RFA Thanks EPA for #Ethanol Commitment

Joanna Schroeder

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is thanking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by increasing renewable volumes across the board for 2017. This includes raising the conventional biofuel category back to where the statute intended – 15 billion gallons per year from 14.8 billion gallons as proposed in May of 2016. …

Audio, biofuels, E15, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

Biofuture Platform Announced During COP22

Joanna Schroeder

One of the first transportation-fuel related climate initiatives was announced during COP22 this week. The Biofuture Platform was launched in COP22 host country Marrakech by co-hosts Brazil and Morocco, and is a coalition formed to accelerate development and scale up deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, industrial processes, chemicals, plastics and other sectors. …

advance biofuels, bioenergy, biofuels, Climate Change, Environment

GRFA Calls For Global #Biofuels Commitment at COP22

Joanna Schroeder

With COP22 under way, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is calling for a global commitment to biofuels as countries transition to low-carbon economies. Bliss Baker, GRFA president, says that biofuels such as ethanol are proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 40 percent to 90 percent as compared to fossil fuels. Prior to COP22, the United Nations released …

biofuels, Ethanol

Natural Chem Acquires Abengoa #Ethanol Plant

Joanna Schroeder

Another Abengoa plant has been sold. Natural Chem Group (NCG) has acquired the ethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico via a bidding process. The new owner has plans to re-purpose the facility into an Eco-Fuels Blend Terminal with the ability to produce 4.5 million gallons of B20 biodiesel each month. The biodiesel blend will be blended with diesel at the …

biofuels, Ethanol

Iowa’s Pink at the Pump Campaign Raises $12K

Joanna Schroeder

During the month of October, nearly 30 Iowa retailers participated in the “Pink at the Pump” Campaign. When consumers purchased E15 at participating stores, the retailer donated three cents of each gallon. This year the campaign raised $12,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The organization provides help and inspires hope to those affected by breast cancer. “We are proud …

biofuels, E15, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

NASCAR Surpasses 10 Million Miles on Green #E15

Joanna Schroeder

NASCAR has announced that during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, it will surpass 10 million competition miles fueled by Sunoco Green E15. The miles were accumulated during practices and qualifying and racing laps. This season is the 6th since Sunoco and American Ethanol began a partnership and the green fuel was debuted …

American Ethanol, biofuels, E15, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NASCAR

#Ag Secretary Vilsack Bids Farewell at #NAFB16

Joanna Schroeder

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who has been in office for eight years, made his last appearance at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention this week in Kansas City, Missouri. “First of all, I want to thank the broadcasters here today,” Vilsack began to a standing room only crowd. “I think all of you have done and continue to …

Agribusiness, Audio, biofuels, NAFB

RFA Talks #Ethanol with Farm Broadcasters

Joanna Schroeder

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual convention in Kansas City is one of Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen’s favorite events of the year. This year the big issue that everyone was talking about was the election and how it might impact the industry. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Donald Trump was voted in as …

Audio, biofuels, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NAFB, politics, RFA

Changing Cell Behavior Could Boost #Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

A Washington University computer scientist may have cracked a new code to improve biofuel production. Michael Brent, the Henry Edwin Sever Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has learned how to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances. The key was an algorithm Brent developed called NetSurgeon. The program recommends genes that can …

biofuels, Ethanol, Research

Sleepy Eye Students Learn about Minnesota #Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

Students from Sleepy Eye High School recently learned about ethanol when they toured the nearby Highwater Ethanol located in Lamberton, Minn. During the tour, the 23 students learned about ethanol production – specifically how Highwater Ethanol produced nearly 60 million gallons of ethanol in 2015. “The opportunity to host Sleepy High School for this tour was a great opportunity for …

biofuels, Education, Ethanol