Reynolds, Grassley continue to push Trump, Pruitt on RFS
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:24 AM

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and senators representing several Midwestern states are continuing to push President Donald Trump and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements.

Comment period on EPA’s NODA to reduce RFS RVOs closes Oct. 19
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:21 AM

Those who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recent notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) must submit comments by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 19.

Aemetis signs lease for cellulosic ethanol plant site
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:18 AM

Aemetis Inc. has announced that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 55 year lease at a former U.S. Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California, for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery.

RFA receives federal grant for ethanol safety training program
Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:16 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has received a $50,000 federal grant to help continue the RFA’s ethanol safety training program efforts. The grant provides hazmat training for volunteer or remote emergency responders.

Washington state—An Opportunity for Higher Ethanol Blends
Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:00 AM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Washington adopted the Clean Air Rule on Sept. 15, 2016, to cap and ultimately reduce GHG emissions.

Minnesota Middleman
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:44 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Waterford Oil has grown into a vital piece of the Upper Midwest’s renewable fuel infrastructure.

Senators, governors advocate for strong biomass-based diesel RVOs
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:00 AM

Several senators and governors are taking action to urge the Trump administration to ensure strong 2018 and 2019 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) are set under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Highwater Ethanol hosts Wabasso High School students
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:57 AM

Sixteen students from Wabasso High School recently toured Highwater Ethanol to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production.

Surgeonfish research may aid biofuel development
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:53 AM

Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. These findings may provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research.

The Land of Sweetness
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:57 AM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: When unbranded E15 takes volume away from oil companies, oil company fuel slates will have to add E15. That’s when it’s going to be the land of sweetness.

Study: Biofuels Key in Reducing GHG Emissions
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:59 AM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: At the end of the day, ethanol is the only low-carbon, renewable fuel alternative for gasoline available at commercial scale.

Quick & Nimble
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:38 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: If an incremental buildup to E15 materializes, rail-to-truck transloading could compensate while terminals upgrade.

ABFA members oppose proposed cuts to RFS RVOS in letter to Trump
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:43 AM

On Oct. 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to a recent proposal issued by the U.S. EPA that could result in lower blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

RFA: Analysis shows no relationship between RINs, gas prices
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:40 AM

Despite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard, prices of the renewable identification numbers used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline prices, according to Informa Agribusiness Consulting.

ACE hosts Latin American trade group on ethanol tour
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:36 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a Latin American trade team organized by the U.S. Grains Council at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based office Oct. 16 as part of the group’s pre-tour prior to the Ethanol Summit of the Americas in Houston.

Loop Track Comeback
Monday, October 16, 2017 9:27 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: On-site rail loops at ethanol plants have regained some of their former popularity in the past year, increasing efficiency and market access.

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Ohio plant
Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:30 AM

The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association rewards drivers who chose E15
Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:28 AM

The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and KS95 FM teamed up Oct. 11 to reward drivers who chose E15 at the Holiday station on Centerville Road in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Iowa plant receives EPA approval for cellulosic production
Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:23 AM

Edeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production.

Business Briefs
Friday, October 13, 2017 9:54 PM

FROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Pacific Ethanol joins Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Edeniq president joins BIO board, and more.

Elite Octane expected to begin commissioning next year
Friday, October 13, 2017 2:49 AM

Construction on a new corn ethanol plant in Cass County, Iowa, is progressing on schedule. The 120 MMgy Elite Octane facility is currently expected to begin commissioning during the second quarter of 2018. The project broke ground in March 2017.

RFA celebrates National Farmers Day
Friday, October 13, 2017 2:45 AM

Oct. 12 is celebrated as National Farmers Day. On this day of recognition, the Renewable Fuels Association would like to thank and honor farmers for their service, especially USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

DOT awards hazardous materials planning and training grants
Friday, October 13, 2017 2:41 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing three separate hazardous materials training related grants totaling $23.87 million. A portion of the funding supports ethanol safety training.

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts
Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:15 AM

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

UW scientists part of $6 million biofuel, carbon capture project
Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:12 AM

Agricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented.

St1 progresses with plans for advanced biofuels
Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:10 AM

St1 recently announced it plans to begin producing renewable diesel at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2020. The company also said it continues to develop advanced ethanol production technologies with a focus on lignocellulosic feedstocks.

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in August
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:03 AM

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the October edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, which shows corn use for fuel ethanol was up in July.

Growth Energy: More than 1,000 US fuel stations now offering E15
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:00 AM

Growth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15—a fuel with 15 percent ethanol—more than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year.

DOE awards Danforth Center $16 million to enhance sorghum
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:59 AM

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center recently announced a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The research aims to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments.

USGC sets sights on Kenya for potential ethanol market
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:15 AM

The U.S. Grains Council is working to develop ethanol markets in east Africa, which are accessible through the Persian Gulf. Brian Healy, USGC’s vice president of ethanol market development, traveled to Kenya recently in support of that effort.

Gevo collaborates with national labs on fuel, ETO projects
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:12 AM

On Oct. 9, Gevo Inc. announced two collaborations with the U.S. Department of Energy’s national labs. One collaboration aims develop missile fuel while the other aims to optimize Gevo's ethanol-to-olefins catalyst performance.

Badger State Ethanol partners with LE3 on successful expansion
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:09 AM

Badger State Ethanol LLC recently collaborated with Lucas E3 LLC to expand ethanol production to over 90 million gallons at its Monroe facility, more than doubling its original nameplate capacity of 40 million gallons.

ACE helps retailers ask EPA to level the playing field for FFVs
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:07 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol is helping fuel marketers and retailers urge the U.S. EPA to use the midterm evaluation of the 2022-2025 model year vehicle emissions and efficiency standards to level the playing field for flex fuel vehicles.

Ethanol groups comment on CAFE-GHG standards
Saturday, October 7, 2017 2:57 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and American Coalition for Ethanol have all submitted public comments to U.S. EPA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stressing the benefits of high-octane ethanol fuels.

UNICA: Ethanol production up in early September
Saturday, October 7, 2017 2:55 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data for first half of September, reporting that mills in the south-central region produced more ethanol than sugar for the second two-week period.

GRFA: IEA report highlights continued demand growth for biofuels
Saturday, October 7, 2017 2:52 AM

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has reacted to the International Energy Agency’s latest medium-term outlook on renewable energy by noting that once again projections are anticipating continued increased growth in demand for conventional biofuels.

Ames Laboratory announces new science in converting biomass
Saturday, October 7, 2017 2:50 AM

Scientists at Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. The team is combining the decomposition and stabilization processes into one multi-functional catalyst.

Senators urge Pruitt to issue strong 2018 RFS RVOs
Friday, October 6, 2017 4:25 AM

A bipartisan group of 38 senators have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to ensure the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements promote growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and the U.S. economy.

RFA board elects officers for 2018 term
Friday, October 6, 2017 4:23 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association announced the election of officers for the 2018 board of directors at its annual meeting in Des Moines. The RFA re-elected Mick Henderson, general manager at Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, as chairman.

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence
Friday, October 6, 2017 4:21 AM

Competitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13.

Senators question Wehrum on his support for the RFS
Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:24 AM

On Oct. 4, the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works held a hearing to consider President Trump’s nominations to fill several government posts, including those at the U.S. EPA. The RFS was among the topics discussed during the hearing.

EPA opens comment period on proposal to reduce 2018, 2019 RVOs
Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:22 AM

On Oct. 4, the U.S EPA published a proposal that that could reduce 2018 and 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Federal Register, officially opening a 15-day comment period. Comments are due Oct. 19.

Grant to help beef up biofuels using evolutionary approaches
Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:20 AM

Researchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fight disease in switchgrass by identifying regions of the genome that cause disease resistance.

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