Operations

November 13, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts made in its October STEO. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol during Q3

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessPacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting the company achieved a record total gallons sold of 250 million and a record production gallons sold of 141.8 million. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

The Andersons Ethanol Group impacted by decreased margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that its Ethanol Group was challenged by decreasing margins. The group generated pretax income of $6.1 million, down from $9.5 million during the same period of last year. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

EPA registers Enerkem to sell cellulosic ethanol under the RFS

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyEnerkem Inc. has received approval from the U.S. EPA to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alberta, facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard. Enerkem expanded the Edmonton facility to produce ethanol earlier this year. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

UNICA: Mills continue to focus on ethanol in early October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that mills in the south-central region of the country continued to focus on ethanol production during the first half of October. READ MORE

November 03, 2017

Green Plains reports increased ethanol production, net income

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGreen Plains Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting net income of $34.4 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, up from $7.9 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, for the same period of last year. READ MORE

November 01, 2017

OMB reviewing final rule to set 2018 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the U.S. EPA’s final rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume requirements (RVOs), along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Ethanol a bright spot in otherwise disappointing Q3 for ADM

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessArcher Daniels Midland Co. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 31, reporting increased earnings for the Bioproducts segment due to better ethanol margins. Overall, the company reported adjusted segment operating profit fell 17 percent. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Clariant to build sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

BY Clariant Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessClariant has announced the approval by its board of directors to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant will be built in Romania. READ MORE

October 27, 2017

EPA: 21.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that nearly 1.6 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 21.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Valero discusses RFS, RIN policy during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyValero Energy Corp. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that its ethanol segment earned $82 million of operating income during the three-month period, down from $106 million during the same period of last year. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Project Liberty overcomes preprocessing bottlenecks

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessPoet-DSM Advanced Biofuels has overcome bottlenecks associated with the feedstock pretreatment process and is now focused on downstream processing at Project Liberty, its 20 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsberg, Iowa. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

MEP proposal ups renewables targets, phases out crop-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyMEPs are calling for the European Union to source 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, set nationally binding targets for renewable energy, phase-out of palm oil and food-based biofuels and set biomass sustainability standards. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

ICM announces successful startup of FS Bioenergia in Brazil

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessICM Inc. has announced the successful startup and commissioning of Brazil’s first standalone dry-mill corn ethanol plant. The FS Bioenergia plant is a joint venture between U.S.-based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

CropEnergies reports increase revenues, earnings

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies AG has announced a significant increase in revenues and earnings during the first half of its 2017-’18 financial year. The increase is attributed to higher production volumes of ethanol, food and animal feed. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol sales continue to recover

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production reached 2.02 billion liters (533.63 million gallons) during the second half of September, up 11.55 percent when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Pruitt commits to strong RFS, maintaining the point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the agency is expected to set final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations at or above proposed levels. He also indicated EPA will issue a final rule maintaining the current point of obligation. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

Opinion: If You Build It…

BY Tom Bryan Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: A preview of the magazine from Editor in Chief Tom Bryan. This month, we spotlight the market opportunity in Mexico, the supply chain, infrastructure capabilities and on-site rail expansions. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

In Depth: How to Build a Market

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Mexico’s allowance of E10 blends creates an opportunity for the U.S., and work to develop that market is ongoing. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Reynolds, Grassley continue to push Trump, Pruitt on RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and senators representing several Midwestern states are continuing to push President Donald Trump and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Comment period on EPA’s NODA to reduce RFS RVOs closes Oct. 19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recent notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) must submit comments by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Opinion: Washington state—An Opportunity for Higher Ethanol Blends

BY Emily Skor Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Washington adopted the Clean Air Rule on Sept. 15, 2016, to cap and ultimately reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

In Depth: Minnesota Middleman

BY Tim Portz Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Waterford Oil has grown into a vital piece of the Upper Midwest’s renewable fuel infrastructure. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Study: Biofuels Key in Reducing GHG Emissions

BY Jim Grey Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: At the end of the day, ethanol is the only low-carbon, renewable fuel alternative for gasoline available at commercial scale. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

In Depth: Quick & Nimble

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: If an incremental buildup to E15 materializes, rail-to-truck transloading could compensate while terminals upgrade. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

In Depth: Loop Track Comeback

BY Keith Loria Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: On-site rail loops at ethanol plants have regained some of their former popularity in the past year, increasing efficiency and market access. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Ohio plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining the 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts made in the September STEO. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

UW scientists part of $6 million biofuel, carbon capture project

BY University of Wyoming Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsAgricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

St1 progresses with plans for advanced biofuels

BY St1 Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessSt1 recently announced it plans to begin producing renewable diesel at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2020. The company also said it continues to develop advanced ethanol production technologies with a focus on lignocellulosic feedstocks. READ MORE