Operations

June 23, 2020

ADM to expand production of industrial alcohol in Clinton, Iowa

BY ADM Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessTo help meet continuing high demand for hand sanitizer, ADM on June 23 announced it is significantly increasing production of industrial alcohol at its Clinton, Iowa, corn processing complex. The new capacity will be available on an on-demand basis. READ MORE

June 22, 2020

EPA: 1.26 billion RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.26 billion RINs were generated under the RFS during the month, down from 1.72 billion generated during the same month of 2019. READ MORE

June 19, 2020

NFB: COVID-19 loss to Nebraska ethanol industry could top $1.3B

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessAnalysis conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau indicates the state’s agricultural economy could face nearly $3.7 billion in losses from COVID-19, including a $1.303 billion loss for the Nebraska ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 19, 2020

CoBank: US ethanol industry will consolidate, diversify

BY CoBank Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessExcess production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to transform its business model to create more value and improve its operational efficiency, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange. READ MORE

June 17, 2020

US ethanol production up slightly, weekly ending stocks down 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was up slightly the week ending June 12, while weekly ethanol ending stocks were down approximately 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 17. READ MORE

June 15, 2020

Flint Hills permanently closes Georgia ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessAlthough some ethanol plants idled during the COVID-19 crisis have begun to resume operations as stay-at-home orders are lifted and fuel demand increases, Flint Hills Resources has announced its plant in Georgia will be permanently shuttered. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Opinion: Even When Hurt, Ethanol Producers Help

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyA roundup of the articles in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including stories on hand sanitizer; the future of E30; carbon capture and storage; the CO2 market, ethanol's digital transformation and an alternative to CIP caustics. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

RFA marks E15 anniversary, urges Trump to stand up for the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Renewable Fuels Association on June 11 marked the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s visit to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy by calling on him to reject requests from oil state governors to waive 2020 RFS blending requirements. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

In Depth: An Effective Alternative to CIP Caustic

BY Brian McCluskey Found In:OperationsIn a recent trial, numerous process objectives where met when bulk caustic was replaced with a single acid cleaner. The change lowered CIP costs, cut the need for bulk caustic and sulfuric acid, and improved the overall cleanliness of the facility. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

EIA: US ethanol production up 9%, stocks fall by 3%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production increased by more than 9 percent the week ending June 5, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by 3 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 10. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

BNDES launches credit program to aid Brazil’s ethanol producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) on June 4 announced the launch of a credit program designed to help support the country’s ethanol industry, which is being negatively impacted by falling fuel demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

SIRE expands monarch habitat project

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessHaving just passed the anniversary of seeding their Monarch Fueling Station, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy recently took steps to dramatically expand the scope of the ethanol plant’s monarch habitat project for a total of 20 acres. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

In Depth: Ethanol Plants Producing to Protect

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. ethanol industry saw a shift during the pandemic, as many plants sold or donated ethanol to be used in hand sanitizer production. While the temporary market provided cash flow for some, helping the nation in a time of need motivated all. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Opinion: A Defining Moment for Ethanol

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThis spring, as the U.S. ethanol industry ratcheted back production by more than 45 percent, taking 8 billion gallons of capacity off line, it did anything but retreat from the COVID-19 crisis. It rose to the challenge, and stepped up to help. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

In Depth: Driving Ethanol's Digital Transformation

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, BusinessFor ethanol producers, everyday business is now all but paperless. From mobile apps to cloud-based data storage, the smart plants of the future are here. Even in this challenging time, adoption of new technologies focused on efficiency carries on. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

USDA: US exports of ethanol, distillers grains fall in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. exported 99.38 million gallons of ethanol and 765,635 tons of distillers grains in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 4. Exports of both products were down. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

UNICA: Ethanol sales down more than 20%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales fell by more than 20 percent during the first half of May. Corn ethanol production, however, is up significantly when compared to 2019. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

US ethanol production up 6%, weekly ending stocks fall by 3%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production increased by nearly 6 percent the week ending May 29, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by approximately 3 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 3. READ MORE

June 02, 2020

EPA: 1.05 billion RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released updated renewable identification number (RIN) generation data, reporting that 1.05 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, down from 2.74 billion generated during the same period of last year. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

US ethanol production increases by 9%, stocks fall by 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production increased by more than 9 percent the week ending May 22, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by nearly 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 28. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Rex: Production resumes at One Earth Energy ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessStuart Rose, executive chairman of Rex American Resources, announced on May 28 the company’s One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City, Illinois, has resumed operations after idling earlier this year due to market impacts caused by COVID-19. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

USDA: Corn use for ethanol falls to 434 million bushels in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for May, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production fell to 412 million bushels in March, down from both the previous month and March 2019. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

Ernst, Grassley urge FDA to clarify hand sanitizer guidelines

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicySens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the FDC on May 26 urging the agency to clarify its temporary policy for the manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

UNICA: April ethanol sales down nearly 30 percent

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data showing ethanol sales by mills in the country’s south-central region were down 29 percent in April. Sales in both domestic and export markets were down. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Ethanol production increases by 8%, stocks fall by 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessU.S. ethanol production for the week ending May 15 was up nearly 8 percent while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by more than 2 percent, according to data released on May 20 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

CropEnergies reports record revenues for 2019-’20 fiscal year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies announced on May 13 the company achieved record revenues for the 2019-’20 financial year, which ended Feb. 29. Revenues are expected to fall during the current year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

RFA: Fuel demand begins recovery, poll finds support for biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe RFA on May 15 held a media call to discuss market impacts of COVID-19, recent polling results that show strong support for biofuels, the need for federal relief for biofuel producers, and barriers to hand sanitizer production. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Aemetis upgrades Keyes plant, prepares for startup of RNG project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessEric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis Inc., discussed steps the company is taking to produce pharmacopeia- and food-grade alcohol and provided updates of the company’s advanced biofuel projects during a first quarter earnings call held May 14. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBBI International and Biodiesel Magazine are pleased to announce that the agenda for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, set to take place Aug. 24-26, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released and is now available online. READ MORE