Iowa City Woman Wins $7,500 In Free Fuel & Food

Joanna Schroeder

An Iowa City woman received a very welcome early holiday gift – free food and fuel for a year from the  Iowa Corn Growers Association. Katie Ortmann was the winner of the Iowa Corn Fed GameDay GiveAway campaign when her name was called during halftime of the Iowa State versus Iowa men’s basketball game held this past Friday, December 10, …

Agribusiness, corn, Ethanol, food and fuel, Promotion

Update On Biofuels Tax Credit Extensions

Joanna Schroeder

The biofuels industry has been watching closely as the various biofuels tax incentives make their way through the Senate. Today the U.S. Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to major tax legislation containing one-year tax extensions of key biofuels tax incentives including VEETC, the Small Ethanol Producer Tax Credit, Secondary Tariff, the Alternative Vehicle Refueling Property …

ACE, Ethanol, RFA

An Unusual Competitor To Biofuels?

Joanna Schroeder

According to an interesting article published in Zootaxaca, a taxonomy journal, scientists have unveiled an unusual competitor with humans for switchgrass, an energy crop with great potential for biofuels, the Blastobasis repartella moth. South Dakota State University entomologist Paul Johnson and agronomist Arvid Boe, along with other researchers, are studing the moth whose larvae are born into the stems of …

Ethanol, Research

New Land Use Change Report Released

Joanna Schroeder

According to CABI and Hart Energy Consulting, while there has been much attention given to the idea that biofuel development will change land use around the world, there are still many gaps in knowledge about how much and in what ways those changes will manifest. To determine where more information about land use change is needed, the two organizations worked …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Indirect Land Use

Ethanol By the Numbers

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. exports of ethanol remained strong in October at 34.9 million gallons, according to the latest government information, with the total of January-October at a record high 286 million gallons. The current forecast is for the U.S. to export more than 325 million gallons of ethanol this year, more than double the previous record of 158 million gallons in 2008. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, USDA

Broin Recives Indiana Paul Dana Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has recognized POET President and CEO Jeff Broin with the 2010 Paul Dana Excellence in Bioenergy Leadership Award. POET is the nation’s largest ethanol production company with 27 plants producing more than 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol a year. ISDA Director Joseph Kelsay presented the award during the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Awards Ceremony …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, POET

A New Look At Ethanol’s Net Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview Merle Anderson for my Between the Lines blog (Three Pieces of Advice From the Father of Ethanol). For those who truly know, love and respect Merle, he is none other than the “Father of Ethanol”. It has been more than a year since I last caught up with him at the …

ACE, Ethanol, Opinion

Senate Deal Includes Ethanol and Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

A renewal of the ethanol blenders tax credit, reinstatement of biodiesel incentives and help for wind and solar companies have all reportedly made it into the Senate compromise that extends both unemployment benefits and expiring tax cuts. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the compromise legislation would extend the current Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) just through 2011 at …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Ethanol Tax Credit Said to be in Deal

Cindy Zimmerman

Word is that the ethanol tax credit and possibly other renewable energy incentives will be included in the deal being cut on Capitol Hill this week. Bloomberg has reported that Democratic Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) both say the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) for blending ethanol with gasoline is part of the package. Feinstein opposes …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

ZeaChem’s Cellulosic Biorefinery Within Sight

Joanna Schroeder

ZeaChem’s cellulosic biorefinery is within sight. The company has announced two recent milestones in the process for their 250,000 gallons-per-year plant to go online in 2011. First, they secured full construction funding for their facility including a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to be used toward the cost of constructing the front and back-end cellulosic process …

Cellulosic, Company Announcement, Ethanol