RFA Calls on EPA to Update RFS2 ILUC Models

Joanna Schroeder

Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) made a positive step for ethanol by updating its indirect land use models in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This in effect, will reduce the ILUC penalties in half. Unfortunately, the new rule doesn’t take effect until mid-2011 although LCFS kicks in on January 1, 2011. In light of this …

biofuels, corn, Ethanol, Indirect Land Use, RFA

CHS Energy Remains Bullish on Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

CHS Energy is bullish on ethanol. That’s according to CHS Energy Director of Sales Mark Fenner, who was giving interviews at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting meeting in Kansas City. “We don’t know about the tax incentives, but even without it, I think we’re going to see strong use for ethanol because it is less expensive than traditional …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Price

Brazil Ethanol Industry On Display At COP-16

Joanna Schroeder

In an effort to showcase decades of renewable energy use, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) will be participating in events during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-16) and the World Climate Summit (WCS) which are taking place in tandem in Cancun, Mexico from November 29-December 10. According to UNICA, nearly 50 percent of all of Brazil’s energy comes …

biofuels, Brazil, conferences, Environment, Ethanol, International

Brazil Starts Ethanol Pipeline Construction

Cindy Zimmerman

Brazilian energy company Petrobras officially began work this week on a $3.3 billion ethanol pipeline that will be able to transport 21 million cubic meters of ethanol per year from north central Brazil’s Goias state to the Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo states. Once complete, the pipeline will replace daily delivery runs by 1,500 tanker trucks. At present, 95 percent …

Brazil, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Guidance on Ethanol, Biodiesel in Underground Tanks

John Davis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is putting out a draft copy of its guidance for the storage of ethanol- and biodiesel-blended fuels in underground storage tanks (USTs). This article from Biodiesel Magazine says that while the agency seems to have a handle on gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol, there’s a bit more gray area when it comes to …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, News

Is the Age of Electric Vehicles Finally Upon Us?

Joanna Schroeder

The LA Auto Show took place last week and several of the hottest cars were electric vehicles (EVs). On display were the much anticipated Chevy Volt along with its current biggest competitor the Nissan Leaf. According to Chevy, the Volt will be available sometime this year for pre-order and manufacturing will begin sometime in the first quarter of 2011. Once …

E85, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol

Gore Ethanol Comments Generate Industry Response

Cindy Zimmerman

A Reuters report out of Athens today on former Vice President Al Gore’s comments about corn ethanol has generated responses from the U.S. ethanol industry. According to the article, Gore said, “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” while speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens. He blamed his …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFA

Gene Find Could Boost Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Cindy Zimmerman

The discovery of a new gene could help in the production of cellulosic ethanol. Purdue University scientists have found the last undiscovered gene responsible for the production of the amino acid phenylalanine, a discovery that could lead to processes to control the amino acid to boost plants’ nutritional values and produce better biofuel feedstocks. The researchers have determined that the …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research

AFBF: Lame Ducks Could be Pretty Lame for Ethanol, Biodiesel

John Davis

The American Farm Bureau Federation isn’t expecting too much from the lame duck session of Congress, particularly when it comes to renewal of the federal biodiesel and ethanol tax credits. “I think the lame duck session will be pretty lame,” said Mary Kay Thatcher, Director of Policy at AFBF, during an interview with our own Cindy Zimmerman during the recent …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Legislation, News