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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 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

UW scientists part of $6 million biofuel, carbon capture project

BY University of Wyoming Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsAgricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. 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

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the October edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, which shows corn use for fuel ethanol was up in July. 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 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 05, 2017

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence

BY Huggins Consulting Group LLC Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessCompetitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

STB renews charter of RETAC, schedules Oct. 19 meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has published notices announcing its intent to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee and scheduling the next meeting of the RETAC for Oct. 19. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

BFC explores employee training, retention

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessEmployers are expecting more from their employees, and it’s crucial to expand training to begin at the basics, Shana McAlexander told the crowd at the 13th annual Christianson Biofuels Financial Conference in Minneapolis Sept. 27. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

BFC keynote addresses policy, technology, economy

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association discussed market trends and their effects on biofuels policies at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis, noting its tough to predict the future. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

ePURE: Europe’s ethanol industry produces low-carbon fuel

BY ePURE Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessEuropean renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.2 billion liters of ethanol and 4 million metric tons of high-protein animal feed in 2016, according to new audited data released by the industry association. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Enerkem begins commercial production of cellulosic ethanol

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessEnerkem Inc. has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its commercial-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, and is now converting that biomethanol into ethanol. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

USDA: 455 million bushels of corn consumed for ethanol in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CoproductsThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the September edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses reached 509 million bushels in July. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

Rex expects improved corn prices, ethanol demand in third quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyRex American Resources has released financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, reporting net sales and revenues of $108.7 million, down 6 percent compared to the $115.7 million reported during the second quarter of last year. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

SIRE releases fiscal third quarter financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessSouthwest Iowa Renewable Energy recently released financial results for its third fiscal quarter of 2017, the three months ended June 30. The company reported net income of $1.9 million for the quarter, or $144.74 per basic unit. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

D3MAX signs contract for design of first commercial plant

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessPilot testing of D3Max LLC's patented corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful and is allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment, the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol LLC. READ MORE

August 29, 2017

UNICA: Ethanol production rebounds slightly in early August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association has announced sales of hydrous ethanol increased at mills in the south-central region of Brazil during the first half of August, while the ratio of sugar production decreased. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

Report discusses future of ethanol market in Spain

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network provides insight into the future ethanol market in Spain following the 2016 expiration of the ethanol-specific biofuel blending target. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Vertimass completes intermediate technology validation with DOE

BY Vertimass LLC Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessVertimass LLC recently announced completion of intermediate technology validation from the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technology Office. The company believes BETO verification paves the way for it to move to the demonstration scale. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

In Depth: Optimized Upgrade

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: The ethanol industry is evolving, equipment is aging and integrators are polishing their processes for complete distributed control system replacements. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Report discusses future growth of Australian ethanol industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Australian biofuel production will reach 290 million liters (79.61 million gallons) this year, including 250 million liters of ethanol. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Novozymes: Advanced enzymes increase ethanol yield, plant profit

BY Novozymes Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessNovozymes has announces the launch of Spirizyme 2.0 T and Spirizyme Ultra T for the European ethanol market. The two products are part of the Spirizyme T Portfolio, an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

In Depth: Turning the Screws on Drying

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Rayeman Elements has introduced extrusion technology as a radically different means of drying distillers grains. READ MORE

August 21, 2017

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Al-Corn Clean Fuel

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

August 21, 2017

CoBank: Increased ethanol production to outpace near-term demand

BY CoBank Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division predicts growth in U.S. ethanol output will exceed domestic and export demand as producers reinvest strong 2016 profits into facilities and additional production capacity. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

In Depth: Variety in Value

BY Ann Bailey Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Value-added components can be separated from the ethanol-production process at multiple stages. Technology developers continue to improve on their systems to expand markets and increase their customers’ revenues. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Opinion: More is Less

BY Doug Durante Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, writes a column this month about myths surrounding the ethanol industry. READ MORE