E15 expands in North Carolina

Sheetz—a major retail gas station chain in the Mid-Atlantic region—has announced that 60 of its locations in North Carolina will offer E15 by the spring of 2016. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, commended Sheetz on its E15 commitment. Dinneen calls Sheetz decision to give drivers access to additional fuel options… Read more »

Jobe: Unnecessary biodiesel challenges

The U.S. biodiesel industry is going through some big market and federal policy challenges.  National Biodiesel Board CEO, Joe Jobe, says the EPA has left the Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in limbo and Congress waited far too long to reinstate the biodiesel tax credit.  Both, he tells Brownfield, have cost jobs, “It was mostly… Read more »

Ethanol production, stocks increase

The latest ethanol production figures from the federal government, for the week ending January 9th, show an uptick in production. During that week, production averaged 978-thousand barrels per day, up 29-thousand from the week before. Ethanol stocks continued to grow. Stocks increased seven percent from the previous week, to 20.2 million barrels.  That the highest… Read more »

Ethanol industry better prepared for this downturn

In recent days, several national media outlets—including the Wall Street Journal and ABC News—have reported on the negative impact that falling oil prices are having on the ethanol industry. But Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, says the situation is not as dire as some are reporting.  Sneller says while profitability has fallen,… Read more »

U.S. ethanol production at record pace

According to a report from Ethanol Producer magazine, the U.S. ethanol industry is closing out 2014 with a bang, setting weekly production records in four of the last five weeks. For the week ending December 19th, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported another week of record-breaking production at 992-thousand barrels per day. Geoff Cooper of… Read more »

Biodiesel exec: More certainty needed

The chairman of the nation’s largest biodiesel producer is calling for more “certainty” in U.S. renewable energy policy. Jeff Stroburg of Iowa-based REG—Renewable Energy Group—says the down-to-the-wire extension of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is an example of the uncertainty the industry faces. “We’re glad to see that get passed—it’s unfortunate that we didn’t… Read more »

$5.6 million in advanced biofuels grants announced

USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Established in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program supports… Read more »

Ethanol production hits all-time high

Ethanol production has hit a new all-time record. During the week of November 21st, ethanol production advanced 1.2 percent to 982-thousand barrels a day.  According to the Renewable Fuels Association, that equates to 15.05 billion gallons on an annualized basis. Despite the increased production, ethanol inventories actually dropped 1.5 percent, reflecting continued good demand for ethanol. Photo… Read more »

RFA head: Elation over RFS announcement short-lived

The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, says his elation over the EPA’s recent announcement on the Renewable Fuels Standard was short-lived. “I feel a little bit like the receiver that just caught a Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation,” Dinneen says. “I’m elated in the end zone, but… Read more »

Northey hopeful EPA’s delay is a good sign

Reaction from ag leaders has been mixed following the EPA’s announcement that it is once again delaying its decision on 2014 ethanol blend requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says that while he is disappointed with the continued delays, he is hopeful that the EPA is reconsidering its… Read more »