SCS Offers Sugarcane Certification Program

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. corn ethanol industry is not the only form of ethanol production often under fire. Brazil’s sugarcane industry is also accused of not producing the crop, nor the fuel, in a sustainable manner. As a result, the EU Renewable Energy Directive was created to address concerns including labor and environmental issues. In response, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has become …

Agribusiness, biofuels, Ethanol, feedstocks

Is Ethanol Really Outpacing Feed Use for Corn?

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest USDA supply/demand forecast out this week says that corn use for ethanol will outpace livestock feed use for the first time, but some are questioning those figures and that interpretation. The July 12 World Agricultural Supply Demand report increased corn beginning stocks by 150 million bushels, while total U.S. corn use for 2010/11 was lowered by 145 million …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, USDA

Ethanol Attacks in California Continue

Joanna Schroeder

Policymakers in California are once again attacking its ethanol industry. Led by California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), she has plans in the works to limit incentives for production and use of biofuels that would cause taxes to be raised, an increase in use of foreign oil, reduce jobs, and increase pollution. According to the California Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (CEVC), Sen. …

algae, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Legislation, Opinion

Report Finds “No Strict Food Versus Fuel Tradeoff”

Cindy Zimmerman

A new report from Informa Economics released today concludes that ethanol production is not causing a “strict food-versus-fuel tradeoff” that automatically drives consumer food prices higher. The report, which was prepared for the Renewable Fuels Foundation, is an historical analysis of corn, commodity and consumer prices from 1985-2010. One of the key findings of the study was that no single …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, Food prices, RFA

UNICA Supports End of Ethanol Tariff

Joanna Schroeder

Earlier this week, the Senate compromised on some ethanol legislation that would eliminate the ethanol blenders tax credit (VEETC) at the end of this month. The agreement also eliminates the ethanol tariff on July 31, 2011, five months ahead of the original expiration date of December 31, 2011. The bipartisan Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act was submitted by U.S. …

Brazil, Ethanol, Legislation, UNICA

Ethanol Report on Senate Compromise

Cindy Zimmerman

An agreement was announced Thursday by U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would end the existing 45 cent per gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and associated import tariff at the end of this month, reducing the nation’s deficit by $1.3 billion while still providing $668 million for renewable fuel incentives such …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA

Senate Compromise Reached on Ethanol Tax Credit

Cindy Zimmerman

A deal has been reached in the Senate that would eliminate the ethanol blenders tax credit but still provide incentives for infrastructure development. U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced the agreement “that allows for a transition to a more sustainable model of incentives for domestic renewable fuel production while reducing the nation’s deficit by $1.3 billion.” …

ACE, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Industry Questions Ethanol Hearing Witness List

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy and Environment is holding a hearing today on “examining the science” of 15% ethanol in fuel, but the corn ethanol industry is questioning the list of witnesses, which appears to be somewhat lopsided. “The Environmental Protection Agency has been thorough in its work on the E15 waiver request and …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, NCGA, RFA

Loan Guarentee Offered for Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

The government is paving the way for the nation’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement today of a $105 million loan guarantee to support the development of Project LIBERTY, sponsored by POET and located in Emmetsburg, Iowa. “This project will help decrease our dependence on oil, …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, POET

Load Toad Available for Ethanol Producers

Chuck Zimmerman

The Load Toad™ was on the loose in Indianapolis last week. The patented Load Toad™ technology that evenly distributes distillers’ dried grains onto rail cars was unveiled for the first time at the 2011 Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Indianapolis, IN. It was first announced at the end of last year. “The Load Toad is used with conventional loading to enhance …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, POET