Eight Ethanol Safety Seminars in Kentucky

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and TRANSCAER® are jointly hosting eight ethanol safety seminars in Kentucky during the month of February.

The ethanol safety seminars are funded through a Federal Railroad Administration/ TRANSCAER® grant, in partnership with the Paducah & Louisville Railway. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and Certificates of Completion will be awarded to attendees at the completion of the course. The seminars are designed for individuals who respond to ethanol-related emergencies, as well as emergency planning committees and safety managers.

The seminars will be held in Owensville, Bowling Green, and Louisville, and will focus on numerous important areas of ethanol safety including an introduction to ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels, chemical and physical characteristics of ethanol and hydrocarbon fuels, transportation and transfer, storage and dispensing locations, firefighting foam principles, general health and safety considerations and storage and pre-planning considerations.

Click here for dates, times, and registration information.

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Novozymes Adds Yeast to Bioenergy Business

Cindy Zimmerman

Novozymes has introduced a new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol with its first product, Innova Drive. According to the company, this new yeast strain can reduce fermentation time by up to two hours compared to current yeasts.

“The first product from our yeast platform, Innova Drive is a completely new ride for the ethanol industry. It puts plant operators in the driver’s seat to run fermentations the way they need to,” says Brian Brazeau, Novozymes’ Vice President for Biofuels Commercial. “Yeast is a major bottleneck that requires constant care and attention. Innova Drive is a response to the needs of the ethanol industry, and resets expectations for how tough a yeast can be.”

The new yeast is also able to ferment in adverse conditions such as higher organic acids and temperatures which increases ethanol output and reduces operational costs.

Learn more details from Novozymes.

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Over 30 States Broke Blend Wall in 2016

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 30 states and the District of Columbia in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average, breaking through the so-called E10 Blend Wall. That compares to 2015 when the national average ethanol content was 9.91 percent and 25 states (plus the District of Columbia) were above 10 percent on average. The 2016 data is the latest available for individual states.

The national average ethanol blend rate in 2016 was 10.02 percent, clearing the 9.7 percent that gasoline marketers claim is the highest the market can tolerate. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen said the numbers show the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working as intended to drive increased use of ethanol and other biofuels. “Increased consumption of E15, mid-level blends like E20-E30, and ethanol flex fuels like E85 has reduced the so-called blend wall to a pile of rubble. Today, more than 4,000 stations nationwide sell flex fuels and approximately 1,300 stations sell E15,” Dinneen said.

The data show that ethanol comprised 12.4 percent of the gasoline pool in Minnesota in 2016. Not coincidentally, ethanol flex fuels like E85 are available at roughly one out of every eight stations in the Gopher State. In Iowa, gasoline contained an average of 11.4 percent ethanol in 2016, consistent with 2015 and up from just 9.5 percent in 2013. The 2016 data is the latest available for individual states, with 2017 state-level data likely not available until late 2018.

For the first time, ethanol also exceeded 10.0 percent of gasoline consumption in 2016 in mountain states like Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Texas also saw its average blend rate rise above 10.0 percent for the first time. The lowest blend rate among the contiguous states in 2016 was 9.43 percent.

RFA has released a fact sheet with more details on state-level ethanol blend rates.

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Back to the Biodiesel Future

Cindy Zimmerman

Doug Pickering, Kenlon Johannes, and Bill Ayers at #NBB18

Back in 1993, biodiesel was just an idea. But thanks to the efforts of pioneers like Doug Pickering, Kenlon Johannes, and Bill Ayers, it has become the industry it is today. Doug and Bill built the first facility to produce biodiesel – two 55 gallon drums on stands with a sump pump and a garden hose.

Kenlon, who was with the Missouri Soybean Association at the time, helped form the National Biodiesel Board and became the first executive director of the organization. Today, Kenlon is still involved in the biodiesel industry as CEO of Kansas Soybeans.

In this interview, Kenlon talks about how it all began, and how he feels about it 25 years later.

NBB18 Interview with Kenlon Johannes

2018 National Biodiesel Conference

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Biofuels Panel Discusses Future

Cindy Zimmerman

The final panel at the National Biodiesel Conference last week tackled the topic of the next 25 years for biodiesel with representatives from other biofuels industry organizations.

The panel was moderated by Gary Haer of REG and featured Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley; Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Biofuels Business Council; and Advanced Biofuels Association president Michael McAdams, along with NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen.

Listen to their discussion here: NBB18 Biofuels Panel

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New ACE Fuel Marketer Video Episode

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has just released the fourth video in a series of fuel marketer-focused videos on flexfuelforward.com featuring real world experiences flex fuel retailers adding and marketing E15.

Charlie Good’s Good & Quick Companies’ station is one example. “I made this decision to add E15 and flex fuels as my way to survive, because there are going to be more cars that use this, more people who are going to want this, and I’m going to be the leader, not the follower,” Good said.

Kent Satrang talks about his success at Petro Serve USA. “I’ve been working with ethanol for 30 years, so I’m not afraid — I know it’s a great quality product and I know it helps lessen our dependence on foreign oil,” Satrang said. “That’s a good enough reason to do it, but there are lots of other reasons too, like our own economics and the profits of this company and the growth — our gallons are up a million gallons…and a lot of that is ethanol.”

Bosselman Enterprises and Jetz are two more small chain stores that tell why they made the switch in the latest episode. The video series and flexfuelforward.com are being promoted through paid advertising in print and online c-store industry publications and websites. In February, ads will run on Convenience Store Decisions, Convenience Store News, and NACS online websites, as well as the February NACS Magazine. The series will also be marketed on YouTube.

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ICYMI: Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Replay

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit featured an exciting speaker line-up of high-level biofuels industry experts to discuss a “Brighter Future with Biofuels.” The one-day event on January 30 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center brought together 65 sponsors and vendors and over 800 attendees.

If you, like me, were unable to attend the summit because of all the other events going on at the same time this week, the Iowa RFA has you covered with the instant video replay that includes:

– Iowa RFA CEO Monte Shaw’s review of the economic impact of biofuels on Iowa and other topics.
– Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds talking about her efforts to protect the RFS and to secure E15 RVP parity.
– Growth Energy’s Emily Skor on efforts underway to move E15 into the mainstream
– Lots more

Click here to watch.

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Reaction to President Trump’s SOTU

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump did mention energy in his first State of the Union address, albeit briefly.

“We have ended the war on American energy, and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” said the president. “We are now very proudly an exporter of energy to the world.”

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen appreciates the President’s “America First” focus and hopes the administration will help address trade barriers for U.S. ethanol. “Indeed, last year the U.S. exported a record 1.3 billion gallons of ethanol to more than 60 countries. Increasingly, however, our exports are being met with tariff and non-tariff barriers that reduce U.S. market opportunities, while harming foreign consumers. We look forward to continuing to work with the administration to reduce those barriers and create a free, fair and global market for ethanol.”

Rebuilding infrastructure was a key theme in the president’s address, calling on Congress to “produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for the new infrastructure investment that our country so desperately needs.” Dinneen would also like to see that effort includes continued funding for USDA’s Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership program, and “revising volatility regulations that prohibit E15 and higher ethanol blends from being sold year-round when there’s no environmental or consumer benefit to limiting its access.”

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IA and MN Governors to Head Biofuels Coalition

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will serve as chair and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will serve as vice chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition for 2018.

“I look forward to working with Governor Dayton to advance the bipartisan work of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, as the production and use of biofuels increases family incomes in rural America, diversifies our nation’s energy portfolio, and provides consumer choice at the fuel pump,” Governor Reynolds said.

“Minnesota has long been a national leader in adding value to our farm products and supporting the development of alternative fuels,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Biofuels create new markets for Minnesota corn and soybeans, protect air and water quality, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. I look forward to working with Governor Reynolds to advance biofuel production, and support our farmers.”

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RFA: RFS Not to Blame for Refinery Bankruptcy

Cindy Zimmerman

Philadelphia Energy Solutions, (PES) the largest oil refinery on the east coast, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, blaming the Renewable Fuel Standard for its financial problems, but Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen disagrees.

In an op-ed in The Hill today, Dinneen says PES has no one to blame but itself. “PES operates one of the nation’s oldest refineries, which is handicapped by hopelessly antiquated technology,” said Dinneen. “Like other refiners, PES could have eliminated its RINs-related costs by making investments in blending more renewable fuels. Instead, PES is blaming RINS for its financial woes.”

Read the whole op-ed here.

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