corn. However, there aren't currently any agencies that can officially test for that.

E85 app helps users track cost, emissions data
Monday, July 28, 2014 11:17 PM

I get to meet some really interesting people through my job at Ethanol Producer Magazine. A while ago, I received an email from a Ph.D. candidate that developed a free iPhone app for FFV drivers.

Report discusses future of European ethanol industry
Friday, July 25, 2014 11:43 PM

The European Union has filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting that the European Commission aims to reach an agreement on future biofuel policy by October.

Lesaffre announces acquisition of Butalco
Friday, July 25, 2014 11:38 PM

Lesaffre has announced the acquisition of the start-up Butalco, a research company focused on yeast technology and the development of yeast strains for second generation of biofuels and bio based chemicals.

Spero Energy receives NSF funding
Friday, July 25, 2014 11:31 PM

A Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuels and the production of fragrance products has received funding from the National Science Foundation.

Business Briefs
Friday, July 25, 2014 10:47 PM
Ethanol hedge for corn farmers working as expected in 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014 4:58 AM

With corn prices the lowest in years, the question arises whether farmers who invested in ethanol plants are finding it an effective hedge. Retired Iowa State University ag economist Don Hofstrand analyzed the question in a recent newsletter.

East Kansas Agri-Energy announces renewable diesel project
Friday, July 25, 2014 4:55 AM

East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC has announced its intent to integrate renewable diesel production at its ethanol plant in Garnett, Kansas. The fuel will be made from the corn distillers oil already produced at the plant along with other feedstocks.

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries
Friday, July 25, 2014 4:53 AM

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Ethanol rolls into Sturgis
Friday, July 25, 2014 4:51 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association will partner with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground to host the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set to take place Aug. 4-10.

ACE announces final agenda for August 4-6 conference in Minnesota
Friday, July 25, 2014 4:50 AM

Ethanol advocates can expect an agenda including notable speakers and timely topics for the upcoming 27th annual ACE Ethanol Conference, August 4-6.

More From Less
Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:10 PM

Finding ways to convert corn starch faster, cheaper and more efficiently is a virtually endless pursuit for ethanol producers, writes Tom Bryan of BBI International. That search is highlighted in the lead feature in the August issue of EPM.

DOT proposes new standards for ethanol, crude oil rail shipments
Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:56 AM

On July 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released proposed rulemaking that aims to improve the safety of rail transportation of flammable materials, particularly crude oil and ethanol.

Montanans turn barley into high-value feed, ethanol
Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:09 AM

Montana Microbial and the USDA Agricultural Research Service are developing an enzymatic treatment for barley that produces a high-value protein concentrate, describing ethanol as the process coproduct.

Aemetis announces $3 million CEC grant for sorghum project
Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:06 AM

Aemetis Inc. has announced that the company received a $3 million matching grant award from the California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support a sorghum ethanol project.

Ethanol, A Global Commodity
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:08 PM

While the oil industry works very effectively on an international level the ethanol industry could use improvement in this area, particularly in terms of trade, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International.

Bill would benefit manufacturers of alternatively fueled vehicles
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:13 AM

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide automakers an option to reduce their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards by warranting at least half the vehicles they manufacture for alternative fuels.

Analysis shows U.S. ethanol is lowest cost fuel, octane source
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:10 AM

Ethanol produced in the United States has been the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world over the past four years and has played an important role in reducing consumer fuel costs, according to a new analysis.

DOE opens funding opportunity for alternative fuel vehicles
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:09 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation.

Toolkit For Ethanol's Next Stage
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:36 PM

Forward-thinking producers will build on technological improvements implemented in recent years.

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo agenda released
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:51 AM

The agenda for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo has been released. The Oct. 13-14 event, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will focus on next-generation biofuels technology integration opportunities for existing biofuel plants.

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:47 AM

A Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity.

Ethanol, part of the winning strategy
Monday, July 21, 2014 11:17 PM

I can't help but think that, perhaps someday, the winning vehicle designs of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions can be mass produced and sold to consumers like you and me.

Leading the Way in Motorcycle Education
Monday, July 21, 2014 7:05 PM

The Renewable Fuels Association will once again have a presence at Sturgis, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. The rally, which includes ""Free Fuel Happy Hours," is a unique chance to reach out to half a million bikers.

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