Operations

August 02, 2019

Pacific Ethanol reports Q2 margins up slightly

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessPacific Ethanol president and said the company's second quarter crush margin improved, but the industry is still suffering from oversupply. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

In Depth: Efficiency, Opportunities, Equipment

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Finances, technology, streamlined processes and more take the stage at FEW 2019. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

In Depth: Performance Matters

BY Evan Almberg Found In:OperationsFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Assessing boiler upgrade, retrofit and replacement considerations. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

Ethanol plant in northwest Iowa idles citing negative margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessPlymouth Energy, a 50 MMgy corn ethanol plant located in Merrill, Iowa, posted a notice to its website July 24 announcing it has idled production. The company cited negative margins and other economic factors as the reasons for its decision. READ MORE

July 25, 2019

Valero: Ethanol earnings down, renewable diesel earnings up in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyValero Energy Corp. released second quarter financial results on July 25, reporting mixed results for its biofuel segments. Income from the ethanol segment was down, but income from renewable diesel was up. Production volumes of both fuels increased. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

UNICA: Anhydrous ethanol production up in early June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessThe production of anhydrous ethanol was up at mills in the south-central region of Brazil during the first half of June. The production of hydrous ethanol, however, was down, according to UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

CoBank: Ethanol margins to remain low in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyA new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division July 2 finds that operating margins for ethanol producers will likely remain weak for the remainder of 2019. The outlook for exports, however, is more optimistic. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

New corn ethanol plant in South Dakota begins operations

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessAfter four years of construction and planning, Ringneck Energy & Feed’s ethanol plant in Onida, South Dakota has come online. The 80 MMgy plant passed its performance test in early June. Work is ongoing to optimize the facility's operations. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

Highwater Ethanol publishes Q2 results, plans production increase

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessLamberton, Minnesota-based Highwater Ethanol LLC recently published financial results for the second quarter of 2019 and announced plans to increase its annual production by more than 10 million gallons, to approximately 70 MMgy. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Opinion: Dreaming of Data

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about EPM's 2019 salary survey, a look at Greenfield's biogas use, training initiatives for ethanol producers in Nebraska, and more. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

In Depth: Breaking Down The Data

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Ethanol Producer Magazine reports the results of its 2019 Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey, with comparisons to previous years’ figures. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

In Depth: Waste Not

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Greenfield Global’s ethanol plant in Quebec supplements natural gas with biogas power produced through anaerobic digestion of organic waste from 27 nearby cities. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

In Depth: Room To Grow

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: The Nebraska Ethanol Board and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln bring targeted training to ethanol producers. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

From FEW: Stressed yeast may be robbing plants of ethanol yield

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessAccording to Jayne Kalbfleisch, technical development manager at Lallemand Biofuels and Distilled Spirits, one factor that may be robbing an ethanol plant of yield is stressed yeast. Kalbfleisch discussed the impact of stressed yeast at the FEW. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

In Depth: Partners In Prospecting

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: A predictive technology from the paper mill industry is making its way into ethanol, tying into main databases to plan and troubleshoot. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA increases 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook for June features increased forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. The agency now predicts ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in 2019 and 1.05 million barrels per day in 2020. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales set a record in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol reached a record 2.05 billion liters (541.55 million gallons) in May, up 50.64 percent when compared to sales during the same month of last year. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

ICM: Planning is key to a successful shutdown

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessKristen Gordon, director of reliability services at ICM Inc., presented ICM’s best practices for managing ethanol plant shutdowns at the 2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo June 12 in Indianapolis. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Novozymes unveils new alpha-amylase, yeast at FEW

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessNovozymes, a yeast and enzyme provider, announced this week at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo it’s new products: Fortiva, a new alpha-amylase, and Innova Force, a new yeast that is part of the Innova platform announced by Novozymes last year. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

FEW pre-conference event highlights capital improvement projects

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessA new event helped kick off the 2019 Fuel Ethanol and Workshop in Indianapolis, Indiana this week. The Ethanol Plant Construction and Project Summit was a half-day seminar, focusing on recent capital projects in the industry. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

Ship & Shore to showcase pollution abatement solutions at FEW

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessShip & Shore Environmental Inc., a U.S.-based global manufacturer, designer and fabricator of regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTO) and custom pollution control solutions, is bringing its products and expertise to the ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Lallemand announces TransFerm platform milestone

BY Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits Found In:Operations, BusinessLallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a business unit of Lallemand Inc., announced June 4 that its TransFerm platform of biotech yeasts has surpassed over 25 billion gallons of ethanol production. READ MORE

June 03, 2019

Attis acquires New York ethanol plant from Sunoco

BY Attis Industries Inc. Found In:Operations, BusinessAttis Industries Inc. has completed the acquisition of a 100 MMgy corn ethanol plant and grain malting operation in Fulton, New York, from Sunoco LP. Attis plans to develop the site into a state-of-the-art green tech campus. READ MORE

June 03, 2019

RFA congratulates Husker Ag on hitting 1 billion gallon milestone

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has congratulated member company Husker Ag LLC, as it recently produced its 1 billionth gallon of ethanol. The Plainview, Nebraska, facility began production in 2003 and expanded its production capacity in 2007. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

Rex discusses impact of weather, flooding on plant operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessRex American Resources Inc. released fiscal first quarter 2019 financial results on May 30, discussing the impact of weather-related interruptions to the company’s business and projecting continued low crush margins into the second quarter. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

SPX Cooling Technologies displays cooling tower components at FEW

BY SPX Cooling Technologies Inc. Found In:Operations, BusinessSPX Cooling Technologies Inc. will showcase its mobile display trailer with displays of field-erected cooling tower components during the upcoming Fuel Ethanol Workshop, June 10-12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Husker Ag to produce 1 billionth gallon of ethanol in May

BY Husker Ag Found In:Operations, BusinessPlainview, Nebraska-based Husker Ag will produce its 1 billionth gallon of ethanol in May. The facility first started operations in 2003 with 20 million gallons of capacity. The plant has since expanded production capacity to 110 MMgy. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Opinion: Largest Issue, Largest Event

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about D3 RIN pathway approvals, a summary of ACE's April fly-in, the 2019 FEW award winners, and more. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

CropEnergies: 2018-’19 results impacted by low ethanol prices

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessCropEnergies AG has released financial results for its 2018-’19 financial year, reporting earnings were impacted by low ethanol prices and high input costs. Moving forward, the company expects prices to remain volatile, but improve slightly. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Whitefox successfully starts up ICE system at E Energy Adams

BY Whitefox Technologies Ltd. Found In:Operations, BusinessWhitefox Technologies has announced the sixth successful start-up of its Whitefox ICE system at E Energy Adams in Adams, Nebraska. This is Whitefox's first installation in Nebraska. The system is now operational at ethanol plants in five states. READ MORE