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December 06, 2019

UNICA: Brazilian corn ethanol production up significantly

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that nearly three-fourths of the sugarcane processed during the first half of November went to ethanol production. The group also said corn ethanol production is up significantly. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

Research shows benefits of better corn residue management

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory Resrachers from Argonne National Laboratory led a collaboration to screen 3,380 papers published between 1990 and 2018 to quantify the response of soil carbon to stover removal and to identify key drivers that can help maintain soil health. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemical

BY University of Manchester A move towards a more sustainable biobased economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals, according to the University of Manchester. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Rex: NuGen plant in South Dakota impacted by corn shortages

BY Erin VoegeleRex American Resources Corp. officials reported improving crush spreads and said its ethanol operations are currently running at a profitable rate during a Dec. 4 earnings call. The company's NuGen plant, however, is being impacted by corn shortages. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

RFA stresses ethanol benefits at UN Climate Change Conference

BY Renewable Fuels Association Low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change, the Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders in Madrid at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

California Ethanol & Power granted sales and use tax extension

BY California Ethanol & Power LLC California Ethanol & Power LLC was recently granted by unanimous vote a four-year extension for a sales and use tax exclusion (STE) by the Board of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

OPINION: E15 marketplace update

BY Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development at Growth Energy E15 reached new hights in 2019. New York, the nation's fourth largest fuel market, issued a rule allowing E15 in November, American drivers topped 11 billion miles on E15 in October, and summer E15 sales were up 46 percent. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

OPINION: All I want for Christmas is truth

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Although misinformation pushed by oil interests claims retailers have to buy new tanks, lines, dispensers and other components if they want to sell E15, ample evidence proves that most retailers can offer E15 with little or no equipment upgrades. READ MORE

December 04, 2019

Japan approves US-Japan Trade Agreement

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued a statement Dec. 4 confirming Japan’s Diet, its bicameral legislature, has approved the recently signed U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which includes a staged tariff reduction for ethanol. READ MORE

December 04, 2019

Senators urge EPA to ensure RFS won’t be undermined by SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA group of nine senators, led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sent a public comment letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in late November expressing concern over the agencies proposal to account for future small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

December 04, 2019

OPINION: Pipe dope and higher ethanol blends

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association The compatibility of pipe dope associated with underground storage tank systems for ethanol blends above E10 has been a subject of controversy for many years and has been repeatedly misrepresented by those hoping to suppress market adoption of E15. READ MORE

December 04, 2019

Report debunks claims regarding RFS impact on endangered species

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has released a new report authored by Ramboll that demonstrates how claims on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s alleged impact on endangered species “relies on unsupported assumptions and speculation.” READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Bunge, BP launch BP Bunge Bioenergy joint venture in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleBunge Ltd. and BP plc announced Dec. 2 they have completed the formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia, a 50:50 joint venture that combines the two companies’ Brazilian bioenergy and sugarcane ethanol businesses. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Senate confirms Brouillette as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate voted 70-15 on Dec. 2 to confirm Dan Brouillette as energy secretary following his Nov. 7 nomination by President Trump. Brouillette previously served as deputy energy secretary under former Energy Secretary Rick Perry. READ MORE

December 02, 2019

More than 11,700 comments filed on EPA’s SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe public comment period of U.S. EPA’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that addresses the agency’s plan to reallocate future RFS volumes lost to SREs closed Nov. 29. More than 11,700 comments were filed on the proposal. READ MORE

December 02, 2019

Report: Thailand could benefit from ethanol imports

BY Matt ThompsonA recently released report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service says that while Thailand has relied on domestic ethanol production, the country could benefit from importing ethanol and other biofuels. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

EPA: 33.07 million cellulosic RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that 1.72 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 33.07 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

ePURE: EU demand for low-carbon fuels can be met sustainably

BY ePURE New research shows Europe’s need for better-performing, low-carbon fuels to reduce emissions from existing and new cars could be met by the ethanol industry, within the RED II framework, according to ePURE. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

USGC: Roadshow finds Iberian market potential for DDGS, sorghum

BY U.S. Grains Council The USGC conducted a robust, week-long roadshow through Spain and Portugal in October to promote U.S. sorghum and containerized DDGS to key importers and trading companies involved in the Spanish and Portuguese feed industries. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

RFA: Review of 2020 vehicle models reveals good news for E15

BY Renewable Fuels Association A new analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that nearly all new 2020 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). READ MORE

November 26, 2019

USDA: Corn use for ethanol down in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for November, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production fell to 407 million bushels in September, down from both September 2018 and August 2019. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

ACE urges EPA to get RFS back on track

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol submitted comments on Nov. 26 to the U.S. EPA on its proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

Growth Energy welcomes new member The Andersons

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy has announced the addition of The Andersons Inc. as its newest producer plant member. This addition brings Growth Energy’s membership to a total of 103 producer plant members and 8.7 billion gallons of U.S. ethanol capacity. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

LanzaTech moves forward with scale-up of alcohol-to-jet process

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech announced it is continuing to make strides in scaling up its alcohol to jet (ATJ) platform. The company said it negotiating with DOE for a $14 million investment in a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Governors urge Trump to remove gasoline’s deadly aromatics

BY Erin VoegeleLeaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 25 requesting that he urge the U.S. EPA to enforce a provision of the CAA that requires the reduction and elimination of toxic carcinogenic aromatics from gasoline. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Comment period on EPA’s SRE proposal closes Nov. 29

BY Erin VoegeleThose who wish to weigh in on the EPA’s plan to reallocate future RFS volumes lost to small refinery exemptions (SREs) have less than one week left to do so. A public comment period on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking closes Nov. 29. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

UNICA: Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol set new monthly record

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that domestic sales of hydrous ethanol by mills in the south-central region of Brazil record set a new record in October, reaching 2.11 billion liters (557.4 million gallons). READ MORE

November 22, 2019

USGC: Trade mission addresses ethanol in Nigeria, Ghana

BY U.S. Grains Council Two weeks following his keynote at the Global Ethanol Summit, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Cenksy led an agricultural trade mission to West Africa to help unlock new opportunities in the region, including ethanol. READ MORE

November 21, 2019

5 SRE applications filed for 2019, 2 declared ineligible for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA posted updated SRE data to its website on Nov. 21 showing that five new SRE applications have been filed for compliance year 2019 and two SRE petitions previously filed for compliance year 2018 have been declared ineligible. READ MORE

November 21, 2019

Ace elects 2020 officers, executive committee

BY American Coalition for Ethanol During its fourth quarter meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol board of directors elected its officers and executive committee for 2020. Duane Kristensen was elected board president and Dave Sovereign was elected vice president of the board. READ MORE

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