Agenda Change for Cellulosic Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

With the resignation of US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns last week, the Cellulosic Ethanol Summit next month has made an agenda change. Johanns was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the event but now Acting Secretary Chuck Conner will be the keynoter. The Summit will be in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15-17. The annual three-day event has established itself as …

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Ethanol Keeps Gas Prices Down

Cindy Zimmerman

Rising gas prices have made headlines this year, but those prices could have been much worse if not for ethanol. The Renewable Fuels Association sent out a media FYI release drawing attention to that fact, which is backed up by recent news reports. Specifically, RFA cites stories in the Wall Street Journal and the Dallas Morning News. As a September …

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Ethanol Demand Hits Record in June

Cindy Zimmerman

According to the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol demand moved higher in June, to a new all-time record of 443,000 barrels per day (b/d). For the first six months of the year, ethanol demand is averaging 420,000 b/d. Ethanol production also edged higher in June, though continuing to trail the ethanol demand. U.S. ethanol producers added 418,000 b/d of ethanol supply …

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NBB, RFA Chiefs Named Friends of GROWMARK

John Davis

National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe (left) and Bob Dinneen (right), CEO & President of the Renewable Fuels Association have been recognized as “Friends of GROWMARK” – an agricultural cooperative and petroleum distributor. This story on Grainnet.com says the award came during the group’s annual meeting today in Chicago, Illinois: The company gives the award to individuals and organizations for …

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South Dakota Plant Opening

Cindy Zimmerman

Redfield Energy, LLC celebrated the start-up of production Thursday with a grand opening at the plant in South Dakota. Located outside Redfield, South Dakota, the facility will produce 50 million gallons of ethanol per year from 18 million bushels of corn. RE is a South Dakota LLC comprised of 657 members who represent two share classes. Class A equity shareholders …

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Cellulosic Ethanol Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

The second annual Cellulosic Ethanol Summit in October will be a veritable “who’s who” in the rapidly accelerating industry of cellulosic ethanol. The keynote address will be given by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Among those on the multi-faceted program are Ross MacLachlan of Lignol Energy Corp. Doug Berven of POET, Jeff Passmore from IOGEN, Gerson Santos-Leon of Abengoa, Craig Evans …

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VeraSun Rising

Cindy Zimmerman

Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama made a stop in Charles City on his five day tour of Iowa last week to help cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the third ethanol plant for VeraSun Energy. Obama says ethanol “ultimately helps our national security because right now we’re sending billions of dollars to some of the …

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Blue Flint Grand Opening

Cindy Zimmerman

Blue Flint Ethanol, a joint venture between Great River Energy and Headwaters Incorporated, celebrated its grand opening Tuesday for a 50 million gallon per year ethanol biorefinery near Underwood, North Dakota. Unique to the U.S. ethanol industry, Blue Flint Ethanol is located adjacent to Coal Creek Station, a coal-fired electric facility, and is using the excess steam from Coal Creek …

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Presentations and Photos From Farm to Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

Presentations from the 2007 Farm to Fuel Summit in Florida are now available on-line at floridafarmtofuel.com. All of the power point presentations from panels on Renewable Fuels Status Reports, Advancing the Science of Bioenergy, Business of Bioenergy, Biomass Resources/Feedstocks in Florida, and Renewable Energy Technology Grants Program are available, as well as the presentation on “25x’25 – America’s Energy Future” …

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May Ethanol Numbers

Cindy Zimmerman

According to the Renewable Fuels Association, both ethanol production and demand moved higher in May, reflecting the growth in the ethanol industry and the increased gasoline demand at the beginning of the summer driving season. As oil refiners struggled to keep their facilities operating, ethanol production grew to an average of 406,000 barrels per day (b/d), according to information released …

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