USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in March
Friday, May 25, 2018 3:57 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for May, reporting that corn use for fuel alcohol reached 473 million bushels in March, up 9 percent from February and up 3 percent from March 2017.

Senate democrats ask Trump to lower gas prices, protect the RFS
Friday, May 25, 2018 3:55 AM

On May 23, the democratic leadership of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to take action to lower gas prices ahead of Memorial Day weekend. One suggested action is to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Donnelly: Year-round sales of E15 would help lower gas prices
Friday, May 25, 2018 3:53 AM

On May 21, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to take steps to lower gas prices by allowing year-round sales of E15.

Biofuel industry criticizes Marathon’s RFS waiver request
Friday, May 25, 2018 3:52 AM

Representatives and supporters of the U.S. biofuels industry are criticizing Marathon Petroleum Corp. for seeking a small refiner hardship waiver for one of its refineries that would exempt that facility from meeting its RFS blending obligations.

Poet Coon Rapids announces Monarch fueling station project
Friday, May 25, 2018 3:50 AM

Poet Biorefining Coon Rapids recently announced it is moving forward with the establishment of a Monarch fueling station at its plant near Coon Rapids, Iowa.The monarch habitat will span half an acre and seeding is expected to take place soon.

Worthington High School tours Heron Lake Bioenergy
Friday, May 25, 2018 3:47 AM

Fifteen students from Worthington High School toured Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 1 to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Down to the Details
Friday, May 25, 2018 3:36 AM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: EcoEngineers’ Director of Engineering Jim Ramm details Kernel Fiber Now, a service that helps producers navigate their options with corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol technologies, RINs and more.

Business Briefs
Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:49 PM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Ace to install D3Max, new aquafeed fermentation process, American Ethanol partners with UTI and more.

Best in the Business
Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:32 AM

FROM THE JUNE ISSUE: This year, Ethanol Producer Magazine launched the Ethanol Producer Awards, naming winners based on open nominations in five categories.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies to provide Clean Sugar Technology
Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:26 AM

Fluid Quip Process Technologies will provide its Clean Sugar Technology to White Dog Labs for its first full-scale ProTyton production plant, currently under development.

UNICA reports record production of hydrous ethanol
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:36 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that mills in the south-central region of Brazil produced a record 1.3 billion liters (343.42 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol during the second half of April.

Pennsylvania offers funding for alternative fuels, vehicles
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:33 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced it is accepting applications for its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

UAI: EPA set to give oil another victory at ethanol’s expense
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:31 AM

A proposed rule to make ethanol blends above 15 percent illegal in anything other than flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) is a potential death blow to the ethanol industry according to the Urban Air Initiative.

South Dakota state fleet uses 2 million gallons of ethanol
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:28 AM

The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in its flex-fuel vehicles during the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.

Infors expands Midwest presence
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:27 AM

Infors USA, a maker of fermenters and incubated shakers, recently announced the expansion of its Midwest sales and engineering office in Madison, Wisconsin. The expansion will help Infors support its installed base in the U.S. biofuels industry.

EPA: 20.78 million cellulosic RINs generated in April
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:28 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for April, reporting that nearly 1.59 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 20.78 million cellulosic RINs.

Event highlights ethanol opportunities in Asia-Pacific region
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:27 AM

Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific.

Ricketts cuts ribbon on new flex fuel pumps
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:25 AM

On May 21, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts celebrated Renewable Fuels Month during a ribbon cutting event at Bosselman Travel Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. At the event, Ricketts pumped gas for motorist, highlighting new flex fuel pumps.

RFA: RenovaBio must accurately reflect imported ethanol pathways
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:23 AM

Brazil’s RenovaBio program will likely require a significant increase in biofuels consumption. Therefore, the program must accurately reflect the carbon intensity for all ethanol pathways, including imports, according to the RFA.

RFA holding second annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ contest
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:21 AM

Reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could again win you $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is re-launching the “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest.

House votes down 2018 Farm Bill
Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:08 AM

On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 198 to 213 to defeat the 2018 Farm Bill. One day prior to the vote, members of the House defeated a proposed amendment by a vote of 75 to 340 that would have repealed the Farm Bill’s Energy Title.

NCERC hosts ‘Fueling Fun’ workshop for local Girl Scouts
Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:06 AM

More than 50 Brownies, Juniors, and parents from the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois learned about the benefits of biofuels, fermentation and careers in STEM during the “Fueling Fun” biofuels workshop at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center.

US ethanol exports continue to rise
Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:04 AM

The U.S. has exported almost 1 billion gallons of ethanol seven months into the 2017/18 marketing year, up 15 percent compared to the last marketing year, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

USGC hosts nutritionist in South Korea to show value of US DDGS
Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:02 AM

The U.S. Grains Council hosted Jerry Shurson, swine nutritionist with the University of Minnesota, in South Korea last month. The meeting provided expert consultation on the economic and nutritional benefits of U.S. DDGS.

IRENA: Renewable energy industry employs 10.3 million
Friday, May 18, 2018 6:47 AM

The International Renewable Energy Agency has announced the renewables industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally last year, a 5.3 percent increase from 2016. Approximately 10.3 million are now employed by the renewable energy industry.

Court rules in DSM, Lallemand patent infringement case
Friday, May 18, 2018 6:46 AM

On May 16, Royal DSM announced it has received unanimous jury verdict in a federal court in Wisconsin concluding that glycerol-reducing yeast products sold by Lallemand infringe on DSM’s U.S. Patent 8,795,998.

ACE CEO delivers keynote at Indiana Ethanol Forum
Friday, May 18, 2018 6:44 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings is keynoting the 2018 Indiana Ethanol Forum May 17 in Indianapolis, Indiana, providing a state of the industry update to those in attendance and sharing what ACE is doing to expand market access.

Bunge files for IPO of Brazilian sugar milling business
Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:11 AM

On May 15, Bunge Ltd. announced it filed a registration request with the Brazilian Securities Commission for a potential initial public offering (IPO) of its sugar milling business in Brazil, which produces both sugar and ethanol.

Aemetis provides update of cellulosic ethanol project
Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:10 AM

Aemetis Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting increased revenue and providing an update on the development of its cellulosic ethanol plant that is under development in California.

US Water recognized with Minnesota Governor’s Safety Award
Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:07 AM

U.S. Water’s Cambridge, Minnesota, and Plymouth, Minnesota, facilities were recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2017 Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon in Minneapolis.

Grassley discusses E15 timing, Pruitt
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:31 AM

In a press conference May 15, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, discussed the timeline for year-round E15 sales and threatened to call on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign if he doesn’t carry out President Trump’s commitment to the RFS.

Gevo to focus on ethanol production, improvements at Luverne
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:30 AM

Gevo Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that the company currently sees ethanol as a pathway to profitability. The company’s near-term plans include making improvements its plant in Luverne, Minnesota.

The Andersons report improved ethanol margins
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:29 AM

The Andersons Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting improved ethanol margins and providing an update on the construction of Element LLC, a 70 MMgy ethanol plant under development by The Andersons and ICM Inc.

RFA: E85 usage by federal fleets doubles from 2010 to 2016
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:27 AM

A Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 and other flex fuels between 2010 and 2016.

EPA delivers proposed rule for 2019 RFS RVOs to OMB
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 5:44 AM

On May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment.

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Ethanol Rebounds From Two–Week Low as Corn, Gasoline Advance
Jun 7th, 2011

“It was outside markets,” said Michael Breitenbach, an analyst and trader at Blue Ocean Brokerage LLC in New York. “The planting issue continues to be a factor with corn. Ethanol is the nexus between the ‘ags’ and the energies. You’re seeing some uncertainty in both markets.” more

New System, New Start For All Things RIN
With all the changes to the renewable identification number (RIN) system, many have been scrambling to understand and comply.
David Steiner
April 15th, 2010

David Steiner of Blue Ocean Brokerage LLC points out that under RINs1, ethanol and biodiesel RINs were interchangeable. Obligated parties could purchase either type. Now, with four RINs types, cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels and renewable fuel, four distinct markets, each with its own pricing relationships, are created. “We’ll probably see less linkage between the different RINs markets,” he adds. For example, there was a big spread between biodiesel and ethanol RINS in early 2010. By mid–March biodiesel RINs had traded for 19 cents or even as high as 37 or 39 cents per gallon and ethanol RINs were only at 3.5 to 4 cents, Steiner says. That situation was created by the demand for biodiesel RINs since not as much biodiesel was blended in early 2010 as producers waited to hear whether the tax credit would be extended. Price differences won't stop with that example, he suggests. “Each market is going to function and have its own unique price as a result.” more

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