Business

March 14, 2019

EPA approves 5 pending 2017 small refinery exemptions

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on March 14 approved five more 2017 small refinery exemptions, pushing the number of approved waivers from 2016 and 2017 over 50, and 2.61 billion gallons, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

NTSB to prioritize safe shipment of ethanol

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recently released it’s Most Wanted List for 2019 and 2020, with a focus on the ethanol industry. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

EPA releases proposed year-round E15 rule

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA released today its proposed rule to allow the year-round sale of E15. The proposed rule also includes provisions for RIN reform. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Nominations open for 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards

BY Staff Report Found In:Operations, BusinessEthanol Producer Magazine, in conjunction with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, proudly invites nominations for the 2019 Ethanol Producer Awards. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Forecast for corn use in ethanol lowered in March WASDE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has lowered its forecast for 2018-’19 corn use in ethanol by 25 million bushels in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released March 8. The WASDE report also predicts lower corn exports and larger stocks. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

UNICA: Ethanol sales up in first half of February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales were up during the first half of February. The increase is primarily attributed to significantly higher domestic sales of hydrous ethanol. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

Flint Hills adds FQPT protein technology to second ethanol plant

BY Fluid Quip Process Technologies Found In:Coproducts, BusinessFlint Hills Resources has announced it will install Fluid Quip Process Technologies’ patented Maximized Stillage Co-Products system at its Shell Rock, Iowa, ethanol plant. This is the second installation of the MSC system at a Flint Hills facility. READ MORE

March 08, 2019

RFA: 2018 distillers grains exports are second-highest on record

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessU.S. exports of distillers grains (DG) were the second-highest on record in 2018, totaling 11.88 million metric tons (MMT), according to a summary of 2018 ethanol co-product trade data published by the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

UK: New labels to identify ethanol, biodiesel content of fuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department for Transport recently announced new labeling requirements that aim to help motorists identify the correct fuel for their needs while informing them of the biofuel content of both gasoline and diesel. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

ACE, retailers talk opportunities to increase E15 at NEB forum

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty participated on a panel at Nebraska Ethanol Board’s 2019 Emerging Issues Forum with retailers about the opportunities and practical considerations to increase E15 and higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

New RFA report summarizes 2018 ethanol export statistics

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has released a 10-page report summarizing 2018 ethanol export and import data and highlighting key facts and trends related to global ethanol trade. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessShell has joined as an equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam for a proposed project in Rotterdam will be the first of its kind in Europe to make chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

US ethanol exports set new record in 2018 at 1.7 billion gallons

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessU.S. ethanol exports reached a record 1.7 billion gallons in 2018, according to data released by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service on March 6. When compared to 2017, ethanol exports increased by 23 percent. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

EPA delivers E15/RIN reform rule to OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn March 4, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed E15/RIN reform rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

Infrastructure investments drive growth in preblended E15

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, RetailerGrowth Energy recently announced American motorists have driven over 7 billion miles on E15. That continued demand has had an impact on the market, said Mike O’Brien, Growth Energy’s vice president of market development. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

OPINION: Terminal availability of E15 grows as RVP relief nears

BY Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerGROWMARK Energy recently announced an expansion of its E15 terminal availability, but cautioned it will stop offering the fuel blend at its terminals on May 1 unless the EPA signals RVP relief will be in place before June 1. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

OPINION: Marketing E15 with Unleaded 88

BY Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development at Growth Energy Found In:Business, RetailerLast year, Growth Energy embarked on a mission to understand consumer sentiment around E15 and worked with fuel retailers to help them sell more E15. With that goal in mind, Growth Energy established the best practices to optimize sales of E15 fuel. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

Lallemand, Toyota sign agreement for new cellulosic yeast strains

BY Lallemand Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessLallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a business unit of Lallemand Inc., signed an agreement on Feb. 26 with Toyota Motor Corp. to produce and market a new portfolio of yeast strains, Toyota XyloAce, for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

ACE: Diverse coalition submits soil health comments to USDA

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn March 1, the American Coalition for Ethanol joined a diverse coalition in submitting comments in support of the Soil Health Demonstration Trial in response to listening sessions by the USDA on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

The Andersons appoints new Ethanol Group president

BY The Andersons Inc. Found In:BusinessThe Andersons Inc. has announced that Michael Irmen, president of the Ethanol Group, will retire in July 2019. James Pirolli, vice president and general manager of the Ethanol Group, will assume the role of group president on April 1, 2019. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

ABE considers selling its 2 South Dakota ethanol plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessAdvanced BioEnergy has begun exploring strategic alternatives for its business operations, including the possible sale of one or both of its South Dakota ethanol plants. ABE also said it plans to continue to operate the plants if no sale occurs. READ MORE

March 04, 2019

RFA, Transcaer to host ethanol safety webinar March 19

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with Transcaer, is hosting an ethanol safety webinar on March 19 for ethanol emergency response teams. Additional webinars are scheduled for July 2 and Aug. 13. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

EPA releases RIN data for December 2018, January 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December 2018 and January 2019 that shows nearly 19.5 billion RINs were generated last year. During the first month of 2019, RIN generation reached 1.48 billion. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

CropEnergies to restart UK ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies has announced plans to resume ethanol production at its facility in Wilton, U.K., starting in March. The company said the facility will initially run at reduced capacity to supply orders from British customers. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

Gevo, HCS Group enter supply agreement for renewable isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. and HCS Group have entered into a long-term, definitive, binding and bankable renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement. The isooctane will be used in high-end applications, such as high purity solvents and specialty fuels. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Perdue revises E15 remark; EPA says it will complete rule on time

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe EPA has issued a statement confirming plans to complete its E15 rule by June 1 in response to remarks made by Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 27 in which he said the rule would not be complete on time. Perdue has since revised his remarks. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 46 along party lines to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Minnesota sees record E15 sales in 2018

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, RetailerStatistics released by the Minnesota Department of Commerce show that demand for E15 in the state remains strong, despite the current summertime ban of the fuel. Approximately 59 million gallons of E15 were sold in the state last year. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Grassley, Wyden introduce tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerSenate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have introduced a bill to extend 29 tax credits, including those that benefit producers of renewable diesel, second generation biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE