Business

January 05, 2021

Koch Project Solutions to execute Gevo expansion projects

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. has engaged Koch Project Solutions LLC to provide front end engineering, design and project execution management services for the expansion projects that Gevo is in the process of financing with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

EPA issues proposed consent decree related to SRE court challenge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Jan. 4 published a notice of a proposed consent decree that would require the agency to issue a decision regarding a 2019 SRE petition filed by United Refining Co. by Feb. 19. A public comment period is open through Feb. 3. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

USGC promotes ethanol’s air quality, human health benefits

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerAs the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 push air quality and climate issues to center stage, the U.S. Grains Council is continuing its work to demonstrate the environmental benefits of ethanol to global stakeholders. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

ORNL: Co-Optima research develops roadmap for biofuels design

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Markets, BusinessResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel will perform in engines designed for light-duty vehicles. READ MORE

December 30, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 4%, stocks up 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was down 4 percent the week ending Dec. 25, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 30. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by more than 1 percent. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on Dec. 23 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

Corn use for fuel ethanol at 433 million bushels in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for December, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production reached 433 million bushels in October, up from the previous month, but down from October 2019. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

RFA Completes a Decade of Ethanol Safety Training Leadership

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe RFA's industry-leading safety program celebrates 10 years of national leadership this month. Over the past decade, RFA’s safety training has reached thousands of first responders, rail shippers, ethanol plant workers and others. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

Green Plains completes sale of Texas plant

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:BusinessGreen Plains Inc. on Dec. 28 announced that its subsidiary, Green Plains Hereford LLC, has completed the previously announced sale of its ethanol plant located in Hereford, Texas, to Hereford Ethanol Partners L.P. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Trump signs COVID-19 relief, tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerPresident Trump on Dec. 27 signed a legislative package that includes tax extenders, $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, and government funding, averting a government shutdown and providing potential COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Manitoba increases ethanol, biodiesel blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Manitoba government on Dec. 22 announced that it will step up its ethanol and biodiesel blending requirements over the next two years, requiring E10 and B5 blends of gasoline and diesel by the start of 2022. READ MORE

December 23, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks up 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was up 2 percent the week ending Dec. 18, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 23. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by 1 percent. READ MORE

December 23, 2020

EPA: 1.61 billion RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that more than 1.61 billion renewable identification number (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in November, up from 1.58 billion generated during the same month of 2019. READ MORE

December 23, 2020

RFA marks 4 decades of industry leadership

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessForty years ago this month, a small group of innovative farmers and like-minded business leaders came together to officially found the RFA. The goal of the new trade group was as admirable as it was ambitious: grow production and demand for ethanol. READ MORE

December 23, 2020

Aemetis enters electric vehicle market

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:BusinessAemetis Inc. announced on Dec. 22 that its Aemetis Properties Riverbank Inc. subsidiary acquired approximately 20 percent ownership of Nevo Motors Inc. under an agreement that will utilize Aemetis manufacturing facilities and fueling stations. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

CoBank: 2021 outlook for ethanol is stable but guarded

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessCoBank on Dec. 17 issued a report on the year ahead, predicting the 2021 outlook for ethanol is stable but guarded, with considerable growth and margin opportunities favoring ethanol coproducts versus fuel. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

In Depth: 45Q - The Drive to Qualify

BY Alex Tiller Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe road to qualifying for the 45Q tax credit can be confusing, with strict limitations on project phases and what constitutes start of construction. But, navigated properly, the credit is a promising opportunity. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

Opinion: Accelerating Demand

BY Brian Jennings Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe American Coalition for Ethanol is ready to execute on Accelerate, a roadmap for sparking new demand for ethanol. The plan is built around implementing new clean fuel policies, protecting what already exists and growing ethanol markets globally. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

House, Senate pass $900B COVID-19 relief package, tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate voted to approve a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package on Dec. 21. The legislation, which includes ag relief that could benefit biofuel producers, is expected to be signed by President Trump. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

Canada publishes proposed Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe government of Canada on Dec. 18 published proposed regulations for its Clean Fuel Standard. Final regulations are expected to be published next year, with the CFS scheduled to come into force on Dec. 1, 2022. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

RFA: Scholarships provide students access to NEC

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe RFA is again partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference, taking place in an entirely digital format Feb. 16-18, 2021. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

USDA to open 30-day application period for HBIIP on Dec. 21

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA has announced it will open a new 30-day application period for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive program on Dec. 21. The RFA, Growth Energy and ACE say they are ready and willing to help retailers apply for the program. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

SCALE Act could help ethanol plants transport CO2 to customers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe SCALE Act was introduced on Dec. 16. It supports the buildout of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it can be utilized in manufacturing or safely and securely sequestered underground. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Biden to nominate Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPresident-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Michael Regan as his nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S EPA. Representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing hope that Regan will bring a change in philosophy to the agency. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

EPA: 66 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 17 reported five additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency seeking exemptions of RFS blending requirements. The status of three other SRE petitions appear to have been changed from “denied” to “pending.” READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Growth Energy urges Congress to extend biofuel tax provisions

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on Tuesday calling on Congress to include biofuels in any potential legislation to extend expiring tax provisions at the end of the year. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

PMSS: Near miss reporting for SIF reduction

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessDocumenting, communicating and resolving near misses can help reduce incidents that cause serious injury or death. Jacob Hencke, with PROtect, emphasized this in his presentation during the Plant Maintenance and Safety Summit, Dec. 16 and 17. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production 3%, weekly ending stocks up 4%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production fell by more than 3 percent the week ending Dec. 11, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 16. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by nearly 4 percent. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

Brazil’s 20% tariff on ethanol devastating to US biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. ethanol exports to Brazil are once again subject to a 20 percent tariff after the two countries failed to reach a trade agreement during a short-term extension of Brazil’s tariff-rate quota (TRQ) that expired in mid-December. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

RFA: Ethanol industry needs COVID-19 relief

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association on Dec. 16 said the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue to negatively impact the U.S. ethanol industry well into 2021. The group, however, expressed optimism in working with the upcoming Biden administration. READ MORE