Minnesota bill would allocate $6M to biofuel infrastructure
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:56 AM

The Minnesota House of Representatives on June 19 voted 112 to 20 to pass an omnibus agriculture bill that includes $6 million to support the development of biofuel infrastructure to supply E15 blends of fuel.

EPA: 1.71 billion RINs generated in May
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:55 AM

The U.S. EPA has released data showing nearly 1.71 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in May, up from 1.26 billion generated during the same month of last year.

Biden nominates Torres Small to fill USDA post
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:54 AM

President Biden on June 18 announced his intent to nominate Xochitl Torres Small to serve as under secretary of rural development at USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has spoken out in support of her nomination.

Green Plains selects Fagen for ultra-high protein buildout
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:53 AM

Green Plains Inc. has selected Fagen Inc. as the general contractor to construct and install Fluid Quip Technologies’ MSC system for its biorefining platform. Construction on the Obion, Mount Vernon and Central City locations will begin soon.

Growth Energy thanks House Republicans for standing up for RFS
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:51 AM

In a letter to President Biden, 20 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the president to quickly and publicly affirm that his administration will not undermine clean renewable fuels.

RFA welcomes Jared Mullendore to government affairs team
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:50 AM

The RFA has named Jared Mullendore as its new director of government affairs. Mullendore’s experience includes serving as district director for former Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, and on the staff of former Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa.

RFA welcomes Terracon Consultants as newest associate member
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 6:47 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association on June 18 welcomed Terracon Consultants as its newest associate member. The employee-owned consulting engineering firm is based on Kansas and has more than 150 offices nationwide.

Biofuel groups ask EPA to resist calls for RFS waivers
Friday, June 18, 2021 6:52 AM

Fuels America, NFU, Growth Energy, RFA, NCGA, NBB and ABBC on June 17 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese urging them to resist calls by the oil industry to waive or weaken the RFS.

EPA: No new SRE petitions filed, 70 SRE petitions still pending
Friday, June 18, 2021 6:51 AM

Data published by the U.S. EPA on June 17 shows that no new SRE petitions have been filed under the RFS in the past month. The data also indicates no changes have been made to the status of 70 pending SRE petitions.

UNCIA: Ethanol sales up in May
Friday, June 18, 2021 6:50 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up during the second half of May when compared to the same period of last year. Ethanol sales for the full month were up nearly 12 percent.

Aemetis announces engineering provider for Carbon Zero 1 project
Friday, June 18, 2021 6:50 AM

Aemetis Inc. has awarded an engineering services contract to Worley for the Aemetis ‘Carbon Zero’ renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California. The facility is designed to hydrotreat renewable oils with hydrogen from wood waste.

EIA: Ethanol production up 4%, stocks up 3%
Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:06 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 4 percent the week ending June 11, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 16. Weekly ending stocks of ethanol were up more than 3 percent.

Federal lawmakers urge EPA to uphold the RFS
Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:05 AM

A group of 15 democratic lawmakers on June 16 sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and NEC Director Brian Deese expressing concern that the Biden administration is considering several options to exempt oil refineries from RFS obligations.

Grassley urges Biden to maintain RFS blend requirements
Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:04 AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on June 15 delivered a speech on the Senate floor criticizing the Biden administration over reports that the U.S. EPA is considering a reduction in Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements to benefit Big Oil.

Biofuels account for 17% of US renewables consumption in 2020
Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:03 AM

The U.S. consumed a record 12 percent of renewable energy in 2020, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 16. Biofuels announced for approximately 17 percent of renewables.

Senators urge EPA to approve eRIN pathway petitions
Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:59 AM

A group of six senators on June 14 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging him to allow renewable electricity made from biomass to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program.

USDA to provide $700 million in COVID-19 relief for biofuels
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:52 AM

The USDA announced on June 15 it will provide $700 million in COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The agency said the programming is planned for implementation within 60 days.

White House OMB reveals expected timelines of 2 RFS rules
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:50 AM

The Biden administration has signaled its intent to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to develop post-2022 RFS regulations before the end of 2021. A proposed rule to set annual RFS RVOs for 2021 and 2022 is expected to be released in July 2021.

ICM becomes exclusive distributor of VFT’s fiber reactor
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:48 AM

ICM Inc. has signed an agreement with Visionary Fiber Technologies Inc. to be the exclusive distributor and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for its fiber reactor separation technology in the ethanol space.

House Biofuels Caucus requests pandemic relief for biofuels
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:29 AM

Members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on June 9 urging the USDA to provide COVID-19 relief to biofuels producers under the agency’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers program.

UK launches E10 information campaign
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:23 AM

The U.K. government on June 7 announced the launch of a nationwide information campaign on the introduction of E10. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the fuel blend and how its rollout will help the U.K. build back greener.

Aemetis signs $200 million agreement for low carbon biofuels
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 6:19 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced on June 14 it has signed a biofuels offtake agreement with international renewable fuels supplier Murex LLC for an estimated $200 million of low carbon biofuels to be delivered during 2021 to 2023.

WASDE increases estimate for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol
Friday, June 11, 2021 6:43 AM

The USDA increased its forecast for 2020-‘21 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released June 10. The season-average farm price for corn was unchanged.

New poll finds growing bipartisan support for RFS, ethanol
Friday, June 11, 2021 6:41 AM

A recent poll found that voter support for the RFS has hit its highest levels in at least five years. Meanwhile, the tracking poll shows support for the use of biofuels like low-carbon ethanol has remained consistently high, according to the RFA.

RFA welcomes E10 in UK, recommends tighter blend range
Friday, June 11, 2021 6:40 AM

The RFA on June 10 thanked the U.K. Department of Transport for its draft regulations requiring the introduction of E10 ethanol blends beginning in September. The RFA also recommended the U.K. adjust the minimim ethanol content for E10 blends.

EIA: Ethanol production up 3%, stocks up 2%
Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:23 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production was up more than 3 percent the week ending June 4, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 9. Weekly ending stocks of ethanol were up nearly 2 percent.

Chief Ethanol Fuels partners with Catahoula on CCS
Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:20 AM

Chief Industries Inc., a company that operates two ethanol plants in Nebraska, announced on June 9 it has entered into an agreement with Catahoula Resources to jointly develop carbon capture and sequestration (CSS) within the state.

Nevada governor signs bill allowing E15
Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:17 AM

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on June 4 signed AB 411 into law. The bill allows sales of E15 within the state and requires the State Board of Agriculture to adopt rules governing sales of the fuel blend by July 2022.

RFA updates manual of best practices for ethanol rail transport
Thursday, June 10, 2021 8:15 AM

At the request of the NTSB, the RFA on June 8 published an update to its Best Practices for Rail Transport of Ethanol manual, an educational tool promoting regulatory compliance and best practices for the safe transport of ethanol via rail.

Driving Behaviors and Gallons
Thursday, June 10, 2021 5:54 AM

Growth Energy has launched a consumer campaign to promote E15’s benefits to the optimal audiences.

Billions of Dollars of E15 Equipment Available—at Zero Cost to Retailers
Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:20 AM

E15 doesn't require new fueling equipment for retailers.

E15 Gains Momentum
Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:58 AM

Pandemic resiliency, pending regulatory changes, infrastructure incentives speak to strong E15 outlook.

Business Briefs
Thursday, June 10, 2021 1:18 AM

USGC hires new director; Three Rivers Energy installs Fluid Quip system; and Hydro-Thermal adds to its sales team.

Paris, and Beyond
Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:21 AM

Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations are poised to deliver on the emissions cuts needed this decade, including projections to increase the national blend rate for ethanol from the current mandate of 5% to 15% by 2030.

SPOTLIGHT: Bulk Procurement Automation Reduces Risk for Business Beyond Usual
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:39 PM

When it comes to bulk procurement of feedstock for pulp and paper mills, ethanol plants and pellet producers, Circuit Design Corp.’s BPAL offers a solution that removes risk from the raw material supply chain and creates long-term benefits.

USDA: US exports 113 million gallons of ethanol in April
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 8:42 AM

The U.S. exported 112.68 million gallons of ethanol and 862,736 metric tons of distillers grains in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 8. Exports of both products were down when compared to March.

EIA increases 2021, 2022 forecasts for ethanol blending
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 8:40 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its forecasts for 2021 and 2022 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released June 8. The outlook for 2021 and 2022 ethanol blending, however, was increased.

India sets goal to achieve E20 by 2025
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 8:39 AM

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 5 announced that the government of India has set a goal to achieve 20 percent ethanol blending by 2025, five years sooner than the country’s previous goal to achieve E20 by 2030.

Sugar Valley Energy project to issue green bonds
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 8:34 AM

California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) on June 7 announced that its Sugar Valley Energy advanced biofuel project has been verified for Green Bond Financing through the alignment of the project with the Green Bond Principles established by the ICMA.

Carbon Competition
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 3:51 AM

Modeling electric vehicle carbon intensity by state and month shows winter penalty erases EV advantage in northern states

Framing a Bright Future for Biofuels
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:23 AM

Together, we’re framing the future on our terms, building on a growing appreciation among lawmakers for the full diversity of our industry and the vital role biofuels play in addressing climate change.

Collaboration, Upgrades, Resilience
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 10:01 PM

The Ethanol Producer Awards highlight industry leaders and their contributions to their industries and communities.

SPOTLIGHT: Mobile Fermentation Unit Enhances Yeast Development Cycle
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:49 PM

Using a plant’s mash in real time aims to de-risk and speed up pre-commercialization trials.

NIST: NCWM meeting to address proposal on E15
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:46 AM

A notice published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology states that the 106th annual meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures will address a proposal related to E15.

Greenfield Global signs agreement with CFS for Minnesota plant
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:42 AM

Greenfield Global Inc. has reached an agreement with Central Farm Service for the supply of corn to its newly acquired ethanol plant in Winnebago, Minnesota. The 48 MMgy facility could resume operations as soon as this fall.

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