New USDA Reports Find Less Corn, More Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are lowering the forecast for this year’s corn crop, but raising the expected use of corn for ethanol. Corn production is now forecast at 12.5 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the October forecast and down 4 percent from last year’s record production of 13.1 billion bushels. The reason for the …

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RFA Urges White House to Support Cellulosic Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is urging the White House to “stay the course” on advance biofuels. In a letter hand to President Obama this week, RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen urged the Obama Administration to maintain its commitment to the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels. The RFA letter is in response to a White House …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Opponants File Lawsuit Over Ethanol Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of food and livestock organizations has filed suit in federal court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to allow gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (“E15”) to be sold for cars manufactured in the 2007 model year or later. Farm and food petitioners in the suit, which was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Food Prices on the Rise – Biofuels Not to Blame

Joanna Schroeder

Is the food versus fuel debate finally subsiding? It has been hanging around since 2008 when the Grocery Manufactures of America launched a coordinated attack on the ethanol industry blaming them for the rising cost of food. It turned out that the greatest offender was actually rising oil prices which topped out over $150 per barrel. This week, the Wall …

corn, Ethanol, food and fuel, Growth Energy, Opinion

Butamax Unveils Biobutanol Lab in Brazil

Joanna Schroeder

Today, Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a partnership between BP and DuPont to develop biobutanol, announced the opening of a biobutanol technology laboratory in the city of Paulínia, São Paulo state, Brazil. Butamax CEO Tim Potter joined Ricardo Vellutini, DuPont do Brasil’s President and Vice President of Agricultural Products for Latin America, for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Media were also welcome …

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New Blender Pumps in Michigan

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy has partnered with Cooperative Elevator and Ignash Petroleum to install Michigan’s second and third blender pumps. The Cooperative Elevator pump will be installed in Sebewaing on Monday, November 8 and the Ignash pump was installed in Elkton last week. The companies received assistance to install the pumps – which offer varying blends of E30, E40, E50 and E85 …

blends, Ethanol, Growth Energy

UNICA Urges Congress to End Ethanol Tariff

Joanna Schroeder

“As the dust settled on a midterm election that significantly altered the political landscape, voters sent a clear message that cutting the deficit and ending wasteful government spending should be top priorities for Congress. Americans will be watching closely to see if lawmakers got the message. Eliminating ethanol subsidies and trade protection would be a good way to indicate that …

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More Cellulosic Ethanol Investment Needed

Cindy Zimmerman

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has lowered its projection for cellulosic ethanol production in 2011, which means investment in next generation biofuels is more important than ever. In a recent letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson, EIA administrator Richard Newell noted that they are now projecting cellulosic ethanol production will be just 3.94 million gallons next year, …

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What Election Means for Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen held a conference call with reporters this morning to discuss what yesterday’s historic election results may mean for ethanol policy, both for the rest of this year and in the next Congress. “Washington will be a more Republican town in January,” Dinneen said. “Will that have a meaningful impact on the U.S. …

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