Safe Plants, Sound Plans
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:33 PM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the magazine, including features about safety, corn oil and emissions.

Injury Inventory
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:17 AM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Insurance claim data show certain incidents occur more often than others in the ethanol industry. Policies, culture and rapid emergency response can help prevent serious injuries.

USGC, USDA explore future of ethanol exports to India
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:04 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently participated in a USDA agricultural trade mission to India, led by new Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney.

Livestock producers from Ecuador visit Chippewa Valley Ethanol
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:00 AM

A delegation of livestock producers from Ecuador recently visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. plant in Benson to get a better understanding of dried distillers grains (DDGs) production.

GRFA: IEA World Outlook confirms need for biofuels
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:55 AM

Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently responded to the IEA's latest World Energy Outlook by highlighting the clear need for the increased blending of biofuels in transport fuels.

AURI names Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. ag innovator of 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:50 AM

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute has named The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. of Benson, Minnesota, its 2017 Ag Innovator of the Year. The award is the group's highest honor.

Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice?
Monday, November 20, 2017 9:31 PM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen releases the ethanol industry's naughty-and-nice list.

Extract or Enrich
Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:09 AM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Corn oil maximization seems an obvious goal, but some DDGS feed markets prefer a higher oil content for better energy value.

EPA approves Efficient Producer Pathway for LSCP
Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:51 AM

The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for Marcus, Iowa-based Little Sioux Corn Processors, allowing the facility to generate RINs under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

House letter to EPA demonstrates support for biofuels
Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:49 AM

Growth Energy applauds Reps. Donald M. Payne, Jr., D-N.J., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and 16 of their House colleagues for calling on U.S. EPA to increase the blending targets for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel in the final 2018 RVOs.

To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village
Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:44 AM

A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels.

Morris Area High School students visit CVEC
Saturday, November 18, 2017 1:42 AM

Thirty-five students from Morris Area High School toured the 50 MMgy Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company plant Nov. 6 to get a better understanding of homegrown renewable fuel production. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Brazil to Launch Ambitious Biofuels Program
Friday, November 17, 2017 10:29 PM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: RenovaBio will help Brazil meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent of 2005 levels by 2030.

UNICA: Ethanol sales, production increase in late October
Friday, November 17, 2017 8:23 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol continued to increase during the final half of October, reaching a near record high of 839.63 million liters domestically.

ACE runs ad on Capitol Hill as RFS deadline approaches
Friday, November 17, 2017 8:12 AM

The Nov. 16 edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call features a full-page advertisement placed by the American Coalition for Ethanol encouraging President Trump to tell the U.S. EPA to stand with rural America and protect the RFS.

Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
Friday, November 17, 2017 8:02 AM

A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from biomass.

Pollutant Powerplay
Friday, November 17, 2017 4:57 AM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Ener-Core’s power oxidation system draws energy from volatile organic compounds to produce heat and power, offsetting natural gas use.

Is E25 legal in the Mini Cooper?
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:28 PM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Trouble with regulations often results from how regulating agencies interpret the language in the laws.

USDA: Corn use for ethanol up year-over-year in September
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:12 AM

The USDA has released the November edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn consumed for fuel alcohol reached 448 million bushels in September, down 7 percent from August, but up 3 percent from September 2016.

RFA refutes PMAA’s claims in letter to Senate EPW chairman
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:10 AM

The RFA says the PMAA's claims that underground storage tanks at fueling stations cannot legally store E15 are “grossly overstated” and the group’s conclusion that RFS volumes should be reduced is “completely unfounded."

USGC: China reallows exemption from value added tax for US DDGS
Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:08 AM

An announcement was posted last week on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website that the country would again allow U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11 percent value added tax (VAT).

A New Reality
Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:38 AM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Off-take agreements lose their financial appeal under a new provision taking effect at the end of next year.

Business Briefs
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:23 PM

FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Lallemand acquires bacteria developer, Henderson re-elected as RFA board chairman, Bioenergy Australia appoints new CEO, and more.

RFA, Growth Energy, USGC urge suspension of Brazil’s GSP status
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:17 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and U.S. Grains Council are asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to suspend Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences.

RFA: Automakers approve E15 in nearly 90% of new 2018 vehicles
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:15 AM

Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15, according to the results of an annual analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association.

LBDS publishes sixth edition of its Alcohol Textbook
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:13 AM

Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has published the 6th edition of its Alcohol Textbook, which has become the industry standard and reference guide in the industry. The new edition spans 602 pages and can be ordered on the LBDS website.

Aemetis provides update of cellulosic ethanol initiatives
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:55 AM

Aemetis Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting revenues for its ethanol business grew 6.2 percent when compared to the same quarter of last year. Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee also noted ethanol production increased 4 percent.

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:52 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts made in its October STEO.

ACE: Video series on E15 and flex fuel retailers debuts
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:50 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol announced the first two in a series of fuel marketer-focused videos on the website Nov. 13, part of a campaign to feature real world E15 and flex fuel retailer success stories.

RFA: Record corn yield underscores RFS success
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:49 AM

The November World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report raised the average corn yield estimate by 3.6 bushels per acre and would best the previous record of 174.6 bushels per acre set in 2016.

Lawmakers ask FTC to investigate manipulation of RIN markets
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:29 AM

A bipartisan group of six members of Congress wrote to the Federal Trade Commission on Nov. 7 asking the agency to investigate possible market manipulation in the renewable identification number (RIN) market.

Growth Energy honors veterans
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:26 AM

In recognition of Veterans Day this Saturday, Nov. 11, Growth Energy extends our deepest gratitude to the men and women who serve our nation in the United States Armed Forces.

RFA: Ethanol industry a natural fit for veterans
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:25 AM

Thousands of veterans have continued to make our nation stronger and more secure by choosing careers in the ethanol industry after leaving military service. In fact, nearly one in five workers in the U.S. ethanol industry is a veteran.

USGC: Chinese corn, sorghum, DDGS team travels to the US
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:22 AM

A team of Chinese buyers of corn, sorghum and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) traveled to the United States last month to investigate crop production and quality as well as gain a better understanding of U.S. feed grains and co-products.

IRFA: Iowans can save more than $1 per gallon with E85
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:20 AM

In recent weeks, Iowa drivers have had access to exceptionally low E85 prices, in several cases more than $1 cheaper than regular E10. These tremendous savings stem from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Sweetwater Energy brings lignin-based activated carbon to market
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:18 AM

Sweetwater Energy’s biomass conversion technology has produced native lignin that can be easily carbonized and activated to make high-end powdered activated carbons for the municipal potable water and home water filters markets.

Advanced biofuel companies thank Trump for commitment to RFS
Friday, November 10, 2017 6:05 AM

A group of 19 advanced biofuel companies sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 8 thanking him for his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and outlining the need to set strong advanced and cellulosic targets in the 2018 RFS rule.

US, Israel partner to develop cellulosic ethanol technology
Friday, November 10, 2017 6:03 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority on five energy projects, including one that aims to develop cellulosic ethanol technology.

Research makes plant waste a viable option in ethanol production
Friday, November 10, 2017 6:00 AM

University of California-Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant second-generation plant wastes competitive with first-generation ethanol made from sugars.

IRFA: E15 now available at 142 stations across Iowa
Friday, November 10, 2017 5:58 AM

In recent weeks E15 has arrived in several northern and eastern Iowa communities. Casey’s General Store, Kwik Star, and several other retailers have added E15 to their locations, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol during Q3
Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:27 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting the company achieved a record total gallons sold of 250 million and a record production gallons sold of 141.8 million.

The Andersons Ethanol Group impacted by decreased margins
Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:24 AM

The Andersons Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that its Ethanol Group was challenged by decreasing margins. The group generated pretax income of $6.1 million, down from $9.5 million during the same period of last year.

RFA: Consumers win with ethanol
Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:21 AM

According to crowd-sourced data from the Renewable Fuels Association’s, the national price spread between regular unleaded and E85 has never been greater in the 17 years of tracking on the website.

On Fly Green Day, 8 airlines fly with Gevo’s jet fuel from O’Hare
Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:16 AM

Gevo Inc. recently announced that its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol is being used Nov. 8 by eight commercial airlines for Fly Green Day, sponsored by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

VTT to develop enzymes found in wildfire-prone areas
Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:15 AM

Microorganisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India may be useful biochemical production because they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

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.” 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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