Business

October 03, 2019

Minnesota accepting applications for Governor’s Biofuels Council

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, PolicyMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz is seeking applicants for his newly formed Governor’s Biofuels Council. Members of the council will be representatives of agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as environmental and conservation groups. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

Corn growers urge Trump to reallocate SREs, uphold the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyCorn grower leaders representing more than 300,000 corn farmers from across the U.S. recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to uphold his commitment to U.S. farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced Sept. 27 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which coincides with fiscal year 2020. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

STB renews charter of RETAC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe STB published a notice Sept. 25 announcing it intends to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. RETAC was established in 2008 and provides advice to the STB regarding the rail transportation of energy resources. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

OPINION: E15 & flex fuel? Ask someone who knows…

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, RetailerThe American Coalition for Ethanol has updated the flexfuelforward.com website to include more marketer “testimonials” and more in-depth information to answer questions retailers frequently ask about E15 and flex fuel. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

OPINION: Growth Energy promotes benefits of E15 at NACS show

BY Mike O’Brien, Growth Energy vice president of market development Found In:Business, RetailerMike O’Brien, Growth Energy vice president of market development, is at the National Association of Convenience Stores Show in Atlanta, Georgia, helping to educate over 50,000 fuel retailer stakeholders on the many benefits of E15. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

OPINION: Working to spread E15 nationwide

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, RetailerIt was once said that disruption creates opportunity; that is exactly what is happening with E15 in the marketplace, according to Cassie Mullen, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

The Andersons, Marathon Petroleum combine ethanol interests

BY The Andersons Inc. Found In:BusinessThe Andersons Inc. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. have merged four ethanol entities with and into The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC. The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum own 50.1 percent and 49.9 percent of TAMH, respectively. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

Little Sioux Corn Processors to add FQT’s protein technology

BY Fluid Quip Technologies Found In:Coproducts, BusinessLittle Sioux Corn Processors announced Sept. 30 it will install Fluid Quip Technologies’ patented Maximized Stillage Co-Products (MSC) system at its Marcus, Iowa, ethanol plant. This will be the seventh installation of MSC technology worldwide. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

RFA: What happens when an ethanol plant shuts down?

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe idling of an ethanol plant—even if temporary—sends damaging shockwaves throughout the entire community in which the facility operates, including the immediate loss of a local market for corn and a sudden drop in local corn prices. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

ACE introduces updated fuel marketer website, videos at NACS

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerThe American Coalition for Ethanol is introducing its revamped fuel marketer-to-marketer flexfuelforward.com website and new videos to prospective E15 and flex fuel retailers attending the 2019 National Association of Convenience Stores. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

Ethanol fuels winners of Crappie Masters National Tournament

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, BusinessFor the fifth consecutive year, the winning team of the Crappie Masters National Championship powered their boat with clean, renewable ethanol. The RFA and NCGA were co-title sponsors of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail for the third year. READ MORE

October 01, 2019

South Korean team purchases U.S. DDGS following Export Exchange

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessA group of South Korean feed grains buyers attended Export Exchange in 2018, thanks to a sponsorship from the U.S. Grains Council, which led to the group purchasing 127,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

Ethanol fuels large-scale expansion of Brazil’s farming land

BY University of Queensland Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessLand use for sugarcane farming could increase by 5 million hectares by 2030 thanks to future demand for ethanol, according to a study led by the University of Queensland in Australia. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

Delegation from North Dakota promotes US ethanol in Brazil

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, BusinessA delegation from North Dakota that included North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring and representatives of Midwestern Ag Energy Group recently traveled to Brazil in hopes of building relationships that will lead to ethanol exports. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

EPA: 1.65 billion RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.65 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 37.37 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Farm industry leaders speak out against SREs

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyAg leaders from Iowa and Ohio say there is no question SREs issued by U.S. EPA are hurting ethanol producers and farmers. Four farmers from the two states took part in a media call Sept. 26 to address the impact SREs are having on their industries. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

US-Japan trade agreement could benefit ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new trade agreement was reached Sept. 25 between the U.S. and Japan, our nation’s third largest agricultural export market. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the agreement includes a staged tariff elimination for ethanol. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

MnDOT report on decarbonizing transportation addresses biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerMnDOT released a report Sept. 18 that aims to get the state on track to meet future goals for reducing GHG emissions in accordance with state laws. It includes a variety of recommendations to guide state policy, including those focused on biofuels. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

NYSERDA: New York renewable fuels jobs up 2.5% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:BusinessThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced Sept. 24 the state’s clean energy economy employed nearly 159,000 workers last year. Employment in renewable fuels, which includes biofuels and wood pellets, was up 2.5 percent. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from July, reporting that corn consumed for fuel ethanol was down when compared to both June 2019 and July 2018. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Iowa Unleaded 88 retailers kick-off Pink at the Pump campaign

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, RetailerMore than 70 Iowa fuel retail stations are participating in the 4th annual Pink at the Pump campaign this October. Participating organizations will donate 3 cents for each gallon of Unleaded 88 sold during the month to breast cancer research. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

ORNL customizes microbes for better biofuel production

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes into a variety of microorganisms that previously would not accept foreign DNA, with the goal of creating custom microbes to break down plants for bioenergy. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

RFA corrects Wheeler’s misstatements about ethanol demand, SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Sept. 25 criticizing statements he made during a Sept. 19 congressional hearing where he claimed SREs are not impacting the ethanol industry. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

EIA: Ethanol production falls to 3-year low

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyData released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 25 shows U.S. ethanol production for the week ending Sept. 20 slipped to an average of 943,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since April 2016. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

USDA: Final rule to speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA published a final rule Sept. 23 that allows agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Agenda announced for North Dakota Energy Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessProduced by BBI International in partnership with HB Sound & Light, the North Dakota Energy Conference will cover the vast energy resources available in the state. The event will take place in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Nov. 13-14. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Congressional Biofuels Caucus urges EPA to account for SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administration Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 20 urging the agency to account for SREs when setting annual RFS blending obligations. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Growth Energy: US biofuels help drive environmental progress

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has released a report examining the potential impact of U.S. biofuels in America’s clean energy future. It presents data on ag innovation, provides a review of recent studies, and illuminates gaps in EPA's understanding of biofuels. READ MORE