Business

January 13, 2021

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, stocks up 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was up nearly 1 percent the week ending Jan. 8, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 13. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by nearly 2 percent. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

House Biofuels Caucus urges Trump to reject SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMembers of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to President Trump on Jan. 12 urging him to direct the U.S. EPA to immediately reject any pending SRE requests that do not meet criteria established by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

Fuel retailers, drivers raise thousands for local cancer center

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerIn the past three years, fuel retailers across Nebraska have raised more than $18,000 for cancer research as part of “Fuel the Cure.” During October, when drivers chose higher blends of ethanol fuel, gas stations donated 3 cents per gallon. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

WASDE: 2020-’21 outlook for corn use in ethanol lowered

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA lowered its prediction for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol in its latest WASDE report, released on Jan. 12. The forecasts for corn production, feed and residual use, exports, and ending stocks were also lowered. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

Senators ask Biden to restore the integrity of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of six democratic senators sent a letter President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 11 urging his administration to support U.S. farmers and the biofuels industry by restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

Green Plains completes York USP upgrade

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessGreen Plains Inc. has announced the completion of its upgrade to USP grade alcohol at its York, Nebraska biorefinery. The York upgrade included the installation of a new distillation production unit, and remains capable of producing up to 50 MMgy. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

RFA welcomes Bredenkamp to government and public affairs team

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has announced that Troy Bredenkamp is joining the association’s staff as its new senior vice president for government and public affairs. He begins work in RFA's Washington office on Jan. 19. READ MORE

January 11, 2021

Supreme Court to review Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Supreme Court announced on Jan. 8 it will review a Jan. 24, 2020 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that, if implemented nationally, would reduce the number of obligated parties that are eligible to apply for SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

January 11, 2021

USDA: US ethanol exports at 114 million gallons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessThe U.S. exported 113.62 million gallons of ethanol in November and 927,604 metric tons of distillers grains according to data released by the USDA FAS on Jan. 7. Exports of both products were down when compared to the previous month. READ MORE

January 11, 2021

RFA: Biden can slash carbon emissions by 12M tons on day one

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyOn “Day One” in office, President-elect Biden’s incoming administration can immediately secure 10.7 million metric tons of GHG reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending small refinery exemptions and implementing a 2017 court order. READ MORE

January 08, 2021

Groups reject EPA’s excuse for failing to comply with court order

BY Growth Energy, RFA, NBB, ACE, NCGA, NFU, and NSP Found In:Business, PolicyOn Jan. 7, a coalition of biofuels and ag trade groups filed its reply in support of its November 2020 motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion asks the court to enforce its 2017 decision on improper RFS waivers. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

IRS issues final rule for 45Q tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS on Jan. 6 issued final regulations regarding the section 45Q tax credit for qualified carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Capture Coalition said the rule provides overdue regulatory and financial certainty. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

SkyRNG, LanzaTech to build alcohol-to-jet facility in Europe

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, BusinessNetherlands-based SkyNRG has announced it is leading a consortium that will build a 30,000-ton-per-year alcohol to jet (ATJ) facility in Europe. LanzaTech will supply its ATJ technology to the facility. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

Ingredion idles 45 MMgy ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessIngredion confirmed on Jan. 6 it is idling its 45 MMgy ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A company spokesperson attributed the decision to “current market conditions [that] have impacted the entire ethanol industry.” READ MORE

January 07, 2021

OPINION: USDA HBIIP 2020 year-end free money clearance!

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure and Incentive Program has some money left over, and the agency is offering fuel retailers a rare second chance to submit applications. The current application period is open through Jan. 19. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

OPINION: Have equipment needs? These incentive programs can help

BY Robert White, vice president of industry relations, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerIntroducing higher blends of ethanol with the support of incentive programs might be a way for fuel retailers who need to install new equipment, convert or retrofit older equipment, or meet EMV compliance lower their equipment costs. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

NIST event to address 2 ethanol proposals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA notice published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology states that the combined 105th annual and 2021 Interim Meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures will address two issues related to E15 blends. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

RFA, Growth Energy demand transparency in SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyIn a court filing on Jan. 5, the RFA and Growth Energy continued to call on the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to release the names and locations of refineries granted exemptions from their RFS blending obligations. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

Green Plains, Ospraie acquire majority stake in Fluid Quip

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessGreen Plains Inc. has acquired a majority interest in Fluid Quip Technologies in a joint transaction led by Ospraie Management LLC. The transaction will rapidly expand installation of Ultra-High Protein production across Green Plains’ facilities. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

Koch Project Solutions to execute Gevo expansion projects

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. has engaged Koch Project Solutions LLC to provide front end engineering, design and project execution management services for the expansion projects that Gevo is in the process of financing with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

EPA issues proposed consent decree related to SRE court challenge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Jan. 4 published a notice of a proposed consent decree that would require the agency to issue a decision regarding a 2019 SRE petition filed by United Refining Co. by Feb. 19. A public comment period is open through Feb. 3. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

USGC promotes ethanol’s air quality, human health benefits

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerAs the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 push air quality and climate issues to center stage, the U.S. Grains Council is continuing its work to demonstrate the environmental benefits of ethanol to global stakeholders. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

ORNL: Co-Optima research develops roadmap for biofuels design

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Markets, BusinessResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel will perform in engines designed for light-duty vehicles. READ MORE

December 30, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 4%, stocks up 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was down 4 percent the week ending Dec. 25, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 30. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by more than 1 percent. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on Dec. 23 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

Corn use for fuel ethanol at 433 million bushels in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for December, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production reached 433 million bushels in October, up from the previous month, but down from October 2019. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

RFA Completes a Decade of Ethanol Safety Training Leadership

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe RFA's industry-leading safety program celebrates 10 years of national leadership this month. Over the past decade, RFA’s safety training has reached thousands of first responders, rail shippers, ethanol plant workers and others. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

Green Plains completes sale of Texas plant

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:BusinessGreen Plains Inc. on Dec. 28 announced that its subsidiary, Green Plains Hereford LLC, has completed the previously announced sale of its ethanol plant located in Hereford, Texas, to Hereford Ethanol Partners L.P. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Trump signs COVID-19 relief, tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerPresident Trump on Dec. 27 signed a legislative package that includes tax extenders, $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, and government funding, averting a government shutdown and providing potential COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Manitoba increases ethanol, biodiesel blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Manitoba government on Dec. 22 announced that it will step up its ethanol and biodiesel blending requirements over the next two years, requiring E10 and B5 blends of gasoline and diesel by the start of 2022. READ MORE