Ethanol, oil companies to study feasibility of CO2 project
Friday, June 22, 2018 5:59 AM

Occidental Petroleum Corp. and White Energy have agreed to evaluate the economic feasibility of carbon capture, utilization and storage project that would use CO2 from White Energy's ethanol plants in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations.

House members demand answers from EPA on RFS, waivers
Friday, June 22, 2018 5:55 AM

On June 20, 12 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Gevo, Avfuel enter into renewable jet fuel supply agreement
Friday, June 22, 2018 5:48 AM

Gevo Inc. announced today that it has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corp., effective July 1. Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation fuel that more than 3,000 locations.

ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners
Friday, June 22, 2018 5:46 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s scholarship program to help further their collegiate education.

BASF, Lallemand announce collaboration
Friday, June 22, 2018 5:45 AM

BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits have entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in the ethanol market in the U.S.

Brazil’s senate approves bill to alter how ethanol is distributed
Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:07 AM

The Brazilian senate has approved a legislative proposal that aims to allow ethanol producers to sell fuel directly to gas stations by a vote of 47 to two. UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has spoken out against the proposal.

Growth Energy: Prime the Pump success driving ethanol demand
Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:04 AM

More than 2,800 retail sites will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually, according to a one-pager released June 20 by Growth Energy. The report touts the immense success of E15 and Prime the Pump.

ADM, DuPont to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes
Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:03 AM

Archer Daniels Midland Co. and DuPont Industrial Biosciences today announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants.

EPA approves isobutanol fuel registration filed by Butamax
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:26 AM

The U.S. EPA has issued a letter of notification to Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC registering isobutanol as a fuel additive for blending into gasoline at levels up to 16 percent. The approval could lead to more widespread blending of the biofuel.

USGC outlines market development strategy in submission to USDA
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:24 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently submitted the organization’s operational blueprint, known as the Unified Export Strategy, to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Through the UES, the Council applies for matching funding from USDA programs.

DOE: 31 projects will advance fundamental science for bioenergy
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:22 AM

On June 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources.

EIA maintains 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts
Saturday, June 16, 2018 1:52 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the June edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its May prediction that ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in 2018 and 2019.

SOS Leak Repair recognized with safety award
Saturday, June 16, 2018 1:50 AM

SOS Leak Repair Inc., a provider of cutting-edge solutions to pipe leaks, has received safety awards from the Minnesota Safety Council and North Dakota Safety Council. The company can help ethanol producers solve industrial pipe repair problems.

BASF invests in carbon recycling company LanzaTech
Saturday, June 16, 2018 1:47 AM

BASF Venture Capital GmbH has announced plans to invest in LanzaTech. Using special microbes, LanzaTech has developed a technology for gas fermentation that first enables ethanol to be produced from residual gases.

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables
Friday, June 15, 2018 6:12 AM

On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables.

USGC: Brazilian, US representatives discuss RenovaBio
Friday, June 15, 2018 6:10 AM

Representatives from Brazil discussed the development and implementation of RenovaBio, Brazil’s new biofuels policy, during meetings in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the USDA.

DSM launches fermentation solution to improve ethanol production
Friday, June 15, 2018 6:06 AM

Royal DSM has introduced eBOOST, a complete solution for ethanol producers seeking higher yield and significantly reduced glycerol production in starch conversion processes. The launch took place at the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Omaha.

PNNL technology clears way for ethanol-derived jet fuel
Friday, June 15, 2018 6:05 AM

ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5, Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons, based on fuel produced by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory partner LanzaTech.

Senate ag committee restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title funding
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:43 AM

The Senate ag committee has approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs.

Biofilms can form anywhere, but can be scrubbed out
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:41 AM

Biofilms have gained attention recently across the ethanol industry. They really have an impact on all industries, Wayne Mattsfield, staff scientist for Phibro Ethanol Performance Group, said during a panel at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.

FSMA at FEW: Panelists share experiences, advice
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:40 AM

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires plants to develop and implement procedures they previously hadn’t had to consider, according to Brian Schasel, environmental/technical manager for Big River Resources LLC.

South Dakota’s rural champions rally against EPA’s war on biofuel
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:38 AM

Farm, biofuel, and community leaders hosted a tractor rally in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where participants voiced their concerns about attacks on homegrown biofuels led by the chief of the U.S. EPA, who is passing through the state this week.

East Kansas Agri-Energy hosts Pruitt for roundtable
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:36 AM

East Kansas Agri-Energy LLC hosted EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt June 12 for a round table discussion with a diverse group of Kansas agricultural interests and organizations that addressed the RFS, RINs, E15 and the EPA's use of hardship waivers.

RFA, Paul Teutul Jr. team up on ethanol-fueled motorcycle
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:34 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and master motorcycle designer Paul Teutul, Jr. have teamed up to prove ethanol fuel blends work in high performance motorcycles. Teutul’s latest bike, commissioned for the RFA, runs on E85.

Syngenta: Enogen corn has agreements with more than 30 plants
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:32 AM

Syngenta announced June 12 that it has agreements in place with more than 30 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 3 billion gallons. Production using Enogen corn is expected to reach 2.5 billion gallons this year.

DuPont celebrates opening of Industrial Biosciences’ headquarters
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:25 AM

DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially opened the doors of its renovated global business headquarters June 8 in Wilmington, Delaware. This new center of technological innovation, known as Building E353, is part of DuPont’s Experimental Station.

FEW general session focuses on RVP and RIN waivers
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:42 AM

A panel of industry leaders discussed Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief and small refiner exemptions during the general session of the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha on June 12.

Growth Energy: Top 5 answers Pruitt owes farmers, biofuel workers
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:39 AM

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor offered up tough questions to greet U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during his expected travel through farm communities in Kansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Skor to FEW: Battles ahead are tough, but we can win
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:40 AM

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor delivered the keynote address at the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Omaha, telling attendees that no other industry can hold a candle to the pace of growth of the ethanol industry.

FEW recognizes Moore, Walker for contributions to fuel ethanol
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:35 AM

Kristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was presented with the High-Octane Award and Walker received the Award of Excellence.

US Water to appeal recent court ruling on pHytOUT patents
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:33 AM

U.S. Water has announced it plans to appeal a May 25 ruling by the U.S. Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that overturned a decision by a federal court jury regarding the validity of two patents relating to U.S. Water's pHytOUT technology.

Temperatures are the key to heat load efficiency
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:12 AM

Discussions about process heat began the Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar and it brought it to a close on June 11. A panel titled “Towards the More Efficient Delivery of Common Process Heat Loads at Ethanol Plants” closed the event.

Making heat more efficient can create energy savings
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5:22 AM

The Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar preconference at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo kicked off June 11 with a panel titled, “Surveying the Untapped Potential for Energy Savings via the More Efficient Use of Process Heat."

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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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