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Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:46 PM
King of Netherlands to attend Project Liberty event
Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:26 PM

Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, has announced that he will attend the Grand Opening of Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Recapping European Policy Decision Making
Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:53 AM

Robert Vierhout looks back on nearly a decade of columns written for EPM. European policy decisions may be difficult for the non-European to understand, he writes, but it's not much easier for Europeans to understand either.

Aventine celebrates completion of natural gas boiler project
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:43 AM

Aventine Renewable Energy recently held a ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 15 to mark the completion of a project to replace three aging coal boilers with two new natural gas boilers at its Pekin, Illinois, ethanol production complex.

Abengoa reports strong quarter for biofuels, bioenergy
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:40 AM

Abengoa's biofuels and bioenergy business saw a strong second quarter in the Americas, Abengoa CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega said during the company’s first half of 2014 earnings call on Aug. 12.

Cosan reports increased ethanol production in Q2 results
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:39 AM

Brazil-based Cosan recently released financial results for the second quarter, reporting a 16 percent increase in EBITDA for its Raizen Energia business unit, which comprises its sugar, ethanol and cogeneration operations.

St1 Biofuels to develop cellulosic ethanol plant in Finland
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:37 AM

North European Bio Tech Oy has made an investment decision concerning the construction of a bioethanol plant on the Renforsin Ranta industrial estate in Kajaani, Finland. The raw material for the plant will be sawdust from local sources.

JBEI research paves the way for closed loop biorefineries
Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:35 AM

While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the horizon – bionic liquids.

Oh, They’re Good for It
Thursday, August 21, 2014 1:09 AM

Ethanol Producer Magazine's September issue, which has a project finance theme, features stories about shareholder liquidity, lenders and a North Dakota project to build a corn-ethanol plant largely financed by foreign investors, writes Tom Bryan.

Getting Back to Basics
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:30 PM

It's important to remind ourselves that ethanol is about revitalizing small towns and farms in rural America, writes Mike Bryan. A 50 MMgy ethanol plant will generate nearly $200 million in yearly revenue in DDGS and ethanol sales alone.

Aemetis reports Q2 results, plans future improvements
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:04 AM

Aemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $57.2 million, a 21 percent increase over the same quarter of 2013. The company also outlined future improvement plans in a recent business update conference call.

Dyadic releases Q2 results, files registration statement with SEC
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:03 AM

Dyadic International Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter of 2014, reporting a an increase in net product-related revenue. Dyadic has also filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

USGC: Malaysia grants U.S. DDGS exemption from new regulations
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:02 AM

Malaysian officials recently agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles and corn gluten meal from the nation’s new sanitary and phytosanitary and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities.

RFA Internship Stokes Student’s Enthusiasm
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:03 PM

Evan Ludowese, a summer intern for the Renewable Fuels Association, reflects with excitement on his experiences working at RFA’s St. Louis office.

Grants help develop sorghum feedstock program in California
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:54 AM

Calgren Renewable Fuels, Aemetis Inc. and Pacific Ethanol Inc. each received a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support sorghum feedstock development.

Ethanol safety seminar planned for Massachusetts
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:49 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and Fore River Transportation Corp. will co-host a free Ethanol Safety Seminar on Aug. 26–27 in the auditorium of South Middle School in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Such a sweet thing
Monday, August 18, 2014 9:11 PM

The cover crop potential for corn production is just one example of the many interesting things to learn about when writing about the ethanol industry.

Banking on Biofuels
Monday, August 18, 2014 6:30 PM

The industry’s principal lenders helped give rise to today’s fleet of ethanol plants. Will they help producers with the next stage?

Recent ethanol production volumes among highest recorded levels
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:44 PM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, reporting that ethanol production has averaged approximately 940,000 barrels per day over the past three months.

Novozymes reports strong growth in bioenergy sales
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:41 PM

Novozymes has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. Organically, sales grew by 8 percent. EBIT grew by 19 percent and EBIT margin reached 28.1 percent.

USDA: New switchgrass variety promises more biofuel at lower cost
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:40 PM

The release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. The cultivar "Liberty" can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre.

Green Plains announces share repurchase program, doubles dividend
Friday, August 15, 2014 11:37 PM

Green Plains Inc.'s board of directors has approved a share repurchase program of up to $100 million of the company's shares of common stock effective immediately, and has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 8 cents per share on its common stock.

Engage Politicians Before Midterm Elections
Friday, August 15, 2014 6:51 PM

With 435 members of Congress and 36 senators are up for re-election now is the perfect time to engage with politicians, writes Tom Buis. There are many ways to make your voice heard.

Gevo provides update on side-by-side operations in Q2 results
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:55 AM

Gevo inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenues of $7.7 million, up from $1.9 million during the same period of 2013. The company attributes the increase to the production and sale of ethanol and distillers grains.

Groups advocate for biogenic emissions framework in letter
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:54 AM

More than 100 organizations recently partnered to issue a letter to John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, urging his support in the release of the U.S. EPA's biogenic accounting framework.

Study shows ethanol impact on retail ag service sales
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:52 AM

Ethanol production in North Dakota generates significant income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers, roughly $700 million a year, according to a study recently released by North Dakota State University.

Researcher: Regulations needed to identify invasive feedstocks
Friday, August 15, 2014 4:51 AM

In response to the need to prevent invasive species, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed both a set of regulatory definitions and provisions and a list of 49 low-risk biofuel plants from which growers can choose.

Spirit of Innovation Alive and Well
Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:48 PM

Brian Jennings celebrates the success of Quad County Corn Processors, which unveiled a technology for converting corn fiber into cellulosic ethanol. The ethanol plants' engineer is part of ACE's "power by people" campaign.

ICM announces startup of ACA Bio ethanol plant in Argentina
Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:20 AM

ICM Inc. is pleased to announce the successful start-up and commissioning of the dry-mill corn ethanol plant designed for ACA Bio Cooperative Limitada. The plant is located in Villa Maria, which is in the central province of Cordoba, Argentina.

Murphy USA reports record quarterly net income for ethanol plant
Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:18 AM

Murphy USA Inc. recently announced financial results for the second quarter, reporting that income from its Hereford, Texas, ethanol plant set a quarterly record. The company reported $8.8 million of net income from ethanol production at the facility

Poet-DSM announces grand opening for Project Liberty
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:27 PM

Poet-DSM has planned a Sept. 3 grand opening celebration at the Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsberg, Iowa. It's a milestone many have been waiting for eagerly.

Looking For Liquidity
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 5:41 PM

Alternative trading systems provide shareholders with an exit strategy and protect ethanol production companies from insider trading, among other benefits.

Report forecasts growth in Brazil's ethanol output
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:04 AM

An annual report on Brazil's biofuel sector has been filed with the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service's Global Agricultural Information Network, predicting Brazilian ethanol production will increase 5 percent next year.

CRFA member first to bring E85 to western Canada
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:02 AM

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association congratulates Arcade Station, Western Canada's only gas station selling E85 Ethanol fuel, on its opening in Vancouver.

USDA projects corn yield at record 167.4 bushels per acre
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:38 PM

The USDA survey-based yield forecast in the August supply/demand report pegs corn yield at a record 167.4 bushels per acre, up 2.1 bushel from last month's projection. The new forecast projects a record corn crop of 14.032 billion bushels.

Building or Buying a Biofuel Plant? Think PSM
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:52 PM

Companies constructing new biofuel plants or acquiring existing plants must not overlook Process Safety Management as part of the due diligence process, writes Charles B. Palmer. Doing so could be a costly error.

Corn use for ethanol likely to top 5 billion bushels this year
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:50 AM

Corn use for ethanol production is likely to hit 5.1 billion bushels for the current marketing year, based on current estimates of 14.1 billion gallons of ethanol production, said University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good in a recent analysis.

Irwin RINs analysis points to rollback of proposed RFS cuts
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:46 AM

The ratio between D6 ethanol renewable identification numbers (RINs) and D4 biodiesel RINs are primary clues indicating the market expects the U.S. EPA to roll back its proposed cuts to the renewable fuels standard (RFS).

Past FEW scholarship winner now consultant
Monday, August 11, 2014 11:08 PM

The presentation of scholarship money has been part of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo since the early 2000s. The focus of today’s blog is a scholarship winner from eight years ago.

New Strategy for Clean, High-Octane Ethanol Needed
Monday, August 11, 2014 7:02 PM

The industry must push for change in the way fuels are blended and tested, writes Dave Vander Griend. Growth of the ethanol industry, producers of a clean high-octane fuel, is being blocked by U.S. EPA policies.

The Andersons report quarterly record for ethanol operations
Friday, August 8, 2014 11:31 PM

The Andersons Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter, reporting record operating income of $33.9 million for its Ethanol Group. The Ethanol Group also had record E85 sales and increased distillers dried grains and corn oil sales.

Fulcrum Bioenergy, Cathay Pacific announce strategic investment
Friday, August 8, 2014 11:25 PM

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it is the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. as part of the airline's biofuel strategy and to help it achieve a target of carbon-neutral growth from 2020.

Dakota Spirit Rising
Friday, August 8, 2014 10:05 PM

The first corn ethanol plant to be built in more than five years is taking shape in North Dakota.

Aventine plant now successfully running on corn
Friday, August 8, 2014 6:16 AM

With the recent announcement that Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has successfully restarted its 45 MMgy ethanol plant in Aurora, Nebraska, the company has now attained its goal of restarting four Aventine facilities.

Retailer roundtable: Giving people the choice of higher blends
Friday, August 8, 2014 6:10 AM

Much discussion of the E10 blend wall was to be found at the 2014 American Coalition of Ethanol conference. The last day of events began with retailers who were able to get over the wall and install equipment to sell E15 and E85.

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