#Ethanol Helps Fuel Minnesota Economy

Cindy Zimmerman

The ethanol industry contributed $1.98 billion to Minnesota’s economy last year, according to a new study released by ABF Economics and commissioned by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. This in turn generated $6.67 billion in gross sales for Minnesota businesses and supported nearly 18,000 jobs in 2016. “Minnesota’s ethanol industry remains a significant contributor to the state’s economy and supports thousands …

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Media Viewpoints at #RFANEC

Cindy Zimmerman

A year ago at the National Ethanol Conference, Rachel Gantz wore a media ribbon on her nametag. This year, the “hack turned flack” (as she describes herself on Twitter) is communications director for the Renewable Fuels Association and she sat down with a few of her media colleagues to talk about how the ethanol industry can do a better job …

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Novozymes Helps #Ethanol Producers Listen to Data

Cindy Zimmerman

Listening to your ethanol plant can save you money, according to Novozymes technical service manager Laurie Duval, who presented a NEC Tech Connect session at the National Ethanol Conference last week. “Basically ethanol plants are huge machines that are producing tons of data every day,” said Duval. “The opportunity in the ethanol industry is around making better use of that …

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Ethanol Export Opportunities in Sight at #RFANEC

Cindy Zimmerman

For the second year in a row, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) joined with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration to host an International Buyer Program (IBP) at the National Ethanol Conference. The program, designed to introduce U.S. ethanol sellers to foreign buyers in an effort to expand U.S. exports, included 18 international companies from seven top ethanol …

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Groups Oppose RFS Point of Obligation Change

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. biofuel and agricultural organizations wrote to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week opposing any change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation. “The point of obligation is one of the most important remaining tools to help drive higher blends remaining in the RFS. It creates economic incentives for gasoline retailers to offer higher blends such as E15 …

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Ethanol Report on National Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Building Partnerships, Growing Markets was the theme for the 22nd annual National Ethanol Conference held this week in San Diego and it was a great two days of reaching across the aisle to those who have sometimes been adversaries of the ethanol industry to find common ground. In this Ethanol Report interview with Chuck Zimmerman, Renewable Fuels Association president and …

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Point of Obligation Discussion at #RFANEC

Cindy Zimmerman

The extended comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed denial to change the Point of Obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ended this week as panelists at the National Ethanol Conference were discussing the issue. Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler refereed the cage fight discussion between Richard Walsh, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Valero Renewable Fuels Company and …

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Agriculture and Ethanol Working Together

Cindy Zimmerman

At the National Ethanol Conference this week, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen sat down with representatives from the corn and livestock industries to talk about the current state of the farm economy, the policy impact of historic surpluses, and moving past food versus fuel. Dinneen discussed common ground with National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak …

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Pacific Ethanol CEO Receives RFA Industry Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The co-founder of California’s first ethanol production company received the Renewable Fuels Association 2017 Industry Award in San Diego this week at the 22nd National Ethanol Conference. Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler, who is also vice chairman of the RFA board of directors, was the co-founder and general manager of Parallel Products, California’s first ethanol production company, which made ethanol …

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RFA Chair Urges #Ethanol Industry to be Bold

Cindy Zimmerman

Mick Henderson is general manager of Commonwealth Agri-Energy, an ethanol plant in western Kentucky. He is also the chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and says this year’s National Ethanol Conference (NEC) theme “Growing Markets, Building Partnerships” is a theme for the industry this year. “The bigger the coalition, the more you can get done,” said Henderson. “We have …

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