Former Ineos Bio site purchased for conversion into eco-district
Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:52 AM

A consortium of investors and project developers led by Texas-based Frankens Energy recently purchased the former Ineos Bio Indian River Biorefinery in Vero Beach, Florida, and has announced plans to convert the site to an eco-district.

Ethanol industry speaks out against PES anti-RFS rally
Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:48 AM

On Feb. 21, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke at a rally against the Renewable Fuel Standard hosted by Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc., a refiner that recently blamed the RFS and renewable identification number (RIN) prices for its bankruptcy.

FS Bioenergia to develop second corn ethanol plant in Brazil
Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:44 AM

FS Bioenergia has announced plans to develop a second corn ethanol plant in Brazil. The proposed project is currently in the licensing stage. Once constructed, the facility is expected to have a nameplate capacity of 680 MMly (179.64 MMgy).

EU begins expiry review of anti-dumping measures for US ethanol
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:53 AM

On Feb. 20, the European Union announced it is initiating an expiry review of anti-dumping measures on imports of U.S. ethanol. Current duties will remain in place during the European Commission’s investigation, which is expected to take 15 months.

Growth Energy congratulates Austin Dillon on Daytona 500 win
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:50 AM

On Feb. 18, American Ethanol driver and spokesperson Austin Dillon secured a historic Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, driving the legendary No. 3 car to victory in the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway.

Partners consider renewable methanol project in Rotterdam
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:49 AM

A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam has signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam.

USDA releases 10-year forecasts for ethanol, biodiesel production
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:30 AM

The USDA Economic Research Service has released updated 10-year agricultural projections through 2027. The report predicts ethanol production will increase for several years, before declining to 2016 levels toward the end of the projection period.

USGC: Advisory teams engage on trade issues in Houston
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:28 AM

Grain producers and agribusiness representatives met to help chart the operational course for the U.S. Grains Council during advisory team (A-team) meetings Feb. 13 in Houston, Texas. One A-team is dedicated to ethanol.

Stora Enso launches lignin product to replace oil-based phenol
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:25 AM

Stora Enso has announced the launch of Lineo, a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material.

Blender pump legislation to go before SD senate committee
Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:45 AM

A new legislative bill to fund more ethanol blender pumps across South Dakota is set to go before the state Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday, Feb. 20. The bill is being proposed by Sen. Jason Frerichs.

The Andersons reports increased E85 sales
Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:40 AM

The Andersons Inc. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting net income of $68.4 million, or $2.42 per diluted share, for the three-month period, up from $10.1 million, or 36 cents per share, during the fourth quarter of 2016.

US ethanol export sales effort IBP ‘rousing success’ at RFA event
Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:35 AM

More than 150 business-to-business meetings between domestic ethanol producers and international buyers from five countries took place at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio.

Analysis: Lower RIN prices are coming without changes to the RFS
Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:34 AM

A University of Illinois analysis shows that conditions that caused high D6 RIN prices are changing rapidly and it is possible "...for D6 RINs prices to fall back their pre-2013 level of just a few cents without making any changes to the RFS."

USGC assesses ethanol market potential in UAE, Pakistan
Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:30 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently undertook a market assessment mission to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan to analyze the ethanol demand potential in both countries and engage with policymakers and industrial officials.

Meridian, Genarex partner on bio-additives for plastics
Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:29 AM

Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an innovative technology and integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, recently announced a strategic partnership with Genarex FD LLC to develop a broader range of bio-additives for the plastics market.

Letter asks EPA to take a fresh look at corn kernel fiber ethanol
Friday, February 16, 2018 6:42 AM

Representatives of the cellulosic biofuels industry are asking the U.S. EPA to take a renewed look at commercial-ready cellulosic biofuels as the agency begins its work to develop proposed 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs.

Ethanol to aid engine efficiency improvements, emission reduction
Friday, February 16, 2018 6:41 AM

The RFA today hailed the release of two studies by the Department of Energy that find ethanol-based high octane fuels can deliver substantial fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions when paired with optimized internal combustion engines.

Growth Energy: More biofuels vital to improving US energy outlook
Friday, February 16, 2018 6:39 AM

Federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels says Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy.

Eco-Energy begins operations at ethanol unit train facility
Friday, February 16, 2018 6:38 AM

Eco-Energy Distribution Services has announced the opened its ethanol unit train distribution facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility is equipped to receive 96 tank cars via the CSX Railway.

Next-Level Nanoscience
Friday, February 16, 2018 3:49 AM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: The accidental discovery that a carbon, nitrogen and copper-based catalyst can convert carbon dioxide to ethanol shows potential.

Catalysts, Cleaning and Cook
Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:17 PM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the magazine, including features about a catalyst to convert carbon dioxide to ethanol, bacterial control, biofilm removal and liquefaction efficiency.

Expected drop in farm income highlights need for biofuels, RFS
Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:16 AM

The USDA’s February 2018 Farm Income Forecast predicts net farm income will decline by 6.7 percent this year. According to Growth Energy, the expected drop underscores the need for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard.

Ethanol industry makes significant contribution to the economy
Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:14 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry added nearly $44.4 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported 358,779 jobs in 2017, according to a new study conducted by ABF Economics. The study was released Feb. 14 by the Renewable Fuels Association.

RFA releases 2018 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide
Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:13 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2018 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide to Ethanol at the 23rd Annual National Ethanol Conference. The outlook provides readers with statistics, insight and analysis on the latest ethanol facts.

Sylvatex, Valicor announce joint development agreement
Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:10 AM

Sylvatex Inc. and Valicor Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement that will oversee the development, construction, and commercialization of Sylvatex’s MicroXTM technology to convert distillers corn oil into MicroXTM renewable blendstock.

Gene improves plant growth and conversion to biofuels
Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:08 AM

A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels.

Prevention-Control Partnership
Thursday, February 15, 2018 3:46 AM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: A regimen of cleaning and antibiotics is vital for success in the fight against bacterial contamination. But the industry is evolving to include the use of more natural treatment options.

E15 Continues to Build Momentum
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:15 PM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Growth Energy's Mike O'Brien outlines efforts and advances in the E15 market.

Sticking To It
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:42 AM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: The Food Safety and Modernization Act limits options for biofilm control, but chemical and service providers have overhauled their product lines and treatment avenues to comply.

UNICA: January sales of hydrous ethanol set record
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:46 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record in January, reaching a total of 1.36 billion liters (359.27 million gallons), up 51.77 percent when compared to January 2017.

ACE praises industry recognition of outgoing president
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:42 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings thanks the Renewable Fuels Association for recognizing outgoing ACE Board President Ron Alverson’s contributions to the industry with the 2018 RFA Ethanol Industry Award.

RFA honors farmer Ron Alverson with 2018 Industry Award
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:28 AM

Ron Alverson, a farmer, founding member of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, and board member of Dakota Ethanol LLC, is the recipient of the RFA 2018 Industry Award. He was presented with the award during the National Ethanol Conference.

RFA CEO: Outlook for domestic ethanol industry is strong
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:25 AM

With record production, blending and exports for the U.S. ethanol industry last year, the outlook for the domestic ethanol industry isn’t just strong—it’s Ethanol Strong, said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, at the 23rd annual NEC.

Ambitious Policies Position Canadian Biofuels for Growth
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:14 PM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Jim Grey, of Renewable Fuels Canada, discusses Canada's biofuels success and what's coming.

Report shows potential of emerging ethanol industry in Ecuador
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 6:05 AM

A new report shows that Ecuador may be a promising new market for ethanol. The country currently has an E5 mandate that it is not meeting and its domestic sugar industry is looking to expand to non-food products, according to a USDA FAS GAIN report.

Gevo amends isobutanol supply agreement with Musket
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:59 AM

Gevo Inc. has strengthened its existing relationship with Musket Corp. by amending its isobutanol supply agreement to provide Musket with the exclusive right to sell Gevo’s renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, Texas.

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:58 AM

U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review.

Iowa to Pruitt: Unlock E15 to lower RIN prices
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:56 AM

Iowans have an answer for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s question of how to reduce RIN prices associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard—grant E15 the same RVP treatment as all other ethanol-blended fuels.

Step 1: Quality Cook
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 3:40 AM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Liquefaction should be the first focus area in yield improvement efforts. Understanding enzyme enhancements and proper indicators are key to evaluating a plant’s process.

The Wisdom of Thumper
Monday, February 12, 2018 10:05 PM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: ACE's Ron Lamberty reviews a letter the Petroleum Marketers of America recently sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

Breakdown of Benefits
Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:26 AM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Infrared thermography can save money, improve safety and prevent unexpected downtime.

Budget bill retroactively extends biofuel tax credits for 2017
Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:02 AM

On Feb. 9, President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 into law. The two-year funding bill ends a brief government shutdown and includes retroactive tax extenders for several biofuel-related tax incentives.

Green Plains produces record 340.8 million gallons during Q4
Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:01 AM

Green Plains Inc. has released fourth quarter 2017 financial results, reporting the company produced a record 340.8 million gallons of ethanol during the three-month period, up from 334.2 million gallons during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Biofuels feedstock study supports billion-ton estimate
Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:58 AM

Researchers are trying to determine if farmers can produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock, according to North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens.

Business Briefs
Friday, February 9, 2018 9:58 PM

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association elects officers, RFA welcomes new members, and JTI services joins the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

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