Business

November 16, 2017

Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessA Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from biomass. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

In Depth: Pollutant Powerplay

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Ener-Core’s power oxidation system draws energy from volatile organic compounds to produce heat and power, offsetting natural gas use. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Opinion: Is E25 legal in the Mini Cooper?

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Trouble with regulations often results from how regulating agencies interpret the language in the laws. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

RFA refutes PMAA’s claims in letter to Senate EPW chairman

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe RFA says the PMAA's claims that underground storage tanks at fueling stations cannot legally store E15 are “grossly overstated” and the group’s conclusion that RFS volumes should be reduced is “completely unfounded." READ MORE

November 15, 2017

USGC: China reallows exemption from value added tax for US DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAn announcement was posted last week on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website that the country would again allow U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11 percent value added tax (VAT). READ MORE

November 15, 2017

In Depth: A New Reality

BY Lynn Knox Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Off-take agreements lose their financial appeal under a new provision taking effect at the end of next year. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

RFA, Growth Energy, USGC urge suspension of Brazil’s GSP status

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and U.S. Grains Council are asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to suspend Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

RFA: Automakers approve E15 in nearly 90% of new 2018 vehicles

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessNearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15, according to the results of an annual analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

LBDS publishes sixth edition of its Alcohol Textbook

BY Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits Found In:BusinessLallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has published the 6th edition of its Alcohol Textbook, which has become the industry standard and reference guide in the industry. The new edition spans 602 pages and can be ordered on the LBDS website. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Aemetis provides update of cellulosic ethanol initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting revenues for its ethanol business grew 6.2 percent when compared to the same quarter of last year. Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee also noted ethanol production increased 4 percent. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts made in its October STEO. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

ACE: Video series on E15 and flex fuel retailers debuts

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol announced the first two in a series of fuel marketer-focused videos on the flexfuelforward.com website Nov. 13, part of a campaign to feature real world E15 and flex fuel retailer success stories. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

RFA: Record corn yield underscores RFS success

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe November World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report raised the average corn yield estimate by 3.6 bushels per acre and would best the previous record of 174.6 bushels per acre set in 2016. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Lawmakers ask FTC to investigate manipulation of RIN markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of six members of Congress wrote to the Federal Trade Commission on Nov. 7 asking the agency to investigate possible market manipulation in the renewable identification number (RIN) market. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Growth Energy honors veterans

BY Growth Energy Found In:BusinessIn recognition of Veterans Day this Saturday, Nov. 11, Growth Energy extends our deepest gratitude to the men and women who serve our nation in the United States Armed Forces. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

RFA: Ethanol industry a natural fit for veterans

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThousands of veterans have continued to make our nation stronger and more secure by choosing careers in the ethanol industry after leaving military service. In fact, nearly one in five workers in the U.S. ethanol industry is a veteran. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

USGC: Chinese corn, sorghum, DDGS team travels to the US

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessA team of Chinese buyers of corn, sorghum and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) traveled to the United States last month to investigate crop production and quality as well as gain a better understanding of U.S. feed grains and co-products. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

IRFA: Iowans can save more than $1 per gallon with E85

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, BusinessIn recent weeks, Iowa drivers have had access to exceptionally low E85 prices, in several cases more than $1 cheaper than regular E10. These tremendous savings stem from the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Sweetwater Energy brings lignin-based activated carbon to market

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessSweetwater Energy’s biomass conversion technology has produced native lignin that can be easily carbonized and activated to make high-end powdered activated carbons for the municipal potable water and home water filters markets. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Advanced biofuel companies thank Trump for commitment to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 19 advanced biofuel companies sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 8 thanking him for his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and outlining the need to set strong advanced and cellulosic targets in the 2018 RFS rule. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

US, Israel partner to develop cellulosic ethanol technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority on five energy projects, including one that aims to develop cellulosic ethanol technology. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Research makes plant waste a viable option in ethanol production

BY University of California-Riverside Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessUniversity of California-Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant second-generation plant wastes competitive with first-generation ethanol made from sugars. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

IRFA: E15 now available at 142 stations across Iowa

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, BusinessIn recent weeks E15 has arrived in several northern and eastern Iowa communities. Casey’s General Store, Kwik Star, and several other retailers have added E15 to their locations, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol during Q3

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessPacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting the company achieved a record total gallons sold of 250 million and a record production gallons sold of 141.8 million. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

The Andersons Ethanol Group impacted by decreased margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that its Ethanol Group was challenged by decreasing margins. The group generated pretax income of $6.1 million, down from $9.5 million during the same period of last year. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

RFA: Consumers win with ethanol

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, BusinessAccording to crowd-sourced data from the Renewable Fuels Association’s E85prices.com, the national price spread between regular unleaded and E85 has never been greater in the 17 years of tracking on the website. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

On Fly Green Day, 8 airlines fly with Gevo’s jet fuel from O’Hare

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. recently announced that its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol is being used Nov. 8 by eight commercial airlines for Fly Green Day, sponsored by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

VTT to develop enzymes found in wildfire-prone areas

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Coproducts, BusinessMicroorganisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India may be useful biochemical production because they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Gevo announces strategic review, reduces staff at Luverne plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that the company’s management and board of directors are reviewing its strategic and financial operations. Gevo also said it reduced staff at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant in October. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

EPA registers Enerkem to sell cellulosic ethanol under the RFS

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyEnerkem Inc. has received approval from the U.S. EPA to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alberta, facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard. Enerkem expanded the Edmonton facility to produce ethanol earlier this year. READ MORE