June RFA Ethanol Safety Events

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association is offering several opportunities for ethanol safety training in June.

First, RFA and TRANSCAER® are jointly hosting this year’s third “Train the Trainer” ethanol safety webinar for ethanol emergency response teams on Wednesday, June 14 from 12–2pm ET/11am–1pm CT. Professional hazmat trainer Joel Hendelman will provide instruction on how to train others in ethanol emergency response tactics and procedures. This webinar is open to everyone but tailored toward ethanol production facility employees, ethanol and railroad safety professionals, and local emergency responders. Register at www.rfa.traincaster.com. Each class is capped at 100 participants but the webinar will be offered yet once more this year on August 2.

In addition, RFA is partnering with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), TRANSCAER® and short line Utah Railway Co. to provide free ethanol safety seminars in Ogden and Salt Lake City on June 20 and 21. These courses are tailored for ethanol plant safety, emergency responders, fire departments, EMTs, local emergency planning committees, police and fuel station owners in an instructional format based on RFA’s Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response. Participants will receive in-depth information on proper training techniques required of emergency responders and hazmat personnel to effectively respond to ethanol-related emergencies. Registration is required at www.rfa.traincaster.com and class size is limited.

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DieselSellerz to Promote Biodiesel

cindy zimmerman

The DieselSellerz are going bio with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) to promote biodiesel.

The DieselSellerz is the “world’s largest diesel truck classifieds community,” with a crew that has become known for building and giving away tricked-out diesel trucks, as well as other antics, on the Discovery Channel show “Diesel Brothers.” The crew will take on the task of building a biodiesel truck for MSR&PC, with the build set to air during a future episode on Discovery. The Minnesota biodiesel truck will be unveiled August 2 during appearances by the DieselSellerz at Farmfest near Morgan, Minn., and at the 2018 MN Ag Expo in Mankato.

“Biodiesel is something I have been interested in for quite some time,” says DieselSellerz’ Dave “Heavy D” Sparks. “Years ago when the price of diesel fuel was extremely high, I began to plan a way to make my own ‘homebrew’ biodiesel fuel to power my personal truck. I put those plans on hold when the cost of diesel fuel went back down but the concept of renewable fuel has intrigued me ever since. I am beyond excited to work with the MSR&PC to show the world that there are many options to power your diesel vehicle outside of fossil fuels.”

The partnership is part of a larger biodiesel awareness campaign by MSR&PC. “In Minnesota, we depend on the extra 63 cents a bushel biodiesel adds to soybeans,” says MSR&PC Chairman Keith Schrader. “Partnering with the DieselSellerz helps us showcase biodiesel on a state and national level.”

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Siouxland Ethanol Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Cindy Zimmerman

Siouxland Ethanol LLC is hosting an open house on June 13 at its plant near Jackson, Nebraska to celebrate a decade of ethanol production.

“We see the bigger picture even more now than when we started,” said Pam Miller, board chair and director of industry and investor relations at Siouxland Ethanol. “Back then, we were mainly concerned with producing the product, but we’ve expanded our offering of co-products and we’re actively involved in promoting the use of higher blends of ethanol such as E30 and advocating for less restrictions and regulations surrounding the sale of ethanol.”

Siouxland Ethanol’s 10-year anniversary event will include plant tours, a barbecue and remarks from ethanol industry dignitaries and public officials, including featured speaker Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen, American Coalition for Ethanol’s Brian Jennings and Todd Sneller with Nebraska Ethanol Board will be among the ethanol industry leaders who will be speaking.

Siouxland joins Redfield Energy of South Dakota in celebrating a decade this year. “Reaching this significant milestone represents the growth this industry has experienced over the past decade, and we’re grateful for the value these producers have been able to provide back to their shareholders’ year after year,” said Jennings.

Over the past year, Siouxland Ethanol has expanded the plant’s production to 80 million gallons per year and they use 27 million bushels of corn each year.

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Numbers Tell Story of RFS Success

Cindy Zimmerman

Twelve years since the original Renewable Fuel Standard was passed in 2005 and 10 years after it was expanded in 2007, the numbers tell an objective story of how successful the legislation has been in a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association.

“RFS Impacts: By the Numbers” compares data from 2005 and 2007 to 2016 and gets some pretty impressive numbers:

300 percent – Increase in ethanol production since 2005
728 percent – Increase in stations offering E85 for Flex Fuel Vehicles since 2005
Zero – Number of stations offering E15 in 2007
574 – Number of stations offering E15 in 2017
47.1 million metric tons – GHG emissions avoided by using ethanol in place of gasoline

RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper says EPA is expected to issue its proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS at any time so they did the analysis to remind everyone of what a success the program has been.

In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, Cooper talks about the RFS numbers, as well as ethanol production and exports this year: Ethanol Report on RFS Analysis

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E85 Excitement in Nebraska Capitol

Cindy Zimmerman

Nebraska’s capitol city will be all about E85 today with the grand opening of Pump & Pantry’s flex fuel pumps, which now dispense E85 and Clean 88 – a high-octane, cleaner-burning blend of 15 percent ethanol.

Flex fuel vehicle drivers will be able to purchase E85 for just 85 cents at the Pump & Pantry in Lincoln today thanks to the sponsorship of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board, Husker Ag and Bosselman Enterprises, which owns Pump & Pantry convenience stores. The Nebraska Danger professional indoor arena football team will be on hand greet fans and fuel vehicles.

The celebration continues when the Lincoln Saltdogs play the Sioux Falls Canaries tonight and Charlie Bosselman, CEO of Bosselman Enterprises, will throw the opening pitch followed by drawings throughout the game to win American Ethanol t-shirts, Saltdogs tickets and baseballs.

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Redfield Energy Celebrates Ten Years

Cindy Zimmerman

It was ten years ago on April 26, 2007 that Redfield Energy in South Dakota produced its first gallon of ethanol and this week they are throwing a party to celebrate.

“These ten years have gone so fast,” says Dana Siefkes-Lewis, chief administrative officer at Redfield Energy LLC, who says they actually started the company 12 years ago and spent two years in planning, fundraising, construction and training, before bringing the plant on line.

Over the past decade, Lewis says Redfield Energy has purchased over 194 million bushels of local corn and produced 545 million gallons of ethanol, 1.5 million tons of distillers grains and 63 million pounds of corn oil. “We’re proud to be a member of the Redfield community and we look forward to sharing our progress over the past 10 years with those who join us in celebrating this milestone at the plant on Thursday,” she said.

The 10 year celebration will include remarks from the top leadership of the national ethanol organizations – Brian Jennings with the American Coalition for Ethanol, Emily Skor of Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen – since Redfield is an active member of all three. “We feel that all three organizations do a good job at what they are doing,” said Lewis. “We have good relationships with all three of them.”

Lewis talks about the 10 year anniversary in this interview: Interview with Dana Siefkes-Lewis, Redfield Energy

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Quick-Connect Propane Nozzle Incentive Ends June 30

Cindy Zimmerman

PERC’s Cinch Munson demos Quick-Connect nozzle at 2017 Commodity Classic

Private fleets and public refueling stations have until June 30 to apply for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) Quick-Connect Nozzle Incentive Program, which provides $100 per tank-side connector and $1,000 per hose-end connector.

“We’ve seen a positive response from owners and operators since we expanded the program to include fleets in March,” said Greg Kerr, director of research and development for PERC. “Fleets have used the nozzle incentive to improve their refueling experience while significantly reducing emissions compared to older nozzles.”

Unlike older nozzle designs, quick-connect nozzles can be operated with one hand and may not require the user to wear protective eyewear or gloves, making the experience much like a conventional fuel nozzle.

Learn more about the program.


2017 Fuel Ethanol Workshop Coming Up Fast

Cindy Zimmerman

The 33rd annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) is coming right up, June 19-21 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The event, produced by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine, includes more than 140 speakers and four track sessions. “This year’s agenda covers the latest innovations and efficiencies currently being developed for ethanol production,” said Tim Portz, vice president of content at BBI International. “The agenda committee did an outstanding job of rating presentation abstracts and bringing the brightest biofuels minds together under one roof for this event.”

Once again, the National Advanced Biofuels Conference is co-located with the FEW, and will feature the world of advanced biofuels—cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber, biodiesel, carbon reduction strategies, bolt-on technologies, RIN markets and more.

Details here.

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Ethanol Exports Dive in April but Still on Record Pace

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. ethanol exports are still on a record pace for 2017 despite a 32% drop in April exports compared to March at 87.2 million gallons, the lowest volume in eight months, according to the latest government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Year-to-date ethanol exports totaled a record 474.8 mg in the first four months of 2017.

Brazil was again the top customer for U.S. exports, receiving 44.5 mg (slightly more than half of the total volume) in April. Canada was the other major destination for U.S. product in April, taking in 19.0 mg. Peru (3.9 mg), United Arab Emirates (3.3 mg), and South Korea (2.5 mg) rounded out the top five markets. Noticeably absent from the April roster were India and the Philippines. Together, the two counties imported more than 50 mg of U.S. ethanol in March, and India had been the third-leading market for U.S. export in the first quarter.

No imports of fuel ethanol were recorded in April, leaving year-to-date import total at well below 1 mg.

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Forced Summer Hiatus Begins for E15

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s June 1st, which means the kids are out of school, the pools are open, and E15 pumps in two-thirds of the nation are shutting down.

Today marks the official beginning of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “summer ozone control season,” and according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), is the result of “an arbitrary, decades-old EPA regulation that protects the status quo and denies consumers year-round access to a fuel that is cheaper, cleaner, and offers higher octane than today’s gasoline.”

“EPA’s nonsensical and disparate RVP regulation offers no consumer or environmental benefit whatsoever,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “In the end, EPA’s actions are punishing consumers who are being denied access to the cleanest, lowest cost and highest source of octane fuel on the planet. We again call on EPA or Congress to resolve this arcane barrier. ”

In 2011, EPA approved the use of E15 in 2001 and newer vehicles, but the agency did not allow E15 to benefit from the 1-pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver that is available to E10 blends. As a result of this disparity, retailers in conventional gasoline areas would have to secure special “sub-RVP” gasoline blendstock in order to continue selling E15 during the EPA summer ozone control season, which lasts from June 1 to September 15. Such gasoline blendstock is generally unavailable in conventional gasoline areas and would be uneconomical to ship.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced legislation earlier this year to extend the RVP waiver to E15 and RFA highlighted the need for E15 RVP relief in its comments recently submitted to EPA on regulatory reform.

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