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Friday, February 19, 2016 3:15 AM
The energy behind ethanol
Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:43 PM

The March issue of EPM is now online, including stories about the LCFS, on-site energy options and research into mid-level ethanol blends, writes Tom Bryan, in his editor's note.

Biofuels ‘here and now’ solution
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:30 PM

Biofuels are an important part of the renewable energy mix and an internal tool in the fight against climate change, writes Jim Grey. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Oil consumers puppets on a string
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:40 PM

With the technology we have today, it’s a disgrace that we still largely depend on oil as our main source of energy, writes Mike Bryan. This column appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline, "Puppets on a string."

Pushing back against misinformation
Monday, February 15, 2016 11:39 PM

Members of the biofuel industry need to be vigilant in pushing back against the myths and misinformation regarding ethanol that is being perpetuated by the media and policymakers, writes Bob Dinneen. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Going full throttle with ethanol
Friday, February 12, 2016 9:37 PM

E15 is a great fuel for Richard Childress Racing and for the entire NASCAR community, writes the former driver and team owner of RCR. This column appears in the March EPM.

DuPont files to intervene in court review of RFS
Friday, February 12, 2016 4:40 AM

DuPont filed court documents Feb. 5, asking leave to intervene in support of an Americans for Clean Energy petition filed in January, saying it has “significant and concrete interest” in the case.

Ethanol performs well in disappointing year for The Andersons
Friday, February 12, 2016 4:37 AM

The Andersons reported a disappointing overall year for 2015. Positive results in its rail and ethanol segments were offset by losses in the grain, plant nutrient and retail segments.

Flint Hills Resources licenses Edeniq’s Pathway Technology
Friday, February 12, 2016 4:33 AM

Edeniq Inc. recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to license Edeniq’s Pathway Technology for all of its ethanol plants. The technology converts corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol.

ACE: GREET shows improvement in life cycle ethanol emissions
Friday, February 12, 2016 4:31 AM

Research by American Coalition for Ethanol President Ron Alverson indicates life cycle modeling has demonstrated significant improvement in emissions performance of corn-based ethanol, with continued improvements expected in the future.

Pacific Ethanol to install Whitefox’s technology at Madera plant
Friday, February 12, 2016 4:24 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. and Whitefox Technologies Ltd. have entered into a technology license and purchase agreement for an industrial scale membrane system that separates water from ethanol in the plant's distillation system.

‘The best lobbyists aren’t really lobbyists’
Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:23 PM

Participants in ACE's annual fly-in don't need to be professional lobbyists, writes Brian Jennings. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

EIA revises 2016, 2017 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:43 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average approximately 965,000 barrels per day this year and next year.

USGC’s aqua feeding trials in Vietnam show promising results
Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:37 AM

Results of two distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) aqua feeding trials conducted by the U.S. Grains Council in Vietnam show that U.S. DDGS is an economical and nutritious way to feed pangasius catfish produced there.

NREL discovery could lead to cheaper cellulosic fuels
Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:36 AM

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the BioEnergy Science Center say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels.

Technology harnesses waste gases for power
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:10 PM

With a 2-MW Power Oxidizer built and being tested Ener-Core is determined to start changing the way companies like Pacific Ethanol handle low-value waste gases. This article appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline "Nothing wasted."

Corn use for ethanol offsets lower USDA export forecast
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:07 AM

A 25 million bushel increase in projected corn use for ethanol in USDA’s February supply-demand report is partially offsetting a 50 million bushel lower export forecast. Corn imports are projected 10 million bushels higher.

USGC: International alliance MAIZALL sets priorities for 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:03 AM

The board of directors for MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, reaffirmed its commitment to strategic cooperation in addressing market access issues related to biotechnology and other agricultural technologies during a recent meeting.

Researchers ‘explode’ sugar beet cells for faster fermentation
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:00 AM

The European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a technology that explodes cell walls to create faster and cheaper fermentation. The process uses Betaprocess technology in which vacuum extrusion is used to explode cell walls.

Energy center enhancements deliver more steam
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 9:35 PM

Six approaches provide range of solutions to squeeze out more power for production. This contribution appears in the March issue of EPM.

RFA: US ethanol exports reached 836 million gallons in 2015
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:26 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has released a new summary of ethanol trade statistics, reporting the U.S. ethanol industry exported 836 million gallons of ethanol last year valued at approximately $18 billion.

Syngenta: 18 ethanol plants now contracted to use Enogen
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:17 AM

On Feb. 3, Syngenta International AG released financial results for 2015, reporting it has signed commercial agreements for Enogen corn with 18 ethanol plants, up from 16 in October.

Blog: More details on the high octane story
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:16 AM

Some stories are more interesting and fun to write than others. For me, the one that just went live on our website, about opportunities for optimized vehicles and midlevel ethanol blends, was one of the good ones.

Meeting the California low carbon challenge
Monday, February 8, 2016 11:04 PM

Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS. This article appears in the March issue of EPM.

EPA rulemaking aims to update GHG reporting requirements
Saturday, February 6, 2016 3:09 AM

The U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, including some provisions related to biogas and ethanol. Comments are due Feb. 29.

Promising jet fuel market looms for upgraded bioethanol, butanol
Friday, February 5, 2016 8:48 PM

Developers make progress towards renewable aviation fuels. This contribution appears in the March issue of EPM.

Economists: Ethanol retains low-cost octane enhancer status
Friday, February 5, 2016 7:06 AM

Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices. The biggest threat, say University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, would be a shortfall in U.S. corn production.

Indiana bill would extend misfueling immunity to mid-level blends
Friday, February 5, 2016 7:02 AM

In mid-January, a congressman in the Indiana General Assembly introduced a bill that aims to increase use of ethanol-blended fuels by expanding immunity for the misuse of blended fuel.

ACE 2016 DC fly-in to be held April 13-14
Friday, February 5, 2016 7:00 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol has announced its 8th annual fly-in will be held on April 13-14, with the Washington Court on Capitol Hill serving as the host hotel for the event. Registration information is available on the ACE website.

E25, E40 for the masses
Thursday, February 4, 2016 10:36 PM

Widely introducing consumers to 'super premium' ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well. This article appears in the March issue of EPM.

Let’s not leave the discussion in Iowa
Thursday, February 4, 2016 9:45 PM

Ethanol's importance to rural America shouldn't be regarded as a Midwest phenomenon, writes Dave VanderGriend. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Energy Bill amendments aim to impede biofuels, benefit bioenergy
Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:33 AM

The U.S. Senate is currently considering the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. To date, lawmakers have introduced more than 275 amendments to the bill, including several that would impact biofuels and bioenergy.

Study: Increased switchgrass acreage could improve water quality
Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:32 AM

Argonne National Laboratory has released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin.

President signs tax extenders, government funding legislation
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 9:41 PM

Legislation passed in mid-December contain several credits, incentives and other provisions important to the renewable energy industries, writes John Kirkwood. This column appears in the March issue of EPM.

Biofuels industry speaks out following results of Iowa caucus
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:28 AM

On Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus officially kicked off the primary election season. Twelve of the 14 candidates who participated in the Iowa caucus are supportive of the renewable fuel standard (RFS).

ADM reports Q4 earnings of 61 per share, down from $1 a year ago
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:25 AM

Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported net earnings for the fourth quarter were $718 million, or $1.19 per share, and segment operating profit was $900 million. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 61 cents.

Gevo signs licensing, joint development agreements with Porta
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:22 AM

Gevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock.

Powering up with a let-down turbine
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:58 AM

Installing a turbine where steam pressures are being dropped generates power and reduces carbon intensity. This article appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline, "Powering up by letting down."

Corn use for ethanol reached 444.5 million bushels in December
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:33 AM

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has published the February edition of its Grain Crushing and Coproducts Production report, showing total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was 444.5 million bushels.

County board approves modified loan for CE&P
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:22 AM

The Imperial County, California, board of supervisors recently approved a modified loan for California Ethanol and Power, a company developing a sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol plant in the region.

Growth Energy launches ad campaign as nation’s eyes turn to Iowa
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:17 AM

Growth Energy has launched a television and digital ad campaign highlighting ethanol’s contribution to a cleaner, more prosperous, more secure America. The spot features Iowa farmer Chris Soules, star of The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars.

Blog: Whatever happened with that story?
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 2:03 AM

Have you ever remembered a news story you read a while back and wondered, hey, I wonder what the outcome of that was? Did that new business survive and thrive? Did that court case ever get decided and who came out the victor?

CARB accepts innovative Trestle Energy coproduct pathway
Saturday, January 30, 2016 2:26 AM

Trestle Energy LLC has received a favorable carbon intensity rating from the California Air Resources Board for a pathway approach that creates a new coproduct credit from using corn stover for electric generation.

Tradition celebrates the launch of new environmental markets hub
Saturday, January 30, 2016 2:17 AM

Tradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub that brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand.

Cruz reiterates firm opposition to RFS, other mandates
Friday, January 29, 2016 12:00 PM

During a Fox News GOP presidential debate Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) clarified his position on ethanol and the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard. Cruz said he supports an energy strategy that includes ethanol, but that he would tear down the RFS.

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