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March 31, 2015

Corn stocks up, prospective plantings down in USDA reports

BY Susanne Retka SchillCorn acres are expected to be down for the third year in a row, the USDA said in its Prospective Plantings report, and corn stocks are higher, according to the Grain Stocks report, both released March 31. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

Bill would expand ethanol waiver for RVP to blends beyond E10

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have introduced Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. One provision of the bill would extend the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure (RVP) to ethanol blends higher than E10. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

EPA announces plans for cellulosic information collection request

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is soliciting public comments on a proposed information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding cellulosic volume projections and efficient producer reporting. Comments are due May 26. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

EPA opens comment period on E15 information collection request

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 24, U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register opening a 60-day comment period on an information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding E15. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

RFA corrects PMAA’s overblown assertions in letter

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association recently sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to counter misleading and inaccurate statements about ethanol availability and infrastructure made by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

SIRE to begin using Syngenta Enogen corn

BY Syngenta Syngenta recently announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to begin using Enogen corn enzyme technology at its Council Bluffs, Iowa, ethanol production facility following the 2015 harvest. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

EIA: U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

Rex American Resources reports record net income for fiscal 2014

BY Erin VoegeleRex American Resources Corp. has released financial results for fiscal year 2014, which ended Jan. 31, reporting net sales of $572.2 million, down from $666 million in fiscal 2013. Gross profits, however, more than doubled, reaching $141.9 million. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

RFA: Economic models are one thing, reality is another

BY Renewable Fuels Association Science Magazine has published another study from environmental activist and attorney Timothy Searchinger that re-packages his disproven theory of food vs. fuel. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, has responded. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Nearly 8 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.25 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.93 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Groups defend USDA funding for blender pumps, trade programs

BY Holly JessenEthanol and agricultural groups have sent a letter to a House of Representatives subcommittee, advocating for the continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Gevo releases 2014 results, reports progress with SBS operations

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting increased revenues when compared to 2013. During the fourth quarter, the company continued to progress with commercial production of isobutanol at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

EPA rule allows timely release of cellulosic waiver credit prices

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has introduced rulemaking that aims to clarify the data sources and methodology used to calculate the price of cellulosic waiver credits (CWC). The rule would also allow CWC prices to be announced in a more timely manner. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

UGA researchers create trees that are easier to turn into fuel

BY University of Georgia Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Maintenance managers meet to share experiences, meet vendors

BY Susanne Retka SchillEthanol maintenance managers met in Des Moines, Iowa, for their semiannual gathering to meet with vendors and learn from each other. In the best attendance yet, nearly 50 maintenance managers from plants in 12 states gathered, along with 85 vendors. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

Croda to manufacture surfactant from ethanol, opening new market

BY Susanne Retka SchillCroda Inc. is planning to break ground on a $170 million upgrade to its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware. When completed, the company will begin converting between 10 million and 14 million gallons of ethanol into ethylene oxide. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

Commodities: Ethanol prices gauging gasoline direction

BY Rick Kment, DTN Ethanol prices have gained momentum at the end of March, following renewed spring support in corn futures prices. The reduction of supplies over the last four weeks has created additional support through the ethanol complex. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

Commodities: Volatile global currency environment affects corn

BY Jason Sagebiel, FCStone Currently, the corn market has been responding to an ever-volatile global currency environment. The U.S. dollar has been a culprit affecting commodity values within the U.S. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Commodities: Longevity, depth of Chinese market at top of mind

BY Sean Broderick, CHS DDGS prices are still being dramatically affected by Chinese demand, in both bulk and container shipments. More than 2.5 million metric tons have been booked via the Gulf in bulk vessels destined for China so far for the summer. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Commodities: Analysts to watch summer inventory supply closely

BY Ben Straus, U.S. Energy Services Winter is almost over. And for the natural gas market, the end of winter is significant event mainly in terms of declining demand. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

ACE emphasizes 'Power by People' during Capitol Hill fly-in

BY Holly JessenThe American Coalition for Ethanol and more than 70 of its members are in Washington, D.C., to meet with top Administration officials and Members of Congress as part of the advocacy group's "Biofuels Beltway March" annual fly-in March 24 and 25. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

Praj to license Gevo's technology for sugar-based ethanol plants

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo, Inc. announced March 24 that Praj Industries Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding to become a Gevo licensee for producing renewable isobutanol at sugar-based ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

California demo produces first low-carbon, whole-beet ethanol

BY Susanne Retka SchillMendota Bioenergy has made the first whole-beet ethanol in a California demonstration facility. The technology promises a carbon intensity rating of 22 to meet state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 20, 2015

API, AFPM sue EPA over RFS delays

BY Erin VoegeleThe American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. EPA regarding delays in finalizing 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel standards. READ MORE

March 20, 2015

AEE report illustrates growth in the U.S. advanced energy market

BY Erin VoegeleThe Advanced Energy Economy recently commissioned a study completed by Navigant Research that found the U.S. advanced energy market grew by 14 percent last year, which is five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

EIA report illustrates biofuel, bioenergy subsidies

BY Erin VoegeleOn March 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a report on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy for fiscal year (FY) 2103. The report responds to a request from two members of Congress. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

ICM celebrates 20 years in the ethanol, renewable fuels industry

BY ICM Inc. ICM Inc. is proudly celebrating 20 years of innovation in the ethanol and renewable fuels industries. ICM was founded on Jan. 23, 1995 with only 20 employees. Through the years the company grew, designing more than 100 ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

San Francisco welcomes E85

BY Renewable Fuels Association March 19 marks the first offering of E85 to flex-fuel vehicle owners in San Francisco. Pearson Fuels and All Stars Fuel celebrated the high-octane E85 at a ribbon cutting by offering E85 at 85 cents per gallon. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels

BY University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Scientists harness enzymes to break down tough cell walls

BY Canadian Light Source Researchers at the University of Toronto Bioproducts Research Lab studying ways to isolate components of plant cell walls so they can be used to create renewable fuels, high-value chemicals, and novel bio-based materials. READ MORE

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