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January 08, 2020

Iran crisis drives oil price increase, ethanol delivers relief

BY Renewable Fuels Association Tensions in the Middle East have inflamed global oil markets, sending Brent crude oil futures over $70 per barrel and pushing U.S. gasoline futures to a nine-month high. Ethanol, however, can help mitigate price increases at the pump. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

EPA approves SIRE’s D6 RIN pathway

BY Matt ThompsonSouthwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has received approval for a pathway for D6 renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated from non-grandfathered ethanol. The U.S. EPA approved SIRE’s pathway in late November last year. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

OPINION: Fostering innovation with biofuels

BY Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy Growth Energy has parntered with National FFA and the National Association of Agricultural Educators to develop and implement a first-of-its-kind, free biofuels curriculum designed to introduce high school students to the world of biofuels. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Suncor challenges EPA ruling to deny its SREs applications

BY Erin VoegeleOil refiner Suncor Energy U.S.A. Inc. has filed a petition for review with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA’s decision to rule its refinery complex located in Commerce City, Colorado, is ineligible to receive SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Clariant licenses sunliquid cellulosic technology in China

BY Clariant Clariant, Anhui Guozhen Group, and Chemtex Chemical Engineering on Jan. 7 signed a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic cellulosic ethanol technology. The technology will be used to convert agricutlure residues to ethanol at a facility in China. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Report shows how a Midwest clean fuels policy should be designed

BY Great Plains Institute A new report details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. It recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that will benefit producers, consumers, agricutlure and others. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

Valero, AFPM ask SCOTUS to consider RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

SIRE repurchases Bunge's stake in Iowa ethanol plant

BY Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC and Bunge North America LLC announced that SIRE repurchased Bunge's Series B membership units, effective Dec. 31, 2019. The purchase ends Bunge's 13-year ownership interest in SIRE. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

Badger State Ethanol produces 1 billionth gallon of ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleBadger State Ethanol LLC announced Jan. 3 it has surpassed 1 billion gallons of ethanol production at its 85 MMgy facility located in Monroe, Wisconsin. The facility began operatins in 2002 with an orginal nameplate capacity of 40 MMgy. READ MORE

January 03, 2020

UNICA updates corn, sugarcane ethanol production data

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry association, has announced that mills in the country’s south-central region produced 31.95 billion liters of ethanol from April 1 through Dec. 15, 2019, including 981.9 million liters of corn ethanol. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

EPA: 32.68 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.45 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 32.68 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

Quad County Corn Processors seeds monarch fueling station

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A small field near Quad County Corn Processors was recently seeded with native grasses, milkeweed and other plants to establish a monarch fueling station, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

OPINION: 2019 brought some good ethanol news for retailers

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association As we enter this new decade of the 2020s, the future looks incredibly bright for higher blends of ethanol. RFA's Cassie Mullen highlights several experiences in 2019 that will no doubt lead to continued expansion in the new year. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program on Dec. 27. The program provides quarterly payments to producers of eligible advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

USGC announces changes to ethanol staff

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Grains Council has announced changes to its ethanol staff in recent months. Lucas Szabo was promoted to manager of global ethanol market development in November, and Stella Qian was promoted to manager of global ethanol programs in December. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Forest Service grants license for biomass conversion technology

BY Matt ThompsonThe U.S. Forest Service has granted a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to Ontario-based Whispering Green Energy. The company plans to begin experiments using the technology this spring. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Report discusses Japan’s ethanol demand, use

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides insight into Japan’s fuel market and shows potential for increased imports of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Corn use for fuel ethanol at 437 million bushels in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for December, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in October was up significantly from the prior month, but down when compared to October 2018. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

MN Biofuels releases annual report, recognizes E15 retailer

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) named Hutchinson Co-Op its 2019 Distinguished Retailer at the release of the former’s 2019 Annual Report in Bloomington on Dec 13. Hutchison Co-Op offers E15, D30 and E85. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

New York producer expresses optimism for E15

BY Matt ThompsonTimothy Winters, president and CEO of Western New York Energy, said New York’s approval of E15 is an important step for the state’s ethanol industry. WNYE is working with the RFA and Growth Energy to educate consumers and retailers on E15. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USDA: No actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced Dec. 12 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

Trump signs spending bills, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump signed two legislative packages into law on Dec. 20, avoiding another government shutdown. The packages include all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills and tax extenders legislation that will benefit biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

DOE to fund feedstock monitoring, carbon storage technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy On Dec. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

Study analyzes viability of fuels developed through ORNL process

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory A technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USGC: Event helps solidify DDGS potential in Latin America

BY U.S. Grains Council U.S. Grains Council organized a November conference in Mexico City to bring together successful Mexican dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) end-users with potential buyers from seven other Latin American markets. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

EPA: 6 new SREs filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Dec. 19, reporting that six new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 10 petitions that had been filed as of Nov. 21. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

House passes USMCA trade agreement

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement on Dec. 19 by a vote of 385 to 41. The trade pact, which was signed by the three countries in November 2018 to replace NAFTA, is expected to benefit ethanol producers. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

Poet commits $2 million for precision ag initiative at SDSU

BY Poet LLC Poet Founder and CEO Jeff Broin has announced a $2 million gift for construction of the precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University. Poet will have office space at the research park to help facilitate new collaborations. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

EPA finalizes 2020 RVOs, SRE rule; disappoints biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleA final rule released by the EPA on Dec. 19 includes a slight boost in the 2020 RFS cellulosic biofuel RVO. The rule also maintains EPA’s much criticized proposed plan to account for future SREs—a move slammed by members of the biofuels industry. READ MORE

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