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March 09, 2017

WASDE: Corn use for ethanol up; Global projections increase

BY USDA March supply-demand report boosts corn use for ethanol by 50 million bushels, offset by lower feed and residual use, resulting in no change to ending stocks projections. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

Record February warmth brings unprecedented winter storage build

BY Andy Huenefeld, Kinect Energy Group Commodity report: Historically low usage by the residential and commercial sectors, combined with lackluster demand from industry and power generators, resulted in the first net increase in natural gas inventories ever seen in February. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

IRFA celebrates 100th E15 fueling site opening

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc. Wessels Oil Co. has been offering E85, E20, E30 and B5 at its six stores in Iowa since 2014. Crossroads Convenience Store in Spencer, Iowa, is its first location to offer E15. READ MORE

March 08, 2017

Anticipated summer demand shifts focus in ethanol, RBOB markets

BY Rick Kment, Telvent DTN Commodity report: There is growing uncertainty over whether expected upcoming buyer support will be able to offset the growth in overall supplies. Crude oil supplies remain the center of this "watch party." READ MORE

March 08, 2017

Soft prices, strong dollar affect DDGS markets

BY Sean Broderick, CHS Commodity report: DDGS production has been strong, and the world has an ample supply of grains. As a result, new distillers trades that are happening are not moving the market as much as earlier. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

As planting begins, talk suggests lower corn acres

BY Jason Sagebiel, Intl FCStone Commodity report: In advance of the first planting intention report on March 31, Ag Forum projections put corn acreage at 90 million acres, down from 94 million acres planted in 2016 as projections for soybean plantings jumped to 88 million acres. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

Aemetis reports improved financial, operational performance

BY EPM Staff Operating a 60 MMgy corn and sorghum ethanol plant in Keyes, California, the producer reported revenues of $143 million for 2016. Its financial and operational performance improved significantly, due to higher ethanol prices and lower corn costs. READ MORE

March 07, 2017

Ethanol to remain world's most prevalent green solvent

BY EPM Staff Global demand for green solvents, chemicals derived from natural or renewable resources, will reach 2 billion pounds in 2020, according to a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Ethanol, or alcohol-based solvents, will make up half the market. READ MORE

March 06, 2017

Governors ask Trump to support biofuels industry

BY Governors' Biofuel Coalition Governors from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota ask Trump administration to remove barriers to higher ethanol blend use, enforce the RFS and update biofuels' lifecycle and emissions profiles. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Pacific Ethanol reports improved profitability in 2016

BY EPM Staff The company grew net sales by 17 percent and improved gross profit by $17.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The ethanol producer's improved performance reflects the benefits of the acquisition and integration of Midwest facilities. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Senate bill introduced to give E15 year-round market presence

BY EPM Staff The bipartisan Senate bill would extend the Reid vapor pressure waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, allowing retailers to sell E15 all year. The proposed law would expand consumer fuel choices and strengthen the nation's energy diversity. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

ICM to build showcase biorefinery next to its Kansas headquarters

BY EPM Staff The 70 MMgy plant will cost about $175 million to build. ICM plans to be the majority owner and is in current discussions with investors who recognize the value of the project to the industry. The plant will house several cutting-edge technologies. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

New biofilm detection and control solution introduced

BY Solenis Solenis’ water cooling system solution helps prevent biofilm while reducing water usage and energy consumption and prolonging the lifespan of equipment and improving operations. The system is tailored for industrial facilities like ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 01, 2017

Delaware refinery to move forward with ethanol infrastructure

BY Tom BryanThe Delaware City Refinery's plan to expand its ethanol handling and blending capabilities has overcome a challenge from two community groups that claimed the new biofuels infrastructure would lead to disruptive rail and barge traffic in the area. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Two-thirds of Europeans want more biofuels

BY German Bioethanol Industry Association In Germany, 61 percent of consumers support the use of biofuels. There is even greater support in France, where 73 percent of consumers want to see ethanol and other plant-based fuel use increase. More than 11,000 people were surveyed across the EU. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Ethanol brings $2 billion per year to Minnesota's economy

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association According to a new study, the state’s ethanol industry used 410 million bushels of corn, about one-fourth of the Minnesota crop, to produce 1.18 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.5 million tons of DDGS and 244 million pounds of corn oil in 2016. READ MORE

February 24, 2017

IRFA: ‘Merchant refiners not paying for RINs’

BY EPM Staff Merchant refiners claim they are paying millions for RINs to meet their RFS obligations. In a letter to the EPA, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association argues that the fundamental underpinning of the petitioners' argument is not true. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

Propel Fuels serves largest US E85 market in California

BY Propel Fuels Propel Fuels describes its innovative strategy to build customer loyalty in the California market for its branded E85. Successfully executing consumer strategies will be worth billions of dollars, CEO Elam says. READ MORE

February 23, 2017

Alliance Bioenergy makes offer on IneosBio Vero Beach property

BY Alliance BioEnergy Alliance BioEnergy Plus submitted an offer to buy the Vero Beach, Florida, cellulosic ethanol facility built by INEOS. If successful, the company says it will immediately begin retrofitting the front end with its CTS cellulosic ethanol process. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

UNICA: REGS could limit US access to advanced biofuels

BY Leticia Phillips, UNICA UNICA asks EPA to clarify the biointermediate definition in its proposed REGS rule that updates several technical aspects of the agency's rules regarding the RFS. As written, the proposed rule would have unintended consequences, the group claims. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Pacific Ethanol CEO honored at national conference

BY Renewable Fuels Association Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler, cofounder of California’s first ethanol production company, has received the RFA’s 2017 Industry Award. The award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Retailers, marketers urge EPA to maintain point of obligation

BY NATSO As the EPA public comment period on the RFS' point of obligation closed, truck stop owners trade association NATSO reported vast support to keep the program's current compliance structure. The group said most of the sector opposes a shift. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Trump reiterates support for ethanol, RFS

BY Renewable Fuels Association In a letter to National Ethanol Conference attendees, the president reconfirmed his support for biofuels, while making it clear that his focus on reducing regulatory burdens on American businesses supersedes his defense of renewable energy. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Novozymes launches advanced enzyme to boost ethanol yields

BY Novozymes Novozymes' new trehalase enzymes convert residual sugars that would otherwise be wasted. An average 100 MMgy corn ethanol plant could make up to $1 million in additional revenue, the company says. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Greenyug signs offtake agreement for ethyl acetate

BY Greenyug Germany-based HELM AG will handle worldwide sales and marketing of ethyl acetate from Greenyug's planned facility to be colocated with ADM in Columbus, Nebraska, using ethanol from the corn-processing facility. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

US drivers to rely on internal combustion for decades to come

BY Fuel Freedom Foundation At best, alternative vehicles will account for 50 percent of the worldwide fleet by 2050, leaving hundreds of million of cars with internal combustion engines. Fuel Freedom argues all possible solutions must be advanced. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Dinneen: U.S. ethanol industry strong, profitable

BY Renewable Fuels Association Addressing more than 1,000 people at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, the leader of the Renewable Fuels Association said the U.S. ethanol industry is poised for continued growth and 'steeled for the challenges' ahead in 2017 and beyond. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Iowa ethanol plant boosts capacity with new technology

BY Whitefox Technologies Ltd. Pine Lake Corn Processors has installed Whitefox’s Integrated Cartridge Efficiency membrane solution to increase production capacity and improve overall plant efficiency. After early success with ICE, an expansion of the modular system is underway. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Ethanol advocates critical of EPA proposed RFS revisions in REGS

BY Susanne Retka SchillEPA's proposed revision to the RFS dubbed REGS for Renewable Enhancements and Growth Support Rule, is inadequate, says the RFA. The UAI focused several of its comments on the EPA's inadequate interpretation of the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Poet-DSM plans enzyme manufacturing facility at Project Liberty

BY Poet-DSM Construction is expected to start midyear on an on-site enzyme-manufacturing plant at Poet-DSM's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals. Production is still ramping up; conversion rates reach 70 gal per ton. READ MORE

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