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Study shows corn ethanol lowers GHG emissions by 46%
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:16 AM

A new study published by researchers from Environmental Health and Engineering Inc., Harvard University and Tufts University shows corn ethanol emits 46 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than gasoline.

ADM predicts improved ethanol supply-demand balance
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:14 AM

ADM discussed the status of its ethanol operations during a Q4 earnings call held Jan. 26. While ethanol margins are low, the company expects the supply-demand balance to improve through increased exports to China and industry reconfiguration.

Growth Energy: Biofuels can help decarbonize federal fleet
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:11 AM

President Biden on Jan. 25 announced plans to replace the federal government’s fleet of vehicles with American-made electric vehicles (EVs). Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor expressed disappointment that he did not address the potential of biofuels.

Sugar Valley Energy announces sugarcane production program
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:09 AM

California Ethanol + Power announced it will engage with the local Imperial Valley farming communities to secure formal commitments to grow the first 20,000 acres of sugarcane feedstock for Sugar Valley Energy, a planned low-carbon ethanol plant.

DuPont launches new high-performance yeasts for US ethanol market
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:08 AM

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has announced the launch of the SYNERXIA Gemstone Collection, the next advancement in high-performance yeasts. The new collection from the XCELIS platform includes SYNERXIA SAPPHIRE and SYNERXIA RUBY.

Shaw: Iowa biofuels industry is ‘battered, but battling’
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:07 AM

During his state of the industry address at the 2021 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw characterizes the Iowa biofuels industry as “battered, but battling for a better future."

Skor: New opportunities on the horizon for biofuels
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:06 AM

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor on Jan. 26 delivered the keynote address at IRFA's Annual Iowa Renewable Fuel Virtual Summit. In her speech, Skor reviewed the successes and challenges faced by the ethanol industry over the last year.

North Dakota bill would benefit CCS projects at ethanol plants
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:10 AM

Representatives of the North Dakota ethanol industry on Jan. 20 testified in favor of a bill that aims to create a sales and use tax exemption for CO2 used for secure geologic storage. The state’s senate voted in favor of the bill the following day.

Biden administration to review SAFE Vehicles Rule
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:07 AM

The U.S. EPA's Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficiency (SAFE) Vehicles Rule is one of the many federal regulations that are set to be reviewed by the Biden administration, according to an executive order issued Jan. 20.

RFA: Partnership highlights benefits of E10 in marine engines
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:05 AM

Combating the myths that exist about the use of gasoline blended with 10-percent ethanol has been the primary goal of the partnership between Crappie Masters, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association.

Aemetis announces $16.8M in California CEC and utility grants
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:04 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced that its “Carbon Zero” biofuels production process has received $16.8 million of solar energy and other energy efficiency grants to fund upgrades of the Keyes, California, plant to support the production of zero carbon biofuel.

EIA: Ethanol production up slightly, stocks down
Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:53 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up less than 1 percent the week ending Jan. 15 while weekly ending stocks were down slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 22.

USGC promotes ethanol during Japanese energy forum
Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:53 AM

Ethanol joined wind, solar, ocean wave and biomass energy as topics of discussion during the Renewable Energy Exhibition in Japan in early December 2020. The U.S. Grains Council took part to provide an overview of ethanol’s use around the world.

EPA: 18.26 billion RINs generated in 2020 under RFS
Friday, January 22, 2021 6:27 AM

Nearly 18.26 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in 2020, down from 19.81 billion generated in 2019, according to data published by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for December was at 1.69 billion, down from 1.79 billion in December 2019.

Legislation introduced to establish CFS in New Mexico
Friday, January 22, 2021 6:25 AM

Legislation introduced in New Mexico on Jan. 19 aims to establish a Clean Fuel Standard within the state. The bill is supported by New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

USDA, DOE announce appointments to senior posts
Friday, January 22, 2021 6:25 AM

The USDA and U.S. Department of Energy on Jan. 21 announced appointments to several senior posts, including USDA undersecretary for Rural Development and chief of staff for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE.

UNICA releases updated ethanol production, sales data
Friday, January 22, 2021 6:24 AM

Data released by UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, shows that ethanal sales for the current harvest season are down roughly 10 percent when compared to the same period of 2019. Corn ethanol production, however, is up.

RFA: DC Circuit Court stays EPA action granting refinery waivers
Friday, January 22, 2021 6:22 AM

In response to an emergency motion filed Jan. 19 by the RFA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Jan. 21 ordered that EPA’s action on to grant three SREs must be “administratively stayed pending further order of the court."

IRFA: Iowa ethanol production down in 2020
Friday, January 22, 2021 6:21 AM

Compared to 2019, Iowa ethanol production fell 500 million gallons, or 12 percent, in 2020 as a result of dramatic demand destruction resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, trade disputes around the globe, and illegal exemptions granted from the RFS.

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo moves to July
Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:47 PM

BBI International has announced that the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, will be held July 13-15 in Minneapolis. The event was originally scheduled to be held in mid-June.

RFA files petition, emergency motion to halt SRE approvals
Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:30 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Jan. 19 by the U.S. EPA with less than 24 hours remaining in the Trump administration.

White Dog Labs launches production of industrial ethanol
Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:29 AM

White Dog Labs Inc. on Jan. 19 announced the availability of 190 proof, renewably sourced and domestically produced USP-grade ethanol that is manufactured at its biorefinery, NuMake, in Little Falls, Minnesota.

Growth Energy congratulates Biden, Harris
Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:28 AM

On Inauguration Day 2021, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued a congratulatory message following the swearing-in of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris as vice president.

EPA issues last-minute approval of 3 SREs
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:50 AM

The U.S. EPA late on Jan. 19 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data showing that the agency has approved three new SRE petitions, one for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2018 and two for compliance year 2019.

CropEnergies reports lower revenues, improved operating margins
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:11 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies has released financial results for third quarter of its 2020-’21 financial year, reporting improved operating margins for the first nine months of the fiscal year. Sales volumes, however, were down.

India takes action to increase use, production of ethanol
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:10 AM

India is taking action to increase domestic production and use of ethanol. The government in December opened a comment period on draft standards related to the country’s plans to introduce E85 and E100 vehicles into regions with an ethanol surplus.

Green Plains announces clean sugar project in Nebraska
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:08 AM

Green Plains Inc. and Ospraie Management announced that recently acquired Fluid Quip Technologies is engineering and constructing a fully scalable commercial Clean Sugar Technology production facility at the Green Plains York Innovation Center.

AFCC announces cost breakthrough in DOE loan guarantees
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:07 AM

The Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition has announced legislation recently signed by President Trump makes important changes to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program.

It All Comes Together
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:36 AM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Ethanol Producer Magazine Editor Lisa Gibson tees up the publication's February features on plant maintenance and safety, leveraging data for improved plant efficiency, and getting the most from your plant's CMMS.

CoBank: Ethanol industry continues to recover in Q4
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:19 AM

The ethanol sector continued to recover during the fourth quarter of 2020 with production levels up 3.5 percent when compared to the third quarter, according to a new quarterly report released by CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange on Jan. 14.

USDA releases AIA research strategy summary, dashboard
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:17 AM

The USDA on Jan. 12 released a report and online dashboard that integrates the information collected by the agency as part of its Agriculture Innovation Agenda, an initiative that aims to help the U.S. agricultural industry meet future demands.

Aemetis: Patent award enables launch of ‘Carbon Zero’ plants
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:16 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced Jan. 15 that its exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero carbon renewable fuel was awarded U.S. Patent No. 10907184, enabling the launch of Aemetis “Carbon Zero” production plants.

Critical Content
Monday, January 18, 2021 1:32 PM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: BBI International's Plant Maintenance and Safety Summit, held virtually in December, featured crucial information on how to reduce injuries and fatalities, along with educational discussions on upkeep, optimization and more.

EPA proposes to alter E15 labeling requirements, UST regs
Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:22 AM

The U.S. EPA on Jan. 15 announced it is proposing changes to E15 fuel dispenser labeling requirements. The agency is also proposing to modify underground storage tank regulations to accommodate the safe storage of E15 and higher level blends.

EPA opens comment period on RFS waiver requests
Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:20 AM

The U.S. EPA announced on Jan. 15 it will open a 30-day comment period on several petitions it has received asking the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements for 2019 and 2020.

DOE makes changes to biomass, biofuel advisory committees
Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:20 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy is terminating the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, but a newly established Fuels of the Future Advisory Board will have a standing subcommittee dedicated to biofuels.

Business Briefs: People, Partnerships & Projects
Friday, January 15, 2021 3:39 PM

Industry announcements from the February issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including the sale of Green Plains' Texas ethanol plant, Fluid Quip's partnership with Trislot, and Vilsack being nominated for a second stint as U.S. ag secretary.

EPA proposes to extend 2019, 2020 RFS deadlines
Friday, January 15, 2021 5:41 AM

The U.S. EPA is scheduled to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register on Jan. 15 extending certain Renewable Fuel Standard deadlines for compliance years 2019 and 2020. A public comment period is open through March 11.

EIA: Ethanol production to average 1.02M barrels per day in 2022
Friday, January 15, 2021 5:40 AM

The U.S. EIA has released is Short-Term Energy Outlook for January, The EIA currently predicts ethanol production will average 1.02 million barrels per day next year, up from 980,000 barrels per day in 2021.

EPA finalizes determination on RFS anti-backsliding study
Friday, January 15, 2021 5:38 AM

The U.S. EPA has announced its final anti-backsliding determination for renewable fuels and air quality. The agency has finalized its proposed determination no additional measures are necessary to mitigate adverse air impacts from the RFS.

USDA: Corn production up in 2020
Friday, January 15, 2021 5:37 AM

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2020 Crop Production Annual Summary on Jan. 12, reporting that increased acreage and higher yields allowed corn to return to more typical production levels.

Senators call on EPA to protect the integrity of the RFS
Friday, January 15, 2021 5:36 AM

A group of seven republication senators from the Midwest sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Jan. 14 urging him to avoid making any decisions on SREs until the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling on the matter.

From Reactive to Proactive
Friday, January 15, 2021 3:30 AM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Data analysis for process improvements can range from simple to complex, low cost to high. In many plants, the keys to optimize maintenance, cleaning and overall performance remain unused.

4 Factors for Global Ethanol Growth
Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:32 PM

Ethanol-producing countries should not be those with the most restrictive barriers to market entry. They should be our partners in opening global markets, instead of shutting their own markets down. Equitable tariff treatment is critical.

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, stocks up 2%
Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:28 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up nearly 1 percent the week ending Jan. 8, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 13. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by nearly 2 percent.

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