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May 26, 2017

Rex reports improved net sales, gross profit

BY Erin VoegeleRex American Resources Corp. recently released financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter, reporting net sales grew 12.9 percent and gross profit increased 48.3 percent during the three-month period, which ended April 30. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

Greenfield Specialty Alcohols changes name, logo

BY Staff Report Toronto-based Greenfield Specialty Alcohols Inc., Canada’s largest ethanol producer, has changed its name to Greenfield Global and introduced a new logo and domain name. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

UW technology converts biomass into 3 high-value chemicals

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their collaborators have developed a new process for obtaining three high-value products from biomass in one fell swoop using gamma valerolactone (GVL), a solvent that is derived from plant material. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Reynolds sworn in as Iowa governor, highlights renewable fuels

BY Staff Report In her first remarks as the governor of Iowa on May 24, Kim Reynolds outlined her main goals for her work as the state’s first female governor. Among them is innovating Iowa’s energy policy. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

MSEA video opposes efforts to move RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleThe Main Street Energy Alliance recently released a video outlining some of the negative impacts associated with shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Poet receives tax abatement for Ohio plant expansion

BY Lisa GibsonThe Marion (Ohio) County Commission has granted a tax abatement for Poet Biorefining’s ethanol plant expansion in Marion. The project is expected to begin this summer and be complete in the third quarter of 2018, according to Poet. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Florida city fuels municipal fleet with E85

BY Protec Fuel Management LLC Protec Fuel Management LLC recently completed a project to enable the city of Hollywood, Florida, to run flex-fuel capable vehicles on cleaner-burning E85. Hollywood is the first municipality in south Florida to fuel its fleet with E85. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Renewable energy jobs push 10 million globally

BY Anna Simet The renewable energy industry directly and indirectly employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s newly released annual jobs report. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegelePresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

RFA launching ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ contest to report prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other ethanol blends. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

American drivers surpass 1 billion miles on E15

BY Growth Energy According to Growth Energy’s ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the United States have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

CropEnergies hits record-high operating profit

BY Lisa GibsonThe reopening of a United Kingdom ethanol plant brought increased revenue for Germany-based CropEnergies AG in its 2016-‘17 fiscal year, and led to a record operating profit of 98 million euros ($109.9 million). READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds to become governor

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate has confirmed Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad will resign as governor on May 24 and immediately be sworn in as ambassador, with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to be sworn in as Iowa governor. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Gevo’s isobutanol cleared for use in on-road vehicles in Arizona

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. recently announced that a bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will let gas stations sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, enabling higher performing finished fuels with renewable content for drivers in the state. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Researchers use waste lignin to make carbon fiber

BY Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are converting waste lignin into carbon fiber and other products. The team fractionates lignin so that the high molecular weight fraction can be used for carbon fiber, with other fractions used for bioplastics. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

EPA: 1.79 billion RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that nearly 1.79 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 17.29 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

IRFA: Decorah home to Iowa’s 104th E15 station

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association When Decorah, Iowa, residents fuel up at the local Decorah Mart, they now have the opportunity to choose high-performance, earth-friendly E15. The station is the first in Decorah to offer E15 and E85. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Didion Ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleIn early May, the U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway for Didion Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

USGC: KFC Malaysia testing US DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Nobody does chicken like KFC. And U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are a healthy, cost-effective and culturally-appropriate feed ingredient for those chickens and others produced in Malaysia. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

USGC, NCGA weigh in on plan to renegotiate NAFTA

BY Erin VoegeleThe Trump Administration has announced plans to renegotiate the NAFTA. In response, U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association are speaking out to remind the administration how important NAFTA is to the U.S. agricultural industry. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

Crappie Masters disputes anti-ethanol claims made by BoatUS

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 16, the Boat Owners Association of the U.S. (BoatUS) issued a press release criticizing a new Renewable Fuels Association ad campaign focused on the use of E10 fuels in boats. Crappie Masters has spoken out to dispute claims made by BoatUS. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

Growth Energy pushes for senate action on E15 fix

BY Growth Energy On May 18, Growth Energy urged the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to quickly approve legislation that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15). READ MORE

May 18, 2017

RFA: China’s tariffs on US ethanol, DDGS exacerbate trade deficit

BY Renewable Fuels Association China’s recent protectionist barriers imposed on U.S. ethanol and DDGS exports are exacerbating a trade deficit with that country, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen told a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing May 18. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

Brandstad signs bill that includes biofuel infrastructure funding

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 12, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation that provides $3 million of funding for the state’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Fund. The legislation is known as the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Bill, or HF 643. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

Green Plains completes Cargill feed yard acquisition

BY Green Plains Inc. Green Plains Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary, Green Plains Cattle Co., completed the previously announced acquisition of two cattle feed yards from Cargill for approximately $36.7 million, excluding working capital. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

Rayeman Elements sells RCD drying system to Lincolnway Energy

BY Rayeman Elements Inc. Rayeman Elements Inc., in conjunction with its partner Nationwide 5 LLC, has completed the sale of its second patented grain drying system, the Rayeman Compression Dryer, to Lincolnway Energy of Nevada, Iowa. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Biofuel groups ask EPA to ease regulatory burdens

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol production and use. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Brazil announces new requirements for ethanol importers

BY Erin VoegeleBrazil is taking action to protect domestic producers of ethanol. A notice in Brazil’s official gazette states biofuels importers must comply with the same capacity and inventory requirements that currently apply to domestic biofuel producers. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Novozymes to expand Nebraska enzyme plant

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts On May 16, less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America. READ MORE

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