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June 24, 2019

USDA: Corn planting nearly complete, 56% of crop good/excellent

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA released an update of its weekly Crop Progress report June 24, reporting that farmers in the nation’s top 18 corn-producing states have planted 96 percent of planned corn acreage as of June 23. READ MORE

June 24, 2019

Virgin Australia flies 1 million kilometers with Gevo’s jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Virgin Australia has used Gevo’s sustainable aviation jet fuel to power 1 million kilometers of flights, for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport when the fuel was put through the general fuel supply system. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

Highwater Ethanol publishes Q2 results, plans production increase

BY Erin VoegeleLamberton, Minnesota-based Highwater Ethanol LLC recently published financial results for the second quarter of 2019 and announced plans to increase its annual production by more than 10 million gallons, to approximately 70 MMgy. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

NCGA ups pressure on EPA to follow Trump’s lead on ethanol

BY National Corn Growers Association The National Corn Growers Association began airing an advertisement June 20 calling on the U.S. EPA to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to big oil companies. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif. introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Lee Enterprises consulting adds team members

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Lee Enterprises Consulting has added four new members to its team of 100-plus subject matter bioeconomy experts, including Chris Burk, P.E.; Daren Daugaard, Ph.D. P.E.; David Whittle; and Tad Dritz, P.E. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

Report: E10 could save UK drivers £100 million in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleA reported released June 11 by the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol found that the immediate introduction of E10 in the U.K. market could save drivers approximately £100 million ($126.44 million) in 2020. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UNF researcher wins USDA grant to study switchgrass

BY University of North Florida Mike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

US exports 150 million gallons of ethanol in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported more than 150 million gallons of ethanol and nearly 918,000 tons of distillers grains in April, according to data released by the USDA FAS on June 6. Exports of both products were down when compared to April 2018. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Researchers build catalyst to generate electricity from ethanol

BY University of Arkansas Jingyi Chen, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas, worked with scientists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop a highly efficient catalyst for generating electrical energy from ethanol. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

ePURE elects new officers

BY ePURE ePURE recently elected Alarik Sandrup of Swedish farmers’ cooperative Lantmännen as its new president. Valérie Corre, director of regulatory affairs for alcohol/ethanol EU for French cooperative Tereos, was elected as vice president. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

From FEW: Stressed yeast may be robbing plants of ethanol yield

BY Matt ThompsonAccording to Jayne Kalbfleisch, technical development manager at Lallemand Biofuels and Distilled Spirits, one factor that may be robbing an ethanol plant of yield is stressed yeast. Kalbfleisch discussed the impact of stressed yeast at the FEW. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

Bill aims to reform EPA’s SRE process, increase transparency

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA increases 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook for June features increased forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. The agency now predicts ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in 2019 and 1.05 million barrels per day in 2020. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales set a record in May

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol reached a record 2.05 billion liters (541.55 million gallons) in May, up 50.64 percent when compared to sales during the same month of last year. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 13, 2019

ABFA: Letter urges EPA to finalize provisions in REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 15 companies sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum June 12 urging the agency to finalize provisions in the proposed REGS rule to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers for the production of certain biofuels. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

RFA’s Missy Ruff receives national safety award

BY Renewable Fuels Association RFA's Missy Ruff has received the 2018 TRANSCAER Chairman’s Award, which recognizes TRANSCAER team members who have contributed above and beyond the normal call of duty to advocate, demonstrate and implement TRANSCAER’s principles. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

RFA provides behind-the-scenes information on Trump’s SIRE tour

BY Erin VoegeleThe RFA held a media call June 12 to provide behind-the-scenes information on President Donald Trump’s June 11 visit to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in celebration of the U.S. EPA’s recent rule to allow year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Growth Energy intervenes in AFPM’s challenge of E15 rule

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit June 12 to intervene in support of the U.S. EPA’s rule allowing year-round E15 sales. AFPM filed a lawsuit June 10 challenging the rule. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators ask EPA to end SRE approvals, reallocate waived volumes

BY Erin VoegeleA dozen democratic senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to end approval of unjustified SRE applications and reallocate waived volumes. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators urge EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of nine senators, led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff. Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to act on pending applications for electric fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

ICM: Planning is key to a successful shutdown

BY Matt ThompsonKristen Gordon, director of reliability services at ICM Inc., presented ICM’s best practices for managing ethanol plant shutdowns at the 2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo June 12 in Indianapolis. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Trump celebrates E15 rule with visit to SIRE

BY Erin VoegelePresident Donald Trump visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, a 110 MMgy ethanol plant located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11 to celebrate the final rule issued by the U.S. EPA May 31 to lift restrictions on year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

USDA WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast that 5.5 million bushels of corn will go to ethanol production in the 2019-’20 crop year in its WASDE report released June 11, up slightly from the 5.45 billion bushels of corn used to make ethanol in 2018-’19. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

From FEW: 45Q represents opportunity for ethanol

BY Lisa GibsonUnder new size specifications for the 45Q tax credit, almost all ethanol plants are eligible, said Jamey Cline, in business development for Christianson PLLP, during a carbon market panel discussion during the 2019 FEW in Indianapolis. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

AFPM challenges E15 rule, RFA intervenes in support of EPA

BY Erin VoegeleAmerican Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit June 10 challenging the U.S. EPA’s May 31 rule to allow year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Letter urges EPA to process pending RFS fuel pathway applications

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 21 members of Congress, led by Reps. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 4 urging the agency to take action on pending RFS fuel pathways. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

DuPont launches Optimash DCO+ at 2019 FEW

BY DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has announced the launch of DuPont Optimash DCO+ for increased recovery of corn oil in dry grind ethanol plants. Optimash DCO+ provides a flexible solution for ethanol producers to increase corn oil yield. READ MORE

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