Ethanol Summit Includes Plant and Farm Tours

Cindy Zimmerman

Before and after the Ethanol Summit of the Asia-Pacific held this week in Minneapolis, visitors from more than 17 countries in Asia and Oceania have been able to tour farms and ethanol plants around the region. Teams of producers, traders, government officials and business people have been on tours in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Wisconsin, hosted by state corn …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, Grains, Growth Energy, RFA, USGC

Senators Say Protecting RFS Will Help Lower Gas Prices

Cindy Zimmerman

Four Democratic U.S. senators are calling on President Trump to take actions to help lower gas prices, including protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was joined by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), in a letter …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFS

Waivers Continue as Officials Plan Biofuels Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

As officials with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were preparing for a meeting today on the Renewable Fuel Standard, reports surfaced that the nation’s second largest oil refiner has requested a “hardship waiver” for one of its facilities. Marathon Petroleum is in merger talks with Andeavor, one of the first large oil companies reported to …

EPA, Ethanol, Growth Energy

RFA Comments on Brazil RenovaBio Program

Cindy Zimmerman

Since Brazil’s new RenovaBio program will likely cause significant growth in the country’s biofuels consumption, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) wants to make sure their methodology for estimating carbon intensity correctly reflects the emissions impacts of corn ethanol. Under RenovaBio, which was approved in late December 2017, the average carbon intensity (CI) of gasoline must be reduced by 10.1% by …

Brazil, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Asia Pacific Ethanol Summit Meeting in Minneapolis

Cindy Zimmerman

Industry and government officials from the United States and 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific, focused on current and future prospects for expanded ethanol use throughout the region. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), is …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, Grains, Growth Energy, RFA, Trade, USGC

Ruling in DSM vs Lallemand Patent Case

Cindy Zimmerman

A Federal Court in Wisconsin this week ruled that that all glycerol-reducing ethanol yeast products sold by Lallemand infringe on US Patent 8,795,998 held by Royal DSM. “We are happy with the outcome of the case. Our focus is to bring customers the latest in yeast technology allowing them to deliver the best fermentation results,” says Atul Thakrar, President of …

enzymes, Ethanol, Ethanol News

ACE CEO Keynotes Indiana Ethanol Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings keynoted the 2018 Indiana Ethanol Forum this week in Indianapolis, providing a state of the industry update to those in attendance and sharing what ACE and its allies are doing to expand market access for ethanol. The forum, organized by the Indiana Corn Growers Association, brought together ethanol plants, fuel retailers, ag …

ACE, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News

POET Ethanol Plant Plans Monarch Project

Cindy Zimmerman

POET Biorefining is establishing a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Coon Rapids, Iowa. The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established by Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) in partnership with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium in December 2017. The monarch habitat will span half an acre and seeding is expected to take place within the next month. The plant …

Ethanol, Iowa RFA

Federal Fleets Double E85 Usage

Cindy Zimmerman

A Renewable Fuels Association analysis of new Energy Information Administration (EIA) data shows that federally-regulated fleets more than doubled their usage of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) and other flex fuels between 2010 and 2016. According to the EIA data, federally-regulated fleets, including government and transit agencies, used 17.9 million gallons of E85 in 2010, increasing to more than 38 …

E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA