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Representatives of the biofuel industry testify at RFS hearing
Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:21 AM

Members of the biofuels industry testified at a July 18 hearing held by the EPA on its 2019 RFS proposal. Many discussed the misuse of waivers and expressed hope that the EPA’s new leadership will hold up the administration’s commitment to the RFS.

Grassley, Iowa delegation ask Wheeler to meet with Iowans on RFS
Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:20 AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and the entire Iowa Congressional delegation have invited U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Iowa to meet with those who are counting on the agency to uphold President Trump’s commitment to the RFS.

RFA announces leadership succession plan
Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:17 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will become president and CEO in October 2018, while current president and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s senior strategic advisor.

EPA posts call-in number for July 18 hearing on RFS proposal
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:35 AM

The U.S. EPA has released call-in information for the July 18 hearing on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel.

ABFA asks congress to halt RFS small refinery exemptions
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:34 AM

On July 17, Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, sent a letter to several congressional leaders regarding small refinery exemptions recently granted under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Heitkamp urges Wheeler to protect the RFS, allow year-round E15
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:29 AM

On July 12, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., urged Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and live up to the administration’s commitment to a strong RFS and the year-round sale of E15.

‘The Way Forward’
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:30 AM

FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Membrane dehydration technologies save energy, reduce carbon emissions and provide flexibility in ethanol purity. More plants are installing them and more technology developers are offering them.

Everything Comes Back to the FEW
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:30 PM

FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Ethanol Producer Magazine Editor Lisa Gibson previews this issue of the magazine, including a recap of the 2018 FEW, features on membrane technologies, the potential of a high-octane fuel standard and more

California reaches GHG reduction goal
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:12 AM

The California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biofuels helped achieve the reduction.

The highly complex sugarcane genome has finally been sequenced
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:11 AM

An international team coordinated by CIRAD has sequenced the sugarcane genome. It will now be possible to "modernize" the methods used to breed sugarcane varieties. This will be a real boon to the sugar and biomass industry.

United Front
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:30 AM

FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Experts in multiple industries support the idea of a high-octane fuel standard, but some prefer it as a replacement to the RFS.

Fuel Your Knowledge
Monday, July 16, 2018 9:30 PM

FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about the custom ethanol motorcycle built by Paul Jr. Designs and commissioned by RFA that will be featured at the Sturgis Motorcycle rally in South Dakota

EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee
Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:15 AM

The U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee.

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association releases 2018 half year report
Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:12 AM

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) released its 2018 Half Year Report to its producer and vendor members at a networking event in Prior Lake, Minnesota, July 11.

USGC emphasizes commitment to Mexican trading partnership
Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:06 AM

The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as Mexico’s next president will add new elements to the already-complex U.S.-Mexico trading relationship, negotiations for a revised North American Free Trade Agreement and the global grains marketplace.

Policy, Production, Potential
Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:30 AM

FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: A recap the events at the 2018 FEW in Omaha, Nebraska, including an opening speech from Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor; panels focused on efficiency, compliance, finance and more; and a tour of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy

With Friends Like This...
Friday, July 13, 2018 9:30 PM

FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke discusses how the EPA's proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule would hurt both the ethanol and agriculture industries

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley
Friday, July 13, 2018 6:31 AM

The U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted so far for 2017.

WASDE: 2018-’19 corn production up, ethanol use revised down
Friday, July 13, 2018 6:29 AM

The USDA has released the July edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, increasing its predictions for 2018’19 corn production and revising estimates for the amount of corn going to ethanol production.

Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets
Friday, July 13, 2018 6:27 AM

A new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks.

Business Briefs
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:30 PM

FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Moore, Walker awarded at FEW; Nebraska Corn Growers Association joins USGC; Kuper, Evans receive Kathy Bryan scholarships and more

CropEnergies: Ethanol prices expected to gradually improve
Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:21 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies has reported its 2018-’19 financial year began with below-average revenues, but noted ethanol prices and the company’s financial performance are expected to gradually improve over the remainder of the year.

Growth Energy adds vice president of communications
Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:19 AM

Growth Energy announced July 9 that Jennifer Morris has joined the organization as its vice president of communications and public affairs. In this new role, Morris will oversee Growth Energy’s communications and public affairs initiatives.

LanzaTech wins UK grant to support alcohol-to-jet project
Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:18 AM

LanzaTech and its partners are one-step closer to building an alcohol-to-jet facility producing commercial quantities of fuel in the U.K. through a recent government grant awarded under the Transport Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition.

EIA maintains short-term ethanol production forecast in July STEO
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:31 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its June production that ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in both 2018 and 2019.

USDA announces United Sorghum Checkoff Program board appointments
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:28 AM

On July 5, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board, which helps to increase demand for sorghum both domestically and internationally.

DOE publishes report on performance-advantaged biobased chemicals
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:26 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has published the summary report for its workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals, that took place on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.

ITA seeks nominations for renewable energy advisory committee
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:50 AM

The ITA has renewed its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and is soliciting nominations for membership. Renewable fuels, including liquid biofuels and biomass pellets, are among the goods addressed by the committee.

Growth Energy: American drivers pass 5 billion miles on E15
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:48 AM

Growth Energy announced July 9 that American drivers have logged 5 billion miles on E15. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid vapor pressure (RVP) restrictions on the sale E15 fuel across most of the country.

North Dakota ethanol plant to explore use of barley feedstock
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:42 AM

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded a grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using barley to produce a high-value protein concentrate designed for aquaculture and a low-carbon advanced ethanol at Dakota Spirit AgEnergy.

UNICA: Ethanol sales set new record during first half of June
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:45 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that mills in the south-central region of the country sold a record 1.41 billion liters (372.48 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of June.

Export Exchange 2018 scheduled for October 22-24
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:41 AM

The USGC, the RFA and Growth Energy encourage U.S. suppliers of coarse grains and coproducts, industry representatives and members of the grain trade to register now for Export Exchange 2018, scheduled for October 22-24, 2018, in Minneapolis.

USGC: Mission to Japan turns US ethanol opportunity into sales
Saturday, July 7, 2018 1:39 AM

The U.S. Grains Council explored the potential for increased exports of U.S. ethanol under Japan’s new energy policy as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture agricultural trade mission to the country in June.

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of the EPA
Friday, July 6, 2018 6:25 AM

On July 5, President Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9.

USGC: Trade school empowers corn state leaders to talk trade
Friday, July 6, 2018 6:24 AM

Nearly 50 corn state leaders convened in St. Louis, Missouri, in June to arm themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for trade at and event conducted by the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association.

New enzyme boost could hasten biofuel production
Friday, July 6, 2018 6:23 AM

Scientists at Imperial College London have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production.

USDA: No Q3 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 6:28 AM

On June 28, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The USDA will issue its estimate for the fourth quarter by Sept. 1.

Ethanol helps travelers declare independence from high gas prices
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 6:26 AM

A record number of travelers will take to America’s highways and byways this Fourth of July holiday, and ethanol will be lowering the price they pay for gasoline while simultaneously strengthening our nation’s energy security.

Saipem signs MOU with California Ethanol & Power
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 6:25 AM

Saipem has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as well as an exclusive agreement with California Ethanol & Power LLC for the realization of a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol, electricity, biomethane and other products.

EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:24 AM

The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel.

Biofuel industry criticizes EPA’s triennial report
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:21 AM

On June 29, the U.S. EPA released its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act.

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill
Saturday, June 30, 2018 2:28 AM

On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs.

New catalyst upgrades carbon dioxide to fuels found by USTC
Saturday, June 30, 2018 2:26 AM

A research team has uncovered a catalysis strategy intermediates during CO2 electrochemical reduction reaction, which sheds new lights on upgrading CO2 to engine fuels, such as ethanol and n-propanol.

Lawmakers ask EPA to approve RFS pathway for biomass power
Friday, June 29, 2018 1:51 AM

A bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers is urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other forms of energy under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

USGC: Market development takes center stage
Friday, June 29, 2018 1:50 AM

Despite dizzying headlines and potential trade disruptions caused by the threats of tariffs and retaliations between the U.S. and its trading partners, the U.S. Grains Council remains unwavering in its commitment to enabling trade across the globe.

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