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Long-idle ethanol plant in Michigan purchased by ZFS Riga

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By Erin Voegele

July 11, 2024

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ZFS Riga LLC, a new affiliate of Michigan-based Zeeland Farm Services Inc., has purchased an idle 55 MMgy corn ethanol plant located in Riga Township, Michigan, from Valero Energy. There are no immediate plans to resume ethanol production.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 1% the week ending July 5, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 10. Stocks of fuel ethanol were up slightly while exports were up more than 73%.

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

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing that sugarcane processing, ethanol production and ethanol sales were up during the first half of June when compared to the same period of 2023.

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Green Plains Inc. and joint venture partner Tharaldson Ethanol on July 9 announced that the world’s largest MSC system to date at Tharaldson’s 175 million-gallon biorefinery in Casselton, North Dakota is producing and shipping on-spec product.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by 1% the week ending June 21, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 26. Ethanol stocks were also down approximately 1%, with exports down 5%.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by more than 3% the week ending June 14, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 20. Ethanol stocks were up nearly 2% and exports were down 39%.

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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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U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 5% the week ending June 7, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 12. Stocks of fuel ethanol were up nearly 1% and exports were up nearly 2%.

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Ethanol plants use Advanced Processing Package to produce high protein feeds and increase plant capacity while lowering CI scores.

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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 June 11. The agency maintained its forecast for 2024 ethanol consumption.

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Greenfield Global is expanding the capacity of its high-purity alcohol production in North America and Europe, focusing on transparency and scale.

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Commonwealth Agri-Energy will hit its 20-year production milestone this fall. The plant has succeeded in Kentucky by being resilient, ready and creative.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was up slightly the week ending May 31, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on June 5. Stocks of fuel ethanol were down nearly 1%. Exports remained substantial but were down 42% when compared to the previous week.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that the volume of sugarcane processed during the first half of May was consistent with the same period of 2023. Ethanol production was up slightly, and sales were up significantly.

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Fluid Quip Technologies has announced the integration of its Distillers Corn Oil (DCO) Technology at the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. in Benson, Minnesota. The system delivers an average 20% increase in distillers corn oil yields.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity expanded slightly in March, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 31. Feedstock consumption was up when compared to both the previous month and March 2023.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was up 5% the week ending May 24, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 30. Ethanol stocks fell by more than 4% and exports expanded by more than 155%.

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Brazil-based FS announced it has completed technical studies that prove suitable geological conditions for injecting carbon dioxide (CO2), emitted in the fermentation phase of biofuel production, in the subsoil.

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Brazilian ethanol producer Raizen on May 24 announced the inauguration of a new 82 MMly (21.66 MMgy) cellulosic ethanol plant. The R$1.2 billion ($230.63 million) facility is located at Bonfirm Bioenergy Park in Guariba, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Rex American Resources Corp. on May 22 reported that the company achieved near-record financial results during its fiscal Q1 2024. The company also announced it secured 100% of the rights of way for its planned 6-mile carbon pipeline.

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Verbio on May 23 celebrated the groundbreaking of a conversion project at its ethanol plant in South Bend, Indiana, that will allow the facility to produce both ethanol and renewable natural gas (RNG) using an innovative production approach.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was up 2% the week ending May 17, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 22. Stocks of fuel ethanol were down 1% while exports were down 10%.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing was up during the second half of April. Ethanol production from both sugarcane and corn feedstocks was also up during the two-week period.

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ICM Inc. has announced Western New York Energy LLC will install ICM’s cutting-edge FOT Oil Recovery system, a two-step separation system integrated after the distillation process that significantly increases downstream oil recovery.

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Aemetis Inc.on May 16 announced that the installation of a $12 million, 3 megawatt solar microgrid with battery storage and an AI energy management system has been completed at the Keyes ethanol plant.

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More than 2.06 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, up from 1.84 billion generated during the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on May 16.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production was up nearly 4% the week ending May 10, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 15. Stocks of fuel ethanol were up 1% and exports were down 49%.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine talks with ethanol producers and industry experts on best practices for plant shutdowns and managing capital expenditures in aging facilities.

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Ethanol producers are increasingly relying on high-tech equipment and AI to stay ahead of the biorefinery maintenance curve.

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