March 2015

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Business Briefs


Business Briefs

By Staff


James L. Pray

GHG Regs: Winners, Losers Among Ethanol Producers

By James L. Pray

Brian Jennings

Come March With ACE

By Brian Jennings


Here Be Dragons

By Tim Portz


Proving greenhouse gas reduction to the U.S. EPA now boils down to four numbers.

EPM's Spotlight on Illinois also includes information about work at a research center in that state. The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center opened its doors in 2003.

EPM's Spotlight on Illinois digs into the details of the state's past and present ethanol industry, including efforts to write a book about the history of the ethanol industry as a whole. The author is a professor at an Illinois university.

Some of the most influential players in gaining federal support for the early ethanol industry have roots in the Land of Lincoln.

Even while taking advantage of recent export opportunity to China, the U.S. sorghum industry continues developing long-term markets, like supplying California's ethanol plants with bigger volumes of feedstock.

An Ethanol Producer Magazine survey provides a snapshot of the new crop. 

USGC survey shows overall quality of corn crop is high, with good kernel filling and maturation.

Only a handful of ethanol plants were approved under the original petition process used by EPA to determined if those grandfathered plants were achieving GHG reductions better than 20 percent compared to baseline gasoline.

Expanded cellulosic fuel pathways have led to a surge of biogas-based fuel credits, and producers are taking advantage of a significant boost to project economics.

In the early stages of project development, startup company SG Preston has big plans for renewable diesel and its brand.

In an industry largely focused on adding capacity in half million ton chunks, two producers acted on an opportunity they saw for far smaller pellet operations.


Since the EPA decided many years ago that volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions must be controlled, state agencies and pellet plant operations, along with many others, have gone about the task of making it happen.


Concord Blue Eagar LLC, a unique biomass power project that began its project development journey in 2009, is finally poised to break ground this summer, giving a unique conversion technology its first North American foothold.

Installation of the Hurst biomass boiler with a fuel reclamation system required specialized construction design to account for the unique terrain of the site and the 15-foot elevation discrepancy between the material handling and storage areas.

Trial By Fire

By Katie Fletcher

A year after firing up a Hurst biomass combined-heat-and-power system to service two critical-use properties in Unity, New Hampshire, Sullivan County attests to the robust unit's reliability.

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