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USDA: November ethanol exports at 107 million gallons
Saturday, January 18, 2020 7:56 AM

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released November export data on Jan. 7, reporting the U.S exported approximately 107.28 million gallons of ethanol and 911,569 tons of distillers grains during the month.

Mexico court rules against E10 implementation, not E10 product
Saturday, January 18, 2020 7:54 AM

The Mexico Supreme Court has ruled against a regulation allowing for higher ethanol content in gasoline, based on the way in which the Energy Regulatory Commission implemented the change in 2017. The ruleing was not against E10 itself.

Business Briefs
Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:50 AM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Minnesota retailer recognized, USGC promotes manager of global ethanol programs, Gevo welcomes new CFO, Adhikari joins Lee Enterprises, and Iowa drivers help fund breast cancer research.

Caustic CIP Optimization
Friday, January 17, 2020 11:27 PM

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: CIP brings unique challenges to ethanol, but they can be overcome.

USDA seeks input on new biofuel infrastructure incentive program
Friday, January 17, 2020 5:35 AM

The USDA on Jan. 16 launched a request for information (RFI) seeking public input to aid in the creation of its new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which aims to expand the availability of ethanol and biodiesel.

Senate passes USMCA
Friday, January 17, 2020 5:33 AM

The U.S. Senate passed legislation implementing the revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Jan. 16 by a vote of 89 to 10. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump for his signature.

EPA: 21 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019
Friday, January 17, 2020 5:24 AM

The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Jan. 16, reporting that five new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 16 petitions that had been filed as of Dec. 19.

Gov. Reynolds highlights recent wins in IRFA address
Friday, January 17, 2020 5:23 AM

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds highlighted recent positive developments for the biofuels industry during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s 2020 summit. She also spoke about her plan to increase funding for the state's biofuel infrastrcuture program.

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules against E10 regulation
Friday, January 17, 2020 5:20 AM

Mexico’s Supreme Court announced on Jan. 15 that it has determined the Energy Regulatory Commission’s unilateral move to modify the country’s fuel standard to allow 10 percent ethanol blends is unconstitutional.

Censky discusses infrastructure grant program at IRFA Summit
Friday, January 17, 2020 4:26 AM

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky told attendees of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit that “there are some really positive things that are happening that are going to be great for the biofuels sector.”

Shaw opens 2020 IRFA Summit with optimism
Friday, January 17, 2020 2:18 AM

Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off the 2020 IRFA Summit in Altoona, Iowa, by acknowledging the difficulties 2019 brought to the biofuels industry, but also expressing optimism for recent policy changes.

Trump signs phase one trade agreement with China
Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:27 AM

President Trump signed a phase one trade agreement with China on Jan. 15. The agreement will take effect within 30 days and includes a commitment by China to purchase agricultural products over the next two years, including ethanol and DDGS.

EIA predicts ethanol production will remain flat through 2021
Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:25 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its December forecast that U.S. ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day in 2020 in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, published on Jan. 14.

ePURE to EU: Don’t abandon existing biofuels
Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:19 AM

As the EU reframes important environment and energy legislation under the European Green Deal, it should not abandon clean, proven and cost-effective solutions such as sustainable renewable fuels and LPG.

Gevo secures biogas supply
Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:17 AM

Gevo Inc. has contracted with three dairies to provide manure that the company will convert into renewable natural gas (RNG). Combined, these three dairies expect to generate approximately 350,000 MMBTU biogas each year.

Aemetis acquires partially complete ethanol plant in Kansas
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 5:18 AM

Aemetis has purchased a partially complete ethanol plant in Kansas. While the company previously said it would convert the facility to cellulosic production, Aemetis Chairman and CEO Eric McAfee said there are currently no plans to build at the site.

RenovaBio takes off
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 5:10 AM

RenovaBio, Brazil’s new national biofuels policy, became official on Dec. 24. The program details a model for carbon emission reduction that improves the role of biofuels in Brazil’s energy matrix, according to EcoEngineers.

DOE to provide $75 million for bioenergy crops research
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 5:02 AM

On Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient to changing environmental conditions.

USGC: Workshops educate Mexican gas station owners on ethanol
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:59 AM

As 2019 drew to a close, so did the second successful year of a workshop series the U.S. Grains Council has conducted with the Mexican Retailer Service Station Association to promote increased use of ethanol.

GAO to investigate EPA’s small refinery exemption program
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:36 AM

The Government Accountability Office issued a letter to a dozen members of Congress on Jan. 10 announcing it will review matters relating to the approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Inslee urges Washington legislature to adopt Clean Fuel Standard
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:34 AM

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle on Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program.

ACE appoints Fosheim as director of member and industry relations
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:32 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol has appointed Nick Fosheim, former executive director of South Dakota’s Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, to serve as director of member and industry relations.

RFA 2020 safety webinar series kicks off
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:30 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER, is hosting a free ethanol safety “Train the Trainer” webinar on Jan.14, for ethanol emergency response teams. This will be the first of four such webinars in 2020.

January WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol
Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:27 AM

The USDA maintained its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Jan. 10. The forecast for corn production increased slightly.

UK funds 4 advanced biofuel projects
Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:25 AM

The U.K. Department for Transport recently announced funding to support four advanced biofuel projects, including those that aim to produce low carbon aviation fuel, fuel for heavy goods vehicles, and cellulosic ethanol.

Nebraska Corn Board, Casey’s partner on higher ethanol blends
Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:23 AM

The Nebraska Corn Coard has provided grant funds through its blender pump incentive infrastructure program to help Casey's General Stores upgrade existing fuel pumps at 12 locations to offer Unleaded88, a 15 percent ethanol blend.

USDA recruits participants for trade mission to North Africa
Friday, January 10, 2020 5:20 AM

The USDA is recruiting interested U.S. exporters for its first 2020 trade mission, which will take place in Casablanca, Morocco, on March 16-19. The mission will focus on boosting U.S. agricultural exports to all of North Africa.

Harvestone welcomes Corn LP to its platform
Friday, January 10, 2020 5:05 AM

Harvestone Group recently announced another ethanol production facility has transitioned to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Corn LP, a 75 MMgy ethanol plant in Goldfield, Iowa, transitioned onto the Harvestone platform on Jan. 1.

Green Plains sells interest in JGP Energy Partners
Friday, January 10, 2020 5:02 AM

Green Plains Inc. has sold its interest in JGP Energy Partners LLC, an import and export fuel terminal in Beaumont, Texas. Green Plains held a 50 percent interest in the joint venture, and sold its share for $29 million, plus working capital.

EPA sets 2020 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.80
Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:36 AM

The U.S. EPA posted a notice to its website Jan. 8 announcing the Renewable Fuel Standard cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2020 is $1.80. The price is slightly higher than the 2019 CWC price, which was set at $1.77 in December 2018.

Iran crisis drives oil price increase, ethanol delivers relief
Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:34 AM

Tensions in the Middle East have inflamed global oil markets, sending Brent crude oil futures over $70 per barrel and pushing U.S. gasoline futures to a nine-month high. Ethanol, however, can help mitigate price increases at the pump.

EPA approves SIRE’s D6 RIN pathway
Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:31 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has received approval for a pathway for D6 renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated from non-grandfathered ethanol. The U.S. EPA approved SIRE’s pathway in late November last year.

OPINION: Fostering innovation with biofuels
Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:28 AM

Growth Energy has parntered with National FFA and the National Association of Agricultural Educators to develop and implement a first-of-its-kind, free biofuels curriculum designed to introduce high school students to the world of biofuels.

Suncor challenges EPA ruling to deny its SREs applications
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:43 AM

Oil refiner Suncor Energy U.S.A. Inc. has filed a petition for review with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA’s decision to rule its refinery complex located in Commerce City, Colorado, is ineligible to receive SREs under the RFS.

Clariant licenses sunliquid cellulosic technology in China
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:42 AM

Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering on Jan. 7 signed a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic cellulosic ethanol technology. The technology will be used to convert agricutlure residues to ethanol at a facility in China.

Report shows how a Midwest clean fuels policy should be designed
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:36 AM

A new report details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. It recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that will benefit producers, consumers, agricutlure and others.

Valero, AFPM ask SCOTUS to consider RFS point of obligation issue
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:32 AM

Valero Energy Corp. and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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