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Red River Biorefinery gearing up for production
Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:51 AM

Red River Biorefinery, a 16.5 MMgy ethanol plant located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is on track to begin operations in the beginning of 2020. The facility takes in sugar beet tailings and potato processing waste as feedstock.

Brouillette sworn in as secretary of energy
Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:47 AM

Dan Brouillette was sworn in to serve as the 15th U.S. secretary of energy on Dec. 11. He was nominated to the post by President Trump on Nov. 7 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 2 by a vote of 70 to 15.

Business Briefs
Friday, December 13, 2019 11:16 PM

FROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: The Andersons welcomes new board member, RFA awarded grants, Szabo's new Grain Council role, ACE's office and executive committee election.

EIA maintains 2020 ethanol production forecast
Friday, December 13, 2019 6:23 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its forecast for 2019 ethanol production, but maintained its forecast for 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, published Dec. 11.

Iowa lawmakers urge OMB to uphold Trump’s commitment to RFS
Friday, December 13, 2019 6:22 AM

Reps. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa; Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa; and Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, send a letter to OMB leadership on Dec. 11 urging the agency to ensure that EPA’s final SRE rule upholds the administration’s commitment to ethanol.

European ethanol is ready to drive the EU Green Deal
Friday, December 13, 2019 6:19 AM

The EU’s new “Green Deal” demands a greater role for sustainable, low-carbon liquid fuels such as renewable European ethanol in order to meet ambitious new decarbonization and air quality goals, according to ePURE.

Remembering the life of industry veteran Randy Ives
Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:44 AM

Randy Ives, 63, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away Dec. 9. Ives, a cofounder ICM Inc., was a well respected figure in the U.S. ethanol industry known for his expertise in distillers grains. A celebration of life will be held Dec. 21 in Omaha.

NCGA calls Trump, Congress to complete work on ethanol and trade
Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:28 AM

The National Corn Growers Association hosted a news conference Dec. 11 during which NCGA officials and state leaders urged the Trump Administration and members of Congress to complete its work related to trade and ethanol.

USDA: US ethanol exports reach 113 million gallons in October
Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:27 AM

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released October export data on Dec. 5, reporting the U.S. exported approximately 112.82 million gallons of ethanol and 759,979 tons of distillers grains during the month.

Peterson urges EPA to fully account for SREs, keep the RFS whole
Thursday, December 12, 2019 6:25 AM

Rep. Collin Peterson, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, sent a letter to the U.S. EPA on Dec. 6 raising concerns that the agency’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding SREs fails to uphold the integrity of the RFS.

WASDE maintains corn, ethanol forecasts
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:47 AM

The USDA maintained its 2019-’20 for corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Dec. 10. The forecasts for U.S. corn supply, use and season-average farm price were also unchanged.

Deal reached on USCMA, House and Senate votes expected soon
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:46 AM

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Dec. 10 announced a deal regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The House and the Senate much each vote to approve the deal before it takes effect.

Grassley: SRE rule to reflect Sept. 12 Oval Office agreement
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:42 AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Dec. 10 Trump administration officials have assured him that the EPA’s rule regarding agency’s plan to reallocate future RFS volumes lost to SREs will be finalized according to the agreement reached on Sept. 12.

EPA delivers final rule containing 2020 RVOs, SRE plan to OMB
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:33 AM

The EPA delivered a final rule regarding the RFS to the White House OMB on Dec. 6. The final rule includes the 2020 RFS RVOs, the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel, and and the agency’s plan to address future SREs.

USDA to undertake seven trade missions in 2020
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:24 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced seven trade missions in 2020 meant to promote U.S. agricultural goods to overseas markets. Four of the destinations will be first-time visits for the organization.

UNICA: Brazilian corn ethanol production up significantly
Saturday, December 7, 2019 2:57 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that nearly three-fourths of the sugarcane processed during the first half of November went to ethanol production. The group also said corn ethanol production is up significantly.

Research shows benefits of better corn residue management
Saturday, December 7, 2019 2:55 AM

Resrachers from Argonne National Laboratory led a collaboration to screen 3,380 papers published between 1990 and 2018 to quantify the response of soil carbon to stover removal and to identify key drivers that can help maintain soil health.

Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemical
Saturday, December 7, 2019 2:51 AM

A move towards a more sustainable biobased economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals, according to the University of Manchester.

Rex: NuGen plant in South Dakota impacted by corn shortages
Friday, December 6, 2019 5:47 AM

Rex American Resources Corp. officials reported improving crush spreads and said its ethanol operations are currently running at a profitable rate during a Dec. 4 earnings call. The company's NuGen plant, however, is being impacted by corn shortages.

RFA stresses ethanol benefits at UN Climate Change Conference
Friday, December 6, 2019 5:44 AM

Low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change, the Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders in Madrid at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25.

California Ethanol & Power granted sales and use tax extension
Friday, December 6, 2019 5:40 AM

California Ethanol & Power LLC was recently granted by unanimous vote a four-year extension for a sales and use tax exclusion (STE) by the Board of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority.

OPINION: E15 marketplace update
Friday, December 6, 2019 3:11 AM

E15 reached new hights in 2019. New York, the nation's fourth largest fuel market, issued a rule allowing E15 in November, American drivers topped 11 billion miles on E15 in October, and summer E15 sales were up 46 percent.

OPINION: All I want for Christmas is truth
Friday, December 6, 2019 3:06 AM

Although misinformation pushed by oil interests claims retailers have to buy new tanks, lines, dispensers and other components if they want to sell E15, ample evidence proves that most retailers can offer E15 with little or no equipment upgrades.

Japan approves US-Japan Trade Agreement
Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:50 AM

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued a statement Dec. 4 confirming Japan’s Diet, its bicameral legislature, has approved the recently signed U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which includes a staged tariff reduction for ethanol.

Senators urge EPA to ensure RFS won’t be undermined by SREs
Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:48 AM

A group of nine senators, led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sent a public comment letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in late November expressing concern over the agencies proposal to account for future small refinery exemptions (SREs).

OPINION: Pipe dope and higher ethanol blends
Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:45 AM

The compatibility of pipe dope associated with underground storage tank systems for ethanol blends above E10 has been a subject of controversy for many years and has been repeatedly misrepresented by those hoping to suppress market adoption of E15.

Report debunks claims regarding RFS impact on endangered species
Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:41 AM

Growth Energy has released a new report authored by Ramboll that demonstrates how claims on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s alleged impact on endangered species “relies on unsupported assumptions and speculation.”

Bunge, BP launch BP Bunge Bioenergy joint venture in Brazil
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:14 AM

Bunge Ltd. and BP plc announced Dec. 2 they have completed the formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia, a 50:50 joint venture that combines the two companies’ Brazilian bioenergy and sugarcane ethanol businesses.

Senate confirms Brouillette as energy secretary
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:12 AM

The U.S. Senate voted 70-15 on Dec. 2 to confirm Dan Brouillette as energy secretary following his Nov. 7 nomination by President Trump. Brouillette previously served as deputy energy secretary under former Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

More than 11,700 comments filed on EPA’s SRE proposal
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:04 AM

The public comment period of U.S. EPA’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that addresses the agency’s plan to reallocate future RFS volumes lost to SREs closed Nov. 29. More than 11,700 comments were filed on the proposal.

Report: Thailand could benefit from ethanol imports
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 5:03 AM

A recently released report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service says that while Thailand has relied on domestic ethanol production, the country could benefit from importing ethanol and other biofuels.

EPA: 33.07 million cellulosic RINs generated in October
Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:24 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that 1.72 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 33.07 million cellulosic RINs.

ePURE: EU demand for low-carbon fuels can be met sustainably
Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:23 AM

New research shows Europe’s need for better-performing, low-carbon fuels to reduce emissions from existing and new cars could be met by the ethanol industry, within the RED II framework, according to ePURE.

USGC: Roadshow finds Iberian market potential for DDGS, sorghum
Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:19 AM

The USGC conducted a robust, week-long roadshow through Spain and Portugal in October to promote U.S. sorghum and containerized DDGS to key importers and trading companies involved in the Spanish and Portuguese feed industries.

RFA: Review of 2020 vehicle models reveals good news for E15
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:08 AM

A new analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that nearly all new 2020 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15).

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in September
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:06 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for November, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production fell to 407 million bushels in September, down from both September 2018 and August 2019.

ACE urges EPA to get RFS back on track
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:04 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol submitted comments on Nov. 26 to the U.S. EPA on its proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Growth Energy welcomes new member The Andersons
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 5:03 AM

Growth Energy has announced the addition of The Andersons Inc. as its newest producer plant member. This addition brings Growth Energy’s membership to a total of 103 producer plant members and 8.7 billion gallons of U.S. ethanol capacity.

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