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USDA announces $18.4 million in HBIIP awards
Friday, April 23, 2021 9:11 AM

In honor of Earth Day, the USDA on April 22 announced $18.4 million in awards through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to help expand the availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

Biden sets goal to cut US GHG emissions in half by 2030
Friday, April 23, 2021 9:05 AM

President Biden marked Earth Day on April 22 by announcing a new target for the U.S. to achieve a 50-52 percent reduction in economy-wide net greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by 2030 when compared to a 2005 baseline.

Valero provides update of renewable fuel projects
Friday, April 23, 2021 9:03 AM

Valero Energy released first quarter results on April 22, reporting improved results for its ethanol operations and record operating income for its renewable diesel segment. The company also discussed plans for a CCS project at its ethanol plants.

Bill aims to revamp REAP, move AgSTAR from EPA to USDA
Friday, April 23, 2021 9:02 AM

Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M, on April 22 introduced the Agricultural Resilience Act. The bill, in part, would make changes to the USDA's REAP program and move the U.S. EPA's AgSTAR program to the USDA.

Bill will help farmers, foresters participate in carbon markets
Friday, April 23, 2021 9:01 AM

The Growing Climate Solutions Act was re-introduced on April 20. The bill aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices.

Aemetis selects Axens Vegan technology for Riverbank project
Friday, April 23, 2021 8:59 AM

Aemetis Inc. has selected Axens Vegan Renewable Hydroprocessing technology for its “Carbon Zero 1” production plant in Riverbank, California. The facility will produce sustainable jet fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel using cellulosic hydrogen.

Royal Farms opens 21st ethanol refueling station
Friday, April 23, 2021 8:57 AM

This Earth Day Royal Farms and Protec Fuel Management LLC celebrate their past year’s achievement of displacing petroleum fuel with enough low carbon biofuels to account for a pollution reduction equivalent to planting more than 102,353 trees.

ePURE: EU taxonomy falls short in treatment of biofuels
Friday, April 23, 2021 8:56 AM

The European Commission’s political agreement on a Delegated Regulation seeking to define sustainable investments in the EU sends unfortunately mixed signals about the importance of sustainable biofuels, according to ePURE.

EIA: Weekly ethanol production flat, stocks down slightly
Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:12 AM

U.S. ethanol production was flat the week ending April 16, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 21. Fuel ethanol stocks were down slightly from the previous week.

Senators urge Regan to uphold the RFS
Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:10 AM

A dozen senators on April 20 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan requesting that he continue his commitment to support farmers and rural communities by upholding and restoring confidence in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Hydro-Thermal adds ESS sales manager
Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:08 AM

Hydro-Thermal Corp. has added Joel Gerstner to its team as the ethanol, sweetener and starch (ESS) sales manager. In this position, he will have responsibility for the sales, support, and management functions of the ESS team with a focus on growth.

Former political leaders urge 50-state strategy on green energy
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:53 AM

A group of 50 former House and Senate leaders representing 42 states on April 20 sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate advisor, in support of the administration’s dedication to building back better for a green future.

Bill to expand, extend 45Q tax credit introduced in House
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:52 AM

Reps. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.; Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio; and Carol Miller, R-W.V., on April 19 joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in announcing a bill to improve and extend the 45Q tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration.

Eco-Energy begins construction on California ethanol terminal
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:50 AM

Eco-Energy has started construction on its ethanol distribution facility located in Stockton, California. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in March 2022 and will be the eleventh ethanol distribution terminal constructed by Eco-Energy.

Clariant, Pertamina collaborate on advanced biofuels assessment
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:49 AM

Clariant is working with Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas corporation, Pertamina, since 2018 to evaluate and test the feasibility of Clariant's sunliquid technology to process available regional feedstocks in Indonesia into the cellulosic ethanol.

Ethanol groups comment in support of proposed UST, E15 label rule
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:10 AM

Representatives of the U.S. ethanol industry on April 19 filed comments with the U.S. EPA in support of the agency’s proposed rule that would modify or eliminate current fuel pump labeling requirements for E15.

EPA rule to rescind CAA cost-benefit analysis regs sent to OMB
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:09 AM

The U.S. EPA is taking action to rescind a Trump-era rule finalized in December 2020 that changed the way the agency considered the costs and benefits of all significant Clean Air Act rulemakings, including those related to the RFS.

ICM to upgrade distillation system at Lakeview Plymouth Energy
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:07 AM

ICM Inc. has signed an agreement with Lakeview Plymouth Energy LLC to upgrade the ethanol producer’s distillation system and convert its high-pressure distillation system to ICM’s proprietary lower-temperature vacuum distillation.

RFA: Ethanol emergency response webinars this week
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:06 AM

The RFA is offering four-hour-long webinars on April 21 and April 22, led by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive background in emergency management, firefighting and hazardous materials response.

Gevo's RNG project achieves financial closing
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:04 AM

Gevo Inc. announced on April 15 that it has closed a $68.155 million “Green Bond” private activity bonds offering to finance the construction of its dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Northwest Iowa.

EPA: No new SRE petitions filed for second consecutive month
Saturday, April 17, 2021 5:21 AM

Data released by the U.S. EPA on April 15 shows that for the second consecutive month, no new SRE petitions have been filed with the agency. The EPA has also not taken any action on the 66 SRE petitions that have been pending since mid-February.

CVEC celebrates 25th anniversary
Saturday, April 17, 2021 5:20 AM

Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co., a 50 MMgy ethanol plant located in Benson, Minnesota, is celebrating a new milestone. April 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the company’s fuel ethanol and industrial alcohol manufacturing.

UNICA: Ethanol production falls 9% for 2020-’21 harvest season
Friday, April 16, 2021 6:38 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was down nearly 9 percent during the 2020-’21 harvest season, which ended March 31, but was still the third highest production volume on record.

ACE urges for a technology-neutral approach to infrastructure
Friday, April 16, 2021 6:36 AM

As Congress considers infrastructure legislation, ACE CEO Brian Jennings urges lawmakers to take a technology-neutral approach when making investments to accelerate the nation’s transition to clean energy in the transportation sector.

RFA safety programs earn recognition for 9th consecutive year
Friday, April 16, 2021 6:35 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has received its ninth TRANSCAER National Achievement Award for training first responders and others in ethanol emergency response safety, for its work performed in 2020.

Business Briefs
Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:11 PM

Elite Octane joins IRFA, Helm and Viridis partner, and Kevin Howes hired at CTE Global

Spotlight NLB: Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation, Safety Solutions
Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:52 PM

This year marks the 50th year of business for NLB Corp., the largest manufacturer of high-pressure water equipment and accessories.

EIA: Ethanol production down 4%, stocks fall by 1%
Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:16 AM

U.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 4 percent the week ending April 9, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 14. Fuel ethanol stocks were also down nearly 1 percent.

Axne: House infrastructure package should support biofuels
Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:15 AM

Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on April 14 sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and chairs of four House committees urging them to provide support for biofuels in the upcoming infrastructure package.

DOE to hold webinar on $61.4 million FOA for biofuels on April 16
Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:13 AM

The DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced it will host a webinar on April 16 that will be of interest to those who may apply to topic area one of the agency’s recently announced $61.4 million FOA for biofuel and bioenergy projects.

UAI: EPA provides some clarity on mid-level blends in court
Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:11 AM

A three-judge-panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments on April 13 that the U.S. EPA did not go far enough when it extended the 1 pound RVP waiver to allow year-round E15.

Praj to develop ethanol plant for Godavari Biorefineries
Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:09 AM

Praj Industries has announced an order to set up India’s largest capacity syrup based ethanol plant from a Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. in Karnataka. As a part of this project, Praj will expand existing ethanol manufacturing capacity at the site.

Ethanol’s Role in Future Fuels
Thursday, April 15, 2021 5:14 AM

Nearly three years of behind-the-scenes coalition building has paid dividends with the introduction of the “Future Fuels Act” in Minnesota, the first clean fuel standard legislation in a Midwest state.

Renewable Diesel Rising
Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:56 AM

A projected spike in renewable diesel production, partnered with rising corn oil prices, presents a market opportunity for ethanol producers.

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released
Thursday, April 15, 2021 1:45 AM

Ethanol Producer Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place July 13-15, 2021 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Court hears oral arguments in case challenging year-round E15
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 8:33 AM

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 13 heard oral arguments in a case filed by oil interests challenging the U.S. EPA’s June 2019 final rule to allow year-round E15 sales.

Biofuel companies urge Biden to set GHG reduction goal
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 8:27 AM

Novozymes, Poet LLC, and Quad County Corn Processors are among 310 businesses and investors that have signed an open letter to President Biden urging his administration to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Minnesota Corn commits $1M to ethanol infrastructure grants
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:51 AM

The Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and Minnesota Corn Growers Association have announced a commitment of $1 million to a future state biofuels infrastructure grant program that would expand access to higher ethanol blends.

Europe Still Needs Ethanol
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:16 AM

Under almost any scenario, including those foreseen by the European Commission, the EU car fleet will continue to need low-carbon liquid fuels like renewable ethanol.

Keeping Bacteria At Bay
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 11:00 PM

Producers modify antimicrobial protocols in response to multiple process and input changes, including new yeast and enzyme offerings, as well as high-protein feed production.

House Biofuels Caucus urges EPA to prioritize RFS
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:22 AM

Members of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on April 8 sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to prioritize the Renewable Fuel Standard and the use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

Washington Senate passes Clean Fuel Standard bill
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:19 AM

The Washington Senate on April 8 voted 27 to 20 in favor of H.B. 1091, a bill that aims to establish a state-wide CFS. The amended legislation will now be considered by the House, which passed an earlier version of the bill on Feb. 27.

Walz highlights biofuels infrastructure budget proposal
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:18 AM

On April 9, Gov. Tim Walz and supporters of Minnesota’s biofuels industry urged the passage of the Governor’s Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program budget proposal in order to strengthen small businesses, support farmers, and reduce GHG emissions.

Ready for Another Summer with Year-Round E15
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:22 AM

After a year that most Americans would sooner forget, we’re heading into a new summer driving season with fewer headwinds, greater momentum and a groundswell of support for lower-carbon fuels.

Making A Splash
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:06 AM

Species-specific tailoring in distillers grains opens new markets such as pet feed and aquafeed, expands existing markets and increases product demand.

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