EPA, USDA Announce Biogas Program

John Davis

Two federal agencies are teaming up to capture the methane U.S. farms produce and turn that greenhouse gas into fuel. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture have a new interagency agreement that will promote the biogas as a renewable energy source, while cutting those gas emissions from livestock operations. This EPA press release says the agreement is …

biogas, Environment, Government, USDA

Colorado Biodiesel & CO2 Projects Get Federal Grants

John Davis

A pair of projects in Colorado to help develop renewable energy will be getting some federal money. The Denver Post reports $9.1 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants are hoped to create jobs and speed innovation: OPX Biotechnologies Inc. will receive $6 million to engineer microorganisms to use renewable hydrogen and carbon-dioxide inputs for producing a biodiesel-equivalent fuel at …

Biodiesel, Government

Farm Bureau Supports Extending Biofuel Tax Incentives

Cindy Zimmerman

Tax incentives play a key role in the development and production of renewable energy, and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is urging Congress to pass two bills that would extend renewable fuel tax credits for five years. In a statement presented for the record to a House Ways and Means Committee hearing this week on energy tax incentives, AFBF …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farm Bureau, Farming, Government

Obama Visits Iowa Wind Turbine Plant, Off to Missouri Ethanol Plant

John Davis

President Barack Obama visited a wind turbine plant in Iowa today, part of his Midwest tour that will also take him to a northern Missouri ethanol plant (watch for Chuck’s coverage on this Web site and follow him on his Twitter account @AgriBlogger). The Environment News Service reports Obama got to see up close some of Siemens Energy’s expanded wind …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, News, Wind

Ethanol Leaders Take to the Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

America’s ethanol industry is taking its message to Capitol Hill this week with a variety of key issues to discuss. Extending key tax incentives for all forms of ethanol, expanding the market through higher ethanol blends, and increasing the production of flexible fuel vehicles are all topics of discussion during the visit. Members of the Renewable Fuels Association are scheduled …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Obama to Visit Ethanol Plant

Cindy Zimmerman

The White House has confirmed that President Obama will be visiting a Missouri ethanol plant this week. It will mark the first time Obama has visited a working ethanol biorefinery, although he was the guest speaker at the ribbon cutting of the now-bankrupt VeraSun plant in Charles City, Iowa when he was a presidential candidate. According to the White House, …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Missouri Biodiesel Plants Suffer from Budget Cuts

John Davis

Biodiesel producers in Missouri might be feeling like they’re the victims of insult added to injury. Not only have they lost the federal $1-a-gallon federal tax credit, but now, the St. Joseph News-Press reports they are the latest victims of state budget cuts: Gov. Jay Nixon proposed reducing $4 million, or 16 percent, of the state subsidies for biodiesel plants …

Biodiesel, Government