Report predicts growth in Brazilian corn ethanol production
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:48 AM

Corn ethanol production in Brazil is expected to reach 2.5 billion liters (660.43 million gallons) during the 2020-’21 marketing year, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network on Oct. 8.

Bioenergy, biofuels account for nearly half of US renewables use
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:46 AM

Wood and waste energy accounted for nearly one-fourth of U.S. renewable energy use in 2019, while biofuels accounted for 20 percent of renewable energy consumption, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 19.

UAI: Vehicle emissions testing shows ethanol blends are cleaner
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:45 AM

Urban Air Technical Director Steve Vander Griend recently conducted a PEMS test for the 3DATX Corp. Cannon Ball Run promotion. In UAI’s testing, emissions were lower with the E30 compared to the E10 and the vehicles benefited from the higher octane.

RFA: New grants support RFA’s award-winning safety education
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:43 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded $75,000 in grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s work with TRANSCAER.

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center joins RFA
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:42 AM

The RFA has welcomed the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center as its newest Associate Member. Located at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, NCERC is dedicated to the development of biofuels and other renewable compounds.

EPA issues final Fuels Streamlining Rule
Saturday, October 17, 2020 4:44 AM

The U.S. EPA on Oct. 15 issued its final Fuels Streamlining Rule, which streamlines the agency’s existing regulations for gasoline, diesel and other fuels. It does not, however, change the stringency of existing fuel quality standards.

UNICA: Ethanol exports remain high in September
Saturday, October 17, 2020 4:43 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol exports continued trend higher in September. Ethanol sales for non-fuel purposes also continued to remain high during the month.

Poet expansion will tackle sanitizer shortage
Saturday, October 17, 2020 4:41 AM

On Oct. 15, Poet executives, Indiana policymakers, and members of the Alexandria community joined together to break ground on an expansion at Poet Biorefining-Alexandria. The expansion will accommodate the production of purified alcohol.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks up by 2%
Friday, October 16, 2020 4:44 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production increased by nearly 2 percent the week ending Oct. 9, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 15. Stocks also increased by approximately 2 percent.

EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed for compliance year 2019
Friday, October 16, 2020 4:43 AM

The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data.

US ethanol exports fall 12%, DDGS exports down 7% for 2019-‘20
Friday, October 16, 2020 4:41 AM

U.S. exports of ethanol were down approximately 12 percent for the 2019-’20 marketing year, which closed Aug. 31, while exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) were down nearly 7 percent, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

Campaign launches in Colorado Springs to promote use of E15
Friday, October 16, 2020 4:39 AM

When it's time for your next fuel stop, look for the blue hose and fill your tank with sustainable and environmentally-friendly E15, also known as eblend, gasoline to save money and the environment with every mile you drive.

Midwest AgEnergy launches Carbon Zero, celebrates CO2 test well
Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:19 AM

Midwest AgEnergy's Blue Flint ethanol plant on Oct. 13 celebrated the commencement of drilling a stratigraphic test well to study the feasibility of CCUS. The event also kicked off Midwest AgEnergy's Vision Carbon ZERO initiative.

UK biofuel consumption down 27% in Q2
Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:16 AM

The U.K.’s consumption of transportation biofuels fell sharply during the second quarter of 2020 due primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures that reduced travel, according to data released by the U.K. government on Oct. 8.

USDA forecasts corn production at 14.7 billion bushels
Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:15 AM

U.S. corn production is up 8 percent from last year, and forecast at 14.7 billion bushels, according to the Crop Production report issued by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on Oct. 9.

Gevo collaborates with Total to develop renewable isoamylene
Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:14 AM

Gevo Inc. has signed a joint development agreement with Total Cray Valley, part of Total’s polymers division to upgrade fusel oils from ethanol production into renewable isoamylene, which can be used in a diverse set of applications.

RFA welcomes new member Ascensus Specialties
Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:12 AM

Ascensus Specialties has joined the RFA as an associate member. The company is a chemical provider to industrial alcohol producers that offers a solution to help reduce acetaldehyde and acetal in ethanol streams.

Hydro-Thermal welcomes Commerce official
Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:09 AM

On Oct. 13, Hydro-Thermal Corp. was visited by Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Joe Semsar during a trip to Wisconsin to work on initiatives related to the growth of exporting.

CoBank predicts stable outlook for ethanol over next 2 quarters
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:27 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry experienced some incremental positives during the third quarter and continued to recover to a new baseline level equaling roughly 90 percent of pre-COVID-19 demand, according to a quarterly report released by CoBank.

Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:25 AM

A group of 14 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 12 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking that recognizes the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural feedstocks.

Green Plains sells remaining 50% of Green Plains Cattle Co.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:24 AM

Plains Inc. on Oct. 13 announced the sale of its remaining 50 percent joint venture interest in Green Plains Cattle Co. LLC to a group of investment funds for approximately $80 million, plus closing adjustments.

RFA: Ethanol emergency response webinars this week
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:15 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is offering four-hour-long ethanol emergency response webinars on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. The webinars are offered in partnership with TRANSCAER and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Bushel joins RFA as associate member
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6:12 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has welcomed Bushel as its newest associate member. Bushel is a mobile technology company that powers apps and websites that facilitate business communications and transactions between grain companies and growers.

ANL releases 2020 updates to GREET Models
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 8:06 AM

Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 released 2020 updates to its GREET Models. Updates include new pathways for a variety of biobased fuels and a new feedstock carbon intensity calculator.

Manitoba seek comments on proposed increase to biofuel mandates
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:59 AM

The Manitoba government is proposing to increase the required renewable content in gasoline to 10 percent and the required renewable content in diesel to 5 percent, effective Jan. 1. A 45-day comment period on the proposal is now open.

Lallemand to sponsor RFA Young Professionals Network in 2021
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:57 AM

The RFA has announced Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits will be the title sponsor of the Young Professionals Network in 2021. The YPN was launched in July to bring together innovative and dedicated young professionals in the ethanol industry.

WASDE lowers forecast for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol
Saturday, October 10, 2020 4:34 AM

The USDA lowered its forecast for 2020-21 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released on Oct. 10. Forecasts for corn production, feed and residual use, and ending stocks were also lowered.

USDA names recipients of $22 million in HBIIP awards
Friday, October 9, 2020 5:10 AM

The USDA on Oct. 8 announced an initial round of awards under its $100 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency awarded $22 million to 40 recipients in 14 states. Additional awards are expected to be announced soon.

Research links soil nitrogen level to corn yield, nitrogen losses
Friday, October 9, 2020 5:05 AM

Research conducted by University of Illinois scientists has definitively established the relationship between soil nitrogen at different growth stages and corn yield. The results provide more precise ways to manage nitrogen for grain yield.

EIA: Ethanol production up 5%, stocks fall slightly
Thursday, October 8, 2020 3:38 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by nearly 5 percent the week ending Oct. 2 while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 7.

USDA: US ethanol exports at 100.65 million gallons in August
Thursday, October 8, 2020 3:37 AM

The U.S. exported more than 100.65 million gallons of ethanol and 1.02 million metric tons of distillers grains in August, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Oct. 6.

USGC highlights ethanol’s advantages during APPEC conference
Thursday, October 8, 2020 3:35 AM

The U.S. Grains Council advocated for the use of ethanol during the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference. The conference, held in mid-September, is Asia's largest energy event. 2020 marks the USGC's second year of participation.

EIA lowers 2021 ethanol production, blending forecasts
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 6:46 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its forecast for 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released on Oct. 6. The forecast for 2021 ethanol production, however, was revised down.

RFA elects new board leadership, first woman chairperson
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 6:45 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has elected Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy Management LLC, as its new chairperson. McCaherty becomes the first female chairperson in the RFA’s history, and first among any national ethanol trade association.

Red River Biorefinery now producing USP grade ethanol
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 6:43 AM

Red River Biorefinery LLC announced on Oct. 6 that its biorefinery in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is now producing ethanol that meets USP purity and quality standards. The facility began operations earlier this year.

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