EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in February
Friday, March 23, 2018 5:36 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month, including approximately 20.36 million cellulosic RINs.

Ernst urges ACE DC fly-in attendees to stay vigilant
Friday, March 23, 2018 5:34 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol and its grassroots members were joined by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on day two of its 10th annual fly-in. Ernst reiterated her commitment to defending the RFS and being a champion for biofuels.

Aemetis reaches permitting milestone for cellulosic plant
Friday, March 23, 2018 5:32 AM

Aemetis, Inc. has achieved a major milestone by completing the key federal and state agency permitting and environmental approvals for construction of the cellulosic ethanol plant in Riverbank, California.

RFA, Transcaer to host ethanol safety webinar in April
Friday, March 23, 2018 5:31 AM

Beginning in early April, the Renewable Fuels Association and Transcaer will be teaming up for the first of three ethanol safety webinars for ethanol emergency response teams. The webinars are scheduled for April 4, May 23, or July 25.

Toyota reveals world-first flexible fuel hybrid prototype
Friday, March 23, 2018 5:29 AM

A prototype of the world's first hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (hybrid FFV), debuted in an event Toyota recently held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Stakeholders including the state government, universities and UNICA.

New Expectations
Friday, March 23, 2018 4:28 AM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: With the release of Innova Drive, well-known enzyme developer Novozymes has entered the yeast market for corn ethanol production.

Spring Swing
Thursday, March 22, 2018 9:40 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the features this month. Among other topics, our stories profile a new yeast on the market, explore asset management techniques and discuss cleaning services.

Comment period opens on proposed PES RIN settlement
Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:07 AM

On March 16, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a 10-day public comment period on a proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions over its Renewable Fuel Standard compliance obligations.

ACE DC fly-in underscores RFS importance to rural America
Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:05 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol and 70 of its grassroots members are in Washington, D.C., as part of the organization’s 10th annual fly-in March 21-22. The two-day event includes more than 120 scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill.

Enerkem produces a new high-octane biofuel
Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:59 AM

Enerkem Inc. recently announced that it has produced a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint. The fuel has a research octane number (RON) of up to 112.

The Integrity Initiative
Thursday, March 22, 2018 4:24 AM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Predictive maintenance, active management and proper use of inspection results keep a plant on track.

Ethanol Education Begins in the Classroom
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:39 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen writes about the organization's Ethanol in the Classroom program.

Ethanol industry recognizes farmers on National Agriculture Day
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:18 AM

The U.S. celebrated National Agriculture Day March 20. President Donald Trump, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and representatives of the ethanol industry all spoke out to express appreciation for American agriculture and American farmers.

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:17 AM

The USDA is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Energy for America Program funding. The program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

RFA congratulates Show Me Ethanol on 10 years of success
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6:15 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated member company Show Me Ethanol on its 10th anniversary in operation. The dry mill ethanol facility in Carrollton, Missouri, broke ground in March 2007 and began commercial production in May 2008.

Biting the Bullet on Major Replacements
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:34 AM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Ten-year inspections, and sometimes outright failures, focus attention on needed capital investments in long-term assets.

Thoughts on Brazil’s Temporary Tariff-Rate Quota for Ethanol
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 9:37 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Leticia Phillips of UNICA offers details on the rationale behind Brazil's limit on ethanol imports.

Senators ask Trump to dismiss RFS waiver cap, request meeting
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:44 AM

On March 15, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump opposing proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

2018 International FEW releases technical sessions agenda
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:49 AM

The 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event will be held June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska.

RFA, Paul Jr. Designs develop custom ethanol-powered motorcycle
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:47 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has joined forces with Paul Jr. Designs to conceive of and fabricate a signature motorcycle that thrusts American-made fuel ethanol into the spotlight. The bike will be featured on the new series of American Chopper.

Cleanliness is Quality
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 4:28 AM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Ignoring proper bin maintenance, such as cleaning and full material removal, reduces storage capacity and product quality.

Regulatory Fixes Will Open the Market to Ethanol Quickly
Monday, March 19, 2018 9:36 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Adam Gustafson, attorney with Boyden Gray and Associates, explains how EPA could easily remedy issues with RINs.

UNICA: Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol up in February
Saturday, March 17, 2018 3:16 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced domestic sales of hydrous ethanol remained high in February, up nearly 38 percent when compared to the volume sold during the same period of last year.

Better solvents improve production of biofuels, bioproducts
Saturday, March 17, 2018 3:15 AM

Researchers have found a new way to measure and analyze how a solvent alters the stability of two different points of a chemical reaction, the initial state and the transition state. The findings could help improve biofuel production.

Business Briefs
Friday, March 16, 2018 9:32 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Ron Alverson honored with award from RFA; Sylvatex, Valicor enter development agreement; ACE elects 2018 executive committee, and more.

Governors ask Trump to reject proposals that would weaken the RFS
Friday, March 16, 2018 5:08 AM

On March 15, a group of five Midwestern governors send a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reject proposals designed to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically those recently proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

IRFA: Murphy USA locations plan E15 discount promotions
Friday, March 16, 2018 5:07 AM

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has announced Murphy USA plans to hold E15 discount promotions at five of its locations in Iowa during March, including two promotions March 16 at its locations in Clinton and Indianola.

University of Minnesota grad students tour Guardian Energy
Friday, March 16, 2018 5:04 AM

A group of graduate students from the University of Minnesota toured Guardian Energy in Janesville March 8 to get a deeper understanding of ethanol production. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Biofuel groups advocate for tax credit extensions at hearing
Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:49 AM

On March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on post tax reform evaluation of recently expired tax provisions. Several representatives of the biofuels industry offered testimony at the event.

Aemetis validates yields at cellulosic demonstration plant
Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:48 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes Inc., has received third-party validation from Leidos Engineering of ethanol and protein yields produced its integrated demonstration unit.

Export Exchange 2018 scheduled for Oct. 22-24 in Minneapolis
Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:46 AM

Export Exchange 2018 has been set for Oct. 22 to 24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event will focus on timely topics related to exports of U.S. corn, sorghum, barley, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and related products.

EPA proposes to settle RFS obligation with PES
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:22 AM

The U.S. EPA has proposed to settle with Philadelphia Energy Solutions over its Renewable Fuel Standard compliance obligations, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on March 12.

Syngenta corn class action lawsuit settles for $1.51 Billion
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:19 AM

A $1.51 billion settlement has been reached in the nationwide class action lawsuit filed in Kansas federal court over Syngenta's genetically modified corn seed. Ethanol plants are among those covered by the settlement.

NREL, NRCan partner on alternative fueling station locator tool
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:17 AM

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has teamed up with Natural Resources Canada to create the Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator, a Canadian version of the lab-developed Alternative Fueling Station Locator.

Nominations open for 2018 Ethanol Producer Awards
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:31 AM

Ethanol Producer Magazine, in conjunction with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, has opened nominations for the 2018 Ethanol Producer Awards, including five new award categories. Nominations are due March 30.

Aemetis begins procurement for cellulosic ethanol plant
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:25 AM

Aemetis Inc. has announced that its engineering firm, ATSI, has completed front end loading (FEL) engineering for its 12 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Riverbank, California. Aemetis will now begin procurement activities for the facility.

USGC welcomes IRFA as new member
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:21 AM

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to welcome the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association as a new member. The IRFA brings together Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers to foster the development and growth of the state’s renewable fuels industry.

EIA increases 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts
Saturday, March 10, 2018 2:46 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its ethanol production forecasts for 2018 and 2019. Ethanol consumption is also expected to grow through 2019.

Iowa adds 12 new E15 stations so far in 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018 2:44 AM

Since the end of 2017 Iowa has added a dozen new E15 stations. Drivers can now buy the fuel at 158 fueling stations statewide. Casey’s General Store added the most new stations, including locations in Sioux Center, Akron, Cedar Rapids, and Lone Tree.

NCGA: Consider Corn Challenge winners named
Saturday, March 10, 2018 2:40 AM

Lygos, Annikki, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Vertimass, Sasya and South Dakotas State University were recently named as winners of the National Corn Grower Association's inaugural Consider Corn Challenge.

Bill aims to dismantle RFS, limit biofuel blending
Friday, March 9, 2018 6:50 AM

On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels.

WASDE forecasts increased corn use for ethanol
Friday, March 9, 2018 6:48 AM

The USDA has released the March edition of its world Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, predicting increased corn exports and increased corn use for ethanol production in 2017-‘18.

Pacific Ethanol to sell CO2 from its Stockton plant
Friday, March 9, 2018 6:47 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced an agreement with Airgas USA LLC, an Air Liquide company, to sell CO2 from its Stockton, California, plant. Airgas plans to construct a liquid CO2 production plant adjacent to the Stockton facility.

Biofuel plant managers ask Trump to protect RFS from Cruz
Thursday, March 8, 2018 5:55 AM

On March 7, managers at more than 150 U.S. biofuel plants sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging the White House to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard from efforts by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to alter the program.

Letter urges reauthorization of energy title in next Farm Bill
Thursday, March 8, 2018 5:53 AM

On March 6, a group of more than 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate Agricultural Committee leaders urging them to reauthorize and fund energy title programs in the next Farm Bill.

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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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