DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:17 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5.

Metabolic path to improved biofuel production
Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:14 AM

Researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast by introducing new metabolic pathways into the yeast.

Corn crush, DDGS production down slightly in January
Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:04 AM

Corn consumed for fuel ethanol was 445.7 million bushels in January, down 2 percent from December, but up 3 percent from November. Dry mills used 89.3 percent of that, while wet milling fuel production consumed the remaining 10.7 percent.

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dead at age 58
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:45 PM

Guido Ghisolfi, 58, leader of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group died March 3. "He was suffering from severe depression and yesterday this resulted in his untimely passing close to his home in Tortona, Northern Italy," said a statement from the company.

USDA announces $8.7 million BRDI funding opportunity
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:39 AM

The USDA announced it is now accepting applications for research and education grants through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Approximately $8.7 million in grants are expected to be awarded through the program.

Economists examine recent trends in ethanol production, policy
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:37 AM

A decline in ethanol prices has accompanied the decline in gasoline prices, yet ethanol production has been at record levels for much of the current corn marketing year, biofuels economist Robert Wisner noted in a recent analysis.

Total invests in Renmatix, signs joint development agreement
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:33 AM

Renmatix has announced an investment by the New Energies Division of Total, and the signing of a joint development agreement. Under the agreement, the companies will utilize Renmatix's Plantrose process with specific feedstocks.

USDA publishes final BCAP rule
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7:33 AM

The USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open.

GLBRC files 100th patent application
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7:30 AM

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy, recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application.

Let's make true fuel freedom a reality
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 2:02 AM

Attending conferences has so many benefits. When I’m running dry on story ideas, my well fills back up. When I’m feeling the daily grind of doing my job, it re-energizes me.

Growth Energy gathers for 6th leadership conference in Phoenix
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:18 AM

For the ethanol industry, 2015 is about "moving ahead and moving faster," Growth Energy co-chairman Jeff Broin told attendees in his opening remarks at Growth Energy's sixth annual Executive Leadership Conference Feb. 26-27 in Phoenix.

Vilsack calls for ethanol industry support of trade negotiations
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:09 AM

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asked for the ethanol industry's support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in his keynote address at the 2015 Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference held in Phoenix Feb. 26-27.

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:08 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee.

Pigs can regulate sulfur retention when DDGS is included in diet
Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:07 AM

Researchers at the University of Illinois are investigating the impact of sulfur levels on pigs fed a diet that includes distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). Results show pigs fed DDGS did not have elevated sulfur levels in their organs.

Biofuel industry criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS bill
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:24 AM

On Feb. 26, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bill, which is cosponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., aims to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

California GHG reporting obligations extend to ethanol
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:21 AM

Graham Noyes, an attorney with Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, discusses California's Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions program and its impact on ethanol producers and others who do business in the state.

Byogy Renewables, Gen 2 Energy enter partnership agreement
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:16 AM

Byogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production process.

Comet Biorefining secures funding led by Sofinnova Partners
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:15 AM

Comet Biorefining Inc. announces the closing of a funding round led by Sofinnova Partners. Comet will use the proceeds to complete the design of its commercial facility, expand the team and continue to develop commercial partnerships.

Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:13 AM

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed.

Ethanol plants, growers partner with Syngenta
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:12 AM

Because higher quality corn means higher ethanol yields, Syngenta is working with ethanol plants to help growers improve grain quality and earn a premium for doing so.

Superior Oil granted corn oil extraction patent
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:10 AM

Superior Oil, a national full line manufacturer and distributor of chemical and solvents, was awarded a U.S. patent for its innovative approach to extracting corn oil from the ethanol production processes.

Growth Energy announces new partnership with Mycogen Seeds
Friday, February 27, 2015 8:08 AM

Growth Energy has welcomed Mycogen Seeds, the national retail seed company of Dow AgroSciences, as a premiere associate member.

Aventine installs corn oil system at Nebraska plant
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:11 AM

Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has announced the successful installation of a $2.4 million Valicor corn-oil separation system at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. The system began operations in early January.

Report provides overview of European biobased economy
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:10 AM

A report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products.

RFA acquires
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:08 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association recently announced that it has acquired, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels, including E15, from thousands of stations across the country.

Growth Energy's Buis speaks at Energy Independence Summit
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:06 AM

At the 2015 Energy Independence Summit, Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis participated in the "Strategies for Advancing Alternative Fuels Policies" panel. He discussed the critical role the renewable fuel standard plays in achieving energy independence.

Greenbelt Resources offers commercial-scale feedstock testing
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:04 AM

Greenbelt Resources Corp. has launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for feedstock feasibility testing services. The services are available confidentially.

Deinove strengthens its position in the United States
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:03 AM

Deinove recently announced it has has been granted a U.S. patent. The patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation based on Deinococcus bacteria.

EU committee votes to cap first-generation biofuels
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:04 AM

On Feb. 24, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament approved a draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative feedstocks, such as seaweed and waste.

All eyes on China for DDGS market impacts
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:29 AM

The DDGS market is still waiting to see what China is going to do in the container markets. As many as 35 boats having been reported as traded for the upcoming March through September time frame.

Abengoa reports top year for biofuel business
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:19 AM

Abengoa's biofuels segment experienced the best year in its history in 2014 due, in part, to high margins and increased ethanol production and sales, company CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega reported during the company's 2014 fiscal year financial results.

Raizen reports increased net revenue in quarterly report
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:17 AM

Brazil-based Raozen has released financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting net revenue of R$16.98 billion ($5.9 billion), up from R$14.88 billion during the same period of the prior year.

Natural gas prices not likely to sink to 2012 levels
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:54 AM

Parallels to 2012 invite natural gas users to dream of prices dropping below $2. However, different conditions with respect to storage inventories are likely to drive a more typical seasonal pattern, with the low price for the year coming in Q3.

Producers watching for a spring or summer weather rally
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:23 PM

The corn market stayed in a constant trade range during February. The USDA did not offer any new exciting data in the report this month but did lower carryout by 50 million bushels.

Upcoming summer demand supports energy prices
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9:44 PM

Ethanol and gasoline prices moved higher through the month of February as the focus on spring and summer driving demand created additional buyer support over the last couple of weeks. Ethanol futures have rallied more than 14 cents per gallon.

EPA: More than 4 million cellulosic RINs generated in January
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:10 AM

The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that nearly 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 4.07 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs.

E15 is new to most fuel stations, but not to NASCAR
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:09 AM

Fuel with 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, has made its way into south Florida recently. E15 has been approved for sale by the U.S. EPA since January 2011 and has been offered to consumers since July of 2012.

DOE awards $10 million to develop innovative bioenergy processes
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:06 AM

The Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office announces the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development.

Overcoming obstacles to expanding E85, higher blend sales
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2:43 AM

In December, a reader email put me on the path of investigating E85 prices and ethanol producers selling directly to retailers. I’m still on that path and wondering where it will take me next.

Opportunities, challenges in boosting E85, higher blend sales
Saturday, February 21, 2015 6:41 AM

Different gasoline retailers are having very different experiences with E85 sales, John Eichberger told attendees on the last day of the National Ethanol Conference, during a presentation called "The Road Ahead for Higher Blends."

Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meeting scheduled
Saturday, February 21, 2015 3:01 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting March 5 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the public. Written comments can be submitted at any time.

Eco-Energy begins operations at rail-to-pipe ethanol facility
Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:56 AM

Eco-Energy has announced the opening of its distribution facility located within the Knoxville, Tennessee, terminal complex. The facility will be equipped to receive rail tank cars for outbound ethanol distribution via pipeline and truck.

South Dakota driver wins RFA's E85 "Post Your Price" contest
Saturday, February 21, 2015 2:54 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce Scott LeBrun as the winner of RFA's E85 "Post Your Price" contest, which allowed individuals to submit photos of E85 prices nationwide. The winner was chosen at random.

Successes, challenges outlined at annual RFA ethanol conference
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:18 AM

In 2014, the U.S. ethanol industry had its most profitable year in history, Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said Feb. 19. "Critics may be legion but we will prevail," he said. "We are here to stay."

USDA releases first monthly corn crush and coproducts report
Friday, February 20, 2015 6:15 AM

The first monthly survey of industrial grain crush and coproducts was released Feb. 19 by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Survey, showing corn and sorghum consumption data for fuel ethanol, beverage alcohol and other uses.

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