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October 13, 2021

EIA reduces 2021, 2022 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration made slight reductions to its forecasts for 2021 and 2022 U.S. fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Oct. 13. Forecasts for ethanol blending, however, were maintained. READ MORE

October 13, 2021

Bushel acquires GrainBridge

BY Bushel Bushel, an independently owned software technology company focused on developing solutions for the grain supply chain, on Oct. 12 announced its acquisition of GrainBridge LLC, a joint venture owned by ADM and Cargill Inc. READ MORE

October 13, 2021

Granholm, Ossoff visit LanzaTech innovation hub, plant site

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech and LanzaJet welcomed Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Senator Jon Ossoff to the Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. The faciity is expected to produce 10 MMgy of SAF and renewable diesel from ethanol. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

USDA maintains forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Demand and Supply Estimates report, released Oct. 12. Estimated 2020-’21 corn use for ethanol production was reduced slightly. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Argonne National Laboratory releases 2021 GREET update

BY Erin VoegeleArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 11 announced the 2021 release of the suite of GREET models, an analytical tool that stimulates the energy use and emissions output of vehicle and fuel combinations. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

USDA raises 2021 corn production forecast

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA released updated data on Oct. 12 predicting that 2021 corn production for grain will reach 15 billion bushels, up slightly from the agency’s September forecast and up 6 percent when compared to 2020. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Senate confirms Small to fill USDA Rural Development post

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate on Oct. 7 voted to confirm Xochitl Torres Small as under secretary of rural development at the USDA. USDA Rural Development administers a variety of programs related to biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Gevo, Axens ink alliance for ethanol-to-jet technology

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. and Axens North America Inc. have entered into an agreement that establishes a strategic alliance aimed at accelerating the commercialization of sustainable ethanol-to-jet (ETJ) projects in the U.S. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

EPA appoints Rod Snyder as EPA agriculture advisor

BY U.S. EPA On Oct. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to become EPA’s Agriculture Advisor. Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on Sept. 30 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2021, which runs from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Minnesota takes initial steps to develop new Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Oct. 7 directed state agencies to explore ways to reduce climate change impacts from transportation fuels. As part of that effort, state agencies will begin work to develop a new Clean Fuel Standard for Minnesota. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Growth Energy petitions SCOTUS to review E15 ruling

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy on Oct. 4 filed a petition with SCOTUS asking the court to review a July 2 decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that vacated a 2019 rule issued by the U.S. EPA allowing year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

UNICA: Domestic ethanol sales down in early September

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing domestic ethanol sales were down during the first half of September. The production and sale of anhydrous ethanol, however, continued to remain high. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Report: Ethanol production in Argentina forecast up in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleEthanol production in Argentina continues to suffer from the negative market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent report filed by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

USGC: US ethanol exports record fifth-highest year

BY U.S. Grains Council The marketing year ended Aug. 31, for which numbers became available this week, recording the fifth highest overall export total for U.S. ethanol exports, 1.31 billion gallons, despite market challenges due to COVID-19. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Record grants support RFA ethanol safety training programs

BY Renewable Fuels Association Two grant awards totaling a record $175,000 will help the Renewable Fuels Association continue its award-winning ethanol safety programs into the next year. The grants were received via TRANSCAER, a voluntary national outreach effort. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Gevo partners with Kiewit on Net-Zero 1 project

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has engaged Kiewit Energy Group Inc. to lead the front-end engineering design (FEED) effort for its Net-Zero 1 Project in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Gevo also expects Kiewit to serve as the project's EPC contractor. READ MORE

October 01, 2021

EPA approves RFS fuel pathway for Kansas ethanol plant

BY Tom BryanAccording to the EPA, corn ethanol produced via Kansas Ethanol’s dry mill process achieves a GHG reduction of 45.6 percent, while its grain sorghum ethanol process will achieve a 50 percent reduction. READ MORE

October 07, 2021

Ethanol Infrastructure Efforts Keep Expanding

BY Robert White, RFA With an array of new funding for E85 and E15 being considered at both the state and national level, the Renewable Fuels Association is ready and able to help retailers navigate existing and future incentives for higher ethanol blend infrastructure. READ MORE

October 06, 2021

Fuel retailers, consumers fuel up for cancer research

BY Fueled By Nebraska This month, drivers can help Fuel the Cure for breast cancer by filling up with higher blends of ethanol, E15 to E85, at participating locations. Drivers will be able to identify retailers supporting the cause by looking for pink signage at the pump. READ MORE

October 06, 2021

Growth Energy shares E15 advantage at 2021 NACS Show

BY Growth Energy At the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show this week in Chicago, Growth Energy provided attendees with information on how E15 is easy for retailers to install, and how it can boost their bottom line and grow their customer base. READ MORE

October 05, 2021

U.S. DDGS exports hit 6-year high, ethanol shipments increase

BY Ann Lewis, Senior Analyst, RFA According to the RFA, distillers grains exports spiked to 1.24 million metric tons in August, the highest volume since 2015, with much of the growth occurring outside of what are traditionally the largest markets. Ethanol exports also picked up. READ MORE

October 05, 2021

AdvanceBio selected for SAF pilot project development and design

BY AdvanceBio LLC The project, dubbed SAFFiRE, will demonstrate reliable, low-greenhouse gas (GHG) production of SAF from corn stover in a fully integrated pilot-scale facility. In addition to sustainable aviation fuel, pelletized lignin will also be produced. READ MORE

October 04, 2021

Marquis launches CCS project, seeks less ethanol ‘exposure’

BY Marquis Inc. While expressing frustration with U.S. biofuels policy and hinting at a move toward becoming less ethanol centric, Marquis Inc. on Oct. 4 announced a multifaceted carbon storage project at its industrial park in Hennepin, Illinois. READ MORE

October 01, 2021

REEEAC schedules meeting for Oct. 14

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced a virtual meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee is scheduled for Oct. 14. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

USDA: US corn ending stocks down 36% from September 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released data on Sept. 30 reporting that old crop corn stocks on hand as of Sept. 1 totaled 1.24 billion bushels, down 36 percent when compared to Sept. 1, 2020. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

EIA: US biofuel capacity, feedstock consumption expand in July

BY Erin VoegeleOperable biofuel production capacity in the U.S. expanded slightly in July, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 30. Biodiesel capacity was up, while capacity for ethanol and other biofuels held steady. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

Aemetis to supply Delta with 250 million gallons of SAF

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. on Sept. 30 announced that an offtake agreement has been signed with Delta Air Lines for 250 million gallons of blended fuel containing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered over the 10 year term of the agreement. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

Study: Ethanol keeps gaining ground in the race to reduce carbon

BY Urban Air Initiative Replacing toxic carcinogens in gasoline provides a huge boost to an already impressive carbon reduction number for ethanol, according to a new study published by Transport Energy Strategies, a leading energy consultancy. READ MORE

September 30, 2021

New RFA website speeds delivery of key ethanol information

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association debuted a redesigned website on Sept. 30 designed to provide access to important information and data more quickly, repackaged so it is easier to find. The site can be found at www.EthanolRFA.org. READ MORE

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