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September 19, 2019

Ernst discusses SRE deal as Trump meets with Big Oil senators

BY Erin VoegeleTrump is set to continue discussions Sept. 19 regarding the SRE reallocation proposal by meeting with Senators representing Big Oil. Meanwhile, Sen. Joni Ernst R-Iowa, said she needs to see the proposal in writing before she can announce her support. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Bill would require EPA to account for SREs in RVO rulemakings

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation introduced by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., on Sept. 18 would require the U.S. EPA to account for small refinery exemptions (SREs) when formulating annual Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

RFA: New study stresses ethanol’s benefits for energy security

BY Renewable Fuels Association A new study shows that the RFS not only saves drivers money at the gas pump every day, but also enhances energy security by greatly reducing or even eliminating the blow to our nation’s drivers when global oil production is disrupted. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol production sets new record

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up more than 10 percent during the second half of August, with hydrous ethanol production setting a new record. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

USGC discusses ethanol at petroleum conference in Singapore

BY U.S. Grains Council U.S. Grains Council staff, consultants and members attending the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC) in Singapore in September found reason for enthusiasm for ethanol’s future in the region. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

ePURE: Ethanol reduces emissions, increases food security

BY ePURE European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.81 billion liters of ethanol and 5.55 million metric tons of beneficial co-products in 2018, according to new audited data released Sept. 5 by the industry group. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

Project to image microbial processes aids biofuel development

BY University of California – Santa Barbara A researcher at UC Santa Barbara was recently awarded a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support a project that will image microbial processes that could lead to advanced biofuels developments. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Grassley discusses SRE reallocation proposal during media call

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, indicated the biofuels industry represented a united front at recent White House meetings related to SREs but stressed he will not announce support for the resulting policy package until it is finalized on paper. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Walz signs executive order establishing biofuels council

BY Erin VoegeleMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Sept. 16 establishing a Governor’s Council on Biofuels that will advise the governor and state agencies on the role of biofuels in reducing GHG emissions and recommend policies to foster growth. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Joana Hassan re-joins USGC as ethanol programs coordinator

BY U.S. Grains Council Joana Hassan re-joined the U.S. Grains Council on August 26 as the ethanol programs coordinator at the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Hassan worked in the same position from September 2017 to June 2018. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Gevo secures wind power for its Luverne plant

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced Sept. 16 it secured the supply of 5 MW of fully renewable electricity for its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, from an affiliate of Juhl Energy. The electricity generated from wind will be wired directly to the plant. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Trump administration expected to release SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleThe Trump Administration is expected to update an existing proposed RFS rulemaking this week to increase proposed 2020 RVOs, a move designed to quell outrage from the ag and biofuel communities over the administration's treatment of SREs. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Siouxland Energy temporarily idles production

BY Matt ThompsonSiouxland Energy Cooperative, a 90 MMgy ethanol plant in Sioux Center, Iowa, has temporarily idled operations, according to Jeff Altena, Siouxland director of operations and controller. Production will resume when economic conditions improve. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Comment period on Section 610 review of RFS closes Sept. 23

BY Erin VoegeleThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act have approximately one week left to do so. A public comment period on the review closes Sept. 23. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

In wake of Saudi Attacks, ethanol can provide energy security

BY Renewable Fuels Association Drone attacks Sept. 14 in Saudi Arabia destroyed oil fields and caused a record spike in oil prices overnight, calling into question claims that increased U.S. oil production has made America energy independent. The RFA says ethanol can help. READ MORE

September 13, 2019

Alcohol School: Yancey delivers D3Max project update

BY Lisa GibsonMinimizing feedstock cost is one rule for a successful cellulosic ethanol project, according to Mark Yancey, chief technology officer for D3Max. Yancey spoke Sept. 13 at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits’ Alcohol School in Montreal. READ MORE

September 13, 2019

FAS: Columbian ethanol production expected to rise in 2019

BY Matt ThompsonThe USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service’s annual Colombia Biofuels Report for 2019 says domestic ethanol production in the country is expected to rise in 2019, while imports of U.S. ethanol are expected to rise at a slower rate. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

WASDE: Corn production, corn use in ethanol forecast down

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA lowered its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 25 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Sept. 12. The forecast for corn production was also lowered. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Colorado to evaluate feasibility of an LCFS program

BY Erin VoegeleColorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct a LCFS feasibility study. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

NDCUC, NDEC partner with retailers on Unleaded88

BY North Dakota Corn Utilization Council The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, in coordination with the North Dakota Ethanol Council, is implementing the North Dakota Unleaded88 Expansion Program. The program helps retailers install equipment needed to sell E15. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Grassley receivers Growth Energy’s 2019 ‘Fueling Growth’ award

BY Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was presented with Growth Energy’s 2019 “Fueling Growth” Award. Skor said. Grassley has been a steadfast advocate for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy throughout his time as a U.S. senator. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Canadian associations call for a national ‘Clean Fuel Strategy’

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Canada’s national clean fuels associations forecast greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 50 million metric tons (Mt) per year by 2030 through greater production and use of renewable energy in Canada. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Alcohol School: Innovations in ethanol

BY Lisa GibsonScott Kohl, chief technology officer for Franzenburg, discussed several innovations in ethanol production during Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits' Alcohol School on Sept. 12 in Montreal, including accelerated fermentation and GM yeast. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Alcohol School: The case for fractionation

BY Lisa GibsonVijay Singh, professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told his Alcohol School audience Sept. 12 that he was going to “make the case for fractionation.” READ MORE

September 11, 2019

EIA lowers 2020 ethanol production forecast

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its forecast for 2019 ethanol production in its latest Short Term Energy Outlook, released Sept. 10. The forecast for 2020 ethanol production, however, was lowered slightly. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

NCGA files court motion in support of E15

BY National Corn Growers Association The National Corn Growers Association on Sept. 9 moved to intervene in an effort by big oil to challenge the EPA’s final RVP rule by filing a motion in support of the U.S. EPA and the final rule allowing for year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Alcohol School: Keys to process monitoring

BY Lisa GibsonCaleb Ogden, technical services manager for Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, discussed the importance of process monitoring during Lallemand's Alcohol School on Sept. 11. His presentation also addressed lab instrumentation and calibration. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Alcohol School: Tips to control contamination

BY Lisa GibsonFrancois van Zyl, director of technical services for Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, discussed the importance of identifying and treating contamination in yeast during Lallemand's Alcohol School on Sept. 11. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Alcohol School moves to the lab, addresses yeast modification

BY Lisa GibsonEmily Stonehouse, research and development manager for Mascoma LLC, discussed yeast modification during Lallemand's Alcohol School in Montreal, Quebec. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Report: Argentina ethanol production, consumption flat in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Argentina’s production and consumption of fuel ethanol will remain stable this year at approximately 1.1 billion liters (290.59 million gallons). READ MORE

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