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EPA Considers U.S. Ethanol Mandate Cut Amid Complaints
October 14, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem & Lucia Kassai (Bloomberg)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend …

Biofuels, Biomass Projects among Latest Round of REAP Funding
October 2, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biodiesel Magazine)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for projects in 22 states to help reduce energy consumption and cost, as well as for increasing the use of renewable technologies, including …

Peoria County Corn/Soy Promoters Offers Multiple Blends of Fuel to Consumers
September 24, 2013 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Steve Tarter (Peoria Journal Star)  … The FS station in Kickapoo, the first station to offer biodiesel over a decade ago, now features a pump that allows drivers to select various grades of ethanol-blended gasoline, …

Ethanol Blend Wall? What Blend Wall?
September 20, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The oil industry has formally petitioned the EPA to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014, arguing that the ethanol market is saturated. But …

E15 Additions At the Right Price
September 12, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to some new information from the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI), the cost of upgrading an existing retail gas station to sell E15 is much less than recently suggested by ethanol opponents. For …

Scenarios to Determine Approximate Cost for E15 Station Readiness
September 12, 2013 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

(Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)) (from a letter to US Department of Agriculture) … “You asked on August 13 if the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) had any information regarding the average price for installing E15 storage equipment …

Farmers Cooperative Fuel Pumps Near Completion
August 29, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Creston News)  The first E85 gasoline pump in Creston is opening as early as Tuesday at the Farmer’s Cooperative fuel pumps on 304 N. Osage St. … The pumps will also have 87 E10, E15, E30 …

Agriculture Secretary Announces Projects in 42 States and Two Territories Designed to Improve Farm and Rural Business Energy Efficiency
August 21, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Secretary Says Future Support Depends on Congressional Action on a New Food, Farm and Jobs Bill
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (August 15, 2013) announced funding for 631 projects across the nation …

What’s Really Happening with the So-called ‘Blend Wall’? A Fuels America Briefing
July 25, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Dik (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The public dialog surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard is robust- and filled with misinformation. On July 11, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Bruce Braley held the third of a …

North Dakota Group Educates FFV Owners, Promotes Use of Higher Blends
July 22, 2013 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Thanks to a promotion by North Dakotans for Energy Independence, flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) owners in the state can receive coupons for discounts on higher ethanol blends and enter to …

South Dakota Begins 3rd Round of Grants for Blender Pumps
July 9, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(The Daily Republic)  South Dakota officials say they have started the third round of funding for grants that help gas stations buy pumps that let customers select different blends of gasoline and ethanol.
State Economic Development …

July 1st – Independence Day for Iowa Fuel Retailers
July 2, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)   July 1, 2013 has now become “Independence Day” for Iowa fuel retailers as today marks the enactment of a new Iowa law that frees Iowa retailers from some Big Oil restrictions.
“Today, …

Island’s First Biofuel Blending Station Opens in Cowichan
July 2, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Liz Craig (HQCowichanValley.com)  … Thursday is the grand-opening of Vancouver Island’s first bio-diesel blending station at the CVRD’s Bings Creek Facility.
Mohammed Rahim, from Cowichan Energy Alternatives, said the blending station will give people more options …

Iowa Takes Aggressive Step to Tear Down Big Oil’s Bogus Blend Wall
May 27, 2013 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Passage of Retailer “Bill of Rights” Shows Commitment to Local Retailers and Consumer Fuel Choice
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today applauded the Iowa Legislature’s passage of H.F. 640 as a big …

Propel Fuels Brings Biodiesel, E85 to Fresno
April 10, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Propel Fuels has opened another in its chain of transformative Clean Mobility Centers — and the first station in Fresno to offer E85 Flex Fuel and biodiesel, sourced …

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity
April 8, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite the sluggish economic recovery and questions over policy stability — biofuels ventures have been busy raising lots of capital.   In the past 6 months, $434 million.   Who got what, …

Big Oil’s Big Effort
April 5, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by  Loretta Sorensen (MidWest Producer) The best way farmers and consumers can weaken the grip of giant oil companies and further reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil is to start asking their fuel retailer to sell …

Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program
April 5, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Federal Register)  This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013 for financial assistance as follows: grants, guaranteed …

USDA Accepting Apps for Blender Pump Grants under REAP Program
April 5, 2013 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for federal REAP funds to help gasoline retailers install blender pumps designed to give consumers flexibility and choice in …

Federal Grant Helps Keep Jackson Express’ Ethanol Cause Pumping
April 2, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Diana Johnsen (KCAUTV.com)  …The Jackson Express Gas station in Jackson, Nebraska has what are called ethanol “blender pumps”, which allows drivers to customize how much ethanol goes into their fuel.
And the more ethanol, the …

Popke’s in Rock Rapids, IA Joins the E15 Club
April 2, 2013 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Popke’s, Inc. in Rock Rapids, Iowa has joined the E15 “club” now joining four other stations in Iowa to sell the 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline fuel blend.
…Retailers interested in installing a …

E85 Sales Plummet 26 Percent in Minnesota
March 29, 2013 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As the price spread diminished between the high-ethanol gasoline blend and regular fuel, some drivers of Flex Fuel vehicles stopped pumping it into their tanks.
Minnesota sales of the high-ethanol gasoline …

Antitrust Complaint Filed against ConocoPhillips over “Anti-Competitive Activities”
March 20, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ConocoPhillips unlawfully attempting to limit competition in the fuels marketplace? We’ll find out soon.
In Florida, Biofuels Digest filed an antitrust violation complaint against ConocoPhillips with the US Department of …

The Dew Drop Inn — Who’s Dropping in What in Biofuels?
February 19, 2013 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  B20, B5, B100, E10, E22, E15, M50, E85, Bu12.5, HEFA 50.  Is your head swimming with acronyms and blend ratios?  Who exactly is making drop-in fuels, and what does that …

Big Steps in Biofuels: ACORE’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum ‘13
February 15, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

By Joshua Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) Thinking about the back and forth on EPA’s cellulosic fuel mandates in the last month, the press on the harmful effects of diverting food crops for fuel processing in …

EPA Approves New Fueling Configuration for E15
February 8, 2013 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 7, the U.S. EPA approved a new blender pump configuration for the sale of E15 and E10. The configuration, submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association, can be …

Distribution Infrastructure—a Hurdle to Overcome
January 30, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Donna Funk (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Kennedy and Coe LLC)   …The current market for E15 is growing, which is an exciting statement. The industry is still facing issues associated with federal regulations restricting the sale of …

If You Have the Stones: The Ethanol Blend Wall, Revisited
January 18, 2013 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Ah, that was a time when leaders had the stones to set difficult targets and stick to them, preferring to bet on American know-how than organize the sounding of …

E85 Availability Boosted in Nebraska, California
January 11, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nebraska now has about 80 flex-fuel pumps with the addition of two new ones at the Stop N Go in Hartington, Neb., and in California, Pearson Fuels just …

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 …

Hartington’s Flex Fuel Pumps Give the State a Total of 80
January 2, 2013 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Janice Podsada  (Omaha.com)   Two new flex fuel pumps offering E85 and E30 flex fuels — blends of 85 percent or 30 percent ethanol with gasoline — are now open at the Hartington Stop …

Blender Pumps at Jackson Gas Station Blend Local Ethanol On Demand
November 9, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Staci DaSilva (KCAUtv.com)  …Along with a refurbished convenience store, it’s Taylor Nelson and the new gas pumps that are the story here.
“I wanted to take advantage of our locally grown and locally produced fuel …

REAP Grants Include Money for Blender Pumps
October 29, 2012 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A total of $16 million in investment for 244 projects received funding from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program, including several blender pumps and a few biomass-related projects. …

State Corn Groups Lay Groundwork for Higher Ethanol Blends, Greater Consumer Choice
October 25, 2012 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  State corn associations across the country are working diligently to make the increased use of higher ethanol blends a reality through programs to put the necessary infrastructure in place. Laying the …

First Retailer in Nebraska to Offer E15
October 24, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Uncle Neal’s Phillips 66 at 2705 S. Plum Creek Parkway in Lexington, Nebraska is the first retailer in Nebraska to offer E15.  A grand opening promotion will be announced soon.
The Environmental Protection …

Standoff at Pump Over New Fuel: Ethanol Lobby vs. Station Owners
October 15, 2012 – 9:03 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Tracy (The Wall Street Journal)  …Since the blend known as E15 first hit the market for regular cars in July, eight fuel stations in Kansas and Iowa have started to sell it, according …

Study Finds a LCFS in Minnesota Would Create Nearly 32,500 Jobs
October 15, 2012 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A study recently published by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst explores some of the economic impacts of establishing a low carbon fuel standard …

Blender Pump Opens in Cresco, Iowa
September 17, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …Twenty-nine local investors applied and were approved for a Resource Enhancement and Protection grant (REAP). They group also received Iowa Infrastructure funding to aid with the costs of installation. The FAST …

New App Provides Green Fuel Map for the U.S.
September 13, 2012 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Antonio Pasolini  (Gizmag)  Switching to a vehicle running on alternative fuel presents a clear challenge – where do you fill it up? Designed by Leonardo Academy, Cleaner and Greener Fuels is a free app …

North Dakota and Montana: Opportunity Knocks for the Bioeconomy, along the Northern Tier
September 4, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite low levels of publicity, North Dakota and Montana are making great strides in bioeconomy development – with a combination of strong R&D, feedstock abundance and some hot processing technologies.
…The …

Nebraska Corn Growers Funding Blender Pumps
August 27, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Nebraska corn growers are on a mission to get more blender pumps installed in their state, especially in the larger cities.
Kim Clark, director of biofuels development for the Nebraska Corn Board, gave …

Growth Energy, Pump Equipment Manufactures to Increase E15 Access
July 31, 2012 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With increasing consumer demand for higher blends of ethanol, following the U.S. EPA approval of E15 for commercial sale, several fuel dispensing equipment manufacturers have introduced new products for retailers to …

Growth Energy Working with Pump Equipment Manufacturers to Bring Higher Ethanol Blends to Consumers
July 26, 2012 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Retrofit kits for flex pumps will provide consumers with greater choice and savings at the pump
With increasing consumer demand for higher blends of ethanol, following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of E15 …

Building Opportunity: New Tax Credits in Florida Aim to Incent Economic Development and Job Creation Through Biofuel Infrastructure Investments
July 19, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Specifically, the bill provides a sales tax refund for materials used in the distribution of blends of B10 through neat B100, ethanol blends of E10-E100, and other renewable fuels produced …

Storm Lake, IA Now Has Ethanol Blender Pump
July 17, 2012 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

(KAUTV.com)  STAR Energy in Storm Lake, Iowa is now offering a wide range of ethanol blends due to the installation of the city’s first blender pump.
Iowa is the nation’s largest producer of ethanol and biodiesel. …

South Dakota Seeks Applications for Ethanol Pump Grants
July 17, 2012 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(KSFY) A state economic development agency is accepting applications for grants that will help South Dakota gas stations install pumps that let customers choose different blends of fuel containing ethanol.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development …

Nebraska Corn Board Funding More Blender Pumps
July 17, 2012 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Retailers in Nebraska will get some help putting in pumps that give more choices when it comes to ethanol. The Nebraska Corn Board will give grants of $30,000 for acquisition and installation of …

REAP Funding Announced for Blender, Flex-Fuel Pump Projects
July 17, 2012 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Out of 430 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) awards announced by the USDA June 25, four were for blender pumps or flex fuel pumps. In all, projects in …

NCB Offers New Blender Pump Grant Incentive for Fuel Retailers
July 4, 2012 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Corn Board)  The Nebraska Corn Board recently allocated funds in its 2012-13 fiscal year budget to further develop the renewable fuel infrastructure in Nebraska.
Through a grant program, Nebraska Corn Board will award qualifying retailers …

California Energy Commission Awards $35M for Alternative Fuels Development
June 4, 2012 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the state Energy Commission today unanimously approved funding of $35,031,310 to projectsthat will accelerate the development of green fuels and technology in California. The awards are provided through the …

United Cooperative Fitting Cenex Sites for Flex-Fueling
May 30, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(CSP Daily News)  Installs ethanol blender pumps across southcentral Wisconsin
United Cooperative has been selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps …

Change to Gas Pump Labels Coming in June
May 30, 2012 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Richmond County Daily Journal) Starting June 1, consumers will notice changes to the way ethanol-blended gasoline is labeled at their local gas station.
The N.C. Rules Review Commission this week approved changes adopted by the Gasoline …

DOE Offers $5 mln for Work on Alternative Fuel Vehicles
May 30, 2012 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday (May 8, 2012) it will make $5 million available in 2012 to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including electric models.
The Energy …

United Cooperative Installs Ethanol Flex-Fuel Blender Pumps across South-Central Wisconsin
May 25, 2012 – 8:27 pm | No Comment

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  United Cooperative was selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps and seven biodiesel dispensers at 11 …

Energy Station of the Future: Propel Launches First Clean Mobility Center
May 24, 2012 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Free tire air for improved fuel economy; bicycle tuning; renewable fuels; on-demand carbon offsets; at-pump recycling; community transit info; Propel’s got it all going in the Golden State.
In California, Propel Fuels …

Iowa Dedicates $1 Million More for Renewable Fuels Infrastructure
May 15, 2012 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board is accepting applications through May 18 for cost-share funding to assist with the installation of ethanol and biodiesel equipment at retail stations and wholesale distribution …

EPA Approves E15 Ethanol Blend Registrations
April 11, 2012 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as …

Is Kansas Ready to Bump to E15 at the Pump?
March 29, 2012 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Steve Everly (Kansas City Star)  Ethanol industry pushes for the state to step up from the E10 blend now offered. But automakers warn of engine damage, voided warranties.
…E10 will still be available, and selling …

RFA Anticipates E15 Roll-Out to Begin Soon
March 27, 2012 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Dinneen noted that because ethanol is currently less expensive than gasoline, marketers should be able to offer E15 to consumers for a less expensive price than E10 or any …

Illinois Bill Would Boost Ethanol Producers
March 27, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Illinois biofuel companies who have faced a market glut since the end of a federal tax credit led energy companies to rush pre-expiration production may have hope in the form of a newly proposed …

S.D. Retailers Respond Positively to Blender Pump Grant Program
March 26, 2012 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Just two months after launching its latest blender pump grant program, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that the governor’s office of economic development (GOED) has already received applications …

Ethanol-Blended Fuel Use in ND Jumps 97 Percent since 2010
March 26, 2012 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Farm & Ranch Guide)  Recently released statistics show a staggering 97 percent increase in the amount of ethanol-blended fuel sold in North Dakota from 2010 to 2011.
…Increased sales of ethanol-blended fuel in North Dakota are …

NSAC Suggests REAP, BCAP Changes
March 23, 2012 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin  (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released its 2012 Farm Bill platform, which provides suggestions to improve some federal bioenergy programs. These include the Repowering Assistance Program …

Are We Really Exporting Ethanol So It Will Not Compete With Imported Gasoline?
March 8, 2012 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Stu Ellis (FarmGateBlog)  Every day supertankers full of $100 per barrel oil are docking at US ports where other supertankers full of $1 per gallon ethanol have just departed for overseas markets.  While some …

Advocacy Group Pitches 100% Ethanol over Keystone XL Pipeline
March 8, 2012 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlogGreen)  An ethanol advocacy group has got an unusual message: having 100 percent ethanol is a better way to cut gas prices and dependency on foreign oil than building the proposed Keystone …

Ethanol Sales Nearly Double in North Dakota
March 5, 2012 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(The Jamestown Sun)  State Tax Department data shows that more than 1.3 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuel was sold in the state last year. That’s up from about 663,000 barrels in 2010.  Officials credit the …

Fuel Retailers See Isolated Sales of High-Ethanol Blend for up to a Decade
February 28, 2012 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  As fuel makers start registering their high-ethanol gasoline blends with US regulators, petroleum retailers say there are practical and legal barriers that could keep the fuel out of most markets for as long as …

Breaking Oil’s Hold Over America
February 27, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Our nation imagines itself the most free and secure in the world, but the volatility of the global oil market shows how vulnerable we are as a …

Retailers Want Liability Protection before Considering E15
February 23, 2012 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Liability issues surrounding the use of E15 remain a major concern for many retailers when considering offering the fuel to customers driving 2001 and newer vehicles. The U.S. EPA …

Up and Running: Retailers Respond Positively to SD Blender Pump Incentive
February 23, 2012 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The application window for South Dakota’s inaugural blender pump grant program may have just opened on Jan. 9, but it already appears that the incentive will be a success. …

Obama Directs Military to Cut Petroleum Consumption 30 Percent
February 1, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

(NCTechNews)  …In order to comply with and support these directives, Fort Bragg partnered with the Defense Energy Supply Center and the Army Petroleum Center to construct the Green Biofuel Superstation to serve its flex-fuel fleet …

Consumers Have More Options at the Pump
January 27, 2012 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Grebner  (Brownfield Ag News)   Fort Wayne, Ind. residents will have additional options when it comes to filling up their flex-fuel vehicles.  The flex-fuel pump – the first of its kind offers drivers the option for E85 or …

New E85 Blender Pump Available in Arcadia, Neb.
January 20, 2012 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Ann Marie Edwards (DomesticFuel.com)  A new blender pump is now available at Trotter Service in Arcadia, Neb.
This E85 blender pump is one of approximately 60 in Nebraska to offer the renewable fuel, ethanol. This station will offer unleaded, …

Reaping the Benefits of a Strong Biofuels Industry
January 16, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …The intent of Congress when it wrote the renewable fuel standard was to grow an American fuels industry that would help us break free from this addiction …

USDA Fuel Pump Grant Seen a Plus for Marcus Junction
January 16, 2012 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Jolene Stevens  (Le Mars Daily Sentinel)  A”great marketing tool” is how Carl Nelson, of the Marcus Junction board, describes the new flexible fuel blending pump he says is expected to be installed at the …

Retailers Not Ready For Ethanol
January 9, 2012 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  Jay Berry, with Central Indiana Ethanol in Marion, says many stations do not have the equipment to handle higher ethanol blends. He told HAT there are no regulations that …

FORUM: Ethanol Needs Infrastructure in Absence of Tax Credit
January 9, 2012 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Rapid CityJournal/South Dakota Farmers Union)  …What the ethanol industry needs now is investment in improved infrastructure to get ethanol closer to being equal in the marketplace with regular gasoline.
For decades, big oil …

The Road for E85 Fuel Just Got Rougher
January 9, 2012 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  The 85 percent ethanol blend has always faced challenges as a motor fuel. Now, the end of a federal tax credit poses a new one: higher prices.
The high-ethanol fuel known …

Ethanol Makers Shrug off Expiration of Key Tax Credit
January 9, 2012 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Chris O’Malley (Indianapolis Business Journal)  …But it looks like motorists, rather than ethanol makers, stand to feel the pain.
The reason is the survival of another federal measure, known as the Renewable Fuels Standard. It …

USDA Helps Install 266 Blender Pumps through REAP
December 30, 2011 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The USDA announced the final round of fiscal year 2011 Renewable Energy for America Program awards on Dec. 14. The awards included grants for 12 blender pump projects …

Blend-Your-Own at the Pump
December 30, 2011 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Tim Hoskins  (Iowa Farmer Today)  Blender gas pumps are viewed as one way to increase ethanol sales and allow for a transition to higher ethanol-blended gasoline.
A blender pump is connected to two fuel tanks, …

Looking at Life Without an Ethanol Subsidy
December 29, 2011 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Failure to renew the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit will create a new world for the industry.
…What many consumers don’t realize is that the tax credit didn’t go to ethanol plants, it went …

New Ethanol Blender Pumps in Illinois
December 29, 2011 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  …Growth Energy, Horizon Fuels, the American Lung Association and Marquis Energy partnered to help with the promotions and labeling for the three new Flex Fuel pumps at the Princeton Fast Stop.  “It …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Create Jobs, Reduce Energy Costs for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses
December 27, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (December 14, 2011) announced loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in …

South Dakota Has $950,000 for Blender Pumps
December 23, 2011 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Ann Marie Edwards (DomesticFuel.com)  South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says $950,000 in grants will be made available through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to help pay for the installation of blender pumps and associated infrastructure …

U.S. Ethanol Tax Break Ends, Brazil Sees an Opening
December 23, 2011 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Charles Abbott and Reese Ewing  (Drovers Cattle Network)  A U.S. ethanol tax credit costing roughly $6 billion a year will expire on Dec. 31, with the U.S. industry declaring itself ready to stand on …

Ethanol Critic’s Argument Relies on Faulty Information
December 23, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Skunes (InForum)  In response to Ross Nelson’s “Ethanol? I’ll supply the shovels” column on Nov. 27, we should take a look at these issues using current and correct information.
…Corn-based ethanol is a viable …

Novozymes Urges Committee to Explore Oil Alternatives
November 28, 2011 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The president of biofuel enzyme producer Novozymes last week called on a House subcommittee to explore alternatives to drilling for oil to meet the country’s energy needs.
In a written statement prepared for the …

First Dual-Biofuels Station Opens in Raleigh
November 17, 2011 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(NBC17)  The first alternative fuels station in Raleigh opened Wednesday afternoon on New Bern Ave. selling E-85 Ethonal and B-20 Bio-diesel.
The Crown Express Mart is one of a tiny number of alternative fuel stations in …

Outlook 2012: VEETC is Old News–Matt Horton, CEO, Propel Fuels
November 16, 2011 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  From the standpoint of Matt Horton, CEO of Propel Fuels, efforts in 2011 to extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit imperiled the future of the industry. “For so …

Nebraska Ethanol Board Part of New Flex Fuel Campaign
November 11, 2011 – 10:05 am | No Comment

(Nebraska Farmer)  USDA grant intended to make drivers more aware of flex fuel vehicles and ethanol’s benefits involves Nebraska and five other states.
A grant awarded by USDA will be used to promote flex fuel vehicles, …

Independent Petroleum Marketers Group Joins E85 Coalition
November 4, 2011 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producers Magazine)  Just more than a week after announcing the formation of the Coalition for E85 the group said Oct. 21 that it had a new member. The Petroleum Marketers Association of …

Blender Pump Installed in Rochester
October 13, 2011 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Janet Kubat Willette (AgriNews.com)   …The Sinclair station at 205 Sixth St. S.W. in Rochester installed a blender pump earlier this year, becoming the first station in Rochester to offer different blends of ethanol. The …

Corn Marketing Council Grants to Help Pay to Install Flex Fuel Pumps
September 29, 2011 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Megan Banta (Evansville Courier & Press)  Hoosiers will soon see new flex fuel pumps at a handful of Indiana convenience stores and gas stations funded by a grant program launched Wednesday by the Indiana …

Breaking Oil’s Monopoly on Transportation
September 27, 2011 – 9:36 am | No Comment

by Geoffrey Styles  (Energy Outlook)   I’ve been thinking about an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times written by a former National Security Advisor and a former CIA chief.
…The op-ed was apparently timed to mark the …

Still Needed: More Ethanol Fuel Pumps
September 27, 2011 – 8:37 am | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  But it’s unclear where money will come from to install them around U.S.
…(Dave) Hicks, who’s getting a $28,000 federal grant and additional money from the state of Iowa to …

USDA Awards Flex Fuel Grant in Geneseo
September 27, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by Lisa Depies (Geneseo Republic)  Judith Canales, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Service Administrator, visited Geneseo on Sept. 15 to highlight one of the agency’s first funded flexible fuel pump projects in …

Stillwater Gas Station 1st in Metro to Offer Flex Fuel Blend
September 26, 2011 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

(KSTP.com)  A Stillwater gas station has opened the first “blender pump” in the Twin Cities.
Yocum’s Holiday at 2500 Orleans Street is giving its customers a choice for the first time.
A blender pump dispenses high-blend ethanol …

North Dakota Grant to Coax Motorists to Use More Ethanol
September 26, 2011 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Chron.com)  A state Commerce Department official says many North Dakotans who drive so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles don’t even know it.
They’re among the people who are the intended targets of a proposed marketing campaign to increase ethanol sales.
North Dakota’s Industrial Commission has …

Market Access Will Save US from $4 Gasoline, Says FuelChoiceNow
September 21, 2011 – 8:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a coalition called FuelChoiceNow has opened for business one worth taking a very, very close look at.
The pitch: that advanced fuel companies are developing new, affordable and commercial-ready alternatives …

Street-Legal Cars Burn E85 on Kearney Racetrack
September 19, 2011 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Lori Potter (KearneyHub.com)  More than 200 cars will roar down the Kearney Raceway Park track Oct. 1-2 during the 2011 National Hot Rod Association Division 5 National Open, with events for dragsters, super stocks …

USDA Gives $2 Million for Blender Pumps in 22 States
September 19, 2011 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Thirty-three projects in 22 states have been approved for blender pump grants in the latest round of funding to be dispersed through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program. …

Ethanol Tax Credits to Expire
September 14, 2011 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Sarah Gustin (KXMB TV Bismark)  …(Jeff Zueger / Blue Flint Ethanol) “We really need blender pump infastructure, we need flex fuel vehicle infastructure, so we can get to those higher level blends so consumers …

Fairgoing Public to Learn More about Ethanol
August 30, 2011 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(The Independent)  The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board are partnering at the 142nd Nebraska State Fair to promote ethanol and flex fuel vehicles.
Vendor booths from each agency will be set up in the …

Missouri Leads in Ethanol Blender Pump Plans
August 29, 2011 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman  (DomesticFuel.com)  Missouri has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the leader in ethanol blender pumps.
During the Missouri State Fair, an official from USDA’s Rural Development agency paid a visit …

Co-op Caters to Fuel Flex Cars
August 26, 2011 – 8:07 am | No Comment

by Kevin M. Smith (the Kearney Courier)  Area drivers with fuel flex cars now have more options at the pump.
Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative announced recently that its new blender pumps at Platte-Clay Fuels in Kearney and …

Obama Sets Sights on Making U.S. No. 1 in Alternative Energy
August 23, 2011 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom (AgWeek)  Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Republican presidential candidacy and President Obama’s comments on ethanol have thrown the corn-based ethanol industry into turmoil as it struggles to convince Congress to provide assistance to …

Louisiana Biofuels Plan Would Decentralize Production
August 23, 2011 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Michael K. Bullard (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  How the 2008 Recession Halted the Progress of Louisiana’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative
…The Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative (Act 382) represents a complete strategy to not only …

Ethanol Vital to US Production of Homegrown, Reliable Energy
August 22, 2011 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Russ Newman (InForum)   Ethanol, made right here in our backyards, has provided an unparalleled, value-added opportunity for agriculture and America.
…It has generated good-paying jobs, spurred economic activity, and provided rural youth a reason …

Vilsack: USDA Will Continue to Push for Blender Pump Expansion
August 22, 2011 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s Aug. 17 announcement of 900 Rural Energy for America Program grants included just 21 awards for blender pumps. USDA officials promise, however, that more funding is on …

The Selling of Renewable Fuels
August 19, 2011 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …In all the discussions about renewable fuels R&D, engineering, policy, finance, and construction, the customer – that is, you and me – generally are an afterthought.
Could be because most …

Seeking the Blending Sweet Spot
August 16, 2011 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For years, in coffee shops and grain elevators across the upper Midwest, independent thinkers have voiced their opinions on the benefits of midlevel ethanol blends. Tales of fueling the …

Ethanol Groups Plan E15, Blender Pump Label Campaigns
August 12, 2011 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association announced Aug. 1 that it will provide free EPA-approved E15 labels to gasoline marketers as part of its campaign to assist in making higher blends …

Woodside Says Ethanol Industry Willing to Give Back Tax Break for Debt Reduction
July 25, 2011 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Lori Potter  (Kearney Hub)  The ethanol industry is willing to immediately give up $1.3 billion in tax breaks for federal debt reduction.
However, that probably can’t happen unless authorizing legislation is attached to a successful …

The Work at Hand for E15 Market Expansion
July 25, 2011 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Back in October, I wrote on the RFA blog, “The E-Xchange,” about the steps that would be necessary to make E15 the standard fuel available in the …

State Wants to Pull Millions in Stimulus Dollars from the Efficiency Kansas Loan Program
July 22, 2011 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Christine Metz (Sunflower Horizons)  The Kansas Energy Office is pulling funding on a state program that has lent hundreds of Kansans thousands of dollars to make energy efficiency upgrades in their homes.
Pending final approval …

New Gas Station Offers Fuel Alternatives
July 18, 2011 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Richard Craver (Winston-Salem Journal)  …Sparky’s is not just one of only five stations in the state offering E85 and biodiesel. It also is the only one using recently approved ethanol-blending dispensers that provide two …

AMA Wants Motorcycles Included in Study of Ethanol-Blended Fuel
July 14, 2011 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(American Motorcycle Association)  The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is asking a key U.S. House panel to include motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in any future study of ethanol-blended gasoline.
In a letter sent July 11 to …

Feinstein Leads Effort to Raise Gas Taxes, Increase Oil Imports, Cut Jobs, and Expose Californians to More Carcinogens in Gasoline
July 8, 2011 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(California Ethanol Vehicle Coalition)  Continuing her long support for oil industry interests at the cost of clean, domestic, renewable fuels, California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced today she has taken yet another step to raise taxes, …

Klobuchar, Thune Announce Bipartisan Compromise on Renewable Energy
July 8, 2011 – 6:59 am | No Comment

(Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar)  Agreement would put savings toward deficit reduction, infrastructure
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today announced that a bipartisan agreement has been reached that allows …

Buy FREEDOM Learn Truth About Ethanol
July 5, 2011 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Chuck Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  During the 2011 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop attendees got a chance to see the new documentary from Josh & Rebecca Tickell. I first met Josh during a National Biodiesel Conference before he …

EPA Issues Final E15/B20 UST Compatibility Guidelines
July 1, 2011 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(NACSOnline)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued compatibility guidelines on Tuesday for owners and operators who are storing gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol or diesel containing more than 20 percent biodiesel in their …

Iowa 15% Ethanol Incentive Takes Effect
July 1, 2011 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Iowa could become the first state in the nation with fuel pumps sporting the new15% ethanol (E15) labels approved this week by the Environmental Protection Agency along with final rules allowing …

Ethanol Producers Interested in Developing Own Blender Pump Stations
June 29, 2011 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol) …ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty says ACE ethanol producer members are becoming increasingly interested in supplying E85 and midlevel blends at the plant level, and developing their own network of stations …

Reforming Ethanol in a Responsible Way
June 29, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment

by Senator Mike Johanns (York News-Times)  …Ethanol helped keep $34 billion of our money at home last year instead of going to other countries for foreign oil.
…Though these benefits are significant, today’s fiscal realities require …

Santorum Tells Iowa Farmers He Would End Ethanol Subsidies
June 29, 2011 – 9:24 am | No Comment

by William Petroski (Des Moines Register)  …Santorum, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said he advocates phasing-out the existing tax incentive for ethanol production, commonly known as the blenders’ credit, by reducing the credit …

Watch for a Flex-Fuel Pump Near You
June 27, 2011 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bechman  (Indiana Prairie Farmer)  Corn growers in Indiana promote more pumps.
One of the highlights of the ethanol summit in Indianapolis a few days ago was an announcement that the Indiana Corn Marketing Council …

Legislation Friendly to Biodiesel
June 27, 2011 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  …On the biodiesel front, there are three basic components, says Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board:
=Extension and change of the retailer tax credit. The current credit …

Fuel Retailer Opposes Thune/Klobuchar Bill
June 14, 2011 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Earlier today, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) created waves when they announced their new biofuels bill the Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act. This act is designed to address …

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 …

Officials Expect USDA Blender Pump Financing to Be Successful
June 14, 2011 – 8:14 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s June 15 application deadline for blender pump funding via the Rural Energy for America Program is fast approaching and state energy coordinators say they have been busy …

Indiana Corn Announces Grants for Fuel Retailers
June 14, 2011 – 7:16 am | No Comment

(Indiana Corn Marketing Council)  A new program launched by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) looks to give Hoosier consumers a choice at the pump when it comes to purchasing ethanol blends.
The Flex Fuel Pump …

Ethanol Critics Forcing Votes on Subsidies
June 10, 2011 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Des Moines Register)  The ethanol industry faces a pair of critical test votes in the Senate. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has forced a vote next Tuesday on ending the industry’s 45-cent-per-gallon subsidy, …

N.D. Continues Expansive Biofuel Infrastructure Build-Out
June 9, 2011 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Dakota is poised to continue its impressive expansion of biofuels infrastructure with the continuation of a program to encourage the installation of retail ethanol and biodiesel fuel pumps.
Originally …

Tim Johnson Calls for End to Oil Subsidies; Thune Disagrees
May 12, 2011 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Denise Ross   (The Daily Republic)  Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., called for an end to taxpayer subsidies for oil and natural gas companies Wednesday, saying instead the United States should invest in further ethanol …

E85: Consumer Interest or Consumer Consistency?
May 10, 2011 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Dreyer (Growth Energy/Renewable Energy World)  The Des Moines Register recently reported slow sales of E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), indicating a “lack of consumer interest.”
One could easily argue …

First Flex Fuel Pump Opens in Pennsylvania
May 10, 2011 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Pennsylvania is the home of its first flex fuel pump. Rhoads Energy worked with Growth Energy to install the pump at its station located at 2176 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA. The pump …

Ethanol Advocates Trying to Pump Up flex-fuel Infrastructure
May 9, 2011 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Art Hovey (Lincoln Journal Star)  Nebraska ethanol advocates lined up their flex-fuel vehicles Friday to fill up with 85 percent ethanol blends at the Aurora Co-op’s new 24-hour fueling site.
That was their most visible …

Harkin Frustrated by Ethanol Infighting
May 6, 2011 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (Agriculture.com)  …But when Senator Tom Harkin was asked about his sense of support for the Grassley-Conrad Bill on Thursday, he said that it has some risks. Harkin supports Grassley’s bill, and is …

Ethanol Groups Welcome Bill Transforming Current Ethanol Tax Policy
May 5, 2011 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuel Association)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today praised the legislation offered by a bipartisan group of senators, led …

OpEd: A Diverse Biofuels Economy
May 4, 2011 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (USDA/The Daily Mail)  …Last year, the United States produced more than 13 billion gallons of ethanol with the bulk of it coming from the Midwest. But Congress set a national goal of …

Flex Fuel Pumps and a Green Energy Economy
April 28, 2011 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Tom Vilsack (The White House Blog)  …Today there are millions of so-called ‘flex fuel vehicles’ on the road that can use fuel containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E-85).  But too few filling stations …

USDA is Working to Create Supply, Demand for Biofuels
April 28, 2011 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Heather Thorstensen   (AgriNews.com)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to create more supply and demand for renewable fuels nationwide, said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
…During a media briefing, he discussed how the …

Franken Tours Poet Ethanol Plant
April 28, 2011 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(AlbertLeaTribune.com)  Get ethanol at the pumps.
That’s what the farmer owners of the Poet Glenville ethanol plant told Sen. Al Franken they would like to see. The comments came during a meeting Wednesday at the plant.
“We …

Propel Fuels CEO Lays Out Biofuels Infrastructure Vision
April 18, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Propel Fuels’ CEO Matt Horton explained to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources how the federal government must participate in establishing the alternative fuel infrastructure of the future.
“With …

USDA Rural Development Invites Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects
April 15, 2011 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)   Agricultural Producers in Non-rural Areas are Now Eligible, Funding May Be Used for Flex-Fuel Pumps
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (April 14, 2011) invited agricultural producers and rural small businesses to …

Senate Energy Committee Explores Biofuel Infrastructure Expansion
April 8, 2011 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Senate energy committee held a two-hour hearing April 7 to discuss proposed legislation to expand the domestic biofuels market, but expanded its scope through testimony and committee member …

USDA Program Provides Consumers More Choices at the Pump With Flex-Fuel Options
April 8, 2011 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Funding for Flex-Fuel Pumps Will Help Build Out Critical Infrastructure and Promote Greater Use of Biofuels
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that Americans will soon have more choices at the gas …

New Blender Pump in York, NE
April 5, 2011 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new ethanol blender pump opened last week in York, Nebraska thanks to the efforts of the Nebraska Ethanol Board and the Nebraska Corn Board. …The York E85 / blender pump is the …

Maximizing Efficiency. Minimizing Impact.
April 1, 2011 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Julie Flannery-Allen (POET/Vital Online)  The next generation of engine technology is here.
…Ethanol enjoys a very high octane rating of 113. When blended with gasoline, the octane rating of the fuel goes up improving the …