Ethanol Plant News

Cindy Zimmerman

As always, it’s a challenge to keep up with all the ethanol plants being opened, planned, expanded, etc. But, here’s some of the latest in a nutshell. Illinois – Johnson Grain has announced it will build a 200 million gallon capacity plant near Springfield, IL (Belleville News Democrat-AP) Minnesota – Highwater Ethanol, LLC is planning a 50 mgy plant in …

Ethanol, Facilities

Greenspan Sees Future in Cellulosic Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Testimony of former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday has gotten quite a bit of news coverage, especially his comments about ethanol. In his written remarks to the committee, Greenspan said “Corn ethanol, though valuable, can play only a limited role, because its ability to displace gasoline is modest at best. But cellulosic …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Government

Michael Peterson Advocates Alternative Fuels

Chuck Zimmerman

Michael Peterson & Chevy Race TruckHello from the Country Music Association Music Festival in Nashville, TN. I’m here to blog it for New Holland, which is a sponsor, and featuring a celebrity tractor race on Sunday. You can see a lot more on our sister site, AgWired. It’s all part of a promotion with country music star Michael Peterson, pictured here with a Chevy-sponsored race truck that promotes E85 fuel.

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Promotion

Other Countries Debate Ethanol Tariffs

Cindy Zimmerman

The United States isn’t alone in taking government steps such as mandates, tariffs and tax incentives to get the renewable fuels business off the ground. Debate on such incentives is raging in Australia, according to ABC Online, which says New South Wales’ peak motoring body has blasted a Federal Government decision to increase the tax on home-grown ethanol and lower …

Ethanol, Government

From Ethanol to Hydrogen

Cindy Zimmerman

The head of General Motors’ research and development says ethanol could be paving the way for the use of hydrogen in cars in the future. GM’s Lawrence Burns told Reuters Wednesday that encouraging farmers to grow corn or other grains that can be converted into clean-burning, renewable fuel creates a system that can he readily applied to generating hydrogen as …

Car Makers, Ethanol, Hydrogen

Political Ties Invest in Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt made an ethanol mandate in the state one of his top priorities when elected. This year the legislature made that goal a reality – and now one of Blunt’s relatives is cashing in on the new state policy. According to the Columbia (MO) Tribune and other Missouri news sources, Andy Blunt, a lobbyist and political consultant …

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Congress Endorses 25x’25

Cindy Zimmerman

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and House Ag Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia today introduced a concurrent resolution in both houses of Congress calling for 25-percent of the nation’s total energy to come from renewable sources by the year 2025. The 25X’25 plan has also gained the endorsement of numerous state legislators and Governors – as …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Government

World Congress to Focus on BioFuels

Cindy Zimmerman

New research and commercial production methods to meet increased demand for biofuels will be one focus of the third annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, to be held July 11-14, 2006 at the Toronto Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, according to a press release from the Biotechnology Industry Organization, or BIO. Sessions include: An International Perspective on Biofuels and …

BIO, Biodiesel, Cellulosic, Ethanol

To Tariff or Not To Tariff

Cindy Zimmerman

As legislation to extend the tariff on ethanol imports was being introduced in Congress, Florida Governor Jeb Bush was advocating an increase in ethanol imports by dropping tariffs on ethanol from Brazil. According to the South Florida Business Journal, Bush laid out a plan Monday that saw the nation’s usage of ethanol increase to 15 billion gallons by 2015 annually …

Ethanol, Government

Ethanol in Oil Country

Cindy Zimmerman

The first E85 pumps in Houston were opened on Monday by Kroger, according to the Houston Chronicle. Kroger intends to sell E85 at 18 locations in Houston and Dallas, said Russell Richard, consumer affairs manager for the Houston area. He said Kroger plans 11 more stores in the Houston area along with six in Dallas.

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