Biodiesel Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The Iowa Senate passed a bill this week to create a biodiesel tax credit for retailers, as well as include biodiesel in the 25 percent of petroleum displacement the state would require by 2020. The amended bill now moves back to the state House, which passed an earlier version by a vote of 92-7. National Biodiesel Board officials are hoping …

Biodiesel, Legislation

Guster Raises Biodiesel Consciousness

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the band Guster joined officials from the City of East Lansing on the Michigan State University campus this week to announce the growing use of biodiesel in the town, according to the National Biodiesel Board. Guster was in East Lansing for a performance at MSU as part of the Campus Consciousness Tour, which raises awareness in college towns …

Biodiesel

Bio Biking

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmentally-conscious bikers may be interested in easy riding with Ecorider, “the only production diesel motorcycles offered for sale to the public in this country.” According to an email we got from Dusty Beckstrand, western US rep for Ecorider, they have been contacted lately by biodiesel companies interested in the bikes, “which use a German, Hatz diesel engine that gets 125 …

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Small Company with Big Plans

Cindy Zimmerman

A California company is planning to become a major ethanol producer with some new backing. A release this week from Altra, Inc. announced that it has attracted some heavy-hitter investors – private equity firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Omninet Private Equity, LLC and Sage Capital Partners, L.P. along with two leading private equity funds focused on high growth companies …

Biodiesel, Ethanol

Clean Cities Congress

Cindy Zimmerman

Alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies will be featured at the Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006, which will be held May 7-10, in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme of this year’s Congress is “Fueling Economic Solutions” with a focus on cost-savings for alternative fuel fleets. “With oil prices nearing $70 a barrel, fleets are taking a financial hit,” said Will …

Biodiesel, Clean Cities Congress, Ethanol

Another CHS and US BioEnergy Deal

Cindy Zimmerman

CHS Inc., one of the nation’s leading energy and grain-based foods companies, and US BioEnergy Corporation, an ethanol production and management company, announced today they have entered into a joint ownership of an ethanol and biodiesel marketing company, according to a news release. CHS, which formed when Cenex and Harvest States Cooperatives merged in 1998, acquired 28 percent ownership in …

Biodiesel, Ethanol

More Terminals Offer Pre-Blended Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

Petroleum terminals in Texas, New York and Michigan have announced the availability of pre-blended biodiesel within the last month, according to a release from the National Biodiesel Board. Distribution Drive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Biofuels, Inc. and Motiva Enterprises, an oil company headquartered in Houston, Tex., announced Monday that the Motiva Enterprises terminal in Dallas will now offer …

Biodiesel

Washington State Adopts Biodiesel Requirement

Cindy Zimmerman

This week, Washington became the second state “to commit to making biodiesel an everyday part of the diesel fuel market.” According to a release from the National Biodiesel Board, Washington passed a bill that “sets a requirement that at least 2 percent of diesel sales by volume will be comprised of biodiesel, with 2 percent ethanol in the gasoline market.” …

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Second MS Biodiesel Station Opens

Cindy Zimmerman

Celebrities and lawmakers gathered ’round the pump this week for the opening of the second Earth Biofuels “BioWillie” filling station in Mississippi. According to a press release, among those in attendance was actor and Earth Biofuels board member Morgan Freeman. Also on hand was Mississippi state senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who stated, “I cannot think of anything better we can do …

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