Tag: Iowa

Ag Processing finishing $38 million gallon expansion doubling biodiesel capacity

Ag Processing finishing $38 million gallon expansion doubling biodiesel capacity

March 13, 2017 |

In Iowa, Ag Processing is finishing its $38 million biodiesel expansion project that will double capacity to 60 million gallons per year, the facility’s fourth expansion since it became the country’s first commercial biodiesel producer in 1996. In addition, the company is finalizing a $90 million oil refinery project that will allow it to not […]

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Three ethanol rail cars remain in rural Iowa creek following fiery derailment

Three ethanol rail cars remain in rural Iowa creek following fiery derailment

March 13, 2017 |

In Iowa, following a train derailment in the northwestern part of the state where 20 cars carrying ethanol came off of the tracks early Friday morning, five of the cars carrying ethanol fell into a creek early Friday morning. Three of those cars remained in the creek three days later due to a snowstorm that […]

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Branstad assures no backroom RFS deal going on

Branstad assures no backroom RFS deal going on

March 7, 2017 |

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad denied rumors that an backroom deal to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard or a waiver to allow for E15 blending year round was in the works. His son who works inside the Trump Administration confirmed to him that the deal was not going on. The […]

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Iowa biodiesel production capacity set to jump 20%

Iowa biodiesel production capacity set to jump 20%

February 28, 2017 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Biodiesel Board announced the state’s capacity to produce biodiesel is on the rise by nearly 20 percent, from 334 MMgy to almost 400 MMgy. Expansion projects currently underway or recently completed led to the boost. Biodiesel plants that have recently expanded capacity or are in the process include: -AGP in Sergeant […]

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County approves LOI with Elite Octane to move forward on ethanol facility

County approves LOI with Elite Octane to move forward on ethanol facility

February 23, 2017 |

In Iowa, the Elite Octane project set for Atlantic has been pulled from the brink after the Cass County Board of Commissioners approved a letter of intent with the project’s developers, agreeing to invest $4.4 million in infrastructure improvements including roads and a pipeline to transport gray water from the community’s wastewater treatment plant for […]

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Pine Lake Corn Processors first ethanol plant in Iowa to install Whitefox’s ICE

Pine Lake Corn Processors first ethanol plant in Iowa to install Whitefox’s ICE

February 22, 2017 |

In Iowa, Pine Lake Corn Processors has become the first ethanol plant in Iowa to install Whitefox’s Integrated Cartridge Efficiency (ICE) membrane solution to increase production capacity and improve overall plant efficiency. Pine Lake, located at Steamboat Rock, Iowa, operates at 35 MMgy dry mill ethanol plant. Whitefox’s bolt-on ICE solution gives the plant an […]

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POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels to build on-site enzyme manufacturing at Project Liberty

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels to build on-site enzyme manufacturing at Project Liberty

February 16, 2017 |

In Iowa, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, pending state and local approvals. The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. For Project Liberty, the OSM will directly pipe enzymes into the Liberty production process without requiring downstream processing, stabilizers and […]

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Iowa’s biofuel industry urges Pruitt to reject point of obligation petition

Iowa’s biofuel industry urges Pruitt to reject point of obligation petition

February 16, 2017 |

In Iowa, with the U.S. Senate on the cusp of approving Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a broad coalition of Iowa farmers, renewable fuel producers, and retailers urged Pruitt to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by rejecting the petition to change the successful program’s point of obligation.  The […]

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Elite Octane deal falls through on back of power price negotiations

Elite Octane deal falls through on back of power price negotiations

February 9, 2017 |

In Iowa, the attempt to develop the Elite Octane ethanol plant in Atlantic fell apart last week after negotiations with the local utility broke down when after agreeing on 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour the company came back asking for 5.6 cents in line with what other companies are reportedly paying. As the utility has […]

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Ethanol margins slip into negative as policy pressures weigh on demand

Ethanol margins slip into negative as policy pressures weigh on demand

February 6, 2017 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University research shows that ethanol-blending margins have turned negative in the past two weeks following high margins that led to consistently record production for more than 14 weeks. In the meantime, stocks have risen to a nine-week high and with exports to China drying up and questions about the future of […]

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