Energy Security Issue Brief Released

Joanna Schroeder

A new issue brief was released on Energy Security as part of a series from The Ethanol Across America education campaign. The focal point of the report is to illustrate the negative impacts of continued dependence on imported oil. U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) who recently released an amendment that would strip several anti-ethanol amendments out of the House approved …

Ethanol, Ethanol News

USDA to Measure Biodiesel, Ethanol Co-Product Usage

John Davis

The USDA wants to know how livestock producers are using co-products from biodiesel and ethanol production. This story from Ethanol Producer Magazine says the National Agriculture Statistics Service will be taking comments until March 28, 2011 with plans to release the results by next January: NASS expects to contact 70,000 various livestock and poultry operations in early January to gain …

Biodiesel, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, News

Cheers For Green Beer

Joanna Schroeder

I’m sure there are people drinking green beer all over the world today but green beer is not just for St. Paddy’s Day. What, you ask? The U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau has recently approved Novozyme’s Ondea Pro, an enzyme originally introduced to the European market, to help make beer production more “green” aka sustainable. In fact, Danish brewer Harboe …

Ethanol, Miscellaneous

Ethanol Plant in Keyes, CA to Restart

Joanna Schroeder

AE Biofuels has announced that it has received $3.5 million in financing from Third Eye Capital Corporation. The money will be used to restart and operate the company’s ethanol plant in Keyes, California. In November 2010, AE Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc. (AE Keyes) received $4.5 million from the same company to repair and retrofit the ethanol facility. AE Keyes officials …

Ethanol, Ethanol News

Governors Urge Change in Corn for Ethanol Reporting

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. governors from Washington to New York to Texas are asking Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to change the way USDA reports the use of corn for ethanol production. In a letter sent to Vilsack this week, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition urged the change to reflect the fact that corn for ethanol usage produces livestock feed in the form of …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA, USDA

Ethanol Interests Urge Defeat of VEETC Amendment

Cindy Zimmerman

Legislation that would immediately repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit, or VEETC, is drawing criticism from ethanol interests. U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) this week introduced the repeal as an amendment to the small business reauthorization bill, currently under consideration in the Senate. “The ethanol tax credit is bad economic policy, bad energy policy and …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

POET Opens 27th Ethanol Plant in Indiana

Cindy Zimmerman

The largest ethanol producer in the world got a little bigger today, and so did Indiana’s ethanol production capacity. POET opened its 27th ethanol plant and fourth plant in Cloverdale, Indiana with a grand opening event that included ethanol industry and government leaders, area farmers, new team members and area residents. The opening of POET Biorefining – Cloverdale represents an …

Ethanol, POET

Upcoming: Sugar & Ethanol Brazil Conference

Joanna Schroeder

F.O. Licht’s 7th Annual Sugar and Ethanol Brazil conference is just around the corner (March 28-30) in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association is one of the headline speakers. Topics for the conference include meeting the requirements of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) and how …

biofuels, conferences, Ethanol, International

Enzyme from Garden Soil Could Improve Ethanol Production

Joanna Schroeder

Here is an interesting story out of Lund University in Sweden. Nadia Skorupa Parachin has discovered an enzyme in garden soil that when used could increase ethanol production by 20 percent or more. Xylose is the second most common sugar found in nature, but today, is not commonly used, if at all, in the ethanol process. When Parachin tested her …

biofuels, Ethanol, Research

USDA Offers Renewable Energy Funding

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources under three different USDA Rural Development renewable energy programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. USDA is now accepting applications for loan guarantees in the Biorefinery Assistance Program, Repowering Assistance Program, and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. USDA is making approximately $463 million available under …

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