Skor to Keynote Iowa RFA Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor will discuss the growing popularity of E15 and current challenges and opportunities for the fuel during her keynote address at the 2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 30 in Altoona, Iowa.

“More major retail stations across the country are offering E15 today than ever before,” Skor said. “The spectacular growth of E15 is a testament to the value it brings to fuel retailers and consumers.”

The 2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit is free to attend and open to the public but registration is requested.

E15, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Iowa RFA

Ontario Considers Doubling Ethanol Use

Cindy Zimmerman

The government of Ontario has proposed changes to provincial biofuels regulations, which includes doubling the five percent ethanol mandate to 10 percent by 2020.

Ontario represents roughly 38 percent of total gasoline use in Canada, making the province a major transportation hub. The doubling of the mandate reflects the potential for increased overall ethanol demand across Canada. “Increased blending of ethanol will have real, positive impacts in supporting Ontario’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets of 15 percent by 2020 and longer-term reduction targets as well as supporting the broader Canadian goal of reducing GHG emissions by 30 megatons by 2030,” said U.S. Grains Council president and CEO Tom Sleight.

“If this proposal is finalized, it will be a win for Canadian consumers, the environment, the ag economy, and biofuel producers,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said.

Based on projected fuel use in Ontario, an increase from the current industry blending standard of roughly eight percent to the proposed 10 percent mandate would significantly increase demand for ethanol in the province from 326 million gallons (116 million bushels in corn equivalent) in 2016 to 405 million gallons (144 million bushels in corn equivalent) in 2021.

Ethanol, Growth Energy, International, USGC

Driving Ethanol Home for the Holidays

Cindy Zimmerman

Last year, AAA estimated that nearly 100 million Americans took a holiday road trip and we can expect at least that many on the road this year heading home for the holidays. Growth Energy wants to let all those holiday drivers know that E15 (15% ethanol) can brighten the season even more by helping them save a little green.

In this Driving Ethanol podcast, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor talks about the clean, high-performance fueling option that can save families money.

Listen to the podcast here: Growth Energy Podcast 12-12-17

Subscribe to the Driving Ethanol podcast

Driving Ethanol podcast, E15, Education, Ethanol, Growth Energy

Ethanol Exports Up Despite Brazil Declines

Cindy Zimmerman

Overall U.S. ethanol exports were higher in October compared to September, as shipments from Brazil declined sharply, according to government data released this morning and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Total exports were 93.6 million gallons (mg) in October, up 8% from September shipments. Canada was again the top destination importing more than one-third of total exports, up 18% over September. Spain jumped into the U.S. ethanol market for the first time in over three years to take second place with 13.4 mg. And while India’s imports of U.S. ethanol fell 35% from September, it was still ranked third.

Exports to Brazil in October continued their downward slide for the third straight month, impacted by the implementation of a tariff rate quota and 20% tariff in September. Brazil imported just 12.9 mg of ethanol, a 32% decrease from September.

Read more from the RFA blog.

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, RFA

Basse Bullish on Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

Even if volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard are mostly stagnant or lower in 2018, agricultural economist Dan Basse of AgResource Company is bullish on growth in the sector next year.

One reason is lower prices for corn, which is helping expand ethanol production plans. The other is the restriction of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, countries which have been slapped with countervailing duties by the Commerce Department for dumping low priced subsidized biodiesel on the U.S. market. “The duties are 51 and 72 percent…we’ve got two million tons of biodiesel that will be restricted from coming in,” said Basse. “That means that our balance sheet on soybean oil without significant imports is going to get really tight with time.”

On the same day that Basse was speaking last week to the American Seed Trade Association, the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition’s position that the industry has suffered because of unfairly subsidized imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. That action, coupled with last month’s final countervailing duties determination by the Commerce Department, paves the way for final countervailing duty orders by the end of December.

Learn more in this interview: Interview with Dan Basse, AgResource
Basse’s comments about biofuels during his talk start at 18:00 – Dan Basse, AgResource, presentation

2017 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo photo album

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Crappie Masters Pleased with Final RVO

Cindy Zimmerman

The Crappie Masters tournament, which promotes the use of E10 fuel in boating, is pleased with the final volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“The decision to increase the total biofuels number to 19.29 billion gallons shows support and belief in agriculture, the American farmer, conservation, and the environment,” tournament officials said in a statement.

Crappie Masters support for ethanol has been on full display the last three years on the Tournament Trail, as every winning team has collected a cash bonus for using E10 fuel in their outboard with no negative issues or misfueling. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was a title sponsor of the event this year, along with Bass Pro.

“Crappie Masters surveys have shown E10 fuel is the preferred choice by nearly all the participants across the country who have chosen to become educated on the benefits while enjoying increased performance, lower fuel costs, cleaner emissions, and cleaner and healthier waterways thanks to the RFS requirements, and belief by the EPA.”

Learn more at

Boats, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

Growth Energy Launches Digital E15 Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy is launching a new digital advertising campaign for the holiday season to educate drivers about how E15 (15% ethanol fuel) can save them money.

“E15 is an ideal fuel for drivers on the go during the holiday season,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “This is a time of year when families are on the road more than usual, and E15 is a fueling option that they can feel good about. It’s a 21st century fuel that is good for the environment and the family car.”

Users of Facebook and Twitter in select markets will see ads highlighting the environmental and performance benefits of E15 (fuel containing 15 percent ethanol). E15 is Environmental Protection Agency-approved for use in cars model year 2001 and newer, which make up 90 percent of the vehicles on the road. By using a fuel with more American-made biofuel, drivers will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions and displace more toxic fuel additives linked to cancer and smog. Drivers can also expect to save anywhere from 5 to 15 cents per gallon and get more miles per dollar.

Growth Energy invites drivers to visit to find E15 and E85 retailers near them.

E15, Education, Ethanol, Growth Energy

Nebraska Plant Using Edeniq Cellulosic Technology

Cindy Zimmerman

A Nebraska ethanol plant has been approved to produce cellulosic ethanol using Edeniq’s Pathway technology. Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC (MAAPW) in Madrid began using the technology this month.

“We are thrilled that Mid America Agri Products has joined the growing list of ethanol plants that have received EPA approval to use our company’s technology to produce cellulosic ethanol,” said Brian Thome, president and chief executive officer of Edeniq. “Edeniq’s technology remains the lowest-cost solution for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol and we remain committed to helping our customers add value to their platforms.”

Edeniq’s technology enables co-production of starch ethanol and cellulosic ethanol at existing corn ethanol production facilities. The company’s Pathway technology uses enzymes that maximize conversion of corn kernel fiber into fermentable sugar with a protocol to measure the output of cellulosic ethanol production. In order for an ethanol plant to generate cellulosic renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it must first receive registration approval from the EPA for its cellulosic production.

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Missouri Farm Bureau Listening Session on #FarmBill18

jamie johansen

The Missouri Farm Bureau held their annual meeting earlier this week and a highlight for many was the discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill. In a packed house, a Focus on the Farm Bill Seminar took place with Capitol Hill decision makers and thought-leaders in Missouri agriculture.

– Ranking Member House Ag Committee, Congressman Collin Peterson
– Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
– Chairman Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Chris Giancarlo
– Former Congressman Kenny Hulshof
– Retired Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation, Dr. Bob Young,
– Senior Advisor, USDA Secretary, Brian Klippenstein

Remarks from Collin Peterson, Congressman

Remarks from Chris Giancarlo, CFTC

Remarks from Vicky Hartzler, Congresswoman

Remarks from Kenny Hulshof, Former Congressman

Remarks from Brian Klippenstein, USDA

Remarks from Dr. Bob Young, Retired AFBF

Q&A and Closing Remarks

AFBF, Ag group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, farm bill, Farm Bureau

United Ethanol to Install Whitefox ICE™

Cindy Zimmerman

United Ethanol in Milton, Wisconsin is installing a new Whitefox ICE™, a modular bolt-on membrane system designed to increase production rates, improve energy and operational efficiencies and reduce cooling water load.

“The Whitefox system allows us to expand and at the same time reduce natural gas, power and cooling water usage,” said David Cramer, United Ethanol President and CEO.

United Ethanol will become the fourth plant to install a Whitefox ICE™ system, following installations at Fox River Valley Ethanol in Wisconsin, Pacific Ethanol in California and Pine Lake Corn Processors in Iowa. United Ethanol began operations in March 2007 and currently produces about 50 million gallons of ethanol per year. The plant also recovers CO2 through a liquefaction plant and sells it for use in the food processing, beverage, oil recovery, municipal water treatment and chemical industries.

Ethanol, Production