Novozymes Focused on Solutions at #FEW15

few15-novo-peterNovozymes has a number of products to help ethanol producers increase profitability but the focus is more on solutions than products.

“We have a broad and flexible portfolio but for Novozymes it’s really about the individual customer,” said Peter Halling, Novozymes Senior Director Global Marketing for Biofuels. “Products are an integral part of what we do, the enzyme, but on top of that you need a strong service portfolio.”

Novozymes is an international company but Halling says they are most excited about the biofuels industry in the United States. “I’m a Dane, but coming here to the U.S. and being part of this industry, it’s the innovation and the spirit of the industry here,” said Halling, who says the United States is clearly a leader in the biofuels industry. “It’s the world’s biggest exporter of ethanol, and you’ve got a fantastic homegrown market. Not only do you create jobs and energy security but it’s also fantastic from a sustainability angle.”

Listen to an interview with Peter at the 2015 FEW here: Interview with Peter Halling, Novozymes

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Growth Energy and New Holland at #FEW15

few15-buisGrowth Energy is attracting attention at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop with a beautiful blue New Holland Boomer as a centerpiece.

FEW attendees have had the opportunity to register for a chance to win the New Holland Boomer 47 tractor equipped with a 4 cylinder diesel engine and American Ethanol Racing decals, courtesy of New Holland. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says New Holland is a big supporter of the ethanol industry. “New Holland really understands what drives the rural economy and they’ve been a valuable partner,” said Buis. “People are going to buy farm equipment if they make a profit from the marketplace.” New Holland has also been a strong supporter of the American Ethanol NASCAR program.

In this interview with Tom, he also talks about the EPA proposed RVO and the importance of the ethanol industry to stand up and make its voice heard during the comment period. Interview with Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis at FEW

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#FEW15 Ethanol Producer Panel Focuses on RVOs

few15-panelA diverse group of ethanol producer company representatives took the stage Tuesday at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and much of the conversation centered around reaction to the EPA’s new proposed volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Panelists also discussed the industry’s continuing efforts to expand the marketplace for ethanol with higher blends, progress with cellulosic ethanol production facilities, and more.

BBI International president Tom Bryan moderated the panel, which featured:

Paul Koehler, Vice President, Pacific Ethanol
Mike Jerke, CEO, Guardian Energy Management
Jan Koninckx, Global Business Director for Advanced Biofuels, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Chris Standlee, Executive Vice President, Abengoa Bioenergy
Dan Cummings, President, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels
Ray Defenbaugh, President, CEO & Chairman, Big River Resources

This is a conversation worth listening to as each of these industry pioneers had insightful comments and a positive attitude about the ethanol business in the United States going forward.

FEW 2015 Producer Panel

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EPA Proposal Threatens Advanced Ethanol #FEW15

few15-colemanThe executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council believes the proposed volume obligations under the RFS would have significant ramifications for the industry if not changed before being finalized.

“What’s at stake is whether ethanol gets out of its E10 cage,” said Brooke Coleman during the general session of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop on Tuesday, challenging President Obama to make good on his promises to move renewable energy forward in this country. “President Bush signed the most progressive advanced biofuel policy in the world and President Obama, at least to this point, has been too weak-kneed to implement it,” said Coleman to applause.

Coleman says there is reason to be optimistic in the face of the bad RVO proposal since the industry still has a chance to change the final rule. “We cannot be disappointed. We can be angry and we should be engaged with the Obama administration.”

Listen to Coleman’s remarks here: AEC's Brooke Coleman remarks at FEW

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RFA CEO Outlines Wrong Moves by EPA at #FEW15

few15-dinneenFor Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen, the newest proposal for volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is just the latest in a series of wrong moves by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“There’s something desperately wrong with the EPA,” said Dinneen after outlining more than a dozen ways the agency has worked to undermine the ethanol industry and the RFS, from the use of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) to judge the carbon footprint of biofuels, to not allowing E15 to be sold in the summer months.

Dinneen says there is a lot of talk in Washington about EPA’s “war on coal” but after the agency released both a final rule on the Waters of the United States last week and the lower volume obligations under the RFS, “they now seem to have a war on farmers.”

Listen to Dinneen’s speech here: RFA CEO Bob Dinneen comments at FEW


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Novozymes Partnering for Profitability at #FEW15

few15-novozymes-kimAs the global market leader in enzyme production and a pioneer in the bioenergy business, Novozymes is uniquely positioned to partner with ethanol producers for increased profitability.

“What we really try to do is understand what are the goals of our customers,” says Kim Bertz, Senior Regional Marketing Manager for Biofuel with Novozymes. “We want to help them achieve both their short term and long term goals.”

Novozymes offers an assortment of products that first help break corn down into ethanol. “Whether they’re going for yield, or throughput, maximizing output – whatever that may look like, those are the things we really try to deliver,” said Bertz.

The Novozymes technical service group has other solutions from analyzing data, training, process optimization – all designed to help plants hit that next highest benchmark.

In this interview, Bertz also talks about the commitment Novozymes has to the biofuels industry and why they are big supporters of the FEW. Interview with Kim Bertz, Novozymes

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Industry Awards at #FEW15

few15-octaneAwards were presented at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop on Tuesday morning, honoring those who have helped the ethanol industry move forward.

The High Octane Award was presented to Ray Defenbaugh, CEO of Big River Resources in West Burlington, Iowa. Defenbaugh serves on the board of directors for both the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy. His words of encouragement for the industry after Friday’s RVO announcement from EPA are “Don’t quit, don’t stop, and do not surrender.”

few15-excellenceJohn Caupert, director of the National Corn Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, received this year’s Award of Excellence. Caupert has more than two decades of experience in the agriculture and biofuels industries and was hired to the NCERC post in 2006.

Interestingly, both Defenbaugh and Caupert are “Salukis” – graduates of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale – and even had the same academic adviser! Congrats to both for well deserved recognition.

Presenting the awards were BBI International VP of Content Tim Protz and chairman Mike Bryan.

2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop Photo Album

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2015 FEW is Officially Underway

few15-ribbonThe 31st annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop officially kicked off Monday with the ribbon cutting for the trade show after a beautiful day for the annual FEW golf outing.

Helping BBI International Vice President for Content Tim Portz with the ceremonial opening was Ron Beemiller of WB Services, sponsor for the trade show opening reception, and Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis was recruited to make some opening remarks. Naturally, those remarks centered around EPA’s proposed volume obligations under the RFS announced last Friday. “They got the first one wrong a year and a half ago, they got this one wrong,” said Buis. “We stopped the last one, we’re going to change this one.”

Watch below:


The photo album is started and we will have lots to share from FEW this week, thanks to our sponsor Novozymes.

2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop Photo Album

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EPA Proposal will be Hot Topic at FEW

The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard will be a hot topic at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop this week in Minneapolis.

aeclogoAdvanced Ethanol Council (AEC) Executive Director Brooke Coleman will be on the program tomorrow morning to talk about what the proposal means for the advanced biofuels industry. “The good news is it is clear that EPA and the Obama Administration want to send a signal to the marketplace that domestic renewable fuel markets are going to grow. The blending targets are definitely stronger and theoretically create new markets,” says Coleman. “But Clean Air Act regulations have to have backbone to actually achieve their ambitions, and EPA is still allowing the oil industry’s refusal to comply with the RFS to be cause to slow the program down.”

There continues to be concern in the industry about how the proposal will impact investment in advanced biofuels. “Renewable fuels are a huge opportunity for the United States to achieve President Obama’s climate change goals, capture private investment, create jobs and save drivers money. Today’s proposal undermines all of that,” says Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes Americas, a biotechnology company that provides enzyme solutions for biofuels production. “The EPA’s aspiration should not be a slow buildup in renewable fuel volumes, it should be an economy driven by clean technologies, supporting thousands of new jobs and billions in private investment. That all starts with aggressive goals for the RFS.”

Novozymes will be featured in many of the workshops at FEW and will be sponsoring our coverage this week.

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Ethanol Report on Reaction to EPA RFS Proposal

ethanol-report-adThe Environmental Protection Agency has released its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen is disappointed.

In this Ethanol Report, Dinneen talks about why he believes the proposal is a step backward for the RFS and how it places the potential growth in renewable fuels in the hands of the oil companies. Ethanol Report on EPA RFS volume proposal