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September 18, 2020

Biofuel accounts for record 5.8% of UK transportation fuel in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. consumed 645 million liters (170.39 million gallons) of transportation biofuels during the first quarter of 2020, up 53 percent when compared to the same period of 2019, according to data released by the U.K. government on Sept. 10. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

UNICA: Domestic ethanol sales down, exports up

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing both ethanol production and domestic sales were down during the second half of August. Ethanol exports, however, were up when compared to last year. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Censky to leave USDA, resume post at American Soybean Association

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on Sept. 18 that Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky will step down on Nov. 8 to resume his post as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a position he previously held for 21 years. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

RFA welcomes Orion Oil as newest associate member

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association welcomed Orion Oil as its newest Associate Member. Based in Miami, Florida, Orion Oil is a fuel distributor that also operates gas stations and convenience stores in South Florida. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

ACE unveils awards video during virtual conference

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol honored a select group of advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry with an awards video during the 33rd annual ACE conference held virtually in conjunction with the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Growth Energy rallies biofuel champions at DC summit

BY Growth Energy During a virtual event Sept. 14-17, over 150 participants heard from Growth Energy experts and guest speakers in preparation for meetings with legislators and congressional staff in 87 offices representing 15 states. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

Stabenow criticizes plan to bail out oil refiners with USDA funds

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is speaking out to criticize the Trump administration over reports that it plans to use $300 million in USDA funding to bail out small oil refineries that are denied small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

European ethanol industry launches new E10 consumer resource

BY ePURE E10info.eu, a new online resource for consumer information about the widely available E10 fuel blend, launched on Sept. 17 as part of a broader effort to highlight the importance of renewable ethanol to EU climate goals. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

EPA: 7 new SRE petitions filed, including 5 gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published updated SRE data that reflects the denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions announced by the agency on Sept. 14. The data also shows seven new SRE petitions have been filed in recent weeks, including five new gap year SREs. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

USGC: US DDGS exports to South Korea rebound

BY U.S. Grains Council Exports of U.S. DDGS to South Korea are on track to set another record for the 2019/2020 marketing year, thanks to the U.S. Grains Council’s work to encourage resumed purchasing following COVID-19 production shortfalls last spring. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks fall by 1%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 2 percent the week ending Sept. 11 while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by 1 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

House to vote on bill that aims to increase SRE transparency

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act during the week of Sept. 21. The bill includes the provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Novozymes launches Fibrex platform for corn fiber-to-ethanol

BY Novozymes Novozymes on Sept. 16 announced the launch of Fiberex, a comprehensive platform based on novel enzymes and yeast strains to convert corn fiber into ethanol. Fiberex is specifically aimed at breaking down tough fibers in the corn. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

ACE: New tool helps retailers determine E15 compatibility

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol has launched a tool on its fuel-marketer focused flexfuelforward.com website to provide retailers with a free way to check if their equipment is already E15 compatible. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

ACE leadership addresses virtual conference attendees

BY American Coalition for Ethanol American Coalition for Ethanol Board President Duane Kristensen representing Chief Ethanol Fuels kicked off the organization’s 33rd annual ethanol conference being held virtually on Sept. 16 followed by remarks from ACE CEO Brain Jennings. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

LanzaTech: Advanced biofuel facility gets green light in India

BY LanzaTech India-based Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. is planning to install a second generation ethanol facility. The company has awarded LanzaTech the contract to commence the basic engineering for an 5.3 million gallon facility. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Prometheus Fuels licenses ORNL ethanol-to-jet-fuel process

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by ORNL researchers. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

FEW general sessions address policy, production

BY Lisa GibsonDiscussions during the general session of the 2020 virtual Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo focused on the RFS, SREs, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. ethanol industry, its product mix and operations. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Skor focuses on the road ahead in FEW keynote

BY Lisa Gibson“What a year we’ve had,” Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, said in her keynote address at the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. She discussed the many challenges the U.S. ethanol industry currently faces. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Letter urges EPA to comply with GOA investigation of SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleSeven federal lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 15 expressing disappointment with the agency’s failure to cooperate with the Government Accountability Office’s investigation into the SRE waiver process. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Brazil sets 2020 RenovaBio goal at 14.53 CBios

BY Erin VoegeleThe Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy on Sept. 10 set the 2020 goal for the country’s recently launched national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, at 14.53 million decarbonization credits (CBios). The 2021 target was set at 24.86 million CBios. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Proposal aims to lift regulation barring E15 sales in Kansas City

BY Erin VoegeleThe Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced it will hold a public hearing on Nov. 4 to consider the revocation of an existing regulation that prevents the sale of E15 in the Kansas City area during the summer months. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

ACE elects board of directors during annual business meeting

BY American Coalition for Ethanol ACE announced the re-election of several board members to the organization’s board of directors during its annual business meeting prior to ACE’s 33rd conference, which is being held virtually in combination with the virtual FEW. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Lallemand launches new fermentation technology for biofuels

BY Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has introduced Convergence, a new yeast and enzyme platform that combines a new yeast that generates virtually all the GA required for fermentation with a small amount of complementary exogenous enzyme. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Prairie Horizon adopts ICM’s APP to produce higher-value feed

BY ICM Inc. ICM Inc. has completed the first installation of its proprietary Advanced Processing Package for Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy LLC. The APP empowers ethanol plants to diversify their product offerings, thereby increasing revenues. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

EPA denies gap year SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced Sept. 14 it will deny “gap-year” small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions filed by oil refineries in an effort to circumvent a January 2020 ruling by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

EPA to update E15 labels, clarify E10 pumps can distribute E15

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump on Sept. 12 posted a tweet stating that subject to state approval, the ethanol industry will be allowed to use E10 pumps to distribute E15. The U.S. EPA said it will update E15 labels as part of that effort. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

Brazil extends TRQ on ethanol for 90 days

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. government on Sept. 11 announced that bilateral trade discussions on ethanol with Brazil will take place over a 90-day period starting on Sept. 14. During that time, Brazil will extend its previous TRQ for U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

USGC assistance leads to DDGS-based aqua feed sales in Egypt

BY U.S. Grains Council One of the largest feed producers in Egypt is now selling aqua feed produced with U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM), thanks to a product quality trial conducted with the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

September WASDE lowers forecast for 2020-‘21 corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA lowered its forecasts for 2020-’21 corn production and corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Sept. 11. Corn ending stocks were also revised down, while corn exports were increased. READ MORE

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