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October 22, 2019

SREs addressed during White House cabinet meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA’s actions regarding SREs were addressed during an Oct. 21 meeting at the White House. Trump directed the EPA to “make sure the small refineries are happy” while USDA indicated farmers will be fine with the plan once they see it implemented. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

RFA: New court documents detail rampant EPA abuse of SRE program

BY Renewable Fuels Association New court documents show that the EPA inappropriately granted RFS compliance exemptions to certain small refineries that did not even qualify for the waivers, and that there was division within in the Trump administration about its approach to SREs. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

$2.3 million DOE grant to advance ethanol fuel research

BY Purdue University Researchers at Purdue University have received $2.3 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for their work to create computer models to simplify the design and construction of biorefineries. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

USDA biofuel infrastructure initiative to be up and running soon

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA hopes to have a new program up and running in early 2020 that will support retail sales of higher ethanol blends, including E15, according to statements made by U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky during an Oct. 17 hearing. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Air Liquide, ArcelorMittal partner in pilot project

BY Air Liquide Air Liquide is partnering with ArcelorMittal in the first industrial-scale demonstration plant to capture carbon gas from the steelmaking process and recycle it into chemicals, specifically advanced bioethanol. READ MORE

October 18, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol production up in second half of September

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up significantly during the second half of September. A new record was also set for the volume of ethanol produced per ton of processed raw material. READ MORE

October 18, 2019

Sustainable Technology acquires DuPont’s G2 ethanol technology

BY Sustainable Technology Corp. Sustainable Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Petron Scientech Inc., has completed the acquisition from DuPont, the complete technology assets for the world-class, second-generation technology developed and demonstrated by DuPont. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

EPA: 5 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 17 that shows the agency has received five SRE applications for compliance year 2019. All five applications are listed as pending. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

USGC: Ethanol exports down in 2018-’19 marketing year

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Grains Council has released final export numbers for the 2018-’19 marketing year. Ethanol exports saw a small drop while U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports remained relatively flat. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

Suncor Energy increases investment in Enerkem

BY Enerkem Inc. Enerkem Inc. announced Oct. 15 the closing of a $50 million equity investment from Suncor. Suncor first participated in the ownership of Enerkem in April 2016 as part of a $76.3 million equity financing alongside Enerkem’s existing shareholders. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Iowa biofuel, ag groups explain outrage over EPA’s SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the Iowa biofuels industry held a press briefing Oct. 16 to explain their outrage over the EPA’s Oct. 15 release of its SRE relief rule, explaining the rule did not accurately represent the deal they were briefed on Oct. 3. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Ringneck Energy joins RFA as newest producer member

BY Renewable Fuels Association Ringneck Energy of Onida, South Dakota, has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as its newest producer member. Ringneck Energy CEO Walt Wendland was also elected to the RFA board of directors at the association's recent annual meeting. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

USGC: DDGS trials expand sales in southeastern Mexico

BY U.S. Grains Council From the tropics in Campeche to the jungles in Palenque to the mountains in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the U.S. Grains Council is helping build markets through demonstration trials for U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). READ MORE

October 15, 2019

EPA’s SRE deal falls short of industry expectations

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA issued a supplemental rule Oct. 15 seeking comments on how it should project the volume of SREs in future RFS rulemakings. The rule fell short of industry expectations and demonstrated EPA's failure to follow past DOE SRE recommendations. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Growth Energy announces new chairman of the board

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has announced the election of Dan Sanders as the association's new chairman of the board of directors. Sanders will succeed Jeff Broin. Broin, however, will remain an active member of the Growth Energy board. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Greenfield Global takes steps to expand production

BY Greenfield Global Inc Greenfield Global Inc. has welcomed Quebec's pre-publication of draft regulations to set biofuel requirements for gasoline and diesel fuel, which would require E10 by 2021 and E15 by 2025. Greenfield also said it is considering expansion projects. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

USDA deputy secretary speaks at Global Ethanol Summit

BY Matt ThompsonStephen Censky, deputy secretary of the USDA, delivered a keynote address during the second day of the Global Ethanol Summit on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused on international collaboration. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Global Ethanol Summit panel focuses on the economics of octane

BY Matt ThompsonDay two of the inaugural Global Ethanol Summit began with a panel discussion focused on the economic benefits of blending ethanol into gasoline. Panelists addressed ethanol's role as an octane booster in global fuel markets. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

USDA seeks applications for biorefinery loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Applications for the current cycle of the loan guarantee program are due April 1. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

Brazilian official: Flex fuel hybrid vehicles are the future

BY Matt ThompsonMiguel Ivan Lacerda Oliveira, director of biofuels for the Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, said during the Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C., that the future of transportation is electric vehicles, but ethanol will still play a role. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

First Global Ethanol Summit begins in Washington, DC

BY Matt ThompsonThe first Global Ethanol Summit, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14 with presentations from USGC's Ryan LeGrand and Mike Dwyer. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Governors urge Trump to extend RVP waiver to E30

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump Oct. 8 urging him to use existing executive authority take four specific actions aimed and helping to restore and grow the U.S. agriculture and biofuel industries. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

USGC: Long-term engagement leads to DDGS sales in Ecuador

BY U.S. Grains Council The largest commercial feed producer in Ecuador imported 6,650 metric tons of U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) valued at $1.3 million in the first half of 2019 following an ongoing targeted marketing program by the USGC. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

WASDE: Corn use in ethanol forecast down at 5.4 billion bushels

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA lowered its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 50 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, released Oct. 10. Forecasts for corn production, exports and ending stocks were also reduced. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

EPA’s SRE proposal under OMB review

BY Erin VoegeleThe supplemental rulemaking referenced by the U.S. EPA in an Oct. 4 announcement regarding its plans to reallocate RFS volume obligations waived through future SREs appears to be under White House Office of Management and Budget review. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

EIA lowers forecasts for 2020 ethanol production, consumption

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its forecast for 2020 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Oct. 8. The forecast for 2019 ethanol production was maintained. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

UK government to implement ethanol tariff in no-deal Brexit

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government announced Oct. 8 it will adjust tariffs on ethanol in the event of a no-deal Brexit in order to retain support for U.K. ethanol producers, noting the “supply of [ethanol] is important to critical national infrastructure.” READ MORE

October 09, 2019

LanzaTech: Ethanol to be converted to PET

BY LanzaTech Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd. has produced more than 9 million gallons of ethanol from recycled steel mill emissions in its first year of operation. Ethanol from the facility will now be converted to PET. READ MORE

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