Bill aims to alter RVO process, definition for cellulosic biofuel
Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:20 AM

Sen. Jeff Flake, R, Ariz., has introduced legislation that aims to amend the renewable fuel standard to require the cellulosic requirement to be based on actual production and alter the statutory definition of cellulosic biofuels to exclude biogas.

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability April 22
Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:17 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to host a webinar on biofuel sustainability on April 22, titled "Biofuels for the Environment and Communities."

IRFA: E15 could save Iowans $50 million per year
Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:15 AM

In an analysis of a recent Iowa Department of Revenue motor fuel report, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has revealed that if E15 was widely available Iowa drivers could save more than $50 million per year in fuel costs.

Shell announces results of 2015 Eco-Marathon
Friday, April 17, 2015 5:06 AM

Shell has announced a team from University of Colorado, Boulder, has won the prototype alternative fuels category at the Shell Eco-Marathon held in Detroit this month using an ethanol-powered vehicle.

Study highlights economic impacts of Nebraska’s ethanol industry
Friday, April 17, 2015 5:03 AM

A recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity growth between 1995 and 2014 is tenfold. The study is titled "Economic Impacts of the Ethanol Industry in Nebraska."

NexSteppe demonstrates biomass crops at commercial scale
Friday, April 17, 2015 5:00 AM

NexSteppe has announced that it sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year.

Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker
Friday, April 17, 2015 4:58 AM

Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change.

Leaf Resources announces cellulosic sugar patent application
Friday, April 17, 2015 4:56 AM

Leaf Resources Ltd. has launched its new Hybritech platform for the pulp and paper industry following the lodgment of a patent application for the process last month. The Hybritech platform utilizes Leaf Resources' Glycell process.

Business Briefs
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:27 AM
EIA outlook predicts increased ethanol production through 2040
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:10 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015, which presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040 based on six different scenarios. The outlook includes ethanol forecasts.

House bill to expand Reid vapor pressure waiver to E15 introduced
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:06 AM

Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., recently introduced legislation that aims to expand the U.S. EPA’s existing waiver for Reid vapor pressure to fuels blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. If signed into law, the bill would expand E15 availability.

Discovery of plant switch could boost crop, biofuel production
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:02 AM

A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis, the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.

On The Money
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The May issue of EPM delves into human resources topics, including the magazine's salary survey, biofuels training and linking compensation to employee performance, writes Tom Bryan. There's also a story about the upcoming FEW.

Ethanol Delivers Quality And Price
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:30 PM

Marketing ethanol goes deeper than just getting a station to sell E10, E15 or E85, writes Mike Bryan. He would like to see ethanol marketed as a high-quality, environmentally friendly fuel, sold only by quality stations.

European Parliament committee votes to approve biofuel agreement
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 5:51 AM

On April 14, the environment committee of the European Parliament voted 51-12 to endorse a deal struck by legislators earlier this year that aims to cap the use of first-generation biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources.

Cascades invests in biorefinery project at Cabano plant
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 5:50 AM

Cascades Inc. has announced an investment in a new technology at its Norampac - Cabano facility. This innovative new process is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips.

RFA: E85 station opens in California
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 5:48 AM

Pearson Fuels and G&M Oil Co. are celebrating their latest partnership with the grand opening of California's newest E85 station at 499 Sandalwood Drive in Calimesa. There will be a ribbon-cutting celebration on April 15.

Crowd Participation Needed
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:39 AM gives individuals a way to make a difference and further the use of higher-level ethanol blends, writes Bob Dinneen. That websites, and others, provide consumers and government with information about ethanol blends.

2015 Ethanol Industry Salary and Satisfaction Survey
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:30 PM

A sampling of employees working in ethanol plants paints a broad picture of an industry with hard-working, well-educated, generally well-satisfied and well-paid men and women.

U.K. DECC releases 2014 liquid biofuel data
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:28 AM

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional annual energy statistics for 2014, reporting that ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of gasoline last year. Biodiesel accounted for 3.4 percent of total diesel.

QCCP hits 1 million gallon cellulosic milestone
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:24 AM

Syngenta recently announced that Quad County Corn Processors has produced its 1 millionth gallon of cellulosic ethanol through the use of Cellerate process technology at its Galva, Iowa, ethanol production facility.

Motivated employees are happy employees
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:11 AM

Businesses relying only on money to motivate their employees are missing the boat, says the author of a book called "Drive." The carrot and the stick and the reward and punishment model actually can destroy creativity.

A Call To Action
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:38 AM

The RFS is helping improve our environment by incentivizing the production of fuels that ensure a cleaner, greener future, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy. He urges readers to ask elected officials to support the RFS.

Connecting Compensation To Performance
Monday, April 13, 2015 8:30 PM

How can employers motivate employees to reach for continual improvement?

Flexing Forward With E15
Sunday, April 12, 2015 12:35 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol is launching a new fuel retailer-focused campaign called Flex Forward in 2015. It is designed to reach marketers who have not yet responded to other industry efforts, Brian Jennings writes.

Wood biorefinery equipment on the auction block April 14
Saturday, April 11, 2015 4:37 AM

Equipment from a project to produce cellulosic ethanol at a pulp and paper mill is available for purchase in an online auction. Included in the auction is equipment from late model lab assets and a 2009-2012 biomass biorefinery pilot plant.

EPA to finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS rules by November
Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:54 AM

The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, will be finalized by Nov. 30.

Ceres reports favorable sorghum growth in Brazil in Q2 results
Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:44 AM

On April 9, Ceres Inc. released financial results for the second quarter of 2015, reporting growing conditions in Brazil have been generally favorable for its sweet-sorghum collaboration with Raizen across most multi-hybrid field evaluation sites.

Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee reschedules meeting
Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:43 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has rescheduled a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. The event, originally scheduled for March 5, was cancelled due to inclement weather. The meeting will now be held April 14.

Deal forged on Minnesota bioeconomy legislation
Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:40 AM

Biobased industry, agriculture, and environmental interests recently reached agreement on legislation in Minnesota that would create production-based incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass thermal energy.

Setting The Table For The Big Score
Friday, April 10, 2015 11:30 PM

The RFS is important and worthy of support, writes David VanderGriend. However, it should not be viewed as what defines the value of biofuels, a value which can only be realized if the industry can get fuels into the market.

Top of Biofuels Class
Friday, April 10, 2015 8:30 PM

Training programs around the U.S. offer opportunities in the biofuels industry for part- and full-time students.

WASDE: Corn ending stocks up some, big changes to sorghum use
Friday, April 10, 2015 5:36 AM

Sorghum supply and demand adjustments took the stage away from corn in this month's USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Significant changes to the sorghum balance sheet reflect the continuing strong demand from China.

Nebraska corn representatives tell ethanol's story
Friday, April 10, 2015 5:31 AM

Ethanol advocates from across the nation came together in Washington, D.C., in late March as part of a "Biofuels Beltway March" to share their ethanol stories and communicate the widespread grassroots support for the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

Iowa leadership to lead trade missions to South Korea, Brazil
Friday, April 10, 2015 5:28 AM

Iowa. Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced that they will lead trade missions to South Korea and Brazil respectively. Both trips are aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities.

Small Companies, Big Ideas
Thursday, April 9, 2015 11:42 PM

Lightly staffed businesses are often nimble and innovative. Here are seven to size up at this year’s International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

New Rule Offers Whistleblowers More Protections
Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:30 PM

A new Department of Labor rule reminds employers, including in the ethanol industry, how important it is to properly respond to whistleblower complaints, writes Daniel Kaufman of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

EIA updates ethanol production forecasts in short-term outlook
Thursday, April 9, 2015 5:52 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, revising its 2015 and 2016 ethanol production forecasts. U.S. ethanol production is now expected to average 944,000 barrels per day this year.

Pemex awards 10-year contracts for domestic ethanol in Mexico
Thursday, April 9, 2015 5:49 AM

Fuel ethanol got a boost in Mexico recently when state-owned oil company, Pemex, awarded four 10-year purchase contracts for anhydrous ethanol. Pemex announced contracts for 123 million liters (32 million gallons) of domestically produced ethanol.

UAI commends Obama for proclamation of National Health Week
Thursday, April 9, 2015 5:42 AM

The Urban Air Initiative has applauded the Obama administration for creating greater awareness of health issues related to the environment, and urged that toxic emissions from gasoline be front and center in the discussion.

High Performance More Marathon Than Sprint
Thursday, April 9, 2015 5:30 AM

Lessons in creating a high-performance culture in ethanol companies.

NTSB makes rail car safety recommendations to PHMSA
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 5:59 AM

On April 6, the National Transportation Safety Board issued four recommendations to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration calling for more stringent safety requirements for rail cars transporting flammable liquids.

Nebraska ethanol producer provides infrastructure grant
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 5:56 AM

Nebraska ethanol producers continue to work with retailers across the state to provide fuel choice for consumers. The most recent of these ethanol producers is Husker Ag LLC, which has provided infrastructure grants to eight retail locations.

Algenol to participate in business development mission to China
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 5:37 AM

Algenol is joining U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a business development mission to China. GE, Southern Co., Honeywell, Praxair, Alcoa, and Lockheed Martin also traveling with the group.

Prices giving positive ethanol margins, negative for corn farmers
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 6:34 AM

Market conditions in mid-March showed ethanol producers could pay about 10 percent more than the current cash corn price before reaching the plant "shut-down level," according to an analysis by retired Iowa State University economist Robert Wisner.

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