Security of Scale
Monday, November 30, 2020 9:32 AM

As one of America’s largest biorefiners moves forward with two more installations of Fluid Quip Technologies’ 50% protein technology, critical production redundancy is in hand. Products with even higher protein levels are already in the pipeline.

Global Trade Looks Different Now, But for Better or For Worse?
Sunday, November 29, 2020 10:43 PM

The global economy is going to look different for a while. Our industry’s reliability under pressure, coupled with open supply and trade links, and sound policy, will continue to be ethanol’s advantage in the global marketplace.

Stories of Resilience
Friday, November 27, 2020 10:48 PM

A publisher's message from the January issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, featuring stories on high-protein feed production, 2021 export opportunities, and examples of how U.S. ethanol producers are keeping their personnel safe and supported.

Could Ethanol Be a ‘Net-Zero’ Hero?
Friday, November 27, 2020 10:46 PM

Already contributing to decarbonization, ethanol is a phenomenal low-carbon molecule that will continue to play an instrumental role in the transition to net-zero emissions. And because it is here today, there is no need to wait until 2035 to act.

Business Briefs
Friday, November 27, 2020 10:36 PM

Business announcements from the January issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including the NCGA's 2021 committees, a proposed LCFS in Minnesota, Pacific Ethanol's transition away from fuel alcohol, and Husky Energy's merger with Cenovus in Canada.

Opportunity Around The Globe
Friday, November 27, 2020 10:26 PM

Many of the key players in ethanol’s export markets will hold their places into 2021, but policies, tariffs and demand for industrial ethanol could make waves. Making sure ethanol is treated as a here-and-now climate change solution will be critical.

EIA: Ethanol production, ending stocks expand by 3%
Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:18 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production increased by 3 percent the week ending Nov. 20, according to data released by the EIA. Stocks expanded by more than 3 percent, and for the first time in several months were up when compared to the same period of 2019.

Report: Japan’s ethanol blend rate expected at 1.9% in 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:14 AM

Japan achieved an average ethanol blend rate of 1.6 percent in 2019. The blend rate is expected to increase to 1.9 percent this year due to an estimated 8 percent decrease in gasoline demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USGC promotes fuel ethanol during Chinese expo
Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:12 AM

The U.S. ethanol industry has much to offer as China develops its own regulatory framework on biofuels. The USGC and its U.S. partners recently promoted increased ethanol use during the third China International Import Expo.

Corn use for fuel ethanol at 401 million bushels in September
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:23 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for November, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol was at 401 million bushels in September, down from both the previous month and September 2019.

Aemetis signs distributor agreement for health safety products
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:20 AM

Aemetis Inc announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aemetis Health Products, Inc., has received a $24 million initial purchase order after signing a supply agreement for sanitizer alcohol and nitrile gloves with a California distributor.

Governors urge EPA to address biogenic CO2 barrier
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:19 AM

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition on Nov. 19 commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the U.S. EPA to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy.

USGC: Successful US sorghum harvest nears completion
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:18 AM

The U.S. Grains Council has announced U.S. sorghum farmers have the majority of this year’s crop in the bin, and the quality is looking good, according to data released by the USDA and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

Pink at the Pump campaign supports breast cancer awareness
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:14 AM

By choosing Unleaded88, a higher-octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, drivers across North Dakota helped raise $1,600 for breast awareness as part of the 2nd annual Pink at the Pump campaign.

How Ethanol Producers are Staying Safe and Connected
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 10:20 PM

The biggest morale boosters have taken a direct hit this year, but ethanol plants and other industry organizations are evolving to keep spirits as high as possible. Open communication, schedule flexibility, coaching and kindness are going a long way.

Ethanol is Not a Bridge— We Are a Main Road
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 8:41 PM

With 250 million cars on the road, and 15 million or more being sold annually, the internal combustion engine will remain predominant for decades to come. High-octane, low-carbon ethanol makes liquid transportation fuels clean and efficient today.

EPA: 1.56 billion RINs generated in October
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:33 AM

The U.S. EPA has released data showing nearly 1.56 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in October, down from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of last year.

Growth Energy comments on Colorado’s GHG reduction roadmap
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:32 AM

Growth Energy on Nov. 20 announced it has submitted comments to the Colorado Energy Office on its draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, which details energy action steps the state can take to meet its near-term GHG reduction goals.

Court asked to hold EPA accountable on improper 2016 waiver
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:31 AM

Biofuel groups on Nov. 23 filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. EPA to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel in the 2016 RVO.

UNICA reports increased ethanol sales for October
Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:02 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing ethanol production was down during the second half of October. Ethanol sales for the full month, however, were the highest reported so far this year.

Aemetis awarded $7.8M for phase 2 RNG dairy digester projects
Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:01 AM

Aemetis Biogas LLC, a wholly woned subsidiary of Aemetis Inc., has been awarded $7.8 million in matching grants through the 2020 California Department of Food and Agriculture Dairy Digester Research and Development Program.

USGC: COVID-19 weighed on 2019-’20 global ethanol trade
Saturday, November 21, 2020 4:56 AM

At the close of the most recent marketing year, U.S. ethanol exports were down 12 percent year-over-year according to data from the USDA, weighed on by COVID-19 and the global issuance of stay-at-home orders.

EPA: 6 more SRE petitions filed, 58 now pending
Friday, November 20, 2020 6:08 AM

The U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on Nov. 19, reporting that six additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency, including one for RFS compliance year 2019 and five for compliance year 2020.

Growth Energy outlines 2021 biofuel policy priorities
Friday, November 20, 2020 6:07 AM

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has outlined the biofuels industry’s top federal priorities for 2021, highlighting key measures that elected leaders must take to protect the climate, revitalize rural communities, and offer consumers choice at the pump.

DOE provides $15M for new bioimaging instrumentation, approaches
Friday, November 20, 2020 6:04 AM

On Nov. 16, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to provide up to $15 million for bioimaging research to develop new and improved instrumentation and approaches to visualizing metabolic processes in living cells.

Element produces high-protein animal feed using ICM technologies
Friday, November 20, 2020 6:03 AM

Element LLC, a leading-edge biofuels producer in Colwich, Kansas, announced that it has started production on a yeast-enriched, 50 percent protein animal feed called ANDVantage 50Y. The process utilizes three proprietary technologies from ICM Inc.

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks up slightly
Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:04 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 2 percent the week ending Nov. 13 while ethanol stocks increased slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Nov. 18.

Bill forces EPA to act on RFS pathway, registration petitions
Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:03 AM

Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., on Nov. 18 introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act, which aims to force the U.S. EPA to act on outstanding RFS pathway and registration applications.

UK 10-point plan addresses SAF, move to zero-emissions vehicles
Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:02 AM

The U.K. government on Nov. 18 issued its 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which addresses sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and an accelerated phase-out of the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles.

USGC provides comments on ethanol trade barriers to USTR
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:30 AM

The U.S. Grains Council on Nov. 5 submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative highlighting significant trade barriers facing exports of U.S. coarse grains, ethanol and co-products.

USDA accepting comments on information request related to HBBIP
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:25 AM

The USDA is accepting comments on a proposed information collection request related to the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency said the collected information would identify eligible applicants seeking funds through the HBIIP.

Nodel, IncubEx launch RIN futures and options, new REC contracts
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:20 AM

Nodal Exchange and IncubEx on Nov. 17 announced the successful launch of eight new renewable identification number (RIN) futures and options contracts, plus seven new renewable energy certificate (REC) contracts.

IEA expects global biofuels production to rebound in 2021
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:35 AM

The global biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency in early November, with production down approximately 11.6 percent when compared to 2019.

DOE seeks proposals for Co-Optima collaboration
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:34 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a directed funding opportunity (DFO) seeking proposals for advancing the aim of its Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. Proposals are due Jan. 14.

USGC: Virtual roadshow highlights value of corn, DDGS
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:32 AM

Eight U.S. Grains Council members discussed the value of U.S. corn and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the Canadian beef market with customers and potential customers during a webinar in early October.

Aemetis reports progress with sanitizer products, RNG production
Saturday, November 14, 2020 5:42 AM

Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis Inc. discussed company’s business in the sanitizer market and provided an update of its renewable natural gas (RNG) and cellulosic ethanol projects during a third quarter earnings call, held Nov. 12.

Flint Hills Resources begins production of NexPro at second plant
Saturday, November 14, 2020 5:41 AM

Flint Hills Resources has begun deliveries of its NexPro protein ingredient from its Shell Rock, Iowa, ethanol plant. The company installed Maximized Stillage Co-Products (MSC) technology at the plant earlier this year.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks expand by nearly 3%
Friday, November 13, 2020 6:05 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production increased by nearly 2 percent the week ending Nov. 6, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Nov. 12. Weekly ending stocks were up nearly 3 percent.

Ethanol exports down in September, distillers grains exports up
Friday, November 13, 2020 6:04 AM

The U.S. exported 77.21 million gallons of ethanol and 1.16 million metric tons of distillers grains in September, according to data released by the USDA on Nov. 4. Exports of ethanol were down, but exports of distillers grains were up.

Field to fuel student video contest open for entries
Friday, November 13, 2020 6:03 AM

The Nebraska Ethanol Board has launched its 6th annual Field to Fuel video contest, which encourages Nebraska high school students to explore the importance and value of ethanol. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 31.

WASDE maintains estimate for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol
Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:36 AM

The USDA maintained its 2020-’21 forecast for corn use in ethanol production in its latest WASDE report, released Nov. 10. The agency lowered its outlook for corn production and ending stocks and increased its forecast for corn prices.

Supreme Court extends deadline for EPA response to SRE challenge
Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:34 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10 granted a motion filed by the U.S. EPA seeking a one-month extension to its deadline to file a response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking the review of an SRE ruling.

Gevo discusses development plans during Q3 earnings call
Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:32 AM

Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo Inc., discussed demand for the company’s renewable hydrocarbon products and the planned development of three proposed production facilities during a third quarter earnings call, held Nov. 10.

Pacific Ethanol provides update of realignment plan
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:56 AM

Mike Kandris, CEO of Pacific Ethanol, provided an update on the company’s efforts to realign its business around specialty alcohols and essential ingredients during a third quarter earning call, held Nov. 10.

EIA lowers ethanol production, blending forecasts for 2021
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:50 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its forecast for 2020 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released on Nov. 10. The forecast for 2021 ethanol production, however, was revised down.

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