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Ceres Solutions, CountryMark Score E15 Pump Grant (Funding)
Ceres Solutions,CountryMark
Date: 2020-11-18
Ceres Solutions and CountryMark are reporting receipt of $55,562 in USDA grant funding for the installation of E15 and E85 biofuel blend pumps at the Ceres Solutions owned CountryMark branded filling station in Rensselaer, New York. The new pumps are expected to be in service early in December.

The grant was awarded through the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), which offers $22 million in grants with the expectation to increase national ethanol demand by roughly 150 million gpy. (Source: Cerea Solutions, NewsBug, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Ceres Solutions, Jeff Troika, Pres., CEO, www.ceres.coop; USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

More Low-Carbon Energy News HBIIP,  E15,  E85,  Biofuel Blend,  


2020 Global Biofuel Production Falling (Ind. Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2020-11-11
A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that 2020 global transport biofuel production was expected to be 2,480 thousand bpd -- an 11.6 pct drop from 2019's record output.

The greatest year-on-year drops in output were for US and Brazilian ethanol, and European biodiesel. (Source: International Energy Agency, Nov., 2020) Contact: International Energy Agency, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency ,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Pacific Ethanol Offloading Grain Handling Facilities (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2020-11-11
Sacramento, California-headquartered specialty alcohols and ethanol producer Pacific Ethanol, Inc. is reporting an agreement with Liberty Basin, LLC to sell 134 acres, rail loop and grain handling assets at its Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley plant in Burley, Idaho for $10 million in cash.

Pacific Ethanol will retain the ethanol production facility and terminal on the remaining 25 acres and will enter into certain agreements with Liberty Basin, LLC for delivery of grain to the plant. The sale is expected to close on or before November 30, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR, Newswire, 9 Nov., 2020)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Michael Kandris, Pres., CEO, Paul Koehler, 916-403-2790, paulk@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  


Growth Energy Comments on Biofuel Production (Opinions & Asides)
Growth Energy, USDA
Date: 2020-11-02
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor recently submitted the following comments to the USDA's Agriculture Innovation Agenda regarding readily available technologies that enable our domestic agriculture sector to increase production while reducing its environmental footprint.

In her comments, Skor argued that biofuels like ethanol play a critical role in achieving the USDA's goals and called for building on current investments to expand renewable fuels role in the nation's transportation infrastructure. "Supporting programs like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and initiatives to expand access to higher biofuel blends like E15, E30, and E85 can build on biofuels' environmental progress and expand the market for American agriculture,", said Skor. "USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) is a prime example how the agency can support the productivity of our farmers, while decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encouraging further adoption of sustainable farming practices across our agriculture sector."

Skor also notes the biofuels industry's continued advancements to capture CO2 and the plant-based fuel's ability to replace harmful toxics and improve air quality. "We have a better option in ethanol, the single most affordable and abundant alternative to petroleum-based fuel additives that threaten air quality in communities across the globe. To expand on these benefits, USDA should continue to promote programs that boost biofuels access and use throughout the country.

As the department works to streamline programs and seek opportunities to improve sustainable farming across the country, Skor encouraged USDA to continue exploring the strong link between U.S. agriculture and our biofuels industry, and promote the increased use of biofuels so our nation's farmers can continue to rely on these markets as we work to reduce the environmental impact of the agriculture sector.

The organizations have asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to order the following: EPA should not withhold the name of the company submitting an application for an SRE nor the name and location of the refinery for which relief is requested; EPA should immediately produce the information that was unlawfully withheld for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance years 2015, 2016, and 2017, and; EPA should not withhold any of the five data elements identified in the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR , 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  USDA,  RFS,  Biofuel,  


Pacific Ethanol Closes $75 Mn Equity Offering (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2020-11-02
Following up on our 28th October report, Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol, Inc., a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, reports closing on its previously announced underwritten public offering of common stock and pre-funded warrants and concurrent private offering of warrants, for total gross proceeds of approximately $75.0 million -- $70.0 million net after underwriting discounts , commissions and other estimated offering expenses.

The company intends to use the net proceeds to reduce debt and other corporate purposes., stated (Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR Website 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Michael Kandris, Pres., CEO, Paul Koehler, 916-403-2790, paulk@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  


Pacific Ethanol Refocusing, Changing Name (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2020-10-30
Sacramento, California-based Pacific Ethanol, Inc. is reporting a strategic realignment to focus on specialty alcohols and essential ingredients as well as its intent to change its corporate name. The company also announced the pricing of a $75 million equity offering and released certain preliminary results for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Over the past nine months the company's production mix shifted from approximately 85 pct fuel grade ethanol and 15 pct specialty alcohols to approximately 50 pct each for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Going forward, the company will focus on specialty alcohols and essential ingredients for four key markets: Health, Home & Beauty; Food & Beverage; Essential Ingredients; and Renewable Fuels.

As previously announced, the company idled its Magic Valley, Stockton and Madera fuel-grade ethanol distilleries earlier this year while continuing to operate its Columbia distillery. As part of the company's strategic realignment and new business focus, it intends to sell or repurpose these assets. Asset sale proceed will be used to reduce debt, invest in core operations or general corporate purposes. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Paul Kohler, CEO, (916) 403-2123, info@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Pacific Ethanol,  


Pacific Ethanol Refocusing, Changing Name (Ind. Report)
Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2020-10-28
Sacramento, California-headquartered Pacific Ethanol, Inc. is reporting a strategic realignment to focus on specialty alcohols and essential ingredients as well as an intended corporate name change to reflect it's move away from ethanol transportation fuels. The company also announced a $75 million equity offering and released certain preliminary results for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Over the past nine months, the company increased production of specialty alcohols used in consumer products and reduced fuel grade ethanol production. The company's production mix shifted from approximately 85 pct fuel grade ethanol and 15 pct specialty alcohols used in consumer products during 2019, to approximately 50 pct each for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Going forward, the company will focus on specialty alcohols and essential ingredients for four key markets: Health, Home & Beauty; Food & Beverage; Essential Ingredients; and Renewable Fuels, according to the release.

As previously reported, Pacific Ethanol idled its Magic Valley, Stockton and Madera fuel-grade ethanol distilleries earlier this year while continuing to operate its Columbia distillery. As part of the company's strategic realignment and new business focus, the company intends to sell or re-purpose these assets. Any proceeds from the sale of assets will be used to reduce debt, invest in core operations or for general corporate purposes, according to the website release. (Source: Pacific Ethanol, PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Paul Kohler, CEO, (916) 403-2123, info@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


Greenfield Acquires Shuttered Corn Plus Ethanol Plant (M&A)
Greenfield Global,Corn Plus
Date: 2020-10-26
Toronto, Ontario-Greenfield Global Inc., Canada's largest fuel ethanol producer, is reporting acquisition of the shuttered 1994-vintage, 48 million gpy Corn Plus Coop ethanol plant in Winnebago, Minnesota -- Greenfield's first fuel ethanol asset in the United States.

Greenfield currently owns and operates four distilleries, five specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants, and two next-generation biofuel and renewable energy research and development centers. (Source: Greenfield Global, Fairbault Register, 25 Oct., 2020) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com; CornPlus, 507-893-4747, www.cornplus.com

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


IRFA Opposing Zero Emissions Vehicle Legislation (Reg, & Leg.)
IRFA
Date: 2020-10-26
In Washington, the Zero Emissions Vehicles Act Legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate calls for restricting the sale of passenger vehicles capable of utilizing biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel by 2025 with a complete ban in 2035.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says the bill mandates electric cars but doesn't take into account electric cars don't have zero emissions. Shaw claims biofuels have a better carbon footprint with lower emissions than electric vehicles that are powered by coal and suggests the best way to cut emissions is to set reduction targets and let the fuel and vehicle market decide how to achieve those goals. (Source: IRFA, WNAX, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Ecex. Dir., (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax, www.iowarfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRFA,  Zero Emission Vehicle,  Transportation Emissions,  


GEVO, TOTAL Ink Renewable Isoamylene Agreement (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2020-10-21
Englewood, Colorado-headquartered ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO Inc. is reporting a joint development agreement with TOTAL Cray Valley, part of TOTAL's Polymers division, to upgrade fuselol (fusel oils) from ethanol production into renewable Isoamylene at its plant in Beaumont, Texas. Fuselol alcohols are mixtures of several higher alcohols produced as a by-product of alcoholic fermentation.

Isoamylene is used in resins, pesticides, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceuticals, healthcare products, adhesives, antioxidants, and UV stabilizers and various other applications.

"This collaboration is a spinoff of GEVO's chemical-based catalytic processes that selectively converts low-value fusel oils, a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as ethanol or isobutanol production, into renewable isoprene, ketones, aldehydes or olefins. Fuselol from the ethanol industry alone equate to about 2.5 million tons of potential bio-based waste feedstock and this alliance will be another move towards the delivery of low carbon sustainable chemicals," according to the release. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, Oct, 2020) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; TOTAL Cray Valley, Elizabeth Chapmon, (409) 291-7310, elizabeth.chapmon@total.com, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  


Growth Energy Lauds USDA HBIIP Grants Announcement (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2020-10-19
Growth Energy welcomed the USDA's announcement of grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Programme (HBIIP). Growth Energy's network of both large and small retail partners secured nearly $30 million in grants for over 290 sites selling more than 400 million gpy of petroleum .

"This announcement offers a welcome ray of hope during an otherwise rough year for America's farmers, retailers and biofuel producers. It represents a major milestone in our efforts to ensure more Americans can access cleaner and more affordable ethanol-blended fuel. We're grateful to Secretary Perdue, USDA, and our congressional champions who are working tirelessly to make higher ethanol blends a success. We're especially proud of Growth Energy's incredible network of retail partners, who bring Unleaded88 (E15) to consumers across the nation and are paving the way for higher blends of ethanol," Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News E15 news,  Growth Energy news,  Ethanol news,  Ethanol Blend news,  HBIIP news,  


Blue Flint Ethanol CCS Test Well Underway (Ind. Report)
Blue Flint Ethanol.Midwest AgEnergy,CCS
Date: 2020-10-16
Following up on our June 22nd coverage, Blue Flint Ethanol, part of Midwest AgEnergy , reports test well drilling for its previously announced "Carbon Zero" carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiative at its corn-ethanol plant in Underwood, McLean County, Wyoming is underway. The roughly $35 million test well is expected to be complete within 6 weeks.

The Blue Flint ethanol plant's roughly 200,000 tpy of carbon emissions are the result of its corn fermentation process which uses enzymes to break down the starch into glucose. Yeast then converts the glucose to ethanol, and C02 is released in the process. (Source: Blue Flint Ethanol, Bismark Tribune, 14 Oct., 2020) Contact: Blue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zuger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Flint Ethanol,  COs,  CCS,  


USDA Announces Biofuel Infrastructure Grant Funding (Funding)
USDA
Date: 2020-10-16
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced at least $22 million in grant funding through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to increase demand for American ethanol and biodiesel biofuel blends. The agency noted the possibility of additional funding from a total $100 million pool, with the $22 million projected to increase demand by more than 150 million gallons of ethanol.

HBIIP helps fuel and biodiesel distribution centers convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends through equipment and infrastructure improvements cost sharing. Gas stations, fleet facilities, fuel terminal operations and other industry players are eligible to apply for HBIIP grant funds.

Download Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program details HERE. (Source: USDA, Oct., 2020) Contact: USDA, www.rd.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  Ethanol,  USDA,  Biofiesel,  


IrBEA Outlines Irish Bioenergy Priorities (Int'l. Report)
Irish Bioenergy Association
Date: 2020-10-14
According to the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), there is significant potential for bioenergy to contribute to renewable heat, transport and electricity targets, provide opportunities to farmers through farm diversification and development of alternative enterprises, development of rural jobs and addressing the climate changes and emissions challenges faced by the country. IrBEA notes the bioenergy sectors of biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels are all part of the bioeconomy and offer considerable potential and opportunity to drive the economic, jobs and growth agenda in rural areas.

IrBEA notes that despite Ireland's natural climate and fertile soil advantage in producing bioenergy, out of 28 member European Union states Ireland is 27th in terms of its use of renewable heat and derives only 4 pct of its energy from Bioenergy. IrBEA also calls for:

  • financing of biomass CHP, biogas CHP and local heating projects, with particular reference to community involvement, and mobilization of forest biomass;

  • establishment of the Midlands Renewable Energy hub to allow the repurposing away from peat to the efficient usage of bioenergy for heat and power provision and the establishment of supply chains, employment opportunities and rural development;

  • introduction of a biogas support scheme to mobilize an Irish biogas industry on a phased basis;

  • provision be made in the Finance Act for the revenue treatment of biomass chipping and related equipment to be the same as the treatment of other mobile machinery such as mobile cranes and concrete pumping equipment;

  • immediately increase the blending rates to E10 (10 pct Ethanol) petrol blend and B12 (12 pct Biodiesel) diesel blend in Ireland. This would increase the blending rates from the current substitution rates of E5 for petrol and B7 for Diesel, and others. (Source: Irish Bioenergy Association , PR, 13 Oct., 2020) Contact: Irish Bioenergy Assoc., Sean Finan , CEO, +44 0 87 4146480, www.irbea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  Biofuel news,  Peat news,  Forest Biomass news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


  • USDA Grants Promote Higher Ethanol Blends (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-10-12
    On Thursday last, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the 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 recipients in 14 states. The initial $22 million in HBIIP investments are projected to increase ethanol demand by nearly 150 million gpy.

    HBIIP helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure. Eligible applicants are vehicle fueling facilities, including, but not limited to, local fueling stations/locations, convenience stores, hypermarket fueling stations, fleet facilities, fuel terminal operations, midstream partners and/or distribution facilities. Higher biofuel blends are fuels containing ethanol greater than 10 pct by volume and/or fuels containing biodiesel blends greater than 5 pct by volume.

    Download HBIIP program details HERE. (Source: USDA, 8 Oct., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Dev., www.rd.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA news,  Ethanol Blend news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


    German Ethanol Producer Reports Significant Operating Profit (Int'l)
    CropEnergies
    Date: 2020-10-07
    In Mannheim, German ethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports an operating profit in Q2 of the financial year 2020/21 (1 June 2020 -- 31 August 2020) to €42.6 -- the highest quarterly result in the company's history. In the 1st half of the year, with lower depreciation and amortisation, it improved to €50.7 million -- up from €43.7 million for the same period of the previous year.

    The company's ethanol production in the 1st half of the 2020/21 financial year was 463,000 (previous year: 478,000) cubic metres, slightly below the previous year's level due to lower production in the 2nd quarter, according to the release.

    CropEnergies AG is working on improvements to its biorefineries. At Wanze, Belgium, the company is investing approximately €50 million on an additional biomass boiler to be commissioned in 2023. CropEnergies is also investing approximately €15 million in a production plant for the recovery of roughly 65,000 tpy biogenic CO2. Commissioning is slated for 2021. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Website PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: CropEnergies AG, Phone: +49 621 71 41 90-00, +49 621 71 41 90-04 -- fax, www.cropenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Ethanol,  


    Marathon Planning Calif. Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports it has applied for permits to convert its presently shuttered petroleum refinery in Martinez, California to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel from animal fat, soybeans, corn oil and similar feedstocks beginning in 2022.

    Marathon's renewable fuels projects include ethanol production through a Midwest joint venture, investment in its biofuels subsidiary Virent and the conversion of a refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, to renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon Petroleum, PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; Virent Inc., Lee Edawards, CEO, Jeff Moore, Exec. VP, Operations, (608) 663-0228, www.virent.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon Petroleum,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative Fuel,  Virent ,  


    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, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

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


    E15 Retail Market Up 10 pct in 2020, says Growth Energy (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Washington, DC-based Growth Energy is reporting a growing consumer demand for E15 has resulted in a 10 pct or more increase in the number of locations offering the fuel in 2020.

    "This growth has occurred during one of the most challenging fuel markets in the past 30 years, and is a testament to the strength of E15's growing popularity among American drivers" the Growth Energy release noted.

    Growth Energy has developed the best practices for marketing and selling E15 based on consumer reaction at retail. Also, Growth Energy has been intimately involved in converting more than 2,000 retail sites to sell E15, which provides the organization with vast knowledge and experience in equipment compatibility, and regulatory requirements for offering higher biofuel blends, according to a release. (Source: Growth Energy, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Mike O'Brian, VP Market Dev., (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E15,  Growth Energy,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Neb. Corn Growers Groups Support Next Gen. Fuels Act (Ind. Report)
    Nebraska Corn Board , Nebraska Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2020-09-30
    In the Cornhusker State, the Lincoln-headquartered Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NCGA) have announced their support of the Next Generation Fuels Act which was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    If passed into law, the act would transition country's gasoline supply to a higher octane so greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 40 to 43 pct while increasing fuel efficiency, according to the group release.

    "When you pull up to the pump you would see a research octane number (RON) that we're advocating for which is 98 RON and it's aimed at increasing efficiency in engines. To increase efficiency in engines you have to have more octane and when you get to E25 and E30, that's really where we see the sweet spot for finding the most efficiencies", NCGA market development director Jeff Wilkerson said. (Source: NCGA, Contact: Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Jeff Wilkerson, Director of Market Development, www.NCGA.Com/Octane; Nebraska Corn Board, Roger Berry, Market Development, (402) 471-2676, www.nebraskacorn.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Corn Board ,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  Nebraska Corn Growers Association,  


    US Fuel Ethanol Production up to 17.4Bn GPY (EIA Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2020-09-28
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its annual fuel ethanol production capacity report with data for all operating US fuel ethanol production plants as of 1 January 2020.

    According to the report, total nameplate capacity for 2020 has inched up 2.8 pct from 16.908 billion gallons to 17.378 billion gpy in 2019. That equates to 1.135 million barrels per day in 2020, up from 1.103 million barrels per day in 2019.

    Nameplate capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by 2 pct -- more than 300 million gpy -- between January 2018 and January 2019 after increasing by more than 700 million gallons in the previous year.

    Download report details HERE. (Source: EIA, 27 Sept., 2020) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration ,  


    Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Planned (Int'l. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2020-09-25



    ePURE Touts New E10 Consumer Website Resource (Int'l. Report)
    ePURE
    Date: 2020-09-21
    The European renewable ethanol trade association ePURE is reporting the launch of E10info.eu, a new online consumer information resource about the widely available E10 ethanol fuel blend. The new website is part of a broader effort to highlight the importance of renewable ethanol to EU climate goals.

    Use of E10 significantly reduces emissions from petrol cars and is sold in petrol stations in 13 EU Member States. Other countries are considering deploying E10 in order to help meet targets for renewable energy and greenhouse-gas reduction.

    As Europeans continue to buy and drive mostly petrol cars, boosting the use of renewable ethanol in E10 or even higher blends will be vital to achieving emissions-reduction goals. E10 works in almost all petrol cars and can be sold in existing petrol stations. Petrol cars continue to lead sales figures of new cars in Europe and will be predominant on EU roads for a long time; renewable ethanol is the best carbon-abatement tool available for those vehicles, according to the ePUrE release. (Source: ePURE, PR, Website, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org, www.E10info.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  E10,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Novozymes Platform Converts Corn Fiber into Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2020-09-21
    Novozymes today announced the launch of Fiberex, a comprehensive platform based on novel enzymes and yeast strains to convert corn fiber into ethanol. Fiberex is specifically aimed at breaking down tough fibers in the corn, providing producers with greater operational flexibility. The technology converts a low-value by-product into high-value, low-carbon fuel while also enabling the production of significantly more corn oil.

    According to the release, Novozymes is the technology leader in fiber conversion, enabling new revenue for biofuels producers from low-carbon credits such as in California and EPA's cellulosic RIN credits. Through Fiberex, Novozymes is collaborating with the biofuel industry to further expand the boundaries of corn-based ethanol -- literally breaking down some of the barriers between what is considered conventional biofuels and advanced biofuels.

    Novozymes' Fiberex enzymes are specifically designed to break down this complex matrix -- resulting in more corn oil and converting the fiber into simple sugars that are easily converted into ethanol.

    As part of the platform announcement, Novozymes is also launching the first Fiberex products: Fiberex R1, a technology specifically designed to provide maximum ethanol in separate fiber-to-ethanol processes, and Fiberex F1, a cellulase enzyme designed to provide fiber conversion for in-process technologies. Additional solutions, to launch in 2021, are in proof-of-concept trials now, according to the release. (Source: Novozymes, Website PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897 , www.novozymes.com

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


    US Ethanol Stockpiles, Weekly Production Decline (Ind. Report)
    Ethanol,
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Ethanol stockpiles dropped to the lowest level in more than a month, and production declined week-to-week, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Inventories of the biofuel fell from 19.993 million to 19.798 million barrels in the seven days that ended on Sept. 11, 2020.

    Daily ethanol production fell to an average of 926,000 for the week ending 11 Sept. In the Midwest, output dropped to 879,000 bpd on average, from 892,000 barrels a week earlier. West Coast production was down from 10,000 to 8,000 bpd while East Coast output increased was up from 12,000 to 13,000 bpd in the prior seven-day period and Gulf Coast production rose from 16,000 to 17,000 bpd. (Source: US EIA, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  US EIA,  


    Could Trump Use USDA Funds for RFS Waiver Payoffs? (Ind. Report)
    RFS Waivers
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Further to our 16 Sept. coverage, the Trump EPA denied 54 of the pending 99 small refinery exemption (SRE) requests from oil refiners to blend less ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, EPA still hasn't acted on 44 waivers, 14 of which are also gap-year waivers and 31 of which are for the 2019 and 2020 blending requirements.

    In a blatant move to win support and placate the biofuels and refinery interests, Trump has suggested he'd provide $300 million to oil refiners and that those funds would come out of the USDA Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) which is intended to provide farmers with Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments.

    Commenting on Trump's possible cash payments to refiners scheme, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he "strongly expects that no action will be taken on the remaining waivers until after the election." Vilsack was critical of the reports that the President indicated that he would offer $300 million through the CCC fund in lieu of the waiver approvals, as the CCC is designed specifically to be used by USDA for the purpose of helping farmers.

    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. (Source: EPA, Feedstuffs, 17 Sept., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  RFS,  Refinery Waivers,  Biofuel Blend,  Tom Vilsack ,  


    Green Plains Inc Completes $75 Mn Loan Facility (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains
    Date: 2020-09-18
    In Omaha, ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. is reporting the closing of a $75 million 15 year term loan facility with MetLife Investment Management (MIM), due 2035.

    The loan is secured by the assets of Green Plains Shenandoah LLC and Green Plains Wood River LLC and is guaranteed by the company, with the option of releasing one of these facilities as collateral subject to a loan to value ratio of greater than 50 pct upon reappraisal, according to the Green Plains release.

    The loan proceeds will be used to finance construction of high protein technology at Green Plains Wood River LLC and a yet to be announced future location, according to the release. (Source: Green Plains Inc, Website PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Phil Boggs, Snr VP, Investor Relations & Treasurer , .884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains news,  Ethanol news,  


    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, bjernigan@grains.org, www.grains.org

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    Ethanol Industry Joint Statement On Brazil Ethanol TRQ Announcement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Ethanol Tadiff
    Date: 2020-09-16
    The following is a joint statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). After expiring on August 31 and a 20 percent tariff was temporarily applied to all U.S. ethanol, Brazil's tariff rate quota (TRQ) has been extended for a further 90 days starting on Sept. 14.:

    "The U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association believe the 90-day extension of the TRQ serves neither Brazil's consumers nor the Brazilian government's own decarbonization goals, especially while Brazil's ethanol producers continue to be afforded virtually tariff-free access to the U.S. market. The extension falls during Brazil's annual inter-harvest period when U.S. ethanol exports to Brazil are traditionally low, causing greater uncertainty for U.S. exporters looking to make selling decisions now for the traditionally higher Brazilian demand in the winter months. While the Brazilian ethanol market has not been fully reopened to imports, we appreciate the continued support and efforts of the U.S. government as we use this 90-day period to aggressively pursue an open and mutually beneficial ethanol trading relationship with Brazil.

    "The U.S. ethanol industry actively sought, through repeated dialogue with local industry and government, to illustrate the negative impacts of tariffs on Brazilian consumers and the Brazilian government's own decarbonization goals. However, it seems Brazil's government has left its own consumers to pay the price through higher fuel costs once again. While we would have preferred Brazil abandon its ethanol import tariffs entirely and resume its free trade posture on ethanol, which it held for several years before the TRQ, we view its decision to temporarily extend the TRQ on ethanol at the current level as an opportunity to continue discussions toward that end.

    "The U.S. ethanol industry remains focused on expanding the global use of low-carbon ethanol, reducing barriers to trade and elevating its prominence in energy discussions. We remain eager to collaborate and cooperate with other nations that share in the vision of a free and open global ethanol market." (Source: U.S. Grains Council Website News, 14 Sept., 2020) Contact: USGC, Bryan Jernigan, 202-789-0789, bjernigan@grains.org, www.grains.org; Growth Energy, Leigh Claffey, lclaffey@growthenergy.org, www.growthenergy.org; RFA, Ken Colombini, kcolombini@ethanolrfa.org, www.ethanolrfa.org; NCGA, Liz Friedlander, (202) 326-0644, friedlander@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

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    US, Brazil Extnd Zero-Tariff Ethanol Agreement (Ind. Report)
    U.S., Brazil
    Date: 2020-09-14
    In a joint statement, the US and Brazil, which together account for 85 pct of the world's ethanol supply, have announced an agreement agreed to hold trade talks for a 90-day period starting September 14, and return to the previous tariff-free arrangement during that time. The talks will focus on ethanol, sugar -- which Brazilian producers want to sell tariff-free in the US -- and possibly corn, according to a release.

    Brazil previously exempted up to 750 million lpy (200 million gpy) of imported ethanol from tariffs but let the benefit expire on September 1, reinstating a 20-pct tariff. The US exported more than 1.25 billion liters of ethanol to Brazil last year, and imported 738 million liters of Brazilian ethanol. (Source: Various Media, France 24, 12 Sept., 2020)

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    "The Donald" Tweets for Ethanol Ind. Votes -- Notable Quote
    Trump
    Date: 2020-09-14
    "Subject only to State approval, our important Ethanol Industry will be allowed to use the 10 pct Pumps for the 15 pct BLEND. That saves tremendous amounts of money for the people in the ethanol industry. Like hundreds of millions of dollars I hear for the conversion (of pumps for E15) and there's no reason to do it." -- Pres. Donald Trump, 12 Sept., 2020)

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    POET Forges New Path to Sustainable Agriculture (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2020-09-14
    Previously this month, Sioux Falls S.D.-headquartered ethanol pioneer and producer POET announced its partnership with San Carlos, California-based Farmers Business Network (FBN) to boost profits for farmers while promoting sustainable agricultural practices through the new GRO Network.

    The GRO Network creates environmental transparency and matches farmers who use environmentally friendly practices with buyers who pay a premium for low-carbon corn.

    The GRO Network connects farmers who utilize measurable sustainable practices with buyers who are willing to pay for verifiable low-carbon grain. The program is groundbreaking in its focus on abatement and using proven science to measure the benefits of conservation practices used by farmers on their land. These measurements result in a farm-level carbon-intensity score that can be used by policymakers to more accurately assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction for low-carbon fuel policies and make smart decisions to meet their sustainability goals, according to the release.

    "We are excited about the potential of the GRO Network to promote sustainable agriculture and utilize the resulting low-carbon corn to produce even greener bioethanol and bioproducts," according to POET founder and CEO Jeff Broin. (Source: POET, Website News, Sept., 2020) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com; Farmers Business Network , Amol Deshpande, CEO, www.fbn.com

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    RFA Offers EPA Advisory Committee Recommendations (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2020-09-11
    At a recent EPA Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee meeting Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Pres. and CEO Geoff Cooper suggested the following steps the EPA needs to take immediately to support U.S. ethanol producers and rural America:

  • adopt the recent Tenth Circuit Court decision (Renewable Fuels Association et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency) nationwide;

  • deny all pending so-called "gap year" small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions;

  • decide the 31 pending SRE petitions for 2019 and 2020 according to the Tenth Circuit Court criteria;

  • publish the proposed rule for 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs);

  • as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in ACEI v. EPA, restore the 500 million-gallon conventional renewable fuel volume that was illegally waived from the 2016 RFS requirements, (Source: RFA, AgWired, Sept., 2020 Contact: Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee, www.epa.gov/faca/farm-ranch-and-rural-communities-federal-advisory-committee-frrcc-membership; Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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  • Trump Reportedly Denies Retroactive RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
    RFS
    Date: 2020-09-11
    Reuters is reporting U.S. Pres. Trump has instructed the EPA to deny dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive "hardship waivers" under the Renewable Fuels Standard.

    The president's could be seen as an effort to shore up his support in the Corn Belt states.

    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 request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: Chronicle Herald, 10 Sept., 2020)

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    Ottawa Plans Fuel Carbon Cuts, Clean Fuel Standard (Reg. & Leg.)
    Clean Fuel Standard
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Ottawa, Reuters is reporting the Canadian Liberal Gov. of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to require reductions in carbon intensity of fuels by 12 pct by 2030.

    The move would require refiners to blend cleaner ethanol and other renewable fuels with gasoline and fossil fuels under a Clean Fuel Standard aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tonnes by 2030. The requirement would come into force in 2022, according to the Reuters report. Presently, Canada imports about 40 pct of the ethanol it uses. (Source: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Reuters, 11 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Jonathan Wilkinson, 613-995-1225, Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  Clean Fuel Standard,  


    Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market Predicts 2026 Growth (Ind. Report)
    Report Ocean
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market, the latest report from Report Ocean offers in-depth study of Market Size and Share, Product and Services, Regional Forecast, Consumer Preference, Market Competition, and Industry Chain Structure. It also identifies sweet sorghum ethanol industry companies or players along with product specifications, revenue generated, pricing strategies, contact information and other relative information.

    Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Market report information is HERE. (Source: Report Ocean, PR, 9 Sept., 2020) Contact: Report Ocean, 888 212 3539 (US), +91-9997112116 (Outside US), sales@reportocean.com, www.reportocean.com

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    NCGA Helps Build Ethanol Blend Pumps, Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In the Show Me State, the Chesterfield-headquartered National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) reports it is working with Austin, Texas-based Wayne Fueling Systems to produce and sell fuel pumps certified to deliver fuel containing up to 25 pct ethanol.

    As previously reported, NCGA also recently partnered with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), assisting fuel retailers in applying for the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The $100 million program included $86 million to expand the availability of higher blends of ethanol, like E15 and E85.

    NCGA support for this program helped deliver program awareness and technical assistance for applications representing more than 1,100 fuel dispensers across 21 states and 222 locations dispensing more than 250 million gallons of gasoline annually. (Source: NCGA, Sept., 2020) Contact: NCGA, PR, Wayne Fueling Systems, (512) 388-8311, www.wayne.com; National Corn Growers Assoc., Mark Palmer, Renewable Fuels Dir., (636) 733-9004, (636) 733-9005-fax, corninfo@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  Ethanol Blend,  E15,  E85 ,  


    Adv. Biofuel Show Promise for Replacing Fossil Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuel
    Date: 2020-08-31
    A new study led by Colorado State University is predicting significant climate benefits stemming from the use of advanced biofuel technologies. Accounting for all of the carbon flows in biofuel systems and comparing them to those in grasslands and forests, the team found clear strategies for biofuels to have a net carbon benefit.

    John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, said it has been a challenge for the biofuel industry to demonstrate commercial viability for cellulosic biofuels created from switchgrass and other non-edible plants.

    The research team used modeling to simulate switchgrass cultivation, cellulosic biofuel production and carbon capture and storage (CCS), tracking ecosystem and carbon flows. Scientists then compared this modeling to alternative ways to store carbon on the land, including growing forest or grassland.

    CCS technology is being used by at least one facility in Illinois that is processing corn to ethanol as a conventional biofuel to create ethanol, but these systems are not yet widespread. As part of the study, researchers created models to simulate what this would look like at a cellulosic biofuel refinery. "What we found is that around half of the carbon in the switchgrass that comes into the refinery becomes a byproduct that would be available for carbon capture and storage. The resulting byproduct streams of high-purity CO2 would not require much separation or clean-up before being stored underground," the study noted.

    The research team analyzed three contrasting U.S. case studies and found that on land where farmers or land managers were transitioning out of growing crops or maintaining pastures for grazing, cultivating switchgrass for cellulosic ethanol production had a per-hectare mitigation potential comparable to reforestation and several-fold greater than grassland restoration.

    Using switchgrass can be particularly helpful in parts of the country where planting more trees is not an option.

    This research was partially funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the US DOE via the Center for Bioenergy Innovation, and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil.

    The study illustrates how deliberate land use choices support the climate performance of present-day cellulosic ethanol technology and how technological advancements and CCS addition could produce several times the climate mitigation potential of competing land-based biological mitigation schemes. These results affirm the climate mitigation logic of biofuels, consistent with their prominent role in many climate stabilization scenarios, the study concludes. (Source: Colorado State University, Green Car Congress, Aug., 2020) Contact: Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, John.L.Field@colostate.edu, www.nrel.colostate.edu

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    LBNL Explores Cheaper Biofuels Production Costs (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2020-08-31
    As previously reported, researchers at the US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have designed simulations to determine how much biofuel is needed for the whole bioproduct extraction process to decrease the demand for petroleum-based gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels and to be labeled as "cost-efficient." Their study results found the target levels to be modest and that Biofuels can compete with petroleum-based fuels in terms of cost production, according to a release.

    Conventional biofuel production often involves genetically engineered plants that can produce essential chemical compounds, or bioproducts. These bioproducts are extracted from the plant, and the remaining plant parts are converted into fuel. This led LBNL scientists to investigate exactly how much bioproduct does a plant need to determine if the whole extraction process to be determined efficient, and how much bioproduct should be produced to reach the target ethanol selling price of $2.50 per gallon.

    To do this, the researchers studied existing data of well-studied plant-based bioproduct production. They used this data to make simulations that will determine the factors involved in extracting bioproducts using the context of bioethanol refinery, which means that bioproducts will be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant materials will be converted to ethanol. Their results determined that the bioproduct levels needed to accumulate in plants to offset the production cost recovery is quite feasible. Using limonene as an example, they calculated that an accumulated 0.6 pct of biomass dry weight would already produce net economic benefits to biorefineries. To illustrate, it means harvesting 10 dry metric tons of sorghum mass from one acre will only need 130 pounds of recovered limonene from that biomass to say that the whole production process is efficient, according to the release.

    The LBNL researchers note this new finding can provide new insights into the role of bioproducts to improve biorefinery economics and offer the first quantitative basis for implementation of this cost-saving strategy for future studies on plant-based biofuel breeding and engineering. The scientists also recommended that crops need to be engineered to produce a broad range of bioproducts in order to provide options and diversify products in the market. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April, 2020) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

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    Iowa Announces Biofuel Aid Packages (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In the Hawkeye State, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has allocated approximately $100 million in relief funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for a range of agricultural programs to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers, producers and agricultural industries.

    The $100 million is part of Iowa's share of the $2 trillion CARES Act, which Congress approved in March. Of the $100 million allocated the following biofuel related concerns will receive funding:

  • $15.5 million, State Biofuel Grant Program -- Biofuels producers were excluded from receiving aid under other parts of the CARES Act; this program will provide relief to those Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers based on gallons produced. Grants will also be awarded through IEDA's existing small business relief program and are capped at a maximum grant of $750,000 per producer. IEDA administers the program.

  • $7 million, Renewable Fuel Retail Recovery Program -- This previously announced funding supports a program that helps expand retail fueling infrastructure for higher blend renewable fuels, including E15 or higher, and B11 or higher. IDALS administers the program.

    Producers can apply for IEDA-administered programs at www.iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning today, Aug. 31. Apply for IDALS-administered programs Aug. 24 at www.iowaagriculture.gov/grants. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Wallaces Farmer, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, 515-281-5211, www.governor.iowa.gov/contact

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  • Rex Optimistic on Improving Ethanol Markets (Ind. Report)
    Rex American Resources
    Date: 2020-08-28
    "It looks like the worst is behind us", according to Dayton, Ohio-headquartered Rex American Resources Inc. chairman Stuart Rose in reference to the recent challenges faced by the ethanol industry. Rose noted the ethanol industry is currently profitable and prices are up compared to last quarter.

    Rex has ownership stakes in six ethanol plants including: Gibson City, Illinois-based One Earth Energy LLC, Marion, South Dakota-based NuGen Energy LLC, Big River Resources West Burlington LLC, Big River Resources Galva LLC, Dyersville, Iowa-based Big River United Energy LLC, and Big River Resources Boyceville LLC in Wisconsin. (Source: Rex American Resources, Aug., 2020) Contact: Rex American Resources, Zafar Rizvi, CEO, (937) 276-3931, Fax: (937) 276-8643, www.rexamerican.com

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    Haldor Topsoe Joins Danish Sustainable Fuel Project (Int'l. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports it is partnering with Orsted, Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller- Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS, Nel, and Everfuel to develop a electrolysis-based hydrogen and sustainable fuels -- jet fuel, ammonia, and methanol -- production facility in the Greater Copenhagen .

    The three-phase project is expected to be finalized by 2030. The first stage, which could be operational by as early as 2023, will comprise a 10 MW electrolysis plant producing renewable hydrogen for trucks and potentially buses. By 2027, the stage two facility equipped with a 250 MW electrolysis plant will combine the production of renewable hydrogen with captured CO2 from combustion of municipal waste or biomass to produce renewable methanol for maritime vessels and renewable jet fuel for planes. The last phase will upgrade the electrolysis plant's capacity to 1.3 GW and capture more CO2.

    In addition to major partner investments, the project is seeking substantial funding from Innovation Fund Denmark. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com

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    Sugar Trader Czarnikow Enters Brazilian Ethanol Market (Int'l.)
    Czanikow Group
    Date: 2020-08-28
    London-headquartered sugar trader and supply chain services provider Czanikow Group Ltd reports it has received Brazilian regulatory approval for CzEnergy, a new company aimed at expansion and operations in the Brazilian ethanol fuel and power markets.

    Ethanol accounts for roughly 40 pct of the fuel used by Brazil's light vehicle fleet -- the world's second largest market for the biofuel behind the United States. The majority of Brazilian car engines can run on 100 pct hydrous ethanol, according to the release. (Source: Czarnikow, Reuters, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Czanikow Group, Rebecca Spencer, +44 7534 010784, RSpencer@czarnikow.com, www.czarnikow.com

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    Ethanol Ind. Stabilization Quotes from Growth Energy CEO
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-08-28
    "We have to make sure the (Trump) administration follows through on commitments that it has made. Last October, the administration made a series of commitments in terms of evaluating things like E15 labeling. An additional hurdle for us to have unfettered market access for higher blends is making sure the president has EPA follow through on its commitment to uphold a strong Renewable Fuel Standard.

    "We want to be building stronger global markets with free trade. We want expansion of E15. As drivers are hitting the road again as we are recovering from Covid, there's more opportunity to get higher blends like E15. We, ultimately, want to focus on that road to recovery conversation because that's what our future is going to be all about.

    "At this point, I think we may be okay. I think it will have different impacts in different areas regionally, and then certainly in the value chain. We're going to have to just wait and see. It's very disheartening to know what everybody has gone through." -- Emily Skor, Growth Energy, CEO , discussing ethanol industry stability.

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    Global Lignocellulosic Feedstock-based Biofuel Market Expected to Reach CAGR of 27.84 pct (Ind. Report
    Biofuel
    Date: 2020-08-26
    According to 360 Market Updates' recently released Global Lignocellulosic Feedstock-based Biofuel Market report, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 27.84 pct from 2020 to 2023, driven in great part by the growing adoption of bioethanol as a transport fuel.

    The report notes the global lignocellulosic feedstock-based biofuel market is poised to grow by $7.83 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of 32 pct during the forecast period.

    The report identifies the top manufacturers/players including: Abengoa SA, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Clariant International Ltd., DuPont de Nemours Inc., Fiberight LLC, Gevo Inc., GranBio Investimentos SA, Iogen Corp, Neste Oyj, and New Energy Blue LLC. (Source: 360 Market Updates, 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: 360 Market Updates, www.360marketupdates.com

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    EPA Admin. Wheeler Comments on RFS Waivers -- Notable Quotes
    RFS Waivers
    Date: 2020-08-26
    "I have talked personally with a number of small refiners all over the country -- (the agency is) working with them to see what we can do to help them during this time.

    "We have extraordinary circumstances this year and we are looking at what relief we can provide everyone -- the ethanol industry is hurting as well." -- U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 20 May, 2020

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    Aemetis Completes RNG Dairy Digester, Pipeline Project (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2020-08-24
    Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion of construction of the first two dairy digesters and four mile pipeline for the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) to supply below-zero carbon intensity RNG to displace petroleum based natural gas used at the Keyes ethanol production facility, and to provide fuel for RNG trucks and buses.

    The company is currently commissioning Phase I of the Central Dairy Digester Project. After Phase I of the project is operational, construction will begin on the additional 15 dairies that have signed agreements with Aemetis and approximately 30 miles of private pipeline. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 21 Aug., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    GEVO Announces $50Mn Registered Direct Offering (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has entered into definitive agreements with institutional and accredited investors for the sale of an aggregate of 38,461,545 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $1.30 per share in a registered direct offering priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules. The offering is expected to close on or about August 25, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

    Offering proceeds are expected to be $50 million, before placement agent (H.C. Wainwright & Co.) fees and other offering expenses. GEVO intends to use the net proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of outstanding indebtedness.

    GEVO is commercializing the next generation of renewable premium gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel with the potential to achieve zero carbon emissions, addressing the market need of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity, according to the company. (Source: GEVO, PR, Website, 20 Aug., 2020) Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Aemetis Upgrading CA Ethanol Plant for Alcohol Prod.(Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Cupertino, California-based biofuels producer Aemetis reports it is upgrading its Keyes, California, ethanol plant to produce 65 million gpy of US Pharmacopeia (USP) grade alcohol by Q1, 2021. A new subsidiary, Aemetis Health Products, will blend gel and liquid sanitizer.

    Aemetis also notes the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed project financing for a planned 12-million gpy cellulosic ethanol facility in Riverbank, California, construction of which is anticipated to take roughly 18 months to complete. (Source: Aemetis, OPIS, 21 Aug., 2020)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    Clariant, Chemtex to Collaborate on China Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
    Clariant, Chemtex
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG is reporting a strategic partnership with Chemtex Global Corp. to market and sell Clariant's Sunliquid technology licenses, as well as services and supplies for advanced biofuel plants in China.

    In 2017, the State Council of PRC endorsed a new strategic plan to utilize bioethanol converted from agricultural residue as gasoline for motor vehicles. Under the nationwide blending mandate proposed, all gasoline used for motor vehicles will need to contain bioethanol as an additive. Clariant, with its innovative sunliquid technology that offers an efficient process for converting agricultural residues into low-emission, carbon negative biofuel, is fully supporting the rollout of the mandate.

    The combined offerings of Clariant and Chemtex will provide a comprehensive package of 2G ethanol technology licenses and Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) services, enabling customers in China to successfully design, build and operate their own full-scale plants. While Clariant will offer its sunliquid technology licenses, technical services and the supply of starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform, Chemtex will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction. (Source: Clariant, PR, Chemical Engineering, Aug., 2020) Contact: Clariant, Christian Librera, Head of Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives, Stefanie Nehlsen, Global Trade Media Relations, +41 61 469 63 63, www.clariant.com; Chemtex, Sean Ma, CEO, www.chemtex.com

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