Operations

September 16, 2020

Skor focuses on the road ahead in FEW keynote

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, Retailer“What a year we’ve had,” Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, said in her keynote address at the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. She discussed the many challenges the U.S. ethanol industry currently faces. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, weekly ending stocks fall 4%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production increased by 2 percent the week ending Sept. 4 while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by more than 4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 10. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

ACE: Ethanol producers get candid about what’s next

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThis year’s ACE 33rd annual conference is taking place online live from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Central on Sept. 16. The final segment will feature a panel of ethanol producers discussing how they've adapted their business to cope with current events. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerDoug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 04, 2020

UNICA: Fuel ethanol sales down 18% in early August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of fuel ethanol were down during the first half of August. Sales of alcohol for non-fuel use, however, continued to remain high. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

ePURE: EU ethanol production helps achieve Green Deal goals

BY ePURE Found In:Operations, MarketsEuropean renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.6 billion liters (1.48 billion gallons) of ethanol and 5.33 million metric tons of co-products in 2019, according to new audited data released on Sept. 1 by the industry group. READ MORE

September 02, 2020

Highwater to add equipment to produce USP grade ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessHighwater Ethanol LLC filed an 8-K with the U.S. SEC on Sept. 1 announcing an agreement with Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. for the installation of a system to produce 20 MMgy of hydrous USP grade ethanol. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

Report addresses impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted ethanol and biodiesel producers in Canada. READ MORE

August 28, 2020

USDA: Corn use for ethanol at 379 million bushels in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for August, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production was at 379 million bushels in June, up from the previous month, but down from June 2019. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for July, reporting that 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 1.51 billion RINs generated in June. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production, ending stocks increase by less than 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. ethanol production and weekly ethanol ending stocks each increased by less than 1 percent the week ending Aug. 21, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 26. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

Rex reports improving ethanol margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessRex American Resources Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 26, conforming that its majority owned ethanol plants in Gibson City, Illinois, and Marion, South Dakota, are operating and that ethanol margins have been improving. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Iowa provides COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers, retailers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Aug. 25 that the state is allocating approximately $100 million of federal CARES Act relief funds to seven ag programs to offset the impact of COVID-19. Approximately $22.5 million of that will support biofuels. READ MORE

August 24, 2020

In Depth: Less Than Expected, More Than Enough

BY Luke GeiverFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessIdeal growing conditions and optimal yields should provide a silver lining for the 2020-’21 corn crop following lower than expected planting numbers. It's still early, but as of late August, the crop appears to be in good to excellent shape. READ MORE

August 21, 2020

Aemetis completes construction of phase one RNG project

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessAemetis Inc. has completed of construction of the first two dairy digesters and four mile pipeline for the production of RNG. The project will supply RNG to displace natural gas use at the Keyes ethanol plant and for use as a transportation fuel. READ MORE

August 19, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, ending stocks up 3%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production increased by nearly 1 percent the week ending Aug. 14, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 19. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were up nearly 3 percent. READ MORE

August 19, 2020

ACE conference to feature USDA official, fuel retailers

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerACE's 33rd annual conference is being held as a live virtual event on Sept. 16 and will feature a USDA official, fuel retailers and a market analyst. Attendees will have dual access the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

August 13, 2020

Aemetis prepares for transition to USP-grade alcohol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessEric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis, on Aug. 13 detailed upgrades the company is making to its Keyes, California, ethanol plant to enable the production of USP-grade alcohol. The plant's entire capacity could be transitioned to the product. READ MORE

August 12, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 1%, ending stocks fall by 3%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production fell by more than 1 percent, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by nearly 3 percent for the week ending Aug. 7, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 12. READ MORE

August 12, 2020

Pacific Ethanol focuses on high-quality alcohol, coproducts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessMike Kandris, co-CEO of Pacific Ethanol Inc., announced on Aug. 12 that the company does not expect to reopen its idle fuel ethanol plants until it can better secure positive forward operating margins for the idle facilities. READ MORE

August 12, 2020

In Depth: Cutting Through the CMMS Clutter

BY Heather Wilkerson Found In:Operations, BusinessMapcon debunks the many myths surrounding computerized maintenance management systems. When considering whether to purchase a CMMS, it is important to differentiate fact from fiction. When the truth has been identified, the software search can begin. READ MORE

August 11, 2020

EIA increases 2020, 2021 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly increased its forecasts for 2020 and 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released Aug. 11. Forecasts for ethanol blending were also revised up. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

RFA celebrates 15th anniversary of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFA on Aug. 6 celebrated the 15th anniversary of the RFS by releasing a report detailing the success of the program and hosting a media call to discuss the program’s achievements and current challenges faced by the ethanol industry. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

The Andersons: Ethanol group profitable in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. on Aug. 4 reported a profitable second quarter for all four of its business groups, including the ethanol group. The company also announced changes to its business structure, including the combining of the ethanol and trade groups. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

EIA: US ethanol production falls 3%, ending stocks up slightly

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 3 percent the week ending July 31, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 5. READ MORE

August 05, 2020

BP net zero strategy features increased bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessBP on Aug. 4 announced a new strategy to transform from an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company. As part of that goal, BP aims to become a net zero company by 2050. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Green Plains focuses on high-quality alcohol, protein products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGreen Plains' efforts to transform its business are continuing as the company focuses on the production of high-protein ingredients and USP-grade alcohol. As part of that effort, Green Plains is supplying high-grade alcohol to the makers of Lysol. READ MORE

August 04, 2020

Blue Flint granted $155,000 to consider biomass conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission has awarded Blue Flint $155,000 to research and conduct a feasibility study on the utilization of biomass as a fuel and power source for its 70 MMgy ethanol plant. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Nebraska lawmakers consider action to promote biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, RetailerA resolution introduced in the Nebraska Legislature on July 23 aims to determine what changes should be made to the state’s statutory and regulatory policies in order to enhance and promote the biofuels industry in Nebraska. READ MORE