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Oil groups urge Supreme Court to overturn SRE ruling
Friday, March 5, 2021 6:25 AM

Several groups representing oil refining interests filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in late February and early March urging the court to overturn the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals January 2020 ruling on SREs.

USDA changes how it classifies ethanol when reporting trade data
Friday, March 5, 2021 6:24 AM

Beginning with the release of the January 2021 monthly trade data on March 5, USDA will adopt the WTO;s internationally recognized definition of “agricultural products,” which includes ethanol, distilled spirits and manufactured tobacco products.

USGC: Swine feeding trial leads to DDGS sales to Ireland
Friday, March 5, 2021 6:22 AM

Thanks to the U.S. Grain’s Council’s work promoting the benefits of DDGS to Irish swine, producers in the country have upped their inclusion of U.S. DDGS significantly, opening a market worth tens of millions annually.

EIA: Ethanol production up 29%, stocks down 2%
Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:09 AM

U.S. ethanol production rebounded significantly the week ending Feb. 26, reaching 849,000 barrels per day following a substantial downturn the previous week related to disruptions caused by February’s polar vortex.

Biofuel infrastructure, GHG modeling bills introduced in House
Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:06 AM

Co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus on March 3 introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to expand access to higher biofuel blends and fully recognize the environmental benefits of renewable fuels.

OPINION: Now is the perfect time to add E15
Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:58 AM

Despite a lack of federal grant programs and higher ethanol prices, ACE's Ron Lamberty says now is the perfect time to add E15. Adding the fuel blend, he says, can help retailers offer a higher octane fuel at a lower pump price than competitors.

OPINION: Conference panel looks at challenge of retailer future
Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:51 AM

One of the biggest challenges facing fuel marketers is the shifting political scene and the current historic drive toward electric vehicles, according to Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association.

CLEAN Future Act includes RFS, renewable energy provisions
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 6:42 AM

House Committee on Energy and Commerce democrats on March 2 introduced the CELAN Future Act, which sets a goal to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. The bill includes provisions related to the RFS and bioenergy.

Bill funds tax credit that could benefit biofuel, CCS projects
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 6:41 AM

Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., on March 1 introduced the American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act of 2021, which aims to incentivize domestic manufacturing of advanced energy technologies.

ACE opens 2021 scholarship program, recognizes 2020 winners
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 6:40 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol Scholarship Program for the 2021-2022 academic year is open for application submission. As ACE introduces this year’s program, the organization congratulates the four 2020 scholarship recipients.

Carbon Capture Coalition releases policy blueprint
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:36 AM

The Carbon Capture Coalition on Feb. 24 released a national policy blueprint that includes near-term recommendations the group says policymakers should adopt in order to accelerate the deployment and commercialization of carbon capture projects.

Gevo signs MOU for German plant, amends SAF off-take agreement
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:35 AM

Gevo Inc. in late February announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a renewable hydrocarbon plant in Germany and has amended an agreement with a European airline for an increased off-take of sustainable aviation fuel.

Nebraska AG files complaint against AltEn
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:34 AM

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson on March 1 filed a complaint in the District Court of Saunders County alleging multiple environmental violations by AltEn LLC, a 25 MMgy ethanol plant located in Mead, Nebraska.

USGC: Trade mission To West Africa leads to US ethanol exports
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:32 AM

The USGC participated in the USDA's Agricultural Trade Mission to Ghana in October 2019, followed by a side trip to Nigeria to meet with participants from the Global Ethanol Summit. The events helped increase U.S. ethanol exports.

UK adopts E10 as standard gasoline blend
Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:27 AM

The U.K. Department for Transport on Feb. 25 announced that the country will adopt E10 as its standard gasoline blend by September. The move will allow idle ethanol production capacity in the U.K. to be brought back online.

Senate conforms Granholm as secretary of energy
Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:25 AM

The U.S. Senate on Feb. 25 voted 64 to 35 to confirm Jennifer Granholm as secretary of energy. Granholm, a former two-term governor of Michigan, was sworn in later that day. She is the second woman to lead the DOE.

OPINION: E15 expansion stays on track despite pandemic
Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:25 AM

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, E15 availability continued to increase last year. The U.S. saw a 10 percent of retail sites offering E15 in 2020, and the fuel is now offered at more than 2,300 stations in 30 states.

RFA: EIA data shows US ethanol volumes fell due to the pandemic
Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:22 AM

Year-end data released Feb. 26 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration provides evidence of both the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resilience of the ethanol industry. U.S. ethanol production fell to 13.93 billion gallons last year.

EPA: 1.4 billion RINs generated in January
Friday, February 26, 2021 6:45 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that more than 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month, down from 1.57 billion generated during the same month of 2020.

Ethanol, biomass-based diesel RIN prices approach all-time highs
Friday, February 26, 2021 6:43 AM

The prices of RIN credits—the compliance mechanisms used for the RFS program administered by the U.S. EPA—have been steadily rising in recent months and are approaching their highest nominal levels in the history of the program.

Glacial Lakes Energy joins carbon capture project
Friday, February 26, 2021 6:41 AM

Glacial Lakes Energy has announced its four biorefineries participate in the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project being developed by Summit Carbon Solutions. The project with sequester carbon dioxide underground in North Dakota.

EIA: Ethanol production down 28%, stocks down 7%
Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:11 AM

U.S. ethanol production fell 28 percent to 658,000 barrels per day the week ending Feb. 19, reaching its lowest level since May 8, 2020, according to data released by the EIA on Feb. 24. The drop reflects issues related to the recent polar vortex.

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol down in December
Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:09 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for February, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol was at 430 million bushels in December, down from both the previous month and December 2019.

Green Plains Achieves 58% protein concentration milestone
Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:09 AM

Green Plains Inc. announced that development efforts between Green Plains, Fluid Quip Technologies and other innovation partners have led to the production of 58 percent sustainable Ultra-High Protein at Green Plains’ Shenandoah, Iowa biorefinery.

Renewable Fuels Nebraska names interim executive director
Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:07 AM

Pam Miller has been named the interim executive director of Renewable Fuels Nebraska, effective Feb. 15, 2021. She has been involved in the ethanol industry since 2004 and was of the original founders of Siouxland Ethanol.

Ethanol industry applauds Senate confirmation of Vilsack
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:52 AM

Tom Vilsack is once again leading the USDA. The Senate on Feb. 23 voted 92 to seven to confirm him as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack, a former two-term governor of Iowa, served as ag secretary during all eight years of the Obama administration.

Refiners file brief in Supreme Court SRE case
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:51 AM

Affiliates of HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining on Feb. 22 filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing their position against the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs).

USGC: Global Ethanol Summit leaders to ethanol exports
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:47 AM

Using ATP program funds, the U.S. Grains Council sponsored participation at the Global Ethanol Summit of ethanol buyers from nearly two dozen Middle Eastern, European and African countries, who subsequently purchased $245 million in U.S. ethanol.

EPA changes position, supports Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:46 AM

The U.S. EPA on Feb. 22 announced it now supports the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal’s January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). Representatives of the U.S. biofuels decision are applauding the agency’s new position.

USDA predicts 0.5% growth in corn use for ethanol through 2030
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:44 AM

The USDA predicts that corn use for ethanol will remain relatively flat, increasing by 0.5 percent over the next decade, according to data released by the agency in February as part of its long-term agricultural projections through 2030.

USGC: North African technical workshop promotes ethanol blending
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:41 AM

The USGC conducted a virtual ethanol workshop in January to show stakeholders from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco ethanol-blended fuel’s substantial benefits in emissions reduction, environmental impacts and improving health outcomes.

Biofuel groups urge EPA to deny RFS waiver requests
Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:54 AM

Representatives of the U.S. biofuels industry are urging the U.S. EPA to deny several petitions that have been filed with the agency seeking waivers of 2019 and 2020 RFS blending obligations, calling them unnecessary, illegal and unjustified.

Johnson, Craig introduce RFS Integrity Act
Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:53 AM

Reps. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on Feb. 19 reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, which aims to ensure transparency and predictability in the U.S. EPA’s administration of the SRE process.

UNICA: Domestic ethanol sales up 2% in second half of January
Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:50 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that domestic ethanol sales by mills in the south-central region of the country were up nearly 2 percent during the second half of January.

Large-scale CCS project will sequester CO2 from ethanol plants
Friday, February 19, 2021 6:57 AM

Summit Agricultural Group and Green Plains Inc. on Feb. 18 announced the launch of a large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Midwest that will lower the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other carbon dioxide emissions sources.

EIA: Ethanol production down 3%, stocks up 2%
Friday, February 19, 2021 6:55 AM

U.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 3 percent the week ending Feb. 12, while ethanol stocks increased by more than 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 18.

EPA: 1 new SRE petition filed, 66 SRE petitions now pending
Friday, February 19, 2021 6:55 AM

The U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on Feb. 18, reporting that one new SRE petition has been filed for RFS compliance year 2020. A total of 66 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 65 that were pending as of Jan. 19.

RFA releases 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook
Friday, February 19, 2021 6:54 AM

The RFA released its 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide today during the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference. The annual publications and conference all share a common theme: Essential Energy.

Bill aims to make E15 Minnesota’s standard gasoline blend
Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:37 AM

The Minnesota Senate’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy held a hearing on Feb. 17 to consider SF 944, a bill introduced on Feb. 11 that aims to boost the minimum biofuel content in gasoline to 15 percent.

The Andersons: Ethanol segment performed well in Q4
Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:26 AM

The Andersons Inc.’s ethanol group performed well during the fourth quarter of 2020, said President and CEO Pat Bowe during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call on Feb. 17. The first quarter of 2021, however, has seen falling margins.

McKinley, Veasey reintroduce ACCESS 45Q Act
Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:24 AM

Reps. David McKinley, R-W.V., and Marc Veasey, D-Texas, on Feb. 16 reintroduced the ACCESS 45Q Act. The bill extends the date for projects to begin construction to claim the 45Q tax credit by 10 years and provides a direct pay elective.

RFA honors former Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson
Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:23 AM

Citing his decades of service to farmers and ethanol producers, the Renewable Fuels Association today honored former Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., longtime chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, with the RFA Industry Award.

Ethanol industry contributed $1.5B to Minnesota’s economy in 2020
Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:21 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic slammed Minnesota’s ethanol industry in 2020 with production falling under 1 billion gallons for the first time since 2009. The industry, however, still contributed $1.5 billion to the state's economy last year.

Polish ethanol producer reduces GHG emissions with Whitefox ICE
Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:19 AM

Whitefox Technologies has announced that BGW Sp. z o. o. is installing a Whitefox ICE membrane dehydration system at its 108 million liters per year plant in Rąbczyn, Poland. The project is expected to startup in late 2021.

Collective Chaos
Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:58 AM

Editor Lisa Gibson previews the features and contributions in the March issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, which includes stories on the shifted maintenance patterns of the pandemic, caustic alternative considerations, CIP technology and more.

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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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