Genscape suggests 75 million cellulosic RINs possible in 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014 4:52 AM

Cellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, while biogas could contribute another 67.5 million D3 RINs, suggests a new white paper from Genscape.

Governors' Biofuels Coalition calls for amended RFS proposal
Thursday, October 2, 2014 4:51 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, have sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to amend the 2014 renewable fuels standard proposal.

RFA announces new leadership
Thursday, October 2, 2014 4:48 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association recently elected new leadership at its annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The Board selected Randall Doyal, general manager and CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel, as the next chairman of the board of directors.

Commodities: DDGS value comes down to logistics
Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:39 AM

August's news about China and domestic transportation logistics worked to depress DDGS prices in September, writes Sean Broderick. Still, increased demand in Mexico and in the domestic hog and poultry diets has had a positive impact.

Commodities: Ethanol futures falling fast
Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:21 AM

September saw a near freefall in ethanol futures as prices declined 62 cents per gallon and additional price pressure is likely still to come. Front month October ethanol futures fell from $2.20 at the end of August to $1.58 in late September.

NASS launches survey of ethanol corn use, coproduct production
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:17 AM

In late October, ethanol producers will be receiving the first of what will become monthly surveys to report corn crush and coproduct production to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

EPA approves permit for ADM's second CCS well
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:12 AM

The U.S. EPA has approved a permit that will allow Archer Daniels Midland Co. to proceed with the development of a second well to sequester carbon dioxide captured from its Decatur, Illinois, ethanol plant.

RFA refreshes key guidelines for quality control programs
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:54 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has released an updated version of its guidelines to help companies establish successful quality control and quality assurance programs.

Comment period on DOT's proposed rail safety rule closes Sept. 30
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:36 AM

Representatives of the ethanol industry who wish to weigh in on the U.S. Department of Transportation's recent rail transportation safety proposal have until Sept. 30 to submit comments.

New Urban Air Initiative website highlights benefits of ethanol
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 3:23 AM

The Urban Air Initiative has launched a new website drawing attention to the growing problem of toxic compounds in gasoline, with a call to action for the U.S. EPA to regulate some of the most harmful components in our fuel.

New proposed corn-ethanol plants hit the news
Monday, September 29, 2014 10:25 PM

Last week, we wrote about two proposed first generation ethanol plants that developers are hoping to build in South Dakota and Illinois. After many years of virtual silence on this front, it feels like quite a big deal!

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Monday, September 29, 2014 9:04 PM
EPA: 3.5 million cellulosic biogas RINs generated in August
Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:03 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for August, reporting that nearly 3.5 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month. More than 1.44 billion RINs were produced across all five biofuel categories.

UNICA: Sugarcane mills continue to prioritize ethanol production
Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:01 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that Brazil's sugarcane mills are continuing to prioritize the production of ethanol over sugar. However, ethanol production is expected to be down 6.14 percent from last year.

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut
Friday, September 26, 2014 11:58 PM

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of cellulosic biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine.

Biomass Transformations
Friday, September 26, 2014 7:20 PM

The October issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine is packed with on-theme content, writes Tom Bryan. The biomass feedstocks issue contains information about Project Liberty, dedicated energy crops, pelletized corn stover and wet biomass storage.

Proposed Southern Illinois ethanol plant under development
Friday, September 26, 2014 4:11 AM

A small town in southern Illinois has landed two grants totaling nearly $4 million for infrastructure projects to support a proposed ethanol plant. Project details on the proposed facility are expected to be released soon.

BIO: EPA inaction on RFS proposal has increased GHG emissions
Friday, September 26, 2014 4:09 AM

A new report published by the Biotechnology Industry Organization indicates U.S. EPA inaction on finalizing the 2014 renewable fuel standard has resulted in a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Coalition examines effective alternative fuel policies
Friday, September 26, 2014 4:07 AM

Local policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are among the most effective, a recent study by the Clean Energy Coalition finds. The study compares the number of alternative fuel vehicles in each state to the types of policies.

Universities shed light on latest bioenergy developments
Friday, September 26, 2014 4:06 AM

A group of university engineers and scientists is spreading the word about work being done in bioenergy and its potential to reduce climate impacts linked to fossil fuels while benefiting the economy, rural communities, and national security.

NexSteppe raises $22 million in series C financing
Friday, September 26, 2014 4:02 AM

NexSteppe recently announced it has raised $22 million in its third round of funding. New investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding GmbH join existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, CYM Ventures, DuPont Ventures and others.

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production
Friday, September 26, 2014 4:00 AM

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down to make biofuels.

With Consolidation Comes Strength
Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:22 PM

Consolidation is making the ethanol industry stronger, writes Mike Bryan. Companies that do not consolidate can still survive or even thrive but they are more vulnerable to changes in the market and commodities price changes.

GranBio begins cellulosic ethanol production in Brazil
Thursday, September 25, 2014 5:15 AM

GranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1, unit built in Sao Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 MMly (21.66 MMgy).

SD landowners propose new first generation ethanol plant
Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:12 AM

Walt Wendland and Chris Schwarck are proposing to build a corn and milo ethanol plant in South Dakota. If the project becomes a reality it would join Dakota Spirit AgEnergy as the only corn ethanol plants in the U.S. to breakground since 2008.

Proterro, Bunge plan pilot study of sucrose production process
Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:08 AM

Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation LLC have announced a pilot study of Proterro's sucrose-production technology in Brazil. Two of Proterro's photobioreactors have been installed at Bunge's Moema Fazenda sugarcane mill as part of the project.

Clariant announces results of cellulosic E20 fleet test
Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:06 AM

Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have tested E20 in a fleet test since January. Initial results prove the high quality and excellent properties of sunliquid 20 fuel, a fuel blend made with 20 percent cellulosic ethanol produced by Clariant.

ADM's Peoria plant continues operations following minor fire
Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:03 AM

A Peoria, Illinois-based ethanol plant owned by Archer Daniels Midland Co. is continuing operations after a minor fire was reported on Sept. 22. The incident occurred in an evaporator vessel that was down for repairs.

The Future is Here
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:20 PM

Quad County Corn Processors' state-of-the-art facility is now producing cellulosic ethanol from corn-kernel fiber. What was once a long shot has now become a reality, writes Bob Dinneen.

Legislation would extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:10 AM

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 19 aims to enact two-year extensions for several clean energy tax incentives. The bill is titled the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014.

Economists analyze impact of ethanol mandates on E10, E85 prices
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:08 AM

Economists with Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural and Rural Development have published a new paper that estimates increased ethanol mandates under the renewable fuels standard (RFS) would have little impact on E10 prices.

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:03 AM

Vecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass.

Drilling Into the Details of Corn Stover Biomass
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:44 PM

Adam Wirt of Poet writes about corn stover, the biomass feedstock of Project Liberty. Poet-DSM is currently producing ethanol at its commercial-scale facility.

Minnesota group adds stations offering higher ethanol blends
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:23 AM

Eighteen more retail gasoline stations will convert to Minnoco, a gasoline brand of the Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association. The brand generally offers E15, E30, E85 and diesel, along with regular grades of gasoline.

Baltimore welcomes first E85 station
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:19 AM

Offering the first E85 in Baltimore, Three Brothers/A1 Auto Repair and Protec Fuel recently joined forces to launch a new E85 station to give more choice for the hundreds of thousands of flex-fuel vehicle drivers traveling in Baltimore, Maryland.

Looking through a global lens
Monday, September 22, 2014 10:33 PM

Watch for a new monthly column about what's happening in the ethanol world in Canada, Brazil, Europe and other ethanol producing countries globally.

It’s Not Me, It’s You
Monday, September 22, 2014 9:18 PM

Rather than creating programs to convince retailers to sell higher blends of ethanol, the industry should talk to fuel retailers and create programs that address what marketers really need, writes Ron Lamberty.

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
Monday, September 22, 2014 6:55 PM

Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

NRDC loses challenge to Indiana ethanol air permits
Friday, September 19, 2014 11:54 PM

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's ethanol industry in a case filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council challenging Indiana's implementation of the Clean Air Act. The case begun in 2010 has undergone several reversals.

USGC, RFA, Growth Energy promote ethanol overseas
Friday, September 19, 2014 11:15 PM

Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy traveled this week to Japan and Korea to explore the potential for U.S. ethanol in those markets.

Comment period opens on FRA rule impacting ethanol trains
Friday, September 19, 2014 10:50 PM

The Federal Railroad Administration has opened a comment period on a proposed rule that aims to amend brake system safety standards for certain trains. According to the rulemaking, trains carrying ethanol would be among those impacted.

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections
Friday, September 19, 2014 10:33 PM

The International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production.

Gevo provides update on Luverne, Minnesota, plant
Friday, September 19, 2014 10:30 PM

Gevo reported an update on the progress of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota, on Sept. 18.

Ethanol Slashes GHG Emissions
Friday, September 19, 2014 9:16 PM

In advance of important climate change meetings set for Septemeber, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance sent an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, outlining ethanol's power to reduce GHG emissions, writes Bliss Baker.

Victory For Project Liberty
Friday, September 19, 2014 6:47 PM

What was once only a dream has become a reality with the grand opening ceremony of Project Liberty.

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