Business

October 18, 2017

Comment period on EPA’s NODA to reduce RFS RVOs closes Oct. 19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recent notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) must submit comments by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Aemetis signs lease for cellulosic ethanol plant site

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has announced that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 55 year lease at a former U.S. Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California, for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

RFA receives federal grant for ethanol safety training program

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has received a $50,000 federal grant to help continue the RFA’s ethanol safety training program efforts. The grant provides hazmat training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Opinion: Washington state—An Opportunity for Higher Ethanol Blends

BY Emily Skor Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Washington adopted the Clean Air Rule on Sept. 15, 2016, to cap and ultimately reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

In Depth: Minnesota Middleman

BY Tim Portz Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Waterford Oil has grown into a vital piece of the Upper Midwest’s renewable fuel infrastructure. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Senators, governors advocate for strong biomass-based diesel RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicySeveral senators and governors are taking action to urge the Trump administration to ensure strong 2018 and 2019 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) are set under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Highwater Ethanol hosts Wabasso High School students

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:BusinessSixteen students from Wabasso High School recently toured Highwater Ethanol to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Surgeonfish research may aid biofuel development

BY King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Found In:BusinessRed Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. These findings may provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: The Land of Sweetness

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: When unbranded E15 takes volume away from oil companies, oil company fuel slates will have to add E15. That’s when it’s going to be the land of sweetness. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Study: Biofuels Key in Reducing GHG Emissions

BY Jim Grey Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: At the end of the day, ethanol is the only low-carbon, renewable fuel alternative for gasoline available at commercial scale. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

In Depth: Quick & Nimble

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: If an incremental buildup to E15 materializes, rail-to-truck transloading could compensate while terminals upgrade. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ABFA members oppose proposed cuts to RFS RVOS in letter to Trump

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Oct. 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to a recent proposal issued by the U.S. EPA that could result in lower blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

RFA: Analysis shows no relationship between RINs, gas prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyDespite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard, prices of the renewable identification numbers used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline prices, according to Informa Agribusiness Consulting. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ACE hosts Latin American trade group on ethanol tour

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a Latin American trade team organized by the U.S. Grains Council at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based office Oct. 16 as part of the group’s pre-tour prior to the Ethanol Summit of the Americas in Houston. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

In Depth: Loop Track Comeback

BY Keith Loria Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: On-site rail loops at ethanol plants have regained some of their former popularity in the past year, increasing efficiency and market access. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Ohio plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association rewards drivers who chose E15

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:Markets, BusinessThe Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association and KS95 FM teamed up Oct. 11 to reward drivers who chose E15 at the Holiday station on Centerville Road in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Iowa plant receives EPA approval for cellulosic production

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

RFA celebrates National Farmers Day

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyOct. 12 is celebrated as National Farmers Day. On this day of recognition, the Renewable Fuels Association would like to thank and honor farmers for their service, especially USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

DOT awards hazardous materials planning and training grants

BY U.S. Department of Transportation Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing three separate hazardous materials training related grants totaling $23.87 million. A portion of the funding supports ethanol safety training. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining the 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts made in the September STEO. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

St1 progresses with plans for advanced biofuels

BY St1 Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessSt1 recently announced it plans to begin producing renewable diesel at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2020. The company also said it continues to develop advanced ethanol production technologies with a focus on lignocellulosic feedstocks. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Growth Energy: More than 1,000 US fuel stations now offering E15

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, BusinessGrowth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15—a fuel with 15 percent ethanol—more than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

USGC sets sights on Kenya for potential ethanol market

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:BusinessThe U.S. Grains Council is working to develop ethanol markets in east Africa, which are accessible through the Persian Gulf. Brian Healy, USGC’s vice president of ethanol market development, traveled to Kenya recently in support of that effort. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

Gevo collaborates with national labs on fuel, ETO projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, BusinessOn Oct. 9, Gevo Inc. announced two collaborations with the U.S. Department of Energy’s national labs. One collaboration aims develop missile fuel while the other aims to optimize Gevo's ethanol-to-olefins catalyst performance. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

Badger State Ethanol partners with LE3 on successful expansion

BY Badger State Ethanol LLC Found In:Operations, BusinessBadger State Ethanol LLC recently collaborated with Lucas E3 LLC to expand ethanol production to over 90 million gallons at its Monroe facility, more than doubling its original nameplate capacity of 40 million gallons. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

ACE helps retailers ask EPA to level the playing field for FFVs

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol is helping fuel marketers and retailers urge the U.S. EPA to use the midterm evaluation of the 2022-2025 model year vehicle emissions and efficiency standards to level the playing field for flex fuel vehicles. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Ethanol groups comment on CAFE-GHG standards

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and American Coalition for Ethanol have all submitted public comments to U.S. EPA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stressing the benefits of high-octane ethanol fuels. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production up in early September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data for first half of September, reporting that mills in the south-central region produced more ethanol than sugar for the second two-week period. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

GRFA: IEA report highlights continued demand growth for biofuels

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has reacted to the International Energy Agency’s latest medium-term outlook on renewable energy by noting that once again projections are anticipating continued increased growth in demand for conventional biofuels. READ MORE