Business

October 21, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 3%, stocks down 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 3 percent the week ending Oct. 16, while weekly ending stocks fell by more than 1 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 21. READ MORE

October 21, 2020

Novozymes reports 5% decline in Q3 bioenergy sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessNovozymes released third quarter financial results on Oct. 21, reporting overall sales declined 3 percent organically. The company’s bioenergy segment reported a 5 percent decline in organic sales for the quarter. READ MORE

October 21, 2020

Bill aims to require sales of zero-emission vehicles by 2035

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., on Oct. 20 introduced the Zero-Emissions Vehicles Act of 2020, which aims to end U.S. sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. Requirements would begin to phase in 2025. READ MORE

October 20, 2020

EPA: 1.63 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA released data in mid-October showing 1.63 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in September, up from 1.61 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

October 20, 2020

CropEnergies reports record quarterly operating profits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies on Oct. 7 reported ethanol production and revenues for its second fiscal quarter were down when compared to last year. Operating profit, however, was up significantly. READ MORE

October 20, 2020

USGC: Workshop promotes ethanol blending

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council teamed up with General Motors and SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, to conduct a virtual ethanol workshop in mid-September focused on policy, blending mandates and handling. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

Report predicts growth in Brazilian corn ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessCorn ethanol production in Brazil is expected to reach 2.5 billion liters (660.43 million gallons) during the 2020-’21 marketing year, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network on Oct. 8. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

Bioenergy, biofuels account for nearly half of US renewables use

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:BusinessWood and waste energy accounted for nearly one-fourth of U.S. renewable energy use in 2019, while biofuels accounted for 20 percent of renewable energy consumption, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

UAI: Vehicle emissions testing shows ethanol blends are cleaner

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, RetailerUrban Air Technical Director Steve Vander Griend recently conducted a PEMS test for the 3DATX Corp. Cannon Ball Run promotion. In UAI’s testing, emissions were lower with the E30 compared to the E10 and the vehicles benefited from the higher octane. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

RFA: New grants support RFA’s award-winning safety education

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded $75,000 in grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s work with TRANSCAER. READ MORE

October 19, 2020

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center joins RFA

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe RFA has welcomed the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center as its newest Associate Member. Located at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, NCERC is dedicated to the development of biofuels and other renewable compounds. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

EPA issues final Fuels Streamlining Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 15 issued its final Fuels Streamlining Rule, which streamlines the agency’s existing regulations for gasoline, diesel and other fuels. It does not, however, change the stringency of existing fuel quality standards. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

UNICA: Ethanol exports remain high in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol exports continued trend higher in September. Ethanol sales for non-fuel purposes also continued to remain high during the month. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

Poet expansion will tackle sanitizer shortage

BY Poet Found In:Operations, BusinessOn Oct. 15, Poet executives, Indiana policymakers, and members of the Alexandria community joined together to break ground on an expansion at Poet Biorefining-Alexandria. The expansion will accommodate the production of purified alcohol. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

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

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production increased by nearly 2 percent the week ending Oct. 9, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Oct. 15. Stocks also increased by approximately 2 percent. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

US ethanol exports fall 12%, DDGS exports down 7% for 2019-‘20

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessU.S. exports of ethanol were down approximately 12 percent for the 2019-’20 marketing year, which closed Aug. 31, while exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) were down nearly 7 percent, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

Midwest AgEnergy launches Carbon Zero, celebrates CO2 test well

BY Midwest AgEnergy Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessMidwest AgEnergy's Blue Flint ethanol plant on Oct. 13 celebrated the commencement of drilling a stratigraphic test well to study the feasibility of CCUS. The event also kicked off Midwest AgEnergy's Vision Carbon ZERO initiative. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

UK biofuel consumption down 27% in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessThe U.K.’s consumption of transportation biofuels fell sharply during the second quarter of 2020 due primarily to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures that reduced travel, according to data released by the U.K. government on Oct. 8. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

Gevo collaborates with Total to develop renewable isoamylene

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. has signed a joint development agreement with Total Cray Valley, part of Total’s polymers division to upgrade fusel oils from ethanol production into renewable isoamylene, which can be used in a diverse set of applications. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

RFA welcomes new member Ascensus Specialties

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessAscensus Specialties has joined the RFA as an associate member. The company is a chemical provider to industrial alcohol producers that offers a solution to help reduce acetaldehyde and acetal in ethanol streams. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

Hydro-Thermal welcomes Commerce official

BY Hydro-Thermal Corp. Found In:BusinessOn Oct. 13, Hydro-Thermal Corp. was visited by Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Joe Semsar during a trip to Wisconsin to work on initiatives related to the growth of exporting. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

CoBank predicts stable outlook for ethanol over next 2 quarters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:BusinessThe U.S. ethanol industry experienced some incremental positives during the third quarter and continued to recover to a new baseline level equaling roughly 90 percent of pre-COVID-19 demand, according to a quarterly report released by CoBank. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA group of 14 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 12 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking that recognizes the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural feedstocks. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Green Plains sells remaining 50% of Green Plains Cattle Co.

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:BusinessPlains Inc. on Oct. 13 announced the sale of its remaining 50 percent joint venture interest in Green Plains Cattle Co. LLC to a group of investment funds for approximately $80 million, plus closing adjustments. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

RFA: Ethanol emergency response webinars this week

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association is offering four-hour-long ethanol emergency response webinars on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. The webinars are offered in partnership with TRANSCAER and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Bushel joins RFA as associate member

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has welcomed Bushel as its newest associate member. Bushel is a mobile technology company that powers apps and websites that facilitate business communications and transactions between grain companies and growers. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

ANL releases 2020 updates to GREET Models

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 released 2020 updates to its GREET Models. Updates include new pathways for a variety of biobased fuels and a new feedstock carbon intensity calculator. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

Manitoba seek comments on proposed increase to biofuel mandates

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Manitoba government is proposing to increase the required renewable content in gasoline to 10 percent and the required renewable content in diesel to 5 percent, effective Jan. 1. A 45-day comment period on the proposal is now open. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

Lallemand to sponsor RFA Young Professionals Network in 2021

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe RFA has announced Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits will be the title sponsor of the Young Professionals Network in 2021. The YPN was launched in July to bring together innovative and dedicated young professionals in the ethanol industry. READ MORE