Operations

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

October 16, 2019

In Depth: Interaction Encouraged

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: The Alcohol School brings fuel and beverage producers together to learn and share solutions. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales down in first half of September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released ethanol production and sales data for the first half of September. Ethanol production reached 2.37 billion liters (626.09 million gallons), with sales at 1.3 billion gallons. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

Ethanol producers, farmers detail negative impacts of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association hosted a conference call Oct. 3 to discuss how small refinery exemptions (SREs) are impacting ethanol plants and corn farmers and the urgent need for the White House release its biofuel relief package. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Farm industry leaders speak out against SREs

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyAg leaders from Iowa and Ohio say there is no question SREs issued by U.S. EPA are hurting ethanol producers and farmers. Four farmers from the two states took part in a media call Sept. 26 to address the impact SREs are having on their industries. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from July, reporting that corn consumed for fuel ethanol was down when compared to both June 2019 and July 2018. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

RFA corrects Wheeler’s misstatements about ethanol demand, SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Sept. 25 criticizing statements he made during a Sept. 19 congressional hearing where he claimed SREs are not impacting the ethanol industry. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

EIA: Ethanol production falls to 3-year low

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyData released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 25 shows U.S. ethanol production for the week ending Sept. 20 slipped to an average of 943,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since April 2016. READ MORE

September 20, 2019

Opinion: A Break From the Bad

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about South Dakota's new ethanol plant, a look at E15's market trajectory, tips about lab maintenance and more. READ MORE

September 20, 2019

In Depth: Optimism in Onida

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: It’s a challenging time to bring an ethanol plant online, but June marked the beginning of operations at Ringneck Energy & Feed in South Dakota. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol production sets new record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up more than 10 percent during the second half of August, with hydrous ethanol production setting a new record. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

In Depth: Validate and Calibrate

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:OperationsFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Deploying best practices that include a regular schedule for equipment monitoring, as well as staff with eyes on the details, improves accuracy. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

In Depth: Off The Grid

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: From reducing energy costs to lowering carbon intensity scores, the benefits are many for ethanol plants that cogenerate. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Siouxland Energy temporarily idles production

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessSiouxland Energy Cooperative, a 90 MMgy ethanol plant in Sioux Center, Iowa, has temporarily idled operations, according to Jeff Altena, Siouxland director of operations and controller. Production will resume when economic conditions improve. READ MORE