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New Ethanol Law Could Spark Regional Trend, Biofuels Exec Says

by Jared Strong (Iowa Capital Dispatch) A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

May 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Tallgrass to Capture and Sequester CO2 Emissions from ADM Complex

(Tallgrass/Carbon Capture Magazine) Tallgrass announced it has entered into an agreement with ADM that would pave the way for Tallgrass to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from ADM’s corn-processing complex in Columbus, Neb., and transport it to Tallgrass’ Eastern Wyoming Sequestration Hub for permanent underground storage. By utilizing a converted natural gas

May 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Summit Carbon Solutions Launches Radio Ad

(Summit Carbon Solutions/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Summit Carbon Solutions announced May 12 the start of a new five-state radio ad campaign highlighting how the company’s proposed carbon capture and storage project will open new economic opportunities for ethanol producers and strengthen the marketplace for farmers across the Midwest. “Summit Carbon Solutions launched

May 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Seventeen States Sue EPA for Letting California Set Vehicle Standards

by Zack Budryk (The Hill) Seventeen Republican state attorneys general on Friday announced a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing California to set its own vehicle emissions standards.  The lawsuit alleges EPA Administrator Michael Regan violated the Constitution’s doctrine of equal sovereignty by allowing California an exemption from the Clean

May 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Summit Carbon Solutions Equity Campaign for 5-state Carbon Capture Project Reaches $1 Billion in Commitments

(Forum News Service/Dickinson Press)  Summit Carbon Solutions is proposing to build the world’s largest carbon capture and sequestration project. Ethanol plants in Atwater and Granite Falls, Minnesota, are part of the project. — Summit Carbon Solutions announced Wednesday that it has completed an equity fundraising campaign for its carbon capture and

May 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Ricketts Blames Biden for Inflation, Calls on Ethanol Priorities — Ricketts Says Nebraska Has Proven E30 Works in Regular Vehicles

(News Channel Nebraska Central) In a statement Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts blamed economic inflation on President Joe Biden and called for biofuels priorities that feature ethanol made with Nebraska-grown corn. Ricketts said the price of wholesale ethanol has recently been as much as $1.20 per gallon less than expensive

May 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Myths Busted: Ethanol Isn’t Economical because It Lowers Mileage

(Nebraska Ethanol Board)  If ethanol lowers your gas mileage, how can it still be economical? Reid Wagner, director of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, breaks it down. With a little science, Reid shows how ethanol helps your engine run more efficiently. With considerable per-gallon cost savings from using ethanol blends, any

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Contest Encourages Nebraskans to Celebrate Renewable Fuels Month

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Nebraska high school students took on the mission of educating their peers about reducing their energy use and carbon footprint through the Field to Fuel student social media contest. Students were tasked with planning a one-week social media campaign to promote Renewable Fuels Month

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Proponents Say Storing Captured Carbon Underground Is Safe, But States Are Transferring Long-Term Liability for Such Projects to the Public

by Nicholas Kusnetz (Inside Climate News)  As companies propose storing carbon dioxide in depleted oil fields or saline aquifers, some states are putting themselves on the hook for future problems with the projects. —  As states rush to enact rules and regulations for the underground storage of carbon dioxide, a key

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Governors Seek to Expand Sales of Higher-Ethanol Gasoline Blend

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) U.S. governors from eight Midwest states, many of which are major corn producers, asked the Biden administration on Thursday to apply rules that would allow gasoline blended with a higher level of ethanol to be sold year-round in their states. Governors from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota said

April 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC Calls on Congressional Delegation to Double up on E15

(Great Lakes Energy)  Says E30 Blends Can More than Offset the loss of Russian Oil, No RVP Waiver Needed — – Opening the door to 30% ethanol blends would save consumers billions of dollars at the gas pump and reduce imported oil by as much as one billion barrels per

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Gov. Ricketts Signs Legislation to Encourage Rural Development & Promote Ethanol Sales

(Office of Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE)) Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 1261e during a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol.  LB 1261e extends the Nebraska Advantage Rural Development Act, which had been set to expire at the end of 2022.  The bill also expands the Nebraska Advantage Rural Development incentive program

April 21, 2022 Read Full Article

New Study Shows Summit Carbon Solutions Will Drive Economic Growth Across the Midwest

(Summit Carbon Solutions/PR Newswire)  A new study shows that Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed carbon capture, transportation, and storage project will create jobs, generate new tax revenue for local communities, support local suppliers, and strengthen the Midwest regional economy. Ernst & Young, a global leader in accounting and professional services, conducted the

April 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Court Combines Seed Company Lawsuits Against AltEn

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Bayer: Nebraska Ethanol Plant Mishandled Treated Seed, Violated Agreement —  A federal judge in Nebraska on Monday consolidated all lawsuits filed by seven seed companies against Mead, Nebraska, closed ethanol plant owner AltEn LLC. The lawsuits allege AltEn’s owner abandoned the 25-million-gallon ethanol plant site

April 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Hope New Tax Credit Will Bring Higher Blends to Gas Pumps

by Alex Whitney (Nebraska.TV) Anyone who has hit the road lately can tell you that the price of gas has gone way up in the last few months. One remedy for high gas prices has been pushing alternative fuels and a recently signed law here in Nebraska is making it even

April 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Chip Flory: Green Fuel Drives the Future of Soybeans

by Chip Flory (AgWeb) The soybean industry continues to prep for what’s expected to be demand growth for renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), “green” marine fuels and higher blends of biodiesel in home heating in the eastern U.S. Here are a few numbers for perspective:  Soybean oil use for biofuels

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

AltEn Environmental Pollution: Tracking Contamination around a Closed Ethanol Plant

(University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health)  Scientists are investigating the contamination of water, soil, and air caused by a closed ethanol plant that is being sued by the State of Nebraska.  Toxic piles of ethanol byproduct — called wet cake — are rotting on the grounds of the

April 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Diesel Tech Headed to Ag Fields — ClearFlame CEO Plans to Put Ethanol-Powered Diesel Engines in Ag Equipment, Portable Generators

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) ClearFlame Engine Technologies’ ethanol-diesel engine will head to the field for testing in a John Deere 9-liter model, perhaps in tractors and harvesters in the fourth quarter of 2022, said ClearFlame CEO BJ Johnson. Johnson shared the news with a group of ethanol producers and

March 30, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA’s Snyder: E15 Work Underway EPA Ag Adviser Tells Ethanol Producers Agency Working with States to Restore E15

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  With the start of the summer driving season fast approaching and year-round E15 sales no longer an option, EPA’s Rod Snyder said on Thursday the agency continues to work to restore those sales. Snyder, who is the ag adviser to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and

March 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s New Ground Game

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine) With three CO2 pipelines in development, carbon capture and sequestration is poised to become a transformative force in ethanol production. The industry’s quest for net-zero emissions, in part, depends on it. — Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is arguably the hottest subject in ethanol

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Navigator CO2 and Siouxland Ethanol Execute Long-Term Agreement for the Capture, Transportation, and Storage of Siouxland Ethanol’s CO2

(Navigator CO2 Ventures/PR Newswire)  Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC (“Navigator”) announced today that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Siouxland Ethanol LLC (“Siouxland”) to provide CO2 capture, transportation and storage services on its carbon capture and storage (CCS) system, the Heartland Greenway. The agreement between companies outlines the key terms for

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On Day 2 of ABLC in Washington, DC, The Digest announced the 50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022. This year, the focus was on advanced bioeconomy manufacturing sites, completed or in development, at pilot, demonstration or commercial scale for intermediates or finished products, rather

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Grassley and Ernst Call on Biden to Unleash Iowa Biofuel Immediately as Gas Prices Hit Record High, U.S. Bans Russian Oil

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Iowa senators introduce bipartisan legislation to open up the use of clean, American-made renewable fuels that are available right now to replace banned Russian oil  — As gas prices hit all-time record highs, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) are calling on Pres. Joe

March 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Some Siouxland Ethanol Farmers in Favor of Carbon Capture Pipeline

by Dillon Adams (Siouxland Proud) One of Siouxland’s largest ethanol producers spoke on how much they would benefit from a carbon capture pipeline Friday. Siouxland Energy Cooperative set out on a mission to create high-quality biofuel more than two decades ago and now are looking to continue their success with help from

March 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Seed Corn Companies Sue Troubled AltEn Ethanol Plant

by  Paul Hammel (Nebraska Examiner/Omaha Daily Record) … Last week, six seed corn companies that have been cleaning up the AtlEn ethanol plant site near Mead, Nebraska, filed two separate federal lawsuits seeking repayment for their work. One lawsuit alleges that AltEn, its owner Tanner Shaw, manager Scott Tingelhoff and other

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Texas Leads 14-State Fight On Biden Vehicle Emissions Regs

by Clark Mindock (Law360)  A Texas-led group of states is slamming the Biden administration’s push to strengthen greenhouse gas standards for auto emissions, telling the D.C. Circuit on Monday it must intervene and stop a purported federal war on fossil fuels. The 14-state coalition headed by Lone Star State Attorney General Ken

March 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Midlands Voices: Carbon Capture Storage Will Provide Economic Boost to Rural America

by (Julius Schaaf) Omaha World-Herald) … Almost every business sector has green initiatives being put forward by industry leaders to tackle the changing environment. Lowering carbon emissions is a noble cause and one that would have a tremendous impact on leaving a better Earth to live for the next generation.

February 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Pipeline Plans See Pushback: Eminent Domain Debate Heats Up in Iowa as Carbon Pipeline Projects Stack Up

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) … An Iowa state senator’s bill would take away the companies’ ability to use eminent domain. The bill introduced by state Sen. Jeff Taylor, a Republican from northwest Iowa, would limit the use of eminent domain to public utilities and double the annual fee paid

February 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuel the Crush: Renewable Diesel Pumps Up Soybean Demand

by Sara Schafer (AgWeb) … “The administration is committed to making this happen, and so I think there is a much larger appetite to get this industry off the ground now than there even was six months or a year ago,” says Alexa Combelic, director of government affairs for the

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets) Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, September 2021) provides a detailed analysis and outlook for low-carbon feedstock availability, and a feasibility assessment for technology commercialization pathways in sustainable aviation fuels and low-carbon renewable diesel production. INTRODUCTION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Bill to Give Tax Breaks to Carbon Capture Facilities Runs into Opposition

by Paul Hammel (Nebraska Examiner)   … A bill to ensure that Nebraska ethanol plants can qualify for state tax incentives for building carbon-capture facilities is running into opposition from a leading environmental group. The Bold Alliance, which includes Bold Nebraska, the group that led the fight against the Keystone XL crude

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Marathon Announces Progress on Renewable Diesel Projects

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Marathon Petroleum Corp. is working to optimize operations at its renewable diesel plant in Dickinson, North Dakota, and is ready to begin construction on the conversion of its refinery in Martinez, California. The company is also progressing with feedstock pretreatment projects. Michael Hennigan, president and CEO

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

$375M Soybean Crushing Plant to Be Built in Norfolk, Company Says

by Matt Olberding (Lincoln Journal Star) … “Soybean oil is one of the main feedstocks in biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel,” Ritzman said. “As more states continue to pass low-carbon fuel standards, these clean and drop-in alternative fuels are meeting a new demand.” Just since last fall, plans for

February 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Dioxide Pipelines Planned for Minnesota Fall into Regulatory Black Hole

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  … Right now, the CO2 pipelines don’t require approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). But the PUC in December opened a proceeding on whether it should change state regulations to deem CO2 pipelines as hazardous. The Minnesota Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, Commerce and

February 7, 2022 Read Full Article
    Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2022   —   March 23-24, 2022   —   Omaha, NE

Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum 2022 — March 23-24, 2022 — Omaha, NE

Ethanol and biofuels experts from across the nation will be in Omaha for the annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum March 23-24, 2022, at the La Vista Conference Center. The two-day forum is arranged for ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of ethanol and its co-products.

February 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Year-Round E15: There’s More than One Way to Peel a Banana

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Recognizing this, the governors of seven Midwest states sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan in early November seeking guidance from the agency on how best to pursue a specific—and little known—provision of the Clean Air Act that allows independent

January 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Largest Biofuels Producer Focuses on Sustainability

(POET/Farm Progress) A 40% increase in biofuel production capacity, an on-site solar farm, and a company roadmap to net carbon neutrality highlighted a year focused on sustainability for POET. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, POET is the largest biofuels producer in the world.  “Every person, every business has a responsibility to keep

December 30, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces $3.1 Million in HBIIP Awards

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA on Dec. 3 awarded a combined $3.1 million to eight recipients under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Inventive Program. HBIIP aims to increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding renewable fuels infrastructure. The HBIIP awards were announced

December 7, 2021 Read Full Article

AGP Announces Soybean Processing Facility Expansion

(Ag Processing, Inc.) Ag Processing Inc a cooperative (AGP) announced its plan today to make a significant investment to expand the crush capacity of its soybean processing facility in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Chairman of the Board Lowell Wilson stated, “The project is aligned with our strategic plan of continued growth of

November 30, 2021 Read Full Article

What We Know about Two Carbon Capture Pipelines Proposed in Iowa

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  … Two companies — Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator CO2 Ventures — want to build pipelines that will be used to move carbon dioxide captured from ethanol, fertilizer and other agricultural industrial plants. The companies plan to use pressure to liquify the carbon dioxide, transport it and then

November 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Companies Submit Plan to Clean up AltEn Waste, Including Enough Wet Cake to Cover Football Field 150 Feet Deep

by Chris Dunker (Lincoln Journal Star)  Emergency measures to contain and begin treating pesticide-contaminated byproducts at AltEn are expected to continue into next year, according to a plan submitted by seed companies leading the effort. The AltEn Facility Response Group, a coalition of six seed industry giants shouldering responsibility for

November 9, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Applauds Midwest Governors for Proactively Pursuing Year-Round E15 Fix

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a bipartisan group of seven Midwestern governors for their efforts to explore what actions can be taken to allow the year-round sale of E15 in their states. In a letter sent to EPA Administrator Michael Regan today, the governors seek guidance from the agency

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Archer Daniels Midland Sued over Ethanol Derivative Contracts Market

(Law Street)  On Tuesday, Green Plains Inc. and its subsidiaries filed a complaint in the District of Nebraska against Archer Daniels Midland Company alleging it had manipulated the derivative contracts market and violated the Commodities Exchange Act. … The complaint states Archer Daniels Midland Company is a major producer and seller

October 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Thune, Farm-State Colleagues Renew Request to Advocate for Commonsense Biofuel Policy

(Office of Senator John Thune (R-SD)) “Biofuels are a readily available energy solution that deserve full consideration.” — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today led several of his colleagues in requesting a meeting with President Biden and representatives of his cabinet to

October 27, 2021 Read Full Article

ADM, Gevo Sign MoU to Produce up to 500M Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Gevo) ADM (NYSE: ADM), a global leader in nutrition and agricultural origination and processing, and Gevo, Inc., (NASDAQ: GEVO), a pioneer in transforming renewable energy into low carbon, energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons, announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

October 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Navigator Approved to Proceed With Development and Construction of Heartland Greenway System in Midwest

(Navigator Ventures/PR Newswire) Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC (“Navigator”) announced today that as a result of commitments received during its binding open season, it has obtained the necessary board approvals to proceed with its proposed carbon capture pipeline system, the Heartland Greenway. Based upon the substantial market reception for the project, Navigator is

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Construction Begins on Nebraska Plant to Pretreat Animal Fats for Renewable Diesel

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) JST Global LLC, a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Jacob Stern & Sons, began construction on a facility in mid-September that will pretreat animal fats for the growing renewable diesel industry. The 6.5-acre project site is adjacent to Tyson Foods’ largest beef operation, located

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher Ethanol Blends Fuel Cancer Research in Nebraska

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) October has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month for over 35 years and this is the fourth year that Nebraska ethanol is helping to Fuel the Cure. Throughout October, drivers can help Fuel the Cure for breast cancer by filling up with higher blends of ethanol – E15 to flex fuel

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Infrastructure Efforts Keep Expanding

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Significantly increasing the use of low-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol follows along different tracks. Legislatively, for example, there’s the bipartisan Clean Fuels Vehicle Act of 2021, which would provide incentives for automakers to build more flex-fuel vehicles that can run on higher blends like

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article
    Fuel Ethanol Laboratory Conference   —   October 5-6, 2021   —   Omaha, NE

Fuel Ethanol Laboratory Conference — October 5-6, 2021 — Omaha, NE

Join your fellow laboratory professionals in the fuel ethanol industry. Listen to educational speakers, visit exhibitor booths, and network.  Organizer of the conference, Midland Scientific, is a full-line distributor of laboratory supplies including chemicals, equipment, and consumables. Our customer service and distribution centers, along with our sales force, span the

October 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Senator Promotes Precision Ag Loan Bill

(AgNewsWire) U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced bipartisan legislation to create a program within USDA to provide loan financing to farmers and ranchers interested in purchasing precision agriculture equipment. Sen. Fischer spoke on the Senate floor Monday about the Precision Agriculture Loan (PAL) Act, highlighting the importance of

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Local View: Bright Future for Ethanol

by Scott McPheeters (Lincoln Journal Star) … Ethanol infrastructure is already in place (unlike electric), and it doesn’t cost the American taxpayer anything. In fact, when you choose ethanol at the pump, you’re going to save money. Multiple studies have proven that ethanol helps save lives, sustains rural economies, and

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Viridis Chemical Announces Completion of Capital Improvement to Produce USP Grade Bio-Based Ethanol (Phase I) and Begins Construction on Upgrade to Produce Bio-Based Ethyl Ace

(Viridis/Globe Newswire)  Completion of Phase I allows Viridis to begin operations at Columbus, Nebraska, plant  — Viridis Chemical, LLC (“Viridis Chemical”), a manufacturer of renewable chemicals, announces the completion of the Phase I capital improvement to produce USP grade bio-based ethanol and the commencement of the Phase II capital improvement to

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Coalition Thanks Corn Growers for Investment to Expand E85 Availability in California

(American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)/GrainNet) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) welcomes the recent announcement that several state corn grower associations are investing $1.25 million dollars to help San Diego-based fuel marketer Pearson Fuels expand availability of E85 in California. ACE will be sharing the news with prospective E85 retailers as it exhibits alongside Pearson Fuels at the Pacific

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Coproducts Revenue Rising

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) New benchmarking information points strongly toward a growing percentage of overall plant income streaming from ethanol’s ancillary outputs. Data from 65 participating facilities show revenue from coproducts averaged 27% of total plant revenue in Q1.  —  New data shows ethanol coproducts represent increasingly higher

August 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

(Emerging Markets Online)  New study! Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, August 2021) focuses on low-carbon feedstock availability, technology pathways for low carbon renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation production. Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) 2030  covers four key areas: 1) renewable diesel producer case studies

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Pipelines Seek to Hit Net-Zero Ethanol– Carbon Pipelines Offer Ethanol Lower Carbon Footprints and Tax Credits

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)   After years of battles over oil pipelines, two companies are pitching carbon dioxide pipelines that would crisscross six states and combine to sink as much as 24 million metric tons of carbon emissions into geologic formations — if they can convince landowners and others their

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Pete Ricketts: Strengthening Energy Reliability and Independence

by Pete Ricketts (Star Herald) … The People’s Republic of China produces the vast majority of the rare earth minerals needed to manufacture EVs. The President’s EV goal would not only make America reliant on our nation’s biggest global competitor, but it would also be economically devastating to ethanol- and

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Union Pacific and Progress Rail Partner to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Locomotive Series’ Approved to Use Higher Biodiesel Blends

(Union Pacific) Union Pacific locomotives will be getting a boost of biodiesel fuel. Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, approved the use of up to 20% biodiesel blend in specific EMD locomotive series operated by the railroad. Previously, the locomotives were approved to operate at 5%. “Union Pacific is dedicated to reducing

August 23, 2021 Read Full Article

RNG Expands in Transport & Utilities: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There are 2 key market drivers for biogas and RNG – Transportation and Utility/Pipeline. Greenlane Renewables shared this illuminating slide guide on this and global directives driving RNG expansion, notable industry developments, supermajors like Chevron, Shell, bp and others investing in RNG projects, and more.   READ MORE

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Signs RNG Agreements in Trucking, Transit and Refuse Fleets

by Ariana Fine (NGT News) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed a slew of new deals in response to the demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) as more fleets adopt and expand their use of the low-carbon transportation fuel. RNG represents more than 74% of the 26 million gallons of fuel Clean

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article
    2021 Environment, Health, & Safety Summit   —   September 23, 2021   —   Kearney, NE

2021 Environment, Health, & Safety Summit — September 23, 2021 — Kearney, NE

Environment and safety performance has become more important than ever as the need for health and efficiency rises in the aftermath of COVID-19 and as our nation works vigorously to reduce carbon emissions. Please join us for the 2021 Environment, Health, & Safety Summit, presented by the Nebraska Ethanol Board,

August 16, 2021 Read Full Article

UNL Study Finds Non-Flex Fuel Vehicles Can Adapt to E30 Gasoline without Performance Compromise; Fuel Efficiency Comparable to E15

(Green Car Congress) A team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has investigated the long-term adaptability and economic feasibility of non-flex-fuel vehicles—vehicles designed to use fuel blends containing 85% ethanol (E85) or less—to consume a 30% ethanol (E30) fuel blend. Their results indicated that although modest changes can be observed in the

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Burying CO2 Deep in ND’s Geology May Combat Climate Change. Is It Financially Feasible?

by Adam Willis (Forum News Service/Twin Cities Pioneer Press) For some of North Dakota’s legacy industries, like coal power, the future could depend on the capacity of companies to deliver on bold promises around carbon capture. The pricey and so far sparsely used technology has nonetheless elevated the ambitions of North

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

North Dakota Carbon-Capture Pipelines Offer Climate Aid; Activists Wary

by Stephen Groves (Associated Press) Two companies seeking to build thousands of miles of pipeline across the Midwest are promising the effort will aid rather than hinder the fight against climate change, though some environmental groups remain skeptical. The pipelines would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois, potentially transforming the Corn

July 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Connector: The Summit Carbon Solutions’ Pipeline

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Summit Carbon Solutions’ pipeline, a visionary multi-billion dollar project in the making representing about 15% of the U.S. ethanol industry, will allow producers to permanently sequester their carbon dioxide and cut their CI scores in half. Stretching across five states and collecting carbon

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon-Capture Pipelines Offer Climate Aid; Activists Wary

by Stephen Groves (Associated Press)  Two companies seeking to build thousands of miles of pipeline across the Midwest are promising the effort will aid rather than hinder the fight against climate change, though some environmental groups remain skeptical. The pipelines would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois, potentially transforming the Corn

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol to Electrons: Beyond Transportation Fuel, Ethanol Could Contribute to Greener Electricity.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond transportation fuel, ethanol could contribute to greener electricity. From large-scale power generation to support the grid to small and decentralized applications that provide renewable energy for remote electric vehicle charging. Electrification may just be part of ethanol’s future—and not necessarily in competition

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Fischer: More Choices and Cleaner Fuel at the Gas Pump

(Office of Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)) … The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, which I reintroduced with Sen. Amy Klobuchar in response to the ruling, offers a common-sense solution to this problem. Our bill would reinstate the waiver that allowed high-ethanol blends like E15 to be sold all year.

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers Captured, Stored Carbon before It Was Cool, Industry Learder Says: Farmers and Ethanol Plants Can Benefit from Reducing Carbon Use.

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … After years of research into the data about farming’s contribution to carbon emissions, that’s the conclusion reached by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn farmer and ethanol plant director, who spoke Wednesday at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), which wraps up today at

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Representataives Angie Craig, Adrian Smith Lead Bipartisan Effort from Congressional Biofuels Caucus in Introducing Legislation to Allow Year-Round E15 Sales

(Office of U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN 2nd)  Craig and Smith’s Legislation has been endorsed by Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association  —  Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) led Co-Chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in introducing the Year-Round Fuel Choice

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Corn Board Targets Motorists in California through Ethanol Infrastructure Grant

(KUVR/Nebraska Corn Board)  The Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) has long provided infrastructure grants to fuel retailers and supported local ethanol expansion within the state. To complement this work, NCB is additionally boosting ethanol demand in population-dense areas, like California. NCB recently partnered with Pearson Fuels to help two fuel retailers in

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Rep. Axne Proposes Bipartisan Tax Credit to Expand Use of Low-Carbon Renewable Fuels, Incentivize Higher Blends of Biofuel

(Office of Rep. Cindy Axne (R-IA-03) The Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act was introduced today with Rep. Adrian Smith, Senators Klobuchar and Thune  —  Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the use of low-carbon renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a new

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Urge President Biden to Keep Biofuels Promises

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A group of six U.S. senators, led by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), are holding President Biden accountable for the promises he made on the campaign trail to support biofuels producers and farmers in light of recent reports about his consideration of favors to the oil industry. In a letter,

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Backs into UCO

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine) The low-quality, low-carbon byproduct of restaurant fryer grease, once largely reserved for modestly-sized biodiesel production, is now a darling input of the industry’s new mega plants. Used cooking oil is in high demand as renewable diesel booms. Four years ago, if John Tapp was asked

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Monolith Materials Receives Investments from SK Inc. and NextEra Energy Resources

(Monolith) Support for the clean hydrogen manufacturer continues to grow as its technology accelerates progress toward a decarbonized global energy system Monolith Materials, Inc., a leader in green hydrogen production, today announced it has received new investments from a consortium of investors led by SK Inc. and includes NextEra Energy Resources,

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Letter: Ethanol Checks All the Boxes

by Jan tenBensel (Nebraska Ethanol Board/Lincoln Journal/Star)  Addressing Ron Todd-Meyer’s Local View (“Change. It’s what’s for dinner,” May 25), ethanol checks many boxes for environmental goals. While we wait for electric vehicles to become affordable and infrastructure to be built, America’s ethanol industry is ready now to address our nation’s

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Navigator Announces Momentum Building Larger Carbon Capture Project

(Navigator CO2 Ventures/CISION) Successful non-binding open season of Midwest carbon capture and sequestration project complete; pipeline project would benefit agricultural, liquid fuels and other industrial emission sources —  Navigator CO2 Ventures (“Navigator”) announced today the successful conclusion of the non-binding open season of its carbon capture pipeline system (“CCS”). The proposed

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Has Signed a New Law that Will Allow Ethanol Plants to Sequester Carbon.

(jioforme) … He tells Brownfield that the law creates a legal and regulatory framework for sequestering carbon in geological structures. “This means that ethanol plants can take in carbon dioxide and store it on the ground to improve carbon dioxide emissions,” he says. “That means, for example, if your car

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Acquires Flint Hills Resources’ Biofuel Business

(POET)  POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, has acquired the bioethanol assets of Flint Hills Resources’ in their entirety, expanding the company’s production capacity by 40 percent.   POET is a world leader in green bioproducts, with an ever-growing suite of renewable solutions including bioethanol, renewable CO2, purified alcohol, high-protein

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Ag Groups Make Kearney Part of Statewide Trip to Encourage Use of Ethanol-Blended Fuels

by Grace McDonald (Kearney Hub) To highlight the importance of renewable fuels, Cooperative Producers Inc. Premier Stop in Kearney hit the gas on ethanol-blended fuels by offering customers discounts recently on E10, E15 and E85. For the event, Kearney Premier Stop partnered with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Choosing a Vehicle Fuel with Purpose

by Jessica Sodeke (Grand Island Independent)  When fueling your vehicle, did you know you have options that are better for the environment and your health? By choosing ethanol, you could be saving the planet, yourself and your neighbor. More than 8 million people (or nearly 1 in 5) unnecessarily die

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Fischer, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan RFS Integrity Act of 2021

(Office of Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE))  U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced the bipartisan RFS Integrity Act of 2021. This legislation would provide more certainty for rural America by bringing transparency and predictability to EPA’s small refinery exemption process.

May 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Battelle and Catahoula Resources Forge Partnership to Accelerate Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

(Battelle) Battelle and Catahoula Resources (“Catahoula”) will jointly develop solutions for the capture, transport and sequestration of carbon dioxide produced at ethanol facilities in Nebraska. The agreement pairs the world’s largest private independent research and development company with a portfolio company of private investment firm The Energy and Minerals Group (“EMG”), one of the

May 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Inputs Exempted from State Sales and Use Taxes

(Unicameral Update) Lawmakers passed a bill May 20 containing several sales and use tax exemptions, including one for inputs used to manufacture ethanol. Under LB595, introduced by Thurston Sen. Joni Albrecht, state sales and use taxes may not be imposed on the gross receipts from the sale, lease or rental of —

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

More Research to Back the Bills: University of Nebraska Researchers Have Proven E30 Is Safe

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) University of Nebraska Researchers have proven E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles. The findings could bolster the push for state- and federal-level low-carbon fuel legislation.  —  Two researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are eager to continue sharing their results

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Switching to Switchgrass: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Feedstocks in Midwest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bioenergy switchgrass feedstock – can it be the next-generation feedstock we’ve been looking for in the Midwest? University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking at perennial bioenergy feedstock production on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. What did they find? What had the highest-yield?

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

United States: Lincoln Completes Project to Use Biogas as Vehicle Fuel

(City of Lincoln/NGV Journal) Mayor of Lincoln Leirion Gaylor Baird announced the successful completion of a project to use the biogas from a city wastewater facility to produce vehicle fuel. The Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) began the biogas sustainability initiative at the Theresa Street Water Resource Recovery Facility in

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Yara Enters Carbon Markets, Introduces Agoro

by Margy Eckelkamp (AgWeb)  With farmers already registered in Iowa, Nebraska and Washington, Yara officially announces its carbon marketplace, Agoro Carbon Alliance. The goal of the program is to create an opportunity for farmers to earn additional revenue by adopting climate-positive practices. Its first farm-based carbon credits will be delivered in 2021

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Next Generation Black and Hispanic Farmers Scholarship Program DEADLINE: June 15, 2021

(National Black Farmers Association)  Welcome to the Next Generation Black and Hispanic Farmers (NGBHF) Scholarship program administered by the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA). We recognize and respect your desire for privacy. This application requires the submission of personal information to the NBFA directly. Information provided by the applicant is

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Supporters of Switch to Electric Vehicles Should also Back Increased Usage of Biofuels

(Norfolk Daily News)  … But there’s an estimated 279 million petroleum-powered vehicles in existence today, and they’re going to continue to be driven for a long time. Electric vehicles now make up less than 2 percent of all U.S. new-vehicle sales. What we find ironic is that the push for

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

POET+FHRe=HUGE: POET in ‘Exclusive Discussions’ to Buy FHR’s 800m Gallon Portfolio: Advanced Biorefining, Economies of Scale in Focus

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) From South Dakota, The Digest has learned that POET is in exclusive discussions with Flint Hills Resources over the possible acquisition of their biofuels business. Flint Hills Resources is the nation’s fifth-largest bioethanol producer, and this acquisition would include all six of their bioethanol production

May 14, 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

Renewable Diesel Production Expanding Thanks to Love’s and Cargill Joint Venture

(Love’s) First-of-its-kind entity will produce and market high-performance fuel while adding jobs in local community –The Love’s Family of Companies, Cargill and their affiliates have entered into a unique 50/50 joint venture to produce and market renewable diesel – a green fuel experiencing strong, rising demand. The joint venture is called Heartwell

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 17: Where Does Organic Waste End up?

by Ahmed Abdellah and Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced BiofuelsUSA)  Organic waste from homes and facilities typically ends up in a landfill decomposing and releasing methane into the atmosphere. Methane is known as a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Do you know any solutions to this problem?  Recent advances in

April 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Study Shows Higher Ethanol Blends Reduce CO2 Emissions

by Lura Roti (SDPB Radio) Results from a recent University of Nebraska Study could dramatically increase demand for ethanol. This is optimistic news for South Dakota corn farmers, ethanol manufacturers and family farm advocates. Redefining Renewable Fuels was a year-long study conducted by researchers from the University of Nebraska Department of Chemical

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Data Collection Project to Help Farmers Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Leslie Reed (University of Nebraska–Lincoln/Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute/Nebraska Today) University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers affiliated with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute have received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better quantify carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions connected with corn production

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Norfolk Senator’s Carbon Sequestration Legislation Isn’t Glamorous, but It’s Positive on Several Fronts

(Norfolk Daily News) … Sen. (Mike) Flood is sponsoring Legislative Bill 650, which would set up the legal and regulatory framework for the development of carbon sequestration wells, which would be at least 2,600 feet deep and store carbon in a gas/liquid state in underground formations conducive to storage. …

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum Features CEO Panel

(AgNewsWire) The 16th Annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum last week, hosted by the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska, featured an industry CEO panel that discussed some of the most pressing topics in the renewable fuels space. Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) interim director Pam Miller moderated the panel with American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

OPINION: Infrastructure that Makes a Difference

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association) … At the same time—flying under the radar—has been the latest round of grants approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, also known as HBIIP. This is an important effort begun last year by the USDA to

April 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Groups, States File Amicus Briefs in SCOTUS SRE Case

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Advanced Biofuels Association, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the National Biodiesel Board and a group of eight states on March 31 filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to affirm the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary Re-Making of Ordinary Things: Part 1 Reinventing Ethanol as Ethyl Acetate

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Texas and Nebraska, there have been a flurry of press releases from Viridis Chemical and its partners – most recently, today news arrives that Viridis Chemical inked a price, performance-guaranteed agreement with Koch Project Solutions to design and construct capital improvements to increase production capacity

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

Feedstock Development, Production, Management: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA’s Feedstock Innovations

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From switchgrass, sorghum or sugarcane, feedstock development, genomics, and crops improvement abound with USDA’s help at the Biomass Research Center. Rob Mitchell, Research Leader and Research Agronomist at USDA ARS, shares all about the latest ethanol and biofuel feedstock innovations in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

E30 Safe for Non-flex Fuel Vehicles & Cuts CO2 Emissions According to University of Nebraska Study

(South Dakota Farmers Union) If 10 percent of Nebraskans fueled up their non-flex fuel vehicles with 30 percent ethanol, CO2 emissions would decrease by 64,000 tons per year. This is according to results of a year-long University of Nebraska Study, Redefining Renewable Fuels, released February 2021. If these same Nebraskans fueled

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Valero and BlackRock Partner with Navigator to Announce Large-Scale Carbon Capture and Storage Project

(BusinessWire)  Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, “Valero”) and BlackRock Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III announced today (March 16, 2021) that they are partnering with Navigator Energy Services (“Navigator”) to develop an industrial scale carbon capture pipeline system (“CCS”). The initial phase is expected to span more than 1,200 miles

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Growers Back Higher Ethanol Blends

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News) A group of midwestern corn growers associations is attempting to raise fuel efficiency standards by increasing the ethanol blend. … Nebraska Corn introduced a resolution at the recent Corn Congress calling for 95 RON E15, a 15-percent blend of ethanol to raise octane to help

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article

With No Biodiesel Plants in the State, Nebraska Soybean Board Hopes for Change

by Christopher Stum (Nebraska TV)  While Nebraska has 25 ethanol plants producing fuel from border to border, the Nebraska Soybean Board said they still have yet to see a single biodiesel plant open across the state. “The future is bright for this alternative fuel,” said Greg Anderson, with Nebraska’s Soybean

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Presents Sapp Bros. with 2021 Biodiesel Marketing Award

(Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Biobased Diesel Daily) On March 2, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the 2021 Secretary’s Biodiesel Marketing Award to Sapp Bros. Inc.  CEO Andrew Richard and Eric Ziph, vice president of supply and distribution, accepted the award on the company’s behalf. Sapp Bros. owns

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Research Shows E30 Is Safe for Long-Term Use in Non-FFVs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 8 announced that ground-breaking research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services clearly demonstrates that E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). “The research partnership between the

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Looks to Capitalize on RNG Initiative

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird has completed a project to use the biogas from a Lincoln, Neb., wastewater facility to produce vehicle fuel. The Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) began the biogas sustainability initiative at the Theresa Street Water Resource Recovery Facility in 2017. “This sustainability initiative is a

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

CFDC Calls Nebraska E30 Demonstration One More Step Towards Higher Blends

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition) The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) today applauded the work of the State of Nebraska following the release of a report that found higher ethanol blends are safe, efficient, and cost effective when used in conventional vehicles. The yearlong demonstration involved 50 non-flex fuel vehicles (non-FFVs) from

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

AG Peterson Files Complaint Alleging Multiple Environmental Violations by AltEn, LLC.

(Office of Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson)  Attorney General Doug Peterson filed a complaint in the District Court of Saunders County alleging multiple environmental violations by AltEn, LLC. AltEn is an ethanol plant located near Mead, Nebraska. The complaint alleges violations of the Nebraska Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), violations of the Integrated Solid

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Crushing Ethanol’s CO2 Footprint: Summit Carbon Launches 10MT Carbon Capture & Storage Monster; Green Plains Is in

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sometimes, as the song says, you gotta bury your troubles, and when your trouble is the cost of carbon dioxide emission, and you’re in the ethanol business, you were stymied until a few minutes ago, when news crossed the wires that Summit Carbon Solutions is building

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Buffett-Backed Truck Stop to Buy Ethanol Plant as Recovery Eyed

by Kim Chipman (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance) A sprawling truck stop chain partly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying an ethanol plant just as the beleaguered industry may be turning around. Green Plains Inc. said Wednesday it plans to sell a 65 million-gallon ethanol plant for $64 million to

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Gov. Reynolds Plans to Build ‘Relationships’ with President Biden to Protect Biofuels

by John Steppe (The Gazette/SoutherMinn.com)  Gov. Kim Reynolds is looking forward to “building those same relationships” with President Joe Biden and his Environmental Protection Agency staff that she had with the Trump administration to protect biofuels, Reynolds said during Tuesday’s virtual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. … “I will hold this

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa’s Governor Calls for E10, B11 to Be Offered from All New Fuel Pumps

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Governor Kim Reynolds says any new fuel pumps installed in Iowa should be able to dispense gas with at least a 10 percent blend of ethanol and the governor says B11 — 11 percent biodiesel — should be the standard for diesel pumps. …

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Plains Announces Clean Sugar Project in Nebraska

(Green Plains/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Green Plains Inc. and Ospraie Management today announced that recently acquired Fluid Quip Technologies is engineering and constructing a fully scalable commercial Clean Sugar Technology production facility at the Green Plains York Innovation Center. This technology effectively transforms a dry milling facility into a clean sugar biorefinery

January 26, 2021 Read Full Article

A Muted Year for Biofuels M&A Activity: 2020 Review and Outlook

by Bruce Comer and Frank Kim (Ocean Park Advisors/Biofuels Digest)  COVID-19 further plagues the already challenged North American biofuels M&A market, while capital investments thrive. — Biofuels merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in North America remained sluggish in 2020. For the second consecutive year, no large-scale, operating biofuels plant changed

January 21, 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

‘There’s a Red Flag Here’: How an Ethanol Plant Is Dangerously Polluting a US Village

by Carey Gillam (The Guardian)  … But unlike most of the other 203 US ethanol plants, AltEn has been using seed coated with fungicides and insecticides, including those known as neonicotinoids, or “neonics”, in its production process. Company officials have advertised AltEn as a “recycling” location where agricultural companies can rid

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Supreme Court to Hear Small-Refinery Exemption Appeal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The Supreme Court will review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that found EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 10th Circuit ruling in January 2020 led the EPA to reject more

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

5 Reasons Clean Fuel Standards Are the Secret Key to Decarbonizing Transportation

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists) Clean Fuel Standards like the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) have been around for more than a decade but have not attracted the attention of more narrowly targeted policies promoting electric vehicles, biofuels, or renewable power. Recently, however, Clean Fuel Standards are enjoying something of

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Changing the Retail Landscape for Higher Blends

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Fuel retailers are beginning to implement a wide range of infrastructure projects across the country. This comes as USDA’s new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program is being fully implemented, something farmers and the ethanol industry played an instrumental role in helping to make

December 4, 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

Iowa, Wisconsin Ethanol Plants Sue ADM Six Ethanol Companies File New Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Archer Daniels Midland

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Add six more ethanol companies to the list of plaintiffs suing Archer Daniels Midland, alleging one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers manipulated the market.  Wisconsin producers United Wisconsin Grain Producers, Didion Ethanol, Ace Ethanol, Fox River Valley Ethanol, Badger State Ethanol and Iowa producer Pine

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Plains, Hayashikane Form Exclusive Partnership

(Green Plains, Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine) Green Plains Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Optimal Aquafeed, on Oct. 27 announced the formation of an exclusive partnership with Hayashikane Sangyo of Japan, one of the oldest and most successful integrated aquafeed companies in the world. The companies have come together to deliver innovative solutions for fast-growing

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

ADM Pushes Venue Change in Ethanol Case Green Plains, ADM Tussle Over Venue Change in Ethanol Market Lawsuit

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Archer Daniels Midland argues a Green Plains’ lawsuit alleging ethanol-market manipulation should be transferred from a federal court in Nebraska and consolidated with other similar cases in an Illinois court, ADM said in a court brief. ADM argues in a recent brief filed with the

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump’s Rural Edge Shrinks with Enthusiasm Fading in Key States

by Mike Dorning (Bloomberg) Surveys show Trump’s margin fading versus 2016 exit polls; Biden campaign making efforts to play for rural votes — The big margin of support among rural voters that helped Donald Trump secure victory four years ago is looking less firm in 2020 with the potential to

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Nebraska Environmental Trust’s $1.8 Million Grant for Ethanol Pumps

by Martha Stoddard (Omaha World-Herald) Critics of the Nebraska Environmental Trust board’s decision to award $1.8 million to a project installing ethanol blender pumps and storage tanks at gas stations are taking their fight to court. Two of those critics, W. Don Nelson and Jon Oberg, have filed a lawsuit in

October 9, 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

Ricketts Signs Bill Establishing Renewable Chemical Tax Credit

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Aug. 20 signed LB 1107, a legislative package that includes a production tax credit for renewable chemicals and provides property tax reform that will benefit various types of property owners, including biofuel plants. For the renewable chemical production tax credit, the

September 12, 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

Ethanol’s Market Move

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers are investing in high-end alcohol production after seeing its value during the pandemic. And it’s not just alcohol for hand sanitizer, but other disinfectants, as well as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, cosmetics and more. … Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler, Iowa, expects to have

August 28, 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

Ethanol Blog: Nebraska Lawmakers to Explore Ethanol Policies Ahead of Next Legislative Session

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The state of Nebraska is set to conduct a study of the state’s ethanol industry, after producers in the state and across the country have faced several challenging years. Sen. Joni Albrecht, Thurston, introduced a resolution in the Nebraska Legislature to examine ethanol public policy

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy to Provide $68 Million for Bioenergy Crop Research

(Department of Energy)  Studies Will Focus on Improving Crop Productivity and Resiliencen  — Today (July 28, 2020) the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $68 million in funding over five years for basic research aimed at making bioenergy feedstock crops more productive and resilient.  “One key requirement for sustainable bioenergy

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Applications Being Accepted for Ethanol Blender Pumps

by Dave Strang (KNEB) The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) is taking applications for a new grant program designed to encourage the installation of ethanol blender pumps across Nebraska. Expanding motorists’ access to higher blends of ethanol will increase usage of advance biofuels and offer benefits to the state’s environment.

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Pivotal Research Discovers Practices, Technologies Key to Sustainable Farming

by Anna Marie Tomczyk (Argonne National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  … The practices that grain farmers use to produce their crops—managing fertility, tillage practice and crop rotations—influence the overall carbon footprint of U.S. agriculture.  By using sustainable practices, farmers could substantially reduce their carbon footprint and become a vital partner to the biofuel

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Evolving in COVID-19 World – from Biofuel to Hand Sanitizer, Adapting Is Necessary

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Just this week, Green Plains shifted one of their Nebraska facilities to make FCC grade alcohol to be used for producing hand sanitizer. Lactips developed a solution to produce water-soluble strips for sealing COVID-19 contaminated hospital linen bags. ENGlobal started providing the world’s

July 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Planting with Purpose — Ethanol Producer Awards: Good Neighbor Award toTrenton Agri Products, LLC

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A five-acre parcel of underutilized farmland across the highway from Trenton Agri Products will soon become a model pollinator habitat in Nebraska. The project is a result of an idea planted with Renewable Fuels Association board members last year. … TAP personnel finished seeding

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Plains Sues ADM, Alleging Ethanol Market Manipulation

by P.J. Huffstutter  (Reuters)   Green Plains Inc, one of the biggest U.S. ethanol producers, sued Archer Daniels Midland Co on Tuesday, accusing the global grain trader of manipulating the price of the biofuel to profit from its positions in the derivatives market. Green Plains filed the proposed class action with

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

The Benefits of Ethanol

(Nebraska Ethanol Board) In an effort to spread ethanol’s clean air message, the Nebraska Ethanol Board put together this video aimed at students across the state. To help illustrate what is in gasoline and how ethanol can help, they included the popular video of Steve VanderGriend demonstrating the kinds of emissions

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Corn Board Celebrates Pollinator Week

(Journal Democrat) National Pollinator Week kicks off June 22 and runs through June 28. Since its unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate 13 years ago, the week is designated as a time to not only celebrate pollinators (such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles), but also a time to address

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Excess Capacity, Export Competition Will Force U.S. Ethanol Industry to Transform

(CoBank/Associated Press) Excess production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to transform its business model to create more value and improve its operational efficiency. Consolidation within the industry will lead to larger, more financially stable companies with diversified ethanol co-product offerings by 2025, according to a new report from

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

The Standoff for E30

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy may be just a block or two apart on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., but they are miles apart on their long-term outlook for ethanol. Seemingly disparate objectives make E30s future less clear. The good: The

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Gasoline, Ethanol Prices Equal Again, Signaling Return To Work Is Imminent

by Sal Gilbertie (Forbes)  The relationship between gasoline and ethanol returns towards normal as huge unemployment decline foretells of a back to work, commuter driven increase in gasoline demand Gasoline prices are sending a clear signal that workers will return to workplaces very soon, and they’ll get there in their

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

American Corn Growers Foundation Tells Farmers to Focus on Ethanol

by Robert Pore (Grand Island Independent) A Wilcox farmer and chairman of the American Corn Growers Foundation said farmers counting on corn exports “has always been a questionable strategy.” “Problematic U.S. trade policy, aimed at China, is attempting to protect intellectual property rights of big corporations, but has boomeranged against

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Month Spotlights Benefits of Homegrown Fuel Options

(KRVN/Nebraska Rural Radio Association) May is typically the kick-off to the summer driving season and has historically been a time Nebraska’s renewable fuels industries have come together to highlight the importance of clean-burning biofuel options. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, Renewable Fuels Month was postponed and will be celebrated throughout June

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling a Cleaner Future: Ethanol Is Just the Beginning

(Omaha World-Herald/Nebraska Corn Board) When you stop at the gas station to top off your tank, how much thought do you put in to choosing the fuel that’s right for your car? For your wallet? For the environment? For the air quality in your community? The truth is, transportation is the

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article
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