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EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Iowa plant
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:58 AM

The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for Flint Hills Resources LLC’s 125 MMgy ethanol plant located in Shell Rock, Iowa. The approval allows the facility to generate RINs for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

Jim Raben elected USGC chairman
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:56 AM

The delegates of the U.S. Grains Council elected Jim Raben, a farmer from Illinois representing the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, as chairman of its board of directors at its 60th annual board of delegates Meeting, held virtually on July 28.

PNNL waives fee to test-drive portfolio of intellectual property
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:54 AM

As businesses of all sizes weather today’s tough economy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering its entire portfolio of patented technologies on a research trial basis—at no cost—to spur economic development and create new jobs.

House members advocate for COVID-19 relief for biofuels
Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:58 AM

A group of 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on Aug. 7 urging them to include much-needed assistance for biofuels in the phase four COVID-19 relief bill, which is currently being negotiated.

US ethanol, distillers grains exports partially rebound in June
Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:55 AM

The U.S. exported 78.49 million gallons of ethanol and 883,193 metric tons of distillers grains in June, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service on Aug. 5. Exports of both products were up when compared to May.

RFA and ethanol once again fuel Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:52 AM

The RFA returns this month to the famous Buffalo Chip Campground to help host the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Several RFA members will help educate riders about the benefits of ethanol.

ACE celebrates 15-year anniversary of the RFS
Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:23 AM

Aug. 8 marks the 15-year anniversary of Congress enacting the Renewable Fuel Standard program authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2007.

Growth Energy encourages California to embrace more biofuels
Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:21 AM

Growth Energy has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board following a July 15th workshop on Fuels and Infrastructure for a Carbon Neutral Economy. The comments encourage the expanded use of higher biofuel blends.

RFA celebrates 15th anniversary of RFS
Friday, August 7, 2020 6:30 AM

The RFA on Aug. 6 celebrated the 15th anniversary of the RFS by releasing a report detailing the success of the program and hosting a media call to discuss the program’s achievements and current challenges faced by the ethanol industry.

ACE: Legislation would require EPA to update GREET
Friday, August 7, 2020 6:26 AM

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require U.S. EPA to update its decade-old greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. ACE is speaking out in support of the bill.

USGC webinars tackle DDGS nutrition, quality and storage
Friday, August 7, 2020 6:24 AM

Two technical webinars in July expanded the U.S. Grains Council’s engagement and future export opportunities for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubes (DDGS) to Southeast Asia. One-third of all U.S. DDGS exports currently flow to the region.

OPINION: RFS anniversary is something for retailers to celebrate
Friday, August 7, 2020 2:03 AM

On Aug. 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, creating the Renewable Fuel Standard. This important bipartisan policy (expanded in 2007) has led to more energy security, a stronger rural economy and cleaner air.

The Andersons: Ethanol group profitable in Q2
Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:06 AM

The Andersons Inc. on Aug. 4 reported a profitable second quarter for all four of its business groups, including the ethanol group. The company also announced changes to its business structure, including the combining of the ethanol and trade groups.

EIA: US ethanol production falls 3%, ending stocks up slightly
Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:03 AM

U.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 3 percent the week ending July 31, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 5.

Grassley provides update of COVID-19 relief for ethanol, SREs
Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:02 AM

Sen. Grassley, R-Iowa, provided an update on the potential for COVID-19 relief for ethanol producers and the status of gap year small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions during a press call held on Aug. 4.

BP net zero strategy features increased bioenergy production
Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:57 AM

BP on Aug. 4 announced a new strategy to transform from an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company. As part of that goal, BP aims to become a net zero company by 2050.

Iowa senators oppose confirmation of Menezes to DOE post
Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:56 AM

The U.S. Senate voted 79 to 16 on Aug. 4 to confirm Mark Menezes as deputy secretary of energy. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, voted against his confirmation, citing concerns related to small refinery exemptions (SREs).

Green Plains focuses on high-quality alcohol, protein products
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:05 AM

Green Plains' efforts to transform its business are continuing as the company focuses on the production of high-protein ingredients and USP-grade alcohol. As part of that effort, Green Plains is supplying high-grade alcohol to the makers of Lysol.

Blue Flint granted $155,000 to consider biomass conversion
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 AM

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded Blue Flint $155,000 to research and conduct a feasibility study on the utilization of biomass as a fuel and power source for its 70 MMgy ethanol plant.

Growth Energy urges EPA to accurately tally benefits of US ethano
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:59 AM

Growth Energy has submitted comments on a proposed rule from the U.S. EPA that would change how the agency conducts the benefit-cost analysis (BCA) of new rules under the Clean Air Act, including the Renewable Fuel Standard.

GranBio, NextChem partner on cellulosic ethanol
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:50 AM

GranBio on Aug. 3 announced a strategic alliance with NextChem, the subsidiary of Italian engineering company Maire Tecnimont, to co-license its patented technology for the production of second generation ethanol worldwide.

Nebraska lawmakers consider action to promote biofuels industry
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:52 AM

A resolution introduced in the Nebraska Legislature on July 23 aims to determine what changes should be made to the state’s statutory and regulatory policies in order to enhance and promote the biofuels industry in Nebraska.

Poet produces biobased industrial alcohol
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:50 AM

Poet has announced its commitment to scale up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol at its biorefineries in Leipsic, Ohio, and Alexandria, Indiana. Poet said the changes will help meet growing demand caused by COVID-19.

Didion begins production of USP grade alcohol
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:47 AM

In response to COVID-19 , Didion has modified its ethanol production facility to meet a growing demand for high-quality industrial alcohol. The company will have the capacity to produce 50 MMgy of USP grade alcohol per year starting this fall.

UNICA: Fuel ethanol sales down, ethanol sales for sanitizer up
Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:14 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production and sales were down a respective 2 percent and 14 percent during the first half of July despite a 14 percent increase in the volume of sugarcane processed.

Growth Energy to IRS: Ethanol plants ready to capture more carbon
Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:12 AM

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has submitted written comments on the IRS's proposed regulations under section 45Q, a tax credit for carbon capture projects. She called on the agency to offer credit for CO2 captured for food and beverage purposes.

RFA provides USDA a roadmap to renewable fuel growth
Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:09 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association this week responded to the USDA's request for comment on its Agriculture Innovation Agenda. The RFA's comments identify five opportunities for the ethanol industry to meet the AIA's goals.

DOE announces $97 million for bioenergy R&D
Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:07 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy on July 31 announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy, including biofuels, biopower and bioproducts.

Green Plains approved for $75M in financing for protein strategy
Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:06 AM

Green Plains Inc. has received final credit approval for a $75 million, 15 year term loan facility that will support the execution of its protein strategy. The company said its Wood River plant will be the next to add high protein production.

ADM discusses potential for restart of idle dry mill plants
Friday, July 31, 2020 7:10 AM

ADM confirmed on July 30 that two of its dry mill ethanol plants remain idle. The company is taking a data-driven approach to determining a restart date for those plants, and said a strategic review of ADM’s ethanol business is ongoing.

Valero: Q2 ethanol production down, renewable diesel sales up
Friday, July 31, 2020 7:05 AM

Valero Energy Corp. released second quarter financial results on July 30, reporting that ethanol production volumes were down approximately 50 percent when compared to the same period of 2019. Renewable diesel sales volumes, however, were up.

High-protein DDGS provide high quality pig nutrition
Friday, July 31, 2020 7:04 AM

In a recent study, Illinois researchers show a new high-protein distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) product from Marquis Energy has greater energy and protein digestibility than conventional DDGS.

EIA: Weekly ethanol production up 5.5%, stocks up 2.4%
Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:45 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up approximately 5.5 percent the week ending July 24, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by about 2.4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 29.

Grassley: Ethanol producers may have to depend on Perdue for aid
Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:43 AM

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on July 28 that he would like to see $3 billion for ethanol included in a phase four COVID-19 relief package. Legislation released by the U.S. Senate in late July, however, provides no dedicated relief for ethanol.

NDEE offers funding for ethanol blender pumps
Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:39 AM

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy is taking applications for a new grant program designed to encourage the installation of ethanol blender pumps across Nebraska. An informational Zoom meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4.

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Aromatics: Hydrocarbons characterized by unsaturated ring structures of carbon atoms. Commercial petroleum Aromatics are benzene, toluene, and xylene.

Biodiesel:  A fuel typically made from soybean, canola, or other vegetable oils; animal fats; and recycled grease. It can serve as a substitute for petroleum-derived diesel or distillate fuel.

Blendstocks: That which go into the production of the various grades of gasoline. They include an assortment of naphthas, European gasolines, Russian gasolines, as well as secondary refinery products such as alkylate, reformate, raffinate and dimate.

Carbon Credits: A certificate that allows the holder to emit one metric ton of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gasses. The certificates are used for compliance in regional programs such as RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) in the Northeast United States, and CCA credits in California’s Cap and Trade Program.

Ethanol (C2H5OH):  A clear, colorless, flammable alcohol. Ethanol is typically produced biologically from biomass feedstocks such as agricultural crops and cellulosic residues from agricultural crops or wood.

Petroleum Products: A complex mixture of relatively volatile hydrocarbons with or without small quantities of additives, blended to form a fuel suitable for use in spark–ignition engines. Naphthas which will be used for blending or compounding into finished aviation or motor gasoline (e.g.,straight-run gasoline, alkylate, reformate, benzene, toluene, and xylene). Excludes oxygenates (alcohols, ethers), butane, and pentanes plus.

Glycerol (or Glycerin): a clear, colorless, odorless, viscous liquid with a sweet taste in most cases. It is produced in two ways: natural glycerin (as a by-product in the production of soaps and in the conversion of fats and oils to fatty acids or fatty acid methyl esters, such as biodiesel) and synthetic glycerin. Natural glycerin is initially produced in a crude form that contains water and other impurities, which depend on manufacturing process. In most applications, crude glycerin is refined before its ultimate end use; a major grade is purified refined glycerin (³99.5%, USP), regardless of source (tallow, vegetable, a mixture of vegetable/tallow or synthetic).

Chemicals (CH3OH):  A light, volatile alcohol eligible for gasoline blending.

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