Feedstocks

June 07, 2017

RFA analysis: RFS has been ‘tremendous success’ since adoption

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMore than a decade after the original Renewable Fuel Standard was signed into law, tremendous progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Abengoa completes sale of European ethanol business

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessAbengoa S.A. has completed the sale of its European ethanol business to a company controlled by Trilantic Europe, a private equity fund. According to Abengoa, the transaction includes four ethanol plants and a company that manages grain purchases. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

USDA: April corn use for ethanol up compared to last year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA recently released the June edition of its Grain Crushings and Coproducts Production report, announcing corn consumed for fuel alcohol was 433 million bushels in April, down 6 percent from March, but up 8 percent when compared to April 2016. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

RSB report outlines 2016 achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. A total of 17 countries are now represented in the program. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Research aims to produce biofuel feedstock on strip-mine sites

BY Amy Duke, Penn State Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicMarvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is working to bring a highly productive life back to land damaged by mining using switchgrass, a crop that can be used as an alternative fuel source. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

UNICA reports delays in sugarcane harvesting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 38.46 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of May, down 3.1 percent when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

May 31, 2017

GRFA: Ethanol production does not drive food prices

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has released a chart showing opposite trends in the UN FAO Food Price Index and world fuel ethanol production since 2008, demonstrating clearly that ethanol production is not a main driver of global food prices. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

USTR seeks comments, schedules hearing on NAFTA renegotiation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has opened a comment period and schedule a hearing to gain public input on its plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyPresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds to become governor

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate has confirmed Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad will resign as governor on May 24 and immediately be sworn in as ambassador, with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to be sworn in as Iowa governor. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

In Depth: A Decade of Bioenergy Research

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyThe Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. This feature article appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

In Depth: Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyIncreasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production. This feature on the efficient producers appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

In Depth: Ethanol Producers Must Engage in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate

BY John Duff Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, PolicyA drastically changed farm economy means the next bill will likely be very different than past ones. The National Sorghum Producers share things to know as the debate begins in this contribution in the June print edition of EPM. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Biofuel groups ask EPA to ease regulatory burdens

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicySeveral biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol production and use. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

HKU, Kyoto U enhance efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel

BY The University of Hong Kong Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessA collaborative research effort by the University of Hong Kong and Kyoto University has revealed a new strategy to allow cellulose in rice straw to release its fermentable sugar more efficiently. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Pacific Ethanol reports increased sales, improving margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting increased net sales and improved margins. Financial performance, however, was impacted by falling ethanol prices. Conditions are expected to improve in the second quarter. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

Opinion: Selling Points

BY Tom BryanFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyEthanol Producer Magazine editor in chief reviews the content available in the May print edition of the magazine, as well as appearing online at EthanolProducer.com. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Ethanol, corn groups urge Perdue to protect farmers, biofuels

BY EPM Staff Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe former governor of Georgia was confirmed Monday by the U.S. Senate to be Secretary of Agriculture. With his expected swearing in today, Perdue takes the helm of a 100,000-person agency responsible for massive federal food and farm programs. READ MORE

April 21, 2017

Opinion: Europe Needs More Than Words to Decarbonize Transport

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Feedstocks, PolicyePURE's secretary general outlines the European ethanol organization's discussion points in the face of Commission proposals that would cap crop-based biofuels. He writes the Global Scene column appearing in the May print edition. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

Opinion: Let’s Not Forget Carbon Just Yet

BY Ron Alverson Found In:Feedstocks, PolicyLife-cycle modeling for ethanol needs to be updated to reflect big improvements in corn's GHG emissions profile, Alverson writes in the May print issue's Clearing the Air column. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

In Depth: FEW Technical Sessions Planner

BY Tim Portz and Tom Bryan Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyWith 30 panels—five at a time—at the world’s largest ethanol conference, attendees must pick their spots. This guide to FEW technical sessions appears in the May print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

WASDE: Corn for ethanol up; offsets keep ending stocks unchanged

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Markets, FeedstocksIncreases for corn ethanol production keep ending stocks from dropping as USDA projections for feed and residual use are lowered by the same amount in the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. READ MORE

April 07, 2017

Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce more sugar, oil

BY By Claire Benjamin, Steve Long Lab Found In:FeedstocksResearch consortium engineers sugarcane to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production, creating a dual-purpose crop that simultaneously produces more sugar than conventional varieties. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine goes quarterly to serve growing market

BY BBI International Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessBBI International is pleased to announce that due to a rebounding, growing U.S. biodiesel market, the Grand Forks, North Dakota-based publishing company is increasing print frequency of its second-longest-running publication, Biodiesel Magazine. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

California ethanol plant to build biodiesel refinery on site

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessPixley, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels has received a notice of proposed award from the CEC to help fund construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant on site. The ethanol producer is working with technology company Jatrodiesel Inc. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

DSM ramps up R&D capabilities with new biotech center

BY EPM Staff Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe Delft campus is home to the company’s Bioprocess Pilot Facility and its Bio-based Products and Services operation, the branch of DSM engaged in a joint venture with U.S. ethanol producer Poet to commercialize cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

ICM to build showcase biorefinery next to its Kansas headquarters

BY EPM Staff Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe 70 MMgy plant will cost about $175 million to build. ICM plans to be the majority owner and is in current discussions with investors who recognize the value of the project to the industry. The plant will house several cutting-edge technologies. READ MORE