Aemetis announces $125M USDA loan guarantee for Riverbank plant


Aemetis Inc. announced Feb. 13 that the USDA has issued a conditional commitment under the 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program to guarantee a $125 million, 20-year loan to the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol plant to be built in Riverbank, California.
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Bustos: CCS bill would benefit ethanol producers


Legislation introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives that aims to support the development and demonstration of carbon capture and removal technologies could benefit ethanol producers, according to Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.
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Cooper discusses industry achievements, 2019 goals at NEC


Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the RFA, addressed attendees of the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, and outlined RFA’s goals for the coming year, which include advocating for the RFS and and a high-octane fuel standard.
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Censky: US ethanol industry has a friend in USDA


United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky spoke at the Renewable Fuels Association’s National Ethanol Conference, and told attendees that USDA is a strong advocate for the U.S. ethanol industry, both at home and abroad.
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Former Sen. Tom Daschle advocates high-octane fuels at NEC


Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle delivered a speech at the RFA’s National Ethanol Conference advocating for a high-octane standard while keeping the RFS, removing regulatory barriers for higher ethanol blends, and collaborating with stakeholders.
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The Andersons reports profitable Q4 for ethanol group


The Andersons Inc. has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that its ethanol group was profitable during the quarter despite the low margin environment. Results for the group, however, were down year-over-year.
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USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in November, sorghum use up


The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Product Production report with data for November, indicating corn use for fuel ethanol was down during the month. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up.
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Republican senators threaten Wheeler’s confirmation over RFS


On Feb. 11, five Republican senators sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler suggesting that his willingness to bend to oil industry interests over the Renewable Fuel Standard will impact their upcoming confirmation votes.
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Durbin asks Wheeler to commit to finalizing E15 rule by June


Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is urging the U.S. EPA to finalize a rule to allow year-round sales of E15. Due to the delay created by the recent government shutdown, he said he is concerned with the agency’s ability to complete the rule by this summer.
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EIA increases 2020 ethanol production forecast in February STEO


The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its previous forecast for 2019 ethanol production, but slightly increasing the production forecast for 2020.
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