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ICM, Agribrasil Planning Brazilian Corn Ethanol Plant (Int'l.)
ICM, Agribrasil
Date: 2022-03-23
Colwich, Kansas-based ICM Inc. and Sao Paulo Brazil-based Agribrasil have signed an agreement to develop a greenfield dry-mill grain ethanol production facility in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. The facility will utilise ICM's proprietary process technologies, including Base Tricanter System™ (BTS) for corn oil recovery, patented Selective Milling Technology™(SMT) for milling optimisation, and patented Fiber Separation Technology™ (FST ) for fibre removal before fermentation.

The new plant will grid roughly 1,700 metric tpd of corn to produce more than 260 million lpy of anhydrous ethanol, 9,000 metric tpy of corn distillers oil and over 185,000 metric tpy of standard DDGS, according to the release.

Agribrasil originates soybeans and corn from Brazilian cooperatives, resellers, and large producers then performs the logistics and sells the products for export, according to the company website. (Source: Agribrasil, Website News, Mar., 2022) Contact: Agribrasil, Fred Humberg, CEO, +55 (11) 2714 0800,; ICM, 316-796-0900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  Agribrasil ,  Corn Oil,  Corn Ethanol Ethanol,  DDG,  

ICM, Cardinal Ethanol Ink DDG Agreement (Ind. Report)
ICM Inc,, Cardinal Ethanol
Date: 2022-02-18
Colwich, Kansas-based ICM Inc. reports it has contracted with Cardinal Ethanol LLC to implement ICM's proprietary Advanced Processing Package (APP) at Cardinals facility in Union City, Indiana.

APP is a series of four patented and patent-pending technologies -- Selective Milling Technology, Fiber Separation Technology Next Gen, Thin Stillage Solids Separation System, and Feed Optimization Technology -- designed to produce a yeast-enriched 50 pct protein called PROTOMAX and other animal feed products. These processes work by separating corn into clean piles of feed components, which ethanol producers can combine into valuable feed products.

ICM will begin construction of the APP System this summer. Once installation is complete, Cardinal Ethanol, which produces 135 million gpy of ethanol and 320,000 tpy of DDGs, expects to produce over 3 pounds of high protein per bushel of corn in addition to DDGS. (Source: ICM Inc., Website PR, 16 Feb., 2022) Contact: Cardinal Ethanol, Jeff Painter, Pres., CEO, 866-559-6026,,; ICM, 316-796-0900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM Inc,  ,  Cardinal Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  DDGs,  

Greenfield Inks Minn. Ethanol Plant Corn Agreement (Ind. Report)
Greenfield Global
Date: 2022-02-02
Greenfield Global is reporting an agreement with Truman, Minnesota-headquartered Central Farm Service (CFS) for the supply of corn to its newly acquired 48 million gpy ethanol plant in Winnebago, Minnesota. The deal includes an offtake agreement for the plant's dried distillers grain products (DDGS), a co-product of the ethanol production process.

CFS operates 17 grain locations in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. (Source: Greenfield Global, Website, Jan., 2022)Contact: Greenfield Global, Winnebago Location, (507) 893-4747, , www.; Central Farm Service, (507) 776-2831,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global ,  Ethanol,  Corn,  DDGs,  Corn Ethanol,  

Federated Co-ops, Whitecap Ink CCS MoU (Ind. Report)
Federated Co-operatives, Whitecap Resource,Terra Grain Fuels
Date: 2021-10-25
On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon-headquartered ethanol producer Federated Co-operatives Ltd (FCL) -- fka Terra Grain Fuels -- is reporting a memo of understanding (MoU) with Calgary-based clean energy company Whitecap Resources, under the terms of which Whitcap will store and use carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions captured from Federated Co-op's refinery complex at Regina and from the Co-op Ethanol Complex (CEC) near Belle Plaine, west of Regina. The Captured CO2 will be transported to and stored at Whitecap's light-oil unit -- "the single largest anthropogenic carbon sequestration project in the world, having so far captured over 36 million tonnes of CO2" -- in south of Weyburn , Saskatchewan.

Under the agreement, FCL will fund, construct and operate 500,000 tpy carbon capture facilities at its Regina and Belle Plaine plants at a an estimated cost of $510 million. FCL presently produces about 150 million lpy of ethanol and 130,000 tonnes of DDGs.

The Belle Plaine facility is expected to be completed in 2024, and the Regina refinery starting in 2026. The release notes the final investment decisions will need clarification on climate change regulations and available incentive programs. (Source: Federated Co-operatives Ltd., Whitecap Resources, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2021) Contact: Federated Co-operatives Ltd, Scott Banda, CEO, (306) 244-3403,,; Whitecap Resources, 403-266-0767

More Low-Carbon Energy News Federated Co-operatives,  Whitecap Resource,  Terra Grain Fuels ,  Ethanol,  CCS,  

US Ethanol Exports Hit 52 Mn Gallons in July (Ind. Report)
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Date: 2021-09-10
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) reports in July the U.S. exported 51.64 million gallons of ethanol, down from both the 81.86 million gallons exported during the previous month and the 72.91 million gallons exported in July, 2020. Distillers grains (DDGs) exports stood at 1.06 million metric tons in July, 2021 when compared to July 2020.

The U.S. exported ethanol to more than 30 countries in July with Canada being the leading importer followed by South Korea and the Netherlands. Ethanol exports totaled $138.82 million in July, down from $189.11 million in June, but up from $129.47 million in July 2020.(Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Website, Sept., 2021) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service,

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IGPC Ethanol Switches Corn Supplier (Ind. Report)
IGPC Ethanol
Date: 2021-08-11
In Southwester Ontario, Aylmer based IGPC Ethanol Inc. is reporting Woodslee, Ontario-based Synergy Grain Trading Ltd. will become their partner for sourcing corn at the IGPC ethanol facility in Aylmer, Ontario, effective January 1, 2022.

IGPC previously used Cargill and most recently Andersons to procure corn. IGPC produces 380 million lpy of denatured fuel grade ethanol and 340,000 tpy of distillers grains (DDGs) (Source: IGPC Ethanol, Website PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: IGPC Ethanol, 519-765-2575,; Synergy Grain Trading Ltd., Ken Whitelaw, Managing Dir., 519-279-1901,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IGPC Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  

Green Plains Announces Solution for MSC Protein Tech. (Ind. Report)
Green Plains Inc.,Tharaldson Ethanol
Date: 2021-08-06
Omaha-headquartered boifuels specialist Green Plains Inc. is reporting a turnkey solution for the installation of Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC™ system to exclusive partners -- Green Plains will provide up to 50 pct of capital, as well as marketing and product development of the Ultra-High Protein and post-MSC™ distillers grains products, internal expertise to help maximize product value, quality assurance and control engineering, project management and construction services, and collaboration on any non-recourse project financing.

Casselton, North Dakota-based Tharaldson Ethanol is the first turnkey partner, with permitting already underway and construction scheduled to begin this year. Green Plains and Tharaldson have formed a 50/50 joint venture to own and operate the MSC™ protein technology. Tharaldson produces 175 million gpy of ethanol and about 500,000 tpy dried distillers grain (DDGs).

The buildout of MSC™ technology at Tharaldson, expected to be completed in 2022, will be in conjunction with the ongoing MSC™ installations at Green Plains' locations, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. (Source: Green Plains, PR, Website, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, 402.884.8700,,; Tharaldson Ethanol,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Fluid Quip Technologies,  Ethanol,  Tharaldson Ethanol,  

POET Takes Flint Hills' Ethanol Business (M&A, Ind. Report)
POET, Flint Hills
Date: 2021-06-02
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET, the country's largest biofuels producer, is reporting the acquisition of Flint Hills Resources' entire ethanol business, including 6 bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska and two terminals in Texas and Georgia.

The acquisition will bump POET's total ethanol production up by 40 pct to 3 billion gpy, dried distillers grain (DDG) production will rise to 7 million tpy and corn oil production will grow to 975 million pounds per year. With the acquisition, POET will operate 33 facilities across 8 states.

Flint Hills, a refining, biofuels and petrochemical company, is based in Wichita, Kansas, and was the country's fifth-largest ethanol producer prior to the acquisition. (Source: POET, PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200,; Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822,

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German Bioethanol Production on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
German Bioethanol Industry Association'
Date: 2021-04-23
In Berlin, the German Bioethanol Industry Association's (BDBe) recently published 2020 market data on certified sustainable bioethanol reported the overall fuel market and petro and bioethanol sales declined by almost 10 pct from 18.0 million tonnes to roughly 16.2 million tonnes due to the pandemic.

The amount of ethanol and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) used as an admixture in Super E10, Super Plus and Super E5 petrol fell by 4 pct to just under 1.10 million tonnes from 1.14 million tonnes the previous year. More than 125,000 tonnes of bioethanol were used for ETBE production -- equivalent to 42.8 pct more than the 88,000 tonnes used in 2019. By contrast, bioethanol as an admixture in petrol fell to 971,000 tonnes from 1.1 million tonnes in 2019.

According to the release, in 2020 the use of bioethanol saved about 3 million tonnes of CO2 in transport

The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) represents the interests of its member companies and associations, spanning agricultural production of raw materials to industrial production and processing of bioethanol and its co-products (DDGS, CDS, biogenic carbon dioxide, gluten, yeast, biomethane, organic fertiliser). Different types of bioethanol are produced for use as transport fuels or for the beverage and industrial markets from agricultural feedstock, such as grains and sugar beet. Petrol at German filling stations contains between 5 pct and 10 pct certified sustainable bioethanol, the report notes. (Source: German Bioethanol Industry Association, Website, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: German Bioethanol Industry Association, Stefan Walter, MD, Carola Wunderlich, 49 (0)30 301 29 53 13,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  

DDGs Offer Opportunities for Ethanol Producers (Ind. Report)
National Corn Growers Association
Date: 2021-04-07
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is reporting new corn fractionation technologies at dry mills offer the potential for ethanol producers to diversify and produce specialized Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGs) for specific livestock and poultry needs.

According the NCGA, as these next generation DDGs products become increasingly competitive in their nutritional composition, ethanol manufacturers have the opportunity to diversify their portfolio, plugging into newly created revenue sources. If an ethanol plant is experiencing a lull in liquid fuel demand, they could offset this loss or risk by continuing to produce specialized feed products for livestock, poultry and aquaculture producers as well as the pet food industry. This heightened level of confidence and corn demand consistency at a local ethanol plant could translate to additional dollars back on the farm.

The new corn fractionation technologies create value by separating out the various components of corn to optimize feed for animals of different species in various geographies and life stages. Producers are working with regulatory agencies to develop specifications for these next generation feed products, according to the NCGA. (Source: NCGA, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: NCGA, Liz Friedlander, (202) 326-0644,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  DDG,  Ethanol,  

Belle Plaine Ethanol Plant Now Co-op Ethanol Complex (Ind. Report)
Federated Co-operatives
Date: 2021-04-02
On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon-headquartered Federated Co-operatives Ltd. reports its ethanol plant in Belle Plaine Saskatchewan has been renamed the Co-Op Ethanol Complex. The CEC facility produces up to 150 million lpy of ethanol and roughly 130,000 tpy of distillers dried grain (DDG) from 350,000 tonnes of regionally-sourced wheat, corn, rye and triticale.

Co-op purchased the plant -- fka Terra Grain Fuels -- in June of 2019, with the aim of helping their fueling stations all over Western Canada prepare for the national Clean Fuel Standard. (Source: Federated Co-operatives Limited, PR, Mossejaw Today, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: Federated Co-operatives Limited, Brian Humphreys, VP Energy, (306) 244-3311, Fax: (306) 244-3403,,; Belle Plaine Complex, (306) 345-2280 Fax: (306) 345-2153,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Federated Co-operatives. Terra Grain Fuel,  Ethanol,  DDG,  

POET Launches POET Pure™ Plant-Based Products (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-04-02
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET reports it has expanded production to include renewable CO2, renewable dry ice and all-natural, 100 pct plant-based pharmaceutical-grade purified alcohol as part of a suite of bio-based products under a new label, POET Pure™.

POET Biorefining -- Leipsic will produce up to 35 million gpy of purified alcohol which will include grain neutral spirits (GNS) and USP-grade alcohol. A second expansion at POET Biorefining --Alexandria is also scheduled to come online in Q2 2021.

POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, operates 27 facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 pt of US corn and produces 2 billion gpy of ethanol, 10 billion ppy of distillers dried grains, and 600 million ppy of corn oil. (Source: POET, PR, 31 Mae., 2021) Contact: POET Pure, Darin Cartwright, VP,; POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200,

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Flint Hills' Iowa Ethanol Plant Producing DDGs (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources
Date: 2020-12-28
Wichita, Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources reports its Shell Rock, Iowa ethanol plant has added an eight-story dryer developed by Fluid Quip Technologies of Cedar Rapids, for production of maximized stillage co-products (MSC) -- distillers dried grains (DDGs) livestock feed.

That technology extracts protein from the whole stillage that remains after corn ethanol processing and makes a 50 pct protein animal feed. The Shell Rock plant began processing MSC in July, this year. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, PR, Gazette, 24 Dec., 2020) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822,; Fluid Quip Technologies, ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDG,  Fluid Quip Technologies,  Flint Hills Resources,  Ethanol,  

Green Plains Offloading Texas Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Green Plains
Date: 2020-12-18
In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. is reporting its subsidiary, Green Plains Hereford LLC, has entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell its 2006-vintage 100 MMgy ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas, to Hereford Ethanol Partners L.P. for $39 million, plus working capital and an earnout provision of up to $75 million related to certain value enhancement opportunities, including future earnings from Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits.

Green Plains Hereford LLC has also entered into an asset purchase agreement with Green Plains Partners LP and affiliates to acquire the storage and transportation assets and the assignment of railcar leases associated with the Hereford ethanol plant for $10 million. Both transactions are expected to close within the next 30 days. (Source: Green Plains Inc., Dec., 2020) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP, 402.884.8700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains Inc.,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  

Green Plains Announces Second High Protein Project Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Green Plains Inc.
Date: 2020-10-05
In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. reports its wholly owned subsidiary Green Plains Wood River LLC has broken ground on a high protein distiller dried grains (DDG) production facility utilizing Fluid Quip Technologies' patented MSC™ technology, the second installation across the Green Plains platform.

The Wood River project is expected to come online in Q2, 2021 and produce approximately 80,000 tpy of high protein feed at concentrations of 50 pct and higher protein. Total capital investment is anticipated to be $50 million or approximately 40 cents per gallon of capacity, with high protein products providing an estimated 15 to 20 cents per gallon of initial uplift to the overall margin structure and increasing from there with higher protein and improved nutritional characteristics, according to the release.

"The addition of high protein (DDG) production using Fluid Quip's MSC technology was the next logical step in the transformation of Wood River to a modern, sustainable, agricultural ethanol biorefinery. We have already achieved significant operating cost reductions and efficiency gains at the plant through Project 24 upgrades, as well as converted 25 million gallons of production capacity to high purity, industrial B-grade alcohol, and expect to meet USP specifications in early 2021," according to Green Plains' CEO Todd Becker. (Source: Green Plains Inc. , PR, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP, 402.884.8700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains Inc.,  Ethanol,  DDGs,  

Global Ethanol Production Recovery Expected in 2022 (Ind. Report)
US Grains Council
Date: 2020-09-16
The US Grains Council is predicting s global ethanol production will be 20 pct lower this year as the market goes through the COVID-19 crisis, while recovery in output back to pre-pandemic levels will not be realized until 2022, according to a release.

About 23 billion litres of ethanol production has been lost in 2020, which has shuttered more than 250 ethanol plants across the globe, according to NCGA. U.S. ethanol production, however, has nearly recovered from the worst of the pandemic and is currently 10 pct lower compared with the levels for Aug. 16, 2019.

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture's profitability, according to its website. (Source: US Grains Council, UK Reuters, Sept., 2020) Contact: US Grains Council, Brian D. Healy, Director Global Ethanol Market Dev, Bryan Jernigan,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Grains Council,  Ethanol,  

Ontario Biofuels Producers Win FedDev Ontario Support (Ind. Report)
FedDev Ontario,IGP Ethanol
Date: 2020-08-14
In Ontario, London West MP Kate Young is reporting FedDev Ontario has invested $10 million to support Ontario-based renewable fuel producers Forge Hydrocarbons and Aylmer-based IGPC Ethanol Inc.

In addition to FedDev Ontario's repayable contribution, FORGE Hydrocarbons has leveraged $25.6 million from private investors. FedDev Ontario's repayable contribution to IGPC supports a $112 million project leveraging more than $107 million in other investments.

The Province of Ontario's renewable energy industry and agricultural sectors produce 380 million lpy of high-octane fuel grade ethanol and 340,000 tpy of distillers' grains (DDGs) from 36 million bushels of Ontario corn.

FedDev Ontario has invested over $123 million in 60 Ontario clean technology projects since 2015. (Source: FedDev Ontario, Website News, CTV News, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: FedDev Ontario,; IGPC Ethanol, 519-765-2575,; Forge Hydrocarbons,

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Ethanol "Growth will come from exports, period" (Notable Quotes)
Date: 2020-08-03
"The ethanol industry is in worse shape than we thought prior to this pandemic.

"The ethanol industry's problem is bigger than the waivers. Even with DDG (livestock feed) sales, they (ethanol producers) are losing money because we have been awash in oil and now the recession has lowered prices." -- David Swenson, Iowa State University Economist speaking to the Iowa Farmers Union via Zoom on July 30.

In Iowa, at least 10 of the 43 plants had completely shut down at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic and others had limited production. Contact: David Swenson, Iowa State University, (515) 294-7458,,

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Flints Hills Kills Ethanol Production at GA Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hill Resources
Date: 2020-06-15
Flint Hill Resources reports it is permanently ceasing production at its idled 120 million gpy ethanol plant in Camilla, Georgia. The facility, which also produces 310,000 tpy og dried distillers grains (DDGs) and approximately 21 million ppy of non-food grade corn oil, will continue to operate as an ethanol terminal.

The shutdown is due to the "oversupply of ethanol in the marketplace and the loss of demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing a rationalization of U.S. ethanol production," according to the company release. As previously reported, the company had been unsuccessful in finding a purchaser for the plant. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, Albany Herald, 13 June, 2020) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flint Hill Resources news,  DDGs news,  Ethanol news,  

Irish ClonBio Reports €95Mn 2019 pretax Profit (Int'l. Report)
ClonBio,Pannonia Bio,
Date: 2020-05-27
Dublin-headquartered family-owned agribusiness company ClonBio Group Ltd. has reported a 143 pct rise in annual pretax profits to €95 million in 2019 after ethanol prices strengthened. A good performance by its biofuels and protein-rich animal nutrition products (DDGs) also boosted the performance of ClonBio, which saw its turnover rise 26 pct to €361 million, according to a company release.

The company's core operating company, Pannonia Bio, a corn-based biorefinery in Hungary. was recently designated as an "essential company" by the Hungarian government, with a significant proportion of its monthly ethanol output now in use in the fight against coronavirus. (Source: CloneBio, Irish Times, 25 May, 2020) Contact: ClonBio, Mark Turley, CEO, +353 1 538 4550,; Pannonia Bio, +36 1 696 1833,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs news,  Ethanol news,  

State-Owned Bank of ND Offers Ethanol Ind. Assistance (Ind Report)
Bank of ND ,North Dakota Industrial Commission
Date: 2020-05-04
Reporting from Bismark, the North Dakota Industrial Commission has authorized the Bank of North Dakota to provide a financing program to help the state's ethanol secure working capital to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The state's ethanol producers use 140 million bpy of corn to produce 400 million gpy ethanol and 1.3 million tpy of distiller’s grains (DDGs).

The Industrial Commission will use the Partnership in Community Expansion program which offers buy-downs to to a maximum of $500,000 of a borrower's interest rate, in tandem with the legislatively authorized Fuel Production Loan Guarantee program for biofuels. Under terms of the program, ethanol producers may access up to $15 million or 50 cents per bushel of corn that would have normally been purchased in the first two quarters of 2020, whichever is less.

The Bank of North Dakota is a state-owned, state-run financial institution and the only government-owned general-service bank in the United States. (Source: Bank of ND, Wahpeton Daily News, May, 2020) Contact: Bank of ND, 800.472.2166 , 701.328.5600,,; North Dakota Industrial Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  DDGs,  Corn,  Corn Ethanol,  

Congressional Biofuels Caucus Seeking Direct Biofuels Industry Relief (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2020-04-13
Iowa Congressman Steve King (R), a member of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, reports he has signed the attached bi-partisan letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the USDA use "funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry."

Dear Secretary Perdue,

"The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided USDA with additional resources to support farm income and prices during this economic downturn. The CARES Act included a reimbursement of $14 billion to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and $9.5 billion for the Secretary to respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to address financial hardship in agriculture, we urge you to use funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry.

"Demand for fuel is declining as states implement stay-at-home orders and discourage travel. This sudden shift in demand is worsening market conditions to the point ethanol plants are halting production. The biofuels industry is a vital market for the commodities our farmers produce, and USDA must take immediate action to ensure plants can retain skilled workers and continue production when market conditions improve.

"The biofuels sector provides a direct and significant boost to the value of corn and soybeans. Ethanol plants purchase two out of every five bushels of U.S. corn and biodiesel producers use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year. Ethanol plants produce dried distillers grains (DDGs) as a byproduct, providing livestock farmers with a low-cost, high-protein component of animal feed. To assist with the response to COVID-19, some ethanol and biofuels plants have volunteered to produce hand sanitizer and disinfectant products to address nationwide shortages. And, ethanol plants produce high purity carbon dioxide that is critical for medical facilities and food processing. The biofuels sector plays a large role in the livelihood of America's commodity and livestock producers, and biofuels plants are major employers in many rural communities.

"USDA should take immediate action to stabilize the biofuels industry with resources provided by the CARES Act. We look forward to working with you on this issue as USDA assists producers through this challenging time. Thank you for considering this request." (Source: Congressman Steven King, KIOW Radio, 12 April, 2020) Contact: Rep Steve King,

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Green Plains Adding Corn-Based Livestock Feed (Ind. Report)
Green Plains Inc
Date: 2020-02-12
Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. reports it will invest $400 million over the next two years to refocus its business on the production of corn-based, high protein animal feeds at its various production facilities. With this refocusing, ethanol will become a low-margin byproduct for the company.

According to Reuters, the company's new game plan is in response to an uncertain ethanol market outlook, the Trump administration's continued issuance of RFS ethanol blending "hardship waivers" and an almost 20 pct drop in revenues from ethanol sales in 2019.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single waiver request for an exemption was denied. (Source: Green Plains, Successful Farming, Feb., 2020)Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700,

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Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Snares Bunge Ethanol Plant Stake (Ind. Report, M&A)
Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-01-06
White Plains, NY-based agribusiness major and ethanol producer Bunge Ltd is reporting the sale of its equity stake in an ethanol plant in Iowa to Council Bluffs-based Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy LLC (SIRE). Under the deal Bunge will purchase all of the plant's the ethanol production.

According to its website, SIRE is a dry-mill grain processing facility that produces over 110 million gpy of fuel grade ethanol, over 365,000 tpy of Dried Distillers' Grain (DDGs) with the ability to produce Wet Distiller Grains (WDGs), as well as approximately 90,000 ppd of corn oil. The facility will consume over 44.6 million bpy of corn feedstock from southwestern Iowa and several counties in southeast Nebraska. (Source: Bunge, Biofuel Int'l., 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Southwest Iowa Renewable EnergyLLC, Mike Jerke, CEO, 712-366-0392; Bunge Ltd, (914) 684-2800,

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Sao Martinho Ethanol Production UP (Int'l. Report)
Sao Martinho
Date: 2019-12-18
In Sao Paulo, Braziliam sugar and ethanol producer Sao Martinho SA is reporting a 6.9 pcy increase in ethanol production to 1.172 bln litre for the period Apr/Mar 2019/20.

Sao Martinho SA is one of the country's largest sugar and ethanol producers. In June this year, the company announced plans to construct a 200 million litre -- 140,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDGs) corn ethanol plant at a cost of roughly $90 million in the municipality of Quirinopolis, an important grain producing region in Goias State.

Sao Martinho is the latest in a growing number of companies starting to produce ethanol from corn in Brazil, a country where the fuel has always been made from sugarcane. (Source: Sao Martinho Website, FO Licht, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Sao Martinho, +55 11 2105 4100,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sao Martinho,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

sPURE Touts European Ethanol's Emissions Reduction (Int'l)
Date: 2019-09-11
The European renewable ethanol association ePURE reports in 2018 its members produced 5.81 billion litres of ethanol. 82 pct of which was used as fuel, which resulted in average greenhouse gas (GHG) savings of over 71 pct, compared to petrol. Of the remaining ethanol volumes, 9 pct was used in industry, with another 9 pct was used in food and beverages. ePURE members also produces 5.55 million tonnes distillers dried grain (DDGs) co-products for livestock feed.

Of the total volume of ethanol produced in 2018, The GHG-reducing performance of European ethanol increased for the seventh consecutive year. According to ePURE, "The emissions-reduction performance of EU ethanol continues to improve at a time when transport decarbonization is of critical importance. As Europe's leaders work to respond to voters' concerns about climate change and EU Member States struggle to meet their renewables targets, they should not overlook a homegrown solution that delivers results right now. Ethanol reduces emissions from today's car fleet and will be important for decarbonizing the vehicles that what will continue to be prevalent on Europe's roads for a long time." (Source: ePURE, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. General, +32 2 657 6679,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Carbon Emissons,  Ethanol,  

Institutional Investors Leaving Rex American Resources (Ind Report)

Date: 2019-07-22
Dayton, Ohio-headquartered REX American Resources Corporation is reporting institutional sentiment decreased to 1.2 in 2019 Q1 -- down -0.25, from 1.45 in 2018 Q4. The ratio fall, as 53 hedge funds increased and started new positions, while 44 cut down and sold equity positions in Rex American. Also, the number of hedge funds holding Rex American Resources Corp in their top 10 positions was flat from 0 to 0 for the same number .

REX American Resources Corp., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells ethanol as well as dried distillers grains (DDGs), modified distillers grains, and non-food grade corn oil.

REX American Resources has interests in 6 ethanol production facilities, which in aggregate shipped approximately 702 million gallons of ethanol over the twelve month period ended April 30, 2019. REX's effective ownership of the trailing twelve month gallons shipped (for the twelve months ended April 30, 2019) by the ethanol production facilities in which it currently has ownership interests was approximately 279 million gallons, according to the company website. (Source: Rex American Resources, PR, Variopus Trade Media, Altcoin Mercury, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Rex American Resources, (937) 276-3931,

RFA Congratulates Husker Ag on Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-06-05
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated member company Husker Ag LLC, as it recently produced its one-billionth gallon of corn ethanol. The Plainview, Nebraska facility presently produces over 300,000 gpd of ethanol.

The Husker Ag facility was originally built by Fagen Inc. and designed by ICM of Colwich, KS. Husker Ag expanded its operations in the fall of 2007 and as of 2017 utilizes more than 26 million bpy of corn to produce about 76 million gpy of denatured ethanol and about 450,000 tpy of modified wet distillers' grain (DDG) for cattle feed. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Husker Ag, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, (202) 289-3835,; Husker Ag, Seth Harder, Gen. Mgr., (402) 582-4446,

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Attis Completes Sunoco Corn Ethanol Plant Acquisition (M&A)
Attis Industries,Sunoco LP
Date: 2019-06-05
Milton, Georgia-headquartered Attis Industries Inc is reporting completion of its $20 million acquisition of Sunoco LP's 100 million gpy corn ethanol plant and grain malting operation in Fulton, New York.

The transaction includes a 6-month transition services agreement as well as a 10-year offtake agreement for the ethanol produced at the facility.

According to an Attis release, "today, the United States consumes roughly 19 billion gallons of renewable fuel on an annual basis; however, Attis believes firmly that through the deployment of its innovative and transformative suite of green technologies, yearly production can nearly double while taking advantage of more carbon neutral feedstocks. Desperately needed innovation is required to realign existing production to the Renewable Fuel Standard's goal of 36 billion gallons by 2022." (Source: Attis Industries, Inc. , Website 3 June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661,; Sunoco LP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Ethanol,  DDGs,  Attis Industries,  Ethanol,  Sunoco LP,  

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