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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

September 06, 2018

Ricketts cuts ribbon on Prairie Catalytic facility in Nebraska

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts On 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 Researchers 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 On 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 With 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 07, 2018

Opinion: On-Site, Automated and Efficient

BY Lisa GibsonFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, automation, plant morale and more. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Opinion: EPA Needs to Reallocate Gallons from RFS Waivers

BY Geoff Cooper FROM 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 05, 2018

Opinion: Nobody Wins When Countries Erect Trade Barriers

BY Bliss Baker FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recaps recent trade barriers and explains their implications. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Making America Great Again Starts with the States

BY Dave VanderGriend FROM 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 10, 2018

In Depth: LCFS Matures

BY Tim Albrecht FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard could lead to favorable changes for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

In Depth: Advanced and Enhanced

BY Susanne Retka Schill FROM 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

In Depth: Pride in Product and Profits

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

September 04, 2018

In Depth: Pressure to Perform

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

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