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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 …

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. …

Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future
April 21, 2016 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Addressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. — Once again, we enter spring awaiting the U.S. EPA’s proposal …

RFA Issues One-Pager to Correct Anti-Ethanol Rhetoric on the Presidential Campaign Trail
January 22, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuel Association)  In response to the anti-ethanol rhetoric that has been dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a one-pager to media outlets to …

Support, Opposition Grow Over Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit
October 23, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 21, the Advanced Biofuels Association, along with the Petroleum Marketers Association and other retail fuel groups, expressed opposition to changing the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders’ tax credit. …

Advanced Biofuels Producers Oppose Grassley Tax Credit Change: Amendment Could Hurt Consumers
October 23, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  During the Senate Finance Committee’s July markup, Senator Charles Grassley offered an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, which would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for two years. However, …

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Plans to Veto Ethanol Tax Credit Bill
June 30, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa  (Pacific Business News)  Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that he intends to veto a bill passed by the State Legislature that would repeal the ethanol facility tax credit and establish a renewable …

Canola Growers Want Province to Push Biodiesel
April 30, 2015 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Blair (Alberta Farmer Express)  Effort would create more demand and help with reductions in greenhouse gases — The new provincial government needs to walk the walk — not just talk the talk — on …

Answers for Your Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Bioproducts and Sustainable Agriculture.
April 9, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Amazing questions get asked at ABLC — and except for attendees, you generally don’t hear them, or the answers. Let’s change that.  With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen …

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Temporarily Renewing Tax Breaks
December 17, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters)  Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to rest worries that further …

Time Has Come Today
June 17, 2014 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The synergies between co-located ethanol and biodiesel production have been discussed for a decade. The existing infrastructure to share process essentials, an in-house feedstock in distillers corn oil (DCO), and use of …

US Senate Finance Committee Advances Four Key Biofuels Tax Provisions
April 2, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Ron Wyden, released his “Chairman’s Mark” of the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency Act of 2014″ (EXPIRE Act).

The Chairman’s Mark extends all expired advanced …

House Tax Proposal Would Alter Biofuel, Bioenergy Tax Credits
February 28, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” …

Bills to Extend Tax Credits Benefiting Biofuels Introduced
December 23, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 12, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., introduced two bills that would benefit the biofuels industry. One, H.R., 3758, aims to extend the second generation biofuel producer credit and …

Sen. Baucus Launches Major Senate Energy Tax Reform
December 20, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new, technology-neutral tax credit for the domestic production of clean transportation fuel? Read on.

In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled the latest package in a series …

$50B a Year in Budget ‘Savings’ Will Come from Expired Tax Breaks
December 16, 2013 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

By Jacqueline Klimas  (The Washington Times) … More than 50 tax incentives will expire on New Year’s Eve — ranging from breaks on energy-efficient appliances to biofuel production to investments in businesses that serve low-income communities.

Chuck Marr, director of federal …

Stakeholders Urge Congress to Extend Biofuel Tax Policies
December 10, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Tax provisions critical to the biofuel and biopower industries are set to expire at the end of the month—including the federal renewable energy production tax credit and cellulosic biofuel producer …

Highlights from 2013 ABLC-Next; Hot Slides, Hot Perspectives, Parts I, II, III, IV and V
October 15, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As ABLC-Next concludes, here is the first installment in a review of the hottest slides, stories, intrigue and perspective from the Big Conversation amongst the bioeconomy’s elite.

… (see these slides and …

Congressional Efforts Needed to Secure Future
September 25, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Brian Kuehl  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … Two tax provisions are critical to continued development of the U.S. cellulosic industry. First, the tax code currently provides a Second Generation Production Tax Credit that gives ethanol …

$100M Biodiesel Fraud in Indiana? E-Biofuels Ring Nabbed by Feds
September 19, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Indiana, federal officials are saying that a group of biodiesel operators associated with E-Biofuels stole nearly $100 million in a fraud scheme, and seven have been arrested in what …

Freeze It – A Proposal for Implementing RFS2 through 2015
April 11, 2013 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  …Here, we present a proposal for implementing the RFS2 through 2015 that recognizes the constraints implied by the E10 blend wall and will avert the impact of the …

Not Ready for Slime Time: Algae Present Challenges as Fuel Source
April 8, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Emily Pickrell (FuelFix)  On Jan. 1, Congress made algae-based fuel production eligible for a $1.01-per-gallon cellulosic biofuel production federal tax credit.

Cellulosic biofuels typically are made from woody, non-food material such as grasses or wood …

SE Asian Palm Oil Producers Target U.S. Biofuel Market
March 6, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(The Star/Reuters)  A blending tax credit for alternative fuels has helped re-open the way for shipments of palm biodiesel to the United States, giving top producers Indonesia and Malaysia an outlet for palm oil stocks …

Fuel Tax Credit Extensions Frequently Asked Questions
February 25, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Internal Revenue Service)  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-240) retroactively extends certain fuel tax credits that expired on Dec. 31, 2011. The retroactively extended fuel tax credits are the biodiesel mixture …

A Path Not Yet Trod
February 2, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”/BiofuelsDigest)  … That is, the cost of renewed tax breaks for the biofuels industry came at a great cost relative to the benefits gained. Being lumped in with Hollywood filmmakers, rum …

Brave New Bio Wor(l)d
February 2, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Three dissident voices offer challenges to cherished orthodoxies.

…Though they offer tough love, they are written by friends of the movement. They don’t wish to cast you down to the devil, …

Professor Flunks Ethanol 101
January 29, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dineen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Flint, Mich., is known throughout the world as the birthplace of General Motors. When an economist from Flint gets the facts about motor fuels all wrong, it’s time to …

Does the Biodiesel Tax Credit Change the Advanced Biofuels Landscape?
January 11, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(FarmDocDaily)  …The RFS for 2013 is expected to require a minimum blending of 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel and 2.75 billion gallons of all advanced biofuels. The difference between the minimum biodiesel requirement and the …

A Busy Year for Alt Fuels, Thanks to Congress
January 11, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Anya Litvak (Pittsburgh Business Times) Rick Price is gearing up for a busy year, thanks, in part, to Congressional compromise.

As executive director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, a group that works to promote alternative transportation fuels, Price’s …

Tax Credits Are a Valuable Tool in the Biofuels Policy Toolbox
January 7, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  It is not often I disagree or take issue withBiofuels Digest; however, the recent article and analysis on cellulosic tax credits left out some key points. There are a number …

Ethanol Tax Breaks to Help Later than Sooner
January 4, 2013 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  The extension of a $1.01 per gallon tax credit for cellulosic ethanol will  help the fledgling industry later this year or in 2014 when plants now under construction in …

The Force: The Cellulosic Biofuels Tax Credit Is Back, but Is It Really Needed?
January 3, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Finding it hard to explain to taxpayers why the PTC is needed, for the jump to cellulosic biofuels lightspeed, or to ward off predatory fossil-fuel evildoers?

…So, although the “fiscal cliff” …

US Congress Passes “Fiscal Cliff” Deal
January 2, 2013 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Four tax provisions were in the bill that directly impact biofuels.

Cellulosic biofuels producer tax credit.  … The provision would extend this production tax credit for one additional year, for cellulosic biofuel …

NAFA Urges Action To Restore Federal Tax Credits For Biodiesel And Alternative Fuels
December 5, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(NAFA Fleet Management Association/Free-Press-Release-Center)  Uncertainty surrounding a pair of alternative fuel incentives is impacting vehicle purchase decisions and fuel planning by many fleets.

While the country is focused on the so-called “fiscal cliff”, lost in the …

6 Treacherous Biofuels Crevasses, 6 Guides to Steer You
October 15, 2012 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Those momentum killers. Company wreckers. The investor flight-inducing crevasses along the route to the top – that take away a level playing field, remove your access to markets, delay a …

Report: Large Energy Cuts Can Help Avoid Sequestration
October 2, 2012 – 9:57 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  A spending watchdog group said Monday that Congress could cut $123.2 billion from energy programs over 10 years in an effort to avoid automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration.

Taxpayers …

Tax Extenders Package; Algae Wins Tax Credit Parity
August 8, 2012 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee marked up the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which included key energy efficiency and biofuels tax credit provisions.  Included in …

US Senate Tax Bill Would Extend Biodiesel, Cellulosic Tax Credits
August 2, 2012 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Platts)  The $1.01/gal federal tax credit for cellulosic fuel production, as well as the $1/gal biodiesel tax credit, would each be extended under a proposal released Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee.

The cellulosic credit would …

Data on Biodiesel Production Shows Harmful Impact of Stop-and-Go, Short-Term Policies
June 7, 2012 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On May 4, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released monthly data on biodiesel production in the United States since 2009. Biodiesel production fell dramatically during 2010 when Congress decided not …

Biodiesel Wants Its Tax Break Back
May 2, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Dan Piller  (Des Moines Register)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Thursday asked Congress to reinstate the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax incentive “to avoid further disruption to an emerging American industry that is creating …

Amendment Would Extend Domestic Energy Tax Credits
March 9, 2012 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced an amendment to the Transportation Bill (S.1813) Thursday that would extend tax incentives for domestically produced energy sources, including biodiesel, ethanol, cellulosic biofuels, electric vehicles, wind energy and …

Northwest Producers Unite, Tell Congress to Reinstate Tax Credit
February 16, 2012 – 7:49 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Last week as the National Biodiesel Conference took place in Orlando, a group of biodiesel producers and stakeholders in the Northwest U.S. came together in a joint statement to support …

Biofuel Subsidies Need Reform
December 30, 2011 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Nathanael Green (Energy Now/Natural Resources Defense Council)  …Our dependence on oil hurts our economy, helps our adversaries and puts our security at risk. Each day we send over $1 billion overseas for oil, often …

Loss of Federal Incentives Could Hurt Cellulosic Ethanol Development
December 14, 2011 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pore (The Independent)  …Nebraska’s ethanol industry could be adversely impacted if Congress doesn’t extend key tax incentives, especially those for cellulosic ethanol, a Nebraska Ethanol Board official said.

The incentives that the Advanced Ethanol …

Our View: On VEETC, We Won
December 7, 2011 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Garry Niemeyer   (National Corn Growers Association)  Back in August, the Green Scissors Project identified ways the federal government could shave $380 billion from the federal budget over five years. But their $380 billion in …

Local Lawmakers Unveil Plan for Attracting, Keeping Jobs in Illinois
October 24, 2011 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Will Buss (News-Democrat)  Two state lawmakers believe they have a solution to Illinois’  high unemployment rate.

Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, and Rep. Paul Evans, R-O’Fallon, have a blueprint that they believe will attract and …

Coalition for E85 Urges Retention of Ethanol Tax Credit
October 12, 2011 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.org)  A coalition of retailers, producers, equipment manufacturers have formed the Coalition for E85with the stated purpose of protecting consumer access to 85% ethanol blends.

According to the coalition, if the current tax credit for …

Keystone BioFuels Paves Way for Evolving Fuel industry
September 12, 2011 – 7:25 am | No Comment

Monica Von Dobeneck (The Patriot-News /PennLive.c0m)  Ben Wooten is doubling his workforce, quadrupling his space and increasing his production tenfold at his Keystone BioFuels in Lower Allen Twp.    Not bad in a stagnant economy, …

US Biodiesel Industry Producing Record Volumes
August 29, 2011 – 7:32 am | No Comment

(Farm Business)  US biodiesel production reached a new monthly high of 81 million gallons in June, according to the latest EPA statistics, marking a third consecutive month of record volumes and continuing a remarkable turnaround …

Washington Plant Restarts Biodiesel Production, Canola Crushing
August 2, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  After sitting idle for a year, Inland Empire Oilseeds LLC managed to restart production at its 8 MMgy canola-based biodiesel facility, including an adjacent canola crushing plant, in Odessa, Wash.

…Edmonds …

Grassley Q&A: Looking Forward with Biodiesel
July 13, 2011 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (Biodiesel Magazine)  Q.  Why do you support the production of biodiesel?

A.  Too much of America’s energy comes from fossil fuels imported from countries that don’t like us.  We can reduce dependence …

Study: Ethanol Subsidies Boost Output, Corn Cost
June 29, 2011 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jacob Barker (The Columbia Daily Tribune)  Policies fueled the boom in industry.

Federal subsidies for ethanol push up ethanol production and the price of corn, according to a report released today (June 27, 2011) from …

Study Finds Biodiesel is Bright Spot In Job Creation
June 15, 2011 – 8:23 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  America’s Advanced Biofuel Supporting Thousands of New Jobs While Generating Billions in Household Income, Tax Revenues

The U.S. biodiesel industry will grow to support more than 74,000 jobs throughout the economy by 2015 while …

US Senate Defeats Coburn Amendment: Industry Reaction
June 15, 2011 – 6:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, on a cloture vote in the Senate to proceed to an amendment that would end the current ethanol tax incentive immediately, Senator Coburn’s amendment lost 40-59, falling 20 votes …

Senate Vote to Repeal Ethanol Tax Credit Fails, But Some in GOP Break Ranks
June 15, 2011 – 5:55 am | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  A majority of Senate Republicans appeared to break Tuesday with two decades of GOP orthodoxy against higher taxes, voting to advance a plan to abruptly cancel billions of dollars …

Thune/Klobuchar Bill Endorsed by Ethanol Industry
June 14, 2011 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) along with a bipartisan group of nine other Senate colleagues have introduced the Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act. The bill is designed …

The Politics of Tax-and-Blend
June 2, 2011 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Instead of simply not collecting a portion of the fuel tax, the consumer is charged the whole amount, which is collected by the gas station and paid to the government. …

“The $1.01 a Gallon Tax Credit Will Help, but We Could Live without It”: Genencor
May 24, 2011 – 6:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genencor CEO Tjerk de Ruiter says, “As long as they create a mandate, the $1.01 a gallon cellulosic tax credit will help, but could live without it.”

Last week, Genencor released …

Paper Industry Pushed Further into the Black by ‘Black Liquor’ Tax Credits
April 27, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  …The paper industry — which in 2009 raked in billions of dollars in federal subsidiesoriginally intended to promote alternative highway fuels — is now using a different biofuel tax credit …

Proposal: VEETC Phased Out, Replaced with Variable Tax Credit
March 22, 2011 – 7:06 am | No Comment

(OPIS)  …According to sources familiar with the proposal, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) have agreed to phase down the current 45 cts/gal …

U.S. Sen. Grassley: Ethanol and Energy
March 16, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(IowaPolitics.com)  Floor Speech of Sen. Chuck Grassley Ethanol and Energy Independence Delivered Monday, March 07, 2011

…We must look to alternative and renewable resources so we can improve our energy and national security.

This includes supporting energy …

Corn Growers To Explore Payment Shift
March 16, 2011 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Wallaces Farmer)  …NCGA (National Corn Growers Association) delegates attending the meeting in Tampa, Fla., adopted ethanol policy that states “NCGA supports reforming existing ethanol tax policy. Ideas to replace existing tax law, in the following priority …

Growth Energy, Pacific Ethanol Speak Out on Ethanol Tax Credit
March 11, 2011 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy: “Anyone who blames ethanol for pain at the pump simply hasn’t looked at the market, where ethanol is historically cheaper than gasoline. In fact, ethanol …

Blender Pumps Fuel Ethanol Growth
February 21, 2011 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Candace Krebs  (AgJournal.com)  Since Stratton Equity Co-op installed Colorado’s first “blender pump” offering a range of ethanol based fuels last April, interest has slowly been rising, right on track with national ethanol usage overall.

“We’ve …

A Million Dollars a Month
January 18, 2011 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Antonio Acost  (Faribault County Register)  It pays to conserve energy. Especially, if you are producing ethanol.

Corn Plus officials in Winnebago will soon receive a check in the mail for $12 million.

“It’s going to keep …

Biodiesel Industry Primed to Flourish
January 4, 2011 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher  (Des Moines Register)  Boom times are ahead for a biodiesel industry that struggled just to stay alive in 2010.

The industry could produce as much as a billion gallons in 2011, nearly triple …

John Block: Encouraging Ethanol:Good for Rural America
December 30, 2010 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(State Journal-Register)  …As a former secretary of agriculture, I know that continuing to encourage the ethanol industry is good for rural America and the entire nation. Ethanol generates jobs, preserves the environment, and protects our …

U.S. Ethanol Industry Faces Subsidy Battle Next Year
December 20, 2010 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Charles Abbott and Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol makers face a battle over reforming subsidies next year after current incentives are rolled over in the tax package signed into law by President Barack Obama on …

House Votes to Extend Ethanol, Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel Tax Credits; Senate Drops Biofuels-Slashing Omnibus Bill
December 17, 2010 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US House of Representatives voted by a 277 to 148 margin to approve the Obama tax deal, which extends the ethanol tax credit through 2011, and retroactively extends the biodiesel …

Bi-Partisan Support for Biofuels Can Help to Achieve Energy, National Security Objectives
December 13, 2010 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Steve Maddox  (The Hill)  …Although conventional, corn-based ethanol is not the darling of the environmental movement, it does have certain national security benefits that cannot be overlooked. And the next generation of biofuels being …

Algae Fuel Inches Toward Price Parity with Oil
November 23, 2010 – 8:26 am | No Comment

by Stacy Feldman ( SolveClimate/Reuters)  With over 100 start-ups hard at work, industry predicts it can deliver success in under a decade if granted production tax credits

…The head of the 170-member Algal Biomass Organization (ABO), Mary …

The Thin Line Between Academics and Advocacy
November 22, 2010 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)  Earlier this week, Iowa State University Professor Bruce Babcock released a policy brief entitled “Impact of Ethanol, Corn, and Livestock from Imminent U.S. Policy Decisions.”  Much of this analysis …

Erie’s HeroBX Launches New National Biodiesel Lobbying Group
November 3, 2010 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

Global Biofuels Alliance, Inc. (GBA), established in 2010, is a new nonprofit trade association representing small to midsize biofuels producers, traders, marketers, distributors, and other interested biofuels parties.  The GBA’s formation was prompted by the …

Ethanol and Gasoline Prices
October 27, 2010 – 7:36 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Ethanol prices have strengthened over the past several months in response to higher corn prices and growing ethanol demand. Some have attempted to single out the escalation in ethanol prices …

Senator Nelson Wants Tax Break for Algae Biofuel Companies
October 26, 2010 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Eric Staats  (NaplesNews.com) …Today, growing algae to turn into biofuel is serious business, and (US Senator Bill) Nelson wants to give the fledgling industry a tax break.

Nelson, D-Fla., toured the headquarters and research labs of …

Oil Receives More Taxpayer Dollars: DTN Finds Oil Industry Subsidized Much Higher Than Ethanol
October 13, 2010 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (Progressive Farmer)  In the eternal mudslinging between supporters and opponents of biofuels, “subsidies” are one of the opponents’ biggest and most painful mud balls.

“If ethanol is such a good idea, why does …

Hostile Takeover: What Happens to Biofuels if Republicans Take Congress?
September 22, 2010 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

Interview of BIO’s Brent Erickson by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …BE: I have been a little bit disappointed in the Obama administration. When he was in the Senate he as very pro-biofuels.  He had to …

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation Qualifies for Biofuel Tax Credit
September 9, 2010 – 7:53 am | No Comment

(GlobalPaperMoney)  KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) announced that the company was notified that its registration as a producer of cellulosic biofuel for the tax year 2009 has been approved. With this registration, KapStone may …

New NRDC Fact Sheet Shows How Moving beyond Corn Ethanol Means More Investment and More Jobs in More States
August 26, 2010 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Sasha Lyutse  (Natural Resources Defense Council)   …

As a result, the VEETC has not only concentrated the ethanol industry in just a handful of states, but siphoned scarce resources away from more competitive biofuel technologies …

Variable Subsidy for Ethanol Better for Producers and Government
August 25, 2010 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  A variable subsidy for ethanol producers could cost the government less and provide more security for producers than current fixed rates, according to a Purdue University study. A variable …

Ethanol: Now is the Time — for Truth
August 9, 2010 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Darrin Ihnen (The Hill/National Corn Growers Association)   …Unfortunately, many of the articles we’re seeing don’t get the facts quite right. The New York Times, for example, asserts that the Renewable Fuel Standard mandates the …

The New Imperium: A Major Player in Biodiesel 1.5 Aims for Biofuels 2.0
August 3, 2010 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2008 the death watch began on Imperium Renewables.

Though its 100 Mgy multi-feedstock plant in Grays Harbor was, at the time, the largest and most modern biodiesel facility in the …

New York Times Misses the Mark on America’s Fuel
July 30, 2010 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  The New York Times’ July 29th Editorial “Energy Subsidies – Good and Bad,” mischaracterizes Growth Energy’s proposal to open the American transportation fuels market and fails to acknowledge the technological advancements that have made …

It’s a Critical Time for Ethanol
July 30, 2010 – 8:28 am | No Comment

by Joe Ruff (Omaha World Herald)  It’s time for the federal government to move beyond offering tax credits to companies that combine ethanol with gasoline, said the CEO of the fourth-largest ethanol producer in the country.

Instead, …

The Economics of U.S. Ethanol Policy: A Rebuttal
July 28, 2010 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk   (ENTRIX/The Hill)  In his July 27 blog posting “The economics of U.S. ethanol policy” Professor Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University reports the results of new research suggesting that allowing the current …

Reducing Ethanol Protections Won’t Hurt Industry, Report Finds
July 24, 2010 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jay Heflin (The Hill)  

A new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development shows a reduction in the ethanol tax credit proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee and removing tariffs on …

2010 Green Scissors Campaign Seeks to Cut Federal Budget for Biofuels, Agriculture, and Other Areas
July 23, 2010 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Grainnet)  The Green Scissors campaign, a diverse coalition of taxpayer, environmental and consumer groups, released July 22 Green Scissors 2010, a report highlighting government programs and subsidies that are wasteful to taxpayers, harmful to the environment …

The Ethanol Mud-Rasslers Reach for the Manure
July 21, 2010 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Two new data points have been introduced. A Congressional Budget Office report on the  ethanol tax credit, and a report from Bruce Babcock et al at Iowa State, funded by …

The Mad Scramble over the Ethanol Tax Credit
July 20, 2010 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, the Environmental Working Group, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Meat Institute, and several members of congress are among …

Using Biofuel Tax Credits to Achieve Energy and Environmental Policy Goals
July 19, 2010 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

(Congressional Budget Office)   The federal government supports the use of biofuels—transportation fuel produced usually from renewable plant matter, such as corn—in the pursuit of national energy, environmental, and agricultural policy goals. Tax credits encourage the …

Advocating Advanced Biofuels
June 29, 2010 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine)   With their extreme versatility and often complicated nature, it isn’t easy for most people to wrap their brain around advanced biofuels, and the definitions in the renewable fuels standard 2 …

Smart Bioenergy: Guiding Sustainable Bio-Based Energy and Fuels Development
June 17, 2010 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The Billion Gallon Challenge: Advanced Biofuels from diverse sources such as grasses and agricultural waste hold the promise of sustainably reducing U.S. oil dependence and global warming emissions. Unfortunately the advanced biofuels …

Ethanol Industry Counters Environmental Stall Tactics
June 17, 2010 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today countered the tired claims of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that …

Advanced Biofuels Association Launches New Online Series Spotlighting Top Industry News in Washington
June 1, 2010 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  The Advanced Biofuels Association launched a new online video series today.  The Clean Fuels Forecast spotlights the top public policy issues and maneuvering in Washington affecting the advanced biofuels industry. 

In its first episode, …

Advanced BioFuels Association Applauds U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s Leadership as Biofuels Tax Incentives Bill Is Introduced
May 14, 2010 – 9:51 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire)  The Advanced BioFuels Association applauded the leadership of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) as he recently introduced a biofuels tax incentive bill that extends the Investment Tax Credit to advanced biofuels.  

The Nelson bill, S. …

Vilsack Tours Pennsylvania Biodiesel Plant
May 12, 2010 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured Middletown Biofuels in central Pennsylvania on May 7, where he highlighted biodiesel production as a critical component in America’s strategy to create jobs and revitalize the rural economy. …

Sandlin to Propose Biofuel Development Tax Credit
May 11, 2010 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(AP, Bloomberg Businessweek)  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she will propose a tax credit aimed at encouraging investment in development of the next generation of renewable fuels. …She says her bill would create a …

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Advance American Biofuels
May 3, 2010 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Mark Schauer (D-MI) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday that will encourage the next generation of biofuels or fuels made from living things such as plants and algae.  
The …

US Farm State Senators Offer Bill to Extend Ethanol Tax Credit
April 22, 2010 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

Nick Snow (Oil and Gas Journal)  US senators from agricultural states introduced legislation on Apr. 20 that would extend the federal ethanol tax credit through 2015. Failure to do so would cost 112,000 jobs nationwide …

Implications Of The U.S. Ethanol Tariff
April 19, 2010 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  …In order to better understand the intricacies of the issues involved, I have been engaged in dialogue with a number of industry groups and economists. Here I will try to shed …

Circling the Wagons, the Firing Squads and the Arguments: Ethanol Wars Explode in Print, TV
April 14, 2010 – 8:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The ethanol cold war developed into a hot one this week when television and print advertising campaigns debuted both from Brazil’s UNICA and the US-based Growth Energy.

…The Growth Energy campaign …

Economists Duke It Out Over Ethanol’s Benefits, Impact of Loss of Ethanol Tax Credits
April 13, 2010 – 8:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, a battle royal has been joined on the comments page of the Natural Resources Defense League (sic) following posts on the economic and greenhouse gas benefits (or lack …

Ethanol Fumes
April 9, 2010 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Westhoff  (Washington Times letter to editor)  The editorial “Stop ‘Big Corn’ ” (Opinion, Monday) did not accurately describe the analysis of ethanol policy conducted by our institute.

The editorial says we at the University …

Closing Down $24 Billion Biofuels Tax Credit Loophole: a Good Idea (Here’s Why)
November 10, 2009 – 8:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Washington, the Health Care Bill passed the US House of Representatives and included – as part of a 42-page “manager’s amendment”, a provision striking a biofuel tax credit used …

Van Hollen Introduces Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit Act
November 6, 2009 – 9:45 am | No Comment

Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) issued the following statement on the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit Act of 2009.  Congressman Van Hollen introduced the legislation yesterday to improve and enhance the existing cellulosic biofuel …