It Pays to Shop for Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

An informal survey of gasoline retail locations in greater Des Moines, Iowa, revealed that while 87-octane gasoline prices remain relatively uniform across several retail brands, the price a consumer pays for premium gasoline varies greatly depending on whether the retailer blends its premium gasoline with ethanol. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) reports that using premium gasoline blended with E10 …

biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

Growth Energy’s ‘State of the Industry’

Joanna Schroeder

Ethanol industry leaders met in Phoenix, Arizona this week to discuss the state of the renewable fuels industry. The event was kicked off by Jeff Broin, co-chair of Growth Energy’s Board of Directors with a “state of the industry” address. Broin noted the resilience of the industry and outlined how Congress made a promise to America to reduce its dependence …

biofuels, conferences, Ethanol, Growth Energy

Novozymes Joins Advanced Ethanol Council

Joanna Schroeder

Novozymes has become the newest member of the Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC). The global company is best known in the biofuels space for its work on first and second generation enzymes used to improve biofuel production, including cellulosic ethanol. “Novozymes and the Advanced Ethanol Council share a strong focus on facilitating the commercialization and growth of advanced biofuels,” said Adam …

AEC, biofuels, Cellulosic, enzymes, Ethanol, Novozymes

RFS is Revitalizing Rural Iowa

Joanna Schroeder

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its Preliminary 2012 Farm Census data and according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), it’s easy to see that increased in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have revitalized rural Iowa. The USDA data shows that since the increase in the RFS in 2007, Iowa has experienced nearly a 51 percent …

Agribusiness, biofuels, Iowa RFA, RFS

Advanced Ethanol Here at Last

Cindy Zimmerman

During the National Ethanol Conference, representatives of four leading companies talked about how advanced ethanol is here at last. Moderated by Advanced Ethanol Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman, the panelists included Chris Standlee with Abengoa; Kenneth Hill with DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol; Delayne Johnson, CEO of Quad County Corn Processors; and Steve Hartig, Licensing General Manager for POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC. …

advance biofuels, AEC, Audio, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

ACE Preparing for Biofuels Beltway March

Joanna Schroeder

Make Washington keep their word was a common mantra during the National Ethanol Conference last week. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Executive Vice President Brian Jennings is going to help them do just that. Each March, ACE brings nearly 100 ethanol advocates to the Hill to meet with Legislative and key stakeholders to tell their stories about the benefits of …

ACE, Audio, biofuels, Biofuels Beltway, E15, E85, National Ethanol Conference

Iowa E85 Sales Set Record in 2013

Joanna Schroeder

Iowans have purchased a record number of gallons of E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gas) in 2013. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), total E85 sales in 2013 reached 10,854,117 gallons, up nearly 20 percent from 2012 and an increase of more than 130,000 gallons from the previous record in 2011. The sales figures were reported by …

Audio, biofuels, E85, Ethanol, Iowa RFA

Abengoa Honored With RFA Award

Cindy Zimmerman

To recognize the advancement of cellulosic ethanol in a pivotal year, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen presented the “RFA 2014 Industry Award” to Gerson Santos-Leon, the executive vice president of Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies. The award was given by RFA at the National Ethanol Conference this week in Orlando “in gratitude for the sustained vision, innovation, and …

Audio, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA, RFS

EPA Director Addresses Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

The Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency addressed the National Ethanol Conference on Wednesday morning on issues related to the Renewable Fuel Standard and EPA’s proposal for the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO). Chris Grundler was scheduled to be on a panel at the NEC Tuesday but had a conflict and …

Audio, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, National Ethanol Conference, RFA, RFS

Dazed & Confused at National Ethanol Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

I never got to see Led Zeppelin live but last night I found out what it would have been like when Led Zeppelin 2 performed for the National Ethanol Conference. This band is fantastic. You can see what I mean in the video below (Dazed and Confused). Playing Jimmy Page on stage is Paul Kamp, founding partner of Leifmark and …

Audio, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference, RFA