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IRFA: Decorah Home to Iowa’s 104th E15 Station
May 23, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When Decorah residents fuel up at the local Decorah Mart, they now have the opportunity to choose high-performance, earth-friendly E15.

“E15 and E85 are growing in popularity in Iowa and …

With the RFS in doubt, Ethanol Pros Need the EPA to Back off
May 18, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Joel Kurtinitis (Des Moines Register)  … The RFS is an oddball issue that sees free-market libertarians allying with big oil corporatists, and liberal Democrats with Corn Belt Republicans — proof of the time-honored adage that politics …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Governor Branstad Signs Iowa Biofuel Funding, Closing out Challenging Session for Biodiesel
May 15, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad has signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. In 2016, Iowa’s biodiesel plants …

The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Bioprivileged Molecules and Creating Value from Biomass
May 15, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bioprivileged molecules – that was the subject of this illuminating presentation given at ABLC 2017 by Iowa State professor Brett Shanks  head of the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals – looking at …

More Iowa Stations Offering Higher Ethanol Blends
May 12, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Ron Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  E15 provides motorists better value in addition to higher performance and reduced emissions.  —  In early May, the Kwik Trip convenience store chain announced it is joining other major fuel …

Biofuels Promoter Faces Federal Fraud Charges
May 2, 2017 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  An Iowa biofuels promoter who came to North Dakota in 2012 and sought investments in factories, including a proposed beets-to-ethanol plant Grafton, N.D., has been accused of violating federal wire fraud, …

Kwik Trip to Add E15 to its Pumps
May 2, 2017 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  One of Wisconsin’s largest suppliers of gasoline announced plans to add E15 to most of its locations within the next few years. Kwik Trip said once all of the designated pumps are …

Poet Accuses Engineering Company of Failure in Quest for Cellulosic Ethanol
May 1, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Ellis (Argus Leader) Ethanol producer Poet is suing an international engineering company that was hired to create a system to help convert biomass into ethanol, underscoring the challenges of creating inexpensive cellulosic ethanol.

Poet Design …

Casey’s General Stores to Offer Higher Ethanol Blends
April 28, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Midwest convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores will begin offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17 sites in Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.

The Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Iowa Corn …

Corn with a Cover of Grass: Finding Best Combination for Biofuel Corn, Soil Protection
April 28, 2017 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  … Taking up this double-edged sword is Cynthia Bartel, a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University. She’s finding a way to lessen the harm and increase the benefits of removing maize stover.

“While water and wind …

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey Meets with Trump on Farm Issues
April 26, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew D. Sullivan (USA TODAY/Des Moines Register)   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey took the opportunity presented at a White House roundtable with President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon to talk ethanol and said he …

City Donates Land to Lure Kwik Star Project
April 26, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Tim Jamison (The Courier) The city is donating land and extending sewer in the Martin Road business park to lure a new biodiesel fuel blending facility.

Waterloo City Council members voted unanimously Monday to approve …

Green Energy: University of Iowa, Farmers Partner to Grow Biofuel
April 26, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Liora Engel-Smith (Muscatine Journal)  … The university has been burning the grass, known as Miscanthus, in its power plant to reduce its reliance on coal. At first glance, Miscanthus does not look like much. It …

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA DEADLINE: June 30, 2017
April 25, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS  Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA       DEADLINE:  June 30, 2017

Top energy experts, trend forecasters, and industry leaders will convene in the heart of renewable energy production to share timely information, best practices, and regulatory overviews. With a thoughtful balance of practical education sessions, profit-focused …

Energy Conference — September 11-13, 2017 — Des Moines, IA
April 25, 2017 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
Energy Conference   —   September 11-13, 2017   —   Des Moines, IA

Top energy experts, trend forecasters, and industry leaders will convene in the heart of renewable energy production to share timely information, best practices, and regulatory overviews. With a thoughtful balance of practical education sessions, profit-focused …

Bill Would Take Iowa Backwards on Biofuels
April 24, 2017 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Dawn Carlson (Des Moines Register/Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa)  …Unfortunately, our state Legislature is considering legislation that would take us backwards.

Fuel retailers across the state have made substantial investments in offering and …

Look for Renewable Fuel Options When You Fill up the Gas Tank
April 24, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  Growing up on a farm near Shenandoah, using ethanol and biodiesel was a no-brainer. It was simply the right thing to do to support our local …

Iowa Legislature Approves Funding for State Blender Pump Program
April 24, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (April 20, 2017) the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the state’s blender pump program – which has successfully led to millions of dollars’ worth of …

Study Shows Economic Impact Of Ethanol & Biodiesel Production
April 20, 2017 – 9:25 am | No Comment

(KIWARadio.com)  Northwest Iowa — With two ethanol plants within 18 miles of Sheldon, this area is one of the leading ethanol producing regions of the state.

Now, a study has found that record ethanol and biodiesel …

Sundstop Fuel Retail Station in Clarence, IA Offers City’s First E15 Site
April 19, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  When E10 first hit the market, Clarence, Iowa was one of five towns to introduce the new fuel at a local gas station. Nearly 40 years later, that same town is getting its first …

A True Superhero, Ethanol Fights for Good
April 13, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Dirck Steimel (Iowa Farm Bureau)  … Ethanol has all the elements of a superhero.

Like most good superhero stories, ethanol has humble origins. Farmers in Iowa and other states built the first distilleries a few decades …

POET Remains Committed to Developing Cellulosic Ethanol Blends
April 11, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Flinn (Brownfield Ag News)  Matt Merritt, Director of Public Relations for POET DSM says the company’s Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol facility at Emmetsburg Iowa – which started production a year ago – is …

More Iowa Fuel Retailers Carrying Higher Blends of Biodiesel
April 5, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  A new state government report shows more than half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel in 2016, increasing six percent over 2015. Higher blends are also becoming the norm. Iowa’s proactive …

Quad County Corn Processors to Evaluate XyloFerm® on Industrial Scale
April 3, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Taurus Energy)  Quad County Corn Processors, Galva, Iowa, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits and Taurus Energy has agreed to evaluate XyloFerm in the Cellerate™ process on industrial scale.

After preliminary lab-scale trials of XyloFerm in the …

Bioeconomy under the Radar
March 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders Tout Potential Growth, Challenges for Renewable Refinery Products  —  … Whether it is spoons, Coke bottles or carpets made out of corn, livestock enzymes for pharmaceuticals, or John …

Moving the Point of Obligation Is the Latest Misguided Ploy to Undermine the RFS
March 30, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  Six billion gallons. That is the approximate amount of ethanol produced in Iowa and Illinois each and every year. It is more than the …

Biodiesel Demo Aims to Increase Farmer Use
March 28, 2017 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(Wallaces Farmer)  Every farmer should plant with B20 biodiesel this spring, says Iowa co-op.  —  A demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to persuade more farmers in the state to use biodiesel. United Farmers …

New, Safer U.S. Rail Cars Gather Dust even as Ethanol Trains Grow Longer
March 27, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)   … But the incident in Iowa underscores the growing risk of another serious accident along with the increasing volume of the biofuel being moved in unit trains that …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Co-op Aiming to Boost Farmer Biodiesel Use
March 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  An Iowa farm cooperative wants to convince more farmers in the state to use biodiesel by showing just how well it performs.

United Farmers Cooperative of Afton, Iowa compared the performance of …

The Justice League of Pyromaniax
March 14, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The High Lords of Pyrolysis travel under the unlikely cover identities of “George Huber” and “Robert Brown” — but we know them in their true superhero identities of “The Catalyst” …

IRFA Celebrates 100th E15 Fueling Site Opening
March 13, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Crossroads Convenience Store in Spencer became Iowa’s 100th E15 station, strengthening Iowa’s position as the number one state in the U.S. for E15 refueling sites.

The Spencer store is owned …

Senate Bill Introduced to Give E15 Year-Round Market Presence
March 6, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan trio of Senators introduced a bill today that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, a move that would give E15 year-round market …

Ethanol a Hot Topic at ’17 Classic
March 6, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D) joined Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act last week, a bill that would …

Iowa Biodiesel Board to Request Funding to Support Biodiesel Infrastructure Program at Annual Biodiesel Day on The Hill
February 28, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Biodiesel production is expanding in Iowa, and proactive state policies have played a pivotal role in keeping the state’s title as the national leading producer.

In advance of its annual Biodiesel Day on the …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 20, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in …

No Waiver? No Sense.
February 20, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about why E15 does not get a one-pound waiver? That’s a sign you clearly understand the …

Iowa to Pruitt: Don’t Change RFS Point of Obligation
February 17, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “We have a slogan in the renewable fuels family that says ‘Don’t mess with the RFS,’” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Let me make this perfectly clear: changing …

POET-DSM Plans On-Site Enzyme Manufacturing Facility at Project Liberty
February 17, 2017 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(POET)  POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing (OSM) facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa, pending state and local approvals.  The facility will be integrated into the Project Liberty technology package, replicable in future facilities. …

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —
February 16, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

Mixotrophic Algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioProcess Algae
February 9, 2017 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BPA designs, builds, and operates commercial scale Grower Harvester bioreactors that enable efficient conversion of light and CO2 into high value microbial feedstock. BioProcess Algae LLC is based in Omaha, …

Some ‘Unrest’ in the Biofuels Industry
February 5, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by K Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Uncertainty over presidential and congressional support for biofuels and the RFS, combined with tighter ethanol production margins, is creating some “unrest” in the renewable fuels industry.

So says Monte Shaw, executive …

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants
February 3, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in …

Contest Winners from Waukee and Treynor Focus on Benefits of E15 and Biodiesel
February 2, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) “Fuel the Future” High School Video Contest gives students a chance to grow their expertise in the fuel and technology of a new generation. This …

Water: Lifeblood of the Process
January 27, 2017 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Successful water reduction and recycling require close attention to treatments and system impacts in ethanol production. —  …  As the industry has improved its efficiency and recycling, water …

USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research
January 25, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, …

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

Trump Advisor Sam Clovis Takes Job at U.S. Ag Department
January 23, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

(Radio Iowa)  An Iowan who has been an advisor to Donald Trump during the presidential campaign is moving into a job in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sam Clovis of Hinton, Iowa was sworn in soon …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 23, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Politico’s Morning Energy)  Eventually, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination to be ambassador to China came up, prompting (U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy )Pelosi to interject: “I was hoping he would get natural resources, …

Biodiesel Industry Honors Year of Achievements, Industry Growth
January 18, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Clean air champions, policy drivers, fleet influencers highlighted with industry awards  —  The biodiesel industry saw record market growth in 2016 and this year’s National Biodiesel Board industry awards highlight champions …

BDC Spring Symposium — May 2-3, 2017 — Des Moines, Iowa
January 16, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
BDC Spring Symposium   —   May 2-3, 2017   —   Des Moines, Iowa

The BDC Spring Symposium will be held this year at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines, Iowa on May 2-3, 2017, with travel on Monday, May 1st. This symposium also marks the 10th anniversary …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
January 16, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol
January 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of …

Northey Recognizes Efforts by Fuel Marketers to Offer and Promote Renewable Fuels
January 13, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Department of Agriculture)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that Charlie Good from Good & Quick in Nevada and Richard Weiner from Cartersville Elevator, Inc. in Nora Springs are the 2017 winners of …

Council Approves Funding for Biofuel Plan at Wastewater Treatment Facility — $1.3 Milllion OKed for Engineering
January 13, 2017 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by  Elisa Raffa (Sioux Land Matters)  Sioux city is moving ahead with plans to sell a methane product similar to what big ox produces, but city leaders contend that’s where the similarities end. Methane is a …

Ethanol Increasingly a Stabilizing Factor for Iowa Farmers’ Income
January 9, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jon Leu (Daily Nonpareil)  At a time when Iowa farmers produced a second consecutive record corn crop amid falling prices for their commodity, the state’s growing ethanol industry remains a stabilizing factor.

National crop production …

How Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers Helped Deliver Trump’s Historic Win
January 6, 2017 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill/Renewable Fuels Association)  In the flurry of post-election punditry and analysis, much credit was given to disenfranchised factory workers and coal miners in the Rust Belt and Appalachia for delivering Donald …

Trump EPA Nominee Won’t Gut Ethanol Law, Grassley, Ernst Say
January 6, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Midwest Republican senators got reassurances from EPA chief nominee Scott Pruitt that he will “follow the law” that requires ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, …

Branstad Says Trump Assures EPA Chief Will Be Pro-Ethanol
January 4, 2017 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Iowa’s governor says President-elect Donald Trump has reassured him the Trump Administration will be pro-ethanol. Governor Terry Branstad was concerned initially when he heard Trump asked the attorney general from …

Iowa Energy Plan Includes Role Ethanol Can Play in State’s Future
January 3, 2017 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has released to the public the Iowa Renewable Energy Plan, which establishes priorities and provides strategic guidance for Iowa’s energy future.   …   “IRFA …

Fantastic 5: US States Getting It Done, Making Biobased Happen
December 27, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … the most innovative public-private policies are likely for some time to proceed out of regions, provinces and states.

In some ways, in the United States the forces arrayed against the Renewable …

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute
December 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.

The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity …

Ethanol Spills Article Lacks Facts, Context
December 23, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Dan Velasquez (Letter to the Editor, Des Moines Register)  … If we were not using home-grown ethanol, we’d be shipping more crude oil. The article pointed out that in the 30 years from 1985 to 2015, …

Ag Leaders Praise Branstad as China Pick
December 22, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht Lee (Agri-Media/Midwest Producer)  Midwestern agricultural leaders have been watching President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of trade – with China, in particular – with some concern. But their hopes were lifted Dec. 7 when …

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources for Cellulosic Ethanol from Edeniq’s Pathway Technology
December 20, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)   Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 120 MGPY Shell Rock, Iowa ethanol plant …

Ethanol, Biodiesel Retailer Award Nominations Sought DEADLINE: December 31, 2016
December 14, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Dickenson County News)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Friday, Dec. 9, encouraged Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the Secretary’s Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards, which recognize fuel retailers that …

Switchgrass May Be a Good Option for Farmers Who Have Lost Fertile Topsoil
December 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Missouri)  Switchgrass Can Improve Soil Quality on Eroded Farms, Study Finds  —  The loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from …

Governors Press Trump on RFS Following Pruitt EPA Nomination
December 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Just two days after President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was the nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Governors’ Biofuels …

U.S. Ethanol Exports Increase as More Countries Take Steps to Fight Air Pollution
December 8, 2016 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Corn)  … As the world strives to meet goals set by global climate initiatives, U.S. ethanol provides an affordable solution. Government mandates, which dictate a certain amount of ethanol to be blended with gasoline, …

Ernst Stresses Importance of Strong RFS for Rural Economies at Hearing
December 6, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Bob Quinn and Doug Cooper (600WMTRadio)  At the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management hearing entitled “Examining Two GAO Reports Regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard,” U.S. Senator Joni …

A Portrait of Tom Vilsack’s Tenure
December 6, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  … “Democrats need to talk to rural voters. That’s the first thing that has to happen. They can’t write ’em off,” Vilsack told his former adviser, David Axelrod, in a …

Iowa E15 Retailers’ ‘Pink at the Pump’ Campaign Raises $12,000
December 1, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Drivers filling-up their cars with cleaner-burning E15 during the month of October raised $12,000 for breast cancer awareness as part of the “Pink at the Pump” Campaign. Nearly 30 E15 …

The Biobased Economy after Trump: The States May Lead the Way
November 28, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Trump and Congressional Republicans are expected to focus on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure development, and repealing Obamacare. Some of those initiatives may touch the biobased economy but only …

AgMRC Looks at Drivers behind High Ethanol Blending
November 14, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The economic drivers behind recent higher ethanol blending rates were examined by Iowa economic researcher Sampath Jayasinghe in the Renewable Energy Report  from the Iowa Agricultural Marketing Resource …

New Blender Pumps Open in Holstein, Iowa
November 9, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Holstein Travel Center has added four blender pumps and to celebrate the retail station is hosting a pump promotion November 11-12, 2016. The station is located on Indorf Avenue in Holstein, …

Koch Brothers Build Biofuel Giant Aided by Mandates They Abhor
November 7, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Buying bankrupt plants on cheap creates No. 5 U.S. producer; Free-market preachers seek profit without mandated use of fuel  —  Jeremy Bezdek admits that the proposal he made to his bosses at …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

Farmers Could Help Trump Win This Make-or-Break State
November 4, 2016 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Tom Philpott (Mother Jones)  Cue the pandering to King Corn. —  …  And while winning Iowa is far from enough to push Trump to national victory, he absolutely needs to win the state to …

Grassley Ad Highlights Cellulosic Ethanol Efforts
November 2, 2016 – 9:31 pm | No Comment

by Jenny Hopkinson (Politico’s Morning Ag)   A new television advertisement from Sen. Chuck Grassley’s campaign focuses on his success in advancing legislation that promotes the use of cellulosic ethanol-based energy, encouraging “a new fuel made from …

Judge and Grassley Face off in Iowa U.S. Senate Debate
October 21, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by  Shelby Shepherd  (KWQC)  An hour before Trump and Clinton battled it out in Las Vegas, Iowa’s U.S. senate candidates battled it out in the western part the state they are fighting for.  Republican Sen. …

Ames Laboratory to Receive $3 Million to Develop Instrument to Study Plant Cell Walls
October 20, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Ames Laboratory)  A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how …

New Pathways for Stover
October 20, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Innovation in stover utilization targets feed, sugars and coproduct credits, building markets beyond cellulosic ethanol use.  —  Building a robust biomass supply chain for the future will require multiple …

Letter: E15 Is Earth-Friendly Biofuel
October 12, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Tom Thoma/Kelly Hansen (Globe Gazette/POET)  Something new and exciting is popping up all across our state. Think: cleaner air, less use of toxic chemicals and consumer savings for Iowans.

Ethanol is a biofuel that is …

NEW PBS Documentary: The Ethanol Effect
October 6, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is debuting a new ethanol documentary this Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm ET called, “The Ethanol Effect“. The film, produced by DPTV, takes a look …

SciTech Now: Renewable Cellulosic Ethanol
October 6, 2016 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(Detroit Public TV)  Innovative efforts to develop renewable cellulosic ethanol processes.  High school student Tavis Reed and DuPont’s innovative efforts to develop renewable cellulosic ethanol processes.  WATCH VIDEO

10-Year Anniversary Videos Offer Unique Glimpse inside REG
October 5, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being released to commemorate the company’s—and the biodiesel industry’s—significant growth and maturation over the past decade. …

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel
October 5, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced the filing of a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics, LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC and a settlement …

IA Retailers Are “Pink at the Pump”
October 3, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Beginning October 1, 2016, nearly 30 fuel retailers in Iowa are kicking off the “Pink at the Pump” campaign to raise funds for breast cancer as well as raise awareness about …

Expected Record Harvest Won’t Profit Farmers Facing Their Third Year of Falling Income
October 3, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

By Barbara Soderlin and Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Fields across the Midlands are packed with copper-colored cornstalks, an expected record-size crop drying in the breeze as the fall harvest gets underway.

But there’s a worry underlying …

Americans Deserve Fuel Choices at the Pump
October 3, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Liz Mathis (Marion Times)  Here in Iowa, we encourage gas stations to install flex fuel pumps and other equipment to offer homegrown, renewable ethanol and biodiesel. The Legislature’s investment of $3 million this year …

Letter: Column on Ethanol Gets It Wrong
October 3, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Paul Fox (Fayetteville Observer)  Jonah Goldberg’s Sept. 5 column “Let’s talk about ethanol” struck me as a little odd. Goldberg has somehow twisted the idea that ethanol and biofuels release more greenhouse gases than …

Iowa Awards More Fueling Future Funds
October 1, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Iowa has released the availability of nearly $350,000 in funds under the “Fueling Our Future 100” initiative as announced by Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey. Retailers who are interested can apply …

Capitol Digest: Ethanol Incentives Announced
September 29, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Tom Thoma (Globe Gazette)  Ethanol Incentives: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Wednesday about $350,000 in uncommitted funds are now available to interested retailers in Iowa seeking cost-share funding to help buy and …

Chevron’s Forgotten Biofuels Wonder-Tech Gets a Second Life at Iowa State
September 29, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried …

BIO Releases Report on Renewable Chemical Progress, Opportunities
September 26, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.

The report, titled …

New Hy-Vee Gas Station Will Use Ethanol from Big River Resources
September 26, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by William Smith (The Hawk Eye)  The new station will use ethanol from Big River Resources blended on site.  READ MORE

Letter to the Editor: Biofuels Defended
September 23, 2016 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Doug Berven (POET/Boston Herald)  Jonah Goldberg’s column parrots the tired talking points of the oil industry (“Research proves ethanol’s only useful to pols,” Sept. 5). Ethanol is a clean-burning, American-made biofuel that is lowering greenhouse …

3 Siouxland Locations Offering $1.15 E15 Fuel Friday
September 22, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Ian Richardson (Sioux City Journal)  Area drivers can fill up on E15 fuel for $1.15 per gallon at select locations across Siouxland during a special promotion Friday.

Kum & Go stations at 3803 Dakota Ave. …

Poet CEO Says Clinton, Trump Know Importance of Ethanol
September 22, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The head of ethanol giant Poet is optimistic presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton back renewable fuels despite recent developments that have left some in the industry uncertain about their positions.

Jeff Broin, …

Northey: E15 an Affordable, Clean-Burning Option at the Pump
September 21, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill Northey (Globe Gazette)  … This significant growth in access to E15 is thanks in part to the “Fueling our Future” initiative, which is a collaboration between the governor’s office, Iowa Department of Agriculture …

Consumers Ability to Choose #E15 Back at the Pumps
September 14, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Consumers will have the choice to purchase E15 at the pump again tomorrow, September 15, 2016. For drivers owning a 2001 or newer vehicle, E15 sales are restricted during summer months …

7 Governors Ask EPA to Remove RVP Limit on E15
September 14, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 13, the governors of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking her to remove the …

Renewable Fuel Standards Will Help Fight Climate Change
September 13, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Mike Arbige  (DuPont/The Mercury News) Letter to Editor:  Next to power plants, transportation remains America’s largest source of carbon emissions. Electrification will help, but only clean-burning biofuels — like ethanol — can immediately and dramatically …

Ernst, Branstad, QCCP Discuss the Future of Renewable Fuels
September 2, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Quad County Corn Processors/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad recently met with staff and board members from Quad County Corn Processors and representatives from Syngenta, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association …

Letter: Sen. Grassley Works Hard for Clean Energy
September 2, 2016 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by James Dozier (The Gazette/Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions)  Sen. Chuck Grassley has displayed a consistent record of leadership when it comes to bringing jobs and clean energy to Iowa and helping to bolster the farm …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 2, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we looked at …

Ensuring Energy Independence Through Bio-Based Energy Systems
September 2, 2016 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  NIFA ‘s Bioeconomy-Bioenergy-Bioproduct portfolio facilitates the development of sustainable regional production systems for biofuels and bio-based products through research, product development and demonstration, extension, and education.

By creating non-carbon based fuels, power …

Biofuels Are Worse than Gasoline? Creative Accounting Leads to Claim
August 31, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert C. Brown (Des Moines Register)  … The genesis of the latest headlines is frustration among certain biofuels critics that life-cycle analysis no longer supports their criticism of biofuels. The solution, of course, is …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont in the Advanced Bioeconomy
August 31, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconmy.

In this slide deck, we looked at DuPont, …

Trump Focuses on Farmers
August 30, 2016 – 10:22 pm | No Comment

by Eddie Scott (TheVillagesSuntimes)  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the second annual Roast and Ride at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. — … Trump promised to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard and corn-based ethanol, eliminate burdensome …

#Ethanol Plant to Gas Station Lowers Pump Prices
August 30, 2016 – 10:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com) Ethanol provides consumers savings at the pump – especially when the retailer passes along the RIN (Renewable Identification Number) savings to their customers. No one knows this better than Dave Sovereign, Chairman …

Researchers Garner Grant to Study Innovative Biofuels Production Technology
August 30, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Robert Mills (Iowa State University)  A team of researchers from Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute is investigating a new technology for converting biomass into biofuels and chemicals. With a $371,000, one-year grant from the …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol Producer, and More: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains
August 24, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. They currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.5 billion gallons per year with 17 plants located in …

Iowa Teen Promotes Ethanol at DNC, RNC
August 23, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  It’s hard to beat this as a summer job for a Des Moines teenager: Two weeks at the Republican and Democratic national conventions as part of an Iowa team promoting ethanol.

Otto …

After the Lightning Strikes: The Bioeconomy’s Effort to Learn from Fire
August 23, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lightning strikes often in the Advanced Bioeconomy. The Magic catalyst, the miracle microbe, the super strain, the wonder feedstock, the peerless process.

But it’s after the lightning strikes that we begin …

What Is to Be Done? Farm Crisis in the Making?
August 22, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Krause (Storm Lake Times Letter to Editor)  Only 35 years after the 1980s farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11% from last …

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to Visit Quad County Corn Processors
August 15, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Pilot Tribune)  United States Senator Joni Ernst and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will visit Quad County Corn Processors cellulosic ethanol production facility in Galva on Wednesday, August 31st at 9:15 am.

Senator Ernst and Governor Branstad …

Trump Should Push Biofuels on Corn Belt Swing, Santorum Says
August 5, 2016 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Republican nominee Trump backs U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard; Tactic would exploit a Clinton weakness, Rick Santorum says  —  Donald Trump’s campaign swing through the Corn Belt on Friday should include a …

Report: Clinton Talking about RFS Alternative
August 4, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Ed Tibbetts (Quad City Times)  A new report saying that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has talked with California officials about how the Renewable Fuel Standard might be revamped is drawing criticism from a top Republican …

How it Works- DuPont Process for Converting Biomass to Cellulosic Ethanol
July 27, 2016 – 11:40 pm | No Comment

(Vimeo/DuPont)  The world is requiring more renewable sources of energy to meet its needs. With decades of expertise in feedstock, bioprocessing and biofuel production, DuPont has answered the call with a fully integrated process that …

Doing More (and Better) with Less: 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Shows the Ways to Provide Food and Bioenergy, with Sustainability, for an Increasing Population
July 26, 2016 – 10:48 pm | No Comment

by Lais Thomaz* and Dan Quadros** (Advanced Biofuels USA) With diverse and dynamic programming involving agribusiness, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and bioenergy, the 2016 GAF achieved its mission to gather producers, companies and academia to discuss …

Grassley Says Vilsack’s Better for Ag Agenda as Secretary, not VP
July 21, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Amy Mayer  (Iowa Public Radio)  U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack may be on Hillary Clinton’s short-list for a vice presidential running mate. Several national media outlets have reported that while …

Fiberight Project Wins State Permits, but Controversy Still Abounds
July 21, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Madeline St. Amour (CentralMaine.com)  The Department of Environmental Protection issued the permits after finding no ‘credible, conflicting technical information’ that merited a public hearing. The Department of Environmental Protection has issued the final permits …

Biofuel Governors Tout E30
July 19, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Coalition Sees Opportunity in Higher Fuel Economy Standards  —  Leaders and founders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition see a push for higher fuel-economy standards as the next opportunity to …

Earth-Friendly American Ethanol: An Important Success Story
July 19, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(NewsUSA/WDRB.com)  There is little question ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil — lowering gasoline prices, improving the environment with lower emissions and growing the economy with jobs that can’t be outsourced.

In …

Ethanol Trans-loading and Storage Facility Ready For Use
July 8, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(KLEM)  Ribbon cutting ceremonies on the new ethanol trans-loading storage facility will take place Thursday morning. Plymouth Energy of Merrill worked with Le Mars city officials and Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation  to create the storage facility located …

Iowa’s Ethanol Plants Consistently Gaining in Efficiency
July 6, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Dirck Steimel (Iowa Farm Bureau)  While political battles over the Renewable Fuel Stan­dard (RFS) continue to grab headlines, Iowa’s ethanol plants are quietly pushing ahead and becoming more and more efficient.
The 43 corn-based and …

FFA Educates #NASCAR Fans about #E15
July 1, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Twin Cedars FFA Chapter was out in en mass during the recent American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen to educate race fans about ethanol and E15. Chuck hung out with …

@NASCAR #E15 Race Offers Fans ‘All American Fun’
July 1, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Jimmy Small is in his third race season as president of Iowa Speedway. TheAmerican Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen is in its fourth year while the American Ethanol sponsorship is …

Cover Crop Work Continues as Part of Biomass Research for Cellulosic Ethanol
June 22, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(POET)   POET is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa for cellulosic ethanol development. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound …

Can We Finally Make Gasoline out of Corncobs?
June 21, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  … Running cars and planes on corncobs would, at its best, produce 90 percent less greenhouse gas than gasoline.

Until now, though, it’s only been an idea. We’ve been able to make cellulosic ethanol …

The Problem and Promise of Ethanol
June 20, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times) … So how can we produce ethanol sustainably — that is, a scheme under which farmers can make money without releasing nitrate to the river and help power America while …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 20, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by  Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)  After weathering a winter of big stocks and low oil prices, the U.S. biofuels industry is looking forward to a strong year, thanks to growth in domestic gasoline demand …

It’s #Enogen4Energy at Iowa Speedway
June 20, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (AgWired.com)  Iowa Speedway was the place for corn growers this weekend as Enogen presented the American Ethanol E15 250 NASCAR XFINITY race. Kicking things off was a press conference with representatives from Syngenta, …

Local Officials Meet with Grassley in Washington, D.C.
June 17, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Austin Harrington (Ames Tribune)  … During the trip, Culhane (Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and the Ames Economic Development Commission) and the other members of the delegation had a …

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants
June 17, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the Gen-1 ethanol fleet, and have implications for everything from passenger cars to jets.

#15 Vertimass  and Byogy

#14 …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 16, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)   …  Most ethanol plants have been paid off and can now manage production to meet needs; however, if a plant slows output to match decreased demand, production efficiencies also …

RFS Supporters Say Biofuel Is ‘Nuanced’ Issue
June 16, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today) … What happens in 2022 is that Congress stops setting annual levels of renewable fuel usage, but the actual law does not expire. It would take an act of Congress …

Eric Branstad to Lead Trump’s Presidential Campaign in Iowa
June 16, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Jason Noble (Des Moines Register)  Eric Branstad, the son of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and an advocate for Iowa’s renewable fuels industry, will serve as the Iowa state director for presumptive Republican presidential nominee …

How Do You Generate $2B in Cellulosic Ethanol, with No Upfront Investment?
June 14, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Siouxland Energy Cooperative has licensed the Edeniq’s Cellunator and Pathway technologies for its 60 million gallon per year ethanol plant located in Sioux Center. Production will start by Q4 2016. …

ADM, Biofuel Supporters Say EPA Underestimates Use of Higher-Ethanol Fuels
June 10, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland Co and other supporters of biofuels on Thursday said U.S. regulators grossly underestimated the amount of higher-ethanol fuel blends at pumps when requirements for next year’s use of …

EPA Approved E15, Even if Your Manual Disagrees
June 9, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Monte Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  Recently, Leonard Poels questioned  ASE-certified mechanic Charlie Good’s statement that E15 is approved for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles, asking “approved by who?” [What if E15 …

DuPont Wins a Bulldog Media Relations “Gold” Award for “Best New Product Launch – Business” for the 2015 Opening of its Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery
June 6, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Dupont)  Award Honors the Company’s Effective Communications around the Opening of the Plant  —  This week, DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) received a Media Relations “Gold” Award for “Best New Product Launch – Business,” from Bulldog …

Summer Brings Ethanol Quirk to Iowa Gas Stations
June 1, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Charlie Good (Des Moines Register/Good and Quick)  … Today, due to a combination of a quirk in federal regulation and the heavy-handed tactics of the oil industry, I walk out to my fuel pumps and …

Growth Energy Applauds Trump’s Pro-RFS Statements
June 1, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy has spoken out to applaud a statement made by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in support of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Meanwhile, two former senators …

USDA Announces More Than $8 Million in Payments to Support the Production of Advanced Biofuel
May 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities …

The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
May 27, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Ames National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, …