Intellulose is New Name for Edeniq Pathway Technology

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Intellulose is the new name for Edeniq’s Pathway technology in a rebranding effort that includes a new logo and company-related materials.

“Our mission is to help our customers lead in cellulosic ethanol production,” said Brian Thome, president and chief executive officer of Edeniq. “Our vision is for Intellulose to be implemented into every existing ethanol production facility, and for this technology to evolve alongside plants as they become more advanced and create more value. This rebranding effort is a more accurate portrayal of our technology and the value it can offer to the more than two hundred ethanol plants operating in the United States.”

Edeniq’s Intellulose enables the co-production of starch ethanol and cellulosic ethanol at existing corn ethanol production facilities. The technology uses enzymes that maximize conversion of corn kernel fiber into fermentable sugar with a protocol to measure the output of cellulosic ethanol production. Intellulose has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a number of ethanol plants have been approved by the EPA to use Intelluose to generate cellulosic ethanol credits under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Edeniq’s customers are using Intellulose to deliver cellulosic ethanol gallons to fuel markets across the country.

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Growth Energy Members Urge Trump Action

Cindy Zimmerman

An open letter to President Trump from nearly 100 ethanol producers is greeting readers this morning in editions of the New York Times, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal.

The letter, signed by members of Growth Energy, urges the president to “unleash rural growth by cutting the red tape holding back homegrown energy” and condemns Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s actions that are “destroying demand for biofuels and crops during the worst farm crisis since the 1980s.” The full-page ads were placed by Growth Energy ahead of an expected meeting with farm-state champions and petroleum backers at the White House this week. The letter was signed by 94 of Growth Energy’s member plants from 18 states.

“Major petroleum refiners have received handout after handout at the expense of rural workers and farm families,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “We need the president to act quickly on his pledge to lift outdated regulations on E15 and send a clear and final signal that that this White House will no longer tolerate oil-backed schemes to derail the rural recovery.”

The open letter coincides with a digital and radio ad campaign launched by Growth Energy last week, which urges Midwest voters to contact the White House in support of E15.

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Student Scientist Receives Grant from Biodiesel Foundation

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Foundation has announced the recipient of the first Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant is studying Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University.

Mary Kate Mitchell received the $2,000 award to participate in the Biodiesel Sustainability Workshop in St. Louis, MO on September 27, with the remaining funds applied toward academics. Mitchell is a member of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.

“The National Biodiesel Foundation established this annual grant to help deserving full-time students interested in science, research and biodiesel sustainability,” explained Foundation President Jeff Lynn. “The grant honors scientist Beth Calabotta, whose legacy and dedication to biodiesel sustainability made an impact on the industry.”

The Foundation and the National Biodiesel Board want the grant to continue building on Beth’s work that adopting innovative technologies and diversifying markets will produce environmental benefits that can be documented through research and data.

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Rhode Island Ethanol Safety Seminar This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is joining other groups for an ethanol safety seminar in Rhode Island this week.

The ethanol safety seminar, in partnership with TRANSCAER, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, will be held on May 11 in Exeter, R.I.

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 seminar is designed for individuals who respond to ethanol-related emergencies, as well as emergency planning committees and safety managers.

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Groups Urge EPA to Move on Pathway Approvals

Cindy Zimmerman

As the Environmental Protection Agency has been approving small refinery exemption requests at a record pace, dozens of ethanol plants have been waiting for months to receive approvals for new pathways to produce cellulosic ethanol, including from corn kernel fiber.

Five state biofuels organizations sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt this week asking him to “shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) exemptions and toward pathway approvals for cellulosic ethanol.”

The groups say requests submitted by their members for RFS pathway approvals have been stalled at EPA, preventing the production of millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol and their related D3 RINs. “Dozens of plants are ready to produce and, in some cases, have been waiting months and months for pathway approvals for proven and commercially successful cellulosic technologies,” they say.

The letter was signed by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Wisconsin BioFuels Association, South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association, and Illinois Renewable Fuels Association.

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Latest Ethanol Export and Production Numbers

Cindy Zimmerman

The volume of U.S. ethanol shipments in March was the second-highest in history, just two percent less than the record set in February, according to the latest government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). U.S. ethanol exports totaled 215.1 million gallons (mg) in March, with Brazil once again the leading destination for the fifth straight month, receiving 95.9 mg (45% of total exports).

Although Brazil’s imports were down 7% from February, they represented the second-largest monthly volume to that country on the books. The U.S. shipped 24.6 mg to Canada, up 11% over February and a 5-month high. Meaningful volumes were shipped to China for the fifth straight month, although March exports retreated 40% from February to land at 19.8 mg. China’s April imposition of an additional 15% import duty on ethanol will no doubt contribute to further losses in that market.

March exports of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) were up 8% over February at 905,558 metric tons (mt) with the Mexico and Vietnam being the top two destinations.

Meanwhile, weekly ethanol production figures rebounded back to over a million barrels a day last week, after dropping below the million barrel mark the week before for the first time in 15 weeks to the second-lowest output in 80 weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production in April was 1.015 million b/d for an annualized rate of 15.56 billion gallons.

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Growth Energy Ads Urge E15 Action

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Growth Energy has launched a new radio and digital ad campaign telling listeners in the Midwest that it’s “make or break time” for the rural economy.

The ads encourage farmers and ethanol stakeholders to call on President Trump to lift federal restrictions on the sale of E15 fuel blends, a move that would boost farm income amid the sharpest agricultural downturn since the 1980s.

“Outdated regulations kick back in on June 1st, cutting consumers off from a lower-cost product that supports farmers and rural manufacturing,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “President Trump promised Midwest lawmakers that he would fast-track a long-overdue fix, but oil lobbyists have held E15 hostage for years, and the White House needs to hear from rural communities. Too many American farmers are struggling to make ends meet, but we can deliver immediate relief by simply letting consumers make their own choices about American-made biofuel.”

Each year from June 1 to September 15, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules governing Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit the sale of E15 in many markets around the country, under guidelines that were drafted before E15 hit the market. The result is lower demand for biofuels and the crops that are used to make them during the summer months of vacation travel tim

Listen to the ad here: Growth Energy E15 radio ad

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New Fuel Solution From Renewable Energy Group

Carrie Muehling

REG Ultra Clean Diesel is the newest diesel fuel from Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

REG Ultra Clean Diesel, among the lowest emission diesel fuels on the market today, is a patent-pending fuel made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel. REG Ultra Clean Diesel is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. Versus CARB diesel, REG Ultra Clean Diesel reduces total hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 15 percent, particulate matter emissions by 40 percent, and, emits less nitrogen oxides (NOx). The fuel offers even greater emissions reductions when compared to conventional diesel.

“REG Ultra Clean Diesel significantly reduces emissions, blends easily with petroleum diesel and is one of the lowest carbon intensity fuels of any kind on the market today,” said REG’s Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “REG is uniquely positioned to offer this biodiesel and renewable diesel blended product. We are committed to delivering low-carbon solutions and meeting our customers’ demand for cleaner products.”

The company introduced the new fuel at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California.


B20 Makes Big Splash in Minnesota

Cindy Zimmerman

MN Sen. Amy Klobuchar is first in line for B20 biodiesel

Minnesota made history May 1, becoming the first state to transform virtually all of the diesel supply for sale in the state to B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel.

“We often refer to Minnesota as a ‘trailblazer,’ but somehow that just doesn’t seem adequate anymore,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Upgrading virtually an entire state’s diesel to contain 20 percent biodiesel represents a seismic shift in our country’s liquid energy supply.”

NBB presented its Eye on Biodiesel Impact award this year to Mike Youngerberg, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Biodiesel Council and has been working since 1986 to advance soybean industry priorities as a staff member for Minnesota Soybean.

“We’ve had bipartisan support for the effort,” said Youngerberg in an interview at the National Biodiesel Conference earlier this year. He says the advancement of biodiesel in the state has been called the “Minnesota Miracle.”

Listen to the award presentation and Mike’s remarks: Mike Youngerberg award

Learn more about Mike in this interview: Mike Youngerberg interview

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RFA: Ethanol Saves Consumers at the Pump

Cindy Zimmerman

After a long, cold winter many families are ready to hit the road and go somewhere warm and fun for summer vacation, but the Energy Information Administration is already warning drivers that they are likely to see the highest gasoline prices in four years. The good news is that ethanol is helping to offset higher prices at the pump, according to a new analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Pump prices have already begun to increase, with the average retail price for regular gasoline reaching $2.85/gallon last week, the highest since November 2014. However, the RFA analysis says 10% ethanol blends (E10) alone could save consumers at least $39 billion this year. The analysis of wholesale gasoline and ethanol price data shows that blending E10 has reduced wholesale gasoline prices by at least 27 cents per gallon, or 14%, compared to ethanol-free gasoline (E0).

The cost savings to consumers would be even greater if E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) were used in approved vehicles nationwide in place of E10, the analysis found. Specifically, the savings would be at least 34 cents per gallon, or 17%, for E15 consumers. Using E15 in approved vehicles would help consumers across the country save approximately $45 billion on gasoline, or $386 per household.

A group of senators this week asked President Trump to authorize sales of E15 this summer, starting June 1. Currently, consumers who are blocked from accessing E15 for three months of the year are unnecessarily spending at least an extra 7 cents per gallon on gasoline. Nationally, that translates to $6 billion, or approximately $80 per household.

Read the analysis here.

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