Operations

December 27, 2018

Greener days ahead for carbon fuels

BY U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Operations, BusinessResearchers discover copper has potential as a catalyst for turning carbon dioxide into sustainable chemicals and fuels without any wasteful byproducts, creating a green alternative to present-day chemical manufacturing. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

In Depth: Ethanol's Impact

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Iowa’s status as the largest ethanol-producing state means its ethanol economy affects the entire industry. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

RFA, TRANSCAER to host ethanol safety webinars next year

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessThe RFA will host four safety webinars in 2019, focused on ethanol emergency response training. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Pacific Ethanol idles Aurora East plant

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFaced with poor market conditions, Pacific Ethanol has idled its Aurora East plant in Aurora, Nebraska, and laid off 26 workers at the Pacific Aurora campus. The 45 MMgy facility has been in operation since 1995. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Opinion: Welcome, 2019

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about Iowa's importance to ethanol, an update on two corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol plants, a look at plant safety and security, and more. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

UNICA: Increased ethanol production, sales continue in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production by mills in the country’s south-central region was up during the second half of November despite a drop in the volume of sugarcane that was processed. READ MORE

December 13, 2018

The Andersons to implement ICM technologies at multiple plants

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Operations, BusinessICM Inc. and The Andersons Inc. have announced plans to implement value-added technologies in multiple ethanol plants operated by The Andersons. The Andersons will license FST Next Gen, SMT V2, and TS4. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

House passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 369 to 47 on Dec. 12. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Agenda released for 2019 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 12th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 18-20, 2019 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Dec. 11, the Senate voted 87 to 13 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. The vote came one day after House and Senate ag committee leaders released the text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. The bill will now be considered by the House. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

UNICA: Increased sales of hydrous ethanol continue into November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales by production units in the south-central region of the country were up during the first half of November. The volume of sugarcane milled, however, was down. READ MORE

December 04, 2018

FQPT to install SGT System at Marquis Energy

BY Fluid Quip Process Technologies Found In:Operations, BusinessMarquis Energy is installing the Fluid Quip Process Technologies Selective Grind Technology at its Hennepin, Illinois, facility. The Hennepin FQPT SGT System will be the largest installation to date at an ethanol facility worldwide. READ MORE

November 23, 2018

In Depth: Immovable Objects

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Railroad delays in 2014 forced ethanol plants to slow production or find other ways to move their products. Four years later, the situation has improved, but rail traffic is on the rise again. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

UNICA: Anhydrous ethanol sales set new record in late October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that domestic sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record during the second half of October, reaching 1.07 billion liters (282.66 million gallons). READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Invest Nebraska announces investment in White Dog Labs

BY White Dog Labs Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessInvest Nebraska has invested in White Dog Labs, a business focused on producing feed for the aquaculture industry. The company's first production plant will be co-located with Midwest Renewable Energy's ethanol plant. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

In Depth: True Value

BY Jerry Shurson Found In:Operations, Markets, CoproductsFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: The actual nutritional and economic appraisal of DDGS is more complex than simply measuring profat content. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Green Plains decommissions Virginia plant, closes on Valero sale

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessOn Nov. 15, Green Plains Inc. announced it is permanently closing its 60 MMgy ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia. The company also announced it has closed on the previously announced sale of three ethanol plants to Valero Renewable Fuels Co. LLC. READ MORE

November 09, 2018

Aemetis discusses cellulosic project, plant improvements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting increased revenues. The company also provided an update on the development of its cellulosic ethanol project in Riverbank, California, which will feature LanzaTech technology. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

Green Plains releases Q3 results, discusses E15, exports markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyGreen Plains Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting a $12.5 million net loss. The company also discussed the sale of several assets, plant improvement projects, and the importance of E15 and export markets to the industry. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

Conestoga Energy halts ethanol production at Texas facility

BY Conestoga Energy Holdings LLC Found In:Operations, BusinessConestoga Energy Holdings LLC announced that it is temporarily halting production at Diamond Ethanol LLC located at Levelland, Texas. Diamond Nutrition, a subsidiary of Diamond Ethanol, will continue production of Diamond Energy Cubes at the plant. READ MORE

November 07, 2018

Gevo releases third quarter results, discusses future plans

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessOn Nov. 6, Gevo Inc. released third quarter financial results and hosted an investor call discussing efforts to decarbonize its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery and develop business opportunities for its isobutanol, jet fuel and isooctane products. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

The Andersons reports strong third quarter for ethanol group

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting strong quarterly performance for its ethanol group, but cautioning that the group’s strong performance is not expected to last into the fourth quarter or 2019. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

ADM: Bioproducts segment earnings down on weak ethanol margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessArcher Daniels Midland Co. has released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting significantly increased net earnings overall. Results for the company’s bioproducts segment, however, were down due to weak ethanol margins. READ MORE

November 02, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol production down slightly in early October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed during the first half of October was down when compared to the same period of last year. Production and sales of ethanol, however, remained relatively high. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

Pacific Ethanol provides update of plant improvement activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting reduce net sales and total gallons sold. During an investor call, the company provided an update of its plant improvement projects. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

Poet begins construction on new ethanol plant in Indiana

BY Poet LLC Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFollowing a strong directive from President Trump to lift the outdated regulations stifling E15 fuel, Poet is moving forward with full construction of a new biofuel facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. The facility is scheduled to be complete in 2020. READ MORE

October 26, 2018

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol down slightly in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released the October edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn use for fuel alcohol reached 479 million bushels in August, down slightly when compared to July and August 2017. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Valero discusses ethanol acquisitions, E15 during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyValero Energy Corp. has released third quarter financial results, reporting lower operating income for its ethanol division. Overall, the company reported increased net income when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

Novozymes reports sales growth for bioenergy segment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessOn Oct. 24, Novozymes released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting a significant growth in sales for its bioenergy segment. The company said strong growth in demand for enzymes in the conventional biofuel market helped drive the increase. READ MORE