EPA Officials Visit Iowa Biofuels Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) hosted officials from the Environmental Protection Agency last week for a tour of agriculture and biofuels in Iowa. Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, and Margo Oge, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, represented EPA on the visit that included the BioCentury Research Farm in Boone, an Iowa …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, Government

Ex-CEO Arrested for Selling Illegal RINs

Joanna Schroeder

The former CEO of biofuel company American Bio-Fuels, based in Abbeville, Alabama, was arrested yesterday for selling illegal Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Arnesto, “Steve” Sobrado was charged with felony first-degree theft of property. American Bio-Fuels went out of business in June. According to an article published by the Dothan Eagle, the charge was a result of a report made by …

Ethanol, Ethanol News

USDA Gives $13 Mil for Renewable Energy Projects

John Davis

The USDA is handing out another $13 million in loans and grants for 233 renewable energy projects in rural areas of 38 different states. The projects were announced in this press release and during a speech at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois, that included some of the highlighted projects: The loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, News, Wind

Nebraska Ethanol Industry Bounces Back

Michelle Kautz

According to the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC), Nebraska’s ethanol industry has nearly recovered from the economic doldrums it faced last year and is back near full production capacity. An important indicator that the ethanol industry is recovering, Todd Sneller said of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, is the “modest job increase” they saw in the ethanol industry while reviewing state ethanol …

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Ethanol Production Numbers Announced for June ’09

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. ethanol production is on the rise with the news that the industry has set new production records. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), American ethanol facilities produced 694,000 barrels per day (b/d) in June 2009. That is up 109,000 b/d from a year ago. Ethanol demand, as calculated by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), continues to outpace production. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Ethanol in Focus at Farm Progress Show

Cindy Zimmerman

Everywhere you go at the 2009 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois this week, people are talking about ethanol. Over at the corn grower tent marked by 30+ foot high corn stalks and an E85 blimp hovering overhead, they have information about how the carbon footprint of corn production has declined substantially in recent years and they are encouraging farmers …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, RFA

Grassley to Host EPA Officials at Iowa Biodiesel Plant

John Davis

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will play host to a pair of EPA officials at an Iowa biodiesel plant this coming Thursday at 3 pm. Let’s hope he can use the opportunity to teach them the REAL math behind the amount of corn and soybeans it takes to make ethanol and biodiesel. This story from Biodiesel Magazine says Grassley will …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, News

Construction to Start on Southern California Ethanol Hub

Cindy Zimmerman

A Houston-based company is starting work on a new ethanol transport hub in southern California. U.S. Development Group (USDG) will begin construction on the West Colton Rail Terminal, a new ethanol hub located in the Inland Empire area of southern California. Construction of the facility will occur in two phases. The first phase, located in Rialto, Calif., will consist of …

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Ethanol Report on Corn Grower Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

This edition of “The Ethanol Report” features comments from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) “Land Use and Carbon Impacts of Corn-based Ethanol Conference” held August 25-26 in St. Louis. Comments come from National Corn Growers Association Director of Biofuels & Business Development Jamey Cline, NCGA CEO Rick Tolman, North Dakota grower Bart Schott, and Geoff Cooper with the Renewable …

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Energy Grants $1.6 Mil for Public Education Efforts

John Davis

The U.S. Department of Energy has handed out $1.6 million to the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance… a group made up of the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Biodiesel Foundation, the Propane Education & Research Council, the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation and ASG Renaissance… to boost efforts for a targeted educational plan aimed at Clean Cities Coordinators and related stakeholders. This …

Biodiesel, communications, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NBB, News, RFA