Business

August 07, 2020

Growth Energy encourages California to embrace more biofuels

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board following a July 15th workshop on Fuels and Infrastructure for a Carbon Neutral Economy. The comments encourage the expanded use of higher biofuel blends. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

RFA celebrates 15th anniversary of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFA on Aug. 6 celebrated the 15th anniversary of the RFS by releasing a report detailing the success of the program and hosting a media call to discuss the program’s achievements and current challenges faced by the ethanol industry. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

ACE: Legislation would require EPA to update GREET

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicySen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require U.S. EPA to update its decade-old greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. ACE is speaking out in support of the bill. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

USGC webinars tackle DDGS nutrition, quality and storage

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessTwo technical webinars in July expanded the U.S. Grains Council’s engagement and future export opportunities for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubes (DDGS) to Southeast Asia. One-third of all U.S. DDGS exports currently flow to the region. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

OPINION: RFS anniversary is something for retailers to celebrate

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn Aug. 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, creating the Renewable Fuel Standard. This important bipartisan policy (expanded in 2007) has led to more energy security, a stronger rural economy and cleaner air. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

The Andersons: Ethanol group profitable in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. on Aug. 4 reported a profitable second quarter for all four of its business groups, including the ethanol group. The company also announced changes to its business structure, including the combining of the ethanol and trade groups. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

EIA: US ethanol production falls 3%, ending stocks up slightly

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 3 percent the week ending July 31, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 5. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

Grassley provides update of COVID-19 relief for ethanol, SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Grassley, R-Iowa, provided an update on the potential for COVID-19 relief for ethanol producers and the status of gap year small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions during a press call held on Aug. 4. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

BP net zero strategy features increased bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessBP on Aug. 4 announced a new strategy to transform from an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company. As part of that goal, BP aims to become a net zero company by 2050. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

Iowa senators oppose confirmation of Menezes to DOE post

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate voted 79 to 16 on Aug. 4 to confirm Mark Menezes as deputy secretary of energy. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, voted against his confirmation, citing concerns related to small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Green Plains focuses on high-quality alcohol, protein products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGreen Plains' efforts to transform its business are continuing as the company focuses on the production of high-protein ingredients and USP-grade alcohol. As part of that effort, Green Plains is supplying high-grade alcohol to the makers of Lysol. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Blue Flint granted $155,000 to consider biomass conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded Blue Flint $155,000 to research and conduct a feasibility study on the utilization of biomass as a fuel and power source for its 70 MMgy ethanol plant. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Growth Energy urges EPA to accurately tally benefits of ethanol

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has submitted comments on a proposed rule from the U.S. EPA that would change how the agency conducts the benefit-cost analysis (BCA) of new rules under the Clean Air Act, including the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

GranBio, NextChem partner on cellulosic ethanol

BY GranBio Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessGranBio on Aug. 3 announced a strategic alliance with NextChem, the subsidiary of Italian engineering company Maire Tecnimont, to co-license its patented technology for the production of second generation ethanol worldwide. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Nebraska lawmakers consider action to promote biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, RetailerA resolution introduced in the Nebraska Legislature on July 23 aims to determine what changes should be made to the state’s statutory and regulatory policies in order to enhance and promote the biofuels industry in Nebraska. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Poet produces biobased industrial alcohol

BY Poet Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessPoet has announced its commitment to scale up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol at its biorefineries in Leipsic, Ohio, and Alexandria, Indiana. Poet said the changes will help meet growing demand caused by COVID-19. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Didion begins production of USP grade alcohol

BY Didion Milling Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessIn response to COVID-19 , Didion has modified its ethanol production facility to meet a growing demand for high-quality industrial alcohol. The company will have the capacity to produce 50 MMgy of USP grade alcohol per year starting this fall. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

UNICA: Fuel ethanol sales down, ethanol sales for sanitizer up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production and sales were down a respective 2 percent and 14 percent during the first half of July despite a 14 percent increase in the volume of sugarcane processed. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

Growth Energy to IRS: Ethanol plants ready to capture more carbon

BY Growth Energy Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor has submitted written comments on the IRS's proposed regulations under section 45Q, a tax credit for carbon capture projects. She called on the agency to offer credit for CO2 captured for food and beverage purposes. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

RFA provides USDA a roadmap to renewable fuel growth

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association this week responded to the USDA's request for comment on its Agriculture Innovation Agenda. The RFA's comments identify five opportunities for the ethanol industry to meet the AIA's goals. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

DOE announces $97 million for bioenergy R&D

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy on July 31 announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy, including biofuels, biopower and bioproducts. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

Green Plains approved for $75M in financing for protein strategy

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:BusinessGreen Plains Inc. has received final credit approval for a $75 million, 15 year term loan facility that will support the execution of its protein strategy. The company said its Wood River plant will be the next to add high protein production. READ MORE

July 30, 2020

ADM discusses potential for restart of idle dry mill plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessADM confirmed on July 30 that two of its dry mill ethanol plants remain idle. The company is taking a data-driven approach to determining a restart date for those plants, and said a strategic review of ADM’s ethanol business is ongoing. READ MORE

July 30, 2020

Valero: Q2 ethanol production down, renewable diesel sales up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessValero Energy Corp. released second quarter financial results on July 30, reporting that ethanol production volumes were down approximately 50 percent when compared to the same period of 2019. Renewable diesel sales volumes, however, were up. READ MORE

July 30, 2020

High-protein DDGS provide high quality pig nutrition

BY University of Illinois Found In:Coproducts, BusinessIn a recent study, Illinois researchers show a new high-protein distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) product from Marquis Energy has greater energy and protein digestibility than conventional DDGS. READ MORE

July 29, 2020

EIA: Weekly ethanol production up 5.5%, stocks up 2.4%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was up approximately 5.5 percent the week ending July 24, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by about 2.4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 29. READ MORE

July 29, 2020

Grassley: Ethanol producers may have to depend on Perdue for aid

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on July 28 that he would like to see $3 billion for ethanol included in a phase four COVID-19 relief package. Legislation released by the U.S. Senate in late July, however, provides no dedicated relief for ethanol. READ MORE

July 29, 2020

NDEE offers funding for ethanol blender pumps

BY Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Found In:Business, RetailerThe Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy is taking applications for a new grant program designed to encourage the installation of ethanol blender pumps across Nebraska. An informational Zoom meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4. READ MORE

July 29, 2020

Nextchem, LanzaTech to promote circular ethanol production

BY NextChem Found In:BusinessNextChem and LanzaTech have signed an agreement to license the "Waste to Ethanol" process line. NextChem thereby expands its circular economy and chemical recycling technologies, adding circular ethanol technology. READ MORE

July 28, 2020

Ernst urges Wheeler to take action on barriers to E15 growth

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerSen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on July 28 urging him to initiate a rulemaking to certify biofuel infrastructure for E15 and remove unnecessary labeling requirements for the fuel blend. READ MORE