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Intersecting Trends of Oil and Ethanol
April 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is the growth in shale oil production a potential boost for ethanol? The theory goes that because the light crude produced from fracked shale produces lower-octane gasoline, greater oil …

US Drivers to Rely on Internal Combustion for Decades to Come
February 27, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Freedom Foundation/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  By 2050, there will be three billion light-duty vehicles (LDVs) on the road.  Even under the most optimistic forecast, alternative vehicles will account for — at best — 50 percent …

Interview: AFPM President Calls for Biofuels Regulation Reform, End of RFS
February 27, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The US ethanol market is ready to stand without support from government regulations and the Renewable Fuel Standard should be repealed, Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers organization, …

Letter to Editor: Allow RFS to Work
February 8, 2017 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drewes (The Courier)  The irony of a recent letter from a think tank policy analyst was compelling. In a reference to the EPA, Greg Lawson (letter, Feb. 6) states that they should discontinue the …

Underdog Industry Rallies for Continued Growth at Annual Event
January 25, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Every drop of biofuels required by RFS to diversify the U.S. transportation fuel supply means the oil industry loses money through lost market share and its responsibilities as an obligated …

US Biodiesel Market Hits New High, Imports Pass 1 Billion Gallons
January 25, 2017 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by almost 40 percent. Also for the first time ever, the …

Can Ethanol Cure China’s Corn Indigestion?
December 23, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Julien Hall, Samar Niazi, and Gao Xiaojuan (Platts Commodity Pulse VIDEO)  China’s corn stockpiles, built up over the past couple of years, have reached problematic levels. In this video, S&P Global Platts Agriculture editors Julien …

Call to Action
December 23, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   We need to prioritize and devise a plan utilizing all the talents in the ethanol industry to overcome the roadblocks to greater market access. — Last November, I …

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 …

DOE: Twenty-five States Crack E10 Blend Wall
December 14, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Though the national average percentage of ethanol in gasoline came in at 9.91% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration, half of all states now see ethanol in …

#Biofuels Could Benefit Under Trump
December 8, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  At the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS & Seed Expo this week, noted agricultural economist Dan Basse with Ag Resource Company once again provided his global outlook for agriculture, which …

When Price Is Right FFV Drivers Choose #Ethanol
December 6, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  When fuel prices are competitive, drivers of flex fuel vehicles (FFV) will fill up with high-ethanol blends such as E85 according to a new article published in Energy Policy. Authors Sébastien …

Busting the Mythology of Food vs. Fuel
November 30, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Rice (Journal-Advocate) Making ethanol doesn’t rob the hungry of needed nutrition …  Ethanol has long been recognized as an additive to increase octane and help internal combustion engines burn cleaner. Until 2005, the chief …

Q&A: Alcogroup Says Ethanol Is Key to GHG Targets
November 18, 2016 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Belgium-based ethanol producer Alcogroup’s chief executive Charles-Albert Peers spoke to Argus about near-term prospects for the European ethanol market following the introduction of gasoline with a maximum blended volume of 10pc ethanol (E10) …

Swedish Tax Cuts Increase Biodiesel Use, Ethanol Fails to Keep up
November 7, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila  (Biofuels International)  The Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) estimates that the August tax cuts given to biofuels in Sweden had a large effect on commercial transport, but the impact on E85 in private transport …

New Project Aims to Create Equal Market Access for Bio-Based Products: Start of STAR4BBI – STAndards and Regulations FOR the Bio-Based Industry
November 7, 2016 – 10:15 am | No Comment

(Bio-based News/nova-Institut GmbH)  Project STAR4BBI has been created as a means to develop a practical, effective, sustainable and harmonized regulatory network in order to support Europe’s innovative transition to a bio-based economy by removing legislative …

The IEA Is Skeptical Electric Cars Will End the Age of Oil
November 6, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil demand growth coming from trucks, jets – not cars; Electric cars made up less than 1% of total sales last year  —  Electric cars won’t cause oil demand to peak anytime soon, according …

World Ethanol Market Will Tighten in 2017, Says Green Plains
November 5, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

(AgriMoney)  The world ethanol market will tighten next year, as US consumption and exports outstrips production, while Brazilian output declines, Green Plains said.

The US ethanol producer saw demand rising, thanks to strong gasoline demand, and …

Petrobras Mulls Lowering Brazil Fuel Prices in 2016
September 22, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui (Business Recorder)   State-controlled Brazilian oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA is considering lowering wholesale gasoline and diesel prices by year-end, which would be the first time since September 2015, O Globo newspaper …

Doing More (and Better) with Less: 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Shows the Ways to Provide Food and Bioenergy, with Sustainability, for an Increasing Population
July 26, 2016 – 10:48 pm | No Comment

by Lais Thomaz* and Dan Quadros** (Advanced Biofuels USA) With diverse and dynamic programming involving agribusiness, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and bioenergy, the 2016 GAF achieved its mission to gather producers, companies and academia to discuss …

All Smoke, No Fire on RFS Reform, Repeal Efforts
July 25, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While Congress will be preoccupied with other legislative issues as it winds down this session, the RFA will continue to be on guard, hitting back at misinformation …

Global Food Prices Set to Stagnate as Population Growth Slowing
July 8, 2016 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Manisha Jha and Isis Almeida (Bloomberg)  World population growth to slow to 1% a year over next decade; Food demand growth expected to slow progressively: OECD-FAO  —  Food prices will stagnate over the next decade as the …

Big Soy Crop No Help for U.S. Biofuel Makers Overrun by Imports
June 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biodiesel plants idled as shipments from Asia, Argentina jump; Foreign supplies cheaper or cleaner than fuel from Midwest soy  —  Makers of renewable fuels derived from the vast soybean fields across the …

Letter: Don’t Believe Scare Tactics against Vehicular Use of Ethanol
June 27, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Robert Miller (TC Palm) … The oil industry doesn’t want ethanol to go away, but it doesn’t want to give up any more market. It needs the low-cost oxygenate as refineries have been retooled to run …

#FEW16 Panel Focuses on Unlocking Marketplace Access
June 24, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  A conversation took place during the FEW Ethanol Workshop this week that focused on how to get greater market access for ethanol blended fuels. The panel, “Exploring Strategies to Unlock Greater …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biodiesel (Charts and Graphs Included!)
June 23, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  Most discussions about biofuels center on ethanol, but biodiesel—a diesel-substitute made from vegetable oils and animal fats—is increasingly important as well. But where does biodiesel come from, and what …

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 …

Meeting 2025 CAFE Good for Consumers, Necessary for Climate; Getting There No Easy Feat
May 11, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … To achieve CAFE for the light duty fleet – there is no one-sized fits all solution.  Considering each potential CAFE compliance pathway alone — biofuels, improvements in fuel efficiency and …

OEMs Continue Push for High-Octane Gas
April 27, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Murphy (Wards Auto)  2016 SAE World Congress  —  … “These speakers are responsible for powertrains delivered to 28 million vehicles per year,” moderator Jeff Hemphill, chief technical officer at Schaeffler Group USA, says in …

B11 Iowa Average Biodiesel Blend
April 12, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  More Iowa consumers are choosing biodiesel at the pump according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Revenue. The report finds that the average biodiesel blend purchased in the …

Ethanol Industry – Challenging Near-Term Conditions
April 11, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Seeking Alpha)  Ethanol producers are battling with narrowing margins and excess supply. The industry faces uncertain regulatory support and relatively mild near-term gasoline demand growth amid increasing supply. This suggests a challenging near-term outlook for the industry.

Despite …

Big Oil Could Lose $10 Billion if E15 is the New Regular
March 31, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A new report by Reuters indicates that the oil industry could lose $10 billion annually if E15 replaces E10 and becomes the new regular in gas stations across the country.

The report, which …

Big Corn Finds Unlikely Allies in U.S. Biofuel Push: Carmakers and Drivers
March 23, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Reuters’ analysis of vehicle sales and government data shows that almost a fifth of the vehicles on U.S. roads can safely handle E-15 fuel, a gasoline with 15 percent ethanol content, …

2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: What’s Next? Driving Growth in a New Policy Landscape Explores a World of Clean Power Plans and Favorable Tax Incentives; Exposes Potential Cracks
March 19, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For a meeting about renewable energy held on St. Patrick’s Day, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, began her address with appropriate …

Jerke: Despite Big Oil’s Efforts, Biofuels Are Moving U.S. Forward
March 18, 2016 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by  Mike Jerke (Dickinson Press/Guardian Energy LLC) American-made ethanol is a clean-burning, environmentally friendly biofuel that represents an exciting step forward from dirty, foreign-sourced oil, yet an op-ed (“Renewable Fuel Standard continues to devastate”, March …

No Pain, No Gain: A Tale of Three Companies, Pacific Ethanol, BioAmber and TerraVia at a crossroads
March 18, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … a fascinating look at the evolution in the fuels, renewable chemicals, specialty products and nutrition that make up the advanced bioeconomy.  …  The most spectacular news of the week belonged …

Building a Bioethanol Coalition in the Fight Against Climate Change
March 15, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont/Biofuels Digest) … (O)ur call is clear: we must act with the utmost urgency as we work toward solutions to help slow man-made climate change. Transportation contributes a quarter of all man-made …

‘Dodgy Diesel’ Threatens EU Green Fuel Market
March 8, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC)  There are growing concerns that cheap imports of biodiesel from Poland could wreck the European market in biofuels. All diesel sold in the EU needs to contain a percentage of fuel made …

Sugar-Cane Fuel Wins In Brazil As Cheap Ethanol Beats Gasoline
March 2, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Bloomberg/European Supermarket Magazine) Brazil’s economic and political crises are proving to be a boon to one of the nation’s most embattled sectors: ethanol producers.

Drivers, who used to switch between ethanol and gas depending on the price …

Is The Electric Vehicle A Crude Oil Killer?
February 26, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) … Petroleum is in an entirely different category. It is used primarily for transportation, and it has held more than 90% of the transportation market for over 60 years.

Biofuels made a push …

Breaking Europe’s Addiction to Oil
February 23, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Peder Holk Nielsen (Novozymes)  Former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Novozymes’ CEO take steps to highlight Europe’s problematic addiction to oil – and what can be done …

The Shocking Truth About America’s Ethanol Law: It Doesn’t Matter (For Now)
February 11, 2016 – 8:58 pm | No Comment

by Dan Charles (New England Public Radio)  … If you oppose government interventions in the free market, as Cruz does, the RFS is an outrage. …

This view of the RFS is widely shared across the political …

In the Ethanol Wars, Both Sides Are Wrong
February 1, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa primary has put into play one of the more obscure issues in the political life of the nation — ethanol, of all things. Donald Trump led …

Ethanol Mandate Hurts Iowa Corn Farmers
January 27, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Pyle (The Hill/ American Energy Alliance)  … Fortunately for the corn industry, “advanced” biofuels have failed to take off as Congress expected. Moreover, EPA can reduce the volumes Congress called for in the statute, which …

Biodiesel Production Rises in 2015 as Consumers Seek Cleaner Fuels
January 26, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  U.S. consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, reducing America’s carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to new EPA data released …

RFA Issues One-Pager to Correct Anti-Ethanol Rhetoric on the Presidential Campaign Trail
January 22, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuel Association)  In response to the anti-ethanol rhetoric that has been dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a one-pager to media outlets to …

National Biodiesel Board Challenge to Rules on Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Continues
January 19, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(American Soybean Association)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week filed a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding their petition for review of EPA rules on Argentinian biodiesel …

Biodiesel Backers See Big Expansion of Niche Renewable Product in Florida
January 18, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by William R. Levesque (Tampa Bay Times)  … But the biodiesel industry remains something of an enigma to most Americans despite its production of an estimated 2 billion gallons of fuel in 2015, a figure that …

Pushmi-Pullyu: How Do Carbon Prices and Fuel Mandates Work Together in Breaking through a Fossil Fuel Monopoly? Or, Do They?
January 12, 2016 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, the set-up of the transition from fossil fuels is as pretty and impractical as Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu. The Digest investigates.  —  … For example, a renewable fuel does not qualify …

‘When Ethanol Attacks,’ Starring Ted Cruz
January 8, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by David Weigel (The Washington Post) (Wednesday, January 6, 2016) 11:45 a.m. … “Because of this EPA wall, the market is currently dominated by low-level ethanol blends, such as ‘E10’ (10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline),” …

Viewpoint: US Biodiesel Imports to Grow in 2016
December 28, 2015 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Argus)  Imported biodiesel’s share of the US on-road diesel pool is set to double in 2016 as suppliers in Argentina and elsewhere boost volumes after the US government issued clearer rules for blending tax credits …

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 …

FTC Report: US Ethanol Market Remains Unconcentrated
December 21, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Federal Trade Commission has issued its 2015 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration. As in prior years, the report concludes that it is “extremely unlikely that a single ethanol …

Abengoa Shuts Down Hugoton, Colwich, St Louis HQ
December 4, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, Abengoa has decided to suspend production at its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton as well as its corn-based ethanol plant in Colwich as part of the recent …

RFS Rule Undercuts U.S. Commitment to Reducing GHGs
December 3, 2015 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  It was with some ironic bemusement that biofuel advocates read the headlines from the mainstream media that said the Obama administration “raised’ the biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

McDonald’s UAE Completes 5 Million Kilometres on McFuel Biodiesel
December 2, 2015 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by LeAnne Graves (The National)  … McDonald’s UAE fleet will complete 5 million kilometres this month, or the distance to Mars and back, fuelled entirely by biodiesel, thanks to a partnership formed four years ago between the …

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 …

What a Difference a Year Makes for European Ethanol
November 17, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Caroline Knight (Platts The Barrel)  The European ethanol community gathered in Budapest over the first week of November to look at the current challenges and opportunities facing the ethanol, and wider biofuels, markets. As the …

Ethanol Industry Participates in Clean Energy Mission to India
November 11, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(US Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of U.S. ethanol industry representatives led by USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse traveled to India last week to …

U.S. Oil Refiners Look Abroad for Crude Supplies as North Dakota Boom Fades
November 4, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Catherine Ngai (Reuters) … North Dakota’s Bakken production peaked at 1.153 million barrels per day in June, and had fallen to 1.13 million barrels per day by August, according to state data.

The …

No Rich White Guy Left Behind: The Selling of Electric Cars as Zero Emission Vehicles
October 26, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electric cars and their $1600 cost per ton for CO2 reduction. And, yep, you’re paying for it.  Electric cars have environmental benefits, no doubt about it, and anyone who drives one …

Guest Post: The Petrobras Corruption Scandal and Brazil’s Ethanol Sector
October 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Luis Ferreira Alvarez (Council on Foreign Relations)  As Brazil’s Petrobras corruption investigation continues to roil its economy and politics, the ethanol sector is emerging as a clear beneficiary. New government policies are boosting ethanol …

E85 Makes Original RFS Target Feasible
September 28, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Sebastien Pouliot and Bruce A. Babcock (Iowa Farmer Today)  … Estimation of the demand for E85 requires data matching various E85 price levels with the corresponding amount of E85 sales.

A rich source of data was …

Biofuels Capacity to Grow to 61 BGY in 2018
September 22, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Ethanol and Biodiesel Continue Their Domination but Remain Relatively Flat, While Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks Grow at Double-Digit Rates, Says Lux Research

Global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year …

Executives Criticize RFS Delays on Cellulosic Growth
September 21, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Executives from the advanced biofuels industry are criticizing the Obama Administration for not adhering to its promise to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They say the lack of adhering to …

Bringing in the Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 14, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A multitude of questions surround the challenge of bringing in the mountains of biomass needed to feed a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant: Are crop residues a reliable resource? …

The Inevitable Battle
August 28, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  … Ours is an industry looking to take market share, often in declining markets, from well-entrenched incumbents who can only be expected to rabidly defend their enviable market position. In nearly …

USDA GAIN Report Highlights EU Ethanol, Biodiesel Markets
August 17, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s liquid biofuel industry, including information related to ethanol …

6.1% Increase in Consumption of Biofuels for European Transport
August 5, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Oscar Schneider  (The Burssels Times)  Use of biofuels for European transport increased by 6.1% in 2014 following a decrease in the previous year, according to initial estimates by EurObserv’Er, the renewable energy observatory.

It still remains …

Hybrid, EV Sales Tumble in 2015
July 1, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  Sales of hybrid and electric vehicles fell sharply in the first half of 2015, hurt by low gas prices, fewer incentives and a broader market shift away from cars.

This is …

The Inevitable Battle
June 30, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Tom Portz (Biomass Magazine)  … Ours is an industry looking to take market share, often in declining markets, from well-entrenched incumbents who can only be expected to rabidly defend their enviable market position. In nearly …

Washington Finds Unlikely Ally in OPEC as Biofuels Debate Rages
June 19, 2015 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The lowest oil prices in over six years have fueled a resurgence in U.S. gasoline use in recent months as more Americans take to the road.

Demand is expected to climb 1.5 …

California Achieves 600% Growth in Use of Low Carbon E85, Establishes National Leadership in E85 Fuel Market
June 2, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Propel Fuels has published E85: A California Success Story, a white paper and associated website illustrating California’s emergence as the national leader in the use of sustainable E85 …

Obama Scales Back Overly Ambitious Goals for Electric Car Use
May 26, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Green/Angela Greiling Keane (Bloomberg)  In a 2009 executive order, the president had called for 1 million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015, but poor sales and lower gas prices have intervened.

President Barack …

Voices from Europe, on Europe and Renewable Fuels
May 26, 2015 – 12:24 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … How does the European renewable fuels industry look at itself? Too focused on survival instead of growth? Too focused on sector competition instead of the transparency on carbon that leads …

Corn Ethanol Yields Continue to Improve
May 14, 2015 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(US DOE Energy Information Administration)  In 2014, U.S. fuel ethanol production reached 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol fuel, the highest level ever. The growth in U.S. fuel ethanol production has outpaced growth in corn consumed …

Setting The Table For The Big Score
April 13, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  The RFS is important and worthy of support, writes David VanderGriend. However, it should not be viewed as what defines the value of biofuels, a …

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog
March 16, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

Fuel Summit Reflects on Lack of RFS, Options for Expansion
February 8, 2015 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  Government uncertainty and low oil prices pose the biggest challenges to the ethanol and biodiesel markets in 2015, according to speakers at last week’s Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit.

… The 10 …

U.S. Industry Blasts EPA Decision on Biodiesel Imports
January 27, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA to Fast-Track Argentinian Biodiesel by Easing Sustainability Requirements

The National Biodiesel Board on Tuesday sharply criticized a decision by the EPA to allow streamlined Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the …

RFA: Ethanol Producers Meet Statutory 2014 RFS without Final Rule
January 16, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renewable identification number (RIN) generation data released by the U.S. EPA shows that the statutory 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) requirements established by Congress in 2007 could have easily been …

How Much Will Falling Gasoline Prices Affect Ethanol and Corn Demand?
December 5, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  In a recent farmdoc daily article (November 12, 2014) we initiated a discussion of whether the decline in gasoline prices had been large enough to threaten the …

Ethanol Joins U.S. Fuels Dominating Global Export Market: Energy
December 5, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  The U.S. is adding ethanol to the list of fuels it dominates in world markets.
Exports of the additive derived from corn rose 31 percent this year to the highest …

IEA Says Oil Supplies May Not Keep Up With Demand
November 19, 2014 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Nick Cunningham (OilPrice.com)  Despite what appears to be a saturated oil market in 2014, oil producers around the world will struggle to meet rising demand over the next few decades.

In its latest annual World …

E85 Sales Have Room for Growth… If Certain Conditions Exist
November 12, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Fuels Institute)  There are opportunities to grow the E85 market — but only if prices remain significantly below those of regular grade gasoline and the automobile industry continues to produce flex-fuel vehicles at historic rates, …

Biofuels Market Insights Survey
November 12, 2014 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week at ABLC Next, PwC’s Brian Carey, at the outset of the first commercial session of the conference, presented results from an incisive industry survey which looked at confidence, …

Biofuels Remain an Important and Growing Sector for Developing Countries, New UNCTAD Report Says
November 5, 2014 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  The report entitled: “The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives” offers a comprehensive snapshot of today’s biofuels market and how it contributes to enhancing …

Biodiesel Companies Want Stricter Regulation on Waste Oil
October 21, 2014 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Elaine Yau (South China Morning Post)  The recent gutter oil scandal leads to calls to set up a licensing system

Last month’s scandal over sales of tainted lard from Taiwan has been a source of …

New RFA Case Study: Evidence of E85 Price Gouging?
October 10, 2014 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  E85 retailers in the St. Louis area may be purposely price gouging Missouri drivers, according to an in-depth case study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). During the 2014 summer …

U.S. Trade Rep Tours Biodiesel Leader’s Family Farm, Discusses RFS Threats
August 13, 2014 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Argentine biodiesel imports could reverse domestic energy progress

Hosting a U.S. Trade Representative on his family farm outside Des Moines, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, took the opportunity to …

Oil Companies Achieve 1.37 Per cent Blending of Ethanol with Petrol: Govt
August 6, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(The Asian Age) Oil marketing companies could achieve only 1.37 per cent blending of ethanol with petrol against the target of five per cent;…

… But now, the new government will take steps in the sector as …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.

Consequently:
1. …

Don’t Turn Your Back on the RFS
July 3, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  With no end in sight on the turmoil in Iraq and oil prices and gas prices on the rise as a result, Americans United for Change (AUFC) have launched a new …

The Greensome Foursome: POET, Novozymes, Abengoa, NexSteppe on the Industry Outlook for 2014
July 2, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As several major cellulosic biofuels ventures head for scale in 2014, we look at the companies, the major barriers (as they see them) for further capacity-building, sources for future investment, …

Ethanol, Oil, Corn Duke It Out in “The Battle of the Benjamins”
June 13, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Corn producers, ethanol producers and crude oil refiners: locked in a rollercoaster of commodity prices, and a battle for market share and profits.   As the EPA readies to unleash its …

Another Day, Another Oil Spill
May 19, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  An oil pipeline ruptured in Los Angeles on LA Street yesterday and in response Americans United For Change said, “Like oil spills? You’ll love what happens after dismantling the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

How RINs Really Work, and Why Big Oil Hates Them
March 18, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)  The ability for independent fuel marketers to sell renewable fuels at lower prices while improving profit margins by selling RINs, has given independent fuel marketers something …

The Real Cost of Food
March 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  First-generation ethanol reduces our dependence on foreign oil, revitalizes our rural communities, improves our environment and employs nearly 400,000 workers while driving down fuel costs. The next generation …

‘There Needs to Be a Market’
February 24, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller and Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The future of the cellulosic ethanol industry depends on convincing investors that the market for its product will grow.

The EPA has proposed cutting separate requirements for …

Long-Term Growth in Today’s 53.2 BGY Biofuel Market Will Be Led by Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks
February 20, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Soare (Lux Research, Inc.)  The 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry has enjoyed capacity growth of 19.6% annually since 2005, but growth will slow to just 3.2% annually through 2017. Ethanol represents 65.9% of …

National Association of Convenience Stores Publishes Latest Assessment of Fuels Market Through 2040
February 20, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(National Journal/National Association of Convenience Stores)   Gasoline will remain the dominant fuel powering light duty vehicles through 2040, but consumption will drop 24% and market share will shrink 14% as fuel efficiency improves and alternative …

2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry
January 14, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry” report to their offering.

“2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry”, provides an overview of …

Are Natural Gas Suppliers Purposely Overproducing?
January 3, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Ron Adams (The Energy Collective)  On December 27, 2013, Matt Wald published a piece in the New York Times titled New Energy Struggles on Its Way to Markets that points to the predictable consequences of having …

Brazil’s Ethanol Sector, Once Thriving, Is Being Buffeted by Forces Both Man-Made, Natural
January 2, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Juan Forero (The Washington Post) … The allure for these giants is Brazil itself, where most cars are built to run on the biofuel. An even bigger, largely untapped market awaits in the United States, where …

U.S. Ethanol Output Could Reach 14 Billion Gallons in 2014: ADM Chief
November 15, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/The Western Producer)  U.S. ethanol output could reach 14 billion gallons in 2014: ADM chief

U.S. production of corn-based ethanol could reach 14 billion gallons in 2014 because of positive margins for processors and demand from …

Cellulosic Ethanol, Once the Way of the Future, Is Off to a Delayed, Boisterous Start
November 13, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The “now hiring” sign is up online for Emmetsburg, Iowa, where the nation’s largest maker of ethanol used for motor fuel is putting the final touches on a manufacturing …

Renewable Fuels Make a Difference: Opposing View
September 26, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (USA Today)  Big Oil is pushing back to preserve its market share.

… The RFS is one of the most successful energy policies ever. Since it was enacted in 2005, U.S. dependence on …

Tides of Prosperity, Past and Present
September 25, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Similar to the 1970s period of prosperity, Zulauf (Carl Zulauf, economics professor at Ohio State University) says that in 2012 crop prices increased by roughly 200 percent, which he attributes …

Ethanol Requirements Good, Not Bad, for America’s Economy, Energy Security
September 23, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Pam Johnson (Fox News) Opinion:   …That critique has been around for years. But it doesn’t jibe with the facts. Indeed, Big Oil’s call to loosen the nation’s ethanol requirements is misguided.

Corn-based fuel has …

API Releases More of the Same Old, Disproven Misinformation
September 19, 2013 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Following the American Petroleum Institutes’ recent release of skewed data used to advance their flawed agenda to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy released the following statement:

“Once …

ADM Optimistic About Ethanol Ahead of Record Corn Crop
August 7, 2013 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Shruti Date Singh (Bloomberg)  Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), the world’s largest corn processor, sees ethanol demand rising and is “optimistic” about margins for 2014 and 2015 as the coming U.S. harvest increases supplies.

Corn futures in Chicago …

EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards to Help Promote American Energy Independence, Reduce Carbon Pollution
August 6, 2013 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA also announces steps to address concerns about the E10 blend wall

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

The Lock-In Duo and Advanced Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Nelson Mojarro  (The Energy Collective)  … Together, the auto industry and the oil producers have combined to set and maintain for decades the direction and rate of improvements in the engine and fuel technology along a …

What’s Really Happening with the So-called ‘Blend Wall’? A Fuels America Briefing
July 25, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Dik (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The public dialog surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard is robust- and filled with misinformation. On July 11, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Bruce Braley held the third of a …

IEA Predicts Global Growth in Ethanol Production
July 2, 2013 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency has released its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR), predicting that world biofuel production will increase from 1.86 million barrels per day in …

50 Billion Reasons to Support Ethanol
May 30, 2013 – 9:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chastko  (Motley Fool)  … It doesn’t have to be so complicated. Controversy aside, there is one calculation that can bring everyone together to support ethanol. The calculation is so simple that you can do …

Ethanol Backers Propose E15 Tax Breaks
May 28, 2013 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Tim Landis (State Journal-Register)  Ethanol supporters in Illinois want to trade a 20 percent sales tax break on E10 fuel sales in Illinois for a 10 percent break on E15, arguing it would mean …

Ethanol a Target of Big Oil
May 28, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Kenney (KAAPA Ethanol/Kearney Hub) Opinion:  …Ethanol blends are becoming a staple at pumps across the nation, and ethanol accounts for more than 10 percent of the country’s motor fuel supply. It’s a higher-octane alternative …

Global Biofuels Production Will Reach Nearly 62 Billion Gallons by 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research
April 9, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!Finance/Navigant Research)  After more than a decade of healthy growth for conventional biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel, the next wave of advanced biofuels is nearing commercialization. The pool of commercially available biomass-derived fuels is expanding …

Desperate Times for Big Oil
March 25, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Dana Blankenhorn  (TheStreet)  These are desperate times for Big Oil.  Fracking (which involves shooting water and sand into a wellhead, at high pressure, fracturing the surrounding rock) brings enormous profits, but anyone can frack. The …

Ethanol the Enemy?
March 25, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(CNBC) …there’s fierce debate that ethanol requirements may be driving up gas prices. from the investor perspective, is there real opportunity inethanol, or is ethanol maybe the enemy? here to debate, retired four star general wesley clark with a big bet on ethanol …

Antitrust Complaint Filed against ConocoPhillips over “Anti-Competitive Activities”
March 20, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ConocoPhillips unlawfully attempting to limit competition in the fuels marketplace? We’ll find out soon.

In Florida, Biofuels Digest filed an antitrust violation complaint against ConocoPhillips with the US Department of …

Answers to Your Questions about Parity-Priced, Algae-Based Fuels
March 8, 2013 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wondering when affordable algae-based transportation fuels might arrive at your local retail outlet?   Might be sooner than you think. Here’s the lowdown.

…Further, we have to take into account that, …

SE Asian Palm Oil Producers Target U.S. Biofuel Market
March 6, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(The Star/Reuters)  A blending tax credit for alternative fuels has helped re-open the way for shipments of palm biodiesel to the United States, giving top producers Indonesia and Malaysia an outlet for palm oil stocks …

Sprouting Up: Soybean Farming in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld
March 5, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(PR Web/TimesUnion.com)  Although US soybean farmers have grown in the past five years, the industry will continue to face revenue and profit pressures from international operators, with Brazil expected to overtake the United States as …

NACS: Liquid Fuels Will Continue to Dominate in 2040
February 27, 2013 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Liquid fuels will continue to be the top fueling option for drivers for the next two-plus decades. However, the composition of these fuels will undergo significant change.

According to the “Future of Fuels …

The Battle to Counter Big Oil’s Campaign
February 26, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fuels America is redoubling its efforts to point the finger at the real beneficiaries should the RFS be weakened and E15 smeared and it’s not consumers or the environment.

Fuels …

Soybeans Could Be Next Chapter of Biofuels Boom
February 12, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Tom Doran  (AgNews) …Under the current Renewable Fuels Standards, continued growth in corn-based ethanol use is uncertain do to several factors, including the 10 percent blend wall, slow implementation of higher blend, declining total …

Optimistic Bearing: Staying Bullish on Ethanol Even in the Trough of Negative Margins.
January 18, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol might experience strong headwinds in 2013 but four marketers still see good things ahead.

…(Josh) Bailey (vice president of marketing and trading for Eco-Energy Inc.) is also bullish on the …

If You Have the Stones: The Ethanol Blend Wall, Revisited
January 18, 2013 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Ah, that was a time when leaders had the stones to set difficult targets and stick to them, preferring to bet on American know-how than organize the sounding of …

Refining Chiefs Expect More Regulations under Obama
December 19, 2012 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Simone Sebastian  (FuelFix)  …A number of federal rules that seek to cut emissions and expand biofuel use were passed or discussed during Obama’s first term. Chief executive officers of Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum say that …

Fundamentally Bullish on Cellulosic Ethanol
December 19, 2012 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cobalt Technologies is the latest company to announce its second generation technology will be developed in Brazil.  The final piece in the n-butanol technology developer’s financing came with a commitment from …

House Republicans Plan to Put Fuel Standard on Trial in Next Congress
December 17, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard on trial next Congress, a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill.

Committee staff is gearing up for hearings …

Global Biofuel Market Outlook to 2016 – Growing Mainstream Through Government Support
December 14, 2012 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire/Reportlinker.com)  Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue.

The report titled “Global Biofuel Market Outlook to 2016 – Going Mainstream Through Government Support” provides a comprehensive analysis of market size …

Iowans Drive on E15
November 16, 2012 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Since E15, a fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, has been sold in Iowa, drivers have already successfully driven more than 125,000 thousand miles, or the equivalent …

Biofuel Criticism Draws Rebuttal
October 26, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  …That’s what Craig Floss did when several speakers spoke derisively about biofuels during this past week’s World Food Prize symposium.

Floss, executive director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, says …

American Cars and Trucks are Burning More Biofuels
October 16, 2012 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clarke (KCET)  Cars and trucks in the U.S. are running on gasoline with a higher proportion of ethanol these days, but limitations in older vehicles are likely to keep that percentage from growing …

BP Eyes Wind, Biofuels in Alternative Energy
July 17, 2012 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Schiller (Medill News Service/Wall Street Journal)  The head of BP’s alternative-energy business on Tuesday said biofuel and wind are the stars of the field as the firm ramps up its presence.
Katrina Landis, CEO …