Operations

December 19, 2019

EPA finalizes 2020 RVOs, SRE rule; disappoints biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerA final rule released by the EPA on Dec. 19 includes a slight boost in the 2020 RFS cellulosic biofuel RVO. The rule also maintains EPA’s much criticized proposed plan to account for future SREs—a move slammed by members of the biofuels industry. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

In Depth: Common Ground

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: The future of liquid fuels, whether derived from renewable resources or not, might depend on a collaboration between ethanol and petroleum interests. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

Opinion: 2020 Tasks

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about collaboration with the petroleum industry, an ethanol margins and the 2019 growing season and harvest, 2020's executive outlook, and more. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

In Depth: Marginal Improvement

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Margins at some plants have begun to rise, but they’re still tight, and factors like crop condition and harvest progress will have an impact. READ MORE

December 17, 2019

In Depth: Economics, Expectations and Exports

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Ethanol Producer Magazine talked to three experts about the past year, and what they see moving into 2020. READ MORE

December 13, 2019

Red River Biorefinery gearing up for production

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessRed River Biorefinery, a 16.5 MMgy ethanol plant located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is on track to begin operations in the beginning of 2020. The facility takes in sugar beet tailings and potato processing waste as feedstock. READ MORE

December 12, 2019

EIA maintains 2020 ethanol production forecast

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its forecast for 2019 ethanol production, but maintained its forecast for 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, published Dec. 11. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

UNICA: Brazilian corn ethanol production up significantly

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that nearly three-fourths of the sugarcane processed during the first half of November went to ethanol production. The group also said corn ethanol production is up significantly. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Rex: NuGen plant in South Dakota impacted by corn shortages

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessRex American Resources Corp. officials reported improving crush spreads and said its ethanol operations are currently running at a profitable rate during a Dec. 4 earnings call. The company's NuGen plant, however, is being impacted by corn shortages. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Bunge, BP launch BP Bunge Bioenergy joint venture in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessBunge Ltd. and BP plc announced Dec. 2 they have completed the formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia, a 50:50 joint venture that combines the two companies’ Brazilian bioenergy and sugarcane ethanol businesses. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for November, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production fell to 407 million bushels in September, down from both September 2018 and August 2019. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

UNICA: Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol set new monthly record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that domestic sales of hydrous ethanol by mills in the south-central region of Brazil record set a new record in October, reaching 2.11 billion liters (557.4 million gallons). READ MORE

November 20, 2019

Opinion: Pounds, Petroleum and Promotion

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about improved corn oil yield, an update on ethanol exports to Mexico, and a recap of the first Global Ethanol Summit. READ MORE

November 20, 2019

In Depth: Pounds That Pay

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Corn oil may be the smallest fraction of production by weight, but it’s also the most valuable. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Poet-DSM halts Project Liberty production over RFS mismanagement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPoet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture of Royal DSM and Poet LLC, announced Nov. 19 it will pause production of cellulosic ethanol at Project Liberty and shift to R&D focused on improving operational efficiency. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Construction of first D3MAX plant nears completion

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessConstruction of the first commercial-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, is nearly complete. The corn fiber-to-ethanol facility is expected to begin startup in December and ramp up to full production capacity in early 2020. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Aemetis provides update of RNG, cellulosic ethanol projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. released third quarter financial results on Nov. 14, reporting progress with efforts to lower the carbon score of its corn ethanol plant and develop renewable natural gas (RNG) and cellulosic ethanol projects. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Biofuel producers make gains in efficiency, productivity

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:OperationsThe nation’s biofuel producers have made significant gains in both energy efficiency and water conservation in recent years, according to a report released by the U.S Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

EIA maintains 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. EIA has maintained its 2019 and 2020 ethanol production forecasts its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, published Nov. 13. The agency currently predicts ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day in both 2019 and 2020. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

Gevo discusses plans for low-carbon ethanol, RNG

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. released third quarter financial results on Nov. 12, highlighting plans to sell low-carbon ethanol into the California market, develop a 1 MMgy hydrocarbon plant and implement RNG and wind energy at its existing biorefinery in Minnesota. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

Pacific Ethanol expresses optimism for industry in earnings call

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessDuring Pacific Ethanol’s third quarter earnings call Nov. 8, CEO Neil Koehler told investors that the ethanol industry experienced one of its worst production markets. Conditions, however, have begun to improve, he said. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine announced this week the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Green Plains reports improving margins, progress with Project 24

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGreen Plains Inc. has reported a third quarter net loss of $39 million due to the low margin environment. The company, however, said ethanol margins are showing improvement and efforts to improve plant operations are continuing. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

The Andersons reports profitable Q3 for ethanol group

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has reported its ethanol group was profitable in the third quarter despite a challenging margin environment. The company also announced its Element biorefinery in Kansas began operating in August. READ MORE

November 01, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol production for the current season up 6% so far

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, FeedstocksUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production for the current season is up nearly 6 percent when compared to last year. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol are up more than 15 percent. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Valero reports Q3 loss for ethanol, profit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessValero Energy Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 24, reporting a loss for its ethanol segment, but a profitable quarter for renewable diesel. The company also discussed plans to develop new renewable diesel production capacity. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

CropEnergies reports record quarterly revenues

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies AG recently announced it achieved revenues of €245 million ($272.03 million) for the fiscal second quarter of 2019-‘20, the three months ended Aug. 31, setting a new quarterly record for the company. READ MORE

October 18, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol production up in second half of September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up significantly during the second half of September. A new record was also set for the volume of ethanol produced per ton of processed raw material. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

Opinion: More to Learn

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about analyzing lab data, an update on LBDS' Alcohol School, and a new corn hybrid for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

In Depth: Informed Decisions

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: A practical guide for plant managers on recognizing strong lab data, and what to do when the results are unexpected. READ MORE