DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:43 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30.

ePURE elects new officers
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:41 AM

ePURE recently elected Alarik Sandrup of Swedish farmers’ cooperative Lantmännen as its new president. Valérie Corre, director of regulatory affairs for alcohol/ethanol EU for French cooperative Tereos, was elected as vice president.

Queen for (75,000 Barrels or Less) a Day
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:09 AM

FROM THE JULY ISSUE: Small refinery exemptions are helping the oil industry, hurting ethanol.

From FEW: Stressed yeast may be robbing plants of ethanol yield
Monday, June 17, 2019 11:28 PM

According to Jayne Kalbfleisch, technical development manager at Lallemand Biofuels and Distilled Spirits, one factor that may be robbing an ethanol plant of yield is stressed yeast. Kalbfleisch discussed the impact of stressed yeast at the FEW.

Partners In Prospecting
Monday, June 17, 2019 10:54 PM

FROM THE JULY ISSUE: A predictive technology from the paper mill industry is making its way into ethanol, tying into main databases to plan and troubleshoot.

Business Briefs
Saturday, June 15, 2019 5:06 AM

FROM THE JULY ISSUE: U.S. Grains Council's new president and CEO, new CFO at Green Plains, and former Iowa governor Vilsack honored.

Bill aims to reform EPA’s SRE process, increase transparency
Saturday, June 15, 2019 3:20 AM

Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process.

EIA increases 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts
Saturday, June 15, 2019 3:18 AM

The EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook for June features increased forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. The agency now predicts ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in 2019 and 1.05 million barrels per day in 2020.

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales set a record in May
Saturday, June 15, 2019 3:14 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol reached a record 2.05 billion liters (541.55 million gallons) in May, up 50.64 percent when compared to sales during the same month of last year.

Around the World
Friday, June 14, 2019 10:50 PM

FROM THE JULY ISSUE: Several countries are making legislative changes that bode well for U.S. ethanol.

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects
Friday, June 14, 2019 6:13 AM

Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs).

ABFA: Letter urges EPA to finalize provisions in REGS rule
Friday, June 14, 2019 6:11 AM

A group of 15 companies sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum June 12 urging the agency to finalize provisions in the proposed REGS rule to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers for the production of certain biofuels.

RFA’s Missy Ruff receives national safety award
Friday, June 14, 2019 6:09 AM

RFA's Missy Ruff has received the 2018 TRANSCAER Chairman’s Award, which recognizes TRANSCAER team members who have contributed above and beyond the normal call of duty to advocate, demonstrate and implement TRANSCAER’s principles.

RFA provides behind-the-scenes information on Trump’s SIRE tour
Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:01 AM

The RFA held a media call June 12 to provide behind-the-scenes information on President Donald Trump’s June 11 visit to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in celebration of the U.S. EPA’s recent rule to allow year-round E15 sales.

Growth Energy intervenes in AFPM’s challenge of E15 rule
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:28 AM

Growth Energy filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit June 12 to intervene in support of the U.S. EPA’s rule allowing year-round E15 sales. AFPM filed a lawsuit June 10 challenging the rule.

Senators ask EPA to end SRE approvals, reallocate waived volumes
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:26 AM

A dozen democratic senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to end approval of unjustified SRE applications and reallocate waived volumes.

Senators urge EPA to process eRIN applications
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:23 AM

A bipartisan group of nine senators, led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff. Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to act on pending applications for electric fuel pathways under the RFS.

ICM: Planning is key to a successful shutdown
Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:32 AM

Kristen Gordon, director of reliability services at ICM Inc., presented ICM’s best practices for managing ethanol plant shutdowns at the 2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo June 12 in Indianapolis.

Trump celebrates E15 rule with visit to SIRE
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:25 AM

President Donald Trump visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, a 110 MMgy ethanol plant located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11 to celebrate the final rule issued by the U.S. EPA May 31 to lift restrictions on year-round sales of E15.

USDA WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:24 AM

The USDA maintained its forecast that 5.5 million bushels of corn will go to ethanol production in the 2019-’20 crop year in its WASDE report released June 11, up slightly from the 5.45 billion bushels of corn used to make ethanol in 2018-’19.

From FEW: 45Q represents opportunity for ethanol
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:09 AM

Under new size specifications for the 45Q tax credit, almost all ethanol plants are eligible, said Jamey Cline, in business development for Christianson PLLP, during a carbon market panel discussion during the 2019 FEW in Indianapolis.

AFPM challenges E15 rule, RFA intervenes in support of EPA
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:06 AM

American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit June 10 challenging the U.S. EPA’s May 31 rule to allow year-round E15 sales.

Letter urges EPA to process pending RFS fuel pathway applications
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:04 AM

A bipartisan group of 21 members of Congress, led by Reps. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 4 urging the agency to take action on pending RFS fuel pathways.

DuPont launches Optimash DCO+ at 2019 FEW
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:03 AM

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has announced the launch of DuPont Optimash DCO+ for increased recovery of corn oil in dry grind ethanol plants. Optimash DCO+ provides a flexible solution for ethanol producers to increase corn oil yield.

Croda, Trucent introduce new distillers corn oil emulsion breaker
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:02 AM

On June 11, Trucent Inc. and Croda International Plc announced their partnership to manufacture and distribute Ascent, a novel emulsion breaker chemistry to improve distiller’s corn oil (DCO) recovery within ethanol plants.

American drivers reach 10 billion miles driven on E15
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:00 AM

Growth Energy announced that drivers across the United States have reached a new milestone, logging 10 billion miles on the road using E15. The news comes on the heels of the U.S. EPA’s approval of year-round sales of E15.

NUVU Fuels making E15 lead fuel product
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:58 AM

Growth Energy announced June 10 that the Michigan-based fuel retailer NUVU Fuels will make E15 the standard blend available to customers at all NUVU Fuels locations beginning this summer. The company will also offer E85 and E10.

Cooper delivers FEW keynote from Iowa ahead of Trump’s visit
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:38 AM

The 2019 FEW kicked off June 11 with RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper delivering his keynote address remotely from Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy. President Trump visited SIRE later in the day to celebrate the approval of year-round E15 sales.

Vander Griend, Kohl receive awards at FEW
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:54 PM

Two long-time ethanol industry professionals received honors at this year’s Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve Vander Griend received the High Octane Award and Scott Kohl was recognized with the Award of Excellence.

Novozymes unveils new alpha-amylase, yeast at FEW
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:51 PM

Novozymes, a yeast and enzyme provider, announced this week at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo it’s new products: Fortiva, a new alpha-amylase, and Innova Force, a new yeast that is part of the Innova platform announced by Novozymes last year.

FEW pre-conference event highlights capital improvement projects
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:48 PM

A new event helped kick off the 2019 Fuel Ethanol and Workshop in Indianapolis, Indiana this week. The Ethanol Plant Construction and Project Summit was a half-day seminar, focusing on recent capital projects in the industry.

Ship & Shore to showcase pollution abatement solutions at FEW
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:21 AM

Ship & Shore Environmental Inc., a U.S.-based global manufacturer, designer and fabricator of regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTO) and custom pollution control solutions, is bringing its products and expertise to the ethanol industry.

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:13 AM

The EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries.

USDA: 440 million bushels of corn used for fuel alcohol in April
Friday, June 7, 2019 5:49 AM

The USDA has released the June edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data for April, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol was up from the prior month, but down from April 2018.

NCERC hosts visitors as part of American Congressional Exchange
Friday, June 7, 2019 5:27 AM

The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center hosted Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., during the last week in May in an effort known as the American Congressional Exchange Program.

RFA: Your source for E15 information that matters
Friday, June 7, 2019 5:24 AM

With the recent decision by the U.S. EPA to allow the year-round sale of E15 retailers need information and technical resources they can trust. The Renewable Fuels Association is serving as a source of that information.

OPINION: OK, so NOW can I sell E15 all year?
Thursday, June 6, 2019 6:28 AM

With the U.S. EPA's rule allowing year-round sales of E15 now in place, the American Coalition for Ethanol discusses fearmongering over equipment compatibility and helps explain what retailers need to do to begin offering the fuel blend.

OPINION: RFA reminds of tools to help retailers sell E15
Thursday, June 6, 2019 6:22 AM

After years of waiting for approval of year-round E15 sales, the Trump Administration has given its final approval for the year-round sale of E15. The RFA offers several resources designed to help retailers offer the fuel blend.

OPINION: The road to securing E15 year-round
Thursday, June 6, 2019 6:17 AM

Growth Energy takes a look back on its efforts to pave the road for year-round E15 sales. Following a May 31 rule issued by the U.S. EPA, drivers across the U.S. have a choice to fuel up with the cleaner, more affordable fuel option all year long.

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