Business

July 17, 2018

Heitkamp urges Wheeler to protect the RFS, allow year-round E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn July 12, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., urged Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and live up to the administration’s commitment to a strong RFS and the year-round sale of E15. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

In Depth: ‘The Way Forward’

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Membrane dehydration technologies save energy, reduce carbon emissions and provide flexibility in ethanol purity. More plants are installing them and more technology developers are offering them. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

Opinion: Everything Comes Back to the FEW

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Ethanol Producer Magazine Editor Lisa Gibson previews this issue of the magazine, including a recap of the 2018 FEW, features on membrane technologies, the potential of a high-octane fuel standard and more READ MORE

July 16, 2018

California reaches GHG reduction goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biofuels helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

The highly complex sugarcane genome has finally been sequenced

BY CIRAD Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessAn international team coordinated by CIRAD has sequenced the sugarcane genome. It will now be possible to "modernize" the methods used to breed sugarcane varieties. This will be a real boon to the sugar and biomass industry. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

In Depth: United Front

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Experts in multiple industries support the idea of a high-octane fuel standard, but some prefer it as a replacement to the RFS. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Opinion: Fuel Your Knowledge

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about the custom ethanol motorcycle built by Paul Jr. Designs and commissioned by RFA that will be featured at the Sturgis Motorcycle rally in South Dakota READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association releases 2018 half year report

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) released its 2018 Half Year Report to its producer and vendor members at a networking event in Prior Lake, Minnesota, July 11. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

USGC emphasizes commitment to Mexican trading partnership

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as Mexico’s next president will add new elements to the already-complex U.S.-Mexico trading relationship, negotiations for a revised North American Free Trade Agreement and the global grains marketplace. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

In Depth: Policy, Production, Potential

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: A recap the events at the 2018 FEW in Omaha, Nebraska, including an opening speech from Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor; panels focused on efficiency, compliance, finance and more; and a tour of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy READ MORE

July 13, 2018

Opinion: With Friends Like This...

BY Doug Sombke Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke discusses how the EPA's proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule would hurt both the ethanol and agriculture industries READ MORE

July 12, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted so far for 2017. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

CropEnergies: Ethanol prices expected to gradually improve

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies has reported its 2018-’19 financial year began with below-average revenues, but noted ethanol prices and the company’s financial performance are expected to gradually improve over the remainder of the year. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

Growth Energy adds vice president of communications

BY Growth Energy Found In:BusinessGrowth Energy announced July 9 that Jennifer Morris has joined the organization as its vice president of communications and public affairs. In this new role, Morris will oversee Growth Energy’s communications and public affairs initiatives. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

LanzaTech wins UK grant to support alcohol-to-jet project

BY LanzaTech Found In:Coproducts, BusinessLanzaTech and its partners are one-step closer to building an alcohol-to-jet facility producing commercial quantities of fuel in the U.K. through a recent government grant awarded under the Transport Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

EIA maintains short-term ethanol production forecast in July STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its June production that ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in both 2018 and 2019. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

USDA announces United Sorghum Checkoff Program board appointments

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn July 5, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board, which helps to increase demand for sorghum both domestically and internationally. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

DOE publishes report on performance-advantaged biobased chemicals

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has published the summary report for its workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals, that took place on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

ITA seeks nominations for renewable energy advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe ITA has renewed its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and is soliciting nominations for membership. Renewable fuels, including liquid biofuels and biomass pellets, are among the goods addressed by the committee. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

Growth Energy: American drivers pass 5 billion miles on E15

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy announced July 9 that American drivers have logged 5 billion miles on E15. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid vapor pressure (RVP) restrictions on the sale E15 fuel across most of the country. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

North Dakota ethanol plant to explore use of barley feedstock

BY Industrial Commission of North Dakota Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded a grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using barley to produce a high-value protein concentrate designed for aquaculture and a low-carbon advanced ethanol at Dakota Spirit AgEnergy. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol sales set new record during first half of June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that mills in the south-central region of the country sold a record 1.41 billion liters (372.48 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of June. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

Export Exchange 2018 scheduled for October 22-24

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USGC, the RFA and Growth Energy encourage U.S. suppliers of coarse grains and coproducts, industry representatives and members of the grain trade to register now for Export Exchange 2018, scheduled for October 22-24, 2018, in Minneapolis. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

USGC: Mission to Japan turns US ethanol opportunity into sales

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council explored the potential for increased exports of U.S. ethanol under Japan’s new energy policy as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture agricultural trade mission to the country in June. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn July 5, President Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

USGC: Trade school empowers corn state leaders to talk trade

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyNearly 50 corn state leaders convened in St. Louis, Missouri, in June to arm themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for trade at and event conducted by the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

New enzyme boost could hasten biofuel production

BY Imperial College London Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at Imperial College London have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

USDA: No Q3 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The USDA will issue its estimate for the fourth quarter by Sept. 1. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

Ethanol helps travelers declare independence from high gas prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessA record number of travelers will take to America’s highways and byways this Fourth of July holiday, and ethanol will be lowering the price they pay for gasoline while simultaneously strengthening our nation’s energy security. READ MORE