Rail Issues Impacting Your Business

Carrie Muehling

Rail continues to safely and efficiently serve as ethanol’s “virtual pipeline.” A panel discussion during the 2018 National Ethanol Conference focused on the important role rail transportation plays in the ethanol industry, including updates on regulatory developments, safety issues, and railcar fleet trends. The panel included moderator Kelly Davis, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Fuels Association; Mark Maday, Staff …

Audio, Ethanol, National Ethanol Conference, Renewable Fuels Association, transportation

ICYMI: National Biodiesel Conference

cindy zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center January 22-24. The event included a vehicle showcase and ride-and-drive opportunity alongside demonstrations and presentations on the latest in the industry. This conference also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the National Biodiesel Board. Among the highlights was an award to USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky for …

AgWired Energy, Biodiesel, John Deere, National Biodiesel Conference, Tractor, transportation, Trucks

Manito Transit Acquires Lobdell Transportation

Cindy Zimmerman

Manito Transit of Bloomington, Illinois has acquired the assets of Lobdell Transportation, Inc., a family-owned trucking company based in Lena, Illinois. The acquisition comes with 21 tractor units, 22 fuel tankers, and eight pressure vessels capable of hauling propane and anhydrous ammonia, as well as a two-bay maintenance shop. Manito Transit now operates 120 trucks, serving customers in 13 states. …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, transportation

GRFA Calls on Increased Action for Climate Change

Kelly Marshall

Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), has asked G20 leaders take last year’s Paris Accord even further. The first binding climate agreement needs to be scaled up in it’s ambitiousness to reduce emissions in the transport sector, Baker said, especially in light of a newly released report “Perspectives for the Energy Transition” from the International …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Ethanol, Research, transportation

Four Ethanol Safety Webinars Scheduled

Cindy Zimmerman

Four free ethanol safety webinars are scheduled this year for ethanol emergency response teams and the first is being held tomorrow, February 7. The Renewable Fuels Association and TRANSCAER® are hosting the “Train the Trainer” webinars, funded through a Federal Railroad Administration / TRANSCAER® grant. RFA is a founding member of the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) and this program …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety, transportation

Keeping Exports on the Move

Cindy Zimmerman

With yet another record grain crop this year, having the transportation infrastructure to keeping it moving is more important than ever. “Transportation is everything,” said Ken Eriksen with Informa Economics at this week’s Export Exchange, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the U.S. Grains Council. Eriksen says grain exports are expected to set a record this year at …

Audio, corn, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Export Exchange, Exports, RFA, transportation

Manito Transit Greens Its Transportation

Joanna Schroeder

Manito Transit is now transporting goods throughout the Midwest with a greener footprint. The GROWMARK subsidiary transports fuels, fertilizers, crop protection products and more via tank trucks, and has just become a member of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program. The SMARTWAY registrants work with the EPA and adopt tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use. …

Clean Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, GROWMARK, transportation

Cause of Ethanol Train Derailment Probed

Cindy Zimmerman

Federal investigators are looking into why seven ethanol tanker cars derailed in South Dakota over the weekend. No one was injured in the derailment that occurred early Saturday morning, but at least one of the cars caught fire in the accident involving a 98-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad train. Senate Transportation Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) is watching the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, transportation

RFA Honored with 3rd TRANSCAER Award

Cindy Zimmerman

For the third year in a row the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was awarded the annual TRANSCAER® Achievement Award for its work training first responders for ethanol-related emergencies. The award is given to “recognize the achievements of individuals, companies, and organizations which have gone beyond the normal call of duty to advocate, demonstrate and implement the principles of TRANSCAER®.” The …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, transportation

DOT Announces New Rail Car Standards

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a final rule for the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail. The final rule, developed in coordination with Canada, focuses on “safety improvements that are designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident, and support emergency response.” “Safety has been our top priority at every step in the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFA, transportation