Ethanol Opponents Call for End to Tax Incentives

Cindy Zimmerman

Seizing on last week’s CBO report and a proposal by Growth Energy to phase out and redirect the blenders tax credit for ethanol (VEETC), several long-time opponents of ethanol renewed their call for an end to all tax incentives for the home-grown fuel. In a press conference this morning, representatives from the American Meat Institute (AMI), Environmental Working Group (EWG), …

ACE, corn, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Flex Fuel Vehicles, food and fuel, Government, Growth Energy, RFA

Biodiesel Willing to Make Up Cellulosic Biofuels Shortfall

John Davis

While the cellulosic ethanol industry is worried that it won’t be able to meet the U.S. EPA’s proposed advanced biofuels production volumes for the new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2), the folks who make biodiesel believe they could pick up any slack. This article from Biodiesel Magazine points out that biodiesel plants in the U.S. have the ability to produce 2.2 …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, News

ADM Opens Nebraska Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) opened a new 300 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Columbus, Nebraska on Friday. The grand opening ceremony featured ADM President Patricia Woertz, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Nebraska Lieutenant Gov. Rick Sheehy and other honored guests. “We at ADM are proud to harness the power and ingenuity of American agriculture to help …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

GAO Urges Changes to Energy Department Loan Program

Cindy Zimmerman

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to make changes to its current loan guarantee program to make it more effective. This program is intended to support “early commercial production and use of new or significantly improved technologies in energy projects that abate emissions of air pollutants or of greenhouse gases” including …

Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, RFA

NBB Pleased to See EPA’s Biodiesel Requirement

John Davis

Today’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement to require the domestic use of 800 million gallons of biodiesel in 2011 is being welcomed by the National Biodiesel Board. The group says the number, established under the new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2), shows that biodiesel is the only widely accepted, commercial scale Advanced Biofuel produced in the U.S. that meets the definition …

Biodiesel, Government

EIA Looks at Ethanol Blend Wall

Cindy Zimmerman

The July 8 Energy Information Administration (EIA) “This Week in Petroleum” report takes a look at the fast approaching ethanol blend wall, predicting ethanol’s share of the gasoline market will reach the 10% saturation point by the beginning of 2011. During April 2010 an estimated 834,000 bbl/d (12.8 billion gallons per year [BGY]) of fuel ethanol was blended into gasoline, …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

EPA Proposes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standard

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a proposal for comment that sets the 2011 percentage standards under the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established the annual renewable fuel volume targets, reaching an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Loss of Biodiesel Incentive Killings Plants, Mandates

John Davis

It’s been more than six months since the federal $1-a-gallon biodiesel tax incentive was allowed to expire, and more refineries … and even some mandates … are in serious trouble. This story from News14 in Charlotte, North Carolina says Patriot Biodiesel in Greensboro is in danger of closing because of the loss of the credit: “People aren’t buying biodiesel, not …

Biodiesel, Government, Legislation

Obama Announces $2 Billion for Solar

John Davis

The solar industry in this country could be getting quite a boost, as Pres. Barack Obama announced over the weekend $2 billion in conditional commitments The President says the money for two companies will come from the Stimulus Bill: The first is Abengoa Solar, a company that has agreed to build one of the largest solar plants in the world …

Government, Solar