Danish Company First To Achieve WindMade Status

Ann Marie Edwards

Widex, a Danish hearing-aid manufacturer, is the first company in the world to receive the recently established WindMade designation, a new global consumer label for companies that use wind energy. The WindMade label requires participating companies to obtain at least 25 percent of their electricity from wind power. A wind turbine at Widex’ new global headquarters in Denmark covers 95 …

Company Announcement, Energy, Production, Utilities, Wind

SLIP Plate Offers Wide Range of Products

Cindy Zimmerman

A 95-year-old graphite company is reaching out to let more industries know about the advantages of their dry film lubricants. SLIP Plate is a Superior Graphite product that was developed in 1975 for the railroad industry as a natural lubricant that would stand up to weather and other environmental conditions. The dry film coating was not affected by temperature extremes, …

Production

State Tax Credit Helps Iowa Biodiesel Production

Ann Marie Edwards

Biodiesel production in Iowa has remained strong during the first quarter of 2012 despite the expiration of the federal biodiesel tax credit. According to figures released by the Iowa Department of Revenue (DOR), 10 Iowa biodiesel plants produced 41.9 million gallons from January through March. In 2011, the Iowa Legislature enacted a short-term, modest biodiesel production tax credit to help …

Biodiesel, Iowa RFA, Production

Biodiesel Production Slips from Late 2011 Growth

Ann Marie Edwards

U.S. biodiesel production has dropped from the late 2011 records when the industry exceeded 100 million gallons per month for five consecutive months and reached a peak of 160 million gallons in December. Still, 135 million gallons of biodiesel were produced in January and February of this year according to figures released by the EPA, an increase over the same …

Biodiesel, NBB, Production

The Andersons, Inc. to Purchase Iowa Ethanol Plant

Ann Marie Edwards

Ohio-based company, The Andersons, Inc., will aquire an ethanol production facility in Denison, Iowa from Amaizing Energy Denison LLC and Amaizing Energy Holding Company, LLC. The transaction, which remains subject to several contingencies, is anticipated to close in the second quarter. If acquired, the plant would be owned by The Andersons Denison Ethanol LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Andersons, …

Ethanol, Facilities, Production

USDA Funds Two Renewable Energy Programs

Ann Marie Edwards

Two key programs that will encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels is available through the FY 2012 USDA budget, according to the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. About $25 million will be made available through each program. First, the Repowering Assistance Program provides approximately $25 million in funding to biorefineries that have been in existence on …

biofuels, biomass, Facilities, Production, USDA

Nebraska Ethanol Sales Top Ten Billion Gallons

Ann Marie Edwards

Ethanol sales from Nebraska have officially reached 10 billion gallons, according to the Nebraska Ethanol Board. The history making tank-full was pumped in late 2011, after 34 years of ethanol being sold in the state. 2012 projections show that Nebraska drivers could purchase close to seven hundred million more gallons this year. Last year, production from the state’s 25 ethanol …

Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Production

Iowa Biodiesel Production Sets Record in 2011

Ann Marie Edwards

2010 was a tough year for Iowa’s biodiesel producers, but the industry roared back to life in 2011 and set a new production record. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), ten of Iowa’s 13 biodiesel plants operated during 2011 and produced a combined 169 million gallons. With plants restarting throughout the year, the rate of biodiesel production in …

Biodiesel, Production

Record Biodiesel Production Continues

Ann Marie Edwards

Nearly 108 million gallons of biomass-based diesel were sold during the month of November, continuing a record year of production, according to figures released by the EPA. Biodiesel makes up the vast majority of the EPA’s biomass-based diesel category under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, representing about 95 percent of the volume this year. In a news release from the …

Biodiesel, NBB, Production

Iowa Ethanol Production Up in 2011

Ann Marie Edwards

Iowa’s ethanol production increased slightly this year; however, the rate of annual growth slowed as the domestic E10 market became saturated, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries that produced 3.7 billion gallons in 2011, up from 3.5 billion gallons in 2010.  This represents 27 percent of the estimated 13.8 billion gallons of nationwide ethanol …

Ethanol, Production