Operations

November 02, 2018

UNICA: Ethanol production down slightly in early October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed during the first half of October was down when compared to the same period of last year. Production and sales of ethanol, however, remained relatively high. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

Pacific Ethanol provides update of plant improvement activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting reduce net sales and total gallons sold. During an investor call, the company provided an update of its plant improvement projects. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

Poet begins construction on new ethanol plant in Indiana

BY Poet LLC Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFollowing a strong directive from President Trump to lift the outdated regulations stifling E15 fuel, Poet is moving forward with full construction of a new biofuel facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. The facility is scheduled to be complete in 2020. READ MORE

October 26, 2018

USDA: Corn use for fuel ethanol down slightly in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessThe USDA recently released the October edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, noting corn use for fuel alcohol reached 479 million bushels in August, down slightly when compared to July and August 2017. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Valero discusses ethanol acquisitions, E15 during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyValero Energy Corp. has released third quarter financial results, reporting lower operating income for its ethanol division. Overall, the company reported increased net income when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

Novozymes reports sales growth for bioenergy segment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessOn Oct. 24, Novozymes released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting a significant growth in sales for its bioenergy segment. The company said strong growth in demand for enzymes in the conventional biofuel market helped drive the increase. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

Redfield Energy to implement ICM’s TS4 system

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessICM Inc. has announced that it reached an agreement with Redfield Energy LLC to implement ICM’s patent-pending, proprietary Thin Stillage Solids Separation System (TS4) at Redfield’s plant in Redfield, South Dakota. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

CropEnergies announces plans to idle UK ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessOn Oct. 22, European ethanol producer CropEnergies AG announced plans to idle production at its Wilton, U.K.-based ethanol plant at the end of November due to difficult market conditions and falling ethanol prices. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

ACE launches cooling system webinar series

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, BusinessThe American Coalition for Ethanol recently began a webinar series aimed at helping plant managers understand how proper cooling system design, maintenance, and upkeep affects their business. READ MORE

October 18, 2018

In Depth: Innovations in Biomass-Based Diesel

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Renewable diesel and supercritical biodiesel address corn oil’s high FFA content in different ways. READ MORE

October 18, 2018

Opinion: Into November and Welcoming Winter

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about technologies used for producing coproducts, plant expansions, current ethanol construction projects, and more. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

In Depth: Perfectly Planned

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: With proper planning, expansions can go relatively smoothly. Without it, large, unforeseen obstacles can increase costs, delay startups and derail projects. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

In Depth: Concept to Construction

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Opinion: Whose Customer Is It, Anyway?

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Operations, Markets, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Rob Lamberty of the American Coalition for Ethanol writes his column this month about marketing in the ethanol industry. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

In Depth: Character, Friend, Genius

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Dennis Vander Griend, who passed away in July, is remembered as an extraordinary engineer, a unique character and a great friend. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

Green Plains idles plant, responds to market conditions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessFollowing 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. Found In:Operations, BusinessSouthwest 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 17, 2018

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

BY Fluid Quip Process Technologies Found In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessFluid 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. Found In:Operations, BusinessErgon 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 11, 2018

EIA ups 2018 ethanol production forecast, reduces 2019 forecast

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe 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 10, 2018

In Depth: LCFS Matures

BY Tim Albrecht Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard could lead to favorable changes for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

Opinion: On-Site, Automated and Efficient

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM 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

Aemetis to add Zebrex membrane technology at Keyes plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessAemetis 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 VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyU.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

Opinion: EPA Needs to Reallocate Gallons from RFS Waivers

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM 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 06, 2018

In Depth: Advanced and Enhanced

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, BusinessFROM 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

Opinion: Nobody Wins When Countries Erect Trade Barriers

BY Bliss Baker Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recaps recent trade barriers and explains their implications. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

In Depth: Pride in Product and Profits

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

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Making America Great Again Starts with the States

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM 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 04, 2018

In Depth: Pressure to Perform

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