RFA Honors Iowa Governor for #Ethanol Support

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been recognized for his unwavering support of ethanol as the recipient of the RFA 2016 Industry Award. The Industry Award is bestowed annually to individuals that demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry. Since the governor had a conflict and was unable to attend the National Ethanol Conference in New Orleans this week, Absolute …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

High Octane Discussion at #RFANEC

Cindy Zimmerman

With “Fueling a High Octane Future” as the theme for the 21st annual National Ethanol Conference, it was appropriate that the first panel focus on ethanol’s high octane properties and how they translate into high performance. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper moderated a panel of experts including Brian West with Oak Ridge National Laboratory; MathPro president …

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USDA Secretary Visits #RFANEC Again

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the National Ethanol Conference for the last time in the position he has held under President Obama for both terms. During his appearance, Vilsack announced some good news for the ethanol industry – new research showing significant improvement in ethanol production efficiency. “This study we just published today looks at the ratio of the energy …

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RFA Launches #FlexMyChoice Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) launched a new campaign today at the National Ethanol Conference (NEC) designed to help the industry voice support for flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). The “Flex My Choice” effort is aimed directly at automakers, auto dealerships, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to the fact that automakers have begun to limit FFV models as the government …

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Former Oil Company President at #RFANEC

Cindy Zimmerman

The former president of a big oil company was very critical of the oil industry during his keynote address at the 2016 National Ethanol Conference in New Orleans Tuesday. John Hofmeister was president of Shell Oil Company for three years, but after he left the company in 2008 he founded Citizens for Affordable Energy and wrote a book called “Why …

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EPA Chief Defends #RFS Decisions

Cindy Zimmerman

During a hearing on Wednesday, House Agriculture Committee members questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, on many agency actions, including decisions made regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In her opening statement, McCarthy defended the volume obligation requirements under that RFS that EPA set last year, “The final requirements boost renewable fuel production and provide for robust, achievable growth of the …

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#RFS is a Top Issue for Ag Equipment Makers

Cindy Zimmerman

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted an Ag Executive Outlook panel during the opening day of the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville this week and one of the top issues for the organization is maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). AEM’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Nick Yaksich says building demand is vital for the agriculture …

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ICM, Inc Names New VP of Technology

Cindy Zimmerman

ICM, Inc. has named Steve Hartig vice president of technology development. ICM, Inc. CEO Dave VanderGriend says Hartig brings 35 years of experience leading global businesses with much of his career spent working in biofuels, coatings, resins, biomedical materials and polymers. “We strive to build the best team in the industry … and we feel confident Steve will be a …

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Energy in the Budget Proposal

Cindy Zimmerman

As promised, energy was a focus of President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal, officially unveiled on Tuesday, with a promise to “move our economy away from energy sources that fuel climate change.” The budget provides for $7.7 billion in discretionary funding for clean energy research and development across 12 agencies, including $106 million for USDA to “support development of biobased energy …

biofuels, Energy, Government, policy, USDA

Budget Expected to Double Clean Energy Funding

Cindy Zimmerman

The president’s budget to be released today would double funding for clean energy research and development by 2020, according to President Obama’s weekly address made on Saturday. “This will include new investments to help the private sector create more jobs faster, lower the cost of clean energy faster, and help clean, renewable power outcompete dirty fuels in every state,” said …

Energy, Government