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Renewable Diesel Project Developer GCEH Provides Preliminary Q2 Financials, Camelina Update

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc., the project developer retrofitting a petroleum refinery in Bakersfield, California, into a renewable diesel plant scaled at 230 million gallons a year, provided preliminary financials for the second quarter as well as an update on camelina development by its

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Summit Agricultural Group Announces Acquisition of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC and Development of North American’s Largest Wheat Protein Ingredients Production Facility

(Summit Agricultural Group) Summit Agricultural Group, through its investment affiliate Summit Ag Investors (collectively “Summit”), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy (“Prairie Horizon”), a biorefinery in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Summit will construct a state-of-the-art wheat protein ingredients facility and retrofit the existing corn-based ethanol plant to produce

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Alliance for Aviation Across America, National and Local Leaders, Highlight the Benefits of General Aviation Investments in Sustainable Fuel and Technologies to Local Communities and the Need for Ongoing Federal and Local Support

(Aviation Pros/Alliance for Aviation Across America) On June 10, the Alliance for Aviation Across America held a panel discussion with state and local leaders to highlight commitments and investments made by the general aviation industry in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the importance of emerging technologies such as advanced air mobility

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE-CVR Energy Explores Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel -Sources

by Laura Sanicola (Reuters) U.S. billionaire Carl Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc is exploring whether it can produce sustainable aviation fuel at its refineries, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Renewable fuels account for just a fraction of the fuel for road transportation, but refiners are trying to source different

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Meet the Startup Producing Oil to Fight Climate Change

by Emily Pontecorvo  (Grist)  How Charm Industrial became a go-to in Big Tech’s mission to offset its carbon footprint.  —  … The friends, all engineers by training, had designed a machine that could turn agricultural waste, like almond shells, into renewable hydrogen fuel. They’d even found a partner, the owner

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Fueling a Renewable Future

by Trevor Hoag (The Iola Register)  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly toured the East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant in Garnett on Wednesday, part of a series of stops at industries around Southeast Kansas. — Imagine the smell of baked bread, then beer. That’s the air at the East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant, which

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Board Determines CVR Energy Will Focus on Renewable Fuels, Funds Renewable Diesel Projects

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) CVR Energy Inc.’s board of directors has determined that the company is no longer interested in acquiring another crude oil refinery and instead will focus on renewable fuels. As a result, the board has approved expenditures of up to $10 million to move its

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Former Kansas Abengoa Ethanol Plant to Produce Renewable Diesel, Seaboard Energy, Neste, Phillips 66, Alto Ingredients, Haldor Topsoe, Renewable Diesel News

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Seaboard Energy, formerly known as High Plains Bioenergy, is building a renewable diesel plant in Hugoton, Kansas at the former Abengoa ethanol plant site that was purchased in February 2019. Using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex tech, the plan is to make 6,500 barrels-per-day and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Cenex to Offer E15 through Rock Rapids Terminal, Making It More Accessible to Cenex Retail Locations

by Scott Van Aartsen (KIWA Radio)  An area pipeline terminal will be helping to get more E15 fuel into our part of northwest Iowa.  CHS, formerly known as Cenex-Harvest States is expanding access to higher ethanol blend fuels by offering E15 through 10 additional fuel terminals starting soon. In early 2021, CHS

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

On Earth Day, USDA Invests $487 Million in Rural Water, Energy, and Biofuel Infrastructure

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) Today (April 22, 2021), in honor of Earth Day 2021, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $487 million in critical infrastructure that will help communities in 45 states (PDF, 595 KB) build back better and stronger

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Educating Consumers On Biofuels- A Lower Carbon Gasoline

(Urban Air Initiative) The Urban Air Initiative recently teamed up with local high school students to educate consumers on the many benefits of biofuels- including the fact that it’s a lower carbon fuel. UAI and a local chapter of the FFA Organization spent time talking to drivers as they filled up at JumpStart

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

CHS Grows Access to High Ethanol Blend Fuels

(CHS) High ethanol blend E15 gasoline is available at about 50 Cenex locations and that number is expected to grow.  — In early 2021, CHS announced it had taken steps to make E15 fuels more accessible to the company’s Cenex® branded retail locations by registering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: EPA Approves Year-Round E15 Sales in Kansas City Metro Area

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) EPA will allow year-round E15 sales in the Kansas City metro area, the agency announced in a news release on Friday. The Trump administration opened up year-round sales of E15, by granting a Reid vapor pressure, or RVP, waiver. Sales were not allowed in the Kansas

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article

4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties for Protesting Fossil Fuels

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana. More are likely to come. …  (Dawn) Goodwin was at this river crossing near Palisade, Minnesota, to protest the construction of the energy company Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, a

February 22, 2021 Read Full Article

50 Renewable Diesel Projects and the Technologies Behind Them

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable diesel, all 9 billion gallons built, under construction, in planning – Take a deep dive into the latest hot renewable diesel news and a special Digest presentation that asks will all of these billions of gallons fleet get built? If not, who are the potential

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Cleaner Driving with Cleaner Fuel Economic & Environmental Benefits of Ethanol Blends

(Metropolitan Energy Center) Poor air quality is a problem for tens of millions of Americans. And we can’t address dirty air – and the health risks that come with it – until we make transportation cleaner. One approach is already here, and it’s as simple as which nozzle you pick

February 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Scaled to Feedstock: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NextChem & Saola Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Unlocking value at traditional biorefineries is like the holy grail. A partnership between NextChem and Saola Energy has unlocked smaller-scale conversion of corn oil to renewable diesel, with economics that work — already, biorefineries have shifted from being corn oil feedstock suppliers to entering into

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Pivot under Biden

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Ethanol advocates are pushing for the new Biden administration to boost the portion of each gallon of gasoline that comes from corn. … WHAT WILL BIDEN DO ABOUT BIOFUELS?President Joe Biden’s plan to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure and speed adoption of EVs will hasten the

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel’s Rising Tide

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  An update on U.S. renewable diesel projects—operational, expanding, under construction and proposed—giving new purpose to aging oil refineries. The report represents a transformative volume of nearly 5.5 billion gallons of new or potential capacity. The appeal of stacking the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit on top

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Cleaner Driving with Cleaner Fuel: Ethanol’s Economic/Environmental Benefit   —   January 12, 2021   —  free

WEBINAR: Cleaner Driving with Cleaner Fuel: Ethanol’s Economic/Environmental Benefit — January 12, 2021 — free

Join us as we take a look at how low- and mid-blend ethanol are beneficial to your car, the environment and your wallet!  —  Poor air quality is a problem for tens of millions of Americans. We can’t address dirty air – and the health risks that come with it

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — P.J. Griekspoor

“The time is right for ethanol advocates to make sure the right message gets to the right ears. What ethanol can provide is a high-octane additive that reduces the carbon footprint of not just the fuel burned in automobiles, but at the refinery level by replacing the energy-intensive aromatics that are

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Should Ethanol Go Back to Business as Usual after COVID-19?

by Christina Stella (WVIK/NPR) … As Americans hunkered down for lockdowns, gasoline demand across the country plummeted. Ethanol industry leaders issued warnings that the financial repercussions of widespread lockdowns could be significant to plants across the country. They later reported half of the nation’s facilities were forced to shut down. Most ethanol

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

California Official Sees State Auto Emissions Deal as ‘Template’ for Biden

by Nichola Groom, David Shepardson  (Reuters)  California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, who sources say could be the next federal environment chief, said on Thursday her state’s agreement with manor automakers for fuel efficiency requirements could serve as a “good template” for federal standards through 2025. The Trump administration in

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Hutchinson Salt Company: Miners Breathe Better Below Ground with B100

(Biodiesel Sustainability Now)  Kansas Salt Mine Marks Long-Time Success with High Blend of Biodiesel — The Hutchinson Salt Company recognized the indoor air quality benefits of 100% biodiesel (B100) back in 2003 when the salt mine first tested the fuel in an underground loader. Today, 17 years later Hutchinson Salt Company

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

CVR Energy Plans Potential Renewable Diesel Project at Coffeyville

by Laura Sanicola  (Reuters) CVR Energy Inc CVI.N plans to pursue a renewable diesel project at its 132,000 barrel per day (bpd) Coffeyville, Kansas, refinery if succeeds in producing the fuel at its Wynnewood, Oklahoma, plant, the refiner said Tuesday. CVR said it has excess hydrogen capacity and a high-pressure hydrotreater at

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

UAI: Vehicle Emissions Testing Shows Ethanol Blends Are Cleaner

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The future of vehicle emission testing is at our fingertips, literally. The use of portable emissions measurements systems (PEMS) is growing in popularity because it’s an accurate and consistent way to test emissions for real world driving conditions and real world fuels. Before PEMS, the only

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sorghum Producers Call for Ethanol Support

(RFD TV)  Sorghum producers take to the field to highlight biofuel’s roll in rebuilding the ag economy. Kansas farmer Rocky Ormiston planted the message “#SupportEthanol” using the latest in precision agricultural tools and a mix of red and white/yellow sorghum varieties. Tim Lust, National Sorghum Producers’s CEO, speaks with RFD-TV’s

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Invests Up to $100 Million to Increase American Biofuel Sales

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $22 million out of the up to $100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales. These funds were made available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Proposal Aims to Lift Regulation Barring E15 Sales in Kansas City

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced it will hold a public hearing on Nov. 4 to consider the revocation of an existing regulation that prevents the sale of E15 in the Kansas City area during the summer months. The regulation, K.A.R. 28-19-719, limits the

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Renew Kansas Biofuels Association on E15 Reg.

(KTIC Radio/Renew Kansas) Renew Kansas Biofuels Association submitted written comments to Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) regarding the agency’s notice of public hearing on its proposal to revoke an existing regulation limiting the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of ethanol-blended motor vehicle fuel sold in the Kansas City area during

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article

How Farming Has Changed in Every State the Last 100 Years

(Houston Chronicle)  Using current and past Census data, Stacker tracks the way the American farming industry has changed over the past century.  Over the past century, American farming has changed dramatically. Crops with long histories like tobacco are still prevalent throughout the South, while many farmers across the country are now

September 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Rep. Marshall Works to Boost Ethanol Exports

by Sarah Motter (WIBW) Congressman Roger Marshall says Kansas is home to 10 biofuel facilities providing high-quality jobs for plant workers in rural communities throughout the state, along with thousands of bushels of soybeans and milo each year. He says overall, the biofuels industry is responsible for about $4 billion in

August 27, 2020 Read Full Article

NBB Launches Ad Campaign Urging President to Reject “Gap” SRE Petitions

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB encourages farmers, biodiesel producers to ask President Trump to keep his promise — The National Biodiesel Board today launched a radio advertising campaign in six Midwestern states, urging President Donald Trump to keep his promise on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ads will run for two weeks

August 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Co-Locating Renewable Diesel with Ethanol Biorefinery: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Saola Energy’s Renewable Diesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) NextChem was in the news yesterday with the big announcement that they will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol, but at ABLC Digital, NextChem was also mentioned in Saola Energy’s presentation and their partnership too. Find out how a renewable diesel plant

August 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Farmers, Researchers Agree: COVID-19, Climate Change Revealed Holes in Agriculture System

by Sarah Spicer (Wichita Eagle) To preserve the environment, mitigate climate change and stabilize the U.S. food system, Midwest farmers should diversify their crops and move away from raising corn and soybeans, researchers say. The current crop system, which was founded after the 1930s Dust Bowl, is causing environmental and economic

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Leaders See Happy Days in the Future

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today) The ethanol industry has a long, complicated history. But supporters believe the best days are ahead. “Fuel ethanol was a thing as early as early as automobiles. Henry Ford made his automobiles to run on ethanol and called it the fuel of the future,” said Monte

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

New Video Spotlights Ethanol’s Important Co-Products

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, primarily distillers grains used in livestock production, distillers oil used to make biodiesel, and captured carbon dioxide for the food and beverage industries. With fuel

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Can U.S. Homegrown Sorghum Help the Ag Industry Get through Covid-19?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) It’s been only two years since the Environmental Protection Agency approved sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard, but a lot has happened since then. The EPA’s announcement marked a significant step toward leveling the playing field for ethanol plants extracting oil

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Bill Authorizes $600 Million to Support Biofuel Infrastructure

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, on April 28 announced the introduction of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020. The bill aims to provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by

April 29, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Prepares Aid Package: Perdue Says Aid Coming ‘Very Soon’ as Groups Highlight Struggles for Industries Such as Ethanol

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  … Regarding ethanol, (Agriculture Secretary Sonny) Perdue talked about helping the export market, but he did not talk about providing direct aid to ethanol. On a webinar Wednesday with a Democratic-leaning group, “Focus on Rural,” Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, highlighted that ethanol

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Great Plains Institute’s Latest Report: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The Midwestern Clean Fuels Initiative, facilitated by the Great Plains Institute, is a broad coalition of fuels producers and marketers, nonprofit and research organizations, scientists and engineers, and agriculture and industry stakeholders. The coalition works to create economic benefits for the region through policy,

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

The Hand Sanitizer Market: A Salvation for Beleaguered Ethanol Producers, or Not?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) created exemptions allowing certain alcohol fuel permit holders to sell ethanol (alcohol) for use in the production of hand sanitizers. Consequently. Aemetis, Inc. said its 65 million

March 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Building Stronger, Greener Concrete with Biofuel Byproducts

(Kansas State University) Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts.  —  “The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement,” said Feraidon

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

OSU Receives $3.1 Million Research Grant to Improve Sorghum Data and Savings

(Oklahoma State University)  Forage sorghum is being grown in Chickasha as part of the bio-energy research center work on using sorghum in the production of Cellulosic ethanol. Oklahoma received a $3.1 million grant to improve field-level data collection.  — A recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article
    Kansas Corn-Fed Ethanol Seminar   —   March 4, 2020   —   Wichita, KS

Kansas Corn-Fed Ethanol Seminar — March 4, 2020 — Wichita, KS

Join Kansas Corn and Renew Kansas for the Corn-Fed Ethanol Seminar on March 4 at American Ag Credit, 4105 N. Ridge Rd., Wichita, KS. Working together, Kansas corn and ethanol producers have revitalized rural economies and boosted the state’s economy producing a renewable, high octane, clean air fuel that saves motorists money at the

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study: Despite Policy Challenges, Ethanol Industry Significantly Benefited Economy in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) Policy obstacles—especially ongoing trade disputes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries —dampened the U.S. ethanol industry’s economic contributions in 2019, according to a new study released today at the Renewable Fuels Association’s 25th annual National Ethanol Conference. Still,

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Bioeconomy M&A Deal Review & Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest published today a 2020 Deal Review and Outlook Bioeconomy M&A visual guide that looks at the slurry of recent mergers and acquisitions in the bioeconomy like Lygos and Librede, NuSeed and Agrisoma, FinCo Fuels and GoodFuels, The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum, Aemetis and Goodland

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA and NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2020 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

(Renewable Fuels Association) The 2020 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association signed on as co-title sponsors for the fourth consecutive year. The first tournament begins Friday, Jan. 31 at St. Johns River in Deland, Fla.

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Acquires Partially Complete Ethanol Plant in Kansas

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Aemetis Inc. has purchased a partially complete ethanol plant in Kansas. While the company previously said it would convert the facility to cellulosic production, Aemetis Chairman and CEO Eric McAfee said there are currently no plans to build at the site.  … In its third

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest

(Great Plains Institute)  This Initiative is exploring a clean fuels policy, at the state or regional level, as a marketdriven approach to achieving our economic, energy security, climate, environmental, and public health goals. This white paper presents policy design considerations that are intended to inform further discussion of new and

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Dave VanderGriend

“Locally, a chain of convenience stores has installed blender pumps selling mid-level blends in addition to E10 and E85. Consumers are responding by purchasing nearly as much E30 as E10, resulting in 2.5 times more ethanol sales compared to E10-only retailers.” Dave VanderGriend laments that this is apparently illegal according

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington, DC, Is No Longer an Option

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative/ICM)    Mid-level blends are the future of the ethanol industry, and the U.S. government can’t be trusted to promote their use.  …  An overlooked provision in the recent rule allowing year-round sales of E15 caps ethanol blends at 15 percent by making

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Autothermal Pyrolysis: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Rethinking Thermochemical Processing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Iowa State University is working on fast pyrolysis, and Robert Brown, Director of the university’s Bioeconomy Institute looks at how their work is making us rethink thermochemical processing. By looking at autothermal pyrolysis, and more, Brown shared this presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco.  READ

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA, National Sorghum Producers to Quantify Sorghum Sustainability for Ethanol Production

(Biofuels International) US industry association the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas, US to quantify sorghum sustainability in a key American ethanol production region. The partnership will be carried out through a conservation collaboration grant that

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Aircraft Fly Green to NBAA BACE on Avfuel’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel at AVFLIGHT Salina (KSLN)

(AvFuel)   Operators fueling at Avflight Salina helped further business aviation’s carbon neutrality goals by flying on Avfuel’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).   Flight starting fueling on Friday, October 19 and will continue through Sunday, October 20.  This effort is in coordination with an industry wide initiative to meet carbon neutrality goals and part

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Gevo Supplies Avfuel with Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Aircraft Headed to the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV

(Gevo/Globe Newswire) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today it has supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to further support carbon neutrality goals in the aviation industry. Gevo’s customer and global fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation, has partnered with fixed-base operator, Avflight Salina at Salina Regional Airport

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Impact Lauded in Wake of Saudi Attack

by Candace Krebs (Ag Journal) … “What people don’t realize is that shale provides a particular very light type of oil, and we can’t use that exclusively with the way our refineries are configured,” explains Scott Richman, chief economist for the Renewable Fuels Association. “Total imports of oil into U.S. have

October 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Senate Bill Provides Tax Incentives for Biogas Investments

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., reintroduced the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act on Sept. 24. The bill aims to expand the biogas market by providing a 30 percent investment tax credit to help offset the upfront costs associated with building biodigester systems. “Ohio farmers

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Oil vs. Electric Vehicles

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Oil-backed groups are countering utilities’ plans to expand electric vehicle infrastructure with regulatory and lobbying campaigns against the proposals in at least 10 states so far, Pro’s Gavin Bade reports. The efforts, some greens say, is reminiscent of the “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

September 16, 2019 Read Full Article

White House Presses Biofuel, Oil Executives for Compromise

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg/Investors Business Daily)  Discussions aimed at breaking logjam over biofuel plan; Friday deadline issued for ideas on potential compromise  — Trump administration officials are squeezing biofuel and oil refining executives to agree to a plan to bolster corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel. In

September 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Innovate AND Implement: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to ICM’s Ethanol and Biorefining

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Innovation is great but without implementation, the story ends there. Not so for ICM, a Kanasas-based company that took its small business roots in a farming community and an idea and turned it into 1/3 of the world’s ethanol produced every year by ICM technologies. With

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC Team Explores Ethanol Potential for Latin America U.S. Grains Council

(U.S. Grains Council/Farm Forum)  … This goal of enabling expanded conversations on ethanol blending is why the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) organized a trade team in July to connect representatives from national refineries, ministries of energy and other key stakeholders in Latin America with U.S. refiners currently blending ethanol with

August 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Victory Renewables Opens Biodiesel Blending Facility in Kansas

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  An open house was held June 25 in Garden City, Kansas, to celebrate Victory Renewables’ new biodiesel blending facility. The site stores both diesel and biodiesel fuels, allowing suppliers to load biodiesel in concentrations of 5 to 100 percent. The biodiesel offered at the new Victory

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Integrated Landscape Management Reduces Biomass Production Costs By 20%

by J.Richard Hess (Idaho National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy)  A new techno-economic analysis by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) demonstrated that, by using integrated landscape management (ILM) techniques, bioenergy stakeholders could produce biomass at costs 20% lower than previous assumptions.1 The efficiencies gained using ILM practices could generate a new revenue

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

List of Current Carbon Capture Projects

by Lee Beck (Global Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Institute) and William Brandon ( Industrial Ecosystem Partners) Here is a list of carbon capture projects now in operation in North America.  Note that the last three are direct sequestration while the rest are enhanced oil recovery (EOR) uses. Boundary Channel. https://www.saskpower.com/Our-Power-Future/Infrastructure-Projects/Carbon-Capture-and-Storage/Boundary-Dam-Carbon-Capture-Project  Canada

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Proclaims the Week of May 26 Biofuels Week

(WIBW News)  At a time of distress in rural Kansas, renewable fuel remains an important asset to drive feed-grain demand and improve prospects for profitability on the farm. Recognizing the many benefits biofuels provide to the Kansas economy, agricultural industry, energy consumers and environment, Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed the week

May 24, 2019 Read Full Article

UPS Makes Largest Purchase of Renewable Natural Gas Ever in The U.S.

(UPS) Seven-Year 170 Million Gallon Equivalents Purchase from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Will Reduce GHG Emissions by More than 1 Million Metric Tons  —  UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.(NASDAQ: CLNE) to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Jumpstart Stations Have the Ethanol Your Muscle Car Needs!

(MOTOR’N TV) Stations have the Ethanol your Muscle Car needs to achieve its full potential! There are a lot of informational websites and videos on Ethanol. Even M.I.T. has done a study and its favorable to E-85. WATCH VIDEO

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

2019 Ethanol Producer Award Winners Announced

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2019 Ethanol Producer Award winners have been selected. Following a nomination period and voting process that included Ethanol Producer Magazine editorial staff and editorial board members, EPM is proud to announce this year’s winners. They are as follows: Project of the Year: Flint Hills Resources Fairmont

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases.  —  …Many of these new biomass-based diesel projects intend to produce renewable diesel at a much larger scale than even the largest biodiesel

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Midwest Sees Surge in Clean Energy Jobs

by Casey Leins (US News and World Report)  The Midwest added more than 28,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, resulting in a 4 percent growth rate, according to a recent report released by national advocacy groups Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs. The 12 Midwestern states employed more than 737,000 workers

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Couple Takes Personal Ethanol Story to DC

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Phil Near and his wife Cheryl Werth Near were part of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual DC Fly-in last week, participating for the first time and bringing their personal story about the health benefits and good value of ethanol to members of Congress. The Nears

April 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Floods Threaten to Cause Ethanol Disruptions and Higher Pump Prices

by Mario Parker and Michael Hirtzer  (Bloomberg)  Midwest rail lines have washed out, delaying biofuel shipments; Gasoline futures rise to five-month high before peak season  —  Flood waters spilling across the U.S. Midwest have swamped ethanol shipments, disrupting refineries and threatening to push up gasoline pump prices ahead of the summer

March 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Rural America Is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green

by Art Cullen (The Guardian)  Here in farming country we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to renewable energy and food production  —  … Meanwhile, we’re losing our precious topsoil and polluting our rivers – killing the Gulf of Mexico in the process – as we chase ever-higher corn yields in

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Leading Off: “Your Prices Are in the Wrong Order.”

(Urban Air Initiative) “Your prices are in the wrong order.”  “Only flex fuel vehicles can use E15.”  “What is E30?”  Each of these quotes came from an auto mechanic at a recent training event attended by the Urban Air Initiative. The VISION Hi Tech Training and Expo attracted more than 3,500 mechanics and

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: Feds’ Biofuel Policy Produced Unintended Environmental Consequences

(Public News Service)  A new report says the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, created to spur ethanol production and cut air pollution, is responsible for a number of negative environmental impacts, including reduced water supplies in Texas and other drought-prone areas.  Producing a single gallon of ethanol can require up to two thousand

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Commercialization: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Douglas B. Rivers, PhD,from Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview and more READ MORE    

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

GROWMARK Offers Pre-Blended E15 at More Terminals

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  GROWMARK Energy is adding to the number terminals around the Midwest offering pre-blended E15, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, which has worked closely with the farmer-owned cooperative on related issues such as regulatory compliance and adoption of RFA’s Misfueling Mitigation Plan (MMP). GROWMARK will now offer pre-blended E15

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Planting The Seeds: Agricultural Organizations in Kansas and Ohio Have Programs Aimed at Ethanol Education, Training Teachers and Even Providing Funding to Ensure the Knowledge Is Passed on to Students.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For at least one student in James Burk’s engineering class at Trego County Community High School in WaKeeney, Kansas, ethanol is a passion. “I have them test different factors and kind of design their own recipe for how they would best produce a fermentation for

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Presents Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Industry Award is being awarded to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE), an ethanol and renewable diesel biorefinery in Garnett, Kan. RFA presented the award to the board and staff of EKAE today at the 24thannual National Ethanol Conference

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Burgeoning Biomethane: RNG Is a Partner, Not Competitor, to Ethanol

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Verbio has plans to further strengthen the already-expanding renewable natural gas market in the U.S., having purchased DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant. A transformation is underway in Iowa. Last year, Verbio North America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of German bioenergy producer Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, purchased

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Casey’s and Quick Oil Company Win Biofuel Marketing Awards Secretary Naig Recognizes Efforts to Promote Ethanol and Biodiesel

(FUELIowa) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig awarded biofuel marketing awards to two central Iowa-based companies. Quick Oil Company in Perry was winner of the 2019 Biodiesel Marketing Award, and Casey’s General Stores headquartered in Ankeny received this year’s Ethanol Marketing Award. The annual awards, initiated 11 years ago by FUELIowa

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest)  Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including exceptionally large deals  —  Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in biofuels picked up considerably in 2018 after a slowdown in 2017, and by historic standards, the deals grew considerably in

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Some of the Biggest Green Groups Have Cold Feet over the “Green New Deal”

by Emily Atkin (The New Republic)  More than 600 organizations signed a letter supporting the ambitious proposal, but eight of the largest ones did not.  —  … Sent by 626 environmental groups on Thursday, the letter calls on lawmakers to support the idea, popularized by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of a sweeping economic stimulus package to fight global

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

VERBIO North America Finds New Site for Planned Kansas Biogas Plant after Community Upset with Original Plan

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  … The zoning change coupled with a conditional use permit would have allowed VNA to construct its first US biomethane production facility. It was anticipated that the zoning and conditional use permit would be issued by no later than October 2018. Unfortunately, a group of Sumner

January 10, 2019 Read Full Article

A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

The Most of Every Kernel: Two Corn Kernel Fiber-to-Ethanol Plants are under Construction, Stirring Hope that the Concept Is Gaining Steam.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In October 2018, construction began on Ace Ethanol’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. The plant will be the first to incorporate D3Max’s corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol process, and will help the plant increase its yields and produce higher-protein distillers dried grains with solubles, all without

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Scaling the Ethanol ‘Blend Wall’ Ultimately Consumers’ Decision

by John Duff (Delta Farm Press/National Sorghum Producers)  …  The Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership program is a grassroots effort to fund new infrastructure for e15. Selling higher blends of ethanol at convenience stores sometimes requires new equipment or modifications to existing equipment, and both require investment. With this in mind, the sorghum,

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Recognizes Kansas Project that Produces Biogas for Vehicle Use

(NGV Journal)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects (from large wastewater infrastructure projects to small decentralized and agriculture projects) for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. One of the initiatives recognized as “exceptional” is the Kansas – Dodge City

December 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Relieving the Pressure: There’s Movement at Last to Obtain an RVP Waiver for E15 …

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “There’s a very tight window between today and June 1,” says Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol. “The big-picture goal is for the proposed rule to be out for public comment and for EPA to wrap up a final rule prior

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

More Sustainable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Intensification Response & Landscape Design in Bioenergy Production

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Many prominent bioenergy critiques are feedstock-focused — for example, iLUC (Searchinger et al. 2008), carbon debt. Marginal land strategies identify areas where energy crops likely have competitive advantage for productivity and/or conservation based on Biophysical characteristics (land capability classification) and past/current land use (pasture/rangeland, ‘abandoned’ land.

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Lightfast Polyurethane; YPF Adds Biofuels; Mars, BH Improve Cacao, Chocolate; 20 New Food Waste Start-Ups; Fossil-Free Ocean Freight: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 24th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 24th. … #2 Oil and gas giant YPF to start producing biofuels In Argentina, Miguel Gutiérrez, President of oil and gas company YPF, made a

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Big Oil Looks to Stop Utilities’ Charging Investments

by Jeffrey Tomich (E&E News Energywire)  State utility regulators across the Midwest are revving up their interest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. And the petroleum industry and its allies are urging them to hit the brakes. The American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, and Americans for Prosperity have all weighed

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with more than 200 existing plants, four new projects is a small figure. Greenfield ethanol plant development is in a lull,

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Innovations in Biomass-Based Diesel

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two ethanol producers are adopting quite different innovative technologies to add value to their corn oil—one making biodiesel with supercritical methods, the other making renewable diesel. East Kansas Agri-Energy’s renewable diesel plant has been operational for about a year, after taking months to work

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    Great Plains Biochar Initiative Workshop Series   —   October 23, 2018 — Chadron, NE;  October 24, 2018 — Norton, KS;  October 25. 2018 Pratt, KS

Great Plains Biochar Initiative Workshop Series — October 23, 2018 — Chadron, NE; October 24, 2018 — Norton, KS; October 25. 2018 Pratt, KS

Wilson Biochar Associates: Helping Your Biochar Project Reach Its Goals Biochar is an exciting new field with great potential but significant uncertainties. That’s where expertise from Wilson Biochar Associates can make all the difference for the success of your enterprise. Wilson Biochar Associates specializes in biochar technology, market development, education

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Nebraska Will Test 30 Percent Ethanol Blend in State Vehicles

by Joe Duggan  (Omaha World-Herald)  Nebraska will run 50 state-owned vehicles on a 30 percent ethanol blend to see how the corn-derived fuel performs in conventional engines. The pilot program will monitor the effects of E-15 and E-30 blends on vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions control systems in state

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s Time for Action to Unlock Growth of Biofuels in Kansas

by Jesse McCurry (Wichita Eagle/Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission & Producers Association)  … Our grains reach markets around the world and feed production at a dozen Kansas ethanol plants that produce nearly 500 million gallons of clean, renewable biofuel each year. Ethanol production alone supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across the

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Pushes Back on Urban Air Challenge of Faulty Emissions Model

(Urban Air Initiative)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has refused to acknowledge it used faulty science and blending practices to paint an inaccurate picture of ethanol emissions in a long-awaited response to the Urban Air Initiative (UAI). In January 2017, UAI, the states of Nebraska and Kansas, and the

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Making America Great Again Starts with the States

by David Vander Griend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Dave VanderGriend, president of Urban Air Initiative, doesn’t mince words in his column this month, calling out EPA for what he says is collusion with the oil industry. —  … The 15.8 billion gallons of ethanol we produce and the economic benefits it

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Plant Proposal Raising Concerns for Residents in Sumner County

by Tiffany Lane (KSNW)  Residents expressed concern Wednesday night over a proposal to build a biofuel plant in Sumner County. A Michigan company is hoping to build a plant near Belle Plaine that would convert wheat straw into renewable gas.  The company says the plant could add 100 jobs to the community. But

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

How the Global Heatwave Is Harming Agriculture Today and Creating Problems for the Bio-Economy Tomorrow.

by Tom Joslin (Bio-Based World News)  … Few of you will have escaped the heatwave that seems to have enveloped most of the northern hemisphere. Soaring temperatures exceeding 46°C have been recorded in Alvega, Portugal, while seventeen of eighteen of the countries regions experienced temperatures above 45°C. This follows recent headlines reporting

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Proposed Biofuel Plant Worrying Neighbors

by Morgan Downing (KAKE) … VNA Corporation wants to build a biofuel plant north of Wellington.  The company plans on harvesting natural gas from wheat stalk. It says it will be new source of revenue for Kansas farmers. “To me, it’s a smart move,” said Stacy Davis with Sumner County Economic Development. “It’s

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

“There’s No Place Like Home” Grown Sorghum

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements  — … U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become renewable fuels.  … Sorghum is a grass grown in many places and regions around the world, but also is increasingly being grown

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

NPPD Part of DOE Study to Develop Integrated CO2 Collection, Transportation, and Storage Infrastructure

(Nebraska Public Power District) Nebraska Public Power District is taking another step forward in the carbon world with a second Department of Energy (DOE) study. This most recent initiative has a goal of developing an integrated carbon dioxide (CO2) collection, transportation, and storage infrastructure in the Midwest for ethanol facilities

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

An FAQ on 45Q: What Federal Carbon Storage Tax Credit Means for Midwest

by Frank Jossi (Energy News)  A federal tax credit passed earlier this year could increase the amount of carbon being stored underground. The revamped “45Q” tax credit boosts the amount of money available to companies willing to capture and store carbon emissions in geologic formations or use CO2 to extract oil

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association custom E85 motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs made its debut on “American Chopper.” It seems that most companies that commission a custom motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs never register it, and never ride it. They become corporate lobby trophies

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article
  Octane Workshop Series   —   July 9-12, 2018   —   Various Locations

Octane Workshop Series — July 9-12, 2018 — Various Locations

The Fuels Institute and the national laboratories that comprise the DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines initiative are co-hosting a series of collaborative, single-day stakeholder meetings to review current research on the role of octane and other fuel properties relevant to producing fuels that could enable the design of more

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the White House quashed the release of a plan to change the Renewable Fuels Standard amid

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, create more energy choices for businesses, and advance the development and deployment of low-carbon, clean

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Summit of The Asia Pacific Showcases Global Ethanol Opportunities

(GrainNet)  Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific (Summit), focused on current and future prospects for expanded ethanol use throughout the region. The

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Hatching Higher Protein

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Technologies for feed coproducts are evolving, pumping out high-protein ingredient alternatives. Experts assure the market is ripe.  —  The pile of distillers grains at nearly a dozen plants is about to get smaller. Production of Fluid Quip Process Technologies LLC’s high-protein feed ingredient is expected

April 26, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Driving Profit in Biofuels Production through Innovation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ICM

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM’s equipment and processes are already used in the majority of U.S. ethanol plants, and continues to develop processes to make ethanol production more efficient for customers. Among the latest tech advances? ICM and The Andersons are partnering to own and construct ELEMENT, LLC, a 70 MGY bio-refinery

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: Senators Detail Farm Bill Goals

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to avoid the rancor over food assistance that has tied up farm-bill discussions in the House. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Help Solve Climate Change, Especially with a Carbon Tax

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors …  These are great starts but we will still need some liquid fuels and for those, we can make decisions about the best fuels

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … In the U.S., nearly 3 billion gallons of clean, renewable fuel replacing its petroleum counterpart. A thriving and growing diesel vehicle market. And 64,000 jobs supported by biodiesel, many the highest paying jobs in the area.   Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name,

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

$1.5 Billion Settlement Reached in Syngenta GMO Class Action Suit

by Susan Reidy (World-Grain.com) A $1.5 billion settlement has been reached in the nationwide class action suit over Syngenta’s genetically modified corn seed. It is believed to be one of the largest agricultural settlements in U.S. history. The settlement covers all U.S. corn producers, grain handling facilities and ethanol plants who

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

How Biofuels from Plant Fibers Could Combat Global Warming

by Mary Guiden (Colorado State University) … A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Scientists used modeling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has released its own bracket of colleges and universities upping their game with a different kind of prowess –

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

ICM, The Andersons to Develop 70 MMgy Ethanol Plant in Kansas

(ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc., a global leading biofuels process technology provider, and The Andersons Inc., a publicly-traded company with diverse interests encompassing a variety of agribusinesses, announced today that they are partnering to own and construct Element LLC, a 70 MMgy biorefinery located in Colwich, Kansas. This strategic collaboration will

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Study Says CRP Mixes Don’t Live up to Biofuel Potential

by Julie Harker (Brownfield Ag News)  Mixed prairie grasses that are used in Conservation Reserve Program lands did not live up to their potential as biomass crops for cellulosic biofuel production, in an eight-year study. D.K. Lee, associate crop science professor at the University of Illinois, tells Brownfield most of the CRP

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Against the Odds

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, plus a special sidebar story from Joe Jobe. As 2017 dawned with another expired biodiesel

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine has been around more than a century and should be around for decades to come,

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Moran Gets Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant Tour

by Gale Rose (Pratt Tribune)  Sen. Jerry Moran got a personal tour of the Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant Dec. 29. He visited with several plant workers that explained each step of producing ethanol. When U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas paid his second visit to the Pratt Energy Ethanol Plant, the

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

EKAE, Pearson Fuels Announce Exclusive Marketing Agreement

(Pearson Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  East Kansas Agri-Energy of Garnett, Kansas, and Pearson Fuels of San Diego, California, announce the signing of an exclusive West Coast marketing agreement for the distribution of renewable diesel from EKAE’s recently commissioned plant in Garnett. Renewable diesel meets the traditional diesel fuel specification while being produced

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Researchers Using Math to Boost Wheat Straw Use for Ethanol

(Associated Press/U.S. News and World Report)  Researchers in Kansas and China are using mathematical modeling to improve the process of converting wheat straw into pellets for the production of ethanol.  Wheat straw, the plant residue left after wheat harvest, is abundant in Kansas. The straw has low commercial value, but one use

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years. Most technologies have fallen victim to high capital and development costs, changing political winds and economic recession. Many

November 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), urging the president to keep his promises to rural America

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Vacation Powered by E85

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … We decided on visiting some national parks and monuments in Colorado and Utah. Naturally, this adventure had to be done in a Flex Fuel vehicle, and we chose our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee as our mode of transportation. The goal – to make the

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Guest column: ​Ethanol Saves You Money

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM Inc./Wichita Business Journal)  I was driving home last week and was surprised to see the price differences on the gas station sign. Regular 87 octane gas was $.40 cheaper than “No Ethanol” 87 octane. Regular 87 has contained 10 percent ethanol in Kansas for almost 10 years

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Study Evaluates Camelina’s Varied Response to Location

(American Society of Agronomy/Biomass Magazine)  A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains. The end goal is to find the camelina variety that performs best in each location or

June 5, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

More Iowa Stations Offering Higher Ethanol Blends

by Ron Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  E15 provides motorists better value in addition to higher performance and reduced emissions.  —  In early May, the Kwik Trip convenience store chain announced it is joining other major fuel retailers in offering E15 — the corn-based biofuel containing 15% ethanol — to customers in

May 12, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to ICM Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ICM is a company on the leading edge of an exciting industry—one dedicated to realizing every benefit of biofuels technology. Our equipment and processes are already used in the majority of U.S. ethanol plants, and we continue to develop processes to make ethanol production more

May 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Casey’s General Stores to Offer Higher Ethanol Blends

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Midwest convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores will begin offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, and Kansas Corn Commission along with Growth Energy are assisting Casey’s with

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

BP and DuPont’s Bio-Isobutanol Joint Venture, Butamax, Acquires Ethanol Facility in Kansas

(Biofuels International)  Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, has announced the acquisition of Nesika Energy and its ethanol facility in Scandia, Kansas. Butamax will now start engineering work to add bio-isobutanol capacity to the facility. … The Butamax Advanced Biofuels partnership between BP and DuPont

April 3, 2017 Read Full Article

ICM to Build Showcase Biorefinery Next to Its Kansas Headquarters

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ICM Inc. will build a new state-of-the-art biorefinery—dubbed ICM Element—next to its headquarters in Colwich, Kansas. The facility will showcase the company’s cutting-edge technologies. … Elements are nature’s building blocks and the world is searching for cleaner, sustainable, renewable fuels. ICM President Chris Mitchell stated, “Element will

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Fueling Comeback of Agriculture: Commitment to Biofuels Can Help Reinvigorate Farm Economy

by Jeff Broin (POET/Journal Gazette)  … Plummeting farm income, falling land values and depressed commodity prices over the last few years threaten to undo the prosperity of the previous decade. All indicators point to farms in trouble. • Net farm income is projected to be down nearly 50 percent this year

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free vehicles should be incentivized rather than taxed. States with new EV-fee bills include Indiana, South

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in many regions, can only be replaced by higher-emitting, less-economical resources. A reduction in U.S. ethanol

February 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Urban Air Initiative Calls on EPA to Withdraw Erroneous Vehicle Emissions Model

(Urban Air Initiative)  Stakeholders including the states of Kansas and Nebraska joined the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition as they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct the agency’s flawed models that limit the use of higher blends of ethanol. According to UAI representatives, for years,

February 2, 2017 Read Full Article

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’

by Hiroko Tabuchi (The New York Times)  … Here in north-central Kansas, America’s breadbasket and conservative heartland, the economic realities of agriculture make climate change a critical business issue. At the same time, politics and social pressure make frank discussion complicated. This is wheat country, and Donald J. Trump country, and

February 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil

(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 agricultural fields in areas with claypan soils under the topsoil, including parts of Missouri, Iowa,

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Sinatra Bio: Ol’ Brew Eyes is Back

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bottom line, Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas closed the sale of its cellulosic ethanol plant located in Hugoton, Kansas under the US Bankruptcy Code. Ocean Park was the sell-side advisor to Abengoa. This follows from our report from last week that the Bankruptcy Court overseeing

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Soybean Farmers, Clean Cities Encourage More Kansans to Try Biodiesel

(KRVN/Kansas Soybean Commission)  Kansas fleets and individual motorists driving diesel vehicles now can get up to $2,000 of their annual fuel bills paid, just by using biodiesel blends. Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from vegetable oils and fats left over from food production. It can be used in any

December 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Court Accepts $48.5M Bid for Abengoa Hugoton from Synata Bio

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. placed the top bid of $48.5 million, with Shell Oil Co. named as the backup

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

ICM Explores Reopening Colwich Ethanol Plant

by Dan Voorhis (Wichita Eagle)  Colwich-based ICM is exploring whether to renovate and expand the recently purchased Abengoa Bioenergy plant in Colwich into a state-of-the-art energy-efficient biorefinery. Such a plant would showcase ICM’s latest technology innovations with the goal to have one of the lowest carbon indexes of any grain

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Garnett Fuel Retailer to Celebrate New Ethanol Fuel Choices at Event Thursday

by KS Corn (Rural Radio Network)  Sandra’s Quick Stop will celebrate new fuel choices for drivers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Thursday, Nov. 10 in Garnett. The Quick Stop, located at the junction of Highway 169 and Highway 59, added blender pumps that offer higher blends of ethanol fuels

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Shell Oil Company Agrees to Buy Kansas Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

(DTN/Progressive Farmer/KOOL)  Shell Oil Company has agreed to buy Abengoa Bioenergy’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, for what could be a significantly discounted price of $26 million, according to court documents filed Wednesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas. The plant was built at an

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

New Form of Ethanol Based Gasoline Comes to Wichita

by By Rachel Skytta  (KWCH)  A higher grade of ethanol blended gasoline will soon make its way to Wichita, giving consumers more options when they fill up. … “Ethanol is alcohol, we’ve been making alcohol and moonshine, vodka since the stone age and effectively we’ve taken ethanol from sugars.” said Jeff

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Consumers Ability to Choose #E15 Back at the Pumps

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Consumers will have the choice to purchase E15 at the pump again tomorrow, September 15, 2016. For drivers owning a 2001 or newer vehicle, E15 sales are restricted during summer months due to an arcane U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP).

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

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