RFA to host 3 ethanol safety seminars in Oregon
Friday, August 28, 2015 4:42 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association, the Oregon State Police’s Office of State Fire Marshal and the Roseburg Fire Department will co-host three free Ethanol Safety Seminars Aug. 31–Sept. 2 in Roseburg, Oregon.

Plymouth Energy adds remote rail loading capacity
Friday, August 28, 2015 3:48 AM

Merrill, Iowa-based Plymouth Energy is building a rail spur and ethanol holding capacity six miles away at Le Mars, providing better access to eastern markets.

ACE honors ethanol contributors with 2015 awards
Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:11 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol honored a select group of individuals and companies for their substantial efforts to advance the U.S. ethanol industry during ACE’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, last week.

Commodities: USDA report shocked traders
Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:28 AM

Corn is trying to make headwinds despite the USDA increasing its production outlook in August. In addition, outside influences will limit upside momentum.

Commodities: Short-term price weakness hits natural gas market
Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:02 AM

Seasonal pressure is coming to bear on the natural gas market. As summer is ending and winter is still a ways off, the natural gas market is positioned for short term price weakness.

USGC reports progress in ethanol export promotion
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 11:48 PM

The U.S. Grains Council expects this year's ethanol exports to reach 850 million gallons, valued at $1.9 billion. That's up from 768 million gallons last year.

GAIN releases report on Australian ethanol industry
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:32 AM

Australia will produce 70 million gallons this year, about 60 percent of capacity, according to GAIN report.

Commodities: Stock market steals the show
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:51 AM

Over the last month, the Dow Jones Index posted significant losses nearing 3000 points, with over 2,000 of those erased last week. Concerns about the devaluing of China's currency and distress in other global economies have created market pressure.

Commodities: DDGS prices drop to July levels
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:43 AM

With Labor Day approaching, DDGS prices have dropped back down to early July values, at best, after having rebounded a bit at the end of July and early August. Chinese Gulf demand has begun to drop.

Fuels America ad targets Obama, decries RFS proposal
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:49 AM

Fuels America sponsors full-page ad in Las Vegas aimed at President Obama during his appearance at the National Clean Energy Summit.

Business Briefs
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 12:15 AM
Butamax, Gevo settle, will work together on market development
Monday, August 24, 2015 10:06 PM

Gevo Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture between BP and DuPont, announced that they have entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, ending a patent dispute.

Blog: Potential new motto comes up at ACE conference
Monday, August 24, 2015 12:19 PM

For me, some of the most memorable moments from this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol conference were the ones that made everyone laugh. And, out of that laughter, I came up with a more serious thought.

EPA solicits comments on Agricultural Science Committee nominees
Saturday, August 22, 2015 2:37 AM

The U.S. EPA is inviting public comments on the list of candidates being considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on matters related to farming and agriculture-related industries.

U.K. DECC: Ethanol consumption down slightly during first quarter
Saturday, August 22, 2015 2:36 AM

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published updated renewable energy statistics, reporting a 19 percent decrease in liquid biofuels consumption. Biodiesel consumption fell 36 percent while ethanol consumption fell only 1.6 percent.

E15, E85 at retail gas stations highlighted at ACE conference
Saturday, August 22, 2015 1:24 AM

The argument that consumers don’t want E15 because they aren’t asking for it doesn’t ring true with Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol, he said at the ACE conference, held Aug. 19-21 in Omaha.

Making ethanol direct sales easy
Friday, August 21, 2015 9:30 PM

The September issue of EPM is now online and contains stories about E85 and E15 sales. This month's editorial note, written by Tom Bryan, is titled "Making It Easy" in the print edition.

API announces temporary closure of Alpena biorefinery
Friday, August 21, 2015 7:04 AM

American Process Inc. temporarily closed its Alpena Biorefinery in Alpena, Michigan. The company is currently reviewing the facility and exploring options for its restart. API is also evaluating technologies for higher-margin products.

Cosan reports increased ethanol sales in second quarter results
Friday, August 21, 2015 6:51 AM

Brazil-based Cosan recently released second quarter financial results, reporting Raizen Energia, its sugar, ethanol and cogeneration business unit, was adversely affected by the late start of the crushing season due to heavy rains.

USDA announces incentives to establish biomass crops
Friday, August 21, 2015 6:49 AM

On Aug. 19, the USDA Farm Service Agency announced that enrollment has begun for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for designated project areas under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.

EPA more enemy than ally to ethanol
Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:29 PM

There is a long history of antagonism and sometimes outward hostility by the EPA toward ethanol, writes Mike Bryan. This column is titled "Ally or Enemy" in the September issue of EPM.

UNICA: Increase in hydrous ethanol production continues
Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:01 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region continued to prioritize ethanol production during the second half of July, with production up 37.07 percent from the same period of 2014.

RFA tells AMA to stop spreading misinformation about E15
Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:56 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has released a statement in response to a press release issued by the American Motorcyclist Association in which the group calls on motorcycle riders to support legislation that would amend the renewable fuel standard.

EIA data show refinery outage caused spike in Midwest gas prices
Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:54 AM

Data released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration confirm that the unplanned outage of a 240,000-barrels-per-day unit at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, caused gas prices to spike throughout the Midwest.

RFA intern gains invaluable experience
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 9:28 PM

Working with RFA shows the voice of the ethanol industry is passionate and hard-working, writes Austin Ludowese. This column appears in the September issue of EPM.

Dyadic highlights biofuel, biogas business during investor call
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:09 AM

Dyadic International Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting increased revenue and gross profit for the first half of this year. The company also announced progress with its C1 Technology Platform.

ICM completes two 1,000-hour performance runs of Gen 2.0 process
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:07 AM

ICM Inc. has announced the successful completion of the first and second 1,000-hour performance runs of its patent-pending Generation 2.0 Co-Located Cellulose Ethanol process at the company's pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri.

IRFA: Grants available for E15 infrastructure upgrades in Iowa
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:05 AM

Iowa fuel retailers wishing to offer E15 now have assistance available to them through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. Since 2007, the Iowa RFIP has provided cost-share grants to increase the accessibility of higher biofuel blends.

US biofuels part of food, feed global solution
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:26 PM

Cleaner burning, higher performing fuels and their nutritious coproducts are valuable at home and abroad, and have the potential to resolve many issues around the globe, writes Tom Buis. This column appears in the September issue of EPM.

Lincolnway releases financial results for fiscal third quarter
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 7:14 AM

Lincolnway Energy LLC has announced financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2015, the three months ended June 30. The company reported net income of $600,000, or $14.24 per unit. Gross profit for the quarter was $1.3 million.

RFA applauds Fiat Chrysler approval of E15
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 7:12 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is applauding Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' decision to approve the use of E15 in its model year (MY) 2016 Chrysler/Fiat, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles.

BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 7:08 AM

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have engineered of a microbe that improves cellulosic isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The finding builds on results from 2011.

Blog: More ethanol producers should sell directly to consumers
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 2:39 AM

I don’t usually consider myself to be in the position to advise ethanol producers on how they should do things. But in this case, I’m going to go on record strongly encouraging ethanol producers to cut out the middleman and step into direct sales.

E85 consumers attracted by value, convenience
Monday, August 17, 2015 9:37 PM

Getting the right business model drives E85 sales. This article appears in the September issue of EPM.

EPA cannot quit on RFS
Monday, August 17, 2015 9:25 PM

Stories about people like Jeff Oestmann, Scott Zaremba, Marietta Lakness and the people of Quad County Corn Processors are proof that the EPA cannot quit on the RFS, writes Brian Jennings. This column appears in the September issue of EPM.

USDA GAIN report highlights EU ethanol, biodiesel markets
Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:43 AM

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union's liquid biofuel industry, including information related to ethanol and biodiesel.

Biomass Research and Development Committee to meet in August
Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:38 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Committee. The event is scheduled to be held Aug. 27-28 in Washington, D.C.

RFA: E15 could provide consumer relief in wake of refinery outage
Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:29 AM

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen asks U.S. EPA to provide relief to consumers in wake of refinery outage in Whiting, Indiana. According to the RFA, E15 could help alleviate spikes in gasoline prices.

Researcher uses vibrations to identify materials’ composition
Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:26 AM

A researcher now at the University of Central Florida has developed a new method for identifying materials' unique chemical "fingerprints" and mapping their chemical properties at a much higher spatial resolution than ever before.

Ethanol producers tackle blend wall with direct sales
Friday, August 14, 2015 11:42 PM

A small number of ethanol producers sell E85 and other ethanol blends directly to consumers with on-site blender pumps or, in a few cases, own retail gas stations. This article is titled "Producers Tackle Blend Wall" in the September issue of EPM.

COP21 offers opportunity to relaunch biofuels debate
Friday, August 14, 2015 9:30 PM

While the EU has put strict sustainability rules on biofuels, little to no discussion has taken place about developing similar rules for fossil fuels, writes Robert Wright. This column appears in the September issue of EPM.

SIRE reports improved quarterly margins
Friday, August 14, 2015 8:10 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC has released financial results for its fiscal year 2015 third quarter, the three months ended June 30. SIRE reported net income of $6.1 million, or $457.04 per basic unit, for the quarter.

Poet releases first-ever economic impact study
Friday, August 14, 2015 8:08 AM

Poet LLC released its first-ever economic impact study, revealing the significant impact the company made to national economic growth and job creation in 2014. Poet operates 27 ethanol plants accounting for 11 percent of U.S. capacity.

RFA member East Kansas Agri-Energy celebrates a decade of success
Friday, August 14, 2015 8:05 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association will join member company East Kansas Agri-Energy on Saturday to celebrate 10 successful years of operation at its plant in Garnett, Kansas. The event will feature several speakers and a plant tour.

ANEEP approves restructure plan, searches for executive director
Friday, August 14, 2015 8:01 AM

The Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers board of directors recently approved a plan to bringing daily management and operations in house. As part of that plan, ANEEP is seeking a new executive director.

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