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

Biofuels Videos from Obama Administration

Cindy Zimmerman

The Obama administration and USDA have released a couple of videos highlighting the importance of biofuels to the nation and what the government is doing to get us down the road to advanced renewable fuels. In a short YouTube video, USDA highlights current production and consumption capacities as well as projections to meet the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) which calls …

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Biodiesel RIN Prices Spike as RFS2 Starts

John Davis

The price producers or importers of renewable fuel are having to pay for biodiesel RINs … Renewable Identification Numbers … have been going up as we approached today’s kickoff of the new Renewable Fuels Standard … better known as RFS2. The 38-numeral identifiers are the basic currency for the RFS program for credits, trading, and use by obligated parties and …

Biodiesel, Government

Ethanol Groups Applaud Consumer Choice Bills

Cindy Zimmerman

Increasing consumer fuel choice and solving the “chicken and the egg” challenge to energy independence are the goals of two bills introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Wednesday, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) introduced the Consumer Vehicle Choice Act of 2010 (H.R. 5633) and the Consumer Fuels Choice Act of 2010 (H.R.5632). The first would mandate …

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Grassley: Funding Key to Bill with Biodiesel Measure

John Davis

The bill that would renew the $1-a-gallon federal biodiesel tax incentive could pass right… if Democrats would just fund the entire bill. That’s according to a key Republican senator trying to renew the tax break. This article from the Minnesota Independent says U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) believes the jobs bill, which has an extension of unemployment benefits that is …

Biodiesel, Government

Senators Call for Increasing Ethanol Blend Rate

Cindy Zimmerman

Midwestern senators are calling on the Obama administration to stop delaying testing that would allow an increase in the blend rate of ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent. In a letter to President Obama, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and six other senators expressed concern that the Department of Energy (DOE) has not yet completed testing higher blends of ethanol …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

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 …

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