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As Nations Seek Carbon Neutrality, Demonstrating Ethanol’s Role Is Vital
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 11:30 PM

The U.S. Grains Council is keeping close tabs on the promising, untapped ethanol markets of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, and trying to proactively define the role ethanol can have in supporting the nations' long-term net zero carbon ambitions.

No Better Time than Now
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 10:48 PM

In August, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s annual conference convened in person. The agenda was wide-ranging, but protecting year-round E15, stopping 'runaway' SREs, and emphasizing ethanol's ability to compete with EVs topped the program.

Next-Level Grain Grading for Ethanol’s Next Stage
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:45 PM

Eurofins Grain Inspection is supporting the industry with third-party inspection services. The company can help ethanol producers cross-check their in-house damage grading according to mutually agreed on, industry-best standard operating procedures.

EPA: 1.7 billion RINs generated in August
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:42 AM

More than 1.7 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in August, up from 1.6 billion generated during the same period of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on Sept. 16.

RFA congratulates E Energy Adams for billion-gallon milestone
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:41 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association on Sept. 20 congratulated member company E Energy Adams for producing its billionth gallon of ethanol, a rare achievement in the renewable fuels industry. The 100 MMgy facility is lcoated in Adams, Nebraska.

Gevo, DOE lab apply GREET model to net-zero project
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:40 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently partnered with Gevo Inc. to perform a critical lifecycle analysis of its next-generation technology to produce liquid hydrocarbons, such as sustainable aviaition fuel (SAF).

Instant Intel
Monday, September 20, 2021 3:04 PM

Ethanol Producer Magazine talks with two providers of inline spectroscopy about the actionable insight of seeing inside fermentations in real time. With the ability to see and measure what's happening, producers can spot and correct problems early.

Choosing America’s Farm Fields Over OPEC Oil Fields
Monday, September 20, 2021 3:00 PM

The key to cleaner and more affordable energy for American consumers lies not in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and Russia, but in the farm fields of our nation's heartland. Our leaders in Washington should be looking to American farmers for help.

Lab Products Tailored for Precision
Monday, September 20, 2021 1:42 PM

Enertech and o2si, working together, are manufacturing and supplying certified reference materials under ISO 17025 and ISO 17034. Responding to the specific needs of ethanol producers, they are offering tailored standards with 'dead-on' accuracy.

EPA: 3 new SRE petitions filed, 62 SRE petitions now pending
Friday, September 17, 2021 8:41 AM

The U.S. EPA on Sept. 16 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that there are currently 62 SRE petitions pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 59 that were pending as of mid-August.

USDA raises forecast for corn yields
Friday, September 17, 2021 8:40 AM

The USDA currently predicts U.S. corn yields will average 176.3 bushels per acre this year, up 1.7 bushels from the August forecast and up 4.3 bushels when compared to 2020, according to the agency’s latest Crop Production report, released Sept. 10.

Iowa agency schedules public meetings on proposed CCS pipeline
Friday, September 17, 2021 8:38 AM

A series of public informational meetings is under way in Iowa to inform landowners about a proposed CO2 pipeline under development by Summit Carbon Solutions. The pipeline is part of a CCS project that aims to sequester CO2 from ethanol plants.

OMB schedules additional meetings on RFS proposal
Friday, September 17, 2021 8:36 AM

The White House Office of Management and Budget has now scheduled 16 meetings with interested parties to discuss a proposed rule to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

UNICA: Ethanol sales down in August
Friday, September 17, 2021 8:35 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the production of anhydrous ethanol by mills in the south-central region of the country was up significantly during the second half of August.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks down 2%
Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:35 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by nearly 2 percent the week ending Sept. 10, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 15. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were down nearly 2 percent.

EIA: US nameplate ethanol capacity expands by 168 MMgy
Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:34 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol nameplate production capacity increased between 2020 and 2021 despite a slight decrease in the number of ethanol plants, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 3.

Poet pledges carbon neutrality by 2050
Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:45 AM

Poet has released its inaugural sustainability report, which outlines the company’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. One ESG goal aims to achieve net-carbon zero at the company's biorefineries by 2050.

Aemetis Biogas signs utility pipeline interconnect agreement
Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:28 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced that its subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the standard renewable gas interconnection agreement (SRGIA) with the PG&E and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E’s interconnection equipment.

Chevron, Gevo announce intent to pursue SAF investment
Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:25 AM

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Gevo Inc. on Sept. 9 announced a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that would process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel.

House Ag Committee advances $1B for biofuel infrastructure
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:47 AM

The House Agriculture Committee on Sept. 13 advanced its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which currently includes $1 billion in USDA funding to expand biofuel infrastructure to increase availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

Biofuel groups call on lawmakers to fix SAF legislation
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:46 AM

A group of nine biofuel and ag groups are calling lawmakers to fix major flaws in pending legislation that they say could leave American farmers and biofuel producers cut out of the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market.

USDA maintains 2021-’22 forecast for corn use in ethanol
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:44 AM

The USDA maintained its forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Demand and Supply Estimates report, released Sept. 10. Expected 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol, however, was revised down.

RFA analysis: Retail gas prices not affected by RFS credits
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:44 AM

The Renewable Fuel Standard’s compliance credit market mechanism does not have any impact on retail gasoline prices, according to a new analysis released on Sept. 13 by the Renewable Fuels Association.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks down 3%
Friday, September 10, 2021 8:36 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by 2 percent the week ending Sept. 3, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 9. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were down more than 3 percent.

Court denies request to rehear case vacating EPA’s E15 rule
Friday, September 10, 2021 8:35 AM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Sept. 9 denied a petition for rehearing filed by Growth Energy, RFA, and NCGA challenging a ruling handed down in July that vacated a 2019 rule issued by the EPA allowing year-round sales of E15.

Biden administration takes action to expand SAF production, use
Friday, September 10, 2021 8:29 AM

President Biden is taking action to increase the production of SAF to at least 3 billion gallons per year and reduce aviation emission by 20 percent by 2030. As part of that effort, DOE has announced $64.7 million in funding for 22 biofuel projects.

USDA awards $25M loan to Red Trail Energy for CCS project
Friday, September 10, 2021 8:24 AM

The USDA on Sept. 9 awarded a $25 million loan under the Rural Energy for America Program to Red Trail Energy LLC to support the construction of a carbon capture processing and storage facility at the company’s ethanol plant in North Dakota.

RFA thanks lawmakers for biofuel inclusion in reconciliation bill
Friday, September 10, 2021 6:49 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked members of Congress in both chambers for incorporating infrastructure funding for higher ethanol blends into the pending budget reconciliation package.

State corn checkoffs commit $1.25 to grow E85 in California
Friday, September 10, 2021 6:47 AM

The Nebraska Corn Board, along with the corn checkoff programs from Kansas and Missouri, will provide California fuel retailers $1.25 million over the next year to increase availability of E85. Fuel will be supplied by Pearson Fuels.

Ag, biofuel groups tell CARB ethanol can help reach carbon goals
Friday, September 10, 2021 6:46 AM

In joint comments submitted last week to CARB, a group of ag and biofuel organizations and companies highlighted the role renewable fuels like ethanol can and should play in helping the state achieve its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045.

Viridis Chemical provides update on improvement projects
Friday, September 10, 2021 6:44 AM

Viridis Chemical LLC has completed its Phase I capital improvement to produce USP grade biobased ethanol and has begun Phase II capital improvement to produce biobased ethyl acetate at its plant in Columbus, Nebraska.

Missouri launches Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program
Friday, September 10, 2021 6:41 AM

On Sept. 2, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri.

EU ethanol producers increase production of hand sanitizer, feed
Friday, September 10, 2021 6:39 AM

European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.57 billion liters of ethanol and 6.16 million metric tons of coproducts in 2020, according to audited data released on Sept. 8 by the industry group.

Biofuel groups oppose EPA motion to remand SREs without vacatur
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:51 AM

Growth Energy, RFA, NCGA, NBB, ACE and NFU on Sept. 7 filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit opposing the U.S. EPA’s Aug. 25 motion to remand, but not vacate, 31 SREs granted for RFS compliance year 2018.

EIA maintains 2021, 2022 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:50 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its 2021 and 2022 forecasts for ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Sept. 8. The forecast for 2021 ethanol blending was reduced slightly.

Feenstra introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:48 AM

Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, on Aug. 24 introduced a bill that aims to establish a research, development and demonstration program for a commercially viable fuel cell system that uses biofuels as the main fuel source.

Gevo plans to add alcohol-to-hydrocarbon pilot to Luverne site
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:48 AM

Gevo Inc. on Sept. 7 announced plans to install an alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process pilot at its existing biorefinery located in Luverne, Minnesota. The company also recently filed environmental permits for its Net-Zero 1 project in South Dakota.

Axne secures $1 billion for biofuel infrastructure in draft bill
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:46 AM

Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on Sept. 8 announced that she has secured $1 billion for biofuels infrastructure in the House’s initial draft of the Build Back Better Act to support expanded availability and use of renewable fuels.

Aemetis awarded permits for next phase of diary digesters
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:44 AM

Aemetis Inc. has been issued building permits by Stanislaus County in California to construct the next phase of dairy biogas digesters in the Aemetis Biogas Central Diary Digester Project, which will be connected to the company's ethanol plant.

Lawmakers urge support for biofuels in reconciliation package
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 7:40 AM

A group of nine democratic lawmakers on Sept. 2 sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to include support for biofuels in the upcoming reconciliation package.

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