China Top Customer for US Ethanol Exports

John Davis

China is America’s best customer when it comes to buying ethanol exports. Government numbers show October ethanol exports totaled 70.1 million gallons (mg), up 16 percent from September levels, making China for the first time ever the biggest importer of U.S. ethanol. This analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association’s Ann Lewis says Canada was the second-leading destination in October, but …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Army Turning Artillery Shells into Biodiesel

John Davis

You’ve heard about pounding swords into plowshares. Well, how about making bombs into biodiesel? This article from the U.S. Army says that’s the idea behind Army researchers, in concert with biofuel maker Algenol Biotech LLC, using algae to turn the propellant in artillery rounds into biodiesel. “Because the algae-based process uses photosynthesis, it actually consumes carbon dioxide,” said Pamela Sheehan, …

algae, Biodiesel, Government

Final #RFS Numbers Disappoint @EthanolRFA

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule for volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “puts the future of biofuels and climate policy in the hands of the oil industry,” according to Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen. “Let’s give EPA props, I guess, for recognizing that gasoline demand is increasing and that they needed to increase …

Audio, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA, RFS

Iowa Biodiesel Makers Take to DC

John Davis

Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) members joined their National Biodiesel Board colleagues in lobbying lawmakers to renew and restructure the federal $1-per-gallon credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel. IBB pointed to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s proposal that would correct a loophole in the existing program and save U.S. taxpayers $90 million. “Nowhere is the success of the tax credit more evident …

Audio, Biodiesel, Government, Legislation, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, NBB

Ethanol Report on the RFS and COP21

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this week urging him to highlight the role of the Renewable Fuel Standard in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions as he prepares to head to the international climate conference COP21 in Paris. At the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper talked about …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, Government, International, RFS

USDA Announces Biofuels Infrastructure Funds

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was at a Citgo station in Kissimmee, Florida today to announce a USDA partnership to increase fueling pumps for biofuels in 21 states through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). The investment will nearly double the number of fueling pumps nationwide that supply renewable fuels to American motorists. “The Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is one more example of …

Audio, biofuels, E15, E85, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, Protec Fuel, USDA

Cause of Ethanol Train Derailment Probed

Cindy Zimmerman

Federal investigators are looking into why seven ethanol tanker cars derailed in South Dakota over the weekend. No one was injured in the derailment that occurred early Saturday morning, but at least one of the cars caught fire in the accident involving a 98-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad train. Senate Transportation Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) is watching the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, transportation

USDA Report Shows Importance of Int’l Biofuel Trade

John Davis

A new government report says that while the U.S. is a major exporter of biofuels, it still imports biofuels in order to meet government mandates. The study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service says some other countries are major exporters and domestic users, thanks to laws there that allow greater blending amounts. The ethanol blend wall in …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA, USDA

Clinton Voices Support for Renewable Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

With a John Deere tractor as a backdrop, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton voiced her strong support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), solar and wind energy during a visit to Iowa this week. “We need to capitalize on rural America’s strength as a producer of clean, renewable energy,” said Mrs. Clinton during a speech in Ankeny, adding that she …

Audio, Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, politics, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

MO Lawmakers Support RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

During a visit to the Missouri State Fair last week, two members of the state’s Congressional delegation were asked their opinions on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) hopes EPA will listen to the concerns of the industry. “I think it’s important that we become as energy self-sufficient …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFS