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September 18, 2018

Green Plains idles plant, responds to market conditions

BY Erin VoegeleFollowing news reports that Green Plains Inc. is idling two Iowa ethanol plants, the company has confirmed that its Superior, Iowa, plant has temporarily ceased production but stressed that it flexes production at its facilities on a regular basis. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to Install Whitefox ICE

BY Whitefox Technologies Ltd. Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC and Whitefox Technologies have reached an agreement to install a Whitefox ICE advanced membrane dehydration system at the SIRE plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

USGC outreach encourages Mexican customer to reexamine US DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Reversing an overseas buyer’s single bad experience can be a challenge, but not an insurmountable one for the USGC. A recent trade team representing the Mexican company Granjas Carroll exposed key decision-makers to improvements in U.S DDGS. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Summertime restrictions on E15 end Sept. 16

BY Erin VoegeleThe summertime restriction of E15 sales lifted on Sept. 16, allowing customers across the nation to once again access the fuel blend. Representatives of the ethanol industry are working to ensure barriers to year-round sales will be lifted soon. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Flint Hills, FQPT start up MSC protein system at Nebraska plant

BY Fluid Quip Process Technologies Fluid Quip Process Technologies has announced the commissioning of the FQPT Maximized Stillage Co-Products system at the Flint Hills Resources Fairmont, Nebraska, facility. The MSC technology produces high-value protein animal feed. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Ergon BioFuels plans to close ethanol plant

BY Ergon Inc. Ergon BioFuels LLC, a subsidiary of Ergon Inc., has announced plans to close its ethanol plant in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in December 2018. The 26.5 MMgy plant was constructed in 2007. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

STB: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 4

BY Erin VoegeleThe Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meet Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. The committee addresses issues related to the rail transportation of energy resources, including ethanol. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

RFA, Pacific Ethanol, Aemetis sponsor successful CARB internship

BY Renewable Fuels Association Diamond Coleman, a senior biology major at Occidental College in Los Angeles, served as an intern at the California Air Resources Board this summer. Her work primarily focused on cellulosic ethanol made from corn kernel fiber. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

U of A biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production

BY University of Arkansas A University of Arkansas biologist is using protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to make the process of turning organic material into biofuels more efficient and environmentally sound. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Virgin Australia leads trial using Gevo’s biojet in Brisbane

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 11, Virgin Australia announced the successful completion of a trial to deliver sustainable aviation fuel through Brisbane Airport’s general fuel supply system. Biojet used during the trail was supplied by Gevo Inc. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

DOE funds 6 projects for co-optimization of engines and fuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research, with $10.1 million funding six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Grassley receives Growth Energy’s 2018 Fueling Growth Award

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was recently presented with Growth Energy’s 2018 Fueling Growth Award. Grassley has been a steadfast advocate for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy throughout his time as a U.S. Senator. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

USDA ups forecasts for corn production, corn use for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA released the September edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Sept. 12, increasing its 18-’19 production forecast for corn and raising its forecast for the volume of corn going to ethanol production. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

Clariant celebrates groundbreaking of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Clariant Clariant has officially started construction on the first large-scale commercial sunliquid plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues. The facility is located in Podari, Romania. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

Trump urged to restore integrity to RFS, allow year-round E15

BY Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, American Coalition for Ethanol In a letter to President Trump Sept. 12, several farm and biofuel groups urged the administration to act immediately to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and allow year-round sales of E15 and other mid-level ethanol blends. READ MORE

September 11, 2018

EIA ups 2018 ethanol production forecast, reduces 2019 forecast

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the September edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its forecast for 2018 ethanol production, but lowering its estimate for 2019 production. READ MORE

September 11, 2018

ASTM standard to aid companies producing kernel fiber-based fuel

BY ASTM International ASTM International’s bioenergy and industrial-chemicals-from-biomass committee (E48) is creating a standard that will help companies that produce biofuel using—in part—kernel fiber. READ MORE

September 11, 2018

Enerkem produces bio-DME

BY Enerkem Inc. Enerkem Inc. announced Sept. 10 that it has successfully produced a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (bio-DME), a byproduct of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Bill aims to require reallocation of waived RFS volumes

BY Erin VoegeleReps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have introduced a bill that aims to reallocate waived renewable fuel obligations and require the U.S. EPA to disclose refineries that received small refinery hardship waivers. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Increased production, sale of hydrous ethanol continue in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.34 billion liters (353.99 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of August, up 20.32 percent from last year. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Growth Energy hosts 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, DC

BY Growth Energy On Sept. 10, Growth Energy kicked off its 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, D.C., where nearly 150 ethanol supporters will advocate to lawmakers on behalf of the ethanol industry for a strong RFS, year-round E15 sales and access to markets. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

EPA’s refiner waivers could cost ethanol industry $20 billion

BY Renewable Fuels Association Economists at University of Missouri's FAPRI have found that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the EPA continues to award small refinery waivers. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

RFA’s second annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ contest a success

BY Renewable Fuels Association During the Renewable Fuels Association's second annual “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, more than 3,600 new users of www.E85prices.com registered and helped report prices for higher ethanol blends and conventional fuels. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

UD engineers study microbes for biofuel production

BY Julie Stewart, University of Delaware The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis of the University of Delaware a three-year, $1.5 million grant to study the production of clostridium bacteria as platforms for biofuels. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

USDA: No 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleOn Aug. 31, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

ePURE: New data shows record GHG reductions from European ethanol

BY ePURE European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.84 billion liters of ethanol and 5.71 million metric tons of beneficial coproducts in 2017, according to new audited data released by the industry group. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Aemetis to add Zebrex membrane technology at Keyes plant

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis Inc. has announced plans to implement the Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. Zebrex membrane dehydration system at its 60 MMgy ethanol plant in Keyes, California. As MCC’s EPC partner in the U.S., IMC Inc. will design and fabricate the unit. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

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

BY Erin VoegeleU.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 The 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

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