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February 09, 2021

USDA maintains outlook for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Feb. 9. The outlook for corn exports was increased, while the forecast for ending stocks was reduced. READ MORE

February 09, 2021

Groups testify against EPA’s proposed RFS deadline extensions

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the biofuels industry testified against the U.S. EPA’s proposed extension of the 2019 and 2020 RFS compliance deadlines during a Feb. 9 virtual hearing. Public comments on the proposal can be filed through March 11. READ MORE

February 09, 2021

UNICA data shows growth in corn ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released new data that shows the country’s corn ethanol production continues to grow. Ethanol exports and sales of ethanol for use in sanitizing and industrial applications are also up. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Bill creates grant program to expand ethanol infrastructure

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Feb. 8 reintroduced legislation to create a renewable fuel infrastructure grant program and streamline regulatory requirements to help fuel retailers sell higher blends of ethanol. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Iowa bill aims to speed adoption of higher biofuel blends

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Feb. 8 introduced a bill that aims to speed the statewide adoption of higher biofuel blends, including E15 and B20. Representatives of the ethanol and biodiesel industries are speaking out in support of the bill. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Nebraska DEE orders AltEn facility to cease operations

BY Erin VoegeleThe Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy on Feb. 4 published an emergency order requiring the 25 MMgy AltEn LLC ethanol plant located in Mead, Nebraska, to cease operations until wastewater violations are corrected. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

RFA releases reports on 2020 ethanol, distillers grains exports

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA on Feb. 8 released two reports summarizing 2020 U.S. ethanol and distillers grains export and import data. These annual reports include the latest information on the important role U.S. ethanol and distillers grains play on the world stage. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Aemetis selects Koch to execute ‘Carbon Zero’ projects

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 4 that it has engaged Koch Project Solutions LLC to provide front-end engineering, design and project execution management services for expansion projects being built by Aemetis. READ MORE

February 05, 2021

USDA: US ethanol exports at 1.33 billion gallons in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported more that 1.33 billion gallons of fuel ethanol last year, down from 1.46 billion gallons in 2019, according to data released by the USDA on Feb. 5. Despite the pandemic, that level of exports is the fourth highest volume on record. READ MORE

February 05, 2021

Growth Energy thanks senators for defeating RIN cap amendment

BY Growth Energy During the Senate’s Feb. 5 “early morning vote-a-rama” on a budget resolution for COVID-19 relief, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, offered an amendment that would cap RINs at 10 cents apiece. The measure was swiftly defeated. READ MORE

February 05, 2021

Growth Energy comments on proposed consent decree

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy filed comments on the U.S. EPA proposed Consent Decree for the United Refining Co. v. Wheeler case, in which United Refining challenged EPA’s failure to act in a timely manner on its petition for a SRE from its 2019 RFS obligation. READ MORE

February 17, 2021

Opinion: Collective Chaos

BY Lisa GibsonEditor Lisa Gibson previews the features and contributions in the March issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, which includes stories on the shifted maintenance patterns of the pandemic, caustic alternative considerations, CIP technology and more. READ MORE

February 09, 2021

Opinion: A New Chapter for Ethanol Demand and Policy

BY Emily Skor The ethanol industry laid a strong foundation during the 2020 presidential campaign, ensuring that no path to the White House would be paved without answering to voters in rural America and including farmers in the fight against climate change. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

Opinion: Fueling Canada’s Path to Net-Zero Emissions

BY Andrea Kent Canada's Clean Fuels Standard, along with its net-zero emissions goal, remind us that the most effective climate policies are, at their core, investment policies. To succeed, they must support the essential role of biofuels in emissions reduction. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Opinion: It Is About the Money (But Not the Money You Think)

BY Ron Lamberty Financial assistance for E15 refueling infrastructure is helpful and important, but the real draw of higher ethanol blends is not up front incentives, but the potential for increased sales, more customers, and better margins at the pump. READ MORE

February 09, 2021

In Depth: Shifting Shutdowns

BY Lisa GibsonThe pandemic affected many aspects of ethanol production, including shutdown schedules. Now, 2020's staggered timelines for seasonal cleaning, inspection and repair might stay in place as producers consider the benefits of doing things differently. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

In Depth: Ensuring CIP's Compatibility with Coproducts

BY Matt Thompson New rollouts in clean-in-place processes are easing burdens on ethanol plants, but proper care to analyze the downstream impacts of these practices are crucial. Producers should be particularly mindful of protecting the integrity of their coproducts. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

In Depth: Seeing Underground with Hydro Excavation

BY Tom BryanNational Hydro-Excavation Services specializes in locating and exposing utilities in advance of construction projects and emergency repair. The Omaha-based company can also handle line-jetting, tank cleaning, spill remediation and more. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

In Depth: Advancements in Ethanol Plant CIP Technology

BY David Fowlie Optimizing CIP systems with improved dosing technology and data analysis can enhance the impact cleaning strategies have on facility performance, operational efficiency and, ultimately, plant profitability. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

In Depth: Landfill Gas to Ethanol

BY Gary C. Young Mixed with steam, run through a reformer and fermented, landfill gas proves an economic and environmentally beneficial feedstock for ethanol production. And each LFG project is a source of green energy that can last for more than two decades. READ MORE

February 04, 2021

Legislation compels EPA to act on RFS pathways, registrations

BY Erin VoegeleSens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on Feb. 4 reintroduced a bill that aims to compel the EPA to take action on submitted RFS pathway petitions and set a deadline for the agency to act on future pathway and registration petitions. READ MORE

February 04, 2021

Novozymes: Bioenergy sales fall 9% in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes released fourth quarter financial results on Feb. 2, reporting that its bioenergy segment was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The reduction in bioenergy sales, however, improved in the fourth quarter. READ MORE

February 04, 2021

Senators urge EPA to review the 3 SREs approved in January

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 15 senators sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Jane Nishida on Feb. 3 urging the agency to review the three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the Trump administration on Jan. 19. READ MORE

February 04, 2021

UAI: Ethanol’s carbon impact in the fuel tank

BY Urban Air Initiative A new study commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative is underway to determine whether corn-based ethanol makes a larger contribution to the reduction of GHG emissions than it is currently receiving credit. READ MORE

February 03, 2021

Regan promises ‘no surprises’ in EPA’s administration of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleMichael Regan, President Biden’s nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA, said the RFS will be a priority the current administration and stressed agriculture will have a seat at the table when it comes to Biden’s climate objectives. READ MORE

February 03, 2021

OPINION: RFA burns midnight oil to assist retailers with HBIIP

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association The RFA helped 11 companies in seven states submit applications for 47 locations under the second round of the USDA's HBIIP. That could result in 233 new higher blend dispensers where consumers can enjoy the benefits of higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

February 03, 2021

EIA: Ethanol production up slightly, stocks up 3%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production was up slightly the week ending Jan. 29, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 3. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were up 3 percent. READ MORE

February 03, 2021

Bill to require EPA to update GREET reintroduced in Senate

BY Erin VoegeleSens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Feb. 3 reintroduced legislation that aims to require the U.S. EPA to update its outdated greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

February 03, 2021

RFA’s Young Professionals Network celebrates key milestone

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA's Young Professionals Network recently onboarded its 100th member. The YPN was formed last summer as an initiative to bring together innovative and dedicated young professionals who work in the U.S. ethanol industry. READ MORE

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