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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:25 PM
Sharp-Eyed EH&S
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:41 PM

The December issue of EPM contains several articles based on the issues theme of plant safety and emergency response, as well as more information about the E15 situation in Chicago and Abengoa's recent plant ground breaking, writes Tom Bryan.

Message to rental car companies: FFVs matter
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:33 AM

I recently attempted to rent a FFV for a work trip and had a less than satisfactory experience.

Supply concerns accelerate buying interest
Monday, November 24, 2014 11:18 PM

As ethanol futures prices have surged higher, gasoline prices and the entire energy complex have remained under pressure. This has quickly changed the dynamic between ethanol and gasoline markets.

Coaching Compliance
Monday, November 24, 2014 9:21 PM

While every EH&S manager’s playbook is unique, safeguarding human health and protecting the environment are their common goals.

Government Intervention a No-Brainer
Monday, November 24, 2014 8:40 PM

It's confusing to watch Congress do nothing but saber rattling in the face of the current U.S. rail crisis, writes Mike Bryan. Government intervention in this issue seems like a no brainer.

What’s App-ening?
Monday, November 24, 2014 7:38 PM

A new free mobile app offered by the RFA provides smartphone users with access to ethanol news and information, writes Bob Dinneen.

EPA punts: Agency delays 2014 RVO determination into next year
Friday, November 21, 2014 11:50 PM

The U.S. EPA announced Friday morning it would not be finalizing the 2014 renewable volume obligation requirements (RVO) by the end of the year. This will also affect the compliance deadline for 2013, which will be moved into 2015.

A Year Makes a Big Difference
Friday, November 21, 2014 10:36 PM

In the year 2014, the ethanol industry stepped up to defend the RFS, E15 was offered at new gas stations and three cellulosic ethanol plants began producing ethanol, writes Tom Buis, predicting that 2015 will be just as promising.

Clear Sign of Confusion
Friday, November 21, 2014 8:17 PM

Changes to OSHS’s hazard communication rules will standardize classification and labeling of chemicals globally in an effort to protect workers. At the same time, it’s creating confusion during the transition to the new system.

A Good Time For Truth
Friday, November 21, 2014 6:35 PM

AAA's claims about E15 don't stack up to the facts, writes Ron Lamberty of ACE. With the help of two motor clubs, that organization helped reveal the truth just like Scooby-Doo and his friends do in the cartoons.

EPA November RIN data shows increased cellulosic production
Friday, November 21, 2014 4:52 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that more than 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five categories, including more than 7 million cellulosic RINs.

House passes bill that would impact EPA rulemaking
Friday, November 21, 2014 4:51 AM

On Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or not reproducible by a vote of 237 to 190.

Court documents regarding corn oil patent case unsealed
Friday, November 21, 2014 2:13 AM

Court documents dated Oct. 23, which ruled in favor of 14 ethanol plant defendants, were unsealed Nov. 13, revealing details of a court battle over corn oil separation technology. The cases concern patents owned by a subsidiary of GreenShift Corp.

RSB partners with Elements Traceability Software
Friday, November 21, 2014 2:09 AM

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Elements Software Ltd. are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help with Renewable Energy Directive compliance.

Cultivating a Culture of Safety
Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:15 PM

Companies should take steps to improve safety, compliance and loss control because it's the right thing to do, rather than simply to avoid citations.

Brazilian Biofuels Policy Under a Second Rousseff Term
Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:33 PM

UNICA is looking forward to working with Brazil's newly re-elected President Dilma Rouseff on putting the right policies in place for the country's future, writes Leticia Phillips.

Iowa biofuel producers urge swift passage of extenders package
Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:01 AM

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has reported that nine of Iowa's advanced biofuel producers sent a letter to the entire Iowa Congressional Delegation encouraging the swift passage of a tax extenders package.

EPA releases updated biogenic emissions framework
Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:04 AM

The U.S. EPA has released a revised framework for assessing biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources, along with a memo that provides regulatory guidance on how the framework will impact the Clean Power Plan and certain permitting requirements.

USDA ARS: Boosting butanol's role in the biofuel world
Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:03 AM

The potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to USDA scientists and their partners. The research suggests that barley straw and corn stover could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing biobutanol.

‘Welcome to the Future’
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:07 PM

Construction on Abengoa’s self-powered cellulosic ethanol facility is complete. But that doesn’t mean efforts to innovate are over.

New Food Safety Rules Mean Big Changes
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:13 PM

Although several new requirements in the FSMA may impact ethanol plants, writes Andrew Anderson of Faegre Baker Daniels, the preventative control rule is likely the one that will have the most significant impact on day-to-day operations.

Dyadic reports increase in product-related revenue
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:45 AM

Dyadic International has released third quarter financial results, reporting increases in net product revenue and gross profit. "The past quarter continues to be an extremely exciting time at Dyadic," said Dyadic CEO Mark Emalfarb.

Abengoa releases Q3 results, highlights Hugoton plant startup
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:43 AM

Abengoa recently released third quarter financial results, reporting positive performance for the company's biofuels business. For the first nine months of the year, the company reported overall revenues in line with those achieved in 2013.

Study: Ethanol use in Michigan reduces pollution by reducing GHGs
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:41 AM

A new study released by Michigan State University researchers Bruce Dale and Seungdo Kim shows ethanol use by Michigan drivers and boaters reduces pollution by cutting down on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Chicagoan Sets Her Sights on Clean Air
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3:30 AM

Having led the charge to ban leaded gasoline 30 years ago, Marilyn Katz is leading a campaign to require E15 in the Windy City.

Proper Grounding Reduces Static Electricity Hazard
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3:00 AM

Codes of practice outline best practices for reducing risks when loading ethanol tank cars.

Fuels Institute report predicts increased E85 sales through 2023
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:57 AM

The Fuels Institute recently published a study that predicts a substantial increase in E85 sales over the next several years. At minimum, the report predicts E85 sales will double by 2023. Under certain circumstances, the growth rate could be higher.

Study: Real-world data casts grave doubt on land use models
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:54 AM

An analysis of real-world land use data recently released by Iowa State University raises serious doubts about the accuracy of economic models used by regulatory agencies to penalize ethanol for purported "indirect land use changes."

Pure ethanol engines could pack a big punch
Monday, November 17, 2014 10:45 PM

A Canadian farmer and hot rodder recently talked with me about altering engines for pure ethanol. If E85 were widely available, the work racers are doing in this area could be applied to street vehicles with a positive impact on fuel mileage.

EIA predicts increased ethanol production in 2015
Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:30 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the November issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting that ethanol production will average 934,000 barrels per day next year.

Class I railroads file status reports for week ending Nov. 8
Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:27 AM

Class I railroads have filed their fourth weekly status reports with the Surface Transportation Board. The reports provide an overview of operational performance for the week ending Nov. 8.

Gevo reports progress at ethanol, isobutanol plant
Friday, November 14, 2014 5:45 AM

Exciting progress is being made at Gevo Inc.'s Luverne, Minnesota, renewable fuel plant, and also within the company's recent commercial activities, Gevo CEO Pat Gruber reported during the company's third quarter conference call.

UI economists: Ethanol/CBOB ratio at breakeven, unlikely to last
Friday, November 14, 2014 5:44 AM

The recent drop in gasoline prices raises the question whether ethanol's competitiveness in blends is being threatened. University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good examined the prices relationship in a recent FarmDocDaily post.

UN report outlines growing biofuels role in developing economies
Friday, November 14, 2014 5:41 AM

Biofuels now account for 1 percent of global energy use, a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds. The document provides a sweeping global overview of the development of liquid biofuels.

EIA: Rail traffic up 4.5% from last year
Friday, November 14, 2014 5:39 AM

U.S. rail traffic, including carloadings of all commodity types, has increased 4.5 percent through October compared to the same period in 2013. Increased movement of grain represents the biggest commodity increase in rail traffic so far this year.

Distillers grains with calcium oxide improve cattle diets
Friday, November 14, 2014 5:35 AM

Research by Purdue University scientist Jon Schoonmaker and his colleagues has shown that small amounts of calcium oxide can neutralize the acid in distillers grains, a commonly used alternative to corn in many livestock feed mixes.

Digestion strategy in shipworms holds potential for biofuels
Friday, November 14, 2014 5:32 AM

An international research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Bio­labs at North­eastern University, has discovered a novel digestive strategy in ship­worms that could benefit biofuel development.

Xylome, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation reach deal on yeast
Friday, November 14, 2014 5:31 AM

Xylome Corp. has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals.

Aemetis reports positive earnings, receives 3% EB-5 loan
Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:46 AM

California ethanol producer Aemetis Inc. reported record earnings for the first three quarters of 2014, turning the company around from the losses reported in 2013. For the first nine months of the year, Aemetis reported revenues of $166.2 million.

Ergon Biofuels to restart Mississippi ethanol plant in May
Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:44 AM

Ergon BioFuels LLC, a subsidiary of Ergon Inc., has announced plans to restart its 60 MMgy ethanol facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi, beginning May 2015. Ergon BioFuels is one of the largest ethanol producers in the southeastern United States.

Enerkem, AkzoNobel partner to explore development in Europe
Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:42 AM

Enerkem Inc. recently announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe.

Cosan reports slight increase in ethanol production in Q3 results
Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:41 AM

Brazil-based Cosan has released financial results for the third quarter, reporting a 2 percent increase in the volume of ethanol produced despite a 9 percent reduction in sugarcane crush volumes.

GRFA: Fossil fuel subsidies discourage investment in renewables
Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:32 AM

The International Energy Agency has released its annual World Energy Outlook, revealing that fossil fuel consumption subsidies reached $550 billion in 2013. According to the EIA, those subsidies discourage investment in renewables.

Murphy USA reports positive Q3 results for Texas ethanol plant
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6:11 AM

Murphy USA Inc. has released financial results for the third quarter, reporting $6 million of operating income from its 110 MMGy ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas. The company posted a loss of $900,000 for the facility during the same period of 2013.

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