Business

July 25, 2017

Opinion: NASCAR, Growth Energy Salute Our Veterans

BY Emily Skor Found In:Business, PolicyAt Growth Energy, honoring our military is a tradition and, on July 1, we were proud to work with our partners at NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing to publicly express gratitude for our military service members, past and present. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

EPA: 22.94 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 22.94 million cellulosic RINs. The EPA estimates 9.29 billion RINs were generated so far this year. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Skor to testify at House joint committee hearing on biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor is scheduled to testify during a joint subcommittee hearing in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology July 25 that aims to examine federal funding of biofuel projects and the impact on the private sector. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

DOE: Membrane technology will improve biofuel production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Business, PolicyResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory set out to determine what could increase production speeds and improve the quality of biofuels and bioproducts. What they discovered is a new class of porous membranes. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Opinion: Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away?

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyRon Lamberty, senior vice president at the American Coalition for Ethanol, discusses a recent statement by Eddie O’Connor, CEO of Mainstream Renewable Power, that “Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.” READ MORE

July 21, 2017

EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn July 21, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in the Federal Register, officially opening a public comment period that runs through Aug. 31. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Romania expects to increase blending mandate by almost double

BY Staff Report Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyRomania expects a drastic decline in bioethanol production in 2017, but will increase its bioethanol blending mandate, according to the European Renewable Energy Directive. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Growth Energy responds to Inhofe’s anti-ethanol claims

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has spoken out to a floor speech made by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., in opposition to the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which aims to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends with more than 10 percent ethanol. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

CropEnergies has successful first quarter in 2018.

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessGlobal bioethanol producer CropEnergies has increased its production by 38 percent in the first quarter of 2017, based on sales of bioethanol, food and animal feed products, as well as the reopening of a plant in Wilton, United Kingdom. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Opinion: What’s In a Number?

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, Business, PolicySome people hate math, while others have a talent for it that comes from a love of numbers. In either case, as the ethanol industry seeks to increase its demand and market share, it is unavoidably a numbers game—one that can get confusing. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

California legislature passes bills extending cap-and-trade, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn July 17, the California legislature voted in favor of a package of bills that extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for 10 years, through 2030, and codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard into law. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

USGC: US DDGS exports up 16 percent to Southeast Asia

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyU.S. exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Southeast Asia have increased 16 percent so far this marketing year, according to data from the USDA and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

UNICA: 7.61 billion liters of ethanol produced so far this season

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production in the country’s south-central region reached 1.78 billion liters (470.23 million gallons) during the second half of June. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Glacial Lakes Energy celebrates 15 years, opens train facility

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessGlacial Lakes Energy is celebrating 15 years of operations at its 100 MMgy ethanol plant in Watertown, South Dakota, where it recently opened a unit train shipping facility. The company also operates a second 100 MMgy plant in Mina, South Dakota. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

St1 to add renewable diesel production, continues ethanol work

BY St1 Found In:Coproducts, BusinessSt1 is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit that will be built in at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of investments that will enable the facility to begin producing renewable diesel in 2020. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Bill aims to establish tax credit for biobased chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyRep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., recently introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, or H.R. 3149, which aims to establish a 15-cent-per-pound production tax credit for renewable chemicals made from biomass. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison extend research agreement

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil Corp. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessThe University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Onken Racing’s American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat earns top honors

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, BusinessOn July 16, the American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat took home “Top Gun” honors at the Grand Lake of the Cherokees Shootout with a 200-mph run. The boat runs on an E90 ethanol blend. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Celtic Renewables fuels vehicle with biofuel from whisky residue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:BusinessScotland-based Celtic Renewables Ltd. has announced the inaugural journey of the first car to be fueled with its biofuel made from whisky residue. The company produces biobased butanol using draff and pot ale left over from malt whisky production. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Thailand decreases 2036 renewables goal by 37 percent

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThailand reduced its renewable and alternative energy target for 2036 by 37 percent as it grapples with uncertainty in molasses and cassava feedstock production. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Australian government announces support for biorefinery project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used as a feedstock. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

MSW Consulting launches energy recovery system

BY Haley Olson Found In:Operations, BusinessSiouxland Ethanol reports a 17.8 percent reduction in natural gas use during its first month using MSW Consulting Inc.’s energy recovery system (MER), which recovers low-quality energy from dryer exhaust and transforms it into steam energy. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

EIA revises 2018, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has reduced its ethanol production forecasts in its July Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting production will average 1.02 million barrels per day in 2017 and 1.01 million barrels per day in 2018. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal for Aug. 1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Alliance Bio-Products gains USDA approval to buy Ineos Bio plant

BY Staff Report Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAlliance Bio-Products Inc. has received approval from the USDA to purchase an existing cellulosic ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Florida. The purchase includes the 8 MMgy plant, about 143 acres, equipment and vehicles. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

RFA: Celebrating 5 years of E15 in the marketplace

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessFive years ago this week, 15 percent ethanol (E15) blends debuted in the marketplace, offering consumers a new lower-cost, higher-octane fuel option at the pump. On July 10, 2012, Kansas became the first in the nation to offer E15. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Oh resigns from REG, Howard appointed interim president, CEO

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Coproducts, BusinessLongtime leader of Renewable Energy Group Inc., Daniel J. Oh, resigned from his position as president and CEO July 3. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with newly appointed interim president and CEO Randy Howard on Oh's departure and REG's new leadership. READ MORE