IEA releases mid-term forecast for biofuels, renewable energy
Friday, August 29, 2014 11:29 PM

The International Energy Agency has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, which includes forecasts for global biofuel and renewable energy growth. For the first time, the report also includes an investment outlook.

Dynamic Recycling breaks ground on Tennessee plant
Friday, August 29, 2014 11:28 PM

Dynamic Recycling LLC has broken ground on its Distilled Spirits Plant in Bristol, Tennessee. The facility will recycle ethanol-based or sugary unusable or expired products into fuel ethanol. The plant is expected to be operational early next year.

DOE seeks input on landscape design for feedstock production
Friday, August 29, 2014 11:24 PM

The U.S. Department of Energy is asking for input on landscape design approaches that sustainably integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems. Comments are due Sept. 2.

Highlighting those that 'get it'
Friday, August 29, 2014 10:42 PM

Yes, there are lawmakers that don’t get it when it comes to biofuels. They’re stuck on lies and propaganda pushed forward by Big Oil. But two recent announcements remind us that it’s not all controversy and negativity.

Cold winter could mean return to high regional basis prices
Friday, August 29, 2014 7:39 PM

Only the October futures contract remains to be settled before the end of summer. With winter looming around the corner, sparing some time to learn a few lessons from the prior year and plan for the upcoming heating season is a prudent course.

Rex American considers purchasing, building new ethanol plants
Friday, August 29, 2014 4:38 AM

Rex American Resources Corp. has released financial results for the second quarter, with the company's CEO and Chairman Stuart Rose reporting the period was Rex American's best quarter in terms of earnings per share.

John Deere, Hillco introduce single pass round bale system
Friday, August 29, 2014 4:37 AM

Hillco Technologies Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed the Hillco Single Pass Round Bale System, a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn and baling corn stover in one simple step.

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research wins NSF grant
Friday, August 29, 2014 4:36 AM

A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to expand. The $20 million award is being made for the "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future" project.

To maximize throughput and yield, start with liquefaction
Friday, August 29, 2014 12:20 AM

Novozymes offers tips for trialing and optimizing its new enzyme, Avantec, and shares the story behind the lessons learned while troubleshooting issues in the intial trials.

New contract lows hit in nearby corn futures
Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:42 PM

August is proving to be a month of making new contract lows in nearby corn futures. Soybeans had the same type of trade but the contract lows were for new crop. Mild temperatures and scattered moisture despite a dry July triggered some sell-off.

EurOberv'ER releases annual Biofuels Barometer report
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:54 AM

The EurObserv'ER has released its annual Biofuel Barometer, reporting that last year was the first time the consumption of biofuels in Europe decreased. The report notes the decline is essentially related to Spain and Germany.

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:07 AM

CHS Inc.has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1,400 Cenex branded locations to meet consumer demand for E15. The Cenex Tank Program will cover a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install E15 storage tanks.

Nomination deadline for export advisory committee extended
Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:04 AM

The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has amended a recent announcement that it is accepting nominations for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee. The deadline is now set for Aug. 29.

China is still the big story in DDGS market
Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:59 AM

With no approval to admit DDGS into China with Syngenta's MIR 162 trait it's still the big story in the coproduct market. Shippers have been working to find resolutions for tons of product on contract but not yet shipped.

Ethanol prices supported by stable corn prices
Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:37 AM

Despite the focus on potential record corn production this growing season, corn futures are showing an amazing sense of stability at the end of August. This is creating the potential for light to moderate buyer support.

Valero celebrates restart of Mount Vernon plant
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:06 AM

On Aug. 26, Valero Renewable Fuels Co. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., and the Ports of Indiana hosted an event to commemorate the restart of a 110 MMgy ethanol plant located in Mount Vernon, Indiana.

Genera Energy provides insight in choosing a biomass solution
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:02 AM

Genera Energy recently released a new infographic featuring a visual overview of biomass feedstock and guidelines for choosing the best solution for every biomass project. The four-page infographic highlights key supply chain elements.

Geringhoff to participate in Poet-DSM Project Liberty trials
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:01 AM

Geringhoff will participate in Poet-DSM's Project Liberty trials, starting with an open house and tours at Poet's facilities in Emmetsburg, Iowa, on Sept. 3. Trials are being performed with the Geringhoff Horizon Elite XL Stover Collection corn head.

FRA grants support development of a Short Line Safety Institute
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:21 AM

The Federal Railroad Administration has announced two grants totaling $350,000 to support the development of a Short Line Safety Institute. According to the FRA, the institute will help mitigate risk associated with shipping hazardous materials.

STB issues new reporting requirements to improve rail service
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:00 AM

Surface Transportation Board recently announced it will require both Canadian Pacific Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to provide new information on their respective weekly grain order reports.

American Science and Technology scale up uses Baisch Engineering
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:55 AM

American Science and Technology Corp. has selected Baisch Engineering to scale up its Wausau, Wisconsin-based pilot plant from its current production capacity of 200 pounds of lignocellulosic biomass per day to 2 tons per day.

Celebrating good news stories
Monday, August 25, 2014 9:36 PM

In the last couple of weeks I’ve covered some undeniably good news stories. I have to say, those kinds of stories are a lot more fun to write than stories about bankruptcies, idled plants and tight margins.

EPA's final 2014 RVO delivered to the OMB; industry reacts
Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:54 AM

The U.S. EPA has finalized its 2014 renewable volume obligation rule for the renewable fuels standard and submitted it to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Friday, Aug. 22.

Despite current issues, China 'hit for the cycle' in 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:35 PM

Despite challenges surrounding imports, China has accomplished a feat never before seen. According to Chinese and USDA data, China has imported more than 3 million metric tons each of corn, sorghum and DDGS this marketing year, which ends Aug. 31.

Butamax corn oil separation system fully operational at Highwater
Friday, August 22, 2014 2:29 AM

Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC and Highwater Ethanol held an Aug. 20 ribbon cutting, celebrating the completion of phase one of a two-phase retrofit to biobutanol production. The facility is now separating corn oil with Butamax technology.

Geneticists develop tree biomass crop to grow on marginal land
Friday, August 22, 2014 12:25 AM

Two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate.

Business Briefs
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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.

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.

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