Taking Corn Cobs for Biofuels Won’t Hurt Soil Quality

John Davis

Concerns over hurting the soil quality when harvesting some crop residues for cellulosic biofuels, instead of leaving the residues on the fields to help the soil quality, might be unfounded. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research says that soil quality would not decline if post-harvest corn cobs were removed from the field. “Crop residues have many useful functions when left …

Audio, biofuels, Cellulosic, Government, USDA

U.S. Needs to Open Cars to Fuel Competition

Joanna Schroeder

Anne Korin, co-author of “Turning Oil into Salt,” and the new book “Petropoly,” gave a thought provoking presentation during the 7th Annual Renewable Fuels Summit hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). Korin is the co-director for the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, a think tank focused on energy and security, that she says takes no money …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

DF Cast: Wind Energy Tax Credit Welcomed in Iowa

John Davis

Probably no one in the country was more pleased to see the renewal of the wind energy production tax credit than the folks in Iowa, a place that has become a real leader nationwide in wind energy. During the recent Iowa Wind Energy Day, officials and advocates for wind energy expressed their appreciation for the extension… and the hope that …

Audio, Domestic Fuel Cast, Government, Wind

General Wesley Clark Rallies The Troops

Chuck Zimmerman

At today’s U.S. Custom Harvesters luncheon, sponsored by New Holland, retired General Wesley Clark, co-chairman of Growth Energy, took the stage. The organization is holding their 30th annual convention which is co-located with the 2013 AG CONNECT Expo in Kansas City, MO. Gen. Clark says his passion was the military and now his passion is national energy security and the …

AG Connect, Audio, biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy

USDA Undersecretary Optimistic About Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager is optimistic about the future of biofuels. “When faced with an economic challenge, rural Americans came up with an economic solution and developed a biofuels industry,” Tonsager said in an interview after speaking to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. “My belief is, as time goes along and we’re faced with challenging circumstances again, …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, USDA

Growth Energy CEO at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis told attendees at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit this week that the biofuels industry needs to meet the challenges ahead and keep moving forward. “We have our challenges, but we have our opportunities,” Buis said in an interview after his speech, noting that the industry can expect continued attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). …

Audio, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Iowa RFA, RFS

IRFA Renewable Fuels Summit Smashing Success

Joanna Schroeder

A bit of bad weather couldn’t keep people away from the 7th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s (IRFA) Renewable Fuels Summit. The event kicked off with remarks from Executive Director Monte Shaw who said that the renewable fuels industry was ready to fight for the future. The organization, on behalf of its members, said Shaw will fight for the Renewable …

advance biofuels, Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

Ethanol Industry Responds to API E15 Study

Joanna Schroeder

The American Petroleum Institute (API), released a new E15 study today and representatives of all the major ethanol industry associations issued statements. In addition, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) held a media conference to discuss why the study oil-funded study was “flawed” and “misleading”. Ethanol experts Kristy Moore, Vice President for Technical Services for RFA, along with Bob Reynolds, President …

Audio, biofuels, E15, Ethanol, RFA

Chasing Methane Advocates at Iowa Capitol

Joanna Schroeder

There is no age requirement to be an advocate for the environment. During the recent Iowa Wind Energy Day, five young advocates from Chasing Methane, ranging in age from 11 to 13, came to the Iowa Capitol to encourage people to support food waste composting. Why? As Joey Titus, a 7th grader at Southeast Junior High in Iowa City, Iowa …

Audio, biomethane, Climate Change, Environment, global warming

More Transmission Key Policy Issue for Wind Industry

Joanna Schroeder

Wind on the Wires is an organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota launched about a decade ago to focus on wind policy issues and wind transmission line issues. To learn more about some key policy initiatives for 2013, I spoke with Beth Soholt, Executive Director, who was in Des Moines, Iowa during Iowa Wind Energy Day. The big issue for …

Alternative energy, Audio, Electricity, Energy, Wind