2009 Sets Record Ethanol Production

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite a sluggish economy and challenging growing conditions for corn farmers, ethanol production set a record once again in 2009 of more than 10.75 billion gallons. According to the latest statitstics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), ethanol production reached yet another all time high in December 2009 at 787,000 barrels per day, even though ethanol demand, as calculated …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Verenium and BP Extend Agreement Again

Cindy Zimmerman

Verenium and BP are continuing to work on a month to month basis toward the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. The two companies today announced another month long extension to the initial 18-month joint development program established in August 2008. The previous extension to the agreement ended today, now it will continue until April 1, 2010 as the parties …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Poplar Could be Ethanol Feedstock

Cindy Zimmerman

Poplar trees could get more popular if they prove to be the next big ethanol feedstock. A team of researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Bowie State University is working on ways to use the hybrid trees to make ethanol and other biofuels, since they could be grown on plantations and harvested without affecting existing woodlands. Poplar, …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, University

Ethanol Pipeline No Longer Pipe Dream

Cindy Zimmerman

Kinder Morgan is getting ethanol moving through the pipeline. Those attending the Renewable Fuels Association 15th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando last month had the opportunity to see the Kinder Morgan terminal in Orlando and hear about the first pipeline in the country to provide commercial ethanol deliveries. “We now have the capability of handling 100 percent of the …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

Ethanol Issues Top Corn Grower Concerns

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol related issues top the list of concerns for members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) preparing for their annual policy meeting ti be held this week in Anaheim as part of the 2010 Commodity Classic. NCGA president Darrin Ihnen, a corn grower from South Dakota, says among those concerns are the use of indirect land use change in …

Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, NCGA

Ethanol Industry Donates to Haiti Relief

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the Renewable Fuels Association have donated more than $70,000 to the American Red Cross to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen announced the donation during a luncheon at last week’s National Ethanol Conference in Orlando. “The story may have slipped from the front pages of the newspaper, but it has not …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Register Now for Energy Communications Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Another approach and discussion is emerging surrounding messaging and education of global climate change. Green communication specialists will gather in May for a summit to refine the cause that clean energy and sustainable business practices are good policy and good business. The first-ever Green PR summit rEnergize Communications Summit will be held May 23-25 to discuss how corporate brands, products …

conferences, Education, Energy, Environment

Barley Ethanol Plant to Produce Feed

Cindy Zimmerman

A Virginia ethanol plant that uses barley as a feedstock will be offering a unique co-product as livestock feed when it comes on line later this year. Osage Bio Energy has contracted with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed to market its barley protein meal (BPM), a co-product of its ethanol bio-processing operation. Osage Bio Energy’s first plant, Appomattox Bio Energy, located …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, feedstocks, livestock feed

New Holland Commitment to Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

When it comes to approval of biodiesel in farm machinery, New Holland is outstanding in the field. In both North America and Europe, New Holland has been a leader in recognizing the importance of biodiesel as a fuel source for agricultural equipment. The company was first to approve the use of biodiesel blends back in 2006 and has since moved …

Audio, Biodiesel, Farming, New Holland, Soybeans

Ethanol Industry Rep Appointed to California Panel

Cindy Zimmerman

At least one ethanol industry representative has been appointed to an expert work group attempting to assess the true carbon footprint of all fuel sources under the California’s proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard. POET Senior Vice President of Science and Technology Mark Stowers has been appointed to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is one of 30 experts from around …

Cellulosic, Energy, Environment, Ethanol, POET