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Grassley: EPA not pursuing plan to attach RINs to biofuel exports
Friday, August 17, 2018 5:28 AM

The U.S. EPA is no longer considering a plan would allow renewable identification numbers (RINs) to be applied to exported volumes of biofuels, according to remarks made by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, during an Aug. 15 press call.

ACE leadership kicks off 31st annual conference in Minneapolis
Friday, August 17, 2018 5:25 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol kicked off the first day of sessions for the 31st annual conference in Minneapolis with a discussion on the progress being made and work that remains to expand market access for ethanol.

Gevo to deploy Shockwave technology at Luverne plant
Friday, August 17, 2018 5:23 AM

Gevo Inc. has entered into operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process and related technology and equipment at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant.

Extraction Optimization
Friday, August 17, 2018 4:40 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: New enzymes and fractionation technologies require multiple adjustments to corn oil extraction.

RVP Season Ends, New Identity for E15 Begins
Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:49 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor praises the organization's Prime the Pump initiative and the work it's done to brand E15.

Violation, Education and Documentation
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:38 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Up-to-date knowledge of environmental permits and laws, as well as thorough record keeping, can prevent noncompliance that results in costly penalties.

Report discusses Columbia’s recent move to an E10 mandate
Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:46 AM

A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network discusses Columbia’s recent decision to increase its biofuel blend mandate to 10 percent.

Ag groups urge Congress to quickly complete work on Farm Bill
Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:44 AM

More than 150 ag groups and businesses sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Agriculture urging them to complete work on the 2018 Farm Bill before the Agricultural Act of 2014 expires on Sept. 30.

ACE elects board of directors at annual meeting
Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:43 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol 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 31st annual conference in Minneapolis.

A Reality Check on Clean Mobility
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:48 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: EPure's Emmanuel Desplechin emphasizes the important role ethanol must play in reducing Europe's transportation emissions.

Novozymes reports significant sales growth for bioenergy segment
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:47 AM

On Aug. 10, Novozymes released financial results for the first half of 2018, reporting 14 percent organic sales growth for its bioenergy segment. Overall, the company experienced organic sales growth of 4 percent.

Aemetis reports progress with cellulosic ethanol project
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:45 AM

Aemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting increased revenues and gross margins. The company also reported process being made with its Riverbank cellulosic ethanol plant.

Teachers learn about renewable energy production
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:42 AM

Teachers from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture program that toured Guardian Energy July 31 are looking at incorporating renewable energy production into their respective curricula, according to the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.

Outside OSHA’s Umbrella
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:32 AM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Organizational standards and safety strategies can help eliminate incidents that fall outside the coverage of OSHA regulations.

An Open Letter to EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:46 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: American Coalition of Ethanol's Brian Jennings has some advice and suggestions to share with acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Pacific Ethanol discusses impact of trade barriers, EPA actions
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 6:04 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting a slight increase in net sales. The company also discussed how current trade barriers and the U.S. EPA’s administration of the RFS are impacting ethanol demand.

Comment period on 2019 RFS proposal closes this week
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:57 AM

The public comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closes Aug. 17.

ACE pushes for year-round E15 while Wheeler visits Iowa
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:54 AM

ACE is featuring an Iowa retailer to elevate the need for year-round approval of E15 with a paid print advertisement in the Des Moines Register this week as Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler pays a visit to the state.

RFA ad campaign calls on EPA to support Iowa farmers
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:53 AM

Coinciding with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s visit to Iowa, the RFA is launching a week-long ad campaign in the state, urging the agency to follow the direction of President Trump by maintaining a strong RFS and allowing year-round E15.

Business Briefs
Monday, August 13, 2018 10:44 PM

FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: ACE announces scholarship winners, Poet plans a new plant, NCGA names interim CEO and more.

Gevo discusses future expansion plans for Luverne plant site
Friday, August 10, 2018 5:39 AM

Gevo Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 8, reporting a 28.9 percent increase in product sales when compared to the same period of last year, and discussing the company’s future plans.

DOE schedules meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee
Friday, August 10, 2018 5:38 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Aug. 22-23 in Arlington Virginia.

RFA hosts ethanol safety seminars in Arkansas this month
Friday, August 10, 2018 5:37 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association and several organizations are hosting ethanol safety seminars in four locations in Arkansas this month. The seminars are either funded through an Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training or Transcaer/FRA grant.

The Andersons reports strong performance for ethanol group
Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:10 AM

The Andersons Inc. released second quarter 2018 financial results on Aug. 7, reporting improved performance for the company’s ethanol group and the company as a whole. The ethanol group reported a 30 percent year-over-year increase in pretax income.

USDA solicits applications for loan guarantee program
Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:08 AM

The USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program.

Pacific Ethanol completes solar project at Madera ethanol plant
Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:04 AM

Pacific Ethanol Inc., announced Aug. 7 the completion of a 5-megawatt solar power system at its 40 million gallon capacity per year ethanol plant in Madera, California. The system is online and generating power.

Biofuel and farm leaders mark 13th anniversary of the RFS
Thursday, August 9, 2018 6:02 AM

Thirteen years ago, Aug. 8, the Renewable Fuel Standard was signed into law, sparking a new era of U.S. biofuel leadership that continues to support rural jobs, increase energy security, and deliver clean, affordable options at the fuel pump.

EIA maintains 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 6:58 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the August edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its July prediction that ethanol production will average 1.04 billion barrels per day in both 2018 and 2019.

D3Max joins the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 6:56 AM

D3Max has become the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association’s (MN Biofuels) latest member. The company's corn fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol technology converts the fiber and residual starch in wet cake (wet distillers grains) into cellulosic ethanol.

USGC joins USDA trade mission to promote ethanol
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 6:54 AM

The U.S. Grains Council and ethanol industry partners added an octane enhancer to the USDA’s Agricultural Trade Mission to Indonesia in July, led by USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney.

DOE seeks input on needs related to biomass catalyst scale-up
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5:12 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has opened a request for information (RFI) that aims to help it understand current needs related to catalyst development for the conversion of biomass and waste streams.

RFA: US ethanol exports on pace to shatter record
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5:11 AM

Government data released Aug. 3 show that U.S. ethanol exports through June stood at 927.7 million gallons (mg), up 33 percent from the first half of 2017 and on pace to shatter last year’s record of 1.38 billion gallons (bg).

Growth Energy welcomes Element as 100th plant member
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5:09 AM

Growth Energy has announced Element LLC as its newest member. The addition of the new Colwich, Kansas-based biorefinery marks the 100th plant member for Growth Energy.

RFA hosts ethanol safety seminar in New Hampshire
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5:08 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with Transcaer, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, is hosting an ethanol safety seminar on Aug. 6 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Bipartisan bill promotes biogas, CCUS technology
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5:05 AM

Rep. Scott Peter, D-Calif., and David Young, R-Iowa, recently introduced the bipartisan Carbon Utilization Act of 2018, which promotes biogas and carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies.

UNICA: New record set for bioweekly hydrous ethanol production
Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:41 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released sugarcane milling and ethanol production data for the first half of July, reporting ethanol production was up 26.24 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

USGC explores potential ethanol demand in Chile and Argentina
Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:38 AM

Increased global bioethanol use is only a well-constructed policy decision away in markets like Argentina and Chile. The USGC traveled to both countries in June to investigate their existing ethanol markets and discover how to boost demand.

New membrane technology may aid biofuel production
Saturday, August 4, 2018 2:36 AM

Named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes—double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances—have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses, including biofuel production.

EPA, NHTSA address high-octane fuels in CAFE/GHG rulemaking
Friday, August 3, 2018 6:04 AM

Representatives of the ethanol industry are applauding the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOT for addressing the potential of high-octane fuels in their proposed rule to set new fuel economy and tailpipe greenhouse gas standards for model year 2021-2026 vehicles.

Emerging markets for ethanol discussed at USGC meeting in Denver
Friday, August 3, 2018 5:59 AM

In a global trade environment challenged by tariffs and tensions, emerging markets for grains and ethanol provided a bright spot for U.S. farmers, agribusinesses and industry officials at the USGC's 58th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Denver.

Scott Richman joins RFA as chief economist
Friday, August 3, 2018 5:57 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Scott Richman is joining the organization in early August as its chief economist. In this role, Richman will lead the development and execution of a wide range of research and analysis initiatives.

Green Plains reports improved performance of its ethanol segment
Thursday, August 2, 2018 6:56 AM

On Aug. 1, Green Plains Inc. released second quarter financial results reporting a year-over-year increase in revenues, reduced net loss and improved performance for its ethanol production segment.

Wheeler: EPA to create public ‘dashboard’ on RFS waivers
Thursday, August 2, 2018 6:54 AM

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, small refinery hardship waivers, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15, and issues related to agency transparency during a Senate hearing Aug. 1.

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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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