Book Review – Power Hungry

Joanna Schroeder

You may remember Robert Bryce from his book, “Gusher of Lies,” Bryce is back with his new book, “Power Hungry.” I shouldn’t have liked this book – his last one made me angry. I should have stopped reading after the introduction – he made his point of the book very clear. But I read the entire book and believe it …

Biodiesel, book reviews, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Natural Gas, Solar, Wind

Is Clean Diesel a New Alternative Fuel?

Joanna Schroeder

There is a surge of new diesel vehicles entering the U.S. market place in response to the need for better fuel economy along with lower fuel emissions. The diesel industry has been promoting low diesel fuels, and in some cases, diesel fuel has been labeled an “advanced fuel.” For example, Rentech has created a diesel fuel called RenDiesel that can …

biomass, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Natural Gas

USDA Releases Updated Biofuels Report

Joanna Schroeder

Today, the USDA has released an updated version of its report, “Effects of Increased Biofuels on the U.S. Economy in 2022,” The report examines how meeting the RFS2 would affect various key components of the U.S. economy. What is not debated is that the rise in biofuel production using cost-savings technologies, along with petroleum price increases, will bring about benefits …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Research

USDA Speaks, Ethanol Industry Reacts

Joanna Schroeder

The ethanol industry praised USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack today and expressed gratitude for his department’s commitment to fulfill the administration’s goal of transitioning to renewable energy. This morning at the Press Club in DC, Vilsack announced a series of measures aimed at supporting the rural economy and reducing dependence on foreign oil that include support for corn-based ethanol. “The …

ACE, Biodiesel, biofuels, biomass, corn, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA, UNICA

USDA Announces Biofuels Initiatives

Cindy Zimmerman

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to promote production of fuel from renewable sources, create jobs and mitigate the effects of climate change, Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a series of measures during a speech to the National Press Club in Washington. “Domestic production of renewable energy, including biofuels, is a national imperative and that’s why USDA is working …

bioenergy, biofuels, biomass, Ethanol, Ethanol News, POET, USDA

North Dakota A Leading State for Ethanol Blends

Joanna Schroeder

While many retailers across the country will look at offering consumers mid-level blends of ethanol now that the EPA has approved the use of E15 for cars and light duty trucks manufactured after 2007, North Dakota already has a competitive edge. Since May of this year, 60 blender pumps have been installed in the state with the help of the …

ACE, blends, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

ILUC From Corn Ethanol “Minimal to Zero”

Joanna Schroeder

In a report that will be published soon,”Decomposition Analysis of U.S. Corn Use for Ethanol Production from 2001-2008,”the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory concludes that the indirect land use change (ILUC) as a result from the expansion of corn ethanol production over the past decade has likely been “minimal to zero.” The study was requested by the California …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Indirect Land Use, Research

Algenol Opens New R&D Algae Lab

Joanna Schroeder

Algenol Biofuels has officially christened its new biofuels and green chemistry lab and R&D facility in Fort Myers, FL yesterday with a ribbon cutting celebration. On hand for the event were U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), Lee County Commission Chairwoman Tammy Hall, Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, and Algenol Founder and Chief Executive Officer Paul Woods. The lab in part, …

algae, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol

Ethanol Producers Value DDGs Exports

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol producers who attended the recent Export Exchange event sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the U.S. Grains Council know how important it is to promote increased exports of the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). “For every three bushels of corn that comes in, you get a bushel of DDG out, and what we sell …

Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, RFA, USGC

Lame Ducks Could Renew Biodiesel, Ethanol Tax Breaks

John Davis

Groups that represent the biodiesel and ethanol industries in this country believe when Congress comes back to Washington after the election … for what is known as the lame duck session … members could renew the pending federal $1-a-gallon biodiesel tax credit and the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC). Michael Frohlich, Director of Federal Communications for the National Biodiesel …

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