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August 11, 2020

EIA increases 2020, 2021 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly increased its forecasts for 2020 and 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released Aug. 11. Forecasts for ethanol blending were also revised up. READ MORE

August 11, 2020

Gevo looks to acquire two additional plant sites

BY Erin VoegeleGevo CEO Patrick Gruber indicated on Aug. 10 that duress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may offer an opportunity for the company to acquire additional ethanol plant sites needed to meet expected demand for its renewable hydrocarbon products. READ MORE

August 11, 2020

Argonne discovers practices, technologies for sustainable farming

BY Argonne National Laboratory A recent study by researchers in the Energy Systems division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory quantified how much farms might reduce emissions by changing their practices and adopting novel technologies. READ MORE

August 10, 2020

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Iowa plant

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for Flint Hills Resources LLC’s 125 MMgy ethanol plant located in Shell Rock, Iowa. The approval allows the facility to generate RINs for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

August 10, 2020

Jim Raben elected USGC chairman

BY U.S. Grains Council The delegates of the U.S. Grains Council elected Jim Raben, a farmer from Illinois representing the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, as chairman of its board of directors at its 60th annual board of delegates Meeting, held virtually on July 28. READ MORE

August 10, 2020

PNNL waives fee to test-drive portfolio of intellectual property

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory As businesses of all sizes weather today’s tough economy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering its entire portfolio of patented technologies on a research trial basis—at no cost—to spur economic development and create new jobs. READ MORE

August 07, 2020

House members advocate for COVID-19 relief for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on Aug. 7 urging them to include much-needed assistance for biofuels in the phase four COVID-19 relief bill, which is currently being negotiated. READ MORE

August 07, 2020

US ethanol, distillers grains exports partially rebound in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 78.49 million gallons of ethanol and 883,193 metric tons of distillers grains in June, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service on Aug. 5. Exports of both products were up when compared to May. READ MORE

August 07, 2020

RFA and ethanol once again fuel Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA returns this month to the famous Buffalo Chip Campground to help host the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Several RFA members will help educate riders about the benefits of ethanol. READ MORE

August 07, 2020

ACE celebrates 15-year anniversary of the RFS

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Aug. 8 marks the 15-year anniversary of Congress enacting the Renewable Fuel Standard program authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2007. READ MORE

August 07, 2020

Growth Energy encourages California to embrace more biofuels

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board following a July 15th workshop on Fuels and Infrastructure for a Carbon Neutral Economy. The comments encourage the expanded use of higher biofuel blends. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

RFA celebrates 15th anniversary of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleThe RFA on Aug. 6 celebrated the 15th anniversary of the RFS by releasing a report detailing the success of the program and hosting a media call to discuss the program’s achievements and current challenges faced by the ethanol industry. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

ACE: Legislation would require EPA to update GREET

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require U.S. EPA to update its decade-old greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. ACE is speaking out in support of the bill. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

USGC webinars tackle DDGS nutrition, quality and storage

BY U.S. Grains Council Two technical webinars in July expanded the U.S. Grains Council’s engagement and future export opportunities for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubes (DDGS) to Southeast Asia. One-third of all U.S. DDGS exports currently flow to the region. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

OPINION: RFS anniversary is something for retailers to celebrate

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association On Aug. 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, creating the Renewable Fuel Standard. This important bipartisan policy (expanded in 2007) has led to more energy security, a stronger rural economy and cleaner air. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

The Andersons: Ethanol group profitable in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleThe Andersons Inc. on Aug. 4 reported a profitable second quarter for all four of its business groups, including the ethanol group. The company also announced changes to its business structure, including the combining of the ethanol and trade groups. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

EIA: US ethanol production falls 3%, ending stocks up slightly

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 3 percent the week ending July 31, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 5. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

Grassley provides update of COVID-19 relief for ethanol, SREs

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Grassley, R-Iowa, provided an update on the potential for COVID-19 relief for ethanol producers and the status of gap year small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions during a press call held on Aug. 4. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

BP net zero strategy features increased bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleBP on Aug. 4 announced a new strategy to transform from an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company. As part of that goal, BP aims to become a net zero company by 2050. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

Iowa senators oppose confirmation of Menezes to DOE post

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate voted 79 to 16 on Aug. 4 to confirm Mark Menezes as deputy secretary of energy. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, voted against his confirmation, citing concerns related to small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Green Plains focuses on high-quality alcohol, protein products

BY Erin VoegeleGreen Plains' efforts to transform its business are continuing as the company focuses on the production of high-protein ingredients and USP-grade alcohol. As part of that effort, Green Plains is supplying high-grade alcohol to the makers of Lysol. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Blue Flint granted $155,000 to consider biomass conversion

BY Erin VoegeleThe North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded Blue Flint $155,000 to research and conduct a feasibility study on the utilization of biomass as a fuel and power source for its 70 MMgy ethanol plant. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Growth Energy urges EPA to accurately tally benefits of ethanol

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has submitted comments on a proposed rule from the U.S. EPA that would change how the agency conducts the benefit-cost analysis (BCA) of new rules under the Clean Air Act, including the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

GranBio, NextChem partner on cellulosic ethanol

BY GranBio GranBio on Aug. 3 announced a strategic alliance with NextChem, the subsidiary of Italian engineering company Maire Tecnimont, to co-license its patented technology for the production of second generation ethanol worldwide. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Nebraska lawmakers consider action to promote biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleA resolution introduced in the Nebraska Legislature on July 23 aims to determine what changes should be made to the state’s statutory and regulatory policies in order to enhance and promote the biofuels industry in Nebraska. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Poet produces biobased industrial alcohol

BY Poet Poet has announced its commitment to scale up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol at its biorefineries in Leipsic, Ohio, and Alexandria, Indiana. Poet said the changes will help meet growing demand caused by COVID-19. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Didion begins production of USP grade alcohol

BY Didion Milling In response to COVID-19 , Didion has modified its ethanol production facility to meet a growing demand for high-quality industrial alcohol. The company will have the capacity to produce 50 MMgy of USP grade alcohol per year starting this fall. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

UNICA: Fuel ethanol sales down, ethanol sales for sanitizer up

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production and sales were down a respective 2 percent and 14 percent during the first half of July despite a 14 percent increase in the volume of sugarcane processed. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

Growth Energy to IRS: Ethanol plants ready to capture more carbon

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has submitted written comments on the IRS's proposed regulations under section 45Q, a tax credit for carbon capture projects. She called on the agency to offer credit for CO2 captured for food and beverage purposes. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

RFA provides USDA a roadmap to renewable fuel growth

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association this week responded to the USDA's request for comment on its Agriculture Innovation Agenda. The RFA's comments identify five opportunities for the ethanol industry to meet the AIA's goals. READ MORE

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