Category: Producer News

DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

May 23, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that yet another meeting will be held by top officials from the departments of energy and agriculture—but not necessarily the Secretaries—together with the Environmental Protection Agency—but maybe not the Administrator—on Thursday to try to move forward proposed reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard. With the White House yet to finalize its […]

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Pennsylvania offering $5 million under Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant

Pennsylvania offering $5 million under Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant

May 23, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, the application system for the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant is now open through December 15. Approximately $5 million in grants is made available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in the Commonwealth to support: Incremental cost expenses relative to retrofitting vehicles […]

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Ethanol may be key to helping restore China-US trade imbalance

Ethanol may be key to helping restore China-US trade imbalance

May 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the ethanol industry got good news from China who is seeking to reduce its trade imbalance with the US and is looking to ethanol as well as LNG to offset the disparity. With the country set to implement a 10% ethanol blending mandate from 2020 and refiners already ramping up […]

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Biodiesel RIN prices nosedive to 2.5-year lows on lack of buying interest

Biodiesel RIN prices nosedive to 2.5-year lows on lack of buying interest

May 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that with obligated parties finding ways out of compliance with the Renewable Fuels Standard, prices for RINs are falling, like biodiesel RINs that fell to 2.5 year lows earlier this week at 45.50 cents/RIN. Prices fell in April as well as news that hardship waivers were being granted to far more […]

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Transition to Enogen slow for some but fast for others

Transition to Enogen slow for some but fast for others

May 22, 2018 |

In Illinois, when it comes to integrating Enogen into the supply chain, some ethanol producers in the Midwest are jumping in whole hog, like Tharaldson who did a six-month trial with the 2017 crop and will go 100% Enogen 2018-2020, while others like Midwest AgEnergy have done much smaller trials running 15% Enogen twice so […]

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European ethanol producers suffer from seriously negative crush margins

European ethanol producers suffer from seriously negative crush margins

May 22, 2018 |

In the Netherlands, Platts reports that T2 ethanol margins are at the lowest seen in three years at negative $48 per metric ton as European wheat prices soar to $208/mt due to dry weather conditions that have many concerned about yields from the upcoming harvest. Corn ethanol producers aren’t having a great time either although […]

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UK’s shift to E10 held up by a lack of initiative

UK’s shift to E10 held up by a lack of initiative

May 22, 2018 |

In the UK, ICIS reports that the shift to E10 has been held up primarily due to neither the government nor the oil industry wanting to take the first step in implementation with both sides waiting for the other to take the initiative. If the oil industry leads the shift, some are concerned that the […]

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Rising corn prices squeezing Midwest ethanol producers

Rising corn prices squeezing Midwest ethanol producers

May 22, 2018 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that it may be rising corn prices squeezing the already tight crush margin that begins to slow down ethanol production. Platts reported margins at just 2.96 cents/gal after corn futures soared nearly 14 cents in a week following China’s decision to drop an investigation into US sorghum exports that sent all […]

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EPA sends to the White House proposal to block high ethanol blends for non-flex fuel vehicles

EPA sends to the White House proposal to block high ethanol blends for non-flex fuel vehicles

May 21, 2018 |

In Washington, a proposed rule to make ethanol blends above 15% illegal in anything other than flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) is a potential death blow to the ethanol industry according to the Urban Air Initiative. This coincidently comes at a time when auto manufacturers are phasing out FFVs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the […]

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St. Louis Biofuels’ $8 million biodiesel plant to be auctioned June 27

St. Louis Biofuels’ $8 million biodiesel plant to be auctioned June 27

May 21, 2018 |

In Illinois, Maas Companies of Rochester, MN will auction St. Louis Biofuels’ $8 Million/12 Million Gallon per year biodiesel plant. Maas Companies specializes in the liquidation of specialized and renewable assets for private companies, courts, banks and lenders nationwide. The assets will be sold via a sealed bid auction; the deadline for offers is Wednesday, […]

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