Ethanol Report from Washington DC

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to be a major source of frustration for the ethanol industry, as the agency gives with one hand and takes away with the other as it keeps granting waivers for refineries from their obligations to blend ethanol while it works toward allowing year round sales of E15. Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper …

ACE, Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA

Royal DSM and Lallemand Complete License Agreement

Cindy Zimmerman

Royal DSM and Lallemand Inc. have announced a joint agreement allowing Lallemand a non-exclusive, royalty bearing license to DSM’s low-glycerol yeast technology patents. The license agreement is part of a settlement that was reached following a 2018 US Federal Court jury verdict in Wisconsin and the technology in the agreement is for use in the fermentation of first-generation biofuels. Royal …

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Study Finds Mid-Level Ethanol Blend Benefits for More Cars

Cindy Zimmerman

A new study concludes that mid-level ethanol blends can be used in most cars, not just flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs), and can help cars run more efficiently while reducing greenhouse gas emissions along with other pollutants. The study was conducted by North Carolina State University and commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative. Researchers tested regular E10 with 10% ethanol to a …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Urban Air Initiative

Land Use Change Study Uses Incorrect Data

Cindy Zimmerman

When you do a study that claims biofuels are resulting in increased land use for agricultural production you should be sure the land you are counting is not actually a subdivision. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) points to a new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy that exposes major methodological problems in recent studies paid for by …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Couple Takes Personal Ethanol Story to DC

Cindy Zimmerman

Phil Near and his wife Cheryl Werth Near were part of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual DC Fly-in last week, participating for the first time and bringing their personal story about the health benefits and good value of ethanol to members of Congress. The Nears operate ten Jump Start Convenience Stores in Kansas, offering their own brand of …

ACE, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Retailers

RFA Helps Ethanol Plants Celebrate Anniversaries

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) celebrated milestone anniversaries of three ethanol plant members this week. RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White attended the 10th anniversary of Homeland Energy Solutions, which operates a 200 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Lawler, Iowa. The facility also produces distillers grains, a valuable animal feed co-product, and corn oil. To date, …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

New Iowa Rep Introduces Biodiesel Tax Incentive Extension

Cindy Zimmerman

Freshman Democrat Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer of Iowa this week introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, a two-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. Congress had previously extended the tax credit retroactively for 2017 but left it expired for 2018 and beyond. Producers and businesses at every stage of the biodiesel production and consumption process rely on these tax credits …

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Ethanol Strong at ACE Fly-in

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol‘s 11th annual fly-in was another great success, with nearly 75 grassroots members attending, including ethanol producers, retailers, investors, corn growers, service and product providers, and others from 14 states (including DC) as well as one from London, England. There were 23 new fly-in participants this year. Split into teams of 2-4 people, the group visited …

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USDA Deputy Censky Addresses Ethanol Topics

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky addressed members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) meeting in Washington DC this week, just a day after the agency released a new study showing the significant greenhouse gas benefits of corn-based ethanol compared to gasoline. Censky talked about that study, as well as many other topics of interest to the farmers and ethanol …

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USDA Study Shows Big Ethanol Benefits

Cindy Zimmerman

A brand new study out yesterday from USDA finds greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are almost 40 percent lower than gasoline, and could be as high as 43 percent, when ethanol is refined at natural gas-powered refineries. The study, led by Dr. Jan Lewandrowski of USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist, and published in the journal Biofuels, supports findings …

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