Aemetis Inc. announced June 5 that its Aemetis Biogas subsidiary generated federal D3 RINs from the EPA under the RFS for the first time and has filed to California LCFS credits for RNG that was delivered to customers starting in late May.
On May 31, 21 members of the House, led by Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai urging her to protect U.S. farmers and biofuel producers and prioritize U.S. ethanol export competitiveness in Brazil.
In late May, the USGC's Europe, Middle East and Africa regional office wrapped up two buyers and sellers conferences – in Dakar, Senegal, then in Lisbon, Portugal. Information on DDGS was shared during the events.
The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production Report for May, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production in March was up when compared to the previous month, but down from March 2022.
By U.S. Grains Council
May 26, 2023
Using Market Access Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion funds, the U.S. Grains Council Mexico office has been conducting some grassroots market development work for U.S. DDGS to small-scale ruminant producers in Southeast Mexico.
New Energy Blue and Dow on May 25 announced a long-term supply agreement under which New Energy Blue will produce biobased ethylene from corn stover. Dow will purchase the biobased ethylene for use in plastics production.
Navigator CO2 has signed an agreement with Puro.earth to validate and certify Navigator's carbon dioxide removal (CDR) credits. The framework pairs Puro's Geologically Stored Carbon Methodology with Navigator's Heartland Greenway CCUS system.
The White House OMB has opened a public comment period as part of a federal effort that aims to improve how to identify, classify and measure bioeconomy manufacturing, technology and products, including biobased fuels, chemicals and materials.
Global aquaculture industry professionals came together in Morocco in May for the U.S. Grains Council's (USGC's) International Aquaculture Conference. The conference covered a variety of topics, including aquafeed ingredient properties.
Aemetis Inc. announced on May 18 that the U.S. EPA has approved the Aemetis Biogas Services subsidiary’s renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility for the generation of D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs under the RFS.
Electrofuels provider Infinium and comprehensive carbon management company Navigator CO2 have entered into a MOU and long-term relationship for Navigator to deliver 600,000 TPA of biogenic CO2 to a future Infinium eFuels facility.
The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) organized a 22-member Agriculture Trade Goodwill Mission traveling to the United States in September 2022. USGC and MOFA officials signed a $600 agreement on corn and U.S. DDGS exports.
The U.S. Department of Energy on May 17 awarded $251 million to 12 projects that will support infrastructure development for carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and storage. One of those projects specifically targets CO2 sourced from ethanol production.
Summit Agricultural Group has announced the creation of Summit Next Gen, a sustainable aviation fuel production platform. Summit Next Gen will utilize Honeywell's ethanol-to-jet processing technology to convert ethanol into SAF.
Alto Ingredients Inc. released Q1 financial results on May 8, reporting improving margins and announcing progress with several ongoing plant improvement projects, including the installation of a CoProMax system at its Magic Valley plant in Idaho.
Gevo Inc. on May 10 reported it has entered into a technology access agreement with Phillips 66 and ADM. The company also announced progress with its RNG operations but said plans for its NZ1 SAF project will likley be delayed.
In April, the U.S. Grains Council held the 2023 U.S. DDGS Trade Promotion Conference in Seoul, South Korea, that offered information on U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and its benefits, among other topics.
Verbio North America Holdings Corp. announced on May 1 the signing and closing of a purchase agreement with Mercuria Investments US Inc. to acquire South Bend Ethanol LLC. Verbio plans to add RNG production capacity to the facility.
BBI International has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative to produce the first annual North American SAF Conference & Expo. The conference will be held in Minneapolis on Aug. 29-30.
Summit Carbon Solutions has signed a multi-year agreement to sell carbon dioxide removal credits (CDRs) to the NextGen CDR Facility (NextGen). In total, NextGen announced the purchase of 193,000 tons of CDRs from three projects.
POET has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Midwest Commodities in Detroit, Michigan. As part of the agreement, Midwest Commodities will provide DDGS truck-to-container transload services solely to POET.
The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production Report for April, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol in February was down when compared to both the previous month and February 2022.
The European Commission announced on April 26 that a political agreement has been reached on the REFuelEU Aviation proposal, which creates a mandate requiring the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
USGC Chairman Josh Miller joined USGC staff to share the benefits of U.S. ethanol at the Seoul Mobility Show in Seoul, South Korea. The USGC's Korea office also held various events for the nearly 4,000 attendees at its booth this year.
The looming battle over the U.S. debt ceiling could result in the repeal of the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), clean fuels, clean hydrogen and renewable diesel/biodiesel tax credits, along with the scaling back of the 45Q tax credit for CCS.
The U.S. Grains Council's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) office had two opportunities to promote distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in March, including at an event in Turkey and a tour of three Saudi Arabian cities.
Gevo Inc. and LG Chem Ltd. announced on April 12 that they have entered into a joint development agreement to develop bio-propylene for renewable chemicals using Gevo's ethanol-to-olefins (ETO) technology.
The USGC has released a handbook about new and evolving high-protein corn co-products produced by the U.S. ethanol industry. It is meant to update international customers on the nutritional profiles of these products and their feed applications.
Technip Energies has been awarded the contract for the FEED phase of LanzaTech's DRAGON SAF project based on LanzaJet alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology. The project is on track to be one of the first commercial SAF facilities in the U.K.
Green Plains is developing new technologies and coproducts. CEO Todd Becker talks about the company's various projects related to protein, corn oil, clean sugar and carbon, as well as a newly announced joint venture in SAF.