Holly Jessen

Holly Jessen is managing editor for Ethanol Producer Magazine. She has written for the magazine since January 2010 and has previous experience working for daily and weekly newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. She graduated from Andrews University in 2000 with a double major in English and journalism.

Latest Posts by Holly Jessen

August 29, 2014

Highlighting those that 'get it'

Yes, there are lawmakers that don’t get it when it comes to biofuels. They’re stuck on lies and propaganda pushed forward by Big Oil. But two recent announcements remind us that it’s not all controversy and negativity. READ MORE

August 25, 2014

Celebrating good news stories

In the last couple of weeks I’ve covered some undeniably good news stories. I have to say, those kinds of stories are a lot more fun to write than stories about bankruptcies, idled plants and tight margins. READ MORE

August 21, 2014

Butamax corn oil separation system fully operational at Highwater

Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC and Highwater Ethanol held an Aug. 20 ribbon cutting, celebrating the completion of phase one of a two-phase retrofit to biobutanol production. The facility is now separating corn oil with Butamax technology. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Aventine celebrates completion of natural gas boiler project

Aventine Renewable Energy recently held a ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 15 to mark the completion of a project to replace three aging coal boilers with two new natural gas boilers at its Pekin, Illinois, ethanol production complex. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

Grants help develop sorghum feedstock program in California

Calgren Renewable Fuels, Aemetis Inc. and Pacific Ethanol Inc. each received a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to support sorghum feedstock development. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

Such a sweet thing

The cover crop potential for corn production is just one example of the many interesting things to learn about when writing about the ethanol industry. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Poet-DSM announces grand opening for Project Liberty

Poet-DSM has planned a Sept. 3 grand opening celebration at the Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsberg, Iowa. It's a milestone many have been waiting for eagerly. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Looking For Liquidity

Alternative trading systems provide shareholders with an exit strategy and protect ethanol production companies from insider trading, among other benefits. READ MORE

August 11, 2014

Past FEW scholarship winner now consultant

The presentation of scholarship money has been part of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo since the early 2000s. The focus of today’s blog is a scholarship winner from eight years ago. READ MORE

August 07, 2014

Aventine plant now successfully running on corn

With the recent announcement that Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has successfully restarted its 45 MMgy ethanol plant in Aurora, Nebraska, the company has now attained its goal of restarting four Aventine facilities. READ MORE