EPA Official Explains RFS2 at Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

2010 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album The new rule for the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard, fresh out of the box just two weeks ago, was the main topic of discussion at the Renewable Fuels Association’s 15th National Ethanol Conference in Orlando. Sarah Dunham, Transportation and Regional Programs Division Director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, boiled down the guts of …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

Michigan Grants $1.7 Million for Offshore Wind Study

John Davis

Two grants totaling $1.7 million have been approved for studying offshore wind technologies in Michigan. The Chicago Tribune reports the grants come from the state’s Public Service Commission: Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and the University of Michigan’s Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute are getting $1.3 million for jointly researching offshore wind and ice data on …

Government, Wind

DF Cast: Ethanol, Biodiesel Industries Welcome RFS-2

John Davis

It’s been a long time in the making, but the Environmental Protection Agency has finally released the new Renewable Fuels Standard … better known as RFS-2. The standard requires that biofuels will have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to the gasoline and diesel fuels they displace and grow in production from last year’s 11.1 billion gallons to 36 billion …

Audio, Biodiesel, Cellulosic, corn, Domestic Fuel Cast, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, Indirect Land Use, NBB, News, RFA

Ethanol Report on RFS2 Rules

Cindy Zimmerman

Industry reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency announcement today of much-delayed rules for the second phase of the Renewable Fuel Standard has come quickly and is mostly positive. In this edition of “The Ethanol Report” podcast, Matt Hartwig with the Renewable Fuels Association talks about their reaction and what the rule means for the industry. You can subscribe to this …

Audio, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, Government

E. coli to Help Brew Biodiesel

John Davis

A group of federal researchers has figured out how to better extract biodiesel from biomass using a microbe that most of us try to avoid in our food. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has announced that researchers have engineered a strain of E. coli bacteria that can extract an advanced biodiesel directly from biomass: “The fact …

Biodiesel, biomass, Government

Grassley Looks for Biodiesel Credit Renewal in Feb.

John Davis

One of the biggest advocates for renewal of the $1-a-gallon federal biodiesel blender’s tax incentive looks for renewal of the credit sometime next month. Agriculture.com reports that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has been working with the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus to get it restored very soon: “It would be my hope that we would have this …

Biodiesel, Government, Legislation