Our Low Carbon Calling
Monday, July 26, 2021 4:20 AM

Ethanol Producer Magazine's editor previews the feature articles in the publication's August issue, including stories on the emergent Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline, new interest in CHP, the possibility of using ethanol for power, and more.

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Reasons for Hope on RFS
Monday, July 26, 2021 4:19 AM

Regardless of the Supreme Court's recent decision, industry leaders believe wholesale small refinery exemptions are a thing of the past. The Biden administration sees value in fostering, not hindering, the expansion of renewable fuels like ethanol.

The Biofuels Revolution Coming to the Friendly Skies
Monday, July 26, 2021 4:17 AM

Sugarcane is the most energy efficient plant in the world and will play a vital role in the jet fuel revolution. With air travel expected to skyrocket in the coming decades, and carbon reduction a must, the aviation industry needs renewable options.

Carbon Connector
Monday, July 26, 2021 4:10 AM

The Summit Carbon Solutions’ pipeline, a visionary multi-billion dollar project in the making representing about 15% of the U.S. ethanol industry, will allow producers to permanently sequester their carbon dioxide and cut their CI scores in half.

Revisiting CHP
Sunday, July 25, 2021 11:07 PM

Carbon reduction incentives are improving the payback on cogeneration for ethanol plants. Only a fraction of U.S. producers are currently doing it, but that could change as the industry has new reasons to get more efficient with heat and power.

Ethanol to Electrons
Sunday, July 25, 2021 4:04 AM

Beyond transportation fuel, ethanol could contribute to greener electricity. From large-scale power generation to support the grid to small and decentralized applications that provide renewable energy for remote electric vehicle charging.

Branching Out
Sunday, July 25, 2021 3:44 AM

Aemetis’ refinery will produce renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel from almond orchard and forest wood waste, which will also yield a negative carbon sugar source for ethanol. The Keyes, California, plant is also ditching fossil-based power.

Enhanced Crop Forecasting for Ethanol Producers
Sunday, July 25, 2021 3:30 AM

Aspiring Univere Corp., a spinout of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has created a massive database of every plot of farmland across the globe. The tool could help ethanol plant managers better anticipate local grain availability.

DOE: Corn ethanol employment expected to grow in 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021 6:40 AM

The DOE on July 19 released its 2021 U.S. Energy Employment Report, which shows fuel ethanol employment fell slightly last year, but at a much lower rate than the overall U.S. fuels sector. Corn ethanol employment is expected to rebound this year.

NCGA campaign promotes environmental benefits of ethanol
Friday, July 23, 2021 6:38 AM

The National Corn Growers Association launched a new campaign in Washington D.C., outlining the environmental benefits of corn ethanol that can be realized today. The camapign targets government workers and other key policy influencers.

USGC promotes ethanol blending in Nigeria, Ghana
Friday, July 23, 2021 6:37 AM

The USGC conducted a forum with key industry importers and stakeholders from West Africa in June, with a high concentration of participants from Nigeria and Ghana. The virtual workshop addressed the ethanol supply chain and benefits of ethanol fuels.

EIA: Ethanol production down 1%, stocks up 7%
Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:41 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by approximately 1 percent the week ending July 16, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 21. Stocks of fuel ethanol were up nearly 7 percent.

New Energy Blue to construct cellulosic biorefinery in Iowa
Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:40 AM

New Energy Blue on July 20 announced plans to construct a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery that utilizes Inbicon technology on a 155-acre site near Mason City, Iowa. Construction is expected to begin next year, with commissioning scheduled for 2024.

RFA signals intent to fight court’s decision on EPA’s E15 rule
Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:39 AM

The RFA sent a letter to the U.S. EPA on July 15 urging the agency to exercise its enforcement discretion to continue allowing sales of E15 and announcing its intent to fight a recent court decision vacating the agency's 2019 E15 rule.

Growth Energy: Ad campaign urges Washington to stop Big Oil
Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:37 AM

Growth Energy on July 21 launched a new digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions and support low-carbon biofuels.

MN Bio-Fuels rewards E15 drivers in St Paul
Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:36 AM

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded 88) at the Highland Service Minnoco station in St. Paul during an hour-long promotion on July 14.

Bill aims to make corn ethanol ineligible for meeting RFS RVOs
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:19 AM

Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on July 20 introduced legislation that aims to make corn ethanol ineligible to meet the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

ITA: Renewable energy advisory committee to meet July 29
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:16 AM

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting via WebEx on July 29. The event is open to the public.

EPA: 1.77 billion RINs generated in June
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:49 AM

The U.S. EPA has published updated renewable identification number (RIN) generation data, reporting that more than 1.77 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in June, up from 1.51 billion generated during the same month of last year.

RFA: DC Circuit Court blasts refiner arguments on RFS
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:48 AM

The RFA on July 16 welcomed the D.C. Circuit Court’s outright rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the RFS causes them economic hardship and therefore the U.S. EPA should have waived their 2019 RFS obligations.

USGC’s global ethanol programs promote Hassan, add Goh
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:46 AM

The U.S. Grains Council promoted Joana Hassan to manager of global ethanol programs in the organization’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and added Aaron Goh to the Council as the regional ethanol consultant in the Council’s Southeast Asia office.

EPA: 6 SRE petitions withdrawn, 64 currently pending
Friday, July 16, 2021 7:34 AM

The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on July 15, reporting that six SRE petitions have been withdrawn in the past month. There are now 64 SRE petitions pending, down from 70 in June.

Nebraska Corn Board targets motorists in California
Friday, July 16, 2021 7:32 AM

The Nebraska Corn Board announced it has parterned with Pearson Fuels to help two fuel retailers in Los Angeles County – the most populous county in the U.S. – offer consumers E85 (an 85 percent ethanol blend).

Dartmouth professor selected to direct new Brazilian biofuels lab
Friday, July 16, 2021 7:29 AM

Lee Lynd, the Queneau Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth, will be the founding director of the new Advanced Second Generation (A2G) Biofuel Laboratory located at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil.

ePURE: Fit for 55 needs a biofuels boost
Friday, July 16, 2021 7:28 AM

The European Commission’s new Fit for 55 package sets important new goals for emissions reduction and creates a solid foundation for reaching them by giving a role to renewable liquid fuels in decarbonizing transport, according to ePURE.

Ethanol advocates discuss CFS, post-2022 RFS at FEW
Thursday, July 15, 2021 9:49 AM

Representatives of the RFA, ACE and Growth Energy on July 14 discussed the potential of a federal low carbon fuels standard and the post-2022 Renewable Fuel Standard during the general session of the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks fall slightly
Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:06 AM

U.S fuel ethanol production fell by more than 2 percent the week ending July 9, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 14. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were down slightly.

House, Senate bills aim to ensure continued availability of E15
Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:05 AM

Less than two weeks after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the U.S. EPA’s 2019 rule allowing year-round sales of E15, federal lawmakers are taking action to ensure the continued year-round availability of the fuel blend.

Cooper outlines multiple reasons for ethanol optimism at FEW
Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:01 AM

Low-carbon ethanol’s “brightest and sunniest days remain ahead” despite recent judicial setbacks and a growing policy push on electric vehicles, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in keynote remarks July 14 at the FEW.

Markham, Rosentrater recognized for industry contributions at FEW
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 10:36 PM

BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine on July 14 recognized Steve Markham and Kurt Rosentrater for their contributions to the U.S. ethanol industry during the general session of the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW).

CoBank: US ethanol sector well positioned for H2 of 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 9:04 AM

CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange released its second quarter report on July 8, reporting that the U.S. fuel ethanol sector outperformed expectations during the three-month period and is well positioned for the second half of 2021.

Biofuel groups say EPA rule should include high octane standard
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 9:01 AM

Members of the High Octane Low Carbon Alliance and nearly two dozen other ag and biofuel groups sent a letter to President Biden on July 11 calling on the U.S. EPA to propose a higher octane gasoline standard in its upcoming SAFE-2 Rule.

Summit acquires Kansas ethanol plant, plans retrofit to wheat
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 8:55 AM

Summit Agricultural Group, through its investment affiliate Summit Ag Investors, has announced the acquisition of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy. Summit will retorfit the facility to produce ethanol and protein ingredients from wheat feedstock.

WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:17 AM

The USDA maintained its forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released July 12. The forecast for the season-average corn price was lowered.

Momentum continues to build for USGC efforts in aquaculture
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:14 AM

When it comes to consumption of U.S. grains and co-products, land-based creatures like humans, livestock and poultry easily spring to mind. However, the USGC is seeing momentum build with a new and exciting demand driver – in the water.

More than 450 biofuel producers set to attend FEW
Friday, July 9, 2021 11:21 PM

The 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), the ethanol industry's largest conference, will feature more than 150 speakers, next week, July 13-15, in Des Moines, Iowa. More than 450 biofuel producers are set to attend.

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, stocks down 2%
Friday, July 9, 2021 4:44 AM

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

USGC staff talk corn quality, DDGS with key buyers in Mexico
Friday, July 9, 2021 4:43 AM

U.S. Grains Council staff in mid-June visited with Mexican corn importers. Discussions focused on the most recent corn export cargo quality report and the competitivness of U.S. DDGS in livestock feed rations in Mexico.

FS to develop BECCS project at Brazilian biorefinery
Friday, July 9, 2021 4:40 AM

FS, a Brazilian company that produces ethanol, animal nutrition and bioenergy products exclusively from corn, has announced plans to deveop a bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project at its Lucas do Rio Verde plant.

EIA increases ethanol production forecasts for 2021, 2022
Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:19 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its forecasts for 2021 and 2022 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released July 7. The outlook for 2021 and 2022 ethanol blending was maintained.

UNICA: Ethanol production down in early June, sales flat
Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:18 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed by mills in the south-central region was down 14 percent during the first half of June. Ethanol production was also down, but sales were flat.

MAG, Gavilon reach agreement to supply corn to 2 ethanol plants
Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:16 AM

Midwest AgEnergy (MAG) and Gavilon Grain on June 30 announced an agreement to combine corn origination services for MAG’s Blue Flint and Dakota Spirit ethanol plants as well as Gavilon network of grain elevators in the area, effective July 1.

MIT: Engineered yeast could expand biofuels’ reach
Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:15 AM

A team of MIT engineers has found a way to expand the use of a wider range of nonfood feedstocks to produce biofuels by engineering yeast to circumvent the toxicity associated with breaking down cellulolsic feestocks into fermentable sugars.

DOE awards $45.5M for projects to advance biotechnology research
Thursday, July 8, 2021 5:54 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy on June 30 awarded $45.5 million for research projects geared towards understanding and harnessing nature’s biological processes to produce clean biofuels and bioproducts.

Novozymes launches new yeast, fiber products
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 11:14 PM

Novozymes is launching two new yeast and fiber products that aim to boost ethanol plant efficiency, counteract production challenges, and allow facilities to further diversify their product offerings.

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