Midwest States Support Ethanol and Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

The Midwest Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments recently issued a series of policy resolutions supporting increased use of both ethanol and biodiesel, and specifically support ethanol blender pumps. The group also adopted resolutions calling for use of sound scientific methods when calculating carbon emissions. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased with all the resolutions, particularly …

Biodiesel, blends, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

BlueFire Ethanol Locating Plant in Mississippi

Cindy Zimmerman

California-based BlueFire Ethanol received approval from the Department of Energy (DOE) recently to locate its second planned cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Fulton, Mississippi. The company was awarded a $40 million dollar grant from DOE for a second facility in 2007 that was originally to be located in California. However, development and licensing concerns, coupled with the challenging business climate in …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Loan Program Needs Changes to Advance Cellulosic Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

An ethanol industry group says the loan guarantee program at the U.S. Department of Energy needs to function more efficiently and effectively to make capitol available to advance next generation biofuels like cellulosic ethanol. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is asking US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu to make needed changes in the loan guarantee program for biorefineries. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

ND Offers $2 Mil for New Ethanol Blender Pumps

John Davis

The State of North Dakota has launched a program that will make $2 million in grants available for fuel station owners who install new, multifuel pumps that will mix ethanol right at the point-of-sale. This post on InForum, the forum of Fargo-Moorhead, says buyers will be able to choose from pure gasoline up to E85 ethanol: “We’re excited about this …

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CFDC Awarded DOE Funds

Michelle Kautz

The second award included the Clean Fuels Foundation and the FlexFuel Vehicle Club teaming with the Tennessee Clean Cities program. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK) was awarded up to $818,091 to increase the availability of E85 and B20 along I-75. This project will provide E85 and B20 every 200 miles or less, enabling drivers to travel from Sault …

Biodiesel, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, News

Promoting BYO Ethanol to Retailers

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) teamed up at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Las Vegas last week to promote the BYO Ethanol blender pump program. Robert White (left) with RFA says blender pumps that can offer a variety of ethanol blends, from E10 to E85 and several …

ACE, Audio, blends, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Ethanol, Biodiesel to be Part of Navy’s Green Fleet

John Davis

The U.S. Navy has launched a new program to green its fleet… and biodiesel and ethanol are important elements of that campaign. This article in the Pacific Coast Business Times says that during a seech this week in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus launched the idea of a “Green Fleet,” an ambitious goal to use …

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Companies Working on Cellulosic Technology

Cindy Zimmerman

Two companies have formed an alliance to commercialize a patented process to economically and efficiently produce ethanol from cellulose feedstocks. The ChemPro Group of New Jersey has joined with Mo-Fuel (Rural Bio-waste) of Sikeston, Missouri on the project. According to Steve Lavorerio, President of ChemPro, the process can handle a full spectrum of cellulosic feedstock, from wood chips and pulp-and-paper-plant …

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Ethanol Report From NACS

Cindy Zimmerman

The largest gathering of retailers who sell fuel to the public has been going on this week in Las Vegas. The NACS show, which is the annual meeting of the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, draws some 10,000 visitors from all over the country and even internationally. It was the first opportunity for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and …

ACE, blends, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA