Advanced biofuels RIN futures trading starts off briskly
Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:29 PM
CME Group is pleased with the interest generated in its new renewable identification numbers (RINs) futures contracts. In addition to the first trades of D6 ethanol RINs reported earlier, D5 RINs were traded.
RFA receives award for emergency readiness training
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:22 PM
The Renewable Fuels Association accepted the "2012 TRANSCAER National Achievement Award" May 21 at the Association of American Railroads/Bureau of Explosives HazMat Seminar in Addison, Texas.
Current prosperity period differs greatly from the ’70s
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:04 PM
The current period of prosperity in U.S. agriculture is unfolding much differently than 30 years ago: planted acres are not expanding at the same rate, farm income is steadily improving and farm debt is declining.
Maine passes bill limiting ethanol blending, conditions apply
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:03 AM
Maine Gov. Paul LePage recently signed a bill effectively limiting corn-ethanol blends to 10 percent. However, it will take action in two other area states before it becomes a reality. Two other anti-ethanol bills have floundered in the state senate.
GPRE earns ISCC certification from SCS Global Services
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:57 AM
Omaha-based biofuel producer Green Plains Renewable Energy has qualified for recognition under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) program, based on the findings of a third-party audit conducted by SCS Global Services.
EIA publishes U.S. nameplate capacity data
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:54 AM
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published new data that shows a slight increase in total ethanol operating capacity as of Jan. 1, when compared to the prior year. Most existing capacity is located in the Midwest (PAD District 2).
April ethanol production, sales up in South-Central Brazil
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:52 AM
The sugarcane crush in Brazil's South Central region from the start of the 2013/14 season through April 30 totaled 41.01 million tons, compared to 14.13 million tons processed during the same period last year.
CME Group announces first trade of ethanol RINs futures
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:11 AM
CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, has announced the first ethanol renewable identification number (RINs) futures contract was cleared over CME ClearPort. This trade was brokered by StarFuels Inc.
USDA announces payments to advanced ethanol producers
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:09 AM
The USDA has announced $14 million payments to advanced biofuel 162 producers in 38 states under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. More than a dozen ethanol producers will receive payments under the latest round of funding.
AGP permanently closes corn processing plant in Hastings, Neb.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 2:06 AM
Ag Processing Inc., a cooperative, has announced that it has permanently shut down operations of its corn processing plant at Hastings, Neb. The plant had been on an extended shutdown since February 1, 2013 amid challenging economic conditions.
Ethanol saves consumers like me money at the pump
Monday, May 20, 2013 9:29 PM
I don’t just write about the U.S. ethanol industry as a day job. I really, truly believe that the industry is producing a more environmentally friendly fuel that saves drivers money at the gas pump and strengthens our national security.
Scientists develop 'green' pretreatment of miscanthus for biofuel
Friday, May 17, 2013 10:22 PM
Two University of Illinois scientists have developed an environmentally friendly and more economical way of pretreating miscanthus in the biofuel production process. The technique uses butadiene sulfone, which can be recovered.
Maize growers form international alliance
Friday, May 17, 2013 10:18 PM
The U.S. Grains Council, along with the National Corn Growers Association, MAIZAR, representing Argentina producers and the maize supply chain and ABRAMILHO (Brazilian Association of Corn Producers) have formed an alliance.
Financing complete on Brazil's first commercial 2G ethanol plant
Friday, May 17, 2013 9:09 PM
Financing is now complete on GranBio's 22 MMgy cellulosic plant in Brazil using BetaRenewables conversion technology. Vonnie Estes appointed managing director of new U.S. office.
Moniz confirmed as secretary of energy
Friday, May 17, 2013 2:56 AM
The Senate has unanimously confirmed Ernest Moniz as the Secretary of Energy by a vote of 96 to 0. Moniz was nominated by President Obama in March. He will replace former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who announced his resignation on Feb. 1.
House Ag Committee approves Farm Bill
Friday, May 17, 2013 12:16 AM
The House Committee on Agriculture has approved its version of the Farm Bill, H.R. 1947, by a vote of 36 to 10. The bill, titled the Federal Agricultural and Reform and Risk Management Act, includes nearly $40 billion in spending cuts.
Western Biomass up for sale; Blue Sugars files bankruptcy
Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:58 PM
Months after receiving the first cellulosic renewable identification numbers for a shipment of cellulosic ethanol to its Brazil partner Petrobras, Western Biomass Energy LLC filed for bankruptcy and is now up for sale with bidding closing May 20.
Bill aims to open RFS to natural gas-based ethanol
Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:53 PM
Reps. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Jim Costa, D-Calif., have introduced legislation that would allow ethanol produced from domestic natural gas to meet the volume requirements of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
Iowa State surveys livestock producers on distillers grains use
Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:49 PM
Iowa State University is about halfway through a three-month long online survey of livestock producers' use of distillers grains. The nationwide survey is focused on the beef, dairy, swine and poultry sectors.
RFA, Growth Energy file complaint in EU court to end ethanol duty
Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:47 PM
The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy have filed a complaint with the General Court in Luxembourg challenging the European Union's (EU) decision to impose a 9.6 percent antidumping duty on all ethanol imported from the United States.
USDA extends deadline for fiscal year 2013 REAP funding
Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:02 AM
The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has extended the deadline to apply for fiscal year 2013 Rural Energy for America Program funding through May 31. The extension was made due to increased funding made available through recent legislation.
EU confirms unannounced inspections in oil and biofuels sectors
Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:00 AM
The European Commission can confirm that on May 14, 2013, commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in and providing services to the crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels sectors.
Take Care of Your People and Your People will Take Care of You
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:36 AM
CO2 Levels Rising … Big Deal!
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:35 AM
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Biofuels, Light Bulbs and Why Quitting is Not an Option
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:27 AM
Required Reading (You’re Already Taking the Test)
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:25 AM
Rocking the Biofuels Boat with a Publicity Stunt
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:23 AM
Get on the Bus: Human Resource Strategies Essential to Success
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:22 AM
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People, Partnerships & Deals
Gasoline demand: Better late than never
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:10 AM
DDGS price drops as percentage of corn
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:09 AM
Corn demand picture a moving target
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:08 AM
Has the supply boom come to an end?
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:05 AM
Natural Gas Report
Q&A: Practicing the Golden Rule
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:03 AM
Employees are the No.1 asset of Big River Resources LLC and Deb Green is tasked with seeing to it they are well-trained, safe and happy.
2013 US Ethanol Industry Salary Survey
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:40 PM
The latest salary survey includes data on everything from total plant payroll, previous job experience of employees, the most important factors in job satisfaction and more.
ACE's Lamberty joins ASTM Technical Committee D02
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:09 PM
The American Coalition for Ethanol has joined the ASTM (Formerly American Society for Testing and Materials) Technical Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, represented by ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty.
More Than Just Staff
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:07 PM
Attracting and retaining a team of dedicated and motivated employees is integral to company success.
Gen 1+1.5+2 Equals Process Progress
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:52 PM
A closer look at cellulosic R&D by ICM Inc.
Ethanol Industry Snapshot
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:47 PM
The results of a 2012 corn-ethanol survey reveal progress in yield, energy and water use.
Senate Ag Committee approves Farm Bill
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:21 AM
The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry has voted to approve a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
Enerkem starts drop-in renewable fuels R&D
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:19 AM
Enerkem Inc. announced the launch of a new research project with the government of Canada. The objective of the project is to develop new catalytic processes for the conversion of waste into drop-in biofuels.
Lessons Learned From Past Downturns
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:26 AM
Protecting shareholder value during periods of margin stress.
Instrumentation, Control Systems Contribute to Sustainability
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:14 AM
Process controls underlie effective water, energy saving strategies in ethanol production.
Absolute Energy Tackles Evaporator Fouling
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:59 PM
Proper treatment resolves multiple bottlenecks caused by mineral deposits.
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Aromatics: Hydrocarbons characterized by unsaturated ring structures of carbon atoms. Commercial petroleum Aromatics are benzene, toluene, and xylene.
Biodiesel: A fuel typically made from soybean, canola, or other vegetable oils; animal fats; and recycled grease. It can serve as a substitute for petroleum-derived diesel or distillate fuel.
Blendstocks: are that which go into the production of the various grades of gasoline. They include an assortment of naphthas, European gasolines, Russian gasolines, as well as secondary refinery products such as alkylate, reformate, raffinate and dimate.
CBOT Ethanol Forward Month SWAP: FZE contracts contain features very similar to Ethanol Futures contracts listed on the CBOT Exchange, the primary difference being the daily settlement process. FZE contracts are cash settled and are listed for each calendar month and are priced off the underlying Ethanol futures contract for the forward month. FZE contract expiration dates are the last business day of the month for the specified Ethanol forward month SWAP. In the final month of the FZE contract, the daily settlement price is the calculated as the cumulative average of the daily settlement prices for the underlying futures contracts.
Chicago Ethanol Platts SWAP–CU: The Floating Price for each contract month is equal to the arithmetic average of the high and low quotations from Platts for Chicago Ethanol for each business day that it is determined during the contract month. Trading terminates on the last business day of the contract month.
Ethanol (C2H5OH): A clear, colorless, flammable alcohol. Ethanol is typically produced biologically from biomass feedstocks such as agricultural crops and cellulosic residues from agricultural crops or wood.
Gasoline: A complex mixture of relatively volatile hydrocarbons with or without small quantities of additives, blended to form a fuel suitable for use in spark–ignition engines. Naphthas which will be used for blending or compounding into finished aviation or motor gasoline (e.g.,straight-run gasoline, alkylate, reformate, benzene, toluene, and xylene). Excludes oxygenates (alcohols, ethers), butane, and pentanes plus.
Glycerol (or Glycerin): a clear, colorless, odorless, viscous liquid with a sweet taste in most cases. It is produced in two ways: natural glycerin (as a by-product in the production of soaps and in the conversion of fats and oils to fatty acids or fatty acid methyl esters, such as biodiesel) and synthetic glycerin. Natural glycerin is initially produced in a crude form that contains water and other impurities, which depend on manufacturing process. In most applications, crude glycerin is refined before its ultimate end use; a major grade is purified refined glycerin (³99.5%, USP), regardless of source (tallow, vegetable, a mixture of vegetable/tallow or synthetic).
Methanol (CH3OH): A light, volatile alcohol eligible for gasoline blending.
NY Ethanol Platts SWAP-EZ: The Floating Price for each contract month is equal to the arithmetic average of the high and low quotations from Platts for New York Ethanol (Barge) for each business day that it is determined during the contract month.