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EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in July
Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:05 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting more than 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.36 million cellulosic RINs.

New study shows RFS offers substantial benefits to the US economy
Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:04 AM

Economists at Iowa State University have completed a new economic modeling study that will be published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The study finds that the Renewable Fuel Standard has substantially benefited the U.S. economy.

A Major Moment for Ethanol in Europe
Saturday, August 19, 2017 2:40 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Emmanuel Desplechin, secretary general of the European Renewable Ethanol Association, talks about current European policy and what it means for ethanol.

COPRODUCTS: Variety in Value
Friday, August 18, 2017 11:08 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Value-added components can be separated from the ethanol-production process at multiple stages. Technology developers continue to improve on their systems to expand markets and increase their customers’ revenues.

STB seeks nominations for biofuel candidate to fill RETAC vacancy
Friday, August 18, 2017 5:40 AM

The Surface Transportation Board is seeking candidates to fill two vacancies on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, including one representing the biofuels industry. Suggestions for candidates are due Aug. 30.

USGC: Exports of US feed grains in all forms setting records
Friday, August 18, 2017 5:37 AM

Exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms (GIAF) are up 20 percent year-over-year from September-June to 96.9 million metric tons, according to data from the USDA and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council.

More is Less
Friday, August 18, 2017 2:32 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, writes a column this month about myths surrounding the ethanol industry.

ACE conference addresses barriers to blending more ethanol
Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:33 PM

Fuel consumers and retailers are looking for more options and higher octanes, according to the three speakers on the Aug. 17 general session panel of the American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference in Omaha.

Computerized Management System Simplifies Repairs
Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:06 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: For most ethanol plants, a CMMS could be an easy, cost-effective solution to maintaining equipment, ensuring regulation compliance and repairing broken machinery.

Tharaldson Ethanol wins USDA REAP funding to support expansion
Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:03 AM

The Tharaldson Ethanol LLC plant in Casselton, North Dakota, is being awarded $341,000 in federal funding under USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program to support the addition of a new fermenter and cooling tower cell.

Project turns state roadways into a renewable energy source
Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:00 AM

The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW).

Business Briefs
Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:27 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Glacial Lakes Energy celebrates 15 years, Exxon Mobil and the University of Wisconsin-Madison extend a research agreement, Alliance Bio-Products moves forward in buying the former IneosBio plant, and more.

Nebraska governor delivers keynote at ACE Annual Conference
Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:22 AM

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts delivered the keynote address to the American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference Aug.16 in Omaha. He praised the industry on its work, encouraged strong policy support and discussed the importance of ethanol.

ACE’s annual conference opens with export discussion
Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:04 AM

The U.S. Grains Council Advisory Team for Ethanol hopes to increase the volume of exported ethanol to 2.3 billion gallons by 2026, which is double export projections for this year. Last year, exports exceeded 1 billion gallons.

Poet breaks ground on 80 MMgy expansion at Ohio plant
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:48 AM

Poet Biorefining – Marion broke ground Aug. 15 to expand its production capacity from 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons per year. With the groundbreaking, site work has officially begun, with project completion slated for Q3 of 2018.

Novozymes reports sales growth for bioenergy division
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:47 AM

Novozymes has released second quarter financial results, reporting increased sales for its bioenergy division. The company also briefly discussed its new initiative to supply yeast for ethanol production.

ACE elects board of directors at annual conference
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:42 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol announced the re-election of several board members and the election of one new representative to the organization’s board of directors during its annual meeting prior to ACE’s 30th annual conference in Omaha.

Greenfield Global considers expanding capacity in Quebec
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:37 AM

Greenfield Global Inc., Canada's largest ethanol producer, recently announced that it has commenced a feasibility study to significantly expand operations for sustainable biofuel production at its biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec.

Brazilian corn ethanol plant begins production
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:35 AM

A grand opening was recently held for FS Bioenergia, a $115 million corn-only ethanol production facility in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The project collaboration between Brazil-based Fiagril and U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group.

Seeking Progress? Ditch Comfort Zones
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:04 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Donna Funk, principal at K-Coe Isom, outlines areas businesses often overlook when looking to improve efficiency.

UK releases 2016 ethanol data, REA calls for enforcement of E10
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:13 AM

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released updated energy data, reporting that that ethanol accounted for 4.4 percent of gasoline and biodiesel accounted for 2.4 percent of diesel in 2016.

Farm Camp Minnesota tours Guardian Energy
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:09 AM

Thirty-one children from Farm Camp Minnesota recently visited Guardian Energy to get a closer look at homegrown renewable energy production. The visit to Guardian Energy was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Aemetis discusses cellulosic ethanol plans during investor call
Saturday, August 12, 2017 3:04 AM

Aemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, providing an update on its efforts to acquire Edeniq and discussing plans to construct a 10 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant near its existing corn ethanol facility in Keyes, California.

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association welcomes 2 new vendor members
Saturday, August 12, 2017 3:02 AM

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association recently welcomed Hth Companies Inc. and Pinnacle Engineering as new vendor members.

Greenbelt installs food waste bioethanol system in Indonesia
Saturday, August 12, 2017 2:53 AM

Greenbelt Resources Corp. recently launched the first installation of its ECOsystem technology in Indonesia. The system recycles food waste and converts it into bioproducts including bioethanol, protein, fertilizer or drinking water.

USDA reduces corn production forecast in August WASDE
Friday, August 11, 2017 5:44 AM

The USDA has released the August edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, predicting corn production will reach 14.2 billion bushels, down 102 million bushels from the July projection.

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill
Friday, August 11, 2017 5:41 AM

In late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated.

ACE congratulates member plants on 15-year anniversaries
Friday, August 11, 2017 5:38 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol congratulates member plants reaching anniversary milestones this summer, including Poet Biorefining - Big Stone in Milbank, South Dakota, and Glacial Lakes Energy LLC in Watertown, South Dakota.

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:23 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintains its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts in its August Short-Term Energy Outlook. Ethanol production is expected average 1.02 million barrels per day in 2017, falling slightly in 2018.

Aemetis produces cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste
Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:18 AM

Aemetis Inc. has announced it is producing cellulosic ethanol from orchard waste, utilizing technologies from Aemetis, LLanzaTech and InEnTec at a demonstration facility located at InEnTec’s Technology Center in Richland, Washington.

USGC recognizes Floss for 20 years of service
Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:13 AM

The U.S. Grains Council has recognized Craig Floss for 20 years of service. He currently helps build demand for U.S. ethanol exports around the world.

USDA: June corn use for ethanol production up over last year
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:16 AM

The USDA recently released the August edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing fuel ethanol production in June was up when compared to the same month of last year.

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:14 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California.

NDSU: Ethanol contributes $623.4 million to ND economy annually
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:12 AM

North Dakota’s ethanol industry contributes $623.4 million to the economy annually, according to a report from the North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.

EU ethanol production expected to grow
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:07 AM

A report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network expects bioethanol production in the European Union to increase in 2017 and 2018, despite a decline in bioethanol consumption since 2011.

Keller elected USGC chairman, first woman to hold the office
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:03 AM

Deb Keller, a farmer from Clarion, Iowa, was elected as U.S. Grains Council chairman at the organization’s 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington. She is the first female selected for the role in the organization's history.

The Andersons reports a profitable quarter for ethanol business
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:02 AM

The Andersons Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting its ethanol group earned $4.7 million of pretax income attributable to the company despite weaker year-over-year margins.

UNICA releases ethanol production data for first half of July
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:00 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region processed 47.83 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of July.

Market Commentaries
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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.” ...read 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.” ...read more

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