Hornish Wins 4th Indy Fast Lap

Cindy Zimmerman

For the fourth time in two weeks, Sam Hornish, Jr. recorded the “Ethanol Fast Lap” and $2,500 with a speed of 224.951 miles per hour. The Marlboro Team Penske driver has been the fastest driver for all four Ethanol Fast Laps days in Indy 500 practice, collecting $10,000 from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council. The final Indy Fast Lap …

EPIC, Ethanol, Indy Racing

Two More Ethanol Plants for Iowa

Cindy Zimmerman

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa is getting two more ethanol plants – one in Superior and one in Buffalo. Green Plains Renewable Energy plans to build a 50 million-gallon-a-year plant near Superior that will be similar to a plant Green Plains is building in Shenandoah. The Superior plant will open in spring 2007. River/Gulf Energy is a Quad-City …

Ethanol, Facilities

Ethanol Myths and Realities

Cindy Zimmerman

Business Week Online tries to take a somewhat balanced look at ethanol here that falls a bit short. The article has a decidedly cynical tone about ethanol but does present some positive information regarding the energy issue, presenting the findings of Michael Wang with the Argonne National Laboratory for Transportation Research – some very good research. Whenever anyone starts talking …

Ethanol, Research

Golden Gate Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

Biodiesel’s heart is in San Francisco now that it has become the largest U.S. city to institute citywide use of B20. According to a release from the National Biodiesel Board, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Directive designed to increase the pace of municipal use of biodiesel in the city which uses about 8 million gallons of diesel …

Biodiesel

Auto Makers Back 25x’25

Cindy Zimmerman

According to Paddock Talk, the CEOs of General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler are supporting efforts that seek to provide 25 percent of America’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2025, known as 25X’25. In meetings with Congressional leaders today, Chrysler Group President and CEO Tom LaSorda, Ford Motor Company Chairman and CEO Bill Ford and General Motors Chairman and CEO …

Car Makers, Government

100 Illinois Ethanol Pumps

Cindy Zimmerman

Illinois Corn Growers are proud to announced the grand opening of the state’s 100th E85 fuel station Wednesday in Litchfield. According to ICGA, Gov. Blagojevich contributed $40,000 in state funding to establish the new E-85 facilities in Litchfield, and he is also investing $25 million to support research, production and consumption of ethanol in Illinois as part of the state …

Ethanol

Badger State Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Here’s a nice shot of the Badger State Ethanol plant in Monroe, Wisconsin – sent in by reader Gary Dikkers, who took it “on a very cold day in February.” The plant started production mid-October, 2002 with a name-plate capacity of 40 million gallons of ethanol and 128,000 tons of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) each year. Since startup, …

Ethanol

JW Writes

Cindy Zimmerman

Jim Jubak of MSN was writing about solutions to our energy problems and solicited suggestions from readers. He got several, including both ethanol and biodiesel. He decided to do further research on the subjects and the first one is ethanol. He’s looking for good information on the subject, so here’s an opportunity for you to jump in the mix. Send …

Biodiesel, Ethanol

MO Corn Billboard Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

The Missouri Corn Growers Association is seeking input on their next billboard design. The association’s billboard campaign to promote support for a statewide ethanol mandate got some major publicity when it was accused of being a “hate message” against Arabs (see previous post). MCGA now has a web site, www.madaboutgas.com, to poll public opinion on the next ethanol billboard campaign. …

Ethanol

Getting Revved Up For Indy

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest “Fill up, Feel Good” podcast features several people who took part in last week’s “Ethanol Day” at the Indianapolis Speedway. Among them are Indy Car drivers Danica Patrick and Jeff Simmons, U.S. Secretary of Energy Sam Bodman, ethanol hot rod racer Mark Thomas, and EPIC president Tom Branham. The “Fill up, Feel Good” podcast is available to download …

Audio, EPIC, Ethanol, Fill Up Feel Good