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ACE conference: An update on litigation affecting the industry
Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:05 AM

Bryan Stockton, an attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, gave attendees of the American Coalition for Ethanol’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, an update on some of the litigation affecting the ethanol industry.

UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol up in July
Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:03 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed was up during the second half of July. Sugar production was down, while ethanol production was up slightly from 2018.

Retailers discuss E15, E85 at ACE conference
Friday, August 16, 2019 11:17 PM

American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty moderated a fuel retailer panel at ACE’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska Friday. On the panel were Mike Lewis of Pearson Fuels and Randy Gard of Bosselman Enterprises.

Panel discusses high protein feed products at ACE conference
Friday, August 16, 2019 6:16 AM

Today's ethanol producers are working to diversify their products. Fluid Quip Technologies and ICM Inc presented their cases for diversifying into protein production at the American Coalition for Ethanol's annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

EPA: 2 additional SREs filed for compliance year 2018
Friday, August 16, 2019 6:11 AM

The U.S. EPA updated its online dashboard containing small refinery exemption (SRE) data Aug. 15, showing that two more SRE petitions have been filed for compliance year 2018. Both petitions are currently pending.

Gevo discusses plans for hydrocarbon, RNG production
Friday, August 16, 2019 6:09 AM

Gevo Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 14. During an earnings call, Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber discussed the company’s future plans for aviation fuel production and announced plans to launch a renewable natural gas (RNG) division.

Governors ask EPA to clarify biogenic CO2 not regulated under CCA
Friday, August 16, 2019 6:05 AM

Governors representing Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Dakota recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to clarify biogenic CO2 is not a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Novo Holdings invests $72 million in LanzaTech
Friday, August 16, 2019 6:04 AM

Novo Holdings A/S and LanzaTech announced Aug. 6 that they have formed a partnership to grow LanzaTech’s revolutionary sustainable fuels and chemicals platform. Novo Holdings is making a $72 million investment in the company in a Series E financing.

ACE conference: USGC optimistic about future of ethanol exports
Friday, August 16, 2019 3:36 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol kicked off its annual conference in Omaha Aug. 15. While there was some discussion of the state of the industry and the harm done by small refinery exemptions, there were also messages of optimism.

RFA to Australia: Choose ethanol, not petroleum reserve
Friday, August 16, 2019 3:33 AM

In a letter sent today, the Renewable Fuels Association encouraged Australia’s energy minister to strongly consider U.S. ethanol imports as a cleaner, more affordable alternative to purchasing oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

ACE elects board of directors at annual meeting
Friday, August 16, 2019 3:32 AM

ACE announced the re-election of several board members and the election of two new representatives to the organization’s board of directors during its annual meeting prior to ACE’s 32nd annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Darren Armstrong elected USGC chairman
Friday, August 16, 2019 3:24 AM

The delegates of the U.S. Grains Council elected Darren Armstrong, a farmer from North Carolina representing the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, as chairman of its board of directors at its 59th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting.

The Efficiency Issue
Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:15 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about emissions control, pump design and technology, finances and risk management, and more.

Minding the Stack
Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:43 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Maintaining compliance while optimizing costs and operations is a balancing act for ethanol producers.

Report: India to use, produce a record volume of ethanol in 2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:47 AM

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network shows the average ethanol blend rate in India is expected to reach a record 5.8 percent this year, up from a record of 4.1 percent in 2018.

EIA maintains 2019, 2020 ethanol forecasts
Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:39 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has maintained its forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short Term Energy Outlook, released Aug. 6. Short-term forecasts for ethanol consumption were also maintained.

RFA safety webinar seeks to train trainers
Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:36 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER, is hosting a free ethanol safety “Train the Trainer” webinar on Aug. 20, for ethanol emergency response teams. The webinar will take place from noon to 2 p.m. ET.

EIA: Ethanol operating margins pushed to multiyear lows
Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:34 AM

Estimated operating margins for corn-based fuel ethanol plants in the Midwest decreased to multiyear lows in 2019, averaging about 3.5 cents per gallon through the first half of the year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Gevo to supply sustainable aviation fuel to Air Total
Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:32 AM

Gevo Inc. announced Aug. 13 that Air Total International SA and Gevo have entered into a partnership agreement to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use and distribution in France and other parts of Europe.

More EPA Exemptions, Biofuel Plants Shuttered
Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:32 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Growth Energy's ad campaign part of an effort to curtail EPA's abuse of small refinery exemptions.

The Heart of the Matter
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:17 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Increasing efficiency by taking advantage of the latest pump designs and technology.

DOE seeks input on its FY 2019 EERE, BETO research priorities
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:46 AM

The Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking public input on its EERE and Bioenergy Technologies Office research priorities, including those focused on corn fiber biofuel, food waste, data efforts and algae biomass.

Growth Energy, GasBuddy launch Unleaded 88 on GasBuddy app
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:46 AM

Growth Energy and GasBuddy announced Aug. 13 that drivers across the nation can now take advantage of Unleaded 88’s affordable prices through GasBuddy’s database and app. The app tracks E15 prices at more than 1,800 retail locations.

Praj, Dedini partner to provide ethanol technologies in Brazil
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:44 AM

Praj Industries has entered into a cooperation agreement with Dedini S/A Indústrias de Base to provide ethanol production technologies to the Brazilian market. Dedini will market Praj's technologies, including those for grain-based ethanol.

Trans-Atlantic Trade-Offs
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3:30 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: The EU's opportunity to grow European ethanol by aligning trade policy with its environmental goals.

Reinvestment and Risk Management
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:12 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Plants that planned ahead when margins were better are leading the industry today.

Petition filed challenging EPA’s limit to higher ethanol blends
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:59 AM

A group of petitioners, including Urban Air Initiative and National Farmers Union, have filled a legal petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals requesting judicial review of an EPA rulemaking that would limit blends of ethanol higher than 15 percent.

USDA’s August WASDE reduces forecast for corn use in ethanol
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:56 AM

The USDA reduced the volume of corn it expects to go to ethanol production by 25 million bushels to 5.475 billion bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Aug. 12.

USDA: Prevented corn acres top 11.21 million
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:54 AM

U.S. farmers were unable to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres this year, this includes more than 11.21 million acres that would have been planted with corn, according to a UDSA Farm Service Agency report released Aug. 12.

Report: China to fall short of E10 by 2020 goal
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:49 AM

A new report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts China will miss its goal to implement E10 by 2020 by a wide margin, likely only achieving a blend rate of 3 to 3.5 percent in 2020.

EPA approves 31 SREs, lowers 2018 RVO by 1.43 billion RINs
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:20 AM

The EPA announced Aug. 9 it approved 31 of the 38 SREs that were pending for compliance year 2018. Eight remaining SRE petitions that were pending for compliance years 2016-2018 were denied, while one for 2018 was withdrawn or declared ineligible.

New Energy Blue buys Inbicon's low-carbon fuel technology
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:14 AM

NewEnergyBlue acquired exclusive rights to Inbicon bio-conversion technology throughout the Americas and will first employ it to turn North Dakota wheat straw into a high-value, carbon-neutral automotive fuel.

Golden Grain receives LCFS certification using Edeniq technology
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:13 AM

Edeniq Inc. announced Aug. 8 the California Air Resources Board has approved Golden Grain Energy LLC for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber. Golden Grain is a 120 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Mason City, Iowa.

What’s the Plan to Increase Ethanol Use?
Monday, August 12, 2019 11:28 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Low Carbon Octane Standard could be the way to increase ethanol use beyond E15.

Business Briefs
Friday, August 9, 2019 10:25 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: BIO restructures to add public affairs executive vice president, Nelson Engineering undergoes name change, and Midwest AgEnergy's 12-year safety record.

Aemetis cuts carbon score of Keyes ethanol plant
Friday, August 9, 2019 6:29 AM

Aemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 8, reporting growth for its biodiesel business in India, outlining improvement projects underway at its corn ethanol plant, and discussing planned RNG and cellulosic ethanol production.

O’Brien: Retailers, Prime the Pump set the stage for E15 adoption
Friday, August 9, 2019 6:26 AM

For retailers who are still looking to add E15 to their product mix, Growth Energy’s vice president of market development, Mike O’Brien believes there’s no better place to learn about and ask questions than the Prime the Pump program.

Novozymes: Bioenergy sales flat in Q2
Friday, August 9, 2019 6:24 AM

Novozymes released second quarter 2019 financial results Aug. 8 reporting sales for its bioenergy segment were flat organically for the three months period and down 4 percent organically for the first half of the year.

RFA: E15 sales up, but SREs suppress expansion
Friday, August 9, 2019 6:21 AM

Data released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Commerce prove that the marketplace is already responding to President Trump’s elimination of a decades-old regulatory barrier severely limiting the sale of E15 in the summertime.

The Andersons report profitable Q2 for ethanol group
Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:48 AM

The Andersons Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 7, reporting that its ethanol group remained profitable during the three-month period. Ethanol earnings, however, were down significantly due to the poor margin environment.

USDA: US ethanol exports reach 128.42 million gallons in June
Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:40 AM

The U.S. exported 128.42 million gallons of ethanol and 962,592 tons of distillers grain in June, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Aug. 2. Exports of both products were both down when compared to June 2018.

Minnesota funds E15, E85 fuel infrastructure project
Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:36 AM

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced Aug. 6 funding for a bioenergy pilot plant and three biofuel blending infrastructure projects, including one that that focuses on E15 and E85 distribution.

USGC programs expand DDGS exports to Ireland
Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:34 AM

Using Market Access Program funds, the U.S. Grains Council engaged the Irish feed industry in March 2019 to assess the distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) market and potential effects of the looming Brexit.

Gevo receives ISCC Plus certification
Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:33 AM

Gevo Inc. announced Aug. 5 it has achieved its International Sustainability and Carbon Certification under the ISCC PLUS scheme for food, feed, industrial applications, energy, and biofuels outside Europe.

Glacial Lakes to purchase ABE’s 2 South Dakota ethanol plants
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 5:15 AM

Advanced Bioenergy LLC announced Aug. 5 an agreement to sell its two corn ethanol plants in South Dakota to Glacial Lakes Energy LLC for $47.5 million plus the value of ABE inventory at the time of closing.

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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: are 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.

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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