Bill Would Require Origin Labeling for Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) this week introduced legislation that would require all gasoline sold in the U.S. to carry country-of-origin labeling (COOL). “I am introducing legislation in the House that would require a label that clearly states the nation of origin for the fuel you’re pumping,” Braley said in a Huffington Post op-ed yesterday, penned with retired General Wesley Clark …

Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy

Bi-Fuel Ethanol-Diesel Vehicle Debuts in Brazil

Joanna Schroeder

Typically flex fuel vehicles are a combination of ethanol and gasoline or diesel and biodiesel. But inroads have been made to create flex fuel vehicles that use a combination of ethanol and diesel fuels. Iveco, FPT Industrial and Bosch officially debuted the Iveco Trakker Bi-Fuel Ethanol-Diesel vehicle at Agrishow last week in Ribeirão Preto, the country’s largest agricultural show. The …

biofuels, Brazil, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles

House Spending Bill Cuts Renewable Energy Programs

Cindy Zimmerman

Two renewable energy programs designed to help make America more energy independent were slashed in the spending bill passed Tuesday night by the House Appropriations Committee. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help purchase renewable energy systems, including ethanol blender pumps, was cut from the …

biofuels, biomass, blends, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

New Oxfam Report: Growing a Better Future

Joanna Schroeder

A new report, “Growing a Better Future,” has the ethanol industry up in arms over its accusation that U.S. biofuel policy is leading to world hunger. The report kicked off a new worldwide GROW campaign spearheaded by the organization. The report covers the symptoms of today’s broken food system: growing hunger, flat-lining yields, a scramble for fertile land and water, …

biofuels, Ethanol, food and fuel, Growth Energy, International, Research, RFA

Ethanol Industry Supports Veterans

Joanna Schroeder

Memorial Day may be over but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about our veterans for another year. This past holiday, Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) and the FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign partnered with the Volunteers of Underage Military Service (VUMS) with a procession of ethanol and hybrid electric vehicles in a Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C. The purpose …

biofuels, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles

Biomass Harvest Still Allows Soil Conservation

Cindy Zimmerman

New data shows that responsible harvesting of biomass for ethanol can be part of good soil management efforts for farmland. Iowa State University has completed analysis on data from the third year of an ongoing study for POET’s “Project LIBERTY” near Emmetsburg, Iowa to monitor how soil health is affected when crop residue is removed. The planned 25 million-gallon-per-year cellulosic …

biomass, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, POET

RFA Co-Hosts California Ethanol Safety Seminar

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition will be co-hosting a free Ethanol Safety Seminar in Stockton, California at the San Joaquin Delta College on June 6. Seminar attendees will receive in depth information on proper training techniques that first responders and hazmat personnel need to effectively respond to an ethanol related emergency. While …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

DFCast: The Biofuels Industry Gets Married

Joanna Schroeder

The biofuels industry got married when a first generation ethanol plant walked down the isle with a second generation algae plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. BioProcess Algae and Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) tied the knot and celebrated their anniversary last month with the announcement that their first babies, a set of Grower Harvester bioreactors, went online. This marked the last …

algae, biofuels, Domestic Fuel Cast, Environment, Ethanol

Students In India Study Water Hyacinth for Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

Students around the world are in search of new alternatives to fossil fuels. Several biotech students in Surat, Gujarat are studying the water hyacinth as a feedstock to produce ethanol. The students are looking for ways to reduce fuel costs – earlier this month the Central government announced that the price of fuel would increase five rupees across the country. …

biofuels, Ethanol, International

Technology Can Make Ethanol From Coal

Cindy Zimmerman

A new technology to produce ethanol from coal could be a new alternative to plant-produced ethanol. Chemical product company Celanese recently introduced investors to Celanese TCX™, a new and proprietary technology for ethanol production from coal, petroleum coke or natural gas. According to company officials who call it game-changing technology, Celanese TCX™ can produce ethanol at the equivalent of gasoline …

Ethanol, Ethanol News