GROWMARK System to Acquire Meier Oil Products

Joanna Schroeder

GROWMARK has announced it will be acquiring Meier Oil Production and Manito Transit. Both businesses have been family owned since 1936 and consisted of a trucking company, fuel terminal facility in Ashkum and bulk fuel facilities at Kankakee, Pontiac, Sheldon and Champaign, all in Illinois. Kevin Carroll, GROWMARK vice president, Energy, said the acquisition strengthens the GROWMARK System through collaboration …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol

Iowa Ethanol Production Holds Steady

Joanna Schroeder

Ethanol production in Iowa held steady during 2012 according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). During the year, 41 ethanol plants produced 3.7 billion gallons during 2012, matching 2011 production. This is around 28 percent of total ethanol production in the U.S. for the year. This is the first time since 2002 where production did not increase year to …

biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA, Renewable Energy

EnterSolar Solar Project Completed in Delaware

Joanna Schroeder

EnterSolar has completed a 185 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of Ultrachem Inc.’s corporate headquarters in New Castle, Deleware. Motech panels were used for the solar system that will generate approximately 200,000 kilowatt hours per year, enough energy to supply all the building’s yearly energy needs. The project is participating in the Delaware SREC Pilot Program and …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar

Ethanol Year in Review – 2012

Cindy Zimmerman

In this Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen provides his naughty and nice list for Santa, talks about a new progress report on cellulosic biofuels, and promises 2013 will bring one of the biggest fights for the future of energy policy. Dinneen says those who deserve coal include industries that have continued to relentlessly attack …

advance biofuels, Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA

European Committee Proposes US Ethanol Tax

Joanna Schroeder

The Antidumping Advisory Committee, composed of representatives from member states of the European Union, has reportedly endorsed a 9.6 percent penalty on U.S. ethanol exports to Europe. In response to the announcement, a joint statement was released by Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association. “This is simply one step in an ongoing process. While the Antidumping Advisory Committee has …

biofuels, Ethanol, Exports, Growth Energy, RFA

Alliance AutoGas Adds to Fueling Network

Joanna Schroeder

Wilsons Fuel Company, based in Canada, has become a partner with Alliance AutoGas. The partnership will bring propane fueling to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. The two companies will also provide fleet vehicle conversions to propane autogas. “We joined Alliance AutoGas because it is the world’s most reliable program to help fleets switch to autogas,” said …


BlendStar Completes Construction

Joanna Schroeder

Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE)’s subsidiary BlendStar LLC has completed construction and begun operations at its 96-car unit train terminal in Birmingham, Alabama. BNSF Railway, who will serve the terminal, has a throughput capacity of 300 million gallons ethanol annually. “We are pleased to announce the start-up of operations at the Birmingham terminal, which will provide more efficient distribution of …

biofuels, Ethanol, Renewable Energy

Most Travelling By Car This Holiday

Melissa Sandfort

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ”How do you plan to travel this holiday?” Our poll results: Fifty-seven percent said car; twenty percent said people are coming to my house; nine percent said I’m boycotting the holidays; six percent said other; three percent said plane, bus and walk; and no one is taking the train. Looks like the roads will …


Cellulosic Biofuels Progress Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The Advanced Ethanol Council has just released a detailed look at the progress made towards the commercial deployment of advanced cellulosic biofuels. The Cellulosic Biofuels Industry Progress Report profiles production facilities and projects across the country and producing nations around the world. According to the report, all countries that were profiled are working toward developing production capacity in the U.S. …

advance biofuels, AEC, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA