Operations

April 13, 2022

EIA: Ethanol production down 1%, stocks down 4%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production fell by approximately 1 percent the week ending April 8, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 13. Fuel ethanol stocks were down more than 4 percent. READ MORE

April 13, 2022

EIA maintains 2022, 2023 ethanol production, blending forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its 2022 and 2023 forecasts for fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released April 12. The forecasts for fuel ethanol blending were also unchanged. READ MORE

April 13, 2022

In Depth: Equipping for High-Protein

BY Katie Schroeder Found In:Operations, CoproductsCombining existing and new technologies, ICM is helping ethanol producers leap into high-protein feed production. The company is taking a unique approach to marketing, showing customers how its specialty equipment works to explain what it yields. READ MORE

April 13, 2022

In Depth: Recovering to Reduce

BY Melissa Anderson Found In:Operations, CoproductsToday’s ethanol producers are looking for ways to maximize their efficiency, cut costs and reduce their CI score. A Florida-based technology provider has found a way to help plants do all three by utilizing waste heat from DDGS dryer exhaust. READ MORE

April 12, 2022

Green Plains releases 2021 sustainability report

BY Green Plains Inc. Found In:Operations, BusinessGreen Plains Inc. has released its 2021 Sustainability Report, outlining ESG priorities, progress and targets. In part, the report highlights progress towards the company's committment to carbon neutrality in operational emissions by 2050. READ MORE

April 11, 2022

STB to hold public hearing April 26-27 on rail service delays

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe STB on April 7 announced it will hold a public hearing on April 26-27 focused on recent rail service problems and recovery efforts involving several Class I carriers. Ethanol producers are among the groups currently impacted by rail delays. READ MORE

April 11, 2022

Growth Energy asks STB to address rail delays

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessGrowth Energy on April 8 sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board calling on the agency to address significant rail service delays that are impacting the biofuels supply chain and have caused some ethanol plants to curtail production. READ MORE

April 08, 2022

Homeland Energy Solutions produces 2 billionth gallon of ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessHomeland Energy Solutions has produced its 2 billionth gallon of ethanol. The Lawler, Iowa-based facility began operations on April 4, 2009, as a 100 MMgy plant and later expanded operations to its current 200 MMgy of capacity. READ MORE

April 07, 2022

USDA will distribute COVID relief funds to biofuel producers soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerUSDA Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small on April 6 confirmed the agency expects to distribute $700 million in COVID-19 relief funds for biofuel soon and said a new funding round for the HBIIP will open this spring. READ MORE

April 07, 2022

UNICA: Ethanol stocks sufficient as 2021-‘22 harvest season ends

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has reported that current levels of ethanol stocks are sufficient to meet domestic demand through the beginning of next sugarcane harvest season, which began April 1. READ MORE

April 07, 2022

Aemetis successfully tests biogas-to-RNG upgrading facility

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. announced that its Aemetis Biogas subsidiary has successfully completed testing of the $12 million dairy biogas-to-RNG upgrading and compression facility for the Aemetis Biogas Dairy Digester Project in California. READ MORE

April 06, 2022

EIA: Ethanol production down 3%, stocks down 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production was down more than 3 percent the week ending April 1, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 6. Stocks of fuel ethanol were down more than 2 percent. READ MORE

April 01, 2022

EIA: US biofuel capacity up in January, feedstock use down

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessU.S. operable production capacity for fuel ethanol, biodiesel, and renewable diesel all increased in January, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 31. Feedstock use was down when compared to December. READ MORE

March 30, 2022

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, stocks up 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production fell nearly 1 percent the week ending March 25, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 30. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were up nearly 2 percent. READ MORE

March 29, 2022

Corn use for fuel ethanol production at 527M bushels in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for March, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol in January was down slightly from the previous month, but up significantly when compared to January 2021. READ MORE

March 28, 2022

Report: Canadian ethanol blend rate down slightly in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network shows that impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the Canadian ethanol industry through 2021. READ MORE

March 24, 2022

Rex reports strong Q4, predicts more challenging Q1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessRex American Resources released fiscal Q4 results on March 23, reporting a significant increase in sales revenue for the three-month period, but cautioning that high corn prices and other factors are likely to negatively impact 2022 results. READ MORE

March 24, 2022

UNICA: Corn ethanol production continues to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has reported that domestic sales of hydrous ethanol were down in February while sales of anhydrous ethanol were up. Corn ethanol production remained strong. READ MORE

March 23, 2022

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks up 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by nearly 2 percent the week ending March 18, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 23. Ethanol stocks were up nearly 1 percent. READ MORE

March 22, 2022

Researchers refute hit piece on ethanol’s environmental impacts

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAn important new assessment published by experts from Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois system found major flaws in a recent paper that made unfounded allegations about the GHG benefits of ethanol. READ MORE

March 22, 2022

Opinion: More Lining Up for Carbon Capture

BY Tom Bryan Found In:Operations, CoproductsEthanol Producer Magazine's editor previews the April issue, which includes an update on proposed ethanol plant CO2 pipelines, an educational review of antimicrobial use, and a profile of a North Dakota-based company with interesting ties to ethanol. READ MORE

March 21, 2022

EPA: 1.54 billion RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released updated renewable identification number (RIN) generation data, reporting that nearly 1.54 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in February, up from 1.26 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

March 18, 2022

In Depth: Antimicrobials 101

BY Katie Schroeder Found In:OperationsAntimicrobials play an important role in achieving consistent ethanol yield, warding off bacteria that negatively impact plant performance. Ethanol Producer Magazine speaks with Phibro Ethanol, BetaTec Hop Products and Lallemand to learn more. READ MORE

March 16, 2022

EIA: Ethanol production down slightly, stocks up 3%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production was down slightly the week ending March 11, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 16. Fuel ethanol stocks were up nearly 3 percent. READ MORE

March 14, 2022

Aemetis discusses progress with advanced biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. released Q4 financial results on March 10, reporting a 28 percent increase in revenues for the full year. During an earnings call, company officials discussed progress with plant improvement projects and advanced biofuel initiatives. READ MORE

March 14, 2022

Alto reports improved Q4, discusses plant improvement projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessAlto Ingredients Inc. released Q4 financial results on March 10, reporting a significant increase in net sales and gross profit. The company confirmed its biorefinery in Idaho is operational and discussed progress on high-protein initiatives. READ MORE

March 14, 2022

USDA extends deadlines for climate-smart commodities funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA on March 11 announced it is extending the deadlines to apply for its Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity. The agency opened the $1 billion funding opportunity in February. READ MORE

March 14, 2022

In Depth: Ethanol’s New Ground Game

BY Katie Schroeder Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyWith three CO2 pipelines in development, carbon capture and sequestration is poised to become a transformative force in ethanol production. The industry’s quest for net-zero emissions, in part, depends on it. READ MORE

March 11, 2022

2022 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerEthanol Producer Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 2022 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) and co-located events taking place June 13-15, 2022, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

March 10, 2022

Aemetis begins commissioning of biogas-to-RNG upgrading facility

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessAemetis Inc. has announced the commencement of commissioning of the $12 million biogas-RNG upgrading facility connected to the PG&E gas pipeline interconnection unit located at the Keyes ethanol plant site. READ MORE