EIA: Ethanol production expands 6%, reaches near record high
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:25 AM

U.S. ethanol production soared to a near-record high of 1.096 barrels per day the week ending Oct. 15, up more than 6 percent from the previous week and tied for the third highest production level on record, according to data released by the EIA.

NDIC approves Class VI well for Red Trail Energy’s CCS project
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:23 AM

The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Oct. 19 approved the state’s first Class VI well for CO2 sequestration. The approval will allow Red Trail Energy LLC to geologically store CO2 produced at its ethanol plant near Richardton, North Dakota.

REEEAC to discuss export competitiveness strategy on Nov. 2
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:20 AM

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced a virtual meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held Nov. 2. The event is open to the public.

Farm, biofuel leaders urge Biden to embrace homegrown solutions
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:17 AM

America’s top biofuel and farm advocates are calling on President Biden to swiftly expand access to lower-carbon, lower-cost biofuels as the administration seeks to address the rising cost of transportation fuel.

DOE: SAF from low-carbon ethanol production
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:15 AM

To assess whether and how the ethanol-to-jet (ETJ) pathway may reach net-zero emission targets, Argonne scientists performed a life-cycle analysis (LCA) of corn to ethanol and then to jet fuel, using the GREET model.

POET Joins with Cytiva in recycling program launch
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8:13 AM

POET has launched a sustainability program with Cytiva focused on recycling lab materials. Cytiva, working with TerraCycle to create this initiative, will recycle the plastic in syringe filters used by POET to prepare fermentation samples.

CropEnergies reports record Q2 revenue, announces E20 trial
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:07 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies on Oct. 13 reported record revenue for the second quarter of the current financial year. The company also recently announced it is participating in a trial of a 20 percent ethanol fuel blend.

UNICA: Anhydrous ethanol production continues to grow
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:05 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced anhydrous ethanol production continued to grow during the second half of September despite a drop in the volume of sugarcane processed by mills in the south-central region.

DOE awards $20 million to help states deploy CCS
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:02 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy on Oct. 15 announced $20 million in funding to four projects working to accelerate the regional deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). The projects represent all four corners of the country.

Alto Ingredients launches enhanced protein project
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:02 AM

Alto Ingredients Inc., a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, will install Harvesting Technology, LLC’s patented CoPromax protein system at Alto Ingredients’ Magic Valley, Idaho facility.

Senators ask USDA to explain delay in COVID-19 aid for biofuels
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:46 AM

A group of eight senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Oct. 18 expressing concern that the biofuel sector has yet to receive any of the $700 million in COVID-19 relief announced by the agency in June.

Clariant completes construction of commercial sunliquid plant
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:43 AM

Clariant on Oct. 15 announced the official completion of its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania. The facility will be operational in the fourth quarter, producing cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues.

RFA comments seek to foster export competitiveness
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:42 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association late Friday submitted comments to the International Trade Administration responding to questions posed about the U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy.

ACE thanks Argonne for 2021 GREET model updates
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:41 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol expresses its appreciation toward U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory scientists for updates to the GREET model, which is used to audit the energy and environmental affects of transportation fuels.

Poet completes first on-site solar farm
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:38 AM

On Oct.12, Poet announced the completion of its first Poet Solar Farm, which will help power the company’s corporate headquarters in Sioux Falls and showcase its ability to construct similar projects for others.

Iowa Corn, IRFA: Biofuels can help lower prices at the pump
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:37 AM

On Oct. 15, the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking his administration to take three immediate steps to expand market opportunity for E15 and lower prices at the pump.

Navigator to proceed with development of carbon capture pipeline
Friday, October 15, 2021 10:56 PM

Navigator CO2 Ventures has obtained the necessary board approvals to proceed with its proposed carbon capture pipeline system, the Heartland Greenway. Permitting activities are underway with commissioning scheduled to begin in late 2024.

EIA: Ethanol production up 6%, stocks down slightly
Friday, October 15, 2021 5:36 AM

U.S. ethanol production expanded by nearly 6 percent the week ending Oct. 8, surpassing 1 million barrels per day for the first time in more than two months, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 14.

RFA to Biden: Low-carbon fuels can solve pump price concerns
Friday, October 15, 2021 5:35 AM

In response to media reports that the White House has been meeting with oil industry officials to discuss solutions to recent higher gas prices, the RFA is reminding President Biden that low carbon ethanol can help reduce prices at the pump.

Groups tell CARB ethanol can help reach carbon-neutrality
Friday, October 15, 2021 5:33 AM

In joint comments submitted last week to CARB, a group of ag and biofuel organizations and companies highlighted the role renewable fuels like ethanol can and should play in helping the state achieve its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045.

Ag Carbon Accounting—Coupled with CCS—Changes the Game
Friday, October 15, 2021 1:55 AM

While highlighting the potentially transformative impact of coupling carbon capture and sequestration with sound agricultural GHG accounting, Ethanol Producer Magazine's editor previews the feature articles in the publication's November edition.

FDA withdraws temporary policies on alcohol for use in sanitizers
Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:43 AM

The Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 13 announce the withdrawal of three guidance documents that created temporary policies related to the production of alcohol-based hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective Dec. 31, 2021.

EIA reduces 2021, 2022 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:41 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration made slight reductions to its forecasts for 2021 and 2022 U.S. fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Oct. 13. Forecasts for ethanol blending, however, were maintained.

Bushel acquires GrainBridge
Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:40 AM

Bushel, an independently owned software technology company focused on developing solutions for the grain supply chain, on Oct. 12 announced its acquisition of GrainBridge LLC, a joint venture owned by ADM and Cargill Inc.

Granholm, Ossoff visit LanzaTech innovation hub, plant site
Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:38 AM

LanzaTech and LanzaJet welcomed Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Senator Jon Ossoff to the Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. The faciity is expected to produce 10 MMgy of SAF and renewable diesel from ethanol.

Business Briefs
Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:41 AM

Industry announcements from the November issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including the USDA funding of climate-smart farming push, Poet's carbon neutrality pledge, Red Trail's CCS activity, Verbio's conversion of a former DuPont site, and more.

USDA maintains forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:40 AM

The USDA maintained its forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Demand and Supply Estimates report, released Oct. 12. Estimated 2020-’21 corn use for ethanol production was reduced slightly.

Argonne National Laboratory releases 2021 GREET update
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:39 AM

Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 11 announced the 2021 release of the suite of GREET models, an analytical tool that stimulates the energy use and emissions output of vehicle and fuel combinations.

USDA raises 2021 corn production forecast
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:38 AM

The USDA released updated data on Oct. 12 predicting that 2021 corn production for grain will reach 15 billion bushels, up slightly from the agency’s September forecast and up 6 percent when compared to 2020.

Senate confirms Small to fill USDA Rural Development post
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:37 AM

The U.S. Senate on Oct. 7 voted to confirm Xochitl Torres Small as under secretary of rural development at the USDA. USDA Rural Development administers a variety of programs related to biofuels and bioenergy.

Gevo, Axens ink alliance for ethanol-to-jet technology
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:36 AM

Gevo Inc. and Axens North America Inc. have entered into an agreement that establishes a strategic alliance aimed at accelerating the commercialization of sustainable ethanol-to-jet (ETJ) projects in the U.S.

EPA appoints Rod Snyder as EPA agriculture advisor
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:35 AM

On Oct. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to become EPA’s Agriculture Advisor. Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA.

Export Expectations
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 4:05 AM

Early in the pandemic, U.S. exports of ethanol and DDGS declined. While exports haven’t quite reached pre-pandemic levels, they're back up, and growing demand for low-carbon fuel and protein should support increased use of both products worldwide.

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:32 AM

The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on Sept. 30 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2021, which runs from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022.

Minnesota takes initial steps to develop new Clean Fuel Standard
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:31 AM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Oct. 7 directed state agencies to explore ways to reduce climate change impacts from transportation fuels. As part of that effort, state agencies will begin work to develop a new Clean Fuel Standard for Minnesota.

Growth Energy petitions SCOTUS to review E15 ruling
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:30 AM

Growth Energy on Oct. 4 filed a petition with SCOTUS asking the court to review a July 2 decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that vacated a 2019 rule issued by the U.S. EPA allowing year-round sales of E15.

UNICA: Domestic ethanol sales down in early September
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:28 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing domestic ethanol sales were down during the first half of September. The production and sale of anhydrous ethanol, however, continued to remain high.

Report: Ethanol production in Argentina forecast up in 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:27 AM

Ethanol production in Argentina continues to suffer from the negative market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent report filed by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

USGC: US ethanol exports record fifth-highest year
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:26 AM

The marketing year ended Aug. 31, for which numbers became available this week, recording the fifth highest overall export total for U.S. ethanol exports, 1.31 billion gallons, despite market challenges due to COVID-19.

Record grants support RFA ethanol safety training programs
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:25 AM

Two grant awards totaling a record $175,000 will help the Renewable Fuels Association continue its award-winning ethanol safety programs into the next year. The grants were received via TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort.

Gevo partners with Kiewit on Net-Zero 1 project
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 6:22 AM

Gevo Inc. has engaged Kiewit Energy Group Inc. to lead the front-end engineering design (FEED) effort for its Net-Zero 1 Project in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Gevo also expects Kiewit to serve as the project's EPC contractor.

Biofuels Key to Lifting Up Sustainable Aviation
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:50 AM

As the U.S. ethanol industry prepares to apply its production capabilities to sustainable aviation fuels, Growth Energy is working hard to ensure that farm-based biofuels are positioned to lead the charge to decarbonize commercial air travel.

Carbon Counting on the Farm
Friday, October 8, 2021 11:14 PM

As the ethanol industry sets its sights on net-zero CI, it is calling for an accurate reconciliation of corn production’s CO2 balance. Finally, it appears that both growers and biofuel producers may soon be rewarded for climate-smart practices.

The Basics of Ethanol Plant Laboratory Quality Management
Friday, October 8, 2021 11:00 PM

Ethanol Producer Magazine talks with Phibro Ethanol’s Dr. Andrew Hawkins about the essentials of top-tier LQM, including good training, recordkeeping, SOPs and more. Like its customers, Phibro also relies on laboratory quality management internally.

Canada's Big Election Winner: The Climate
Friday, October 8, 2021 5:47 PM

Canada's early summer election was substantive on climate. Notably, both the Liberals and the Conservatives promised to implement the Clean Fuel Regulations, giving weight and momentum to the nation's low carbon fuel standard for liquid fuels.

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