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UNICA: Ethanol production up in second half of September
Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:04 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up significantly during the second half of September. A new record was also set for the volume of ethanol produced per ton of processed raw material.

Sustainable Technology acquires DuPont’s G2 ethanol technology
Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:01 AM

Sustainable Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Petron Scientech Inc., has completed the acquisition from DuPont, the complete technology assets for the world-class, second-generation technology developed and demonstrated by DuPont.

EPA: 5 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019 4:51 AM

The U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 17 that shows the agency has received five SRE applications for compliance year 2019. All five applications are listed as pending.

USGC: Ethanol exports down in 2018-’19 marketing year
Friday, October 18, 2019 4:49 AM

The U.S. Grains Council has released final export numbers for the 2018-’19 marketing year. Ethanol exports saw a small drop while U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports remained relatively flat.

Suncor Energy increases investment in Enerkem
Friday, October 18, 2019 4:44 AM

Enerkem Inc. announced Oct. 15 the closing of a $50 million equity investment from Suncor. Suncor first participated in the ownership of Enerkem in April 2016 as part of a $76.3 million equity financing alongside Enerkem’s existing shareholders.

More to Learn
Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:56 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about analyzing lab data, an update on LBDS' Alcohol School, and a new corn hybrid for the ethanol industry.

Informed Decisions
Thursday, October 17, 2019 10:00 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: A practical guide for plant managers on recognizing strong lab data, and what to do when the results are unexpected.

Iowa biofuel, ag groups explain outrage over EPA’s SRE deal
Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:42 AM

Representatives of the Iowa biofuels industry held a press briefing Oct. 16 to explain their outrage over the EPA’s Oct. 15 release of its SRE relief rule, explaining the rule did not accurately represent the deal they were briefed on Oct. 3.

Ringneck Energy joins RFA as newest producer member
Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:40 AM

Ringneck Energy of Onida, South Dakota, has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as its newest producer member. Ringneck Energy CEO Walt Wendland was also elected to the RFA board of directors at the association's recent annual meeting.

USGC: DDGS trials expand sales in southeastern Mexico
Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:37 AM

From the tropics in Campeche to the jungles in Palenque to the mountains in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the U.S. Grains Council is helping build markets through demonstration trials for U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS).

New Evidence on the Environmental Benefits of Biofuels
Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:52 AM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Growth Energy report highlights ethanol's environmental benefits as EPA contemplates RFS reset.

Interaction Encouraged
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:01 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: The Alcohol School brings fuel and beverage producers together to learn and share solutions.

EPA’s SRE deal falls short of industry expectations
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:16 AM

The EPA issued a supplemental rule Oct. 15 seeking comments on how it should project the volume of SREs in future RFS rulemakings. The rule fell short of industry expectations and demonstrated EPA's failure to follow past DOE SRE recommendations.

Growth Energy announces new chairman of the board
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:12 AM

Growth Energy has announced the election of Dan Sanders as the association's new chairman of the board of directors. Sanders will succeed Jeff Broin. Broin, however, will remain an active member of the Growth Energy board.

Greenfield Global takes steps to expand production
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:10 AM

Greenfield Global Inc. has welcomed Quebec's pre-publication of draft regulations to set biofuel requirements for gasoline and diesel fuel, which would require E10 by 2021 and E15 by 2025. Greenfield also said it is considering expansion projects.

Ontario: Canada’s Ethanol Powerhouse
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:34 AM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Ontario leads the way in adopting E15 and meeting Canada's climate goals.

USDA deputy secretary speaks at Global Ethanol Summit
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:38 AM

Stephen Censky, deputy secretary of the USDA, delivered a keynote address during the second day of the Global Ethanol Summit on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused on international collaboration.

Global Ethanol Summit panel focuses on the economics of octane
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:32 AM

Day two of the inaugural Global Ethanol Summit began with a panel discussion focused on the economic benefits of blending ethanol into gasoline. Panelists addressed ethanol's role as an octane booster in global fuel markets.

Breeding Success
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:56 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: A new breed of corn, produced with the ethanol industry in mind, promises more corn oil yield and higher-protein distillers grains.

USDA seeks applications for biorefinery loan guarantee program
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:16 AM

The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Applications for the current cycle of the loan guarantee program are due April 1.

Brazilian official: Flex fuel hybrid vehicles are the future
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:47 AM

Miguel Ivan Lacerda Oliveira, director of biofuels for the Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, said during the Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C., that the future of transportation is electric vehicles, but ethanol will still play a role.

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:46 AM

The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted.

First Global Ethanol Summit begins in Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:32 AM

The first Global Ethanol Summit, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14 with presentations from USGC's Ryan LeGrand and Mike Dwyer.

No Giant Package Necessary
Monday, October 14, 2019 11:26 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Trump Administration's promised "giant package" is not a hand-out to the U.S. ethanol industry.

Governors urge Trump to extend RVP waiver to E30
Saturday, October 12, 2019 2:26 AM

Representatives of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump Oct. 8 urging him to use existing executive authority take four specific actions aimed and helping to restore and grow the U.S. agriculture and biofuel industries.

USGC: Long-term engagement leads to DDGS sales in Ecuador
Saturday, October 12, 2019 2:23 AM

The largest commercial feed producer in Ecuador imported 6,650 metric tons of U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) valued at $1.3 million in the first half of 2019 following an ongoing targeted marketing program by the USGC.

Business Briefs
Friday, October 11, 2019 11:21 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: RFA's newest member, MN Governor's Biofuels Council established, Whitefox Technologies welcomes new member.

WASDE: Corn use in ethanol forecast down at 5.4 billion bushels
Friday, October 11, 2019 6:40 AM

The USDA lowered its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 50 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Oct. 10. Forecasts for corn production, exports and ending stocks were also reduced.

EPA’s SRE proposal under OMB review
Friday, October 11, 2019 6:37 AM

The supplemental rulemaking referenced by the U.S. EPA in an Oct. 4 announcement regarding its plans to reallocate RFS volume obligations waived through future SREs appears to be under White House Office of Management and Budget review.

EIA lowers forecasts for 2020 ethanol production, consumption
Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:28 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its forecast for 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Oct. 8. The forecast for 2019 ethanol production was maintained.

UK government to implement ethanol tariff in no-deal Brexit
Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:24 AM

The U.K. government announced Oct. 8 it will adjust tariffs on ethanol in the event of a no-deal Brexit in order to retain support for U.K. ethanol producers, noting the “supply of [ethanol] is important to critical national infrastructure.”

LanzaTech: Ethanol to be converted to PET
Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:20 AM

Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd. has produced more than 9 million gallons of ethanol from recycled steel mill emissions in its first year of operation. Ethanol from the facility will now be converted to PET.

UK liquid biofuel consumption up in Q2
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:25 AM

The U.K. government has announced liquid biofuels consumption reached 599 million liters (158.24 million gallons) during the second quarter of 2019, up 30 percent when compared to the same period of the previous year.

Valmet supplies biomass pretreatment system to Praj biorefinery
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:23 AM

Valmet announced Oct. 3 it will deliver a BioTrac biomass pretreatment system to Praj Industries for installation at a second-generation ethanol biorefinery under development in India. The system is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

BIO announces 2021 leadership transition
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:21 AM

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that industry veteran Jim Greenwood will step down as president and CEO of the world’s largest biotechnology organization after the 2020 election.

USDA: US ethanol exports reach 122.52 million gallons in August
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:38 AM

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released August export data on Oct. 4, reporting that the U.S. exported 122.52 million gallons of ethanol and 1.12 million tons of distillers grains during the month.

ACE welcomes new ethanol producer members HLBE, SIRE
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:35 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol recently welcomed two new ethanol producer members Heron Lake BioEnergy located in Heron Lake, Minnesota, and Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy located in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales down in first half of September
Saturday, October 5, 2019 3:26 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released ethanol production and sales data for the first half of September. Ethanol production reached 2.37 billion liters (626.09 million gallons), with sales at 1.3 billion gallons.

Nebraska ethanol retailers help ‘Fuel the Cure’ for breast cancer
Saturday, October 5, 2019 3:23 AM

Throughout October, drivers can help Fuel the Cure for breast cancer by choosing American Ethanol at the pump. More than 30 Nebraska gas stations will donate 3 cents for every gallon of higher ethanol blends—E15 to flex fuel E85—sold in October.

EPA to release supplemental rulemaking to account for future SREs
Saturday, October 5, 2019 1:22 AM

The EPA on Oct. 4 announced plans to release its much anticipated RFS relief package but provided few details. The agency said a proposed rule seeking public comment on how and at what levels it should account for future SREs will be issued soon.

Ethanol producers, farmers detail negative impacts of SREs
Friday, October 4, 2019 6:40 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association hosted a conference call Oct. 3 to discuss how small refinery exemptions (SREs) are impacting ethanol plants and corn farmers and the urgent need for the White House release its biofuel relief package.

Axne, Klobuchar urge USDA to study economic impact of SREs
Friday, October 4, 2019 6:36 AM

Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Oct. 1 requesting the USDA study the economic impact of the 85 SREs approved by the U.S. EPA for compliance years 2016, 2014 and 2018.

Minnesota accepting applications for Governor’s Biofuels Council
Friday, October 4, 2019 6:34 AM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is seeking applicants for his newly formed Governor’s Biofuels Council. Members of the council will be representatives of agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as environmental and conservation groups.

RFA: Survey finds strong opposition to SREs, support for RFS
Friday, October 4, 2019 6:31 AM

Registered voters oppose the Trump administration’s actions to exempt oil refineries from renewable fuel blending obligations by a margin of nearly two to one, according to new polling data released today by the Renewable Fuels Association.

Corn growers urge Trump to reallocate SREs, uphold the RFS
Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:59 AM

Corn grower leaders representing more than 300,000 corn farmers from across the U.S. recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to uphold his commitment to U.S. farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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