House Ag Chair Expects 15 Percent Ethanol by August

Cindy Zimmerman Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) expects the Environmental Protection Agency to approve 15 percent ethanol blends for regular gasoline by August. According to a story from Hoosier Ag Today, Peterson said in an interview that it is taking a longer time to get approval than he thinks is necessary. “Now, we’re thinking we might get a decision in …

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Senate Bill Would Extend Ethanol Tax Incentives

Cindy Zimmerman ACE, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, RFA

A bill has been introduced in the Senate to extend tax incentives for ethanol set to expire at the end of this year. Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) introduced the bipartisan GREEN Jobs Act of 2010 that extends through 2015 the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the offsetting tariff on foreign ethanol, the Small Producers Tax …

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Pickens Encourages Investment in American Energy

Cindy Zimmerman Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Geothermal, Government, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, Propane, Solar, Wind

“When do we stop investing in OPEC and start investing in America?” That’s the question that oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens asked at a House Ways and Means committee hearing Wednesday on “Energy Tax Incentives Driving the Green Job Economy.” Pickens told the panel that he’s for “anything that’s American” when it comes to energy -including wind, coal, solar, hydro, …

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Ag Department, Navy Team Up for Biofuels

John Davis biofuels, Government, USDA

Leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Navy have kicked off the first of several forums designed to increase biofuels production and meet the Navy’s renewable energy needs. This USDA press release says the opening of the forum today in Honolulu came as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently signed by the USDA and …

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Lack of Biodiesel Tax Cut Cuts REG Iowa Workforce, REG Launches Facebook Page

John Davis Biodiesel, Government, Legislation

Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group has had to lay off 45 percent of its workforce in the company’s home state, due to the failure of Congress to renew the $1-a-gallon federal biodiesel tax credit. REG is expected to meet with two key members of Congress, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), at REG facilities in each of the …

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Berkeley Lab Awarded Funds for Biofuels Research

Michelle Kautz biofuels, Government, News

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi announced today that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will receive almost $18 million from the Recovery Act to build an advanced biofuels process development facility from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This grant will assist researchers with studies of next generation biofuels by …

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Ethanol Bob Tweeting President’s Energy Speech

Cindy Zimmerman biofuels, Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen is on location at the site of President Obama’s speech this morning on energy initiatives for the United States. The event is being held in a hanger at Andrews Air Force Base with the backdrop of a Navy Green Hornet jet that will fly on biofuels on Earth Day. The president is …

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Bipartisan Bill Would Save Jobs and Help Ethanol Grow

Cindy Zimmerman ACE, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday will help preserve jobs in the renewable energy industry and accelerate the development of cellulosic ethanol, according to its sponsors. The Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act sponsored by Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and John Shimkus (R-IL) unveiled legislation would extend the current Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the Small Ethanol Producers Tax Credit and tariff on …

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