Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signs landmark biofuels bill
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 8:03 AM

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 17 signed a bill into law that makes Iowa the first state in the nation to adopt E15 as its standard blend of gasoline. The legislation, HF 2128, also expands consumer access to higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

BioUrja works to prioritize employee safety following May 11 fire
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 8:01 AM

BioUrja's 135 MMgy ethanol plant in Peoria, Illinois, was temporarily idled on May 11 following a fire that damaged some grain storage infrastructure. No serious injuries were reported and the plant is expected to resume operations within weeks.

Green Impact Partners moves forward with RNG, ethanol project
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:56 AM

Green Impact Partners Inc. is moving forward with the development of the Future Energy Park. Located within the City of Calgary, Future Energy Park is a proposed net CO2 negative biofuels facility that will produce RNG and ethanol from wheat.

Growth Energy supports nomination of Alexis Taylor for USDA post
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:50 AM

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor on May 17 released a statement in support of the Biden Administration’s expected nomination of Alexis Taylor as USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.

The E100 Evangelist
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 5:23 AM

Straight ethanol isn’t sold at U.S. gas stations. But why not? A top proponent of E100 says offering 98-percent pure ethanol at the pump would not only benefit ethanol producers and consumers, but the environment and energy security. Could it happen?

Barnstorming for Summertime E15
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 5:12 AM

Becoming the fourth consecutive U.S. president to visit an ethanol plant, Biden offered broad support for corn ethanol, biorefining and agriculture after announcing a historic emergency fuel waiver enabling uninterrupted E15 sales this summer.

An Innovative Approach to CIP In Fuel Ethanol Plants
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 5:08 AM

PhibroTCP™ (Total Cleaning Program) is a turnkey solution that utilizes deposit-prevention technologies tailored to reduce the rate and degree of foulant formation to keep plants running more efficiently between cleaning events.

Clearing the Air on E15 and Smog
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 4:40 AM

While E15 scored an important temporary victory in April, we need to continue to educate consumers and policymakers about the higher blend's benefits and true regulatory history as the oil industry and misinformed environmental extremists attack.

Aemetis reports progress with biogas, SAF projects
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:27 AM

Aemetis Inc. released Q1 2022 financial results on May 12, confirming that the company’s corn ethanol plant in Keyes, California, is operating at near capacity and discussing progress with the company’s RNG, SAF, renewable diesel and CCS projects.

USGC: Market education leads to DDGS sales to Myanmar
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:26 AM

The U.S. Grains Council helped boost the use of U.S. DDGS in Myanmar by partnersing with a regional feed miller and correcting misconsceptions about the economic and nutritional value of U.S. distillers dried grains.

Summit Carbon Solutions launches radio ad
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:19 AM

Summit Carbon Solutions announced May 12 the start of a new five-state radio ad campaign highlighting how the company’s proposed CCS project will open new economic opportunities for ethanol producers and strengthen the marketplace for farmers.

Summit Carbon Solutions completes $1 billion equity raise
Saturday, May 14, 2022 4:00 AM

Summit Carbon Solutions, the deveoper of a large scale CCS project in the Midwest, on May 11 announced the successful completion of its equity fundraising efforts, which have resulted in over $1 billion in total equity commitments.

USGC revisits Ghana, Nigeria to expand ethanol’s reach
Saturday, May 14, 2022 3:56 AM

As a follow-up visit from a 2019 mission, the U.S. Grains Council recently returned to Nigeria and Ghana to continue sharing the benefits of ethanol use and encouraging the adoption of future fuel ethanol policies.

2022-’23 corn use in ethanol forecast at 5.375 billion bushels
Friday, May 13, 2022 6:20 AM

The USDA predicts that 2022-’23 corn use in ethanol will be flat with 2021-’22 in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released May 12. Corn production is expected to be down, with prices up significantly.

Groups urge passage of bill creating blenders tax credit for SAF
Friday, May 13, 2022 6:14 AM

The National Business Aviation Association and nearly 80 stakeholders sent a letter to Congressional leaders on April 22 advocating for passage of the Sustainable Skies Act, which would create a blender’s tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel.

Raizen announces plans for 2 new cellulosic ethanol projects
Friday, May 13, 2022 6:13 AM

Brazil-based energy company Raizen announced on May 11 that its board has approved plans to invest R$2 billion ($389.8 million) in the development of two cellulosic ethanol plants that will be located in São Paul.

USDA reports strong interest for Climate-Smart Commodities funds
Friday, May 13, 2022 6:01 AM

The USDA on May 10 announced it received more than 450 proposals for large-scale projects under its new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program. The agency is accepting proposals for smaller-scale projects through June 10.

Carbon America plans CCS projects at 2 Colorado ethanol plants
Friday, May 13, 2022 5:59 AM

Carbon America announced on May 12 agreements with Sterling Ethanol LLC and Yuma Ethanol LLC to develop CCS projects at two Colorado ethanol production facilities. Carbon America will finace, build, own and operate the CCS systems.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stock up 1%
Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:37 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by more than 2 percent the week ending May 6, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 11. Stocks were up more than 1 percent for the week.

EPA seeks comments on candidates for peer review of RFS report
Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:35 AM

The U.S. EPA on May 9 opened a 15-day public comment period on the pool of 20 candidates who have been selected to serve on an external expert panel to peer review the EPA’s third triennial report to Congress on biofuels and the environment.

Gevo reports progress with RNG, Net-Zero 1 projects
Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:34 AM

Officials at Gevo Inc. discussed progress with the development of the company’s renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Iowa and the proposed Net-Zero 1 refinery under development in South Dakota during a first quarter earnings call, held May 9.

Study: California drivers save big on clean fuels, including E85
Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:32 AM

As the nation grapples with skyrocketing gas prices, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition has released a new study that conclusively determined that California drivers are saving money by using clean fuels induced under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

EIA maintains forecast for 2022 fuel ethanol production
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:27 AM

The EIA maintained its forecast for 2022 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released May 10. The outlook for 2023 production was reduced, while ethanol blending forecasts for both years were maintained.

Alto Ingredients: Diversification strategy pays off in Q1
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:25 AM

Alto Ingredients Inc. released Q1 2022 financial results on May 9, reporting positive gross margin and adjusted EBITDA for the three-month period. Mike Kandris, CEO of Alto, credited the company’s diversification efforts in achieving those results.

Navigator CO2, Big River announce CCUS agreement
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:23 AM

Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC announced on May 10 a long-term agreement to connect Big River's biorefineries in West Burlington, Iowa; Dyersville, Iowa; and Galva, Illinois, to Navigator's Heartland Greenway CCUS system.

Novozymes: Nebraska facility celebrates 10th anniversary
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:18 AM

Novozymes on May 10 celebrated the 10th anniversary of its biotech manufacturing plant in Blair, Nebraska, with an event attended by Gov. Ricketts and local officials, and enjoyed by employees, customers, and supporters.

RFA welcomes Mikayla McKenna to the communications team
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:16 AM

The RFA has announced that Mikayla McKenna has joined the organization’s staff as its new communications manager. McKenna previously interned for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

STB takes initial actions aimed at improving rail service
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:03 AM

The STB on May 6 announced it will require certain railroads to meet additional reporting requirements as part of an initial action aimed to improve rail service delays that have severely impacted several industries, including ethanol producers.

ITA’s renewable energy advisory committee to meet May 12
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:02 AM

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced it will hold a virtual open meeting the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee via WebEx on May 12.

UNICA: Ethanol sales up during start of 2022-’23 harvest season
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:01 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing and ethanol production were down during the first two weeks of the 2022-’23 harvest season, which began April 1. Ethanol sales, however, were up.

USGC helps create demand for US ethanol in Vietnam
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:00 AM

The U.S. Grains Council worked with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Vietnam to engage the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) and Ministry of Finance (MOF) to reduce most favored nation (MFN) tariffs on imported ethanol.

Verbio begins RNG production at Iowa facility
Saturday, May 7, 2022 7:29 AM

Verbio AG on May 6 celebrated the opening of its biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa. The facility began producing RNG from corn stover on an industrial scale in late 2021 and will soon begin producing corn ethanol.

Contest encourages Nebraskans to celebrate renewable fuels month
Saturday, May 7, 2022 7:27 AM

Nebraska high school students recenlty took on the mission of educating their peers about reducing their energy use and carbon footprint through the Field to Fuel student social media contest. The contest aims to promote Renewable Fuels Month.

US ethanol exports down in March, distillers grains exports up
Friday, May 6, 2022 6:12 AM

The U.S. exported 125.1 million gallons of ethanol and 927,134 metric tons of distillers grains in March, according to data released by the USDA on May 4. Exports of ethanol were down, while exports of distillers grains were up.

EIA: US biofuels capacity at 21.123 billion gallons in February
Friday, May 6, 2022 6:10 AM

Total operable biofuels production capacity for ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel and related fuels expanded to 21.123 billion gallons per year in February, according to the EIA. Total feedstock consumption was at 24.348 billion pounds.

USGC engagement helps allow US ethanol to enter Indonesian market
Friday, May 6, 2022 6:09 AM

U.S. ethanol can now enter the Indonesian market by way of pre-blended fuel following the recent removal of a ban on such products entering the country. This change creates a potential market of more than 200 million gallons, according to USGC.

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, stocks down slightly
Thursday, May 5, 2022 7:21 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by nearly 1 percent the week ending April 29, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 4. Stocks of fuel ethanol were down slightly.

The Andersons reports strong Q1 for renewables segment
Thursday, May 5, 2022 7:20 AM

The Andersons Inc. on May 3 reported that its renewables segment reported record EBITDA for Q1 2022. Production volumes for ethanol and corn oil were both up, with renewable feedstocks and coproduct merchandising well above expectations.

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