Business

January 09, 2018

Japan opens comment period on proposal to allow US corn ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyJapan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has opened a public comment period on proposed changes to its ethanol policy that would allow for the import of U.S. corn ethanol for use in the production of bio-ETBE. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

ACE schedules 10th annual Washington, DC, fly-in for March 21-22

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol formally announces the organization’s 10th annual Washington, D.C. fly-in will take place March 21-22. During the 2017 fly-in, 75 ethanol advocates met with more than 120 members of Congress from 35 states. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Researchers map magnetic fields of bacterial cells, nano-objects

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessA research team led by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol up in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA has released the January edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, announcing approximately 476 million bushels of corn was consumed for fuel alcohol production in November, up 1 percent from October. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

CHS to use Enogen corn at Illinois ethanol plant

BY Syngenta Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, BusinessSyngenta has announced an agreement with CHS Inc. to use Enogen corn enzyme technology at its 130-million-gallon ethanol plant in Rochelle, Illinois. Enogen corn enzyme technology is an in-seed innovation that enhances ethanol production. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Noble Group completes sale of Indiana ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessOn Jan. 2, Noble Group Ltd. announced it completed the sale of its interest in Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC to Mercuria Investments US Inc. on Dec. 12 for a final consideration of $18.1 million. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Gevo issues corporate update, reduces staff

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessGevo Inc. recently issued a corporate update, reaffirming the company’s focus on the commercial development of renewable jet fuel, isooctane, isobutanol and related products. The company also announced plans to reduce staff at its Colorado offices. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

USDA NIFA invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program

BY USDA Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program. The award was made to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

EPA approves pathway for Advanced BioEnergy

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:BusinessThe U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer petition by Advanced BioEnergy LLC for a fuel pathway at its facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The pathway allows facility to generate RINs under the RFS for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

ACE: Real cost of adding E15, flex fuels addressed in new video

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:BusinessThe American Coalition for Ethanol has released the third video in a series of fuel marketer-focused videos on flexfuelforward.com, part of a campaign featuring retailers sharing their experiences with adding and marketing E15 and flex fuels. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

UNICA: Increased domestic sales of hydrous ethanol continue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data for the first half of December, reporting mills in the south-central region continued to produce and sell large quantities of ethanol during the two-week period. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

USDA report says Indonesia faces ethanol dilemma

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyIndonesia instituted a national ethanol policy in 2006, but has been having trouble meeting its goals. The country’s plans to develop bioethanol are facing many setbacks, including costly inputs, capacity limitations and trade restrictions. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

RFA adds Jessica Bennett as vice president of external affairs

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessAgriculture industry advocate Jessica Bennett has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as vice president of external affairs. Bennett, who joined RFA Jan. 2, will primarily focus on building stakeholder support through policy and messaging. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Brazil establishes national biofuels policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyBrazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Minnesota continues as leader in alternative fuel in 2017

BY American Lung Association in Minnesota Found In:Markets, BusinessMinnesota again led the region in the growth and use of cleaner alternatives to traditional petroleum fuels last year, according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. In 2017, 40 new E85 stations opened throughout the state. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

FCIC to fund projects to improve biomass handing

BY Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTo accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding opportunity call. READ MORE

December 29, 2017

EPA: 21.9 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.64 billion RIN were generated during the month, including more than 21.9 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 29, 2017

Bolivia plans E10 mandate in 2018

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyBolivia announced a plan this week to implement an ethanol blend mandate for gasoline in 2018. The mandate would begin at a 10 percent blend and increase as the industry increases production capacity in Bolivia. READ MORE

December 29, 2017

EERC, Red Trail Energy continue to reduce CO2 emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, BusinessThe University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center has been awarded $345,000 of North Dakota Renewable Energy Program funding to continue work with Red trail Energy LLC to investigate the use of CCUS technology at ethanol plants. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

USDA: No FY 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn Dec. 28, USDA Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The CCC is expected to release its next quarterly estimate for the FPP by April 1. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

USGC’s corn quality report see record yields

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe U.S. Grain Council released its latest corn quality report Dec. 21. The seventh annual survey showed a record corn yield and overall great crop quality due to an outstanding growing season. READ MORE

December 28, 2017

ePURE against EU’s roll back of ethanol use

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Business, PolicyThe European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, issued a statement decrying the recent agreement by EU energy ministers to roll back plans to use renewable energy in transportation, calling it a step in the wrong direction. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

EPA qualifies distiller sorghum oil as advanced biofuel feedstock

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released a notice of proposed rulemaking related to fuel pathways using distiller sorghum oil as feedstock for biofuel production. A 30-day comment period on the proposal is set to close Jan. 26. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

USGC explores potential for ethanol use in Indonesia, Thailand

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyRepresentatives from the U.S. Grains Council recently traveled to Indonesia and Thailand to visit with ministry and industry officials and gain a better understanding of the opportunities for and challenges to expanded ethanol use in both markets. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

IRFA announces monarch fueling station project

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently launched the Monarch Fueling Station Project to help ethanol and biodiesel producers across the state establish monarch butterfly habitats on green spaces surrounding biofuels plants. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Biofuel projects named as semi-finalists in Ontario competition

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:BusinessThe Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Iowa supermarket adds E15 fuel location

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Markets, BusinessHy-Vee Inc., a chain of supermarkets throughout the Midwest, now offers E15 at five locations across its eight-state region. The Hy-Vee store located at 3120 Agency Street in Burlington, Iowa, is the latest to offer the fuel option. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

DOE announces plan to modernize department

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its intent to modernize the agency’s organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. READ MORE