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ITA seeking nominations for renewable energy committee
Friday, July 1, 2016 5:32 AM

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has published a notice announcing plans to reestablish its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee and solicit membership nominations.

RFA holding second octane webinar on July 7
Friday, July 1, 2016 5:30 AM

The Renewable Fuels Foundation, the education and research arm of the Renewable Fuels Association, is hosting the second of five webinars focused on ethanol’s unique octane properties on July 7. The one-hour event will start at 11:00 a.m. CT.

USGC workshop in Peru promotes US sorghum, DDGS
Friday, July 1, 2016 5:27 AM

The U.S. Grains Council, in partnership with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service office in Lima, recently hosted technical workshops in Peru, focused on the nutritional value of U.S. sorghum and distillers dried grains with solubles.

Missouri governor signs bill benefiting biofuels
Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:34 AM

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a law that will promote the installation of blender pumps by ensuring that the liability insurance will provide gas stations with coverage for the release of blended fuels from incompatible storage tanks.

Thorntons station near Chicago begins offering E15, E85
Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:27 AM

Thorntons has unveiled a new station near Chicago introducing Thorntons branded E15 fueling option, known as Unleaded15, as well as E85. State Sen. Bill Cunningham made an appearance at the Thorntons retail location to celebrate the new store.

Kosher distillers corn oil opens market prospects for glycerin
Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:24 AM

With nearly a fifth of the U.S. biodiesel feedstock market share, corn oil from the ethanol production process is contributing more glycerin to the marketplace. But if that oil is not kosher, the market opportunities for its glycerin are limited.

Corn prices bounce up and down during last month
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:44 PM

The corn market has seen increased volatility n the past month with some abrupt swings.

Natural gas prices rally
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:21 PM

Beginning in late May, the natural gas market came under upside pressure. After becoming the prompt-month NYMEX contract, July 2016 rallied sharply, dragging deliveries for the balance of summer upward with it.

DOE announces SBIR, TCF grant recipients
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:31 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $16 million for 54 projects to help commercialize promising technologies and $23 million for small businesses focused on clean energy innovations. Biomass projects were among those to receive funding.

Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:26 AM

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth.

Visits by USGC consultant promote low-oil DDGS in Taiwan
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:25 AM

The U.S. Grains Council office in Taiwan had a consultant visit the country late last month to bolster ongoing efforts to promote the use of low-oil U.S. distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) in poultry rations.

DDGS prices continue bouncing in early summer
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:03 AM

DDGS prices have continued their roller coaster ride, moving higher, and then lower, following grain futures prices.

Ethanol prices firm despite gasoline price pull-back
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:17 AM

Ethanol market prices have broken away from the energy and gasoline markets and re-focused on the aggressive up-and-down movements in the corn market.

ASABE announces standard for sustainable agriculture production
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:28 AM

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the completion of ANSI/ASABE S629, a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production.

PNNL, Australian university form research pact
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:26 AM

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Queensland University of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their bioenergy research, promote education, and develop industry around and viable bioenergy solutions.

Blog: FEW question leads to ruminations on the future
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:49 AM

Optimism about the future of corn ethanol, corn farming and cellulosic ethanol is grounded in understanding past and current trends.

Senators issue letter in support of strong RFS
Saturday, June 25, 2016 3:17 AM

A group of 39 senators have issued a letter to the U.S. EPA advocating for a strong renewable fuel standard that will support U.S. jobs and the economy, reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and decrease dependence on foreign oil.

Poet expands cover crop research in Iowa
Saturday, June 25, 2016 3:16 AM

Poet LLC is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol.

2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:28 AM

The 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries.

House hearing focuses on RFS implementation
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:27 AM

On June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, biofuel supporters and other stakeholders.

Maine governor issues anti-ethanol executive order
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:25 AM

On June 20, Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage issued an executive order mandating state agencies give purchasing preference to gasoline blends with 5 percent or less ethanol when those fuels are of a comparable cost to higher ethanol blends.

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:21 AM

Two leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy.

Conventional, advanced biofuel leaders gather in Milwaukee
Friday, June 24, 2016 2:19 AM

The National Biodiesel Board's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel participated in a panel with other biofuel industry leaders at the 32nd Annual International FEW and colocated National Advanced Biofuels Conference in Milwaukee June 21.

BIO: RFS rule continues to chill advanced biofuel investment
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:28 AM

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released an analysis that finds the U.S. EPA’s new methodology for setting annual renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes is continuing to chill investment in advanced biofuels.

EPA approves Heartland Corn Products’ efficient producer pathway
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:26 AM

The U.S. EPA recently approved an efficient producer fuel pathway for Heartland Corn Products’ 104 MMgy ethanol plant in Winthrop, Minnesota. The facility is the 54th facility to achieve an efficient producer pathway approval.

USGC: Workshop in Korea offers background on ethanol as fuel
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:22 AM

The U.S. Grains Council and its domestic industry partners, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, have had a busy year so far engaging with potential global customers of U.S. ethanol.

Growth Energy CEO: Ethanol industry should share its good news
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 7:00 AM

It’s up to everyone in the ethanol industry to herald the many environmental, social and health benefits of the product they produce, said Emily Skor, Growth Energy’s new CEO, during her keynote address at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

FEW recognizes Abbas, Buis for contributions to fuel ethanol
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:51 AM

Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy, and Charles Abbas, director of yeast and renewables research at Archer Daniels Midland Co., were honored at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop with the High Octane award and Award of Excellence, respectively.

BBI announces Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship recipients
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:43 AM

BBI International has awarded the 2016 Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship to Donald Jackson and Patrick Thimes. The two $2,000 memorial scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing degrees that may lead to a career in the ethanol industry.

RFA: API singing the same push poll tune
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:41 AM

On June 21, the American Petroleum Institute unveiled new anti-ethanol results from a May Harris Poll. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen has spoken out to criticize the questions used to conduct the poll.

2016 FEW underway; 2,000 biofuel producers, industry reps attend
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:09 AM

The 2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo gets underway in Milwaukee with nearly 2,000 in attendance.

EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in May
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:37 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May, reporting nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first five months of the year to 6.76 billion.

DuPont launches Synerxia Fermentation System
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:28 AM

DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of its DuPont Synerxia Fermentation System, a ground-breaking approach to fermentation that will help ethanol producers improve their yields by up to 2 percent.

Greenyug to colocate biobased chemical plant at ADM facility
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:26 AM

Greenyug LLC recently announced that it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska.

Research examines obstacles to making biofuel from perennials
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:25 AM

A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy.

Blog: A call to advocacy
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:25 AM

The 2016 Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo is underway in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Ethanol 101 pre-conference kicked off June 20 with a reminder of the value of grassroots advocacy in supporting the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy
Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:10 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses.

ICM advances pathway to cellulosic ethanol
Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:06 AM

With clear application of science and engineering principles, ICM Inc. continues to create advancements in the development and optimization of ethanol technology by creating a stepping stone for future generations of advanced biofuels.

Growth Energy, Front Range Energy award funds to veterans groups
Saturday, June 18, 2016 2:03 AM

Growth Energy Cares, the charitable arm of Growth Energy, and Front Range Energy provided $125,000 in support for five veterans’ organizations at the Growth Energy/Front Range Energy annual golf tournament on June 15 in Windsor, Colorado.

Valero petitions EPA to redefine RFS obligated party
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:21 AM

On June 13, Valero Energy Corp. issued a petition to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the agency to redefine obligated party under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). In February, Valero made a similar request.

CE&P awards Technip engineering services agreement
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:18 AM

California Ethanol & Power LLC has awarded a engineering services agreement to Technip for its proposed biorefinery project in Imperial Valley, California. The facility will produce ethanol, electricity and biogas.

Report: Crop-based biofuels don’t harm food supplies
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:14 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased with the findings from a recent report that concluded biofuels from crops do not harm food supplies.

Gevo signs agreement to supply isobutanol for gasoline blending
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:07 AM

Gevo Inc. has entered into an agreement with Musket Corp. to supply isobutanol for blending with gasoline. Initial target markets are expected to include the marine and off-road markets in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

Pacific Ag acquires Calagri
Friday, June 17, 2016 7:06 AM

Pacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers.

Maintenance, Compliance Now Conflux
Friday, June 17, 2016 1:26 AM

New levels in maintenance planning, new solutions for cleaning and cooling tower tips are discussed in the July issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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