Business

May 16, 2018

US Water recognized with Minnesota Governor’s Safety Award

BY Royal DSM Found In:BusinessU.S. Water’s Cambridge, Minnesota, and Plymouth, Minnesota, facilities were recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2017 Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon in Minneapolis. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

Grassley discusses E15 timing, Pruitt

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyIn a press conference May 15, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, discussed the timeline for year-round E15 sales and threatened to call on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign if he doesn’t carry out President Trump’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

Gevo to focus on ethanol production, improvements at Luverne

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyGevo Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting that the company currently sees ethanol as a pathway to profitability. The company’s near-term plans include making improvements its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

The Andersons report improved ethanol margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessThe Andersons Inc. recently released first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting improved ethanol margins and providing an update on the construction of Element LLC, a 70 MMgy ethanol plant under development by The Andersons and ICM Inc. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

RFA: E85 usage by federal fleets doubles from 2010 to 2016

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, BusinessA Renewable Fuels Association analysis of recently released U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 and other flex fuels between 2010 and 2016. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

EPA delivers proposed rule for 2019 RFS RVOs to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

AEC urges House to oppose elimination of Farm Bill’s energy title

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn May 14, the Agriculture Energy Coalition sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the elimination of a stand-alone energy title and exclusion of mandatory funding for energy programs in the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

ACE congratulates Petro Serve USA on new E15 location

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, BusinessAmerican Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty spoke at Petro Serve USA’s grand opening of its facility in Valley City, North Dakota, May 11 to congratulate the company on offering more consumers E15 and higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

May 11, 2018

EIA revises 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts in May STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, slightly altering its ethanol production forecasts for 2018 and 2019. READ MORE

May 11, 2018

USGC helps expand export potential for DDGS, ethanol to Ecuador

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyIn Ecuador, the USGC is successfully helping swine and poultry producers improve their feed formulations using U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and is exploring how U.S. ethanol can help the country meet its blend mandate. READ MORE

May 11, 2018

DOE funds 2 biofuel projects through BRDI

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn May 9, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). READ MORE

May 10, 2018

WASDE: Corn use for ethanol up in 2018-‘19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has released the May edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, predicting the corn crop will reach 14 billion bushels this year, down from last year with a lower forecast area and yield. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

Senators seek answers on CVR waiver from Pruitt, Icahn

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn May 8, a group of senators sent letters to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CVR Energy Chairman Carl Icahn to request information on reports that the EPA granted CVR an economic hardship waiver under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

St. James High School students visit Guardian Energy

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:BusinessStudents from St. James High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville, Minnesota, May 2 to learn more about homegrown renewable energy. The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Pacific Ethanol reports improving margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessPacific Ethanol Inc. released first quarter 2018 financial results on May 8, reporting improved margins and an increase in total ethanol gallons sold. Net sales were also up for the quarter. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Growth Energy taps industry veteran to head global markets

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has appointed Craig Willis as its senior vice president of global markets, effective June 1. In this new role, Willis will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Bright future for both ethanol and EVs, Dinneen tells Congress

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyElectric vehicles can play a complementary and synergistic role with ethanol-based, high-octane liquid fuels, providing American drivers with even greater choice and better environmental performance in the future, according to the RFA. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

Trump to allow year-round E15 sales, attach RINs to exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyPresident Donald Trump hosted a meeting May 8 on the RFS at the White House. During the meeting, attendees agreed to allow year-round sales of E15, to abandon plans to pursue a price cap on RINs, and to allow RINs to be assigned to exported biofuels. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

Growth Energy announces White Energy as newest member

BY Growth Energy Found In:BusinessGrowth Energy has welcomed White Energy as a new member. One of the nation’s largest ethanol producers, White Energy operates three state-of-the-art ethanol production facilities with the capacity of more than 300 MMgy. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

USGC: First full cargo of US DDGS arrives in Tunisia

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:BusinessA combination of competitive prices and market-specific educational efforts from the U.S. Grains Council has driven the continued expansion of demand for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles and U.S. corn in the Middle East and Africa region. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Green Plains: Margins improving in second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessOn May 7, Green Plains Inc. released first quarter 2018 financial results, providing an overview of company operations and announcing plans to implement Fluid Quip’s patented high-protein technology. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Growth Energy’s retail partners call on Trump for RVP relief

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyE15 retailers from across the country are urging President Trump to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency follows through on his commitment to allow fuel containing 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Retailers ask Trump to allow year-round sales of E15

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyToday fuel retailers offering E15 in 11 states sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to immediately instruct the EPA to follow through on his pledge to allow year-round sales of E15 before summer restrictions begin on June 1. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Sweetwater, Graanul announce first commercial biorefinery

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessSweetwater Energy and Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Growth Energy presses for White House leadership on biofuels

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAn open letter to President Trump in Monday’s editions of the New York Times, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal urges the president to “unleash rural growth by cutting the red tape holding back homegrown energy.” READ MORE

May 04, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol production up in first half of April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region produced significantly more ethanol during the first two weeks of the new harvest season when compared to the same period of the previous season. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

USDA solicits applications for Repowering Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to create heat or power. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

Iowa legislature approves funding for state blender pump program

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn May 2, the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program—a move that will spur economic activity across the state and support Iowa farmers. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Chempolis, Fortum, NRL partner to build biorefinery in India

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessChempolis, Fortum and Numaligarh Revinery Ltd. have formed a joint venture to develop a biorefinery in India that will convert 300,000 tons of bamboo annually into ethanol, furfural, acetic acid and biocoal. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Groups ask EPA to prioritize cellulosic pathway approvals

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyToday five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and toward pathway approvals for cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE