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

February 04, 2016

Economists: Ethanol retains low-cost octane enhancer status

Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices. The biggest threat, say University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, would be a shortfall in U.S. corn production. READ MORE

February 02, 2016

ADM reports Q4 earnings of 61 per share, down from $1 a year ago

Archer Daniels Midland Co. reported net earnings for the fourth quarter were $718 million, or $1.19 per share, and segment operating profit was $900 million. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 61 cents. READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Powering up with a let-down turbine

Installing a turbine where steam pressures are being dropped generates power and reduces carbon intensity. This article appears in the March issue of EPM with the headline, "Powering up by letting down." READ MORE

January 29, 2016

CARB accepts innovative Trestle Energy coproduct pathway

Trestle Energy LLC has received a favorable carbon intensity rating from the California Air Resources Board for a pathway approach that creates a new coproduct credit from using corn stover for electric generation. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Ethanol margins return to seasonal swings

Off to a slow start, 2015 margins improved, thanks to exports and strong driving demand. What will 2016 bring? This article appears in the February issue of EPM. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

Economist dissects arguments on RFS, EPA’s final rule

University of Illinois economist Coppess outlines the EPA’s assertion that Congress’ use of ambiguous terms provides some degree of reasonable delegation to the agency, and the ethanol industry’s countering argument. READ MORE

January 18, 2016

Upside down ethanol-gas ratio appears to be new normal

After a decade of ethanol mostly being priced lower than gasoline, the ethanol/gasoline price ratio has been above 1.0 for the past four months, according to University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good. READ MORE

January 18, 2016

2015 Crop results: Good quality, plentiful corn

The 2015 survey provides snapshot of new crop quality for ethanol production. This story appears in the February issue of EPM. READ MORE

January 12, 2016

WASDE: Corn yield down 0.9 bushel, ending stocks up 17 M bushels

Soft corn markets should be strengthened some by USDA lowering its national average yield by 0.9 bushels to 168.4 bushels per acres. That brings the USDA estimates for 2015-’16 corn production down by 53 million bushels. READ MORE

January 11, 2016

CARB releases FAQ on new LCFS regulations in advance of deadline

With a Jan. 31 deadline approaching, the California Air Resources Board released an FAQ to answer frequently asked questions about the changes to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE