Business

July 12, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted so far for 2017. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

CropEnergies: Ethanol prices expected to gradually improve

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies has reported its 2018-’19 financial year began with below-average revenues, but noted ethanol prices and the company’s financial performance are expected to gradually improve over the remainder of the year. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

Growth Energy adds vice president of communications

BY Growth Energy Found In:BusinessGrowth Energy announced July 9 that Jennifer Morris has joined the organization as its vice president of communications and public affairs. In this new role, Morris will oversee Growth Energy’s communications and public affairs initiatives. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

LanzaTech wins UK grant to support alcohol-to-jet project

BY LanzaTech Found In:Coproducts, BusinessLanzaTech and its partners are one-step closer to building an alcohol-to-jet facility producing commercial quantities of fuel in the U.K. through a recent government grant awarded under the Transport Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

EIA maintains short-term ethanol production forecast in July STEO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its June production that ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in both 2018 and 2019. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

USDA announces United Sorghum Checkoff Program board appointments

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn July 5, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board, which helps to increase demand for sorghum both domestically and internationally. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

DOE publishes report on performance-advantaged biobased chemicals

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has published the summary report for its workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals, that took place on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

ITA seeks nominations for renewable energy advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe ITA has renewed its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and is soliciting nominations for membership. Renewable fuels, including liquid biofuels and biomass pellets, are among the goods addressed by the committee. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

Growth Energy: American drivers pass 5 billion miles on E15

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy announced July 9 that American drivers have logged 5 billion miles on E15. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid vapor pressure (RVP) restrictions on the sale E15 fuel across most of the country. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

North Dakota ethanol plant to explore use of barley feedstock

BY Industrial Commission of North Dakota Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessThe North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded a grant to Midwest AgEnergy Group to research using barley to produce a high-value protein concentrate designed for aquaculture and a low-carbon advanced ethanol at Dakota Spirit AgEnergy. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol sales set new record during first half of June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that mills in the south-central region of the country sold a record 1.41 billion liters (372.48 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of June. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

Export Exchange 2018 scheduled for October 22-24

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USGC, the RFA and Growth Energy encourage U.S. suppliers of coarse grains and coproducts, industry representatives and members of the grain trade to register now for Export Exchange 2018, scheduled for October 22-24, 2018, in Minneapolis. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

USGC: Mission to Japan turns US ethanol opportunity into sales

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council explored the potential for increased exports of U.S. ethanol under Japan’s new energy policy as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture agricultural trade mission to the country in June. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn July 5, President Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

USGC: Trade school empowers corn state leaders to talk trade

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyNearly 50 corn state leaders convened in St. Louis, Missouri, in June to arm themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for trade at and event conducted by the U.S. Grains Council and the National Corn Growers Association. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

New enzyme boost could hasten biofuel production

BY Imperial College London Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at Imperial College London have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

USDA: No Q3 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of this year. The USDA will issue its estimate for the fourth quarter by Sept. 1. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

Ethanol helps travelers declare independence from high gas prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessA record number of travelers will take to America’s highways and byways this Fourth of July holiday, and ethanol will be lowering the price they pay for gasoline while simultaneously strengthening our nation’s energy security. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

Saipem signs MOU with California Ethanol & Power

BY Saipem Found In:Coproducts, BusinessSaipem has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as well as an exclusive agreement with California Ethanol & Power LLC for the realization of a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol, electricity, biomethane and other products. READ MORE

July 02, 2018

EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 02, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes EPA’s triennial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn June 29, the U.S. EPA released its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

USGC: Market development takes center stage

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyDespite dizzying headlines and potential trade disruptions caused by the threats of tariffs and retaliations between the U.S. and its trading partners, the U.S. Grains Council remains unwavering in its commitment to enabling trade across the globe. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Gevo adopts DSM’s eBOOST yeast for ethanol

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:BusinessGevo Inc. announced June 27 that it has adopted Royal DSM’s new eBOOST yeast at its production facility in Luverne, Minnesota, for the enhanced production of ethanol. eBOOST offers improved yields and enhanced profitability. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Forest Concepts wins DOE funding to improve biomass handling

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Feedstocks, BusinessForest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

EPA ignores DOE recommendations on RFS hardship waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMembers of the biofuels industry are speaking out to criticize the EPA following news that the agency consistently ignored recommendations from the Department of Energy to reject or limit waivers to oil refiners seeking exemptions from the RFS. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

European ethanol sets new high level for greenhouse gas savings

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, BusinessEuropean renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70 percent greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2017, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

EPA releases proposed 2019 RFS RVOs, fails to address waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA has proposed to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2019, up from 19.29 billion gallons in 2018. The rule allows for 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol, but does not address hardship waivers. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Opinion: Octane Overconfidence

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty lays out why oil refiners wouldn't use ethanol as a source of octane, under a high-octane fuel standard, without an RFS or RINs. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

In Depth: Zero to 10 Million in 5 years

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth. READ MORE