Canadian biofuels report: Ethanol at full capacity, imports up

Ethanol Producer - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:03
Canada recently filed its 2017 annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network, showing Canadian production is at full capacity and imports of ethanol rose in the past year.

Europe’s Renewables ‘Multipliers’ Only Subtract

Ethanol Producer - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:47
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: ePure's Emmanuel Desplechin writes his column about Europe's renewables policies and the loopholes that reduce their impact.

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Element

Ethanol Producer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:35
The U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer pathway petition from ICM Inc. and The Andersons Inc. for Element LLC in Colwich, Kansas.

Partners in Production

Ethanol Producer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:02
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Chemical companies are developing technologies that would create new market opportunities for the ethanol industry.

Stay Vigilant

Ethanol Producer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:46
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: ACE's Brian Jennings discusses the importance of paying attention and remaining active in ethanol advocacy.

House committee passes 2018 Farm Bill

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:36
On April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The bill reauthorizes many bioenergy programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding.

STB schedules RETAC meeting for April 26

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:34
The Surface Transportation Board has announced it will hold a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee on April 26 in Washington, D.C. RETAC addresses issues related to the transportation of energy resources, including ethanol.

Advanced BioEnergy adds grain receiving, storage capacity

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:31
Advanced BioEnergy LLC announced April 9 it will build an initial 800,000 bushels of year-round corn storage and related grain receiving capabilities at its Aberdeen, South Dakota, ethanol plant. Additional expansions are planned for the future.

Veolia launches UK online marketplace for organic resources

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:30
Veolia is launching an online trading platform in the U.K. that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. The BioTrading website will be a sales and auction marketplace that connects buyers to the rest of the value chain.

FEW Technical Sessions Planner

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:38
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: The agenda for the world’s largest ethanol conference is, as always, jam-packed with relevant and intriguing panel discussions. Attendees will need to plan which concurrent tracks they’ll attend. Here’s the info.

Business Briefs

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:38
FROM THE MAY ISSUE: Awards, permitting milestones, new trade group memberships and more.

Studies: Ethanol reduces toxic emissions, improves air quality

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:08
Two recent studies commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative have found that ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50 percent, significantly improving air quality and protecting the health of the public.

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:03
On April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.

Senators ask EPA to cease issuing RFS ‘hardship’ waivers

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:01
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS.

Japan to allow imports of ETBE made from US corn ethanol

Ethanol Producer - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:00
The U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and their member organizations welcome the news April 17 that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol.

Iowa RFA Sends Message to EPA Administrator

Domestic Fuel - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:07

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has a message for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to answer the question of how to reduce RIN prices associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard – grant E15 the same RVP treatment as all other ethanol-blended fuels.

On January 30th, while Administrator Pruitt was testifying before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit attendees were signing a letter and a poster to the administrator asking him to grant E15 RVP parity. A copy of the letter summit attendees signed, and a photo of the signed poster was sent to Pruitt’s office Wednesday.

“From Harvard professors to Iowa retailers, the experts agree E15 RVP parity is the fastest way to lower RIN prices,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “It is simple supply and demand. Allowing retailers to blend E15 all year round would flood the market with RINs and reduce the price.”

During the Senate committee hearing, Pruitt said EPA is in the process of determining if the agency will provide E15 RVP parity “and we are working to get an answer as soon as we can.”

Senators Speak Out to Approve Northey Nomination

Domestic Fuel - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:01

After nearly four months of having the nomination of Iowa’s Bill Northey to the U.S. Department of Agriculture held up by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) brought it up on the Senate floor Wednesday and called on other colleagues to back him up.

Northey was nominated to be USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation in September and quickly confirmed by the Agriculture Committee, but Sen. Cruz put a hold on the nomination in October over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and has refused to budge unless all stakeholders can meet together to agree on a “win-win” situation for both refiners and ethanol producers that would lower prices for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

“Mr. Northey would have been confirmed long ago had the lobbyists for the ethanol industry been willing to come to the table and reach a commonsense solution,” said Sen. Cruz.

That struck a chord with Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “Mr. Cruz is also being callously misleading in suggesting representatives of the ethanol industry (including the RFA) have refused to meet to discuss the issue,” said Dinneen. “We have received no invitation to talk, only media reports of his cynical proposed solution to cap the price of RINs.”

Both Dinneen and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor point out that there is a very simple solution to lower the price of RINs – allow E15 to be sold year round. “Sen. Ted Cruz has held Mr. Northey hostage as a means to drag out his so-called ‘negotiation’ to lower RIN prices, when all this time there has been a solution staring us in the face – RVP relief,” said Skor.

RVP relief is one of two offers Sen. Grassley has made to appease Sen. Cruz. The other is transparency for the RINs market.

Listen to good friends Sens. Grassley and Cruz disagree with one another on this issue.
Sens. Cruz and Grassley comments

Listen to Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) support Bill Northey.
Sens. Stabenow, Ernst and Klobuchar comments

Novozymes reports solid sales growth for bioenergy segment

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:17
Novozymes has released 2017 financial results, reporting solid sales growth. Overall, the company achieved 4 percent organic sales growth. In the bioenergy segment, sales grew by 11 percent for the full year and 14 percent during the fourth quarter.

ADM releases 2017 results, expects increased ethanol exports

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:08
Archer Daniels Midland Co. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting reduced operating profit for the quarter and full year. Profits in the bioproducts segment, which includes ethanol, were down for the fourth quarter, but up for 2017.

Enerkem raises its largest financing round, adds new investors

Ethanol Producer - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:04
Enerkem Inc. has completed a C$280 million ($222.82 million) investment round—its largest to date. In addition to new investors BlackRock and Sinobioway, existing investors also participated in this financing.