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June 12, 2018

US Water to appeal recent court ruling on pHytOUT patents

BY U.S. Water U.S. Water has announced it plans to appeal a May 25 ruling by the U.S. Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that overturned a decision by a federal court jury regarding the validity of two patents relating to U.S. Water's pHytOUT technology. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Temperatures are the key to heat load efficiency

BY Tim AlbrechtDiscussions about process heat began the Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar and it brought it to a close on June 11. A panel titled “Towards the More Efficient Delivery of Common Process Heat Loads at Ethanol Plants” closed the event. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Making heat more efficient can create energy savings

BY Tim AlbrechtThe Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar preconference at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo kicked off June 11 with a panel titled, “Surveying the Untapped Potential for Energy Savings via the More Efficient Use of Process Heat." READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Researcher wins DOE grant to study sustainability of biofuels

BY University of Idaho A researcher at the University of Idaho was awarded $750,000 by the Department of Energy to study the sustainability of biofuels. The grant is part of a larger project to create a new generation of bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

CHP brings significant opportunities to ethanol industry

BY Lisa GibsonDuring the first-ever Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar preconference at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, conversations focused on all things efficiency, including process heat, dehydration and combined-heat-and-power (CHP). READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on June 8. The bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs, but provides insufficient funding to ensure their success, according to the AgEC. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Carbon utilization bill could create value for CO2 emissions

BY Tim AlbrechtSen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., has introduced legislation would allow carbon utilization technologies and biogas production to access USDA loan guarantees, research programs and rural development loans. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of regulations

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions. READ MORE

June 07, 2018

IRFA announces new Monarch Fueling Station locations

BY Erin VoegeleIn late May, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced that two additional ethanol producers and one retailer have announced plans to establish Monarch Fueling Stations at several locations within Iowa. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

Trump rejects RFS deal, fight for year-round E15 will continue

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 5, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, broke news that President Trump has rejected a deal on the RFS that would have allowed year-round E15 sales, but also allowed RINs from exported biofuels to be used to meet RVOs. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

NREL finds easier ways to deconstruct biomass

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to develop a one-step process to deconstruct biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

DuPont Industrial Biosciences launches 3 new ethanol products

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Building off the launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont Xcelis, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub—designed to increase yields, speed fermentation and reduce energy and chemical consumption. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Bill aims to increase E15 labeling requirements

BY Erin VoegeleIn mid-May, Reps. Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced legislation that aims to introduce more stringent labeling requirements for E15. The bill was introduced May 16 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Researchers hope better technology produces less costly biofuel

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences University of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply cellulosic ethanol can be made from inedible plant material using currently available technology. They found the cost of feedstock and size of the biorefinery are key factors in lowering costs. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleOn June 4, a group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Growth Energy announces Rutter’s as newest E15 retailer

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy and Pennsylvania-based Rutter’s announced June 4 that the convenience store chain will begin selling E15—a fuel with 15 percent biofuel—at seven of its locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Farm and biofuel coalition demands EPA account for lost RVOs

BY Renewable Fuels Association A coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups have petitioned the U.S. EPA to change its regulations to account for lost volumes of renewable fuel resulting from the unprecedented number of retroactive small refinery exemptions from RFS obligations. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

RFA: Poll shows consumers agree that E15 barrier is ‘ridiculous’

BY Renewable Fuels Association Starting June 1, gas stations across much of the nation will be forced to cease sales of E15, a fuel blend that is cleaner and cheaper than regular E10 gasoline. The summertime ban on E15 comes at a time gas prices are reaching a four-year high. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

ACE: Despite Trump’s repeated pledge, E15 barrier still in place

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Despite repeated public endorsements from the White House to allow the sale of E15 unleaded gasoline year-round, EPA has taken no action to lift the outdated regulatory barrier prior to the June 1 start of the low Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

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 the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

Iowa official, IRFA ask Pruitt to lift E15 restrictions

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, recently called on U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to remove an unnecessary barrier to summer time sale of E15. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

New machine learning approach could accelerate bioengineering

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol sales up in first half of May

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of the country sold 1.13 billion liters (289.51 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of May, up 17 percent from the same period of 2017. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Growth Energy: RVP period to begin at time of high fuel costs

BY Growth Energy June 1 marks the beginning of the RVP restriction on E15 sales across most of the country during the summer driving season—June 1 to September 15. The ban on E15 comes at a time when American drivers would most benefit from relief at the pump. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Purdue wins $1.8 million from DOE to solve biorefinery blockages

BY Purdue University A team led by Purdue University scientists will receive a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to solve one of the biggest problems facing biorefinery operations—the flow of biomass into and throughout the facilities. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

USGC: Ethanol Summit of Asia Pacific held in Minneapolis

BY Erin VoegeleIndustry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania met in Minneapolis the week of May 21 to take part in the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific, an event sponsored by the USGC, Growth Energy and the RFA. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Valicor divisions set to become Trucent

BY Trucent In 2017, the environmental services divisions of Valicor Inc.and the Valicor brand name were spun off and purchased by Wind Point Partners. The Dexter, Michigan-based portions of Valicor Inc. that were not sold are now operating at Trucent. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Ethanol coalition sues EPA over small refinery exemptions

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA, NCGA, ACE and NFU, with support of Farmers Union Enterprises, filed suit May 29 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to challenge several waivers from the RFS that the U.S. EPA granted in secret to profitable refining companies. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Rex American Resources reports increased ethanol sales in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 23, Rex American Resources Corp. released first quarter financial results, reporting increased ethanol sales volumes and gross profit when compared to the same period of 2017. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

RFA announces $1 million Fuel Your Knowledge campaign

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has launched a new $1 million consumer-focused educational campaign that will educate consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in boats, motorcycles, lawn and garden equipment and other off-road engines. READ MORE

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