EPA releases data on small refinery hardship waivers
Friday, September 21, 2018 4:55 AM

The U.S. EPA has released new data on small refinery hardship waivers confirming the agency has, to date, waived volumes equal to approximately 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) for 2017 and 790 million RINs for 2016.

NAES selected to operate advanced ethanol plant in North Dakota
Friday, September 21, 2018 4:54 AM

NAES Corp. has been selected by BioMass Solution LLC to operate and maintain Red River Biorefinery in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The facility is designed to produce 16.5 MMgy of ethanol from sugar beet tailings, potato wastes an other byproducts.

NCGA names Doggett as CEO
Friday, September 21, 2018 4:51 AM

The National Corn Growers Association Corn Board recently named Jon Doggett as the organization’s new CEO Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history. The change is effective immediately.

Enerkem commits to taking action on ocean plastics waste
Friday, September 21, 2018 4:49 AM

Enerkem Inc. announced Sept. 20 at the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministerial Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that it will be exploring opportunities to take action on ocean plastics waste and marine litter.

House members advocate for strong RFS, year-round E15 sales
Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:55 AM

Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., leaders of the bipartisan Biofuels Caucus, led more than 20 House members in sending a letter to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to approve year-round E15.

Poet opens 80-million-gallon expansion at Marion plant
Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:53 AM

Poet Biorefining – Marion opened an 80-million gallon expansion Sept. 19 at a celebration that included area farmers, community members and state officials. The facility now has an annual capacity of 150 MMgy.

Growth Energy, USGC, RFA express support for E10 in the UK
Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:51 AM

Earlier this week, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to the United Kingdom's Department of Transport as it considers implementing a nationwide E10 ethanol blend.

Bacteria used as cell factories could produce biofuels
Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:48 AM

A new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications, including the production of biofuels and vaccines, has been developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Kent.

Green Plains idles plant, responds to market conditions
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:12 AM

Following news reports that Green Plains Inc. is idling two Iowa ethanol plants, the company has confirmed that its Superior, Iowa, plant has temporarily ceased production but stressed that it flexes production at its facilities on a regular basis.

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to Install Whitefox ICE
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:07 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC and Whitefox Technologies have reached an agreement to install a Whitefox ICE advanced membrane dehydration system at the SIRE plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

USGC outreach encourages Mexican customer to reexamine US DDGS
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:53 AM

Reversing an overseas buyer’s single bad experience can be a challenge, but not an insurmountable one for the USGC. A recent trade team representing the Mexican company Granjas Carroll exposed key decision-makers to improvements in U.S DDGS.

Summertime restrictions on E15 end Sept. 16
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:46 AM

The summertime restriction of E15 sales lifted on Sept. 16, allowing customers across the nation to once again access the fuel blend. Representatives of the ethanol industry are working to ensure barriers to year-round sales will be lifted soon.

Flint Hills, FQPT start up MSC protein system at Nebraska plant
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:42 AM

Fluid Quip Process Technologies has announced the commissioning of the FQPT Maximized Stillage Co-Products system at the Flint Hills Resources Fairmont, Nebraska, facility. The MSC technology produces high-value protein animal feed.

Ergon BioFuels plans to close ethanol plant
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:40 AM

Ergon BioFuels LLC, a subsidiary of Ergon Inc., has announced plans to close its ethanol plant in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in December 2018. The 26.5 MMgy plant was constructed in 2007.

STB: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 4
Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:37 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meet Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. The committee addresses issues related to the rail transportation of energy resources, including ethanol.

RFA, Pacific Ethanol, Aemetis sponsor successful CARB internship
Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:19 AM

Diamond Coleman, a senior biology major at Occidental College in Los Angeles, served as an intern at the California Air Resources Board this summer. Her work primarily focused on cellulosic ethanol made from corn kernel fiber.

U of A biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production
Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:17 AM

A University of Arkansas biologist is using protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to make the process of turning organic material into biofuels more efficient and environmentally sound.

Virgin Australia leads trial using Gevo’s biojet in Brisbane
Friday, September 14, 2018 4:30 AM

On Sept. 11, Virgin Australia announced the successful completion of a trial to deliver sustainable aviation fuel through Brisbane Airport’s general fuel supply system. Biojet used during the trail was supplied by Gevo Inc.

DOE funds 6 projects for co-optimization of engines and fuels
Friday, September 14, 2018 4:28 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research, with $10.1 million funding six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

Grassley receives Growth Energy’s 2018 Fueling Growth Award
Friday, September 14, 2018 4:24 AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was recently presented with Growth Energy’s 2018 Fueling Growth Award. Grassley has been a steadfast advocate for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy throughout his time as a U.S. Senator.

USDA ups forecasts for corn production, corn use for ethanol
Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:43 AM

The USDA released the September edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Sept. 12, increasing its 18-’19 production forecast for corn and raising its forecast for the volume of corn going to ethanol production.

Clariant celebrates groundbreaking of cellulosic ethanol plant
Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:39 AM

Clariant has officially started construction on the first large-scale commercial sunliquid plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues. The facility is located in Podari, Romania.

Trump urged to restore integrity to RFS, allow year-round E15
Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:38 AM

In a letter to President Trump Sept. 12, several farm and biofuel groups urged the administration to act immediately to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and allow year-round sales of E15 and other mid-level ethanol blends.

EIA ups 2018 ethanol production forecast, reduces 2019 forecast
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:53 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its forecast for 2018 ethanol production, but lowering its estimate for 2019 production.

ASTM standard to aid companies producing kernel fiber-based fuel
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:48 AM

ASTM International’s bioenergy and industrial-chemicals-from-biomass committee (E48) is creating a standard that will help companies that produce biofuel using—in part—kernel fiber.

Enerkem produces bio-DME
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:48 AM

Enerkem Inc. announced Sept. 10 that it has successfully produced a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (bio-DME), a byproduct of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

Bill aims to require reallocation of waived RFS volumes
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:59 AM

Reps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have introduced a bill that aims to reallocate waived renewable fuel obligations and require the U.S. EPA to disclose refineries that received small refinery hardship waivers.

Increased production, sale of hydrous ethanol continue in Brazil
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:58 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.34 billion liters (353.99 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of August, up 20.32 percent from last year.

Growth Energy hosts 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, DC
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:56 AM

On Sept. 10, Growth Energy kicked off its 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, D.C., where nearly 150 ethanol supporters will advocate to lawmakers on behalf of the ethanol industry for a strong RFS, year-round E15 sales and access to markets.

EPA’s refiner waivers could cost ethanol industry $20 billion
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:54 AM

Economists at University of Missouri's FAPRI have found that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the EPA continues to award small refinery waivers.

RFA’s second annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ contest a success
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:49 AM

During the Renewable Fuels Association's second annual “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, more than 3,600 new users of registered and helped report prices for higher ethanol blends and conventional fuels.

UD engineers study microbes for biofuel production
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:46 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis of the University of Delaware a three-year, $1.5 million grant to study the production of clostridium bacteria as platforms for biofuels.

LCFS Matures
Monday, September 10, 2018 11:55 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard could lead to favorable changes for the ethanol industry.

USDA: No 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program
Saturday, September 8, 2018 4:06 AM

On Aug. 31, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar.

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects
Saturday, September 8, 2018 4:03 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power.

ePURE: New data shows record GHG reductions from European ethanol
Saturday, September 8, 2018 4:01 AM

European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.84 billion liters of ethanol and 5.71 million metric tons of beneficial coproducts in 2017, according to new audited data released by the industry group.

On-Site, Automated and Efficient
Friday, September 7, 2018 11:54 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, automation, plant morale and more.

Aemetis to add Zebrex membrane technology at Keyes plant
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:41 AM

Aemetis Inc. has announced plans to implement the Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. Zebrex membrane dehydration system at its 60 MMgy ethanol plant in Keyes, California. As MCC’s EPC partner in the U.S., IMC Inc. will design and fabricate the unit.

UK ethanol plant to shut down Sept. 30 due to E10 delay
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:38 AM

U.K.-based Vivergo Fuels Ltd. has announced plans to idle its 420 MMly (110 MMgy) ethanol plant, citing a difficult trading environment and delays in the introduction of E10 into the U.K. marketplace.

Watchorn to keynote Export Exchange 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:36 AM

The U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association have announced that Roger Watchorn, group leader at Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain North America, will be the keynote speaker for Export Exchange 2018 next month.

Ricketts cuts ribbon on Prairie Catalytic facility in Nebraska
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:32 AM

On Sept. 5, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts attended a ribbon cutting in Columbus to celebrate the grand opening of Nebraska-based Prairie Catalytic LLC’s new $50 million biobased ethyl acetate production facility.

UD researchers develop novel two-step CO2 conversion technology
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:31 AM

Researchers at the University of Delaware’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology has discovered a novel two-step process to increase the efficiency of carbon dioxide electrolysis, a chemical reaction that can aid in the production of fuels.

EPA asked to process RIN applications for biomass, biogas power
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:29 AM

On Sept. 6, 111 organizations, including the American Biogas Council and Biomass Power Association, sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

DOE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:27 AM

With the announcement of a $1.1 million grant for sorghum disease resistance research led by the University of Illinois, the Department of Energy is signaling a new investment in the future of the crop.

EPA Needs to Reallocate Gallons from RFS Waivers
Thursday, September 6, 2018 11:52 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Incoming RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper addresses the small refiner exemptions issued by the U.S. EPA last year, and how they affect the ethanol market.

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