Tag: Illinois

Marquis backs out of planned $500 million Illinois ethanol plant citing pending legislation

Marquis backs out of planned $500 million Illinois ethanol plant citing pending legislation

April 23, 2019 |

In Illinois, local press reports that Marquis Inc. has pulled the plug on its planned $500 million ethanol plant in Scott County ahead of a deadline at the end of the month to release its options on 800 acres of land for the project. In a press release, the company’s CEO reported said that pending […]

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Marquis Ethanol’s Quad Cities facility catches on fire but northern unit keeps producing

Marquis Ethanol’s Quad Cities facility catches on fire but northern unit keeps producing

April 11, 2019 |

In Illinois, local press reports that the northern unit of the Marquis Ethanol facility outside the Quad Cities area is continuing to operate despite a fire that was underway over several floors of one of the company’s buildings at its south unit. No employees were injured as a result of the fire. First responders and […]

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gets $5 million grant to model crops

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gets $5 million grant to model crops

March 20, 2019 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Crops in silico (Cis) project has received a $5 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to continue building a computational platform that integrates multiple models to study a whole plant virtually. Developing crops using traditional methods is research, labor and cost intensive. However, Cisallows researchers […]

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Illinois producing up to 171 million gallons of biodiesel annually

Illinois producing up to 171 million gallons of biodiesel annually

March 18, 2019 |

In Illinois, Illinois is one of the nation’s largest biodiesel-producing states, with five plants producing up to 171 million gallons of biodiesel per year—enough to keep thousands of diesel vehicles on the road. The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program is a national leader in research and education to help diesel vehicle operators, retailers and […]

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S&P Global Platts looks to revise methodology for Chicago Argo ethanol prices assessments

S&P Global Platts looks to revise methodology for Chicago Argo ethanol prices assessments

February 21, 2019 |

In Illinois, following a period of industry consultation, S&P Global Platts announced a proposal to revise the methodology for its Ethanol Chicago (terminal) price assessment to expand the delivery (offtake) options to include barge, rail and truck loading, effective May 1, 2019. “By this proposal, we will expand delivery options for our Ethanol Chicago price assessment, […]

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Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

February 20, 2019 |

In Illinois, Reuters reports that in an effort to slow falling ethanol prices as a result of a supply glut and in response to ADM flooding the benchmark Argo terminal since late 2017, Kinder Morgan will expand its barge-loading capacity to help increase the flow of ethanol towards coastal markets with higher prices. The number […]

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FQPT installs new SGT technology at CHS ethanol facility

FQPT installs new SGT technology at CHS ethanol facility

February 4, 2019 |

In Illinois, Fluid Quip Process Technologies (FQPT) has completed the installation and startup of its patented Selective Grind Technology (SGT™) at the 150 million gallon per year CHS ethanol facility located in Rochelle, IL. “Adding the SGT™ system to an ethanol plant not only increases yields but enables these plants to switch to more cost-effective […]

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University of Illinois researchers look at how to grow Miscanthus in cold climes

University of Illinois researchers look at how to grow Miscanthus in cold climes

January 31, 2019 |

In Illinois, for farmers, Miscanthus represents a big up-front investment. The large perennial grass must be established from vegetative pieces at great cost to farmers, but it promises a decade or more of massive biomass yields, starting in year two or three. If a cold winter happens to strike in the first year, however, all […]

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Analyst says China’s big R&D push for electric vehicles could erode future ethanol demand

Analyst says China’s big R&D push for electric vehicles could erode future ethanol demand

January 28, 2019 |

In Illinois, an S&P Platts analyst told AgDay that with $150 billion earmarked by China in electrical vehicle R&D over the next several years, demand for 10% ethanol blending from China could be eroded in the longer term. As such, the Chinese market shouldn’t be seen as a “savior” for the US ethanol industry. In […]

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Researchers find corn ILUC to be minimal

Researchers find corn ILUC to be minimal

January 28, 2019 |

In Illinois, since 2007 corn ethanol production has doubled and there was also a sharp upturn in corn prices between 2008 and 2012. However, a newly released article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds no evidence to support earlier concerns about large indirect land use change effect of corn ethanol causing expansion in […]

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