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

House Ag Chair Expects 15 Percent Ethanol by August

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

Senate Bill Would Extend Ethanol Tax Incentives

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

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

Pickens Encourages Investment in American Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

“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, …

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

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

John Davis

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 …

Biodiesel, Government, Legislation