RFA Says Ethanol Tariff Meets WTO Guidelines

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association is confident that U.S. ethanol trade policy conforms with World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations. In response to recent comments by senators about the legality of the ethanol tariff, RFA Legislative Counsel Ed Hubbard authored an explanation on the E-xchange blog. According to Hubbard, the market-based structure of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and the …

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Georgia Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Closing

Cindy Zimmerman

A lack of investment capitol is taking its toll on a Georgia cellulosic ethanol plant. According to media reports, the Range Fuels plant in Soperton will temporarily shut down after producing a small quantity of cellulosic ethanol. Range Fuels just announced in August 2010 the successful production of cellulosic methanol using non-food biomass at a Georgia biofuels plant in the …

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Branstad to Address Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

John Davis

He’s soon-to-be the new leader of the state that is certainly a leader in biodiesel and ethanol, so it only makes sense that incoming Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will address the 5th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 25th. “This will not be the first Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit that Gov. Branstad has attended,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte …

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Cobalt, Lallemand Add to Executive Teams

Joanna Schroeder

Cobalt Technologies has added Andrew Meyer to its executive team. He will be serving as the company’s Senior Vice President of Business Development and he will be responsible for leading Cobalt’s effort to commercialize biobutanol.  Most recently, he was with Amyris where he was director of Supply and Distribution where he developed the company’s fuel marketing program. He has also …

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Tempers Mount in Tariff Tiff

Joanna Schroeder

Before the ink was dry extending the 54 cent ethanol tariff for one more year, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) threatened to take the legality of the ethanol tariff to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Now several U.S. senators are embroiled in the debate including John McCain (R-AZ) and John Barrasso (R-WY) who said earlier this week that the …

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Iowa to Get Another Ethanol Plant

Joanna Schroeder

The state of Iowa continues its monopoly over ethanol plants today with the announcement that the Iowa Power Fund has awarded DuPont Danisco (DDCE) a $9 million grant to build a cellulosic ethanol plant in either Story or Webster County. The biorefinery will use corncobs, leaves and stalks to produce cellulosic ethanol. Interestingly, should the plant be sited in Emmetsburg, …

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Distillers Grains Producers Urged to Register with USGC

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is helping U.S. companies register as interested parties to China’s anti-dumping investigation against imports of U.S. origin distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), an ethanol by-product. The first step in the investigation involves helping DDGS producers register as interested parties, a process that must be completed no later than Jan. 17 in Beijing (which is …

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Southeastern Alabama Gets E85 Pumps

Cindy Zimmerman

Flex fuel vehicle (FFV) drivers in southeast Alabama now have two new locations to get 85 percent ethanol fuel with the opportunity to get mid grade ethanol blends in the future. Inland Stores (a subsidiary of Southwest Georgia Oil Company) has replaced all of its dispensers at their SunValley Market stores in Enterprise and Dothan, AL with new blender dispensers. …

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Valero Invests in Michigan Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

John Davis

Energy company Valero Energy Corporation will invest up to $50 million dollars into one of the world’s first commercial scale wood-based cellulosic ethanol biorefineries to be started later this year in Kinross Charter Township, Michigan. This press release from biofuels company Mascoma Corporation says the deal through Mascoma’s operating subsidiary, Frontier Renewable Resources LLC, with Valero, the nation’s largest independent …

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