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

July 22, 2015

Trialing Innovation

New products undergo extensive research and collaboration before real-time testing. This story appears in the August issue of EPM. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Drilling into Distillation, Dehydration

Companies aim to tweak and transform key systems to reduce energy use and resolve bottlenecks. This story appears in the August issue of EPM. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Ethanol Chronicles launches blog to answer fuel critics

The Auto Channel has launched the Ethanol Chronicles. A long-time champion for ethanol, copublisher Marc Rauch describes the blog as "lively, spirited and sometimes humorous repartee concerning energy issues." READ MORE

July 09, 2015

EPA names 9 efficient ethanol producers, bringing total to 40

Nine more ethanol plants have achieved the U.S. EPA’s efficient producer status, bringing the total to 40. The agency posted the newly completed pathway assessments on its website in early July. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Ethanol profits remain strong in 2015, after slow start

Were the record profits in the ethanol industry during the past couple of years a temporary blip? Or are they reflecting a new normal, driven by a robust ethanol export market? “The answer appears to be some of both,” writes Scott Irwin. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

Novel distillation to be scaled, tested by modular system builder

Distillation Technologies Inc. and Easy Energy Systems Inc. announced an agreement to build and test DTI’s technology at pilot scale. DTI's patented and trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation system reduces the energy needed for distillation. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

79% in Sully County SD approve rezoning for ethanol plant

Ring-Neck Energy and Feed clears two hurdles, getting voter approval for its challenged zoning permit and notice from EPA that the plant meets GHG reduction requirements. READ MORE

June 18, 2015

Illinois economists examine long-term trajectory of proposed RVO

University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin, Darrell Good continue their analysis of the implications of the EPA's proposed RVO, this time through 2022. READ MORE

June 11, 2015

Proposed RVO raises multiple questions for Illinois economists

The U.S. EPA's May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) is under scrutiny by University of Illinois economists in recent FarmDocDaily posts authored by Jonathan Coppess, Scott Irwin and Darrel Good. READ MORE

June 10, 2015

USDA increases corn ending stocks on less use for ethanol

In the June supply/demand report, USDA increased corn beginning stocks for the 2015-'16 crop year based on new projections that lower the corn use for ethanol production. The report left projected corn production for 2015-'16 unchanged. READ MORE