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By Erin Voegele

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Treasury and the IRS on June 18 released final rules implementing the wage and apprenticeship standard provisions of clean energy tax credits created by the IRA, including the 45Z clean fuels production tax credit.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing dipped slightly during the second half of May. Ethanol production and sales, however, continued to trend above last year.

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SAF Magazine and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative announced the preliminary agenda for the North American SAF Conference and Expo, being held Sept. 11-13 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS have issued guidance on how to register for the Section 45Z Clean Fuel Production Tax Credit, encouraging fuel producers who may be eligible for the credit to apply for registration as soon as possible.

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The Renewable Fuels Association and National Farmers Union on June 17 filed a lawsuit  in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. EPA’s recently finalized light- and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards.

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As the first-ever ethanol producer to deliver carbon removal credits to the voluntary market, Red Trail Energy and its partners are creating a blueprint for others to follow.

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Efficiency Trade-offs

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By Sue Retka Schill

May 13, 2024

More ethanol and oil wrung from each bushel of corn means less DDGS. How well does it pay?

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The 2024 Ethanol Plant Personnel Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey results show an industry rewarding managers and department heads with pay ranging from $100,000 to over $200,000.

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$35+/hour depending on experience Responsible for the operation of the plant to ensure maximum production, quantity, and quality by directly supervising process operators and boiler operators who work on a 12-hour rotating shift schedule while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company.

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Granite Falls Energy

Process Operators

POSTED BY: Granite Falls Energy

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Learn and operate all processes associated with the plant, • Learn and operate DCS (computer control system) for the plant. • Learn and follow procedures for plant start-up, shut down, cleaning and batching. • Keep accurate and timely logs. • Respond to collected data and make adjustment to optimize plant operation. • Keep plant facilities clean. • Keep operators coming on shift briefed on what has happened and what is supposed to be done during the next shift. • Do quality control test on product streams. • Responsible for notifying supervisor of any problems. • Complete any and all tasks assigned by Supervisor. • Safe work practices are a condition of employment. Report any safety issue or problem to your supervisor and safety coordinator immediately. • Maintain a team environment with other plant employees. • Perform other duties as necessary/assigned. • Promote Granite Falls Energy, LLC in the community.
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Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

Process Operator

POSTED BY: Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

POSITION PURPOSE Responsible for the operation of the plant, working a 12-hour rotating shift schedule, to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the Company. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES • Constantly review the operation of the plant to monitor production and quality, anticipating and solving problems in a timely manner, and identifying opportunities for improvement. • Participate in projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs. • Maintain adequate records of key production variables such as production volume, yield, plant uptime, utility consumption, etc., on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis, as required. • Communicate directly with QA/QC laboratory to ensure effective participation in the implementation of QA policies and procedures. • Sample and test process streams and boiler waters as required by the QA/QC program and procedures. • Understand and implement start-up and shut-down procedures for the safe and efficient operation of the Gas-fired package boiler and dryer system. Control Fire Hazards; know methods of control and emergency reporting in case of fire. Inspect Fire suppression equipment daily. Know the interlock system. • Maintain accurate records of boiler and dryers on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis, as required. • Maintain QA/QC records. • Understand and interpret QA/QC results and take appropriate action when required. • Perform preventive maintenance activities as required. • Assist maintenance technicians in performing maintenance and repairs. • Work in a safe manner at all times. • Participate in programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness. • Operate equipment – Loaders, forklift, pallet • Follow chain of command when reporting issues QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: High school diploma or equivalent certificate required. Associate degree or technical degree/certification preferred REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE: Experience in the operation of a dry-mill ethanol plant preferred Front End Loader experience preferred but not required SKILLS/ABILITIES: Ability to learn and work effectively with the plant’s Distributed Control System (DCS) Punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines Ability to maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization Ability to communicate information and state problems or challenges to be resolved in a clear, concise, courteous, nondiscriminatory and professional manner and be able to provide clarification as necessary Capable of adapting, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished, with no diminishment in work performance PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION 12-hour shifts on a four-week shift rotation between days and nights; three 12-hour shifts one week; four 12-hour shifts the second week. Significant time will be spent in the plant. All types of chemical industry equipment are used in the plant to include, but not limited to fermentation vessels, jet cookers, agitators, mixing and milling equipment, distillation columns, centrifuges and distributive control systems. May be exposed to loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, extreme hot and cold depending on weather conditions. Must be able to climb ladders and work at elevations of 175 feet. Must be able to speak and listen clearly. Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy. Travel required or as needed. For more detail please review the ADA questionnaire on file in Human Resources. PHYSICAL STRENGTH: This job may require lifting of up to 50 pounds frequently. INTENT AND FUNCTION OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.
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