Energy Bites 9/28

Cindy Zimmerman

Chief Ethanol Now Producing USP Grade Ethanol – Chief Ethanol is now producing USP Grade Ethanol at its plant in Hastings, Nebraska. Chief Ethanol has modified its current process operations to produce higher grades of ethanol for use as the active ingredient in hand sanitizer and is able to provide long-term supply of higher grades of ethanol into industrial alcohol markets.
RFA Welcomes Orion Oil as Newest Associate Member – Based in Miami, Fla., Orion Oil is a fuel distributor that also operates gas stations and convenience stores in South Florida. RFA recently assisted the company on a grant application for the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP).
Equipment Companies Continue March Toward Increasing Biodiesel in Heating Industry – The National Biodiesel Board notes advancements in the home heating industry as it continues its march toward a low carbon liquid future during the 2020 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show (HEAT Show). Key advancements in research and development continue to bring increased Bioheat® use industry wide.
Fuel Retailers and Consumers Fuel Up for Cancer Research – Starting October 1, drivers can help Fuel the Cure for breast cancer by filling up with higher blends of ethanol at participating locations. More than 35 Nebraska gas stations will donate 3 cents for every gallon of higher ethanol blends sold in October to support cancer research at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha. The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board, along with Renewable Fuels Nebraska, sponsor Fuel the Cure in conjunction with retail stations.
RFA’s Ed Hubbard Joins Green Seal Board of Directors – Green Seal® recently announced that Jim Jones, previously Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Edward Hubbard Jr., General Counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association, have been elected to Green Seal’s Board of Directors. Edward Hubbard has been General Counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association since 2011, where he steers the international public policy agenda for America’s leading ethanol industry trade association.
Biodiesel: Better, Cleaner, Now is Booming Across Airwaves – The National Biodiesel Board’s latest national advertising campaign hit airwaves this month with biodiesel and renewable diesel education aimed at key decision makers on the benefits of these advanced fuels. The campaign is supported by the United Soybean Board, U.S. Canola Association, and a dozen Qualified State Soybean Boards. A major component also includes targeted advertising in the Washington D.C., mid-Atlantic, and California markets.
Weekly Ethanol Production for 9/18/2020 – According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending September 18, ethanol production slowed, shifting 2.2% lower, or 21,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 906,000 b/d—equivalent to 38.05 million gallons daily and the smallest output since June. The four-week average ethanol production rate declined 0.6%.
PERC Resource Highlights Maintenance Advantages of Propane Autogas – To highlight the ease of propane autogas vehicle maintenance, the Propane Education & Research Council released a new online resource for fleet owners. The free guide, available on, outlines the main benefits of propane autogas vehicle maintenance, including its cost benefits, reduced downtime, and simplified winter maintenance.
Student Scientist Wins $2000 Grant from National Biodiesel Foundation – The National Biodiesel Foundation awarded this year’s $2,000 Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant to Kayla Kittrick, who is currently working towards her Master of Science in Public Health at National University in Maine and her Associates in Science in Biotechnology at Southern Maine Community College all while working at a biorefinery. Kittrick is also a co-chair of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.

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