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Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5
Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:17 AM

On May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists
Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:14 AM

Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant.

Minnesota high school students visit Highwater Ethanol plant
Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:11 AM

Close to 70 high school students from Minnesota-based Pipestone Area High School recently visited Highwater Ethanol to get a better understanding of how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.

RFA publishes analysis of California LCFS data
Friday, April 29, 2016 7:00 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has released an analysis of recently published data on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, noting grain ethanol provided nearly half of the greenhouse gas reductions achieved through 2015.

Iowa legislature approves funding for state blender pump program
Friday, April 29, 2016 6:58 AM

The Iowa legislature voted 94 – 0 in the House of Representatives and 49 – 0 in the Iowa Senate to secure another year of funding for the state’s very successful biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program, the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program.

US Water to present at Fuel Ethanol Workshop
Friday, April 29, 2016 6:55 AM

U.S. Water has announced its representatives will give three technical presentations during the upcoming Fuel Ethanol Workshop, June 20 – 23, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Iowa DOT publishes study on ethanol, crude oil rail transport
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:31 AM

Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have released a study that reveals insights into the transportation of biofuels and crude oil by rail around and through the state.

USGC talks ethanol with Mexican policymakers
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:25 AM

As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the U.S. Grains Council’s staff there has been working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel.

CARB issues update on LCFS pathway certification
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:15 AM

California Air Resources Board has completed review of all ethanol pathway applications submitted by Jan. 31 through the alternative fuels portal. The submissions included both new applications and requests to have legacy pathways recertified.

Indiana funding supports deployment of 45 blender pumps
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:40 AM

On April 25, the Indiana Office of Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council awarded more than $789,000 to fuel retailer Family Express under the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, supporting the deployment of 45 blender pumps.

Iowa House passes bill extending biofuel tax incentives
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:39 AM

On April 21, the Iowa House of Representatives passed legislation that aims to extend state tax incentives for renewable fuels. The measure passed the state Senate in mid-April and will now go to Gov. Terry Branstad for consideration.

Lux: Low-carbon fuels, vehicle efficiency to cut CO2 emissions
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:37 AM

Global road transportation accounts for a sixth of all global carbon dioxide emissions, and its share is rising. A new analysis from Lux Research finds that low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29 percent in 2030.

Commodities: Corn market rallies in April
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:53 AM

Mid-April shaped up to be a great opportunity for farmers to make sales amid a correction in the market place. Corn had a major correction after the March 31st plantings and quarterly stocks report with nearby futures collapsing to below $3.50/bu.

Commodities: Natural gas market under pressure in mid-sprin
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:12 AM

The natural gas market has come under upside pressure since bottoming out in early March. The rally has been mostly driven by emerging evidence of a tighter fundamental balance, which has already started to erode the historically large surplus in und

Commodities: DDGS prices up and down
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 11:42 PM

We’ve seen quite a roller coaster in the last month with DDGS prices. We started April with weakness, as soymeal and corn prices dropped, creating more competition for DDGS in animal diets both domestically and abroad.

Commodities: Ethanol prices surge higher on corn interest
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 11:05 PM

Through the third week of April, moderate-to-strong buyer support has continued to step into the ethanol market as traders focused on firming energy markets and the recent surge in corn values, which pushed corn futures near $4 per bushel.

Ethanol groups criticize US climate plan for excluding biofuels
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:59 AM

On April 22 a ceremony was held at United Nations headquarters in New York to coincide with Earth Day during which several nations signed the COP21 agreement. The ethanol industry has criticized the U.S. plan for not including biofuels.

RFA issues new equipment guidance for E15 retailers
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:58 AM

With many new retailers preparing to offer E15, the Renewable Fuels Association is concerned that retailers could potentially order equipment that cannot legally dispense E15 and has issued new information about how to properly offer E15 at retail.

USGC assesses demand for DDGS, sorghum in Turkey
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:55 AM

Increasing demand for meat, dairy and poultry products is a key driver for growth in the feed industry all around the world, including Turkey, where rising household incomes are leading consumers to demand more and higher-quality protein products.

Blog: Long-gestating Cellulosic Project Advances
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 1:07 AM

Executives from New Energy Investors were in North Dakota recently, looking for support to explore the feasibility of a cellulosic ethanol plant -- building on a project first proposed a decade earlier.

EPA: 1.52 billion RINs generated in March
Saturday, April 23, 2016 2:07 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for March, reporting nearly 1.52 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first three months of the year to more than 4.37 billion.

DOE to offer funding for biorefinery projects
Saturday, April 23, 2016 2:06 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity to support technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery.

Iowa Senate passes resolution calling for federal support of RFS
Friday, April 22, 2016 8:02 AM

On April 20, the Iowa Senate adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress, U.S. EPA, President Obama and the next president of the United States to continue to support the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through 2022.

APEC ethanol forum highlights Asia as next frontier for exports
Friday, April 22, 2016 8:00 AM

The growing interest for ethanol in the Asia-Pacific region is driven in part by ever-growing environmental concerns, especially those related to rising greenhouse gas emissions and deteriorating air quality associated with increased fossil fuel use.

Study helps map path to improved cassava production
Friday, April 22, 2016 7:57 AM

A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and climate tolerance into the root crop, which represents both a food source and a strategic source of renewable energy.

UAI calls court decision on MOVES Model a temporary setback
Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:54 AM

The effort to stop the U.S. EPA from implementing a model that unfairly blames ethanol for increased emissions hit a “temporary setback,” according to the Urban Air Initiative in response to action by the U.S Court of Appeals.

Alliance BioEnergy Plus: Technology adds value to ethanol plants
Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:49 AM

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has developed a technology that the company said will allow corn ethanol plants to process their own distillers grains and corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol, adding millions of gallons to their annual output.

FAA approves alcohol-based jet fuel
Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:47 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new biobased fuel, known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK). It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol that is derived from renewable feedstocks such as sugar or corn.

Green Biologics announces distribution agreements
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:06 AM

Green Biologics Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Green Biologics Ltd., announced two distribution agreements in April. The company is currently retrofitting a corn ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, to produce n-butanol and acetone.

New York bill calls for ethanol-free fuel to be sold at marinas
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:05 AM

Legislation pending in the New York State Assembly aims to allow filling stations located within marinas to sell motor fuel that does not contain ethanol.

Comet signs supply agreement with BioAmber, announces investment
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:03 AM

Comet Biorefining Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for high-purity dextrose from Comet's planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues.

EPA submits 2017 RFS rule to White House OMB for review
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:42 AM

The U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 15. OMB review marks a final step before the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register.

RFA questions fairness of Big Oil tax subsidies
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:39 AM

April 18 is tax day. While hardworking Americans will receive an average of more than $2,800 in refunds, oil producers and refiners receive $4 billion–6 billion in federal tax incentives and subsidies every year.

Student startup converts waste lignin to mulch film for farm use
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:38 AM

Researchers have developed a process that makes lignin biodegradable and turns it into the large rolls of mulch film that farmers use to block weeds, retain moisture and soil temperature, and improve crop yield.

Blog: An Intern's View of Ethanol
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:13 AM

An intern at Ethanol Producer Magazine reports what she learned from her assignment to watch the movie PUMP.

EPA clarifies provision of RFS Quality Assurance Program rule
Saturday, April 16, 2016 2:36 AM

The U.S. EPA recently announced it has finalized an amendment proposed last year that clarifies an aspect of the renewable fuels standard (RFS) program that was inadvertently put in place with the Quality Assurance Program rule.

EPA approves Joule’s advanced biofuel pathway
Saturday, April 16, 2016 2:34 AM

The U.S. EPA recently approved a renewable fuel pathway filed by Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc., allowing the company to generate D5 advanced biofuels renewable identification numbers for its algae-based ethanol under the renewable fuel standard.

IRFA: Iowa achieves record E85, midlevel blend sales in 2015
Saturday, April 16, 2016 2:32 AM

Iowa motorists purchased a record 13.1 million gallons (mg) of E85 in 2015, an 8.3 percent increase over 2014, while also purchasing 8.7 mg of mid-level ethanol blends (ranging from E15 to E69), a 121.1 percent increase over 2014.

EIA: 2016, 2017 ethanol production to increase over 2015
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:19 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting 2016 ethanol production will increase when compared to 2015 levels, averaging 970,000 to 980,000 barrels per day in 2016 and 2017.

ACE, ethanol retailers counter ethanol myths during briefing
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:16 AM

Drivers want this fuel, and it doesn’t cost an interested retailer an arm and a leg to get the right fueling equipment to sell higher blends of ethanol. That was the theme of the American Coalition for Ethanol’s congressional briefing held April 14.

Growth Energy announces Emily Skor as CEO
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:14 AM

Growth Energy has announced Emily Skor as CEO, effective May 16. Skor most recently served as the vice president for communications of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the executive director of the CHPA Educational Foundation.

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:11 AM

Researchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

EIA tracks monthly ethanol and biodiesel rail movements
Friday, April 15, 2016 7:10 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released new information on ethanol and biodiesel movements by rail. The new monthly estimates are integrated with EIA's existing Petroleum Supply Monthly.

Ethanol Industry is Building Upon What Already Exists
Friday, April 15, 2016 12:47 AM

I’ve always believed that America’s advanced biofuels industry will substantially rise from, with or because of, our nation’s standing fleet of corn ethanol plants. This column appears in the May issue of EPM.

Business Briefs
Friday, April 15, 2016 12:24 AM

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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.” ...read 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.” ...read more

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