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August 24, 2018

Letter urges Trump to direct EPA to complete RFS electric pathway

BY Erin VoegeleThe owners of nearly 60 anaerobic digestion (AD) projects recently sent a letter to President Trump asking him to tell the U.S. EPA to prioritize the development of an electric pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

USGC: Trade talks with key grains partners keep Washington busy

BY U.S. Grains Council As Washington, D.C., confronts the peak of its infamous August weather, trade talks have also heated up, with officials from Mexico, China and the European Union in town to meet with their counterparts. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

Farm Camp Minnesota tours Guardian Energy

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Twenty children from Farm Camp Minnesota recently visited the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville, Minnesota, to learn about renewable energy production. The visit was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

EPA: 26.35 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.71 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 26.35 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Growth Energy, NAAE partner to celebrate ag, biofuels education

BY Growth Energy Sept. 20 is National Teach Ag Day, and Growth Energy is partnering with the National Association of Agriculture Educators to show its appreciation for all the ag teachers across the nation. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Senators ask EPA to increase RVOs for advanced biofuel, biodiesel

BY Sen. Patty Murray's office On Aug. 23, a bipartisan group of 39 senators sent a letter to the EPA urging the agency to increase volume obligations for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel and appropriately account for small refinery hardship waivers in the 2019 RFS rule. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

Red River Biorefinery breaks ground in North Dakota

BY Lisa GibsonAn ethanol plant that will process sugar beet tailings, as well as potato and pasta processing waste held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 22, despite the fact that construction already has begun on the 11-acre site. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

USGC: Conference highlights burgeoning markets for US corn, DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Building industry relationships and developing opportunities for U.S. agriculture in Southeast Asia were the goals of the 2018 Southeast Asia U.S. Agriculture Cooperators Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, cosponsored by the USGC and others. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

ACE honors ethanol industry contributors with 2018 awards

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol honored a select group of advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry during its 31st annual conference in Minneapolis.Owen Jones and Dale Tolifson were among those recognized. READ MORE

August 21, 2018

Corn use for fuel ethanol reaches 463 million bushels in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released the August edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn consumed for fuel alcohol production reached 463 million bushels in June, down 2 percent from May, but up 5 percent from June 2017. READ MORE

August 21, 2018

New alliance aims to expand use of high-octane biofuels

BY National Farmers Union National Farmers Union, Farmers Union Enterprises and the Urban Air Initiative have formed a strategic alliance to expand the use of American-grown biofuels. The three groups intend to pursue a broad spectrum of advocacy and advertising activities. READ MORE

August 21, 2018

ACE conference explores ethanol market prospects, fuel quality

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Future domestic and global demand opportunities for ethanol and the importance of ensuring its fuel quality as it travels within the U.S. and across the border dominated the first day of general session panels at the 31st annual ACE conference. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

More than 290,000 comments filed on 2019 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe public comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass based diesel, closed Aug. 17. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

Renewables could drastically cut tailpipe emissions

BY King Abdullah University of Science & Technology Researchers have combined computer analysis with laser-based NOx concentration measurements to understand NOx production pathways in different fuel types. The result show switching to renewable fuels could lower NOx emissions. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

Stitzlein elected as USGC chairman at Denver meeting

BY U.S. Grains Council Jim Stitzlein, manager of market development for Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., was recently elected chairman of the U.S. Grains Council at its 58th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol sets a new record

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, recently announced that sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record during the second half of July, reaching approximately 930.4 million liters (245.79 million gallons). READ MORE

August 17, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is soliciting fiscal year 2019 applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

ACE releases white paper on low carbon benefits of corn ethanol

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol announced the official release of a white paper Aug. 17 entitled “The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol,” coinciding with a general session panel at the 31st annual ACE conference. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

EIA: 6 states account for majority of US fuel ethanol production

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota accounted for 72 percent of U.S. fuel ethanol production in 2016, according to the most recent estimates from EIA’s State Energy Data System. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Researchers protect yeast from damage in biofuel production

BY University of Wisconsin–Madison Researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate pretreatment chemicals used in cellulosic biofuel production. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Grassley: EPA not pursuing plan to attach RINs to biofuel exports

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is no longer considering a plan would allow renewable identification numbers (RINs) to be applied to exported volumes of biofuels, according to remarks made by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, during an Aug. 15 press call. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

ACE leadership kicks off 31st annual conference in Minneapolis

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol kicked off the first day of sessions for the 31st annual conference in Minneapolis with a discussion on the progress being made and work that remains to expand market access for ethanol. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Gevo to deploy Shockwave technology at Luverne plant

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has entered into operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process and related technology and equipment at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Report discusses Colombia’s recent move to an E10 mandate

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network discusses Colombia’s recent decision to increase its biofuel blend mandate to 10 percent. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Ag groups urge Congress to quickly complete work on Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleMore than 150 ag groups and businesses sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Agriculture urging them to complete work on the 2018 Farm Bill before the Agricultural Act of 2014 expires on Sept. 30. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

ACE elects board of directors at annual meeting

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol announced the re-election of several board members and the election of two new representatives to the organization’s board of directors during its annual meeting prior to ACE’s 31st annual conference in Minneapolis. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Novozymes reports significant sales growth for bioenergy segment

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 10, Novozymes released financial results for the first half of 2018, reporting 14 percent organic sales growth for its bioenergy segment. Overall, the company experienced organic sales growth of 4 percent. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Aemetis reports progress with cellulosic ethanol project

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting increased revenues and gross margins. The company also reported process being made with its Riverbank cellulosic ethanol plant. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Teachers learn about renewable energy production

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Teachers from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture program that toured Guardian Energy July 31 are looking at incorporating renewable energy production into their respective curricula, according to the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

Pacific Ethanol discusses impact of trade barriers, EPA actions

BY Erin VoegelePacific Ethanol Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting a slight increase in net sales. The company also discussed how current trade barriers and the U.S. EPA’s administration of the RFS are impacting ethanol demand. READ MORE

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