Rail Problems Impacting Ethanol Supplies

Cindy Zimmerman

One impact of the long, cold winter across the nation has been weather-related rail disruptions that are taking a toll on ethanol supplies and production. The record winter weather patterns that have caused repeated snowstorms have resulted in stalled trains, frozen controls and increased demand for rail cars. All that has made it difficult to move ethanol to the Northeast. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, transportation

RFA Releases Rail Transportation Information

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released the “Guidelines for Hinged and Bolted Manway Assembly” in conjunction with the start of the 2013 Fuel Ethanol Workshop. The publication is a powerful resource for ethanol shippers to ensure the safe transport of ethanol through the rail system. The guidelines explain in detail the correct assembly of a manway, the proper steps …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, transportation

RFA Honored for Emergency Readiness Training

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was honored today with the “2012 TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award,” at the Association of American Railroads/Bureau of Explosives HazMat Seminar in Addison, Texas. RFA received the award for its commitment to the goals of TRANSCAER® and for its role in educating communities on how to handle chemical transportation emergencies. TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety, transportation

America Can Achieve Energy Victory

Joanna Schroeder

If the United States puts its mind to it, energy victory can be achieved. How? Energy expert Dr. Robert Zubrin, author of Energy Victory has the formula for success.  Zubrin recently spoke at the Indiana Ethanol Forum, and fellow journalist Meghan Grebner of Brownfield Ag News interviewed him after his presentation asking him what the most important thing people should …

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Ethanol Safety Training in Chattanooga

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Norfolk Southern Corp., and Tate & Lyle will co-host a free Ethanol Safety Seminar in Chattanooga, TN on April 18th at the Chattanooga Fire Department Training Center. The goal of this seminar is for attendees to gain a full ethanol emergency response training experience that they can put to use immediately in the field as …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety, transportation

New Website for Pre-Owned Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Ann Marie Edwards

Are you searching for a pre-owned alternative fuel vehicle or equipment? Test drive a new website, afvresale.com, developed by The Sales Network (TSN). This site lets consumers who want to “go green” buy or sell previously owned alternative fuel vehicles or equipment. The website provides free membership for listing, responding and searching any pre-owned alternative fuel vehicle located across the …

Biodiesel, E85, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Equipment, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Propane, transportation

Sea Green Project Accelerates Algae for Aviation

Joanna Schroeder

Renewable aviation fuel was a hot topic during the recent Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva. During the event, the Sustainable Use of Renewable Fuels (SURF) consortium was announced with the intention of accelerating algae for aviation fuel. SURF was developed to support Cranfield University’s Sea Green project that will harvest algae to produce jet fuel at commercial scale. SURF …

algae, biofuels, transportation

Green Scissors 2010 Calls for Cut in Wasteful Spending

Joanna Schroeder

At the helm of Friends of the Earth, a new report was released today highlighting government programs and subsidies that are wasteful to taxpayers, harmful to the environment and bad for consumers. The Green Scissors 2010 report targeted four major areas for budget cuts including energy, agriculture and biofuels, infrastructure, and public lands. Many of the recommendations of this report …

biofuels, Ethanol, Oil, Opinion, politics, Research, Solar, transportation, Wind

Going Green Can Save You Green

Joanna Schroeder

Last week, I wrote a story regarding President Obama’s executive order for the federal government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2020. One goal of this program is to get other companies to follow suit, but many companies don’t know where to start. Enter the Hondo Green Assessment Tool (HGAT). To learn more about how companies can …

Audio, Energy, Environment, global warming, transportation, water

Several POET Plants Earn Safety Award

Joanna Schroeder

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF)has recognized eight POET plants with the Annual Product Stewardship Award  for their records of safe transport. BNSF presents the award to shippers who transport a minimum of 500 loaded tank cars of hazardous materials during the previous year with zero non-accident incidents. Earlier this year, several plants received a safety award from Union …

Company Announcement, Ethanol, transportation