Business

September 06, 2018

UK ethanol plant to shut down Sept. 30 due to E10 delay

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyU.K.-based Vivergo Fuels Ltd. has announced plans to idle its 420 MMly (110 MMgy) ethanol plant, citing a difficult trading environment and delays in the introduction of E10 into the U.K. marketplace. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Watchorn to keynote Export Exchange 2018

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessThe U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association have announced that Roger Watchorn, group leader at Cargill Agriculture Supply Chain North America, will be the keynote speaker for Export Exchange 2018 next month. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Ricketts cuts ribbon on Prairie Catalytic facility in Nebraska

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts Found In:Coproducts, BusinessOn Sept. 5, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts attended a ribbon cutting in Columbus to celebrate the grand opening of Nebraska-based Prairie Catalytic LLC’s new $50 million biobased ethyl acetate production facility. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UD researchers develop novel two-step CO2 conversion technology

BY University of Delaware Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessResearchers at the University of Delaware’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology has discovered a novel two-step process to increase the efficiency of carbon dioxide electrolysis, a chemical reaction that can aid in the production of fuels. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

EPA asked to process RIN applications for biomass, biogas power

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Business, PolicyOn Sept. 6, 111 organizations, including the American Biogas Council and Biomass Power Association, sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

DOE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research

BY University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessWith the announcement of a $1.1 million grant for sorghum disease resistance research led by the University of Illinois, the Department of Energy is signaling a new investment in the future of the crop. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Opinion: EPA Needs to Reallocate Gallons from RFS Waivers

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Incoming RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper addresses the small refiner exemptions issued by the U.S. EPA last year, and how they affect the ethanol market. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

In Depth: Advanced and Enhanced

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Plants large and small, with new or old control systems, tap into advanced controls and innovative data management solutions. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Opinion: Nobody Wins When Countries Erect Trade Barriers

BY Bliss Baker Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recaps recent trade barriers and explains their implications. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

In Depth: Pride in Product and Profits

BY Tim Albrecht Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Managing employee morale requires offering opportunities for advancement and keeping employees informed about the companies’ successes. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Making America Great Again Starts with the States

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Dave VanderGriend, president of Urban Air Initiative, doesn't mince words in his column this month, calling out EPA for what he says is collusion with the oil industry. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

In Depth: Pressure to Perform

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Growing export markets and new coproduct lines are increasing demands on the ethanol laboratory. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

In Depth: DCS Upgrade Detailed

BY Jason Hurst Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Distributed control systems continuously evolve. Trident Automation has tips for staying current and efficient. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Report: Ethanol production in Brazil to increase 9% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Network provides an update of Brazil’s biofuel industry, predicting the country’s ethanol production will reach 30.755 billion liters this year. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

RFA, Growth Energy file lawsuit over RFS exemption records

BY Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed a lawsuit in federal district court Aug. 30, alleging that the U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy have improperly denied agency records requested by RFA, Growth Energy and others. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

ACE participates in fifth ethanol workshop in Mexico

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, BusinessAmerican Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty traveled to Xalapa last week for the fifth of seven technical ethanol workshops the U.S. Grains Council is holding for Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

USDA memo encourages EPA to account for small refinery waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA recent memo sent to the U.S. EPA by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist shows the USDA believes the EPA should account for the impact of small refinery hardship waivers in its annual Renewable Fuel Standard rulemaking. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

NCGA says USDA trade aid not enough, calls for RFS, E15 support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released details on the $12 billion in aid it previously announced would be provided to assist farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs. The NCGA said the plan will provide little relief to corn farmers. READ MORE

August 28, 2018

Rex reports improved second quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:BusinessOn Aug. 28, Rex American Resources Corp. released second quarter 2018 financial results, reporting increased net sales, revenue and net income. The company also briefly discussed ongoing work to increase the efficiency of its plants. READ MORE

August 28, 2018

Growth Energy, Prime the Pump hold annual retreat for retailers

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, BusinessGrowth Energy recently welcomed the fuel industry’s leading independent E15 retailers at the fourth annual Prime the Pump retreat in Brainerd, Minnesota. The three-day event allowed attendees to share best practices for tackling industry challenges. READ MORE

August 28, 2018

Researcher wins DOE grant to create value from biorefinery waste

BY South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Found In:Coproducts, BusinessRajesh Shende, an associate professor at SD Mines, has received a $2.16 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to research and demonstrate ways to turn waste from biorefineries into valuable products. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

EPA, NHTSA open 60-day comment period on SAFE Vehicles Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn Aug. 24, the EPA and NHTSA published the SAFE Vehicles Rule in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day comment period on the proposed rule, which addresses the potential of high-octane fuels. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Researchers use seawater to produce ethanol

BY University of Nottingham Found In:BusinessResearchers at the University of Nottingham are using seawater rather than freshwater to produce ethanol. Their results showed that seawater can be used in ethanol production along with a new strain of marine based yeast. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Wilson promoted to USGC manager of ethanol trade policy

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:BusinessThe U.S. Grains Council has announced the promotion of Candice Wilson to manager of ethanol trade policy, effective Aug. 6. Wilson joined the Council in September 2017 as the graduate fellow in economics and ethanol. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

USGC: Trade talks with key grains partners keep Washington busy

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAs 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 Found In:BusinessTwenty 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 VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe 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 Found In:BusinessSept. 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 Found In:Business, PolicyOn 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 GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAn 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