Business

July 16, 2019

US ethanol groups weigh in on Ontario’s E15 plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the U.S. Grains Council sent joint comments to Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks July 8 regarding its proposed plan and schedule for implementing E15. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Green Biologics to cease operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, BusinessA former Little Falls, Minnesota, ethanol plant that was converted to biobased butanol and acetone production in 2016 it ceasing operations. Green Biologics Ltd. recently announced it has begun “an orderly closure of operations.” READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Eco-Energy launches ethanol logistics service

BY Eco-Energy Found In:BusinessEco-Energy, has launched an ethanol logistics service. This service will extend Eco’s logistics management capabilities to a broader mix of ethanol buyers and shippers. Eagle Transport is the preferred truck carrier for business. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

CropEnergies: Ethanol production down, operating profit up in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies AG has released fiscal first quarter financial results, reporting ethanol production was down 19 percent during the three month period ending May 31. Revenue and operating profit, however, were up. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Casey’s, Kansas Corn announce expansion of E15 fuel

BY Kansas Corn Commission Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerCasey’s General Stores and the Kansas Corn Commission have announced the addition of E15 fuel at several Casey’s locations across Kansas, providing Kansas drivers with a lower-priced, cleaner fuel option. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

ACE, IRFA host tours for Mexican fuel retailers

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, RetailerFuel retailers from Mexico visited Iowa this week to get a first-hand view of the U.S.’s ethanol industry. The group toured a farm where corn is grown, an ethanol plant, a fuel terminal, and several retail stations. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet July 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an opening meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held July 25 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

USGC: Indian producers investigate Philippines ethanol model

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, BusinessThe seventh annual Bioenergy Week of the Global Bioenergy Partnership allowed the USGC to highlight how the government and private industry in the Philippines cooperate to promote ethanol to a delegation of sugar-based ethanol producers from India. READ MORE

July 11, 2019

EPA to hold hearing on 2020 RFS proposal July 31 in Michigan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on its proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 11, 2019

Attis Industries joins the Advanced Biofuels Association

BY Attis Industries Inc. Found In:BusinessAttis Industries Inc. announced July 10 it has joined the Advanced Biofuels Association. The company owns a corn ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, and plans to produce second-generation biofuels in the future. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

IRENA: Bioenergy employed 3.18 million people globally in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyIRENA recently released the sixth edition of it Renewable Energy and Jobs report, announcing the renewable energy sector employed at least 11 million people last year, directly and indirectly. Bioenergy employed approximately 3.18 million people. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

Phibro launches new portfolio of yeast products for ethanol

BY Phibro Animal Health Corp. Found In:BusinessPhibro Animal Health Corp.’s Ethanol Performance Group has again expanded its portfolio of customer solutions by unveiling new yeast products PhibroADY and FortiPhi to address the needs of a changing market. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

USGC welcomes new member Eco-Energy

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Business, RetailerThe U.S. Grains Council has welcomed Eco-Energy as a new member. Eco-Energy includes an expansive downstream distribution network, global trade flows, transportation platform and a disciplined marketing approach. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

EIA lowers ethanol production forecast for 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has slightly lowered its forecast for 2019 ethanol production but is maintaining its outlook for 2020 production, according to the July edition of the EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Anellotech successfully demos biomass pretreatment technology

BY Anellotech Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessAnellotech’s MinFree technology, an innovative, patent pending biomass pretreatment process, has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton per day scale. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

USDA: May ethanol, distillers grain exports up from 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data July 3, reporting that the U.S. exported nearly 99.61 million gallons of ethanol and approximately 1.02 million tons of distillers grains in May. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

BIO: Batchelor named vice president

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:BusinessThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization announced July 2 that Stephanie Batchelor has been named BIO’s vice president for its industrial & environmental (I&E) section. Batchelor has worked for BIO in the I&E section since July 2008. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

EPA proposes 2020 RVOs, 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has proposed to require 20.04 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply next year, up from 19.92 billion gallons in 2019, according to a rulemaking released by the agency July 5. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

UNICA: Anhydrous ethanol production up in early June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessThe production of anhydrous ethanol was up at mills in the south-central region of Brazil during the first half of June. The production of hydrous ethanol, however, was down, according to UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced June 28 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

CoBank: Ethanol margins to remain low in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyA new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division July 2 finds that operating margins for ethanol producers will likely remain weak for the remainder of 2019. The outlook for exports, however, is more optimistic. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Gasolinegate: Decades of flawed emission reports endanger public

BY Farmers Union Enterprises Found In:Business, PolicyThe 263 million gasoline vehicles on American roadways are emitting significantly more harmful emissions than being reported, and the U.S. EPA is ignoring the dangers of toxic compounds in gasoline, according to a new report released this week. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Vertimass licenses technology to Alliance BioEnergy Plus

BY Vertimass Found In:Coproducts, BusinessVertimass completed its first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce renewable jet fuel along with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX). READ MORE

July 03, 2019

OPINION: Retailers and E15 infrastructure

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe EPA recently removed a key regulatory barrier to year-round E15 sales. The Renewable Fuels Association is ready to assist retailers, marketers, terminal operators and others who want to take a serious look at offering the fuel blend. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySeveral U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Trade deal opens EU to more ethanol imports from South America

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new trade agreement reached June between Mercosur, a South American trade bloc consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the European Union is expected to impact ethanol producers in both regions. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

EIA to update data reporting for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking a three-year extension with changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System. The proposed changes include those related to biofuels reporting. Comments are due July 24. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

USGC bids fond farewell to Tom Sleight

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyTom Sleight, long-time USGC president and CEO, hands over the organization’s reins this week to Ryan LeGrand. His legacy includes a strong global team consciously built over decades to take on the challenges of a dynamic market development portfolio. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Sensor application company MoistTech joins RFA

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessFlorida-based MoistTech has recently joined the Renewable Fuels Association as an associate member. The company offers technical equipment that uses near-infrared technology to measure a wide range of product attributes. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

USGC: Vietnam ethanol producer purchases equipment, US corn

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe sole ethanol producer in Vietnam is preparing to test U.S. corn as a feedstock with a hammer mill purchased during a mission to the United States in June. The mission is one part of the USGC's efforts to support the country's E5 mandate. READ MORE