'Where's my ethanol?'
Monday, March 30, 2015 11:12 PM

A North Carolina consumer wonders why he can't buy E85 in his state.

Nearly 8 million cellulosic RINs generated in February
Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:33 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.25 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.93 million cellulosic RINs.

Groups defend USDA funding for blender pumps, trade programs
Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:31 AM

Ethanol and agricultural groups have sent a letter to a House of Representatives subcommittee, advocating for the continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts.

Gevo releases 2014 results, reports progress with SBS operations
Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:28 AM

Gevo Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting increased revenues when compared to 2013. During the fourth quarter, the company continued to progress with commercial production of isobutanol at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant.

EPA rule allows timely release of cellulosic waiver credit prices
Friday, March 27, 2015 9:20 AM

The U.S. EPA has introduced rulemaking that aims to clarify the data sources and methodology used to calculate the price of cellulosic waiver credits (CWC). The rule would also allow CWC prices to be announced in a more timely manner.

UGA researchers create trees that are easier to turn into fuel
Friday, March 27, 2015 9:17 AM

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth.

Maintenance managers meet to share experiences, meet vendors
Friday, March 27, 2015 12:29 AM

Ethanol maintenance managers met in Des Moines, Iowa, for their semiannual gathering to meet with vendors and learn from each other. In the best attendance yet, nearly 50 maintenance managers from plants in 12 states gathered, along with 85 vendors.

Croda to manufacture surfactant from ethanol, opening new market
Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:33 AM

Croda Inc. is planning to break ground on a $170 million upgrade to its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware. When completed, the company will begin converting between 10 million and 14 million gallons of ethanol into ethylene oxide.

Commodities: Ethanol prices gauging gasoline direction
Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:16 AM

Ethanol prices have gained momentum at the end of March, following renewed spring support in corn futures prices. The reduction of supplies over the last four weeks has created additional support through the ethanol complex.

Commodities: Volatile global currency environment affects corn
Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:58 AM

Currently, the corn market has been responding to an ever-volatile global currency environment. The U.S. dollar has been a culprit affecting commodity values within the U.S.

Commodities: Longevity, depth of Chinese market at top of mind
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:14 AM

DDGS prices are still being dramatically affected by Chinese demand, in both bulk and container shipments. More than 2.5 million metric tons have been booked via the Gulf in bulk vessels destined for China so far for the summer.

Commodities: Analysts to watch summer inventory supply closely
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:58 AM

Winter is almost over. And for the natural gas market, the end of winter is significant event mainly in terms of declining demand.

ACE emphasizes 'Power by People' during Capitol Hill fly-in
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:51 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol and more than 70 of its members are in Washington, D.C., to meet with top Administration officials and Members of Congress as part of the advocacy group's "Biofuels Beltway March" annual fly-in March 24 and 25.

Praj to license Gevo's technology for sugar-based ethanol plants
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:31 AM

Gevo, Inc. announced March 24 that Praj Industries Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding to become a Gevo licensee for producing renewable isobutanol at sugar-based ethanol plants.

California demo produces first low-carbon, whole-beet ethanol
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5:15 AM

Mendota Bioenergy has made the first whole-beet ethanol in a California demonstration facility. The technology promises a carbon intensity rating of 22 to meet state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Go to and get involved
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:34 AM

The RFA needs your help to promote and update two newly acquired E85 websites.

API, AFPM sue EPA over RFS delays
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:42 AM

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. EPA regarding delays in finalizing 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel standards.

AEE report illustrates growth in the U.S. advanced energy market
Saturday, March 21, 2015 2:39 AM

The Advanced Energy Economy recently commissioned a study completed by Navigant Research that found the U.S. advanced energy market grew by 14 percent last year, which is five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall.

Business Briefs
Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:02 AM
EIA report illustrates biofuel, bioenergy subsidies
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:08 AM

On March 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a report on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy for fiscal year (FY) 2103. The report responds to a request from two members of Congress.

ICM celebrates 20 years in the ethanol, renewable fuels industry
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:06 AM

ICM Inc. is proudly celebrating 20 years of innovation in the ethanol and renewable fuels industries. ICM was founded on Jan. 23, 1995 with only 20 employees. Through the years the company grew, designing more than 100 ethanol plants.

San Francisco welcomes E85
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:04 AM

March 19 marks the first offering of E85 to flex-fuel vehicle owners in San Francisco. Pearson Fuels and All Stars Fuel celebrated the high-octane E85 at a ribbon cutting by offering E85 at 85 cents per gallon.

Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:03 AM

One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants.

Scientists harness enzymes to break down tough cell walls
Friday, March 20, 2015 8:01 AM

Researchers at the University of Toronto Bioproducts Research Lab studying ways to isolate components of plant cell walls so they can be used to create renewable fuels, high-value chemicals, and novel bio-based materials.

Being First Is Risky
Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:30 PM

The April issue of EPM contains articles about lignin, algae-to-ethanol production, the process to develop new yeasts for cellulosic ethanol production and biogas entering the D3 RIN market, writes Tom Bryan of BBI International.

Patriot Renewables featured in Car Clinic radio show
Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:00 AM

Bobby Likis featured Judd Hulting, commodities manager at Patriot Renewable Fuels LLC, in Annawan, Illinois, during his two-hour Saturday morning radio show, Bobby Likis Car Clinic, on March 14.

PHMSA finalizes pipeline rulemaking that addresses ethanol
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:55 AM

The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has published a final rule in the Federal Register that amends pipeline safety regulation, including adding ethanol to the definition of hazardous materials.

Dynamic Recycling installs distillation column at Tennessee plant
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:51 AM

MXI Environmental Services LLC has completed installation of the distillation column for the company's new plant in Bristol, Tennessee. The installation went smooth and company is one step closer to operating.

Failure Is Not An Option
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 9:30 PM

Is the ethanol industry too big to fail? No, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. Will it ever let failure be an option? As Winston Churchill said, never, never, never!

Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:45 AM

Legislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in February.

Ceres, Raizen to scale-up sweet sorghum for ethanol
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:43 AM

Ceres Inc. and Raizen S.A., have signed a multiyear collaboration agreement to develop and produce sweet sorghum on an industrial scale. Sweet sorghum can extend the operating season of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol mills.

Iowa sets new E85 sales record in 2014
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:40 AM

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Iowa motorists purchased more than 2.93 million gallons of E85 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a record-setting 11.96 million gallons in all of 2014.

More Than Simply Numbers
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:30 PM

While both numbers and personal stories show the benefits of the ethanol industry many politicians and naysayers are continuing their attacks on the industry, writes Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association.

Dyadic releases annual results, calls 2014 a turning point
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:52 AM

Dyadic International Inc. recently released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $12.5 million, down from $17.1 million the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributed to a $6 million BASF upfront license fee in 2013.

UAI files petition challenging EPA emissions data
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:50 AM

The Urban Air Initiative filed a new petition against the U.S. EPA as the next step in what UAI officials describe as their ongoing effort to challenge EPA's defective models and policies relating to ethanol.

The 2014 D3 RIN Leap—For Biogas
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 2:50 AM

Introducing renewable natural gas, the new player in the cellulosic RINs market.

E15 A Winner For 
 Retailers, Consumers
Monday, March 16, 2015 10:15 PM

Retailers selling E15 say business is up, consumers are satisfied and everyone is excited to help local economies, improve the environment and reduce our nation’s addiction to foreign oil, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy.

Aemetis reports record revenues in 2014 results
Saturday, March 14, 2015 3:10 AM

Aemetis Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting record revenues of $208 million, up from $178 million in 2013. Record adjusted EBITDA was $30 million in 2014, up from $10 million in the prior year. Gross profit was $37 million last year.

Economists examine DDGS price risk for ethanol profitability
Saturday, March 14, 2015 3:07 AM

In the current tight ethanol margin environment, strong distillers grains markets have partially offset some of the pressures of the energy market. Economists examine factors influencing distillers grains pricing in a recent FarmDoc Daily post.

E2 report highlights 2014 biofuel, bioenergy job announcements
Saturday, March 14, 2015 3:05 AM

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its fourth quarter and year-end 2014 jobs report, which shows continued growth of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the U.S.

Yearning For New Yeasts
Friday, March 13, 2015 10:30 PM

What’s holding up approvals for modified microorganisms?

Attract a Megaproject to a Community Near You
Friday, March 13, 2015 9:30 PM

Advanced biofuel projects present significant economic development opportunities.

Gov. Brown removes sunset date from Oregon Clean Fuels Standard
Friday, March 13, 2015 7:34 AM

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed S.B. 324 into law. The bill removes the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date from the state's Clean Fuels Program. By signing S.B. 324, Brown has allowed the program to be implemented past the end of this year.

JBEI researchers use proteomics to profile switchgrass
Friday, March 13, 2015 7:31 AM

Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers have used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass, a North American native prairie grass that is widely viewed as one of the most promising fuel crop candidates.

USGC explores Cuban market on industry learning journey
Friday, March 13, 2015 7:30 AM

Although most U.S. trade with Cuba has been severely restricted since the 1960s, Cuba does buy limited amounts of agricultural products from the United States, including corn and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

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