Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) recognized outstanding leadership in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry as part of the 16th Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo 2010 today in Las Vegas. Among this year’s honorees is Robert White, Director of Market Development for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), who was awarded the 24/7 Blend Award for “his leadership …

afvi, blends, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Verenium Happy With First Quarter

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite the fact that total revenues of $13.0 million were down $1.4 million compared to last year, Verenium Corporation executives were happy with the 2010 first quarter financial report released yesterday. “I’m very pleased with the successful first quarter and start to 2010 Verenium had with both its biofuels and specialty enzymes business units,” said Carlos A. Riva, President and …


Ethanol Co-Product Has Human Nutrition Benefits

Cindy Zimmerman

The ethanol co-product known as DDGs or dried distillers grain is mostly used as livestock feed, but a food grade version could help improve human nutrition. South Dakota State University research shows a traditional Asian flatbread called chapathi (or chapati) gets a big boost in protein and fiber when fortified with food-grade distillers grains. SDSU food scientist Padu Krishnan said …

Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research, University

Brazil and US Ethanol Spar Over California Standard

Cindy Zimmerman

In a court brief filed last week, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), Brazil’s ethanol trade association, defended California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) against lawsuits filed by the petroleum, trucking and ethanol industries of the United States. “With about one in every ten U.S. cars driven in California, the largest state in the country with one of the highest …

Ethanol, Indirect Land Use, International

Ethanol Terminal Opens in Shreveport

Cindy Zimmerman

A terminal to provide the ethanol needs of northwest Louisiana and the surrounding area has opened in Shreveport. Eco-Energy, Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee recently started operations at the ethanol distribution terminal, which is a joint project with Red River Terminals and is expected to serve the bulk ethanol needs of the Shreveport area as ethanol blending increases over the next …

Distribution, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Biofuels Digest Names Top Twitterati

Cindy Zimmerman

Biofuels Digest has named the top 20 “biofuels observers who are shaping opinion via Twitter.” Some of the top names in the industry are on this list that Biofuels Digest calls “the leading practitioners of the art – the Twitterati that are shaping the biofuels landscape with their bursts of 140-character or less messages – sometimes as many as 50 …

ACE, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, POET, RFA

Plant Makes Fuel from Waste and Fiber

Cindy Zimmerman

An Iowa corn ethanol plant has been converted to produce commercial cellulosic biofuels from fiber and municipal waste. Clean technology company Fiberight announced today that it has started “commenced production at the nation’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant using enzymatic conversion technology and industrial / municipal solid waste (MSW) as feedstock.” According to a company release, Fiberight converted a former …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Ethanol Demand a Topic at Clean Energy Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other administration officials joined rural stakeholders for a clean energy economy forum at the White House on Wednesday, which was the one year anniversary of President Obama’s Biofuels Directive. “Renewable energy production is a key to sustainable economic development in rural America,” Vilsack said. “We must rapidly escalate the production of biofuels to meet the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, USDA

Ethanol Report on Oil Spill Response

Cindy Zimmerman

Addressing the tragedy hitting the Gulf of Mexico and coastal areas requires both an aggressive short term response and an equally aggressive long term energy and environmental strategy. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen is asking the Obama administration to take action to help increase the use of ethanol, starting with immediately allowing up to 12 percent ethanol …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA

USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy Funding

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. Funding is available from four USDA Rural Development renewable energy programs authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). “This funding will help spur investments in technologies that will reduce reliance on fossil fuels, conserve natural resources and help build a sustained …