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NGCA approves resolution urging Trump to uphold RFS
Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:29 AM

The National Corn Growers Association has approved a resolution urging President Trump to uphold his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The NCGA also launched an RFS ad campaign and elected four new members to its Corn Board.

RFA: Reports set the record straight on ethanol’s GHG benefits
Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:26 AM

Two new academic studies released this week provide further evidence that grain-based ethanol is significantly reducing GHG emissions and call into question the reliability of recent “land use change” analyses based on flawed methodologies.

ACE: Mexican fuel marketers confident they can offer ethanol
Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:21 AM

ACE and IRFA recently hosted a tour in conjunction with the USGC to show nine decision-makers from key Mexican retail and supplier groups how ethanol blends have been successfully and profitably incorporated across Iowa.

US ethanol groups weigh in on Ontario’s E15 plan
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:53 AM

Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the U.S. Grains Council sent joint comments to Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks July 8 regarding its proposed plan and schedule for implementing E15.

Green Biologics to cease operations
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:50 AM

A former Little Falls, Minnesota, ethanol plant that was converted to biobased butanol and acetone production in 2016 it ceasing operations. Green Biologics Ltd. recently announced it has begun “an orderly closure of operations.”

Eco-Energy launches ethanol logistics service
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:49 AM

Eco-Energy, has launched an ethanol logistics service. This service will extend Eco’s logistics management capabilities to a broader mix of ethanol buyers and shippers. Eagle Transport is the preferred truck carrier for business.

CropEnergies: Ethanol production down, operating profit up in Q1
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:11 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies AG has released fiscal first quarter financial results, reporting ethanol production was down 19 percent during the three month period ending May 31. Revenue and operating profit, however, were up.

Casey’s, Kansas Corn announce expansion of E15 fuel
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:09 AM

Casey’s General Stores and the Kansas Corn Commission have announced the addition of E15 fuel at several Casey’s locations across Kansas, providing Kansas drivers with a lower-priced, cleaner fuel option.

ACE, IRFA host tours for Mexican fuel retailers
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:44 AM

Fuel retailers from Mexico visited Iowa this week to get a first-hand view of the U.S.’s ethanol industry. The group toured a farm where corn is grown, an ethanol plant, a fuel terminal, and several retail stations.

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet July 25
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:40 AM

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an opening meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held July 25 in Washington, D.C.

USGC: Indian producers investigate Philippines ethanol model
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:38 AM

The seventh annual Bioenergy Week of the Global Bioenergy Partnership allowed the USGC to highlight how the government and private industry in the Philippines cooperate to promote ethanol to a delegation of sugar-based ethanol producers from India.

USDA: July WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol
Friday, July 12, 2019 5:58 AM

The USDA has maintained its forecast that 5.5 billion bushels of corn will go to ethanol production during the 2019-’20 crop year in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released July 11.

EPA to hold hearing on 2020 RFS proposal July 31 in Michigan
Friday, July 12, 2019 5:50 AM

The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on its proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Attis Industries joins the Advanced Biofuels Association
Friday, July 12, 2019 5:48 AM

Attis Industries Inc. announced July 10 it has joined the Advanced Biofuels Association. The company owns a corn ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, and plans to produce second-generation biofuels in the future.

IRENA: Bioenergy employed 3.18 million people globally in 2018
Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:17 AM

IRENA recently released the sixth edition of it Renewable Energy and Jobs report, announcing the renewable energy sector employed at least 11 million people last year, directly and indirectly. Bioenergy employed approximately 3.18 million people.

Phibro launches new portfolio of yeast products for ethanol
Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:16 AM

Phibro Animal Health Corp.’s Ethanol Performance Group has again expanded its portfolio of customer solutions by unveiling new yeast products PhibroADY and FortiPhi to address the needs of a changing market.

USGC welcomes new member Eco-Energy
Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:13 AM

The U.S. Grains Council has welcomed Eco-Energy as a new member. Eco-Energy includes an expansive downstream distribution network, global trade flows, transportation platform and a disciplined marketing approach.

EIA lowers ethanol production forecast for 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6:36 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has slightly lowered its forecast for 2019 ethanol production but is maintaining its outlook for 2020 production, according to the July edition of the EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook.

Anellotech successfully demos biomass pretreatment technology
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6:33 AM

Anellotech’s MinFree technology, an innovative, patent pending biomass pretreatment process, has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton per day scale.

USDA: May ethanol, distillers grain exports up from 2018
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:39 AM

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data July 3, reporting that the U.S. exported nearly 99.61 million gallons of ethanol and approximately 1.02 million tons of distillers grains in May.

BIO: Batchelor named vice president
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:34 AM

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization announced July 2 that Stephanie Batchelor has been named BIO’s vice president for its industrial & environmental (I&E) section. Batchelor has worked for BIO in the I&E section since July 2008.

EPA proposes 2020 RVOs, 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel
Saturday, July 6, 2019 1:38 AM

The U.S. EPA has proposed to require 20.04 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply next year, up from 19.92 billion gallons in 2019, according to a rulemaking released by the agency July 5.

UNICA: Anhydrous ethanol production up in early June
Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:43 AM

The production of anhydrous ethanol was up at mills in the south-central region of Brazil during the first half of June. The production of hydrous ethanol, however, was down, according to UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association.

Researchers synthesize acetaminophen from lignin
Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:40 AM

With a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once.

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program
Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:03 AM

The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced June 28 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019.

CoBank: Ethanol margins to remain low in 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:02 AM

A new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division July 2 finds that operating margins for ethanol producers will likely remain weak for the remainder of 2019. The outlook for exports, however, is more optimistic.

Gasolinegate: Decades of flawed emission reports endanger public
Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:01 AM

The 263 million gasoline vehicles on American roadways are emitting significantly more harmful emissions than being reported, and the U.S. EPA is ignoring the dangers of toxic compounds in gasoline, according to a new report released this week.

Vertimass licenses technology to Alliance BioEnergy Plus
Thursday, July 4, 2019 6:00 AM

Vertimass completed its first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce renewable jet fuel along with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX).

LLNL: Turning the switch on biofuels
Thursday, July 4, 2019 5:59 AM

LLNL scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote IIL tolerance, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes.

OPINION: Better fuel, lower cost. Can that be right?
Thursday, July 4, 2019 2:01 AM

Following President Trump's announcement that the EPA has lifted regulatory barriers to year-round E15 sales, several pump and equipment supplies reached out to the American Coalition for Ethanol wondering what retailers need to do to offer the fuel.

OPINION: Retailers and E15 infrastructure
Thursday, July 4, 2019 1:54 AM

The EPA recently removed a key regulatory barrier to year-round E15 sales. The Renewable Fuels Association is ready to assist retailers, marketers, terminal operators and others who want to take a serious look at offering the fuel blend.

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:51 AM

Several U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Trade deal opens EU to more ethanol imports from South America
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:50 AM

A new trade agreement reached June between Mercosur, a South American trade bloc consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the European Union is expected to impact ethanol producers in both regions.

EIA to update data reporting for biofuels
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:46 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking a three-year extension with changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System. The proposed changes include those related to biofuels reporting. Comments are due July 24.

USGC bids fond farewell to Tom Sleight
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:44 AM

Tom Sleight, long-time USGC president and CEO, hands over the organization’s reins this week to Ryan LeGrand. His legacy includes a strong global team consciously built over decades to take on the challenges of a dynamic market development portfolio.

Sensor application company MoistTech joins RFA
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:41 AM

Florida-based MoistTech has recently joined the Renewable Fuels Association as an associate member. The company offers technical equipment that uses near-infrared technology to measure a wide range of product attributes.

USGC: Vietnam ethanol producer purchases equipment, US corn
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:38 AM

The sole ethanol producer in Vietnam is preparing to test U.S. corn as a feedstock with a hammer mill purchased during a mission to the United States in June. The mission is one part of the USGC's efforts to support the country's E5 mandate.

Enerkem honors memory of Vincent Chornet
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 6:35 AM

The management of Enerkem has announced Vincent Chornet, cofounder and executive chairman of the company, died at the age of 45 following a prolonged illness. Chornet is credited with making Enerkem a leader in biofuels and renewable chemicals.

EPA: More than 31.11 million cellulosic RINs generated in May
Saturday, June 29, 2019 4:45 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for May, reporting that nearly 1.57 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 31.11 million cellulosic RINs.

New corn ethanol plant in South Dakota begins operations
Friday, June 28, 2019 5:12 AM

After four years of construction and planning, Ringneck Energy & Feed’s ethanol plant in Onida, South Dakota has come online. The 80 MMgy plant passed its performance test in early June. Work is ongoing to optimize the facility's operations.

Senators urge EPA to block attempts to roll back use of SREs
Friday, June 28, 2019 5:02 AM

A group of nine republican senators representing U.S. oil-producing and refining states are urging U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to block attempts to roll back the agency’s’ use of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS.

Wehrum leaves EPA, Isdal becomes deputy assistant administrator
Friday, June 28, 2019 5:00 AM

U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum will leave his post at the agency at the end of June. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal will become acting assistant administrator for air and radiation.

Rooney introduces bill to repeal the RFS
Friday, June 28, 2019 4:59 AM

Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., introduced legislation June 21 that aims to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard. Rooney cited the impact of ethanol on boat engines and the U.S. EPA’s rule to allow year-round E15 sales as the reasons for his action.

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee
Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:50 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana.

RFA welcomes new member Mole•Master
Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:48 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Mole•Master Services Corp. recently joined the organization. Based in Marietta, Ohio, Mole•Master is a worldwide leader in industrial vessel cleaning services and equipment sales and rentals.

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