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EIA: Ethanol production down 4%, stocks up 1%
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:44 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production was down more than 4 percent the week ending Nov. 26, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 1. Stocks of fuel ethanol were up nearly 1 percent.

FTC: US ethanol industry remains unconcentrated
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:43 AM

The FTC on Dec. 1 released its annual report on ethanol market concentration. As in previous reports, the agency determined that the U.S. ethanol indsutry remains unconcentrated, with more than 100 firms currently producing ethanol.

EIA improves biofuels reporting in Monthly Energy Review
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:40 AM

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently changed the way its reports biofuel data in its Monthly Energy Review. The agency now breaks down data into four categories, including ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel and other biofuels.

OPINION: Lower carbon fuels when? How about now?
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:38 AM

While much political talk currently focuses on electrification and zero-emission vehicles, ACE's Ron Lamberty explains how fuel retailers can offer lower-carbon fuels now using existing equipment by adding E15 to their offerings.

OPINION: Helping retailers diversify to weather gas price debates
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:35 AM

RFA's Robert White explains how biofuel blends, such as E15, can help diversify fuel offerings while lowering fuel prices, and discusses federal efforts to provide funding and incentives for biofuel infrastructure and flex fuel vehicles.

OPINION: Gain pricing flexibility with E15
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:31 AM

Growth Energty's Mike Lorenz discusses how the addition of E15 can help fuel retialers stabilize and provide flexibility in volatile fuel markets. The fuel can help improve margins and drive more traffic to retail locations.

RFA announces new leader for technical committee
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:28 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Mark A. Gouthro has been selected to lead the association’s Technical Committee, which focuses heavily on fuel specifications and standards. Gouthro is a lab manager at E Energy Adams.

Aemetis signs MOUs with 8 airlines in the oneworld Alliance
Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:26 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced Nov. 30 that memorandum of understanding’s have been signed with eight airline members of the oneworld Alliance for 350 million gallons of blended fuel containing SAF to be delivered to San Francisco International Airport.

EIA: US biofuel capacity up in September, feedstock use down
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:53 AM

Operable biofuels production capacity in the U.S. expanded by 32 MMgy in September to 20.766 billion gallons per year, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Nov. 30. Feedstock consumption was down for the month.

H2O Innovation completes retrofit at Iowa ethanol plant
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:52 AM

H2O Innovation Inc. recently completed a plant retrofit for an ethanol client located in Iowa. The company was awarded the contract for membrane replacement of the client’s existing microfiltration (MF) system.

StepOne Tech America joins RFA as newest associate member
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:50 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has welcomed StepOne Tech America as its newest associate member. Founded 10 years ago in Finland, the company develops and sells eFlexFuel E85 flex fuel conversion kits for the U.S. market.

REEEAC schedules meeting for Dec. 9
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 6:21 AM

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Dec. 9. The event is open to the public, but registeration is required.

OSU research advances ethanol fuel cell technology
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 6:19 AM

Alternative-energy research at Oregon State University is charting a path toward the mass adoption of clean cars powered by direct-ethanol fuel cells through the developmet of a catalyst that solves three key problems associated with DEFC.

Green Plains breaks ground on protein technology at Obion plant
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 6:17 AM

Green Plains Inc. on Nov. 23 announced its wholly owned subsidiary Green Plains Obion LLC has broken ground on the construction of Fluid Quip Technologies’ MSC system. Obion is the fifth Green Plains location to install the MSC technology.

RFA welcomes Heron Lake BioEnergy as newest producer member
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 6:16 AM

Heron Lake BioEnergy has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as its newest producer member. The Heron Lake, Minnesota, biorefinery produces approximately 59 million gallons annually, using about 21 million bushels of corn.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks up slightly
Thursday, November 25, 2021 4:49 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production was up nearly 2 percent the week ending Nov. 19, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Nov. 24. Fuel ethanol stocks were up slightly.

Lummus to license Braskem technology for green ethylene projects
Thursday, November 25, 2021 4:47 AM

Lummus Technology announced that it has executed an MOU with Braskem Netherlands B.V. to license Braskem's green ethylene technology for two ethanol to ethylene conversion projects under development in North America and Asia.

ABFC releases annual ‘Biofuels in Canada’ 2021 report
Thursday, November 25, 2021 4:45 AM

Advanced Biofuels Canada announced the release of its fifth annual Biofuels in Canada 2021 (BIC) report, with full open-source access to Canadian market data for renewable, low-carbon, and conventional fuels.

Hinson bill prevents EPA from retroactively reducing RFS RVOs
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:44 AM

Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, on Nov. 23 introduced the Defend the Blend Act, which aims to prevent the U.S. EPA from retroactively reducing RFS blend requirements. Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.; Angie Craig, D-Minn.; and Ron Kind, D-Wis., are cosponsors.

Biofuel groups welcome key provisions of Build Back Better Act
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:43 AM

Growth Energy, NBB, NCGA, NFU and RFA sent a letter to leaders of the House and Senate ag committees on Nov. 22 expressing support for provisions of the Build Back Better Act that will benefit biofuel producers and the ag industry.

USDA amends scoring provisions for REAP applications
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:41 AM

USDA Rural Development on Nov. 22 issued a notice announcing amended scoring provisions for the Rural Energy for America Program. Applications will now receive priority points for advancing key priorities under the Biden-Harris administration.

Green Plains launches 2 monarch fueling station projects
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:40 AM

Green Plains Inc. has announced plans to establish Monarch Fueling Stations on-site at its plants in Shenandoah and Superior, Iowa. The site in Shenandoah is 1.75 acres and seeding is expected to take place in the spring of 2022.

Aemetis signs terms of $100 million debt financing
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:38 AM

Aemetis Inc. announced Nov. 23 that it has signed a non-binding term sheet and is working towards completing $100 million of new debt financing from Third Eye Capital of Toronto, Canada, for carbon reduction projects and working capital.

EPA: Nearly 1.7 billion RINs generated in October
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:25 AM

The U.S. EPA has released updated renewable identification number (RIN) data, reporting that nearly 1.7 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in October, up from 1.56 billion generated during the same month of last year.

FS announces construction of third corn ethanol plant in Brazil
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:24 AM

FS has announced its expansion in Mato Grosso and the construction of its third corn ethanol plant, located in Primavera do Leste, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The 150 MMgy facilty is scheduled to begin commissioning in 2023.

USGC: Study demonstrates ethanol blend compatibility of vehicles
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 6:22 AM

A new study conducted by the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows all vehicles in the study countries are highly likely to be compatible with E10. The study also addresses E10 and E15 compability of motocycles and scooters.

House passes Build Back Better Act
Saturday, November 20, 2021 3:23 AM

The House of Representatives on Nov. 19 voted to approve the Build Back Better Act, a $1.9 trillion legislative package that includes nearly $1 billion for biofuels infrastructure, extends the biodiesel tax credit, and includes incentives for SAF.

EPA proposes to further delay RFS compliance deadlines
Friday, November 19, 2021 6:39 AM

The U.S. EPA on Nov. 18 issued a proposed rule further delay certain RFS compliance dates, including those for compliance years 2019, 2020 and 2021. The agency is also proposing to change how it establishes RFS compliance deadlines starting in 2022.

Ohio House approves bill to create tax credit for E15, E85 sales
Friday, November 19, 2021 6:37 AM

The Ohio House of Representatives on Nov. 17 voted 89 to zero in favor of a bill that aims to offer qualifying fuel retailers a 5-cent-per-gallon tax credit for sales of fuel containing between 15 and 85 percent ethanol.

UNICA: Ethanol production, sales down in late October
Friday, November 19, 2021 6:36 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has reported that sugarcane processing, ethanol production and ethanol sales by mills in the south-central region of the country were all down during the second half of October.

USGC: Turkish buyer delegation explores DDGS export opportunities
Friday, November 19, 2021 6:34 AM

Turkish buyers of DDGS recently arrived stateside, hosted by the U.S. Grains Council, to learn how the supply chain for DDGS works – from producing corn in the field to DDGS production to delivering cargoes to the end-user.

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks down 1%
Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:46 AM

U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by 2 percent the week ending Nov. 12, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Nov. 17. Stocks of fuel ethanol were down 1 percent.

Feenstra amendment bolsters use of woody biomass for bioenergy
Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:45 AM

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Nov. 16 approved an amendment to the National Wildlife Fire Risk Reduction Program Act offered by Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, that aims to bolster bioenergy and biofuels production.

Gevo, Sweetwater Energy sign feedstock MOU
Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:44 AM

Gevo Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sweetwater Energy Inc. regarding the use of sustainably sourced agricultural residues and woody biomass as a feedstock for producing cellulosic alcohols and liquid hydrocarbons.

RFA welcomes Clariant as newest associate member
Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:42 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association on Nov. 16 welcomed Clariant as its newest associate member. The global company recently completed a biorefinery in Romania that will use its sunliquid technology to convert straw into cellulosic ethanol.

Putting Progress Ahead of Price
Thursday, November 18, 2021 3:05 AM

EPM's editor previews the latest issue, which includes insight on how the price and availability of steel impacts producers making upgrades and installing new grain storage. Plus, an exclusive look at POET, and an update on ClearFlame's progress.

Solutions at the Surface
Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:41 AM

POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin reflects on the growth of his company, its pledge to explore new technologies, discover new products and lead the industry toward ultra-low carbon bioethanol.

Business Briefs
Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:30 AM

Business news and industry announcements from the December issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including ADM's pending sale of its Peoria dry mill; Novozymes' new yeast launch; Alto's entrance into hi-pro feed; and SD Corn's new executive director.

Putting Progress Ahead of Price
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:22 PM

EPM's editor previews the latest issue, which includes insight on how the price and availability of steel impacts producers making upgrades and installing new grain storage. Plus, an exclusive look at POET, and an update on ClearFlame's progress.

Buisness Briefs
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:15 PM

Business news and industry announcements from the December issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including ADM's pending sale of its Peoria dry mill; Novozymes' new yeast launch; Alto's entrance into hi-pro feed; and SD Corn's new executive director.

Solutions at the Surface
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:04 PM

POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin reflects on the growth of his company, its pledge to explore new technologies, discover new products and lead the industry toward ultra-low carbon bioethanol.

House hearing focuses on biofuels, the renewable economy
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:55 AM

The House Ag Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit on Nov. 16 hosted a hearing on the renewable economy. The event featured testimony on the importance of biofuels, the RFS, year-round E15, and biobased products.

Brazil reduces tariff on ethanol imports from 20% to 18%
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:55 AM

The USDA FAS on Nov. 12 announced Brazil took action on Nov. 5 to enact a unilateral 10 percent reduction of import tariffs on 87 percent of all goods and services through the end of 2022. Ethanol is among the products impacted.

RFA to Biden: ‘Double down’ on ethanol to cut prices at the pump
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:54 AM

As the Biden administration continues to explore options for addressing high gas prices, the RFA sent a letter to the White House on Nov. 15 explaining that strong RFS volumes and expanded ethanol consumption can help keep pump prices in check.

ACE supports policies to credit ag, biofuels for net-zero GHGs
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:51 AM

During its Nov. 10 meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors voted to support new policies that credit farmers and ethanol producers for activities helping ethanol reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century.

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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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