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

November 28, 2014

New ethanol distillation technology tests show 75% energy savings

A new distillation technology is ready to be tested at pilot scale, according to Dick Burton, CEO of Distillation Technologies Inc. He and his brother Sam Burton, have spent seven years developing the technology trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation. READ MORE

November 21, 2014

EPA punts: Agency delays 2014 RVO determination into next year

The U.S. EPA announced Friday morning it would not be finalizing the 2014 renewable volume obligation requirements (RVO) by the end of the year. This will also affect the compliance deadline for 2013, which will be moved into 2015. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

Cultivating a Culture of Safety

Companies should take steps to improve safety, compliance and loss control because it's the right thing to do, rather than simply to avoid citations. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Chicagoan Sets Her Sights on Clean Air

Having led the charge to ban leaded gasoline 30 years ago, Marilyn Katz is leading a campaign to require E15 in the Windy City. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

UI economists: Ethanol/CBOB ratio at breakeven, unlikely to last

The recent drop in gasoline prices raises the question whether ethanol's competitiveness in blends is being threatened. University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good examined the prices relationship in a recent FarmDocDaily post. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

UN report outlines growing biofuels role in developing economies

Biofuels now account for 1 percent of global energy use, a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds. The document provides a sweeping global overview of the development of liquid biofuels. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Aemetis reports positive earnings, receives 3% EB-5 loan

California ethanol producer Aemetis Inc. reported record earnings for the first three quarters of 2014, turning the company around from the losses reported in 2013. For the first nine months of the year, Aemetis reported revenues of $166.2 million. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

USDA lowers corn projections slightly, ups corn use estimate

USDA is still projecting a record corn crop, but just not quite as big, reducing its forecast by 68 million bushels in the Nov. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Corn production is now forecast at a record 14.407 billion bushels. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Ethanol leads The Andersons to record Q3 earnings

The ethanol group at The Andersons Inc. led the company's third quarter earnings report with record Q3 operating income of $21.3 million. Overall, the company's year-to-date earnings set a new record at $2.95 per diluted share. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

Lallemand acquires Mascoma's yeast development business

After three years of working as partners in introducing the biotech yeast trademarked TransFerm to the ethanol market, Lallemand Inc. has purchased the yeast development business from Mascoma Corp. READ MORE