New Report Outlines Ethanol’s Economic Impact

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite difficult current economic conditions, the ethanol industry is poised to meet the production targets of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), according to a report released today by LECG LLC, a prominent economic consulting firm. The report, “Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States,” was prepared by John M. Urbanchuk, Director, LECG LLC for the …

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RFA Chairman Previews National Ethanol Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2009 National Ethanol Conference is underway in San Antonio. Cindy and I are on location and will be bringing you as much of the activities as we can courtesy of the Renewable Fuels Association. We’ll also be posting content onto The Ethanol Report site for RFA. Today, one of the main activities is the annual golf tournament which is …

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National Ethanol Conference Live

Cindy Zimmerman

Thanks to new media and social networking technology, proceedings at the 14th Annual National Ethanol Conference will be made available worldwide as they happen next week, live from San Antonio, Texas. For the first time, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen’s State of the Industry Address will be webcast live on the official NEC blog, the Ethanol Report. …

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US and Canada Agree on Clean Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that the United States and Canada will collaborate on developing clean energy technology to combat climate change. It was the only concrete agreement to come out of the first meeting between the two leaders this week. Prior to the meeting, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association President Gordon Quaiattini and U.S. …

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Record Distillers Grains Exports

Cindy Zimmerman

Exports of the primary by-product of ethanol production are continuing to skyrocket. According to USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, exports of distillers grains from the United States nearly doubled last year, up more than 90% from 2007 to total 4.51 million metric tons. Distillers grains are an ethanol co-product used as livestock feed. About one-third of every bushel of corn used …

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RFA Analyzes Recent Ethanol Impact Studies

Cindy Zimmerman

This edition of “The Ethanol Report” podcast features comments from Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper about recently released studies from the University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota regarding life cycle analysis and greenhouse gas emissions of ethanol compared to gasoline. Cooper compares the two reports and discusses RFA’s major concerns with the …

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Ethanol Groups Criticize Negative Study

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol industry organizations say a University of Minnesota study critical of corn ethanol is flawed. The study, which claims corn ethanol is worse for health and the environment than gasoline, was analyzed in detail by the Renewable Fuels Association. RFA warns “because there is no consensus within the academic community on the best methods for analyzing highly uncertain potential land …

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Ethanol – Right Here, Right Now

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association has released a new television ad focusing on the important role ethanol is playing in our nation’s economic, energy and environmental future by creating jobs, developing new technologies, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. In just 30 seconds, the ad entitled “Right Here, Right Now” stresses that our energy future starts at home with 180 …

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Latest 2008 Ethanol Production Estimates

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol production for 2008 is still expected to have exceeded the goal of nine billion gallons for the year, but not by as much as anticipated. While the industry was on track to produce about ten billion gallons for the year, the latest figures for November indicate it will be more like 9.1 billion. According to the Energy Information Administration …

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Ethanol Part of Clean Energy Economy

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol industry leaders are looking forward to working with the Obama administration on the creation of a “clean energy economy,” as outlined in the president’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” This edition of “The Ethanol Report” features comments from Renewable Fuels Association chairman of the board Chris Standlee of Abengoa Bioenergy and RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen on priorities …

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