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Economists: Octane Premium Offsets Ethanol Energy Penalty
March 20, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol critics bash the fuel for its lower energy value than gasoline, while ethanol supporters point to its octane-boosting properties. University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and …

Agricultural Robot May Be ‘Game Changer’ for Crop Growers, Breeders
March 7, 2017 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Sharita L Forrest (Phys.Org) A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders—and eventually farmers—can use to identify the genetic …

Argonne National Laboratory Develops New System to Enhance AD Process
March 7, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  US-based science and engineering centre Argonne National Laboratory has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts and enhance the process of anaerobic digestion (AD).

According to the organisation, …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

Letter to Editor: Protect Illinois Farmers from Crude Manipulation
February 8, 2017 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Belleville News-Democrat)  When Illinois farmers sell wheat, rye or oats on the open market, they can rightly expect that supply and demand will set the price, with …

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants
February 3, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in …

Ethanol CO2 & Concrete Cement a Relationship
January 27, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CarbonCure Technologies strengthens concrete while reducing its carbon footprint. —  Carbon dioxide from a Wisconsin ethanol plant is strengthening the cement in pours at sites in Chicago. Ozinga, a …

Duckworth Afraid Ethanol Subsidies Could End
January 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News)  … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL))  thinks (nominee to be EPA Administrator Scott) Pruitt is too cozy with Big Oil and so she pressed him hard on protecting the ethanol industry …

Duckworth to Perry: American-Made Renewable Energy Reduces Reliance on Foreign Oil, Improves National Security
January 24, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Senator Tammy Duckworth) U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) shared with the nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE), Governor Rick Perry, how her military service in Iraq taught her about the danger …

Dual-Purpose Biofuel Crops Could Extend Production, Increase Profits
January 13, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/EurekAlert!)  Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, …

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
December 28, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and …

Chicago School Growing Future Ag Careers
December 20, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired.com)  The American Seed Trade Association Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had the opportunity to hear about an agricultural high school right in Chicago that is growing the next generation for the industry.

The …

The RFS and Domestic Consumption of Conventional Ethanol and Biomass-Based Diesel to 2022
December 14, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDoc Daily/University of Illinois)  In the farmdoc daily article of November 30, 2016, we examined the magnitude of the “push” in production and consumption of biofuels implied by the …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

Economists Examine RVO Impact on Conventional, Advanced Biofuels
December 12, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two central questions arise when considering biofuels consumption through 2022, write University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good: “When will domestic consumption of ethanol reach …

Growth Energy, Retailers Pink Out Program Raises $40K
December 6, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  This past October Growth Energy partnered with several retailers who sell E15 for a Pink Out campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. When a consumer purchased E15 during …

US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future
December 2, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Carl Zulauf (FarmDoc Daily)  Ethanol was a factor in both the price run-up that began in 2006 and the price run-down that began in 2013. Tepid growth replaced explosive growth. The question for the …

Court Accepts $48.5M Bid for Abengoa Hugoton from Synata Bio
December 2, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Kansas district bankruptcy court approved the top bid for Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas in an order signed Nov. 29 by Judge Robert Nugent. Synata Bio Inc. …

New Study Finds Clean Cookstoves May Improve Women’s Heart Health
November 25, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves)  Shifting from a cookstove that burns traditional woodfuel to a stove that uses a cleaner-burning fuel such as ethanol may mitigate cardiovascular health risks in pregnant women, according to a …

Yeast Evolution Offers Hope for Cellulosic Biofuel
November 15, 2016 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could also hinge on yeast’s ability to ferment corn stalks, switchgrass, wood chips or other fibrous …

Pacific Ethanol and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Begin Unit Train Service
November 14, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(EIN/GlobeNewswire)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway (TPW), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR), announced they have commenced unit train service from Pacific Ethanol’s plant in Pekin, Illinois.
“This …

Ethanol’s Prime Spot in the E&C Chairman’s Race
November 7, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem & Ari Natter and James Rowley (Bloomberg)  … Similar to Hillary Clinton’s dilemma on pipelines, a Trump administration could be caught between competing interests on approval for renewable projects or transmission lines on …

EPA Schedules Public Hearing on Proposed Rule to Update RFS
November 2, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing on Dec. 6 in Chicago for its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. Those who wish to testify …

Argonne LCA Finds Renewable Diesel from Algae Fractionation Has 63-68% lower GHG than Petroleum Diesel
October 24, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory, funded by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with …

USGC Study: U.S. Corn Ethanol Can Assist Japan In Reaching Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
October 21, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  A recently released U.S. Grains Council (USGC) study finds that a significant portion of U.S.-produced corn ethanol will likely meet Japan’s 50 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold over gasoline, supporting the …

With Hometown’s Cornfields in Mind, Shimkus Supports Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
October 18, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Ruth de Jauregui (Metro East Sun)  Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) recently expressed his readiness to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which he is the senior member, in pushing for Renewable Fuel Standard …

Higher US Ethanol Production from Sorghum, Corn Yield: Professor
October 12, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The higher ethanol production seen so far in 2016 has come from greater sorghum use and boosted yields from corn, said a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Department …

Fed Approval Paves Way for Low-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal)  In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol’s registration of its Stockton ethanol plant to generate valuable credits by producing cellulosic ethanol with …

What’s Up with RINs Prices?
October 7, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  RINs prices have been making headlines in recent months, with prices at times crossing the psychologically important $1 per gallon mark. Echoing earlier complaints (farmdoc …

Power Mart Flexes Its Brand
October 6, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett (Convenience Store Decisions)  A unique retail service provider is expanding its vision for the future. —  …  “It’s basically just like a co-op,” (Sam) Odeh (founder and CEO of Power Buying Dealers …

SciTech Now: Renewable Cellulosic Ethanol
October 6, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Detroit Public TV)  Innovative efforts to develop renewable cellulosic ethanol processes.  High school student Tavis Reed and DuPont’s innovative efforts to develop renewable cellulosic ethanol processes.  WATCH VIDEO

Letter: Energy Relies on Free Market
September 29, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Smith (The Telegraph)  … With the EPA set to exercise complete control over the RFS program in 2023, traditional corn ethanol may be at risk. Congressman John Shimkus is among those questioning whether the …

Ozinga Installs CarbonCure CO2 Recycling Technology
September 22, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Carbon Cure)  Chicago family business known for quality and service reinforces its commitment to sustainability  —  Known for its iconic red and white striped concrete mixers, the Ozinga name is synonymous with providing the highest …

Review of John DeCicco et al. Article Titled “Carbon Balance Effects of U.S. Biofuel Production and Use”
September 9, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center)  … The authors essentially challenge the accuracy of traditional life cycle analysis with their new model.

The authors argue that “for a biofuel to provide a net …

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name
September 8, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. …

Think Ethanol Doesn’t Work in Boats? Think Again
September 2, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Sara Wyant (Agri-Pulse)  Ask most boaters about ethanol and boats and you’ll likely hear that the two don’t go together. In fact, many gas stations surrounding some of the largest U.S. lakes will advertise “no …

Using Genetics to Domesticate Pennycress as New Cover Crop
September 2, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Illinois State University)  Illinois State Associate Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook is collaborating on a $1 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop genetic resources that can be used to …

Chicago Park District Touts Its Biodiesel-Powered Vehicle Program
September 1, 2016 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (Next Gen Transportation News)  The Chicago Park District says its environmentally friendly biodiesel program has continued to pay off, and consequently, will showcase the program at a Fleet Education Seminar hosted by …

Does Minnesota Have What It Takes to Seize Biofuel Opportunities?
August 31, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnick (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seldom do the puzzle pieces align so perfectly as they now have to give Minnesota motorists greater access to E15 and higher blends of Minnesota grown, renewable ethanol.

Some …

Switching to Switchgrass? Study Models Soil Impact of Biofuel Crops
August 30, 2016 – 11:36 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …  The Argonne modeling shows that when grassland, cropland and pasture in the Midwest are converted to corn for biofuels, the level of carbon sequestration in the soil stays roughly …

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US
August 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) …

Abengoa Plants Go to Green Plains: Ethanol’s Jolly Giant Gets Bigger
August 24, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, word has arrived from Green Plains that it will purchase the Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York, Neb. ethanol facilities from Abengoa Bioenergy with combined annual production …

How Loyola Converts Used Cooking Oil Into Biodiesel That Fuels Their Buses
August 24, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Mark Schipper (DNA info)  Loyola University has the only college-level chemical manufacturing business in the country that is federally licensed to produce and sell biodiesel on the open market.

Loyola’s warehouse-like refining facility, accessed through a …

SIUE, Madison County to Partner on Energy Sector Study
August 23, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Landis (The Telegraph)  A grant from a national non-profit organization will fund a study examining how to develop Madison County’s energy industry, officials announced last week.

Representatives from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville applied for the …

Ethanol Opportunities and Challenges: A State-by-State Look at Higher Blends
August 22, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Gas stations that offer higher blends are currently few and far between, but the ACE’s “Retailer Roadmap” aims to help change the fuels landscape. The Roadmap analyzes …

Letter: Writer Doesn’t Understand Biodiesel
August 22, 2016 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Lynn (State Journal-Register) A recent letter to the editor from Don Breiner got biodiesel all wrong. The letter is full of inaccuracies but the main point regarding how much biodiesel can be used in …

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect
August 17, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and …

Japanese Reporters Travel to the U.S. to Learn About Biotech, Biofuels
August 8, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Hoosier Ag Today/NAFB News Service)  The U.S. Grains Council says key members of Japan’s media traveled across the United States last week to learn about corn production, ethanol, and biotechnology. The members of Japan’s media …

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress
August 8, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be …

Working the Calculator: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Choosing a Feedstock
August 8, 2016 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What color is your parachute?” went the title of a best-selling book from the 80s on job hunting. The concept applies equally to biomass feedstock in the 2010s. There’s one …

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 4, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high …

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study
August 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition …

US Researchers Get Go Ahead to Genetically Engineer Bacteria to Boost Bioethanol Production
August 4, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  lllinois Institute of Technology researchers have received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production, especially from cellulosic material in biomass like twigs, branches, plant stalks …

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million for MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels
August 2, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels …

Illinois Tech Scientists Receive Patent for Method to Genetically Engineer Bacteria and Yeast to Increase Bioethanol Production
July 27, 2016 – 11:26 pm | No Comment

(IIT Today)  Scientists from Illinois Institute of Technology received a patent for a method to genetically engineer bacteria and yeast to increase bioethanol production, especially from cellulosic material in biomass like twigs, branches, plant stalks …

Bioenergy Crop Modeling Predicts Soil Carbon Increases
July 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com) Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict which counties in Illinois could see increases in soil organic carbon from crops such as …

RFA: HWRT to Offer Pre-Blended E15 at Wholesale Terminals
July 20, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that HWRT Oil Co. will become the first company in the United States to offer pre-blended E15 at the terminal level. The …

Modeling Predicts which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops
July 19, 2016 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Katie Elyce Jones (Phys.Org)  To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Retailer to Expand Availability of Ethanol Blends at 20 Stations
July 18, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that the Power Energy Corp. has been awarded a $1.44 million grant from Illinois to offer higher ethanol blends at 20 retail …

DOE Announces $16 Million for 54 Projects to Help Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies
June 30, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This first Department-wide round …

Thorntons Gas Stations Introducing New Ethanol Fuel
June 29, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Mike Nolan (Chicago Tribune)  … Thorntons has begun equipping some of its Chicago-area stations to dispense E15, which contains 15 percent ethanol, and is converting other local stations to carry the product.

One knock against E85 …

BBI Announces Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship Recipients
June 27, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BBI International has awarded the 2016 Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship to Donald Jackson and Patrick Thimes.

The two $2,000 memorial scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing degrees that may …

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants
June 17, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the Gen-1 ethanol fleet, and have implications for everything from passenger cars to jets.

#15 Vertimass  and Byogy

#14 …

Oh Magoo! The Digest Looks at Mainstream Media’s Coverage of Renewables
June 10, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Blundermeisters of Media Misinformation are at it again. The world’s favorite advanced biofuel, biodiesel, gets another hit job from mainstream media. The Digest investigates.  —  AFP, the major international …

Summer Brings Ethanol Quirk to Iowa Gas Stations
June 1, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Good (Des Moines Register/Good and Quick)  … Today, due to a combination of a quirk in federal regulation and the heavy-handed tactics of the oil industry, I walk out to my fuel pumps and …

Argonne Launches First Tech Incubator
June 1, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem.

To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department …

The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
May 27, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Ames National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, …

ASU Scores Chunk of $10M DOE Funding for Bioenergy R&D
May 17, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, …

Unitel Wins Patent for Direct Conversion of Algae to Fatty Acids
May 11, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Unitel Technologies, an Illinois-based designer and builder of pilot and mini-plants, announced that it has received a patent for a new technology to make fatty acids from a feedstock “soup” of cultivated …

Senate Opens Door for Increased Ethanol Use
May 11, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews) Legislation that supporters say will enhance consumer choices and increase demand for Illinois corn was unanimously approved in the Illinois Senate.

The bill allows the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to …

Grant Helps Project Realize “Ultra-Productive” Biofuel Crops, Attract Investors
May 10, 2016 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Claire Benjamin (University of Illinois) … The University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to realize …

REG Expands Logistics, Storage at Danville Biodiesel Plant
May 4, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  enewable Energy Group Inc. announced May 2 that the company’s Danville, Illinois, operation now has more than 14 million gallons of tank capacity to store both biodiesel and feedstocks.

REG Danville …

Duel Fuel–Colocating Ethanol, Biodiesel
April 15, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Biodiesel tanks are popping up in the tank farms at some ethanol plants these days. — During the past decade, there has been a great deal of innovation and thought …

Senate Hearing on Ethanol Tax Breaks Stirs Small-Engine Debate
April 15, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Tim Landis (State Journal-Register)  ….  At issue is a proposal to eliminate a 20 percent per-gallon sales tax break on sales of E10 fuels and create a 10 percent break for E15, which currently …

Letter: Biodiesel Fuel Part of a Great Life Cycle
April 11, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Lynn (The State Journal-Register)  I farm in Cass County. I am proud my equipment runs on a biodiesel blend. The fuel is home-grown and better for the environment. I just came in from …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA Projects Seek to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Crop Development
April 6, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects …

Biofuel Producers with Poor Soil Should Consider Prairie Cordgrass
April 4, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Salt-affected land is not useful for producing food crops, but biomass producers could take advantage of salt-tolerant perennial grasses to make use of that land. –In a greenhouse …

Sugarcane, Modified to Produce Oil, Promises Better Biodiesel
March 30, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by  Stephen Edelstein (Green Car Reports)  … Altering sugarcane to produce oil could yield much greater amounts of biodiesel than the current most popular crop, soybeans, say researchers from the University of Illinois (via Wards Auto).

But …

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt
March 23, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business) … Back in 2007, when crude oil was headed toward a record $147.27 a barrel, ethanol was being touted as a cheap alternative from abundant domestic resources. The U.S. is the …

Biodiesel Ranks First Among Fleets for Alt Fuel Use
March 23, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/PR Newswire)  North America’s top fleets have spoken, and their #1 choice for greening their fleet operations is biodiesel.  According to a new 2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook study conducted by the NTEA – …

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties
March 21, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) at Utah State University suggests RFS also harms the very farmers the ethanol mandate …

Thorntons to Begin Selling E15 at Chicago Locations
March 21, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Fueling retailer Thorntons announced today that it will offer its branded E15 option, Unleaded15, at all 43 Chicago-area locations beginning this month. In response, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen …

Biodiesel from Sugarcane More Economical than Soybean
March 19, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois)  Today most U.S. biodiesel is produced from soybean. But despite its value as a protein source, soybean only provides the equivalent of about one barrel of oil per acre. …

Blog: Who Killed the Only EPA Certified E85 Conversion Kit?
March 15, 2016 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) …  To write this, I talked to Chris Disher and Max Kinast.  As Disher said, it’s a story full of controversy, intrigue and lies. And, even though that conversion kit was …

USDA Announces $260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program
March 14, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of up to $260 million for partner proposals to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and …

Alternative Crops for Biofuel Gaining Attention
March 11, 2016 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Colleen Scherer (Ag Professional)  … A recent University of Illinois study is using genetic markers to identify early developmental traits in Miscanthus that correlate with future yield.

On a practical level, the researchers saw strong positive …

Ethanol Gives Rural Communities an Economic Boost
March 9, 2016 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Rick Edwards (Adams County Farm Bureau/Herald-Whig) Letter to Editor:  A commercial airing locally, produced by Smarter Fuel Future, is out to make you believe ethanol is really bad — bad for you, for your …

Abengoa Bioenergy Files for Chapter 11 for Parent and 5 Subsidiaries
February 25, 2016 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, Abengoa Bioenergy US Holding, LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of itself and 5 of its …

Is the Climate Changing for Fossil Fuel Investments?
February 24, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Morgan Stanley)  As the world embraces a low-carbon economy, should investors change how they view fossil fuel investments?  —  … Most investors interested in establishing a fossil-fuel aware portfolio can follow a four step roadmap to …

A New Recipe for Biofuel: Genetic Diversity Can Lead to More Productive Growth
February 24, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org) … Today, scientists are exploring how grasses, and switchgrass in particular, can enrich the nation’s biofuel supply, which is currently dominated by corn, a crop relatively easy to convert to biofuel but also in demand …

Best for Biofuels
February 24, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave Evensen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Research finds where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems  —  … Researchers at the University of Illinois used detailed models to examine impacts …

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects
February 16, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency/ForConstructionPros.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team …

Following-up on RFS Questions
February 11, 2016 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (Farm Doc Daily)  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been a hot topic of late given the release of the final rule and its rather prominent feature leading up to the recent Iowa …

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 process
February 9, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are …

Economists: Ethanol Retains Low-Cost Octane Enhancer Status
February 8, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices reducing the cost of competing petroleum-based aromatics.  The biggest threat, say …

Ethanol Pioneer ADM’s Struggle Reflects Deepening Industry Woes
February 3, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice, Michael Hirtzer and Karl Plume (Reuters)  When Archer Daniels Midland opened two of the country’s largest ethanol plants in Nebraska and Iowa six years ago, the biofuels market was on the cusp …

Partner Collaborations Advance Second-Generation Elevance Biorefinery Technology
January 22, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.)  In collaboration with several partners, including the special contribution of Versalis under a strategic partnership started in early 2014, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. — a high-growth company that creates novel specialty …

Export Markets for ‘Liquid Corn’
January 22, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Global trade for U.S. ethanol has been trending up in the past decade, becoming an important part of the industry’s growth strategy.  —   Looking at the numbers, it doesn’t …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM Find “Breakthrough Process” for a “Long-Sought Molecule”
January 20, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st …

New Biofuels Could Cut Emissions and Preserve Land Used to Grow Food
January 13, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Nathan Collins (Pacific Standard)  Researchers combine ecological and economic models to examine the benefits of growing grass as fuel.  —  … Fortunately, corn isn’t the only source of ethanol—in particular, there are perennial grasses like …

Economist: Blend Wall Debate Might Help Sluggish Crop Prices
January 12, 2016 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (The Southern News Services)  …The reasons include the Great Recession and falling gasoline prices, among a few other things.
At issue is the federal mandate for ethanol inclusion as a component of motor …

Study: Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions
January 11, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers …

Dirt Work Begins on Ringneck Energy as Project Details Finalized
January 4, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “Most investors are from South Dakota by far,” he reported, but the project did attract investors from Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. “Generally, from areas where they …

IFES 2015: The Outlook for Conventional Biofuels Is Brighter than You Think
January 4, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily)  This is a presentation summary from the 2015 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 14-18, 2015. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries (PDF) …

The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices
January 4, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Alternative energy companies typically prosper when oil prices are high, but it’s not all doom and gloom when the cost of crude nosedives.

So what does all this mean for the …

Striving for Clean, Infection-Free Ethanol Production
December 28, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two producers share stories of how they keep bacteria in check.  —  In the ethanol industry, having a reputation as a clean plant goes far beyond clean floors …

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel
December 23, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west …

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity
December 23, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t buy the fuels” myth, and …

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update
December 22, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tom Ewing (Renewable Energy World)   As oil prices plummet, are drop-in aviation biofuel refineries ever going to be built?  —  In September 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the Departments of the …

University of Illinois Awarded Grant to Support Sorghum Research
December 18, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Biomass Magazine)  The University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative (ARPA-E OPEN). Under Principal Investigator …

RINs Behavior after EPA Rule Shows Ethanol-Biodiesel Relationship
December 9, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The release of the U.S. EPA’s final rulemaking for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) was a shock to the RINs market—the renewable identification numbers used by obligated parties …

Abengoa Contagion Spreads to U.S. Biofuel Plants, Causing Layoffs and Shutdowns
December 7, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Rob Nikolewski (Kansas Watchdog.org)  … “I think we have to see how this thing plays out. In the short run, of course, it’s a devastating blow,” said Neal Gillespie, Stevens County Economic Developmentdirector. “In the long …

RINs Gone Wild? (round 2)
December 7, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  The EPA released the final rulemaking for 2014-2016 RFS standards on Monday, November 30. This release follows preliminary rulemaking released on May 29 of this year. Figures 1 …

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions
December 3, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation …

Innovations in Transportation, Energy Storage and Alternative Energy Sources: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Argonne National Laboratory
December 3, 2015 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers at Argonne are advancing the basic energy sciences, focusing their research and development on a broad portfolio of sustainable and clean energy technologies. Innovations …

Report Concludes US Pellet Exports No Threat to Southern Forests
November 27, 2015 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  A report commissioned by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, National Alliance of Forest Owners and U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, finds the U.S. export of industrial wood pellets to …

It’s In the Plan: EPA Offers Clues on Woody Biomass Utilization
November 27, 2015 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Over the past several months, biomass stakeholders have expressed frustration at the administration’s failure to label the use of biomass feedstocks as carbon neutral.  The pellet industry and biomass advocates …

‘Spill’: A Devastating Account of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
November 23, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Nance (The Washington Post)  … What we don’t remember, if we ever knew it in the first place, is that the environmental disaster in the gulf also was a human tragedy that claimed 11 …

Corn Has Competition as Ethanol’s Leading Grain
November 20, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Anna McConnell (Agriculture.com)  In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third …

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage
November 18, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and …

RFS Crucial to Clean Energy Future
November 17, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With rapidly growing energy demands, our nation and others must invest in homegrown biofuels that are cleaner, cheaper and offer a more reliable supply than fossil fuels, writes …

Pigs Can Regulate Sulfur in Distiller Grains
November 16, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(AgriNews)  Distillers dried grains with solubles, a co-product of the ethanol industry, is becoming a more common ingredient in swine diets.  However, DDGS can be high in sulfur, and data is limited on the amount …

Strong RFS Support Offers Low-Risk Opportunity for Democrats to Connect with Voters They Need to Retake Majority
November 9, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Although relatively obscure by Washington standards, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) carries a unique level of importance and visibility in many rural states. The fact that the RFS invariably becomes …

Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Impact the 2016 Elections?
November 9, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson warned President Obama that lowering the RFS volume requirements could result in …

Supercritical Biodiesel Plant at Ethanol Refinery Now Operational
November 6, 2015 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Nearly two years after the project was announced, a 5 MMgy supercritical biodiesel plant in Annawan, Illinois, is now operational. Designed and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., the innovative facility is …

Neutrons Help Decipher Enzyme Function for Cellulosic Conversion
November 3, 2015 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(Technical University of Munich/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …   Using neutrons, researchers have now investigated the reaction mechanism of an important class of enzymes: the glycosidases. The measurements were made at the neutron sources in Los Alamos …

Moderate GOP Senators Form Green Coalition
November 2, 2015 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Four centrist Senate Republicans are banding together to call for policies to protect the environment.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) describe the …

What to Consider Before Making the Decision to Offer Biodiesel
October 29, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jon Scharingson (Renewable Energy Group, Inc./Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether or not to sell biodiesel can be a significant decision for a convenience store owner. Convenience store owners need to determine what will work best for …

New BETO Fact Sheets Profile the Emerging Bioeconomy by State
October 29, 2015 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  How is funding from BETO a part of the emerging bioeconomy in some states? Find out with our new state fact sheets. For select states, these fact sheets give information about …

Analysis Shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions Similar for Shale, Crude Oil
October 28, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Tona Kunz  (Argonne National Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory this week released a pair of studies on the efficiency of shale oil production excavation. The reports show that shale oil …

Supply Chain Sustainability Analyses Completed
October 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This fiscal year, three Supply Chain Sustainability Analysis (SCSA) reports were published through Argonne National Laboratory. The SCSAs use a life-cycle analysis approach to identify energy consumption or environmental issues that …

Multifunctional Landscapes: Site Characterization and Field-Scale Design to Incorporate Biomass Production into an Agricultural System
October 28, 2015 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Herbert Ssegane, M. Cristina Negri, John Quinn, Meltem Urgun-Demirtas (Biomass and Bioenergy)  Design of a multifunctional landscape by integrating cellulosic biofuel production into an existing agricultural system.  The design does not adversely offset current grain …

Three Sustainability Tools Are Enhancing Environmental Benefits of Biofuels
October 28, 2015 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kristen Johnson and Alicia Moulton  (U.S. Department of Energy)  At the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, we’re actively working to develop the advanced biofuels industry in a way that leads to positive impacts and …

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends
October 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh. …

RFA Statement on Big Oil Anti-RFS Campaign
October 19, 2015 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released the following statement regarding an ad campaign that is being launched by Smarter Fuel Future to call on Congress and the administration to repeal the Renewable …

Senators Push White House on Ethanol Mandate
October 5, 2015 – 10:11 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group of senators is pushing the White House to issue a strong mandate for ethanol fuel.  Fourteen senators — a mix of Republicans and Democrats, many from ethanol-producing Midwestern states …

Oswego Teen Scientist Wins Medal Creating ‘Next-Generation’ Biofuel
October 5, 2015 – 9:45 pm | No Comment

by Elena Ferrarin (Daily Herald)  Seventeen-year-old Tavis Reed is determined to make a difference in the world by helping mitigate or even repair environmental damage — and he’s already on his way, having applied those principles …

Irwin, Good Analyze Ethanol, Biodiesel RINs Relationships
September 28, 2015 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol D6 RIN prices have stayed relatively stable over the summer while D4 biodiesel RINs prices plummeted, Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good point out in a recent …

Trade Mission Tour to Stop at Two Ethanol Plants
September 22, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An Illinois Department of Agriculture-led tour begins Sept. 21, with stops at a variety of grain-related businesses around the state, including Marquis Energy LLC, a 140 MMgy ethanol plant …

It’s Time to Stop Thinking in Terms of Food versus Fuel
September 15, 2015 – 7:48 pm | No Comment

by Carl R. Woese (Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Science Daily)  How farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet humanity’s growing demand for food, fuel — Experts predict farmers can sustainably, and affordably, meet …

Illinois Corn Working to Support #Ethanol, E15
September 15, 2015 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  … One such initiative is working with key players in Chicago to get 150 E15 stations up and running in the city. A piece of legislation is sitting with the Alderman and …

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts
September 14, 2015 – 4:44 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The Digest investigates.  In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive …

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
September 10, 2015 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since …

Is U.S. Commitment to Renewable Fuels Waning?
September 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by John Sedbrook (Chicago Business)  … The Obama administration has taken laudable strides to reconcile fossil fuel dependence and climate change. In the past few months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new efforts to curb …

IH2 Technology Licensed for Demonstration Plant
September 9, 2015 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Norwegian company to convert woody biomass into transportation fuels  —  In Texas, SynSel Energi has entered into an IH2 process demonstration license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company Ltd, a member …

How Viable Is Ethanol? Profit Margins Decrease as Corn Prices Drop from 2014
September 8, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Will Buss (Belleville News-Democrat)  Ethanol producers’ profit margins have been squeezed while gasoline prices have fluctuated and oil prices have dropped. However, the biofuels industry is holding to its firm belief in the clean …

7 Blendwall Busters
August 19, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the infrastructure hold-ups with renewable fuels? What are 7 Blend Wall Busters that can get renewable fuels back into high gear? … Between 13.5 billion gallons and the 36 …

RFA Asks EPA to Provide Relief to Midwest Consumers in Wake of Refinery Outage
August 17, 2015 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the BP 240,000-barrels-per-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which has caused gasoline prices to spike …

VIDEO: Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected
August 17, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  “Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a short documentary highlighting personal stories and the efforts being made by communities across the United States to develop, produce, and provide bioenergy, while …