Ethanol Good For America Says IA Ag Secretary

Chuck Zimmerman

This was me moments before rain drops hit Iowa Speedway again yesterday. After years of taking photos of other people getting a ride in the Indy 2-Seater I finally had my chance. But just as we were about to pull onto the track rain canceled the deal. Oh well, maybe another time. I do think I look good in an …

Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farming, Government, IA Corn Indy, Indy Racing

Ethanol Groups Frustrated Over E15 Delay

Cindy Zimmerman

The ethanol organization that filed the petition with the EPA to increase the ethanol blend rate to 15 percent has gotten very little information about why a decision is being delayed again. “We’re trying to find out what additional tests have been added in,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis during a press conference today. “The people who filed the …

ACE, Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, RFA, USDA

Connecticut Gov Signs Biodiesel Heating Oil Mandate

John Davis

Connecticut Yankees (and any other immigrants to the Nutmeg State) will be able to stay warm … and green … in winters in the future, thanks to biodiesel. That state’s Governor Jodi Rell has signed into law a 2 percent biodiesel in heating oil mandate that kicks in next summer. However, reports it does have some conditions attached: Although …

Biodiesel, Government, Legislation

Making the Case for Getting Rid of Biofuels Subsidies

John Davis

As the biodiesel industry anxiously awaits Congress’ renewal of the federal $1-a-gallon biodiesel tax credit, an energy consulting company that specializes in biodiesel and ethanol operations is actually calling for elimination of these types of credits for all biofuels. This opinion piece in Biofuels Digest from Sklar & Associates makes the case that we don’t have to give the biofuels …

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State Ag Directors Support Ethanol Tax Incentives

Cindy Zimmerman

Eight state departments of agriculture are asking Congress to extend the ethanol tax incentive set to expire at the end of the year. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today joined seven of his colleagues in requesting congressional leaders to act quickly to extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), which expires at the end of the year. Legislation …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Levin, Baucus Put Biodiesel Credit in Unemployment Bill

John Davis

Legislation that would reinstate the federal $1-a-gallon tax credit for biodiesel has been attached to a new bill would extend unemployment benefits. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Michigan) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) introduced the measure today: The bill would extend for one year (through 2010) the $1.00 per gallon production tax credit for …

Biodiesel, Government, Legislation

Ethanol Testimony at Farm Bill Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

A House Agriculture Committee field hearing in South Dakota on the 2012 Farm Bill featured a lot of testimony about ethanol. POET Vice President for Commercial Development Scott Weishaar testified that the ethanol industry has become a legitimate threat to Big Oil and Washington deserves credit for envisioning that future when it created positive policies such as the Renewable Fuels …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, POET

DF Cast: Biodiesel Producers Reiterate Call for Incentive

John Davis

Biodiesel producers, large and small, have renewed their call for Congress to move on the federal $1-a-gallon biodiesel tax incentive. During a recent webinar hosted by the National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe, Bernie Crowley of Delta American Fuel in Helena, Ark.; Gen-X Energy Group in Pasco, Washington President Scott Johnson; Bobby Heiser with Nittany Biodiesel; and Renewable Energy Group’s …

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No Bull(s) … Army Hosting Renewable Energy Rodeo

John Davis

No bulls, not even the mechanical kind, but the U.S. Army is hosting a rodeo … the inaugural Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium (RERS), June 8-9, 2010, at Fort Bliss, Texas, evaluating the latest energy technologies that could reap immediate benefits for the military and the nation: RERS, co-hosted by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Tank …