UNICA: Hydrous ethanol production sets new record
Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:21 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up more than 10 percent during the second half of August, with hydrous ethanol production setting a new record.

USGC discusses ethanol at petroleum conference in Singapore
Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:20 AM

U.S. Grains Council staff, consultants and members attending the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC) in Singapore in September found reason for enthusiasm for ethanol’s future in the region.

ePURE: Ethanol reduces emissions, increases food security
Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:18 AM

European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.81 billion liters of ethanol and 5.55 million metric tons of beneficial co-products in 2018, according to new audited data released Sept. 5 by the industry group.

Project to image microbial processes aids biofuel development
Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:15 AM

A researcher at UC Santa Barbara was recently awarded a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support a project that will image microbial processes that could lead to advanced biofuels developments.

Elevate and Collaborate
Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:12 AM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: The U.S. industry is working to expand ethanol's global use by hosting the Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C.

Validate and Calibrate
Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:00 AM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Deploying best practices that include a regular schedule for equipment monitoring, as well as staff with eyes on the details, improves accuracy.

Grassley discusses SRE reallocation proposal during media call
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:36 AM

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, indicated the biofuels industry represented a united front at recent White House meetings related to SREs but stressed he will not announce support for the resulting policy package until it is finalized on paper.

Walz signs executive order establishing biofuels council
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:35 AM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Sept. 16 establishing a Governor’s Council on Biofuels that will advise the governor and state agencies on the role of biofuels in reducing GHG emissions and recommend policies to foster growth.

Joana Hassan re-joins USGC as ethanol programs coordinator
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:34 AM

Joana Hassan re-joined the U.S. Grains Council on August 26 as the ethanol programs coordinator at the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Hassan worked in the same position from September 2017 to June 2018.

Gevo secures wind power for its Luverne plant
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:32 AM

Gevo Inc. announced Sept. 16 it secured the supply of 5 MW of fully renewable electricity for its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, from an affiliate of Juhl Energy. The electricity generated from wind will be wired directly to the plant.

Wondering What If
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 4:11 AM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Real-world fuels are needed as part of real-world testing to prove ethanol's worth in helping to boost octane and lower emissions.

Off The Grid
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:57 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: From reducing energy costs to lowering carbon intensity scores, the benefits are many for ethanol plants that cogenerate.

Trump administration expected to release SRE deal
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:39 AM

The Trump Administration is expected to update an existing proposed RFS rulemaking this week to increase proposed 2020 RVOs, a move designed to quell outrage from the ag and biofuel communities over the administration's treatment of SREs.

Siouxland Energy temporarily idles production
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:36 AM

Siouxland Energy Cooperative, a 90 MMgy ethanol plant in Sioux Center, Iowa, has temporarily idled operations, according to Jeff Altena, Siouxland director of operations and controller. Production will resume when economic conditions improve.

Comment period on Section 610 review of RFS closes Sept. 23
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:27 AM

Those who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act have approximately one week left to do so. A public comment period on the review closes Sept. 23.

In wake of Saudi Attacks, ethanol can provide energy security
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:25 AM

Drone attacks Sept. 14 in Saudi Arabia destroyed oil fields and caused a record spike in oil prices overnight, calling into question claims that increased U.S. oil production has made America energy independent. The RFA says ethanol can help.

Business Briefs
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:09 AM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Lee Enterprises Consulting welcomes four new staff members, and USGC names new director in Mexico.

Enhanced for Ethanol
Monday, September 16, 2019 11:54 PM

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: A one-step clean-in-place solution designed for ethanol plants decreases chemical usage while cleaning both inorganic and organic compounds.

Alcohol School: Yancey delivers D3Max project update
Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:01 AM

Minimizing feedstock cost is one rule for a successful cellulosic ethanol project, according to Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3Max. Yancey spoke Sept. 13 at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits’ Alcohol School in Montreal.

FAS: Columbian ethanol production expected to rise in 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019 11:59 PM

The USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service’s annual Colombia Biofuels Report for 2019 says domestic ethanol production in the country is expected to rise in 2019, while imports of U.S. ethanol are expected to rise at a slower rate.

WASDE: Corn production, corn use in ethanol forecast down
Friday, September 13, 2019 6:05 AM

The USDA lowered its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 25 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Sept. 12. The forecast for corn production was also lowered.

Colorado to evaluate feasibility of an LCFS program
Friday, September 13, 2019 6:01 AM

Colorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct a LCFS feasibility study.

NDCUC, NDEC partner with retailers on Unleaded88
Friday, September 13, 2019 5:59 AM

The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, in coordination with the North Dakota Ethanol Council, is implementing the North Dakota Unleaded88 Expansion Program. The program helps retailers install equipment needed to sell E15.

Grassley receivers Growth Energy’s 2019 ‘Fueling Growth’ award
Friday, September 13, 2019 5:56 AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was presented with Growth Energy’s 2019 “Fueling Growth” Award. Skor said. Grassley has been a steadfast advocate for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy throughout his time as a U.S. senator.

Canadian associations call for a national ‘Clean Fuel Strategy’
Friday, September 13, 2019 5:53 AM

Canada’s national clean fuels associations forecast greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 50 million metric tons (Mt) per year by 2030 through greater production and use of renewable energy in Canada.

Alcohol School: Innovations in ethanol
Friday, September 13, 2019 1:48 AM

Scott Kohl, chief technology officer for Franzenburg, discussed several innovations in ethanol production during Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits' Alcohol School on Sept. 12 in Montreal, including accelerated fermentation and GM yeast.

Alcohol School: The case for fractionation
Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:54 PM

Vijay Singh, professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told his Alcohol School audience Sept. 12 that he was going to “make the case for fractionation.”

EIA lowers 2020 ethanol production forecast
Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:28 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its forecast for 2019 ethanol production in its latest Short Term Energy Outlook, released Sept. 10. The forecast for 2020 ethanol production, however, was lowered slightly.

NCGA files court motion in support of E15
Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:26 AM

The National Corn Growers Association on Sept. 9 moved to intervene in an effort by big oil to challenge the EPA’s final RVP rule by filing a motion in support of the U.S. EPA and the final rule allowing for year-round sales of E15.

Alcohol School: Keys to process monitoring
Thursday, September 12, 2019 4:30 AM

Caleb Ogden, technical services manager for Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, discussed the importance of process monitoring during Lallemand's Alcohol School on Sept. 11. His presentation also addressed lab instrumentation and calibration.

Alcohol School: Tips to control contamination
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 11:33 PM

Francois van Zyl, director of technical services for Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, discussed the importance of identifying and treating contamination in yeast during Lallemand's Alcohol School on Sept. 11.

Alcohol School moves to the lab, addresses yeast modification
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:25 PM

Emily Stonehouse, research and development manager for Mascoma LLC, discussed yeast modification during Lallemand's Alcohol School in Montreal, Quebec.

Report: Argentina ethanol production, consumption flat in 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:46 AM

A report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Argentina’s production and consumption of fuel ethanol will remain stable this year at approximately 1.1 billion liters (290.59 million gallons).

ACE scholarship program announces 2019 winners
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:43 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol has named Courtney Geraets, Jennifer Johnson and Megan Wheeland as its 2019 scholarship recipients. Each of the three students will receive $1,000 to help further her collegiate education.

Gevo, Leaf Resources sign JDA
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:40 AM

Gevo Inc. and Leaf Resources have signed a joint development agreement to explore the potential use of cellulosic derived sugars and glycerol from Leaf and the ability to convert these to hydrocarbon molecules useful as fuels or chemicals.

Alcohol School speakers discuss yeast physiology, nutrition
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:01 AM

Speakers representing the Ethanol Technology Institute and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits discussed yeast behaviors, physiology and nutrition during the second day of Lallemand's Alcohol School in Montreal.

Alcohol School focuses on feedstock
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:30 PM

Representatives of the Sugarcane Technology Institute and the National Sorghum Producers discussed the the use of sugarcane and sorghum feedstocks in ethanol production at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits’ Alcohol School in Montreal.

Court denies NBB’s petition for review regarding 2018 RFS rule
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:42 AM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a judgement Sept. 6 denying three petitions for review filed regarding the U.S. EPA’s 2018 RFS rule, including one filed by the National Biodiesel Board.

USGC: Ethanol is fastest growing US agricultural export
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:40 AM

An analysis by the U.S. Grains Council showed that non-beverage ethanol has been the fastest growing U.S. agricultural export over the past five years. The U.S. exported more than 1.62 billion gallons of ethanol last year.

RFA: All drivers are winners in ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ contest
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:38 AM

More than 3,100 new users of registered and help report prices for higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85, as well as conventional fuels, during the RFA's third annual "Ethanol Days of Summer" contest, which concluded Labor Day.

USDA solicits REAP applications for fiscal year 2020 funding
Saturday, September 7, 2019 2:32 AM

The USDA announced Aug. 30 it is seeking applications for fiscal year 2020 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agriculture producers and rural small businesses make renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.

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