Susanne Retka Schill

Sue Retka Schill is senior editor at BBI International, writing and editing for Ethanol Producer Magazine and assisting with the editing of other BBI titles, including Biomass Magazine. She started working with BBI International in late 2006 and has written on a  variety of topics for Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biodiesel Magazine and Biomass Magazine. She has over 30 years of experience in reporting on agriculture and rural life for regional publications and community newspapers.

Latest Posts by Susanne Retka Schill

September 30, 2014

NASS launches survey of ethanol corn use, coproduct production

In late October, ethanol producers will be receiving the first of what will become monthly surveys to report corn crush and coproduct production to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Proposed Southern Illinois ethanol plant under development

A small town in southern Illinois has landed two grants totaling nearly $4 million for infrastructure projects to support a proposed ethanol plant. Project details on the proposed facility are expected to be released soon. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Coalition examines effective alternative fuel policies

Local policies to promote alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are among the most effective, a recent study by the Clean Energy Coalition finds. The study compares the number of alternative fuel vehicles in each state to the types of policies. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

NRDC loses challenge to Indiana ethanol air permits

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's ethanol industry in a case filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council challenging Indiana's implementation of the Clean Air Act. The case begun in 2010 has undergone several reversals. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Cellulosic developers call for favorable EPA rule on 2014 RVO

The cellulosic industry continues to keep the pressure on the administration as the Office of Management and Budget reviews the U.S. EPA's final determination on the 2014 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

2008 NC ethanol blending statute upheld by appeals court

A final point in a challenge to the North Carolina ethanol blending statute was upheld by U.S. District Court. The plaintiffs, the American Petroleum Institute and Association of Fuel and Petroleum Manufacturers, have until late September to appeal. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Stover Pellets Pack in the Pounds

Densification reduces transportation cost, improves storability and could open new markets. Are pellets the future for corn stover? READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Corn to yield 171.7 bu/acre for record 14.4 billion bushel crop

The USDA boosted its corn yield forecast by 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels, projecting corn production at a record 14.395 billion bushels, 368 million bushels higher than last month's supply/demand report. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Legacy 18 MMgy Minnesota plant restarts ethanol production

Minnesota-based Buffalo Lake Advanced Biofuels recently restarted operations. The 18 MMgy plant, which was purchased out of bankruptcy in 2012, has undergone repairs and upgrades, including the installation of a new solids separation technology. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

DDGS exporters/importers to gather in Seattle Oct. 20-22

International buyers for distillers grains are making plans to attend Export Exchange 2014 scheduled for Oct. 20-22 in Seattle, Washington. The event is put on by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE