Business

May 16, 2019

In Depth: Industry Accolades

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: In their second year, the Ethanol Producer Awards honor worthy people, projects and partnerships. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Opinion: Market Access Key to Building Demand

BY Brian Healy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Driving global ethanol demand by strengthening nations' fuel policies critical in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

EU repeals anti-dumping duties on US ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe European Commission issued a decision May 14 announcing it will repeal anti-dumping duties on European Union imports of U.S. ethanol. The anti-dumping duties have been in place since early 2013. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

SIRE reports increased ethanol production for Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessSouthwest Iowa Renewable Energy Inc. recently released financial results for its fiscal second quarter, the three months ended March 31. The company reported increased ethanol production and a slight decrease in revenues. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

New Study: RFS saves consumers 22 cents on every gallon of gas

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFS has lowered gas prices by an average of 22 cents per gallon in recent years and saved the typical American household $250 annually, according to a study published May 15 by economist and energy policy expert Philip K. Verleger, Jr. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

In Depth: ‘A Personal Business’

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Two ethanol company executives discuss their career changes, lessons they’ve learned and their impressions of our industry. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

USGC promotes DDGS, ethanol during USDA ATM to Taiwan

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyUSGC members and staff participated in a recent trade mission to engage targeted Taiwan customers, connect them with U.S. suppliers to capture additional demand for products like U.S. DDGS and encourage increased ethanol use. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Petition urging automakers to make more FFVs seeks signatures

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA grassroots effort is underway to help convince automakers to continue to produce FFVs. To date, nearly 750 people have signed an online petition. Organizers of the effort are hoping to grow that number to at least 10,000. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

RFA rolls out new logo and web site

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has unveiled a new, modernized logo and launched a fully rebranded web site. The redesign features fresh design elements, crisp imagery, streamlined content, and new information. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

In Depth: Running on Refuse

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Enerkem is producing methanol and ethanol at its Edmonton, Alberta, plant, diverting up to 24 percent of the city’s landfill waste. The company has partners for another project in the Netherlands. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

Aemetis details progress with RNG, cellulosic ethanol projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 9, reporting progress with its advanced biofuel projects, including its proposed cellulosic ethanol plant and its dairy digester project to produce renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

May 13, 2019

STB: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet May 15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has announced its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting May 15 in Washington, D.C. The RETAC provides advice to STB related to the transportation of energy resources by rail. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

In Depth: Feedstock Flexibility

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

Green Plains discusses plant improvement projects, Q1 performance

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessGreen Plains Inc.’s first quarter 2019 financial performance was impacted by weak ethanol margins and severe weather. However, Todd Becker, president and CEO of Green Plains, said the worst of the low ethanol margin cycle could be over. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

USDA: March ethanol, DDGS exports up from prior month

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessThe USDA Foreign Agriculture Service released updated export data on May 9 reporting that the U.S. exported approximately 140 million gallons of ethanol in March, along with 956,828 tons of distillers grains. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

CFDC report: What’s in our gasoline is killing us

BY Clean Fuels Development Coalition Found In:Business, PolicyA report released by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition calls emissions from gasoline one the biggest health threats facing the American public. The report links a range of diseases to carcinogenic compounds refiners use to increase octane. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

In Depth: Opportunities in High-Protein Feed

BY Mallorie F. Wilken Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The market is growing and ethanol can play an important role, providing diversified revenue streams. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Gevo announces plans to decarbonize Luverne plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. released first quarter 2019 financial results May 8, highlighting efforts to decarbonize its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery and predicting the company could be become profitable during the next 18 months. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

EIA reduces 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe EIA released the latest edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook May 7 reducing its forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. The agency now predicts ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day in 2019. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

Green Plains appoints new CFO

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:BusinessGreen Plains Inc. announced May 8 that Patrich Simpkins, chief development officer, will take over as chief financial officer (CFO) of Green Plains and Green Plains Partners LP effective May 13. Current CFO John Neppl has has joined Bunge Ltd. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

In Depth: The Case for a Credit

BY Steffen Mueller and Sam Rushing Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Ethanol plants contribute up to 40 percent of merchant carbon dioxide, reducing emissions from fermentation while providing a crucial product. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

EPA issues guidance on registration of corn kernel fiber pathways

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe EPA has released guidance on how to demonstrate that an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch at a traditional ethanol plant satisfies applicable regulatory requirements. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

UNICA: Data shows record setting 2018-’19 season for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data confirming the country set new records for ethanol production, consumption and sales in 2018-’19. UNICA also released data on the first two weeks of the new harvest season. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

POET ads to shine a spotlight on America’s farm crisis

BY Poet LLC Found In:Business, PolicyThe world’s largest biofuel producer, Poet LLC, is launching a major advertising campaign urging leaders in the nation’s capital to confront the economic crisis in rural America and support crop-based products like ethanol to revitalize farm income. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed rule with 2020 RVOs, ‘other changes’ to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and “other changes” to the RFS program. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

Representatives urge EPA to stop issuing SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 35 representatives, led by Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler May 7 urging the agency to stop issuing SREs to large or unqualified refiners. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

The Andersons: Profitable Q1 for ethanol, Element startup in Q3

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessPat Bowe, president and CEO of The Andersons, has announced a profitable first quarter 2019 for the company's ethanol group and confirmed its Element ethanol plant in Kansas is expected to be operational by the end of the year. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

Maine governor vetoes bill limiting ethanol blending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyMaine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed legislation on May 2 that aimed to prohibit the sale of fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. The bill targeted the potential sale of E15, which is not yet available for retail purchase within the state. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

Pacific Ethanol reports improved margins, considers asset sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessPacific Ethanol Inc. held an earnings call to discuss first quarter 2019 financial results May 2. The company reported significant improvement when compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 but is continuing to consider the sale of production assets. READ MORE