Tenuous Toxicity Concerns
Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:04 PM

FDA guidelines for acetaldehyde content in sanitizers may be questionable given the compound’s relative ubiquity. Independent consultants present a compelling challenge to the federal government's 'vague, unproven suspicion' of dermal toxicity.

Ethanol's Recovery Readout
Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:04 PM

A survey of ethanol plant CEOs and general managers shows the COVID-19 downturn had a significant impact on their operations. Most producers have substantially ramped up production since spring, but a full recovery is expected to take many months.

15 Years of the RFS: A Reason to Celebrate
Thursday, October 1, 2020 9:49 PM

While producers continue to respond to whatever crisis du jour comes their way, they cannot lose sight of how far the ethanol industry has come. Despite the COVID-19 downturn, 15 years of the Renewable Fuel Standard is truly something to celebrate.

EIA: Ethanol production down 3%, stocks fall by 2%
Thursday, October 1, 2020 8:02 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by approximately 3 percent the week ending Sept. 25 while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by nearly 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 30.

USDA: US corn ending stocks down 10% from September 2019
Thursday, October 1, 2020 8:01 AM

The USDA’s NASS released its latest quarterly Grain Stocks report on Sept. 30, reporting that old crop corn stocks on hand as of Sept. 1 were down 2 billion bushels, or 10 percent, when compared to the same period of 2019.

OPINION: How much will it cost to change to E15? Really?
Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:59 AM

The 121 applicants to the USDA's HBIIP are waiting to hear if they are going to get a portion of the program's $100 million in funding. Those who didn't apply, however, should know the cost of offer higher ethanol blends is likely affordable.

OPINION: Policy advances good news for retailers
Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:54 AM

Two recent legislative advances and a presidential announcement promise to help not only the ethanol industry, but retailers who want to provide more smart fuel choices for consumers at the pump, according to the RFA.

OPINION: E15 retail market grows 10% in 2020
Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:52 AM

Growing consumer demand for E15 has resulted in the number of retail locations offering the fuel, increasing more than 10 percent in 2020. This growth has occurred during one of the most challenging fuel markets in the past 30 years.

USGC brings US ethanol suppliers together with global buyers
Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:48 AM

To bring ethanol buyers from around the globe together with U.S. suppliers in a time when business continues but crossing borders poses challenges, the USGC, Growth Energy and the RFA co-sponsored the Virtual Ethanol Buyers Conference on Sept. 23.

IRENA: Liquid biofuels accounted for 2.5M jobs globally in 2019
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:47 AM

Jobs in the renewable energy sector reached 11.5 million globally in 2019, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sept. 29. Bioenergy accounted for 3.58 million jobs, up from 3.18 million in 2018.

Report: Australia’s biofuel consumption to remain minimal in 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:46 AM

The production and consumption of liquid biofuels in Australia is expected to remain minimal in 2020, according to a report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

Green Plains breaks ground on second high protein project
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:44 AM

Green Plains Inc. on Sept. 28 announced its wholly owned subsidiary Green Plains Wood River LLC has broken ground on the installation of a high protein production facility utilizing Fluid Quip Technologies’ patented MSC technology.

Aemetis begins production of alcohol sanitizer products
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:43 AM

Aemetis Inc. has begun contracted production of hand sanitizer under its branded Aemetis Health Products label for sales to government, businesses and academic customers, as well as directly to consumers via the Amazon Marketplace.

Foundation Analytical Laboratory: Science Built, Client Driven
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:20 AM

Focused on biofuels, Foundation Analytical Laboratory’s mission is to deliver exemplary customer service with scientific excellence. The Iowa-based company not only supports fleets and standalone ethanol plants, but biofuel input providers.

US ethanol production capacity reaches 17.38B gallons in 2019
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:52 AM

The U.S. added approximately 470 million gallons of annual ethanol production capacity last year, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 25. The total number of U.S. ethanol plants increased by one.

DOE solicits applications for Technology Commercialization Fund
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:49 AM

The Department of Energy on Sept. 23 issued its FY 2021 solicitation for the Technology Commercialization Fund, which aims to advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and deploy lab-developed technologies to the marketplace.

RFA: Study on COVID-19 impacts underscores need for emergency aid
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:47 AM

As Congress and the administration continue negotiations on another COVID-19 relief package, a new study by finds that ethanol producers will experience roughly $8 billion in losses this year due to the pandemic’s impact on world fuel markets.

USDA solicits applications for loan guarantee program
Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:16 AM

The USDA is soliciting applications for two different cycles of the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The first cycle closes Oct. 1, while the second is open through April 1, 2021.

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol at 424 bushels in July
Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:15 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for August, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production was at 424 million bushels in July, up from the previous month but down from July 2019.

Farmers: Canada’s CFS misses the mark on biofuels
Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:14 AM

Grain Farmers of Ontario has deep concerns about the current Clean Fuels Standard (CFS) proposed by the Canadian government, is opposed to the criteria for land use, and asks for transparency around carbon numbers and any certification processes.

Bustos introduces Next Generation Fuels Act
Friday, September 25, 2020 7:59 AM

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., on Sept. 24 introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, a bill that establishes a minimum octane standard for gasoline and requires sources of added octane value to reduce carbon emissions by at least 30 percent.

House passes bill that aims to increase SRE transparency
Friday, September 25, 2020 7:58 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 24 passed the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act, or H.R. 4447, by a vote of 229 to 187. The bill includes provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act.

FloMetrix flowmeters help ethanol plants increase efficiency
Friday, September 25, 2020 7:54 AM

Iowa-based FloMetrix recently installed its patented flowmeter technology at a U.S. ethanol plant, helping that plant operate more efficiently. The company is now making the technology available others in the ethanol industry.

USDA seeks applications for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program
Friday, September 25, 2020 7:49 AM

The USDA announced on Sept. 23 it is making $7 million available under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. The agency will accept applications from advanced biofuel producers during the month of October.

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks up 1%
Thursday, September 24, 2020 6:49 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by 2 percent the week ending Sept. 18 while weekly ethanol ending stocks increased by 1 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 23.

Groups call on Trump administration to live up to RFS commitments
Thursday, September 24, 2020 6:48 AM

While the EPA’s recent denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions was a positive step for the U.S. biofuels industry, representatives of the U.S. biofuel and ag industries are calling on the Trump administration to live up to its remaining biofuel promises.

RFA holds Virtual Heartland Tour
Thursday, September 24, 2020 6:47 AM

Congressional staff and other federal and state decisionmakers got an up-close virtual look at the U.S. ethanol industry in mid-September as part of the Renewable Fuels Association’s Virtual Heartland Tour.

EPA: 1.58 billion RINs generated in August
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:57 AM

The U.S. EPA has released data showing 1.58 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in August, down from 1.65 billion during the same period of 2019.

STB: RETAC meeting scheduled for Oct. 7
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:56 AM

The Surface Transportation Board has announced its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Oct. 7 via Zoom. The meeting is open to the public, but advanced registration is necessary.

USGC promotes DDGS to Central American livestock producers
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:54 AM

The USGC teamed up with a U.S. exporter for a recent webinar series for livestock producers in Central America that discussed the advantages of DDGS and addressed the logistical needs of small- and medium-sized livestock producers.

Report: Brazilian ethanol production expected to fall 16% in 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:35 AM

Brazil is expected to produce 31.35 billion liters (8.28 billion gallons) of ethanol this year, down 16 percent from 2019, according to a report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network.

EPA delivers final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to OMB
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:32 AM

The U.S. EPA delivered its final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 17. OMB review marks a final step before a rulemaking is released publicly.

Gevo: Sweden and Norway target increased use of SAF
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:30 AM

Swedish Government announced on Sept. 11 its intention to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel. Norway made a similar announcement earlier this year. Gevo Inc. has welcomed both announcements.

Biofuel accounts for record 5.8% of UK transportation fuel in Q1
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:25 AM

The U.K. consumed 645 million liters (170.39 million gallons) of transportation biofuels during the first quarter of 2020, up 53 percent when compared to the same period of 2019, according to data released by the U.K. government on Sept. 10.

UNICA: Domestic ethanol sales down, exports up
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:24 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing both ethanol production and domestic sales were down during the second half of August. Ethanol exports, however, were up when compared to last year.

Censky to leave USDA, resume post at American Soybean Association
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:23 AM

The USDA announced on Sept. 18 that Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky will step down on Nov. 8 to resume his post as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a position he previously held for 21 years.

RFA welcomes Orion Oil as newest associate member
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:22 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association welcomed Orion Oil as its newest Associate Member. Based in Miami, Florida, Orion Oil is a fuel distributor that also operates gas stations and convenience stores in South Florida.

ACE unveils awards video during virtual conference
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:20 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol honored a select group of advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry with an awards video during the 33rd annual ACE conference held virtually in conjunction with the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo.

Growth Energy rallies biofuel champions at DC summit
Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:19 AM

During a virtual event Sept. 14-17, over 150 participants heard from Growth Energy experts and guest speakers in preparation for meetings with legislators and congressional staff in 87 offices representing 15 states.





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