Business

January 22, 2019

Opinion: Octane on ‘Sesame Street’

BY Doug Durante Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Striving for higher-octane fuels shouldn't mean saying goodbye to the RFS. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

Attis to buy New York ethanol plant, collaborate with Novozymes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAttis Industries Inc. has announced plans to purchase a New York-based ethanol plant. The company also recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes to provide biotechnology for ethanol production at its biorefineries. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

RFA asks EPA to separate E15 provisions, RIN reform in rulemaking

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWith the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15, the RFA is urging the U.S. EPA to focus strictly on year-round E15 provisions in its forthcoming proposed rule and address RIN reform measures separately. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

USGC expands its ethanol offerings at Grains.org

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNew information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

In Depth: Burgeoning Biomethane

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. READ MORE

January 18, 2019

In Depth: HRSG Health: Efficiency and Performance

BY Evan Almberg Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Plants built in the ethanol construction peak are approaching 10 to 15 years of operation, and many are exploring whether to repair or replace. HRST Inc. has some advice. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Iowa governor request funds for biofuel infrastructure program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has requested state funding to support the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, which provides cost-share grants to help fuel retailers in Iowa install equipment needed to offer higher blends of biofuel. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Aemetis advanced biofuel project wins $12M California tax waiver

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has announced that the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority awarded its Riverbank Advanced Biofuels Project an exclusion from the payment of California sales and use taxes valued at $12.7 million. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

ICM to implement its technologies at Brazilian ethanol plant

BY ICM Inc. Found In:BusinessICM Inc. has announced an agreement with Usimat Destilaria de Alcool Ltda (Usimat) to implement ICM’s proprietary technologies at Usimat’s ethanol plant located in Campo de Julio, Mato Grasso, in Brazil. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

Wheeler: E15, RFS rulemakings could be delayed by shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn Jan. 16, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed that the agency currently plans to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 by June 1, but cautioned it will be unable to meet that deadline if the government shutdown continues. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

EIA: Ethanol production to remain relatively flat in 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its December forecast for 2019 ethanol production levels and offering its first short-term forecast for 2020 production. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

RFA launches E15 awareness campaign

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWith less than five months before the start of the summer driving season, the RFA has launched an awareness campaign to educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of E15 in anticipation of the blend being available year-round. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

CropEnergies reports reduced revenues, earnings for Q3

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies AG recently released financial results for the first nine months of its fiscal year, reporting reduced revenues and earnings when compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

IRFA welcomes new policy director

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe IRFA has announced Nathan Hohnstein as its new policy director. His responsibilities will include overseeing state policy, supporting IRFA’s political and PAC programs, and working on state and federal regulatory affairs, among other duties. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold piecemeal via auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessEquipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, are being sold piecemeal via a timed auction ending Jan. 15, according to the Maas Companies. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

USGC: Peru poultry producer resumes purchases of US DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessA decade since its last purchase of U.S. DDGS, the largest poultry producer in Peru imported U.S. DDGS again following direct engagement by U.S. Grains Council staff in the Western Hemisphere. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

BNDES provides financing for ethanol pipeline project in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:BusinessIn Brazil, the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) has announced an agreement with Logum Logística SA under which it will provide R$1.81 billion ($487.8 million) in financing to expand ethanol pipeline and storage infrastructure. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Iowa ethanol plants produce record 4.35 billion gallons in 2018

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyIowa ethanol plants saw another record-breaking year in 2018, producing 4.35 billion gallons. This was up from 4.2 billion gallons in 2017. While a record, 2018 production was below the 4.5 billion gallon capacity of Iowa’s ethanol producers. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

ACE to hold 2019 Washington, DC, fly-in April 2-3

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerACE has announced its 11th annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit will take place April 2-3. Fly-in attendees with meet with Trump administration officials to discuss E15, the RFS and high-octane fuels. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

USGC: Potential for growing ethanol markets in Nigeria, Ghana

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a market assessment mission to Nigeria and Ghana gauging the potential for U.S. ethanol exports to these countries. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

Global Bioenergies welcomes increased biofuel mandates in France

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGlobal Bioenergies welcomes the French deputies' vote for the country's 2019 finance bill, which stipulates an increase in the minimum amount of biofuels to be incorporated into motor vehicle fuel. The minimum will reach 8.2 percent in 2020. READ MORE

January 07, 2019

Ethanol industry confident in E15 timeline despite shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe partial government shutdown has now entered its third week. Although much of the U.S. EPA’s staff has been furloughed, many in the ethanol industry are hopeful the agency will be able to complete its E15 rulemaking by the June 1 deadline. READ MORE

January 07, 2019

USGC supports Bolivia’s plan to establish E10 mandate

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe USGC is supporting Bolivia with technical expertise to promote a consistent biofuel policy with a role of trade that will both increase local gross domestic product and become a potential export opportunity for the U.S. ethanol market. READ MORE

January 04, 2019

Marathon reportedly considers offering E15

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, RetailerLate last year, it was reported that Marathon Petroleum Corp. was considering selling E15 at some of its retail locations. While the company has failed to confirm that news, those in the ethanol industry say the reports—if true—could be a good sign. READ MORE

January 04, 2019

UNICA: Increased production, sales of ethanol continue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that a significant number of sugarcane processing mills have closed for the season. Increased sales and production of ethanol, however, continued in early December. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

UK consumption of ethanol, biodiesel up during Q3

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessThe U.K. government recently released new quarterly energy statistics showing that the consumption of biofuels, including both ethanol and biodiesel, increased significantly during the third quarter of 2018. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Study: Corn ethanol production has minimal effect on cropland use

BY University of Illinois, College of ACES Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new study co-authored by a University of Illinois researcher shows that the overall effects of ethanol production on land-use have been minimal despite the sharp increase in ethanol production over the past decade. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

Bosselman Enterprises introduces Boss Fuel brand

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, RetailerBosselman Enterprises has launched Boss Fuel, its own brand of gasoline, which is available at some of its Pump & Pantry locations in Nebraska. To date, the rebranding effort has been launched at 21 of the company's 45 Pump & Pantry stores. READ MORE