Business

June 29, 2022

Vilsack announces bioproduct pilot program

BY USDA Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA is accepting applications for a new pilot program created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the development of biobased products that have lower carbon footprints and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials. READ MORE

June 29, 2022

IATA: Incentives needed to increase SAF production

BY International Air Transport Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe International Air Transport Association called for governments to urgently put in place large-scale incentives to rapidly expand the use of SAF as aviation pursues its commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. READ MORE

June 28, 2022

Ethanol industry leads energy sector in employing veterans

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, BusinessA study released June 28 by the DOE found that the U.S. ethanol industry once again leads the nation in the share of its workforce that is comprised by military veterans, with one in six employees previously serving in the armed forces. READ MORE

June 28, 2022

ITA seeks nominations for REEEAC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on June 16 published a notice renewing its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and soliciting nominations for membership. READ MORE

June 28, 2022

Growth Energy comments on CARB Scoping Plan

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy submitted comments on June 24 to the California Air Resources Board on its draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan, which lays out the path toward achieving the state’s carbon reduction goals. READ MORE

June 27, 2022

Growth Energy challenges EPA’s ‘alternative compliance’ approach

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy filed petitions for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s decision to excuse certain refineries from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 27, 2022

New grain ethanol plant under development in southern Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe government of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, on June 20 announced an agreement with Brazilian biodiesel producer BSBios for the development of a grain ethanol plant that will process corn, wheat, triticale, rice and sorghum. READ MORE

June 27, 2022

Gevo provides company and project updates

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc., a renewable fuels company focused on the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), on June 27 provides updates on the company and projects currently in process, including the company's Net Zero 1 faciity. READ MORE

June 24, 2022

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association promotes E15 in St Paul

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerThe Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who fueled up with E15 at the Highland Service Minnoco station in St Paul on June 23 during an hour-long promotion. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Growth Energy, ag groups urge passage of Michigan biofuel bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee on June 23 held a hearing to consider legislation that aims to create a tax credit for retailers that choose to sell higher ethanol fuel blends, such as E15 and E85. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Biofuel, ag groups comment on SEC climate disclosures rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy, RNG Coalition, NCGA, and ASA are among the ag and biofuel groups that have weighed in on a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rule that focuses on climate-related disclosures. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Sugar Valley Energy receives sales and use tax exclusion

BY California Ethanol + Power Found In:Business, PolicyThe California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority has awarded Sugar Valley Energy a sales and use tax exclusion (STE) on more than $235 million of purchases related to the facility’s construction. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Fuels Institute paper explores the carbon benefits of biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Fuels Institute in June published a new white paper that discusses the carbon benefits of various biofuels. The paper also addresses matters related to policy, feedstocks availability, and vehicle and infrastructure constraints. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Alto Ingredients receives $22.7 million grant from USDA program

BY Alto Ingredients Inc. Found In:Business, PolicyAlto Ingredients Inc. announced June 16 that it has received a $22.7 million cash grant from the USDA’s Biofuel Producer Program, which provided $700 million in relief to biofuel producers who experienced market losses due do to COVID-19. READ MORE

June 21, 2022

OMB’s spring regulatory agenda includes timelines for RFS rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has indicated it will release proposed rules related to the 2023 RFS RVO and state requests to allow summer E15 sales within the next several months. The agency will also soon finalize pending canola oil fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 21, 2022

Finnair, Gevo enter SAF sales agreement

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. has announced a new fuel sales agreement with Finnair. The agreement outlines the details for the purchase of 7 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for five years from Gevo’s commercial operations. READ MORE

June 21, 2022

USGC: US DDGS, sorghum showcased in Turkey

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessU.S. Grains Council staff in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region recently spent time in Turkey to promote the benefits and uses of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and sorghum. READ MORE

June 20, 2022

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that nearly 1.84 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in May, up from 1.72 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

June 20, 2022

USGC helps remove barriers to US ethanol imports to Brazil

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicySince the Brazil's imposition of its ethanol tariff rate quota (TRQ) in 2017, the USGC has undertaken several strategies to reverse the decision, including approaching possible in-country partners that could share trade interests. READ MORE

June 17, 2022

EU ethanol sets new record for GHG reduction

BY ePURE Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessRenewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced GHG emissions by 77 percent compared to fossil fuel in 2021, according to the latest audited producer data. ePURE also said ethanol refineries produced more feed than fuel. READ MORE

June 17, 2022

USGC: Targeted DDGS promotion efforts drive sales in Mexico

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USGC has taken a targeted marketing approach to DDGS promotion in one region in western Mexico, recognizing that members of the Sonora Pork Producers Union and the Sonora Poultry Association could represent a market for 90,000 MT of DDGS. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

House passes biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives on June 16 voted 221 to 204 in favor of the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, a legislative package that includes funding for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

EPA: 3 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on June 16 published updated data on small refinery exemptions (SREs) filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard, reporting that only three SRE petitions are currently pending, down from 69 that were pending as of mid-May. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

UNICA: Ethanol sales down in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing that sugarcane processing and ethanol production during the second half of May were roughly flat with last year. Ethanol sales were down slightly. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

USGC: Indy 500 highlights ethanol’s role in racing, global market

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, BusinessDelegations from Japan, South Korea, India and Indonesia recently traveled to the U.S. to take part in the Indianapolis 500. The trip was hosted by the USGC in collaboration with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. READ MORE

June 15, 2022

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks down 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by 2 percent the week ending June 10, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 15. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were down nearly 2 percent. READ MORE

June 15, 2022

CropEnergies acquires stake in biotech startup LXP

BY CropEnergies AG Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies AG has acquired a stake in LXP Group GmbH, a Germany-based company that has developed a patented, energy-efficient process that enables mild digestion of lignocellular biomass. READ MORE

June 15, 2022

Partnership aims to enhance ethanol-to-hydrogen technology

BY Proteum Energy LLC Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessProteum Hydrogen Technologies Corp. and the University of Regina have embarked on a joint project aimed at advancing Proteum’s patented and proprietary steam SnMR technology to produce hydrogen from ethanol. READ MORE

June 14, 2022

Senators ask GAO if SRE denials require congressional review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySens. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.; Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are asking the GAO to determine whether the U.S. EPA’s June 3 denial of 69 SREs must be submitted to Congress for review under the Congressional Review Act. READ MORE

June 14, 2022

Clariant produces cellulosic ethanol at plant in Romania

BY Clariant Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessClariant on June 14 announced that it has produced the first commercial cellulosic ethanol at its sunliquid production plant in Podari, Romania. The entire offtake is contracted with a multi-year agreement to Shell. READ MORE