Operations

January 13, 2021

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

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was up nearly 1 percent the week ending Jan. 8, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 13. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by nearly 2 percent. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

In Depth: Scanning CMMS Efficiencies

BY Suesanne Retka Schill Found In:OperationsFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Fully utilizing computerized maintenance management systems can tighten inventory, reduce overtime and increase equipment life. Put to work right, CMMS systems help producers attain both greater efficiency and productivity. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

Ingredion idles 45 MMgy ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessIngredion confirmed on Jan. 6 it is idling its 45 MMgy ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A company spokesperson attributed the decision to “current market conditions [that] have impacted the entire ethanol industry.” 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

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 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 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

In Depth: CTE Global Inc. - Rich Data, Real Relationships

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, CellulosicEnzyme provider CTE Global is raising the bar on service with made-to-order testing and contextual plant data analysis from a single lab. 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

PMSS: Classification, organization and documentation

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessIt’s important to be aware of different safety and inspection requirements for different piping classifications, according to Jay Beckel, of PROtect. And don’t rely on your nondestructive testing (NDT) provider to keep track of it, he added. READ MORE

December 15, 2020

Green Plains announces agreement to sell Texas ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessGreen Plains Inc. announced on Dec. 15 that its subsidiary, Green Plains Hereford LLC, has entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell its 100 MMgy ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas, to Hereford Ethanol Partners L.P. READ MORE

December 14, 2020

Novozymes launches Fortiva Hemi bioenergy enzyme solution

BY Novozymes Found In:Operations, BusinessNovozymes has expanded its portfolio of innovative enzyme solutions for the bioenergy industry with the launch of Fortiva Hemi. The unique new product brings novel enzymes to liquefaction that enable higher corn oil and ethanol yields. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks up 4%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production increased by nearly 2 percent the week ending Dec. 4, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 9. Ethanol stocks were up by approximately 4 percent. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

EIA maintains 2021 forecast for fuel ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly increased its forecast for 2021 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Dec. 8. The forecast for 2020 ethanol production was maintained. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

Rex reports strong Q3, but cautions margins are deteriorating

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessRex American Resource reported a significant increase in gross profit for the third quarter, with the One Earth Energy and NuGen Energy plants running at capacity. The company cautioned, however, that crush spreads are deteriorating. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

UNICA: Ethanol exports remain high in early November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the production of hydrous ethanol was down during the first half of November. Ethanol exports and the production of corn ethanol, however, continued to trend higher. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks increase by 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 2 percent the week ending Nov. 27, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 2. Weekly ending stocks increased by 2 percent. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

USDA solicits FY 2021 REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for FY 2021 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program. Biomass energy systems, including biogas and anaerobic digesters, are among those eligible for the program. READ MORE

November 29, 2020

In Depth: Security of Scale

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, CoproductsAs one of America’s largest biorefiners moves forward with two more installations of Fluid Quip Technologies’ 50% protein technology, critical production redundancy is in hand. Products with even higher protein levels are already in the pipeline. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production, ending stocks expand by 3%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production increased by 3 percent the week ending Nov. 20, according to data released by the EIA. Stocks expanded by more than 3 percent, and for the first time in several months were up when compared to the same period of 2019. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Corn use for fuel ethanol at 401 million bushels in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for November, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol was at 401 million bushels in September, down from both the previous month and September 2019. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

In Depth: How Ethanol Producers are Staying Safe and Connected

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessThe biggest morale boosters have taken a direct hit this year, but ethanol plants and other industry organizations are evolving to keep spirits as high as possible. Open communication, schedule flexibility, coaching and kindness are going a long way. READ MORE

November 23, 2020

EPA: 1.56 billion RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. EPA has released data showing nearly 1.56 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in October, down from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

November 20, 2020

UNICA reports increased ethanol sales for October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing ethanol production was down during the second half of October. Ethanol sales for the full month, however, were the highest reported so far this year. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

Element produces high-protein animal feed using ICM technologies

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessElement LLC, a leading-edge biofuels producer in Colwich, Kansas, announced that it has started production on a yeast-enriched, 50 percent protein animal feed called ANDVantage 50Y. The process utilizes three proprietary technologies from ICM Inc. READ MORE

November 18, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks up slightly

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 2 percent the week ending Nov. 13 while ethanol stocks increased slightly, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Nov. 18. READ MORE

November 13, 2020

Aemetis reports progress with sanitizer products, RNG production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessEric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis Inc. discussed company’s business in the sanitizer market and provided an update of its renewable natural gas (RNG) and cellulosic ethanol projects during a third quarter earnings call, held Nov. 12. READ MORE