Teachers of the Trade
Monday, March 18, 2019 10:28 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: An American Ethanol partnership facilitated an ethanol-focused presentation to future and current mechanics at one Universal Technical Institute campus.

Pacific Ethanol explores potential sale of production assets
Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:46 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced plans to strategically realign its business over the next six months, including the potential sale of production assets. The company has engaged Piper Jaffray to aid it in that sales effort.

EIA maintains 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts
Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:40 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its February forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. Ethanol consumption forecasts for both years are also unchanged.

Washington House passes bill to establish Clean Fuels Program
Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:38 AM

The state of Washington is one step closer to mandating the use of cleaner transportation fuels. The state’s House recently passed legislation to establish a Clean Fuels Program that aims to increase the use of biofuels and other renewable fuels.

UAI’s Studies Tell the Truth
Saturday, March 16, 2019 3:51 AM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: The need for an updated fuel testing process.

Optimal Efficiency
Friday, March 15, 2019 10:18 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: While fermenters and evaporators get priority, pipes, pumps and ductwork shouldn’t be overlooked.

RFA: Small refinery exemptions erode ethanol demand
Friday, March 15, 2019 3:58 AM

Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said in a media call March 14 that small refinery exemptions eroded demand for ethanol in 2018, and called for those ethanol gallons to be reallocated.

EPA approves 5 pending 2017 small refinery exemptions
Friday, March 15, 2019 3:19 AM

The U.S. EPA on March 14 approved five more 2017 small refinery exemptions, pushing the number of approved waivers from 2016 and 2017 over 50, and 2.61 billion gallons, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol.

Business Briefs
Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:49 PM

FROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Solenis, BASF merge and BIO looses a top executive.

NTSB to prioritize safe shipment of ethanol
Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:05 AM

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recently released it’s Most Wanted List for 2019 and 2020, with a focus on the ethanol industry.

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:59 PM

The 2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its agenda, featuring more than 150 speakers and five comprehensive tracks.

EPA releases proposed year-round E15 rule
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 4:28 AM

The U.S. EPA released today its proposed rule to allow the year-round sale of E15. The proposed rule also includes provisions for RIN reform.

Nominations open for 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:09 PM

Ethanol Producer Magazine, in conjunction with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, proudly invites nominations for the 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards.

Pennsylvania retail chain adds more E15
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:59 AM

Stores like Rutter’s, a Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain, have added the fuel despite the uncertainty surrounding year-round sales.

Forecast for corn use in ethanol lowered in March WASDE
Saturday, March 9, 2019 4:06 AM

The USDA has lowered its forecast for 2018-’19 corn use in ethanol by 25 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released March 8. The WASDE report also predicts lower corn exports and larger stocks.

UNICA: Ethanol sales up in first half of February
Saturday, March 9, 2019 4:03 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales were up during the first half of February. The increase is primarily attributed to significantly higher domestic sales of hydrous ethanol.

Flint Hills adds FQPT protein technology to second ethanol plant
Saturday, March 9, 2019 4:02 AM

Flint Hills Resources has announced it will install Fluid Quip Process Technologies’ patented Maximized Stillage Co-Products system at its Shell Rock, Iowa, ethanol plant. This is the second installation of the MSC system at a Flint Hills facility.

RFA: 2018 distillers grains exports are second-highest on record
Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:46 AM

U.S. exports of distillers grains (DG) were the second-highest on record in 2018, totaling 11.88 million metric tons (MMT), according to a summary of 2018 ethanol co-product trade data published by the Renewable Fuels Association.

UK: New labels to identify ethanol, biodiesel content of fuel
Friday, March 8, 2019 6:01 AM

The U.S. Department for Transport recently announced new labeling requirements that aim to help motorists identify the correct fuel for their needs while informing them of the biofuel content of both gasoline and diesel.

ACE, retailers talk opportunities to increase E15 at NEB forum
Friday, March 8, 2019 5:56 AM

ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty participated on a panel at Nebraska Ethanol Board’s 2019 Emerging Issues Forum with retailers about the opportunities and practical considerations to increase E15 and higher ethanol blends.

New RFA report summarizes 2018 ethanol export statistics
Friday, March 8, 2019 5:51 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has released a 10-page report summarizing 2018 ethanol export and import data and highlighting key facts and trends related to global ethanol trade.

W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner
Friday, March 8, 2019 5:39 AM

Shell has joined as an equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam for a proposed project in Rotterdam will be the first of its kind in Europe to make chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials.

US ethanol exports set new record in 2018 at 1.7 billion gallons
Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:18 AM

U.S. ethanol exports reached a record 1.7 billion gallons in 2018, according to data released by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service on March 6. When compared to 2017, ethanol exports increased by 23 percent.

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy
Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:15 AM

The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.

OPINION: Please don’t sell our fuel
Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:13 AM

If you're a fuel marketer who hates ethanol, then you probably shouldn't sell E15, says ACE's Ron Lamberty. But, if your curious about equipment compatibility, other retailers' experiences, and higher sales volumes, ACE would like to work with you.

EPA delivers E15/RIN reform rule to OMB for review
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:58 AM

On March 4, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed E15/RIN reform rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment.

Infrastructure investments drive growth in preblended E15
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:52 AM

Growth Energy recently announced American motorists have driven over 7 billion miles on E15. That continued demand has had an impact on the market, said Mike O’Brien, Growth Energy’s vice president of market development.

OPINION: Terminal availability of E15 grows as RVP relief nears
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:48 AM

GROWMARK Energy recently announced an expansion of its E15 terminal availability, but cautioned it will stop offering the fuel blend at its terminals on May 1 unless the EPA signals RVP relief will be in place before June 1.

OPINION: Marketing E15 with Unleaded 88
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:35 AM

Last year, Growth Energy embarked on a mission to understand consumer sentiment around E15 and worked with fuel retailers to help them sell more E15. With that goal in mind, Growth Energy established the best practices to optimize sales of E15 fuel.

Lallemand, Toyota sign agreement for new cellulosic yeast strains
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:22 AM

Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a business unit of Lallemand Inc., signed an agreement on Feb. 26 with Toyota Motor Corp. to produce and market a new portfolio of yeast strains, Toyota XyloAce, for cellulosic ethanol production.

ACE: Diverse coalition submits soil health comments to USDA
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:20 AM

On March 1, the American Coalition for Ethanol joined a diverse coalition in submitting comments in support of the Soil Health Demonstration Trial in response to listening sessions by the USDA on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Andersons appoints new Ethanol Group president
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:15 AM

The Andersons Inc. has announced that Michael Irmen, president of the Ethanol Group, will retire in July 2019. James Pirolli, vice president and general manager of the Ethanol Group, will assume the role of group president on April 1, 2019.

ABE considers selling its 2 South Dakota ethanol plants
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:33 AM

Advanced BioEnergy has begun exploring strategic alternatives for its business operations, including the possible sale of one or both of its South Dakota ethanol plants. ABE also said it plans to continue to operate the plants if no sale occurs.

RFA, Transcaer to host ethanol safety webinar March 19
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:27 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with Transcaer, is hosting an ethanol safety webinar on March 19 for ethanol emergency response teams. Additional webinars are scheduled for July 2 and Aug. 13.

EPA releases RIN data for December 2018, January 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019 3:10 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December 2018 and January 2019 that shows nearly 19.5 billion RINs were generated last year. During the first month of 2019, RIN generation reached 1.48 billion.

CropEnergies to restart UK ethanol plant
Saturday, March 2, 2019 3:08 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies has announced plans to resume ethanol production at its facility in Wilton, U.K., starting in March. The company said the facility will initially run at reduced capacity to supply orders from British customers.

Gevo, HCS Group enter supply agreement for renewable isooctane
Saturday, March 2, 2019 3:05 AM

Gevo Inc. and HCS Group have entered into a long-term, definitive, binding and bankable renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement. The isooctane will be used in high-end applications, such as high purity solvents and specialty fuels.

Perdue revises E15 remark; EPA says it will complete rule on time
Friday, March 1, 2019 5:49 AM

The EPA has issued a statement confirming plans to complete its E15 rule by June 1 in response to remarks made by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 27 in which he said the rule would not be complete on time. Perdue has since revised his remarks.

Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA administrator
Friday, March 1, 2019 5:25 AM

The U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 46 along party lines to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month.

Minnesota sees record E15 sales in 2018
Friday, March 1, 2019 5:22 AM

Statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Commerce show that demand for E15 in the state remains strong, despite the current summertime ban of the fuel. Approximately 59 million gallons of E15 were sold in the state last year.

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