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Pacific Ethanol sets second quarter record for ethanol sales
Friday, July 31, 2015 8:35 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting the company sold a record 140.7 million gallons of ethanol during the three-month period. Net sales were $277.6 million and gross profit was $6.3 million.

Valero Energy Q2 earnings strong overall, weaker on ethanol
Friday, July 31, 2015 5:44 AM

Valero Energy Corp. reported strong second quarter earnings for the company on July 30, reporting net income from continuing operations attributable to Valero stockholders of $1.4 billion, or $2.66 per share, compared to $1.22 in Q2 2014.

Gevo announces first pump sales of isobutanol-blended gasoline
Friday, July 31, 2015 5:41 AM

Gevo Inc. has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo's renewable isobutanol at the pump. Express Lube has been selling the fuel at over a 50 percent premium to E10.

Argonne National Lab finds butanol is good for boats
Friday, July 31, 2015 5:39 AM

Argonne National Laboratory recently teamed with industry to investigate alternative fuels for recreational marine applications. Research has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol.

USGC: Unlocking opportunities for DDGS in Canada
Friday, July 31, 2015 5:38 AM

A team of Canadian buyers and end-users of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) recently visited the United States on a learning journey cosponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan.

Green Plains investor call highlights export demand, MLP IPO
Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:16 AM

Green Plains Inc. has announced second quarter financial results, reporting net income of $7.8 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, compared to $32.3 million, or 82 cents per diluted share, during the same quarter of 2014.

UAI: Removing ethanol from gasoline increases toxic emissions
Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:52 AM

Many gas stations are promoting E0. It not only costs more than regular gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol, new data shows it also burns dirtier in your engine which then puts more toxic emissions into the air.

Pacific Ethanol now producing corn oil at Columbia plant
Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:50 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has begun commercial production of corn oil utilizing Valicor's corn oil recovery system at its Columbia ethanol plant located in Boardman, Oregon. All four of the western Pacific Ethanol plants are now producing the coproduct.

Commodities: Corn prices remain volatile ahead of harvest
Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:52 AM

The corn market caught a 53 cent rally from the end of June to mid-July. However, the price did a turnabout within 10 days, down about 51 cents.

Commodities: Natural gas delivery change lowers prices in Midwest
Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:44 AM

The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) went into service in 2009, running from Wyoming to Ohio. At the time, gas out west was relatively cheap, and the eastern supply sources in decline. Now, REX is in the process of reversing its flow.

DuPont: Iowa cellulosic biorefinery mechanically complete
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 7:20 AM

DuPont has released second quarter financial results, reporting an 11 percent drop in sales and a slight increase in earnings per share. The company also noted its cellulosic refinery in Iowa is now mechanically complete.

Syngenta releases half year financial results
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 7:19 AM

Syngenta recently released its half-year results, reporting sales of $7.6 billion, up 3 percent at constant exchange rates. Second quarter sales increased 7 percent. EBITDA was $2 billion, up 21 percent at constant exchange rates.

USGC: Ethanol can improve China’s air, water quality
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 7:15 AM

A U.S. Grains Council mission including U.S. environmental and public health specialists recently traveled to China to discuss how air and water quality in that country could be improved through the use of ethanol in the country's fuel.

Commodities: Ethanol prices decline, follow outside markets
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:01 AM

Ethanol futures posted a strong 20-cent-per-gallon price retraction in the last half of July, following aggressive pressure in corn prices and most outside markets. As of July 27, RBOB gasoline futures had fallen over 30 cents from season highs.

Commodities: DDGS prices drop, renewing interest outside China
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 5:17 AM

As August approaches, values in the DDGS market have rebounded a bit. Chinese cargoes, which last month looked to be a lot more at risk of getting executed, either did get shipped, or got rolled to a deferred month.

Biofuel industry voices support for RFS as comment period ends
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:03 AM

July 27 is the final day members of the public can weigh in on the U.S. EPA's recently released renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal. As the comment period comes to a close, supporters of the biofuel industry are actively making their voices heard.

Brazilian president officially opens cellulosic ethanol plant
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:01 AM

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy's cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raizen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 22.

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy completes commissioning
Saturday, July 25, 2015 5:10 AM

A press conference was held at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant in North Dakota, marking the facility reaching its full commercialization phase. It’s the first corn-ethanol plant to be built in the U.S. in more than five years.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 3:08 AM
UNICA: Ethanol production, sales set new record in June
Saturday, July 25, 2015 3:03 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production and sales by mills in the country's south-central region hit record levels in June. Sales of hydrous ethanol were up 51.76 percent when compared to June 2014.

RFA: Motorcyclists celebrate 75 years at Sturgis
Saturday, July 25, 2015 3:00 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association will once again partner with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which is set to take place Aug. 3-9 in Sturgis, South Dakota.

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research
Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:58 AM

New Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement.

EPA: 12.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in June
Friday, July 24, 2015 7:44 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 12.41 million cellulosic RINs.

Lee Enterprises Consulting, Zeton announce strategic alliance
Friday, July 24, 2015 7:43 AM

Lee Enterprises Consulting, an alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, has announced a strategic alliance with Zeton Inc., which designs and fabricates lab-scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and other facilities.

Deinove unveils biobased muconic acid production program
Friday, July 24, 2015 7:41 AM

Deinove recently announced that it has completed conclusive proof of concept for the production of muconic acid by a Deinococcus bacterium and has decided to launch a new research and development platform in this field.

Low risk and reward
Friday, July 24, 2015 3:01 AM

The August issue of EPM has a plant optimization theme and contains stories about new technologies, plant trials, a profile of an energy systems chief and more, writes Tom Bryan of BBI International.

Queensland to implement biofuels mandate
Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:30 PM

Legislation introduced in the state of Queensland in Australia would mandate biofuels blending, starting at 2 percent, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. This column appears in the August issue of EPM.

RFS comment period to close July 27
Thursday, July 23, 2015 7:00 AM

The public comment period on U.S. EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal is set to close July 27. As of July 22, more than 45,000 comments had already been filed on the proposal.

Blume Distillation announces sale of biorefinery to Numbitrax
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:57 AM

Blume Distillation LLC recently announced sale of its first African-based biorefinery. Numbitrax LLC, based in Touwsriver, Western Cape, South Africa, has completed a purchase agreement and fund transfer for a Blume biorefinery system.

RFA: Boat Racers return to Kansas for 'Shootout' on the water
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:55 AM

The National Boat Racing Association recently held its annual Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout in Garnett, Kansas. The July 12-13 event invited boat racers to compete on the waters of Lake Garnett with ethanol-powered hydroplanes.

NCGA invests an additional $500,000 in Prime the Pump
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:52 AM

The National Corn Growers Association announced the investment of an additional $500,000 to Prime the Pump, which seeks to expand fueling infrastructure capable of delivering higher blends of ethanol fuel to American consumers.

Trialing Innovation
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:04 PM

New products undergo extensive research and collaboration before real-time testing. This story appears in the August issue of EPM.

Tax extenders package benefiting biofuels passes Senate committee
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:41 AM

The Senate Finance Committee has passed a tax extenders package that includes two-year extensions of tax credits for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel. The next step for the legislation is consideration by the full U.S. Senate.

EIA proposes to expand biofuel data collection activities
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:40 AM

In July, the U.S. Department of Energy published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on proposed revisions to certain information collection forms, including several focused on biofuel. Comments are due Sept. 8.

Liquid Light, Coca-Cola sign technology development agreement
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:39 AM

Liquid Light announced it has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. The objective of the agreement is to accelerate the development of Liquid Light's technology which can make mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from carbon dioxide.

EPA must listen to the people on RFS
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:18 AM

The EPA must listen to the voice of the American people, who have an outspoken desire for a strong RFS, writes Bob Dinneen, of the RFA. This column appears in the August issue of EPM.

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 10:00 PM

Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. This story appears in the August issue of EPM.

Senate Finance Committee to address tax extenders bill
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:18 AM

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is scheduled to address a tax extenders bill on July 21. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently announced he has secured the inclusion of tax incentives for cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel in the legislation.

U.S. Water launches technology for cooling water treatment
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:15 AM

U.S. Water has announced the launch of PhosZero with E-FeX Technology, which is a synergistic blend of ingredients that replaces the most common uses of phosphorus in cooling water applications.

Genomatica, Cargill announce renewable chemical collaboration
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:12 AM

Genomatica and Cargill have entered into a collaboration agreement to accelerate the production of renewable chemicals for industrial applications. Cargill also made an equity investment in Genomatica.

Advanced Ethanol Council changes name, expands membership
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:10 AM

The Advanced Ethanol Council is expanding its organizational charter to include other types of advanced biofuels. The new group, called the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, also announced new corporate and board members.

Celebrating a decade of success under the RFS
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 3:16 AM

Even as the ethanol industry celebrates 10 years since the RFS was made law, the U.S. EPA is deliberating its fate, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy. This column appears in the August issue of EPM.

Blog: First steps for writing a press release
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:13 AM

Are you interested in getting your company name out in the news media but aren’t sure where to start? I’ve got some ideas for you in this several-part series about working with the local media.

New Corn Traits Yield Homegrown Enzymes
Monday, July 20, 2015 9:36 PM

Plymouth Energy collaborates with corn growers to increase plant efficiency and make ethanol more sustainable. This story appears in the August issue of EPM.

EPA’S RFS RVOs: WTF?
Saturday, July 18, 2015 3:15 AM

After reading EPA’s proposed rule for the RFS RVO numbers, Ron Lamberty of ACE thought, “What’re they figuring?” This column appears in the August issue of EPM.

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