Waterford School District Debuts Propane Buses

Joanna Schroeder

Waterford School District (WSD), in Michigan, has debuted 10 new school buses powered by propane autogas. The school district joins nearly 30 others in the state who are also fueling their bus fleets with propane. Each Blue Bird Vision Propane bus is retrofitted with propane fuel systems manufactured by Michigan-based ROUSH CleanTech. “Prior to joining WSD, I had a very …

Alternative Vehicles, Propane

Losing Topsoil? Plant Switchgrass.

Joanna Schroeder

Switchgrass, an energy feedstock that can be used for biofuel production, now has another benefit: it can improve soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. According to new research from the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass may be a promising option for growers who …

advance biofuels, Farming, feedstocks, Research

Enogen Provides Benefits for #Ethanol Growers

Joanna Schroeder

Duane Martin manages the Agrisure portfolio for Syngenta corn and soybeans. “We’re very proud of the technology we’ve brought to the corn and soybean market over the last several years- launching more new technology, more new traits, to especially the corn business one the last five years than any other company in the industry.” The Enogen corn technology is expanding, …

Audio, biofuels, corn, Enogen, Ethanol, Syngenta

Iowa Calls for Renewable Fuels Marketing Award Nominees

Joanna Schroeder

Do you know a fuel retailer who has gone above and beyond marketing renewable fuels including ethanol and biodiesel? Then nominate him/her for the Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards. Awards are given for both the sales and promotion of biodiesel and ethanol and the awards are in their 10th year. “Fuel retailers continue to take steps to make ethanol and biodiesel …

Biodiesel, Education, Ethanol, Promotion

Today in Energy Looks at RFS

Joanna Schroeder

With the final 2017 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in place, a recent Today in Energy looks at a revised biofuels forecast through 2017 published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) finds that the new rule will have the greatest impact on biomass-based diesel consumption. This category is expected to grow while ethanol …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, Ethanol, RFS

ACE Urges #Ethanol Advocates to Call for Support

Joanna Schroeder

Over the past few weeks President-Elect Donald Trump has been announcing his nominations for Cabinet positions including Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While Trump was supportive of biofuels during his campaign, notes Brian Jennings, executive vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Pruitt has been vocal in his opposition to clean …

ACE, Audio, E15, EPA, Ethanol, politics

Fuels America Sends Trump RFS Support Letter

Joanna Schroeder

The renewable fuels industry has come together, through Fuels America, to submit a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump congratulating him on his campaign and his vocal support of biofuels such as ethanol during his campaigning.  The letter, signed by 17 organizations, also calls on the new administration to “stand strong against those who seek to undermine this vital program.” In …

advance biofuels, Ethanol, Fuels America, RFS

Tobasi Stop Awarded 2016 Distinguished Retailer

Joanna Schroeder

Tobasi Stop, a retail station located in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, has been honored with the 2016 Distinguished Retailer award from the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. The station sells E15 at three of its retail locations. “This award recognizes Tobasi Stop’s commitment to offering its customers a clean and locally-produced fuel that is also cheaper than regular unleaded. E15 has been made …

E15, Ethanol

Badger State Ethanol Begins Expansion

Joanna Schroeder

Badger State Ethanol, LLC is beginning an expansion project. The ethanol plant is located in Monroe, Wisconsin, and the improvements will enable the facility to increase ethanol production and performance. When the expansion is completed, ethanol production and co-product output will increase by 45 percent. In addition, the plant is increasing energy efficiency through several projects that will result in …

Company Announcement, Ethanol

Green Biologics Ships First Butanol Order

Joanna Schroeder

UK-based Green Biologics has shipped its first customer order of biobased n-butanol and acetone from its manufacturing biorefinery in Little Falls, Minnesota. The company has developed several partnerships that include distribution agreements with Acme Hardesty, Nexeo Solutions, and Caldic, and has also developed a strategic partnership with HOC Industries. The facility was purchased by Green Biologics in December 2014 from …

biobutanol, biochemicals, bioproducts