Operations

March 28, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report with data from January, reporting that corn consumed for fuel alcohol was down. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

RFA congratulates KAAPA Ethanol on 15th anniversary

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has congratulated member company KAAPA Ethanol LLC on its 15th anniversary of commencing operations. The company held a celebratory event to commemorate the occasion. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

USGC: Floodwaters continue rising, farmers survey devastation

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessThe floods of 2011 and 1952 were bad, but even the old-timers cannot remember when so much water flooded the Missouri River basin in southwestern Iowa, according to the USGC. Significant flooding is also affecting other parts of the U.S. Corn Belt. READ MORE

March 22, 2019

Growth Energy urges DOT to expedite ethanol rail shipments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn March 22, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the agency to help expedite rail delivery of biofuels amid historic flooding in the Midwest. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

EIA: US ethanol stocks reach record high 24.412 million barrels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyData released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration March 20 indicates weekly U.S. ending stocks of fuel ethanol set a new record the week ending March 15, reaching 24.412 million barrels. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

Rex reports recent improvement in margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessOn March 21, Rex American Resources Inc. released fiscal fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting its ethanol operations are being impacted by a continuing low margin environment and flooding in the Midwest. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

Opinion: Deploying Plan B

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about an innovative approach to plant cleaning, industry reaction to a high-octane proposal, and a new education effort aimed at mechanics, and more. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

In Depth: Cutting Caustic

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: In collaboration with Ecolab, Badger State Ethanol has removed caustic soda from its front-end cleaning process. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

Aemetis: Ethanol production, revenues up in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, providing an update on the performance of its California-based corn ethanol plant and reporting progress with its biogas and cellulosic ethanol projects. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Pacific Ethanol explores potential sale of production assets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. has announced plans to strategically realign its business over the next six months, including the potential sale of production assets. The company has engaged Piper Jaffray to aid it in that sales effort. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

In Depth: Optimal Efficiency

BY Troy Moore Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: While fermenters and evaporators get priority, pipes, pumps and ductwork shouldn’t be overlooked. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

RFA: Small refinery exemptions erode ethanol demand

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said in a media call March 14 that small refinery exemptions eroded demand for ethanol in 2018, and called for those ethanol gallons to be reallocated. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

EPA approves 5 pending 2017 small refinery exemptions

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on March 14 approved five more 2017 small refinery exemptions, pushing the number of approved waivers from 2016 and 2017 over 50, and 2.61 billion gallons, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

NTSB to prioritize safe shipment of ethanol

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recently released it’s Most Wanted List for 2019 and 2020, with a focus on the ethanol industry. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

EPA releases proposed year-round E15 rule

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA released its proposed rule to allow the year-round sale of E15 on March 12. The proposed rule also includes provisions for RIN reform. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Nominations open for 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, BusinessEthanol Producer Magazine, in conjunction with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, proudly invites nominations for the 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Forecast for corn use in ethanol lowered in March WASDE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has lowered its forecast for 2018-’19 corn use in ethanol by 25 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released March 8. The WASDE report also predicts lower corn exports and larger stocks. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

ABE considers selling its 2 South Dakota ethanol plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessAdvanced BioEnergy has begun exploring strategic alternatives for its business operations, including the possible sale of one or both of its South Dakota ethanol plants. ABE also said it plans to continue to operate the plants if no sale occurs. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

CropEnergies to restart UK ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies has announced plans to resume ethanol production at its facility in Wilton, U.K., starting in March. The company said the facility will initially run at reduced capacity to supply orders from British customers. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales set new record in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region reported selling a record 1.83 billion liters (483.43 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in January. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Cardinal Ethanol considers selling its 135 MMgy plant in Indiana

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessOn Feb. 19, Cardinal Ethanol announced it is exploring the potential sale of its 135 MMgy corn ethanol in Union City, Indiana. The company, however, said it currently plans to continue operations at the plant whether or not it is sold. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Opinion: Clarification and Education

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about the enhancement of yeast for ethanol production,ethanol and corn education initiatives, a biofilm-fighting success story, and more. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

In Depth: ‘The Right Effect’

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Yeast can be genetically modified through multiple techniques, all offering advancements for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

In Depth: The Big Picture

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co.’s Bob Jewell shares what he’s learned about efficiency through biofilm control. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

In Depth: Consequences of a Lower pH

BY Dennis Bayrock Found In:Operations, CoproductsFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Many plants decrease pH to treat bacterial contamination in fermentation, but this can cause numerous other issues. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in November, sorghum use up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Product Production report with data for November, indicating corn use for fuel ethanol was down during the month. Sorghum consumption for fuel ethanol, however, was up. READ MORE

February 14, 2019

The Andersons reports profitable Q4 for ethanol group

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that its ethanol group was profitable during the quarter despite the low margin environment. Results for the group, however, were down year-over-year. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

Cooper discusses industry achievements, 2019 goals at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, president and CEO of the RFA, addressed attendees of the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, and outlined RFA’s goals for the coming year, which include advocating for the RFS and and a high-octane fuel standard. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

Green Plains considers selling up to 3 additional ethanol plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessOn Feb. 11, Green Plains Inc. released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, reporting net income attributable to the company of $53.5 million, or $1.13 per diluted share. The company also indicated it could sell additional ethanol plants this year. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Aemetis begins permitting, construction of RNG project

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessAemetis Inc. announced Feb. 7 that it has initiated the permitting and construction phase of its multi-dairy renewable biomethane digester cluster. The project will produce RNG will be used in ethanol production or as a vehicle fuel. READ MORE