Bustos: CCS bill would benefit ethanol producers
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:53 AM

Legislation introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives that aims to support the development and demonstration of carbon capture and removal technologies could benefit ethanol producers, according to Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.

Randy Ives honored With USGC Lifetime Achievement Award
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:50 AM

Randy Ives—a longtime agribusiness delegate to theUSGC and a key figure in the organization’s development of DDGS and ethanol market development programs—was honored last week with the Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kansas Ethanol signs agreement to use Enogen corn from Syngenta
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:48 AM

On Feb. 13, Syngenta announced a three-year marketing agreement with Kansas Ethanol LLC to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 80 MMgy ethanol plant in Lyons, Kansas.

Will 2019 Finally be The Year of E15?
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:50 AM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Correcting misconceptions about E15 to gain wider adoption.

Consequences of a Lower pH
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:12 AM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Many plants decrease pH to treat bacterial contamination in fermentation, but this can cause numerous other issues.

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in November, sorghum use up
Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:54 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Product Production report with data for November, indicating corn use for fuel ethanol was down during the month. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up.

Study reveals positive impact of Nebraska’s ethanol indstury
Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:53 AM

A recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity increased by 23 percent since 2014, and continues to be a significant driver of economic impact for the state.

Spending bill urges EPA to quickly process eRIN applications
Saturday, February 16, 2019 4:51 AM

The RFS Power Coalition today applauded the spending bill passed by both the House and the Senate. The committee report of the Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision to encourage EPA to process eRIN applications.

Business Briefs
Friday, February 15, 2019 9:48 PM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Katzen International announces new president, new tech service rep joins Phibro, and Quick Oil Co and Casey's General Stores receive awards.

The Andersons reports profitable Q4 for ethanol group
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:23 AM

The Andersons Inc. has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that its ethanol group was profitable during the quarter despite the low margin environment. Results for the group, however, were down year-over-year.

Durbin asks Wheeler to commit to finalizing E15 rule by June
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:21 AM

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is urging the U.S. EPA to finalize a rule to allow year-round sales of E15. Due to the delay created by the recent government shutdown, he said he is concerned with the agency’s ability to complete the rule by this summer.

Republican senators threaten Wheeler’s confirmation over RFS
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:19 AM

On Feb. 11, five Republican senators sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler suggesting that his willingness to bend to oil industry interests over the Renewable Fuel Standard will impact their upcoming confirmation votes.

Sleight to retire as USGC president and CEO
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:15 AM

Tom Sleight, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Grains Council since 2012, will retire in the summer following the appointment of his successor, the Council announced at the organization’s meeting this week in Cartagena, Colombia.

DOE announces $66 million for research on plants, microbes
Friday, February 15, 2019 6:14 AM

The U.S. DOE has announced a plan to provide $66 million for new genomics-based research on plants and microbes. The $30 million plant initiative aims to expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts.

East Kansas Agri Energy, Dinneen honored at NEC
Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:38 AM

At the final day of the NEC in Orlando, Florida, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper honored East Kansas Agri-Energy and past RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen for their dedication to the ethanol industry.

Censky: US ethanol industry has a friend in USDA
Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:35 AM

United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky spoke at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference, and told attendees that USDA is a strong advocate for the U.S. ethanol industry, both at home and abroad.

EIA increases 2020 ethanol production forecast in February STEO
Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:34 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its previous forecast for 2019 ethanol production, but slightly increasing the production forecast for 2020.

Aemetis announces $125M USDA loan guarantee for Riverbank plant
Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:31 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 13 that the USDA has issued a conditional commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California.

Erickson to leave BIO after 19 years, open consulting company
Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:27 AM

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that after 19 years leading the Industrial and Environmental Section, Executive Vice President Brent Erickson will step down from the organization in March 2019 to begin new business ventures.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle advocates high-octane fuels at NEC
Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:13 AM

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle delivered a speech at the RFA’s National Ethanol Conference advocating for a high-octane standard while keeping the RFS, removing regulatory barriers for higher ethanol blends, and collaborating with stakeholders.

Cooper discusses industry achievements, 2019 goals at NEC
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:20 AM

Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the RFA, addressed attendees of the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, and outlined RFA’s goals for the coming year, which include advocating for the RFS and and a high-octane fuel standard.

Advanced biofuel producers ask Congress to extend tax credits
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:17 AM

A group of advanced biofuel producers are urging leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means to extend two tax credits that are critical to the development and deployment of advanced biofuels.

RFA: Ethanol industry makes important contribution to US economy
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:13 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry faced a number of regulatory and marketplace challenges in 2018, but continued to make a remarkable contribution to the nation’s economy, according to a new study released at the RFA's 24th annual NEC.

Green Plains considers selling up to 3 additional ethanol plants
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:58 AM

On Feb. 11, Green Plains Inc. released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting net income attributable to the company of $53.5 million, or $1.13 per diluted share. The company also indicated it could sell additional ethanol plants this year.

RFA releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:54 AM

At the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known as go-to sources for reliable information and data on America’s ethanol industry.

Growth Energy hosts 10th annual ELC Conference
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:52 AM

The 10th Annual Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference concluded after three days at the Terranea Report in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Over 400 attendees attended the event, which featured industry experts and Growth Energy staff.

WASDE reduces 2018/19 forecast for corn use in ethanol
Saturday, February 9, 2019 4:05 AM

The USDA has reduced its 2018/2019 projection for corn use in ethanol production by 25 million bushels when compared to its December forecast in the latest edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Feb. 8.

USGC Chart of Note: Sales to Korea since KORUS have set records
Saturday, February 9, 2019 4:03 AM

According to the USGC, South Korea has been buying U.S. grains in all forms at explosive rates since KORUS went into effect in 2012. Since that time, Korea has set or broken sales records for purchases of ethanol, DDGS, corn and sorghum.

Minnesota offers grants for biofuel blending infrastructure
Friday, February 8, 2019 3:43 AM

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has opened the application process for biofuel blending infrastructure grant funding under its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program. The deadline for submission is 4:00 pm Central time April 5.

Aemetis begins permitting, construction of RNG project
Friday, February 8, 2019 3:40 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 7 that it has initiated the permitting and construction phase of its multi-dairy renewable biomethane digester cluster. The project will produce RNG will be used in ethanol production or as a vehicle fuel.

Simmons sworn in as assistant secretary of DOE’s EERE
Friday, February 8, 2019 3:38 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a new leader. Daniel Simmons was recently sworn in assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Finland to require 30% biofuel, 10% advanced biofuel by 2030
Friday, February 8, 2019 3:37 AM

On Feb. 6, the Parliament of Finland voted in favor of a law that aims to require transportation fuel to be comprised of 30 percent biofuel by 2030, with advanced biofuels accounting for 10 percent of transportation fuel by the same year.

NACS favors giving consumers options at the pump
Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:22 AM

According to the NACS, the ability to sell E15 gives retailers the chance to offer their customers a wider range of fuel options. More retailers are expected to offer the fuel blend once it can be sold year round.

RFA: RFS2 has reduced GHG emissions by 600 million metric tons
Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:17 AM

A new study released Feb. 6 finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with nearly 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction since 2007.

OPINION: What we have here is a failure to communicate
Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:15 AM

As the EPA prepares its rule to allow year-round sales of E15, ACE will be bringing experienced E15 retailers to a variety of fuel marketer and c-store conferences this spring to help retailers understand how easy and affordable it is to offer E15.

OPINION: RFA uses 'superpowers’ for infrastructure assessments
Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:00 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association is using its "superpowers" to help fuel retailers verify the compatibility of underground storage tanks, dispensers and other infrastructure as they consider offering higher blends of ethanol.

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s nomination to head the EPA
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:26 AM

On Feb. 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 11 to 10 to advance the nomination of Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the post of administrator of the agency. The full Senate will now consider his nomination.

ADM: Ethanol earnings down in fourth quarter 2018
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:24 AM

On Feb. 5, Archer Daniels Midland Co. released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting ethanol margins and volumes were down during the period in a continued weak industry pricing and margin environment.

FQPT’s Selective Grind Technology operational at CHS plant
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:23 AM

Fluid Quip Process Technologies has completed the installation and startup of its patented Selective Grind Technology at the 150 million gallon per year CHS ethanol facility located in Rochelle, Illinois.

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