Ethanol-to-Hydrogen Pathway Explored

Cindy Zimmerman

The potential to develop the ethanol-to-hydrogen energy pathway is now being explored through the Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative, a public-private partnership run under the auspices of the Great Plains Institute in Minneapolis, according to an article on the Minnesota Corn Growers Association website. UMHI was formed to bring fuel cell technology into use in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and …

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EPIC CityHome Sponsorship Podcast

Cindy Zimmerman

The latest “Fill Up, Feel Good” podcast from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council is about EPIC’s sponsorship of the CityHome™ Program (see previous post). The podcast features comments from both EPIC executive director Tom Slunecka and O2Diesel Corporation CEO Alan Rae about this program aimed at helping cities use an ethanol/diesel blend for municipal transportation. The “Fill up, Feel …

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“I can’t believe somebody’s saying that”

Cindy Zimmerman

Believe it, Mr. Secretary. The headline was Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns in Colorado on Earth Day reacting to a reporter’s question about ethanol being responsible for high gas prices. Johanns response was, “The price of a barrel of oil went over $72 this week – and I rest my case.” Listen to the USDA newsline report here.

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Phoenix Flex Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

E85 can now be sold in the greater Phoenix area. Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano recently signed a bill into law that will allow the alternative fuel to be available throughout Maricopa County, according to a release from the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. “Our deep appreciation is extended to Representative Boone and his associates, as well as Weights and Measures, and …

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Answering the Critics

Cindy Zimmerman

During the “Truth about Ethanol” conference call last week (see previous post), I got to ask the guys to answer the critics who charge that ethanol and corn production rely too heavily on natural gas and nitrogen fertilizer. Bob Dinneen of Renewable Fuels Association, notes that the ethanol industry continues to evolve, “$11 natural gas is a great motivator to …

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Biofuels Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will be holding a hearing on the “State of the Biofuels Industry” Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 10:00 am. The witness list includes Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen, National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe, CHS Inc. Executive Vice President Jay Debertin and Iowa State University professor Robert C. Brown, Ph.D …

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Summit Welcomes “Pro-Ethanol” President

Cindy Zimmerman

President Bush will be headlining the 2006 Renewable Fuels Summit Tuesday in Washington. “Growing America’s Energy Security” is the theme of the summit, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association, which is understandably “proud to welcome the most pro-ethanol President in history” to the invitation-only event. Other honored guests include Sen. Ken Salazar (R-CO); Reps. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Gil Gutknecht (R-MN), …

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Prices Fueling Partisan Politics

Cindy Zimmerman

Higher energy costs were the subject of dueling Earth Day radio addresses by President Bush and the Democratic Party. Here’s part of the president’s address, promoting the administration’s energy initiative: …hydrogen fuel cells, one of the exciting new technologies supported by my initiative. These fuel cells have the potential to revolutionize the way we power our cars by giving us …

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Read Past the Headlines

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 120 articles on a Google news search for ethanol are coming up with headlines blaming ethanol for gas shortages in Texas and on the East Coast. But if you read the whole article, there’s a little more to it than that. Take this AP report, for example. The lead sentence says stations are facing shortages as “the industry grapples …

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