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Biden, Vilsack and Regan honor US farmers on National Agriculture Day

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By Erin Voegele

March 19, 2024

PolicyBusiness

President Joe Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan on March 19 recognized National Agriculture Day by honoring the farmers and ranchers who produce our nation’s food, feed, fuel and fiber.

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The Michigan Senate Committee on Energy and Environment on March 14 held a hearing to consider legislation introduced last year that aims to create a tax credit to support the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor on March 18 joined global biofuel industry leaders on a panel at S&P Global’s CERAWeek to discuss the changing biofuels supply chain and the role that ethanol will have in further decarbonizing the transportation sector.

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New Energy Blue on March 18 announced the formation of New Energy Chemicals. In phase one, the biochemical subsidiary will produce biobased ethylene for use in Dow’s renewable plastics. In phase two, the subsidiary will expand to SAF production.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced this week the preliminary agenda for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Alto Ingredients Inc. announced on March 11 that it has entered into an exclusive nonbinding letter of intent and is nearing the execution of definitive agreements to develop CCS project with Vault 44.0 at Alto’s Pekin campus in Pekin, Illinois.

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At the Commodity Classic in Houston, USGC staff members and leadership highlighted USGC programming being conducted to increase exports and build on the organization’s mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.

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The record use of lower-cost E85 in California saved the state’s drivers $99 million in 2023, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 370,000 metric tons, a new analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association shows.

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The USGC in February convened U.S. and Mozambican government officials, industry professionals and others to discuss the benefits and challenges of using ethanol biofuel to meet the country’s clean energy goals in both cooking and transportation.

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The latest issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine focuses on feed and coproducts, including DDGS pelleting, condensed distillers solubles, and distillers corn oil.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its forecasts for 2024 and 2025 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released March 12. The forecast for 2024 fuel ethanol blending was also revised up.

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Archer Daniels Midland Co. on March 12 released fourth quarter financial results, reporting improved results for its Carbohydrate Solutions segment, supported strong demand for ethanol exports and higher ethanol production.

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Despite volatile ethanol margins during the second half of 2023, Alto Ingredients Inc. President and CEO Bryan McGregor reported that both the company’s Q4 and full year 2023 financial results significantly outperformed the same periods of 2022.

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Aemetis Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 7, reporting the company achieved important milestones in its biodiesel, RNG, ethanol, SAF and carbon capture business segments last year.

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Gevo Inc. has reported that efforts are continuing to secure a U.S. DOE loan guarantee to support the construction of its proposed SAF facility. Gevo also reported that its RNG project in Iowa operated at 91% capacity during Q4.

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By creating optimal conditions to maximize corn oil output, Fluid Quip Technologies’ pretreatment system gives ethanol producers an unfussy method to maximize production.

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USDA on March 8 celebrated the second annual National Biobased Products Day, a celebration to raise public awareness of biobased products, their benefits and their contributions to the U.S. economy and rural communities.

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The U.S. exported 149.97 million gallons of ethanol and 902,376 metric tons of distillers grains in January, according to data released by the USDA FAS on March 7. Exports of both products were up when compared to January 2023.

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Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. On March 5 announced that it has developed a stationary, bio-ethanol-fueled system capable of high-efficiency power generation. Trials of the system have begun at Nissans Tochigi Plant in Japan.

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Disc stack centrifuges and tricanters are familiar and effective tools in distillers corn oil (DCO) extraction. However, challenges arise from upstream processes and over 50 unique plant variables, influencing optimal extraction.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was down approximately 2% the week ending March 1, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 6. Ethanol stocks were up slightly and exports were up 45%.

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RFA welcomes Coulson as marketing and membership manager

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By Renewable Fuels Association

March 07, 2024

The RFA has added Kendra Coulson as the association’s new marketing and membership manager. RFA also promoted Mary Giglio to vice president, events and initiatives and Robert White to senior vice president, industry relations and market development.

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Summit Carbon Solutions announced on March 4 that Valero, the world’s second-largest corn ethanol producer and a leader in low-carbon transportation fuels production, will be a shipper on Summit’s pipeline.

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Spraying Systems Co., a seasoned partner to the ethanol industry, has expanded its offering of fermentation tank cleaning technology.

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Red Trail Energy LLC and Puro.earth on March 5 announced issuance of RTE’s CO2 removal credits on the Puro Registry, making it the first ethanol production facility to generate CO2 Removal Certificates in the voluntary carbon market.

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Aemetis Inc. on March 5 announced receipt of the Authority to Construct air permits for its planned sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) production plant in Riverbank, California.

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U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan on March 1 announced the launch of the agency’s Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs during an appearance at the 2024 Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas.

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FS has received the ISCC international certification attesting that its production process meets international requirements for the production and supply of ethanol and corn oil for the production of SAF.

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Total U.S. operable biofuels production capacity fell slightly in December, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Total feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and December 2022.

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Data released on Feb. 29 by the EIA show that U.S. ethanol production and consumption rose nearly 2% in 2023 to reach their highest levels since 2019, while the blend rate hit a record 10.39%

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