Show Me the Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt is signing the state’s new ethanol bill several times over this week. The governor is visiting with corn growers from the southeast to the northwest part of the state for ceremonial bill signings, mostly in areas where ethanol plants are planned or in operation. The legislation requires gasoline sold in Missouri to contain 10 percent ethanol …

Ethanol, Government

New Company To Produce Environmentally-Friendly Corn Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

California-based Western Milling, and venture capital firm Khosla Ventures have announced the formation of Cilion, a company that will operate modular, standardized 55 million gallons per year ethanol plants. According to a release, the new company would use a variety of innovations to make plants that are cheaper and greener than standard corn-to-ethanol plants, substantially reducing the need for fossil …

Ethanol

Hawaii Gets Ethanol Project Funds

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Energy Committee has approved $1 million for an ethanol demonstration project in Hawaii. Committee member Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) announced the project in a press release this week, saying the “appropriation is significant because the State of Hawaii passed a law that went into effect in April 2006, requiring at least 10 percent of all gas sold …

Ethanol, Government

Made in the USA

Cindy Zimmerman

2006 may someday be known as the year our nation made a Declaration of Energy Indepedence. When we declared our independence 230 years ago, there were many difficulties and hardships for the people of the new nation to face – not the least of which was a war. By cutting ourselves off from England we had to become more self-sufficient, …

Miscellaneous

Big 3 FFV Promise

Cindy Zimmerman

DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation have announced plans to double the annual production of flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) to two million by the year 2010. According to an Illinois Corn Growers release, the auto manufacturers pledged this commitment last week in a letter addressed to members of Congress signed by Chrysler Group President and CEO, Tom LaSorda, …

Car Makers, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles

Honorary Pit Crew Member

Cindy Zimmerman

Team Ethanol had an honorary pit crew member this weekend in Kansas City. It was a dream come true for 21-year-old Casey Brickey, who suffers from a progressive form of muscular dystrophy. Last year Brickey teamed up with the ethanol industry to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to fuel the fight for a cure. The ethanol industry donated …

EPIC, Ethanol, Indy Racing

Celebrating Energy Independence

Cindy Zimmerman

Willie Nelson is celebrating our nation’s energy independence this week in Carl’s Corner, Texas with opening of his joint venture production plant, Pacific Biodiesel Texas. According to a National Biodiesel Board release, Nelson and Pacific Biodiesel decided to open the plant during the July 4th holiday week because, as Nelson put it, “this will be a true Texas Independence Day.” …

Biodiesel

Badger State Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Board members of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council are meeting in Kansas City this weekend and going to the Indy race Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. One of those members is John Malchine, CEO of Badger State Ethanol in Monroe, WI. We got a call this morning from Wisconsin radio station KFAW-AM to talk about ethanol and we had …

Audio, Ethanol, Facilities

Ethanol Corridor Opens

Cindy Zimmerman

VeraSun Energy Corporation and Ford Motor Company have officially opened a new Midwest Ethanol Corridor. According to a VeraSun release, the corridor will increase the availability of VE85″, VeraSun’s branded E85, with the addition of 14 new retail locations along I-55 in Illinois. VeraSun’s branded E85 fuel, VE85″, is now available at more than 70 retail locations across the Midwest, …

Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles

Pumping Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

IndyCar® Series drivers Jeff Simmons (Team Ethanol) and Vitor Meira (Panther Racing), were pumping gas in Kansas City Thursday to promote ethanol. The racers are in town for Sunday’s Kansas Lottery 300 race at Kansas Speedway but they took time out from practice to meet with fans and the media. Casey’s General Store near the Speedway filled over 200 cars …

EPIC, Ethanol, Indy Racing