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October 17, 2018

Ace Ethanol begins construction of D3Max plant in Wisconsin

BY BBI International D3Max LLC and Ace Ethanol LLC have started construction of the first D3Max facility at Ace Ethanol’s facility in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3Max corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol technology. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

USGC: Exports of ethanol, DDGS up in marketing year 2017-‘18

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Grains Council has released final numbers for marketing year 2017-’18 exports. For the second year in a row, the U.S. has set a new record for exports of feed grains and coproducts, led by higher corn and ethanol shipments. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

RFA adds Hamburg as director of government affairs

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has officially welcomed Connor Hamburg to its staff as the director of government affairs. In this role, Hamburg will focus on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the renewable fuel industry and rural America. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

Sylvatex, Trucent announce scale up of MicroX technology

BY Trucent Sylvatex Inc. and Trucent recently announced successful scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized distillers corn oil (DCO) to free fatty acid (FFA) hydrolysis process. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

House lawmakers ask EPA to stop issuing RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 15, a group of 19 democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. EPA expressing concern over the Trump Administration’s widespread issuance of waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

Cumberland Farms partners with Prime the Pump to sell E15

BY Growth Energy Oct. 16, Growth Energy and Prime the Pump announced Cumberland Farms as the newest E15 retail partner to join the Prime the Pump program. Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms will begin offering E15 at more than 120 of its stores. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

Red-hued yeasts hold clues to producing isobutanol

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison A red pigment called pulcherrimin, naturally produced by several strains of wild yeasts, is synthesized in part through the same biochemical pathway that researchers hope to use to improve production of isobutanol. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Argonne releases 2018 update to GREET model

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 10, Argonne National Laboratory’s System Assessment Group released a 2018 update of its GREET Model, which is an analytical tool used to consider the life cycle of various transportation fuels. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

RFA to offer free E15 webinar

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has announced plans for a free webinar on Oct.. 23 to discuss the recent proposal that will allow for year-round consumer access to 15 percent ethanol (E15). READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Feed grain buyers, suppliers will gather at Export Exchange 2018

BY Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council A cadre of international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and co-products from more than 35 countries are scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis next week for Export Exchange 2018. READ MORE

October 12, 2018

New pump labels in EU provide clarity on biofuels content

BY Ron Kotrba The EU introduced a new, harmonized set of fuel labels Oct. 12 to give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles. The labels will help avoid misfueling and inform drivers, according to the European Commission. READ MORE

October 12, 2018

DOT rescinds ECP brake system requirements for HHFUT rail cars

BY Erin VoegeleRecent action taken by the PHMSA and DOT has repealed a portion of a 2015 rulemaking that would have required certain trains carrying flammable liquids, including ethanol, to be equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake systems. READ MORE

October 12, 2018

USGC: Ethanol summit sparks engagement on ethanol policy

BY U.S. Grains Council The U.S. Grains Council hosted the first ever Ethanol Summit of the Americas in fall 2017, bringing together officials from more than 15 countries to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol. The impact of the event is still paying off. READ MORE

October 11, 2018

WASDE revises corn forecast down, maintains corn use for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 11, the USDA released the October edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, reducing its 2018-’19 production forecast for corn, but maintaining its forecast for the volume of corn going to ethanol production. READ MORE

October 11, 2018

Green Plains to sell 3 ethanol plants to Valero

BY Green Plains Inc. Green Plains Inc. announced Oct. 10 that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC to sell three of its ethanol plants located in Lakota, Iowa; Bluffton, Indiana; and Riga, Michigan. READ MORE

October 11, 2018

Casey’s unveils partnership with Prime the Pump

BY Growth Energy Casey’s General Store has unveiled a partnership with Prime the Pump, a Growth Energy partner and nonprofit organization. Casey’s will expand its offering of E15 to potentially more than 500 of its locations over the next few years. READ MORE

October 10, 2018

EIA maintains 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its September forecast for overall 2018 and 2019 ethanol production, but making slight changes to its 2019 quarterly forecast. READ MORE

October 10, 2018

Novozymes launches Innova Lift yeast for starch-based ethanol

BY Novozymes Novozymes has launched its next yeast technology, Innova Lift, for the starch-based ethanol industry. Innova Lift expresses a glucoamylase that is two times more effective at converting difficult-to-reach starch. READ MORE

October 10, 2018

Dürr buys industrial environmental technology business of B&W

BY Dürr Dürr has completed the previously announced acquisition of the industrial environmental technology business of the U.S. company Babcock & Wilcox as of Oct. 5. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

EPA expected to begin rulemaking process to allow year-round E15

BY Erin VoegeleSupporters of the ethanol industry are speaking out to commend President Trump for his support of E15 and applaud news that the U.S. EPA is beginning a formal rulemaking process to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

USGC: Global trading partners recognize ethanol’s benefits

BY U.S. Grains Council Eleven markets have announced significantly expanded or completely new national ethanol policies in the last year—a momentous shift toward global ethanol adoption, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Researchers are working to understand how the stem juiciness trait evolved in sorghum. Understanding the underlying gene could could help breeders fine-tune this trait in sorghum and other important crops. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

IEA predicts growth in global ethanol production through 2023

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Energy Agency released its Renewables 2018 market analysis on Oct. 8, predicting that fuel ethanol will account for two-thirds of the worldwide growth in conventional biofuels between 2018 and 2023. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

New Hampshire delegation asks EPA to include biomass power in RFS

BY Erin VoegeleNew Hampshire’s congressional delegation is speaking out to urge the U.S. EPA to move forward with a proposed rule that would allow renewable electricity made from biomass that is used to fuel vehicles to quality for the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

'Turbocharging' photosynthesis in corn hikes yield

BY Cornell University Scientists from the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University have boosted a carbon-craving enzyme called RuBisCO to turbocharge photosynthesis in corn. The discovery promises to be a key step in improving agricultural efficiency and yield. READ MORE

October 05, 2018

UNICA: Increased sales of hydrous ethanol continue into September

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of the country sold 962.32 million liters (254.22 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol during the first half of September. READ MORE

October 05, 2018

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council launches RIN management service

BY NATSO Inc. NATSO Inc. and the Alternative Fuels Council recently launched a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the RFS program and manage their RINs. READ MORE

October 05, 2018

Students tour ADM ethanol plant, learn about biofuel production

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Twenty-two students from Marshall High School recently toured the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

RFA completes leadership transition, elects new chairman

BY Erin VoegeleGeoff Cooper has formally taken over as president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, with Bob Dinneen transitioning to the role of senior strategic advisor. The RFA has also elected Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler as chairman of the board. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

Pacific Ethanol inspires its employees to give back

BY Matt ThomposonFor Wayne Rylant, human resources manager at Pacific Ethanol, producing renewable fuel is just a small part of what Pacific Ethanol does. He’s proud of the company’s community service efforts. This year the company will donate 22,139 pounds of food. READ MORE

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