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Court rejects challenge to SRE ruling
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:15 AM

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 7 rejected two petitions filed by Wynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier on March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA.

EIA: US ethanol production will fall sharply in Q2, Q3
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:45 AM

The EIA on April 7 drastically lowered its outlook for 2020 ethanol production, predicting production will fall to 630,000 gallons per day during the second quarter and average 820,000 gallons per day for the full year.

Senators urge USDA to aid biofuel industry with CCC funds
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:41 AM

A group of 15 senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on April 6 urging the USDA to use funds allocated to the agency’s Commodity Credit Corp. by the CARES Act to provide financial assistance to the biofuel industry.

Biofuel producers face continued economic hardship from COVID-19
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:39 AM

Growth Energy issued a statement on April 7 discussing the continued economic hardship facing U.S. biofuel producers and farmers as ethanol plants are forced to idle due to market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poet idles 3 plants, delays startup of Shelbyville facility
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:35 AM

Poet announced April 7 it will idle production at its bioprocessing facilities in Chancellor, South Dakota; Ashton, Iowa; and Coon Rapids, Iowa, and delay the start-up of its new plant in Shelbyville, Indiana, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACE urges EPA to take action to support ethanol industry
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:05 AM

ACE sent a letter to the EPA on April 3 urging the agency to address the shortcomings in its implementation of the RFS and outlining three steps the EPA has the authority to take to mitigate the economic fallout from COVID-19 in the biofuels sector.

Rex idles One Earth Energy plant in Illinois
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:00 AM

Rex American Resources announced on April 1 it has idled its Illinois-based One Earth Energy ethanol plant due to market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility is the second owned by Rex to idle.

USGC engagement helps US ethanol fill Australian fuel needs
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:58 AM

U.S. ethanol is helping meet fuel supply needs in Australia—the result of a domestic supply gap and engagement by the U.S. Grains Council and its ethanol industry partners, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association.

Gevo hires Citigroup to assist with financings
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:56 AM

Gevo Inc. has engaged Citigroup Global Markets Inc. to assist the company in exploring financing for its operations, including its projects. Gevo is seeking financing to expand its production capabilities to supply renewable jet fuel and isooctane.

EPA clarifies details of temporary enforcement policy
Saturday, April 4, 2020 3:55 AM

The U.S. EPA sent a letter to members of Congress on April 2 clarifying the temporary enforcement policy the agency announced on March 26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offering assurances the agency continues to enforce its regulatons.

USDA seeks extension of a survey that gathers ethanol data
Saturday, April 4, 2020 3:53 AM

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has requested a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection that, in part, provides data on the production of fuels from agricultural commodities.

ePURE, EBB concerned COVID-19 will impact blending obligations
Saturday, April 4, 2020 3:52 AM

Several European biofuel trade groups on March 24 sent a letter to the European Commission offiical leading the European Green Deal expressing concern EU member states may reduce blending obligations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

USDA: Ethanol exports reach 194.16 million gallons in February
Friday, April 3, 2020 5:25 AM

The U.S. exported 194.16 million gallons of ethanol and 852,904 tons of distillers grains in February, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on April 2. Exports of both products were up when compared to February 2019.

KAAPA idles Ravenna facility, continues operations in Minden
Friday, April 3, 2020 5:22 AM

KAAPA Ethanol sent a letter to stakeholders on March 31 announcing the company is idling its ethanol plant in Ravenna, Nebraska, due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. KAAPA plans to continue operations at its Minden, Nebraska, facilty.

Greenfield Global helps fight the spread of COVID-19
Friday, April 3, 2020 5:20 AM

Greenfield Global Inc., a producer of ethanol, speciality alcohols and solvents, has been producing and shipping vital alcohols and solvents at a record pace to combat the worldwide spread of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

ADM commits $1 million to aid in COVID-19 response
Friday, April 3, 2020 5:18 AM

ADM has committed approximately $1 million to various organizations involved in the fight against COVID-19. ADM also has available funds for employees who have been adversely affected in this difficult time under its Colleague Emergency Fund.

Valero contributes $1.8 million to COVID-19 response efforts
Friday, April 3, 2020 5:16 AM

Valero Energy Corp. announced March 19 that the Valero Energy Foundation has committed $1.8 million to support organizations on the front lines helping people most in need primarily in cities where the company operates.

Ethanol production falls to 6 year low, stocks set new record
Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:41 AM

U.S. ethanol production fell by more than 16 percent the week ending March 27 to an average of 840,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since September 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 1.

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda
Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:38 AM

The USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda.

More ethanol plants help produce hand sanitizers
Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:36 AM

Two federal agencies relaxed regulations in March to allow producers of fuel ethanol help produce hand sanitizer to combat the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Several ethanol producers are already taking action help produce the much-needed product.

OPINION: Finding hope in dark times
Thursday, April 2, 2020 7:29 AM

Emergencies like pandemics are times of disruption, trauma, and even fear. But they are also moments when people can come together to help each other. The reaction to COVID-19 from businesses and communities worldwide offers a bit of optimism.

Ace approved to generate D3 RINs from corn kernel fiber ethanol
Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:14 AM

To participate in the RFS program and generate RINs, renewable fuel producers must meet the registration requirements in Title 40 CFR Part 80. With the EPA approval, Ace Ethanol can now produce ethanol from corn kernel fiber and generate D3 RINs.

Rutter’s continues operations during crisis
Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:12 AM

As the coronavirus crisis forces people to stay at home and fuel prices plunge, retail stations remain open and are doing their best to weather the storm. Rutter's is being impacted by the outbreak, but plans to continue to add E15 in the future.

Kurita Water Industries announces merger of its US subsidiaries
Thursday, April 2, 2020 4:04 AM

Kurita Water Industries has completion of the merger of its consolidated subsidiaries in the United States, including U.S. Water Services Inc., Texas-based Kurita America Inc., Fremont Industries LLC, and Global Water Services Holding Co. Inc.

USDA projects 8% increase in US corn acreage for 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:02 AM

The USDA expects U.S. farmers to plant 97 million acres of corn in 2020, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from 2019. Compared with 2019, planted acreage for corn is expected to be up or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating states.

EPA, NHTSA fail to address high-octane fuel in SAFE Vehicles rule
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:00 AM

The EPA and NHTSA released the final SAFE Vehicles rule on March 31. The rule sets CAFE and CO2 emissions standards for MY 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. The ethanol industry criticized the rule for failing to address high octane fuels.

EPA: 36.77 cellulosic RINs generated in February
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:48 AM

The U.S. EPA recently released RIN generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.54 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the month, including more than 36.77 million cellulosic RINs.

Gevo to push forward with project funding amid COVID-19 layoffs
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:47 AM

Gevo Inc. has suspended production at its bioreifnery in Luverne, Minnesota, due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy and has terminated 30 employees. Gevo expects to continue engineering efforts related to a renewable hydrocarbon plant.

Same-store gasoline sales start to show impact of COVID-19
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:46 AM

U.S. gas station operators are bracing for the impact of COVID-19 on fuel sales, as same-store gasoline sales were down 2.4 percent nationwide for the week ending March 14, when compared to the same week last year, according to OPIS Demand Report.

Fiber separation successfully commercialized by Weighty Corn
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:43 AM

Weighty Corn LLC’s first commercial implementation of its fiber separation process at Pannonia Bio Zrt’s 130 MMgy fuel ethanol plant in Dunaföldvár, Hungary, has been deemed a success. The company hopes to implement the technology at other plants.

Trump signs $2 trillion CARES Act into law
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:49 AM

President Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law on March 27. The bill is the third COVID-19 stimulus packaged signed into law. A fourth stimulus package is in the works that could provide more targeted relief for renewable fuel producers.

COVID-19 reduces demand for fuel, ethanol plants cut production
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:48 AM

Economists at the University of Illinois on March 26 published an analysis illustrating how COVID-19 is reducing demand for transportation fuels, including ethanol. Meanwhile, several plants have announced they will idle or reduce production.

Marquis Energy continues operations during COVID-19 pandemic
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:39 AM

Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy sent a letter to its farmers and community members on March 27 announcing the company’s ethanol plant is “economically and logistically positioned to remain open" despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corn use for fuel ethanol reaches 469 million bushels in January
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:37 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for March, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production for January was down from the previous month, but up from January 2019.

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date
Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:25 AM

The U.S. EPA on March 27 announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued."

Pacific Ethanol to idle more than 60% of capacity by end of March
Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:50 AM

Pacific Ethanol on March 27 said it is idling capacity in response to the unprecedented decline in gasoline and ethanol demand due to the impacts of COVID-19 and announced it is providing high-quality alcohol for the production of hand sanitizer.

EPA announces enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic
Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:46 AM

The U.S. EPA on March 26 announced g a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy applies to civil violoations duirng the outbreak.

Events and Ideas
Friday, March 27, 2020 10:30 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about bacteria research, cooling tower maintenance and cleaning, coverage of IRFA's January Renewable Fuels Summit, and more.

Bits of the Batch
Friday, March 27, 2020 9:30 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Researchers use new molecular biology tools to identify inhabitants of ethanol plant bacterial communities.

Rex idles NuGen plant, explores carbon sequestration project
Friday, March 27, 2020 6:25 AM

Rex American Resources released fiscal fourth quarter financial results on March 26. The company announced a potential carbon sequestration project under development at its One Earth Energy plant in Illinois and discussed the impact of COVID-19.

USDA appoints Jekanowski, Wu to leadership positions
Friday, March 27, 2020 6:17 AM

The USDA has announced the appointment of Mark Jekanowski as chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board and David Wu as deputy assistant secretary for administration. Both previously served at the USDA in other positions.

Bion brings scientific expertise to RFA membership
Friday, March 27, 2020 6:00 AM

Bion has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as an associate member. Bion, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a testing company that specializes in analytical standards, reference material, and proficiency testing programs.

From the 3 E's to the 3 C's
Friday, March 27, 2020 4:07 AM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Touting ethanol as a source of clean octane, it's ability to reduce carbon, and allowing consumer choice in the marketplace.

Cooling Considerations
Friday, March 27, 2020 3:42 AM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Experts discuss different approaches to optimize cooling towers and limit summer production slowdowns.

Kcoe Isom hosts crisis planning webinar
Thursday, March 26, 2020 6:34 AM

Kcoe Isom hosted a webinar on March 24 that discussed crisis planning and employee communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also discussed emergency family and medical leave and offered tips for working remotely.

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