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Whitefox announces startup of ICE system at ACE Ethanol
Thursday, April 25, 2019 5:01 AM

Whitefox Technologies Ltd. has announced the successful start-up of its Whitefox ICE system at ACE Ethanol’s plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. The membrane system is part of a wider project that will integrate D3Max's technology at the facility.

Novozymes reports drop Q1 bioenergy sales
Thursday, April 25, 2019 4:58 AM

Novozymes released first quarter 2019 financial results April 24, reporting a 4 percent drop in sales. Bioenergy sales were down 8 percent due primarily to weaker performance of the U.S. ethanol industry, which was impacted by flooding.

Iowa legislature provides FY 2020 funds for blender pump program
Thursday, April 25, 2019 4:55 AM

On April 23, the Iowa legislature funded another year of Iowa’s cost-share blender pump program, which provides cost-share grants to Iowa retailers wishing to upgrade fueling infrastructure to offer E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends.

Renewable Fuels Association joins Field to Market
Thursday, April 25, 2019 4:52 AM

The RFA has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, an initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production in the U.S.

2019 Ethanol Producer Award winners announced
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:35 AM

The 2019 Ethanol Producer Award winners have been selected. Winners include Flint Hills Resources, Heartland Corn Products, Arkalon Energy, Marquis Energy and a collaboration between Homeland Energy Solutions and Lallemand.

EPA: 32.61 million cellulosic RINs generated in March
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:30 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that nearly 1.59 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 32.61 million cellulosic RINs.

Royal Farms, Protec Fuel open renewable fuel station
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:29 AM

Royal Farms and Protec Fuel Management LLC have announced the completion of the first phase in a sustainability initiative designed to offer customers renewable fuel options that save money and reduce pollution with E85 Flex Fuel and Regular 88.

Comment period on E15/RIN market reform rule to close April 29
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:39 AM

Members of the public who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed E15/RIN market reform rule have less than one week to do so. The comment period on the proposal closes April 29. As of April 22, more than 25,000 comments have already been filed.

NFU: EPA’s REGS rule could limit mid-level ethanol blends
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:38 AM

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler April 17 expressing concern that the agency’s proposed REGS rule will make it harder for retailers to sell higher level blends of ethanol.

Lawmakers urge robust funding for Farm Bill energy title programs
Saturday, April 20, 2019 3:11 AM

More than 50 federal lawmakers have spoken out to encourage members of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide robust fiscal year 2020 funding for Farm Bill energy title programs.

EPA: 40 SRE applications now pending for compliance year 2018
Friday, April 19, 2019 4:47 AM

The U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions on April 18, reporting that there are now 40 pending SRE applications for compliance year 2018, up from 39 that were pending as of March 28.

USDA: Ethanol, distillers grains exports down in February
Friday, April 19, 2019 4:46 AM

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data on April 17, reporting that the U.S. exported approximately 113.82 million gallons of ethanol in February, down from both the previous month and February 2018.

California Ethanol & Power wins $10 million tax credit
Friday, April 19, 2019 4:32 AM

On April 17, California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE&P) announced that it was awarded a $10 million income tax credit as part of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) California Competes program.

Growth Energy, NAAE release curriculum on biofuels
Friday, April 19, 2019 4:30 AM

Growth Energy, in partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators, has announced the release of their new curriculum aimed at educating high school students to the world of biofuels.

Finding the Value
Friday, April 19, 2019 12:14 AM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about a growing market for coproducts, how plants are capturing value from high-protein coproducts, and the ethanol lobby's message to the U.S. House, and more.

A Different Animal
Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:50 PM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Ethanol producers are increasingly turning to a burgeoning aquaculture industry for another coproduct revenue stream.

Biofuels Education Critical to Ensuring Rural Growth
Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:12 AM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Educating students key to rural development and growth.

Naig, Shaw say pending SREs would hurt farmers, damage RFS
Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:00 AM

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw held a press conference April 17 to discuss the 39 small refinery exemptions (SREs) that were pending for compliance year 2018 under the RFS.

Enerkem closes a new round of financing for C$76.3 million
Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:54 AM

Enerkem Inc., a global leader in biofuels production from solid waste, announces the closing of a new round of financing totaling C$76.3 million. The financing comes from Enerkem's existing investors, as well as a new investor, Suncor Energy Inc.

The Daily Grind
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:43 PM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Low margins prompt plants to diversify coproduct streams, capturing value in efficiency.

IRFA: SIRE seeds monarch fueling station project
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:12 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy is one step closer to providing monarch butterflies with a new place to fill up on their cross-country journey. The ethanol plant seeded its Monarch Fueling Station in mid-April.

BNDES to finance expansion projects at biorefinery in Brazil
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:10 AM

BNDES recently announced it will provide R$49.3 million ($12.63 million) in financing to the Grupo JP Andrade (Grupo Cerradão) to support a project that aims to increase capacity at a biorefinery located in Frutal, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

When Will the EU ‘Get Real’ on Biofuels?
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:08 AM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: European Union must embrace biofuels to achieve climate goals.

Modifying the Message
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 11:35 PM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: With a Democratic-majority House of Representatives, the ethanol lobby emphasizes carbon reduction.

UNICA: Ethanol production sets new record during 2018-’19 season
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:27 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released final data for the 2018-’19 crop season, which ended March 31. Ethanol production reached a record high during the season, despite a drop in the volume of sugarcane processed.

USGC: Event identifies new market opportunities in Southeast Asia
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:25 AM

More than 1 million metric tons of corn and dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) were contracted in late March during the Ag Supply Chain Asia 2019 conference in the Philippines, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

Part of the Climate Solution
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 5:06 AM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Highlighting ethanol's role in reducing GHG emissions.

FEW Technical Sessions Planner
Monday, April 15, 2019 11:04 PM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: The 2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo offers concurrent panel discussions. This guide will help attendees plan which ones to take in.

Business Briefs
Saturday, April 13, 2019 4:58 AM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Governors' Biofuels Coalition's announces new chair, vice chair, and The Andersons' Ethanol Group president retires.

EPA seeks comments on SRE portion of proposed REGS rule
Saturday, April 13, 2019 2:11 AM

The U.S. EPA announced April 12 that it will reopen the comment period on one aspect of proposed rule issued in 2016 in an effort to “expand transparency surrounding the small refinery exemption program and provide further opportunity for input.”

Grassley asks for clarity on DOE’s review of SRE applications
Saturday, April 13, 2019 2:08 AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry on April 11 asking for clarity on the U.S. Department of Energy’s review process concerning Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery exemption (SRE) applications.

USGC adds new regional ethanol consultant for Southeast Asia
Saturday, April 13, 2019 2:06 AM

Kent Yeo joined the U.S. Grains Council on March 19 as the regional ethanol consultant for Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, Yeo will help spearhead ethanol programs and promotional efforts throughout the region.

DDGS: Options to Optimize
Friday, April 12, 2019 10:41 PM

FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Rail car uncertainty increases the need for efficient DDGS storage.

USGC seeks applications for Ethanol A-team members
Friday, April 12, 2019 5:57 AM

The U.S. Grains Council recently announced it is soliciting applications for its seven Advisory Teams, known as A-teams, for the 2019-2021 term. This includes the organization’s Ethanol A-team. Applications are due April 26.

ACE introduces fuel retailers to ethanol at forum in Mexico
Friday, April 12, 2019 5:55 AM

ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty recently traveled to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital and largest city of the southeast Mexico state of Chiapas, to peak at an ethanol technical forum for petroleum equipment installers and fuel retailers.

EIA predicts increased ethanol blending this summer
Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:27 AM

The U.S. EIA has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its March forecast for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production and predicting increased ethanol blending during the upcoming summer driving season.

RFA earns 7th straight TRANSCAER award for safety training
Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:25 AM

For the seventh consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association has received a TRANSCAER National Achievement Award for its industry-leading ethanol safety program. More than 1,800 emergency responders were trained at RFA-hosted events last year.

Gevo, Praj to commercialize renewable fuels in India
Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:22 AM

Gevo Inc. has signed a binding, definitive construction license agreement with Praj Industries Ltd. to commercialize the production of renewable isobutanol using sugary-based feedstocks. The two companies also signed an MOU on renewable hydrocarbons.

USDA lowers forecast for corn use in ethanol in April WASDE
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:15 AM

The USDA has reduced its 2018-’19 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 50 million bushels, to 5.5 billion bushels, in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released April 9.

Greenfield Global to establish manufacturing facility in Ireland
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:12 AM

Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol, and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America, has announced plans to establish a new EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland.

USGC mission investigates DDGS potential in Ireland, UK
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:09 AM

The U.S. Grains Council is preparing to help buyers and end-users in Ireland and the U.K. learn how dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) can help meet their feed demand needs while adjusting to market conditions and a new trade environment.

RFA: New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 5:39 AM

A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation.

Minnesota offers funding for bioenergy, biochemical pilot plants
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 5:33 AM

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering funding to help advance bioenergy and biochemical production technologies to the pilot scale through its AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant.

Study: Non flex fuel vehicles benefit from ethanol blends
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 5:30 AM

A newly published study finds that most vehicles on the road today can adapt to mid-level ethanol blends, helping cars run more efficiently while reducing greenhouse gas emissions along with other pollutants.

Fuels Institute study explores national high-octane standard
Saturday, April 6, 2019 1:37 AM

A report released by the Fuels Institute, a research group that studies issues effecting vehicle and fuel markets, outlines ethanol’s potential in helping the nation achieve a high-octane fuel (HOF) standard.

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