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Commodities: Market fundamentals support low natural gas prices
Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:53 AM

Oversupply in the natural gas market is likely to lead to lower prices this summer. While the market doesn't look as oversupplied as it was in 2012, similar dynamics are emerging that support the view that there's still room for prices to fall.

DOE announces ARPA-E funding opportunity
Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:15 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy has announced plans to award up to $125 million in support of transformational energy projects. The solicitation is the third open funding opportunity announced by ARPA-E.

IRENA announces REsource, a new online data platform
Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:13 AM

The International Renewable Energy Agency has launched REsource, an online knowledge platform that enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use.

Iowa RFS campaign targets presidential candidates, caucus-goers
Friday, January 23, 2015 5:14 AM

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has announced a new campaign to promote the renewable fuel standard (RFS) during the 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses. The multimillion dollar effort will aim to educate both candidates and caucus-goers on the RFS.

GRFA: Biofuels should be addressed at World Future Energy Summit
Friday, January 23, 2015 5:12 AM

As the 8th Annual World Future Energy Summit began in Abu Dhabi, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance repeated its call for participants to bring biofuels to the top of the sustainability, economic and climate change agenda.

Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuels
Friday, January 23, 2015 5:10 AM

A new version of an online tool created by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks.

Business Briefs
Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:40 PM
Green Biologics raises $76 million to support plant conversion
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:14 AM

U.K-based Green Biologics Inc. has raised $76 million to support the acquisition and conversion of a Minnesota ethanol plant to produce n-butanol and acetone. The funding will also support continued development of the company's process technology.

Gevo announces cost-saving initiatives, new technology
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:11 AM

Gevo Inc. has announced several cost-saving initiatives aimed at improving its overall cash flow. The actions are expected to decrease the company's average monthly corporate-wide EBITDA burn rate by 40 percent this year.

Protec Fuel announces opening of E15 station in southern Florida
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:09 AM

North Miami's Caraf Oil is now offering E15 in Florida. The station held a kickoff event with substantial discounts on 88-octane E15 and E85 ethanol fuels on Jan. 21. Protec Fuel managed the ethanol blends installation.

Edeniq secures $16 million for cellulosic sugar production
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:05 AM

Edeniq announced it has raised $16 million in equity. The investment was led by I2BF Global Ventures. Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Angeleno Group, Flint Hills Resources Renewables, Westly Group, Cyrus Capital, and Nimes Capital also participated.

Algenol launches algae fuels demonstration project in India
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:04 AM

Algenol and Reliance Industries Ltd. have successfully deployed India's first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery. Construction on the project was complete in November.

Commodities: Chinese DDGS buyers back in the market
Thursday, January 22, 2015 5:20 AM

With the Chinese announcement that importing MIR 162 is allowed and February right around the corner, all eyes are now on the Chinese, and whether their buying will resume at volumes that were happening early last summer.

More Volume, More Places
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:59 PM

The February issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine has an exports theme and includes stories about trade missions overseas to build global markets for U.S. ethanol as well as the biggest export markets for U.S. DDGS and ethanol, writes Tom Bryan.

Novozymes: Bioenergy drives 2014 growth
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:16 AM

Novozymes has released 2014 financial results, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. During an investor call, Peder Holk Nielsen, president and CEO of Novozymes, said bioenergy was the strongest growth driver last year.

Sheetz to offer E15 at 60 North Carolina locations
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:15 AM

Sheetz Convenience Stores has announced plans to offer E15 to customers in North Carolina. The company will begin to install E15 in early this year. By spring 2016, the company expects installation to be complete at 60 of its North Carolina stores.

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:13 AM

BBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis.

GRFA applauds FOA director-general for statement on biofuels
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:10 AM

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has applauded United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva for his support of biofuels as a key part of the global agriculture complex.

Commodities: USDA report contains some surprises
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:09 AM

The USDA released the final January supply/demand estimates for the 2014/15 corn crop and a surprising fact was that the national corn yield was lowered from 173.4 to 171. This was the largest yield drop from November to final since 1993.

Commodities: Energy, ethanol prices continue dropping sharply
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:48 AM

Ethanol and gasoline prices have seen sharp losses over the first few weeks of 2015, as any support attributed to holiday travel demand has disappeared and additional support is hard to find.

Regaining Ground
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:12 PM

Year-end U.S. fuel ethanol exports are expected to exceed 800 million gallons, second only to the record-breaking 1.19 billion gallons exported in 2011.

Hats Off to the American Farmer
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 6:30 PM

Agriculture has been one of the greatest success stories, writes Mike Bryan of BBI International. And, through the ethanol industry, the ag industry has has played a role in reducing our dependence on foreign oil and improving our environment.

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:53 AM

Ceres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil.

White paper urges regulators to rethink ethanol’s carbon value
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:49 AM

A new white paper written by Ron Alverson of the American Coalition for Ethanol reveals how scientists are applying technology innovations by farmers and ethanol facilities to improve the accuracy of carbon intensity modeling for biofuels.

More ethanol producers should sell directly to gas retailers
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:40 AM

Ethanol producers that aren’t selling E85 direct to area gas retailers should seriously think about it, according to producers with direct-sales programs in place.

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
Monday, January 19, 2015 7:36 PM

Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and regulation must be grounded in reality, not hypothetical fancy.

Beyond Boats To China
Sunday, January 18, 2015 10:03 PM

After halting distillers grains imports late last year, the world's top DDGS buyer is poised to resume business, but on what terms?

Opening Channels For Export
Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:54 PM

Trade missions set out to identify opportunities and constraints in ethanol export markets.

Penford highlights ethanol sales in first quarter results
Saturday, January 17, 2015 2:05 AM

Penford Corp. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, reporting its industrial ingredients division reported sequential improvements for the past five quarters in gross margin and operating income.

RFS amendment would set U.S. energy agenda back decades
Saturday, January 17, 2015 2:04 AM

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., have attached an amendment that would eliminate corn ethanol from the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the Keystone bill that is currently before the U.S. Senate.

2015 – The Year of E15
Friday, January 16, 2015 7:32 PM

E15 is available at more than 100 stations in 15 states and it's only a matter of time before E15 is offered in every state in the nation, writes Tom Buis of Growth Energy. The industry got to that point by working together.

‘I Wish Someone Would Do Something About How Fat I Am’
Friday, January 16, 2015 6:30 PM

AMCM Motor Club and affiliated company Travelers Motor Club have been supportive of E15 and the ethanol industry. Why hasn't that translated into more people dumping AAA and take advantage of the other club's biofuels discount?

EPA: 2014 cellulosic RIN generation tops 33 million
Friday, January 16, 2015 5:39 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting that more than 8.53 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for 2014 to 33.01 million.

EPA: Deadline extended for substantiations of confidentiality
Friday, January 16, 2015 5:38 AM

The U.S. EPA has extended the deadline to respond to its notice requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted reports and transactional information on the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through Jan. 23.

RFA: Ethanol producers meet statutory 2014 RFS without final rule
Friday, January 16, 2015 5:36 AM

Renewable identification number (RIN) generation data released by the U.S. EPA shows that the statutory 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) requirements established by Congress in 2007 could have easily been met.

ePURE calls for stronger, longer-term fuel regulations
Friday, January 16, 2015 5:34 AM

The European Parliament has voted in support of a motion for resolution to reject the European Commission's proposal to implement Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive, but the vote did not gain the majority needed to block the proposal.

Brazilian doctoral candidate wins NEC scholarship
Friday, January 16, 2015 5:32 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce Lais Thomaz as the winner of a student scholarship that will send her to the 20th annual National Ethanol Conference next month in Grapevine, Texas.

TotalFlex Capabilities
Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:30 PM

Volkwagen Gol sets shining example for flex-fuel vehicles, running on any blend of ethanol up to E100 in Brazil.

STB rule aims to make new rail reporting requirements permanent
Thursday, January 15, 2015 5:25 AM

The Surface Transportation Board is taking action to make its recently announced temporary weekly reporting requirements for Class I railroads permanent. On Jan. 6, the STB published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register.

Ceres multi-gene traits increase yields in hybrid corn trials
Thursday, January 15, 2015 5:23 AM

Ceres Inc. recently announced favorable results from its biotech corn evaluations in China, where a second year of field trials demonstrated significant yield advantages under normal and drought conditions.

Sorghum Partners announces winners of 2014 producers competition
Thursday, January 15, 2015 5:21 AM

Sorghum Partners, a Chromatin Inc. brand, is pleased to announce that three sorghum growers who planted Sorghum Partners brand products have won at the county, state, and national level in the 2014 National Sorghum Producers competition.

Export Incentive Viable Option For Producers
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 8:30 PM

Ethanol producers exporting product may want to look into the Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corp. export incentive, which could qualify them for a 20 percent lower tax rate, writes Donna Funk of K-Coe Isom.

EIA predicts increased ethanol production in 2015 and 2016
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:11 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes its first short-term prediction of 2016 ethanol production levels.

EPA approves Algenol's RFS fuel pathway petition
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:08 AM

Algenol recently announced the U.S. EPA has approved fuels made from Algenol's process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS).

Gevo launches sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:04 AM

Gevo Inc. recently announced it has launched sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada Inc. for distribution into the solvents, oil and gas, mining and specialty chemicals markets. The initial market entry is focused on Canada.

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