April 16th, 2024

46 lawmakers urge Biden to ensure continued availability of E15

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By Erin Voegele

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Dozens of federal lawmakers are continuing to push the Biden administration to issue emergency waivers allowing E15 to be remain available during the summer 2024 driving season, in line with emergency waivers issued the previous two years.

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The USDA increased its forecast for 2023-’24 corn use in ethanol production in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released April 11. The agency also lowered its forecast for season-average corn prices.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced the keynote speakers for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) being held June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Ethanol industry submits joint comments seeking permanent removal of Brazilian tariff on imported US ethanol

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By Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council

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The Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy in April jointly submitted comments within the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX) regarding the Brazilian tariff on imported U.S. ethanol.

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Growth Energy launched a new ad campaign calling on the Biden administration to protect summer access to E15. The digital advertising campaign will run across multiple platforms, including key news sites and YouTube.

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Colonial Oil Industries Inc. will pay a $2.8 million civil penalty and purchase and retire 9 million RINs at an estimated price of $12.2 million under a settlement agreement reached with the EPA and Justice Department related to CAA violations.

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Tallgrass, the developer of a CO2 pipeline project that will sequester CO2 sourced from ethanol plants and other facilities, has entered a Community Benefits Agreement with Bold Alliance. The CBA is endorsed by several ag and biofuel groups.

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The U.S Energy Information Administration increased its forecast for 2024 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released April 9. The 2024 and 2025 forecasts for fuel ethanol blending were reduced.

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On April 121, 15 Iowa retailers asked the Biden administration to issue waivers to permit the sale of E15 during the 2024 summer driving season. Similar emergency waivers were issued in both 2022 and 2023.

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The Renewable Fuels Association on April 15 urged the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service to reconsider its plan to stop reporting farm acreage, yield and production estimates at the county level.

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Growth Energy on April 15 celebrated another successful round of applications for the USDA’s HBIIP). During the most recent application window, Growth Energy helped write grant applications for 39 different retailers comprising 198 stores.

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DENCO II

Lead Operator

POSTED BY: DENCO II

$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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Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

EH&S Manager

POSTED BY: Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

The EH&S Manager is responsible for implementing systems to meet environmental, health and safety regulations, and performance for the facility.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES

  1. Implement facility’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP), Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC), Risk Management Plan (RMP), and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
  2. Assist the facility’s commitments under the sites Air, Appropriations, NPDES, and Waste permits. Complete multi-media responsibility for task driven commitments.
  3. Establish and maintain relationship with Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and response organizations to facilitate their participation with facilities response planning.
  4. Responsible for building and ensuring implementation of a strong ProcessSafety Management (PSM) program. Support compliance with Risk Management Planning (RPM) and reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  5. Provide comprehensive and effective EHS training. Design and implement new training programs to address gaps. Ensure implementation of Safe Work Practices (SWP) and create written health and safety procedures and programs to meet OSHA, PSM, FRA, and other applicable regulatory standards.
  6. Investigate incidents for facility using investigative methodologies, and drive preventive action items to completion using tracking methods.
  7. Implement tasks defined on Environmental Health and Safety routine duties calendar, ensuring 100% compliance, including incident reports and follow up actions to prevent recurrence.
  8. Assist with and support proper management of SDS documents and PPE hazard assessments, per OSHA regulations.
  9. Conduct internal audits on the facility and support external audits to ensure continual improvement of processes and programs.
  10. Ensure day to day environmental and safety compliance requirements and support facility with safety compliance during shutdown activities.
  11. Communicate any compliance issues to the Plant Manager and assist in developing correction action plans.
  12. Track leading and lagging indicators for health and safety performance.
  13. Assist with new hire onboarding and drug screen testing, support the industrial hygiene programs, and prepare reports.
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Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

Grain Operator

POSTED BY: Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

POSITION TITLE: Grain Operator CLASSIFICATION: Non Exempt POSITION PURPOSE Responsible for safely and efficiently loading and unloading raw materials (corn and DDG) in and out, as well as loading truck and rail ethanol. Responsible for grain bin cleaning, inventory maintenance, and general grounds upkeep. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES • Learn and operate the computer DCS system for corn receiving, ethanol loading, and by-product loading. • Follow procedures for plant area start-ups and shut-downs. • Follow procedures for all aspects of the company safety program, including Confined space Program and Lock-out Tag-out program. • Maintain daily update of cleaning and PM maintenance checklists and routine duties calendar. • Interface with plant personnel to insure adequate corn, ethanol, and DDG movement and storage capacities are maintained. • Collaborate with maintenance department to facilitate maintenance and repair of Grain and DDG equipment. • Know and understand city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to the facility, and work in a manner to ensure that these regulations are met at all times. • Assist in maintaining the security and general upkeep of the plant and grounds. QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: High school diploma or equivalent certificate preferred Associate degree or technical degree/certification preferred REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE: Experience in the operation of a dry-mill ethanol plant preferred Experience in the operation of a grain receiving facility preferred 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 customers and 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 This position is a Monday through Friday day position; however, there may be the need for this position to fill 12 hour shifts in process from time-to-time, as required and as directed by the Operations Manager. Significant time will be spent in the plant and grains area. 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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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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Heron Lake BioEnergy, LLC

Process Operator

POSTED BY: Heron Lake BioEnergy, LLC

The Process Operator is responsible for the operation of all plant processing equipment in a highly automated chemical facility. Operators are required to maintain knowledge of the process flow, computerized equipment, and be aware of hazards associated with the process. The team member in this position is responsible for understanding and executing standard operating procedures and is expected to ensure proper response during normal and abnormal operating situations. Additionally, Operators are responsible for communicating process events to both Process Leads and on-going shift team members. Continuous plant operation requires Team member to adapt to 12-hour workdays and be able to meet call-in and overtime requirements as needed.
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DENCO II

Boiler Operator

POSTED BY: DENCO II

Responsible for the operation of the Energy Center of the plant to ensure maximum production, quantity, and quality, by monitoring plant process and equipment. Operators will work on a 12-hour rotating shift schedule, while supporting the policies, goals and objectives of the company.
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Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

Operations Manager

POSTED BY: Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

POSITION PURPOSE Responsible for the safe and regulatory compliant operation of the plant to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, by directly supervising process operators who work on a 24-hour rotating shift schedule, while supporting the policies, goals and objectives of the company. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES • Participate in objective setting, plan development and performance review of plant performance. • Supervise operators on a 24-hour rotating shift schedule. • Ensure that operators are adequately trained, equipped and motivated, so that total manufacturing objectives can be accomplished in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner. • Communicate regularly with all operators, both individually and as a group, to ensure consistent operation among the shifts. • Conduct employee performance reviews based on job descriptions to determine competency, knowledge and contribution of the operators. • Maintain and update operating procedures and training manuals for process operations. Ensure that all operators are trained on the most updated version of the operating procedures. • Provide expectations and parameters to shift supervisors for plant production. • Review the operation of the plant to monitor production and quality, anticipate solving problems in a timely manner, and identify opportunities for improvement. • Initiate and carry out projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs. • Maintain adequate records on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, of key production variables such as production volume, yield, plant uptime, utility consumption, etc. • Provide written reports on plant production. • Ensure city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to process operations are met at all times. • Direct, maintain, and enforce the safety program for all process operations; review safety records to uphold standards of maximum safety for all operators. • Communicate directly with maintenance department to coordinate maintenance and repair work in process areas. • Communicate directly with QA/QC laboratory to ensure effective participation by the operators in the implementation of QA/QC policies and procedures. • Implement programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness. • Monitor use and inventories of process chemicals and supplies. Initiate re-ordering as needed.   • Assist with interviewing, hiring, and training plant employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
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POET

Plant Operator

POSTED BY: POET

ABOUT POET At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits. JOB SUMMARY The Plant Technician is responsible for the operation of all plant processing equipment and performing routine basic maintenance in a highly automated chemical facility. In the area of maintenance, Plant Technicians are responsible for the safe and efficient maintenance, basic repair, and cleaning of all equipment associated with bioprocessing processes. At times, Plant Technicians may be asked to assist Maintenance Technicians in more technical and complex maintenance procedures. Team members in this position are required to maintain knowledge of the process flow, computerized equipment, and be aware of hazards associated with the process as well as understand and execute standard operating procedures (SOPs). Continuous plant operation requires 12-hour shift work. Plant Technicians must be able to adapt to 12-hour workdays and be able to meet call-in requirements as needed. Schedule: Days 7:00 am-7:00 pm & Nights 7:00 pm-7:00 am (Rotation every 6 weeks) DURING A TYPICAL DAY (IF THERE IS ONE)… Use your knowledge to maintain and operate all processes associated with the plant where required. Perform maintenance and basic repairs of plant equipment and document these activities. Operate the DCS (Distributed Control System) for the plant. Safely perform basic electrical troubleshooting. Follow procedures for plant start-up, shut-down, cleaning, and batching. Maintain accurate and timely logs. Collect and test quality control samples, interpret QA/QC results and make adjustments to optimize plant operations, timely and accurately document results and enter results into our data collection system, PI. Assist in removal, installation, rebuild, and performance of preventive and predictive maintenance on all equipment associated with plant processes. Help to keep your plant clean by following the sanitation schedule and completing all tasks as assigned. Notify the management team of safety, environmental, quality and production concerns, problems and opportunities. Keep your plant safe by fostering a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance. Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community. Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!
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Heron Lake BioEnergy, LLC

Load Out Operator

POSTED BY: Heron Lake BioEnergy, LLC

Heron Lake BioEnergy, LLC (“HLBE”) is a Minnesota limited liability company currently producing fuel-grade ethanol, distillers’ grains, and crude corn oil near Heron Lake, Minnesota and sells these products, pursuant to marketing agreements, throughout the continental U.S. and on the international market. HLBE’s plant has an approximate annual production capacity of 67.5 million gallons but is currently permitted to produce up to 72 million gallons of undenatured ethanol on a twelve-month rolling sum basis.
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