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Fuel Economy Rules: Someone Is Listening
March 27, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex …

Economists: Octane Premium Offsets Ethanol Energy Penalty
March 20, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol critics bash the fuel for its lower energy value than gasoline, while ethanol supporters point to its octane-boosting properties. University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and …

The Ethanol Action Team Discusses Demand
February 13, 2017 – 9:17 pm | No Comment

(National Corn Growers Association)  Members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Ethanol Action Team (ETHAT) gathered last week in Savannah, Ga. to review programs aimed at expanding demand for corn ethanol. “Our agenda covered topics …

Outlook 2017: Rapid Adoption of E15
February 7, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association/Biofuels International)  …  Some of the largest markets in 2016 were China, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and India, and with more countries around the world recognising the numerous benefits of ethanol, …

High Octane Group Vindicated by EPA Ethanol Assessment
January 17, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A USDA report this week showing corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline, came with a silver lining for a Washington, D.C., group that has …

Ethanol an Efficient Fuel for the Nation
December 19, 2016 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Intelligencer  Wheeling News-Register)  … Food price inflation has averaged just 2.6 percent annually since 2005, compared to the 3.5 percent average from 1980-2004. It is important to note that …

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, …

Nebraska Drivers Save $17 Million Using Ethanol-blended Fuel
December 7, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/KOOL Radio)  In 2016, Nebraska drivers will save approximately $17 million by using ethanol-blended gasoline. The savings is based on lower prices for ethanol compared to wholesale gasoline and the state’s projected spark-ignition …

Busting the Mythology of Food vs. Fuel
November 30, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Rice (Journal-Advocate) Making ethanol doesn’t rob the hungry of needed nutrition …  Ethanol has long been recognized as an additive to increase octane and help internal combustion engines burn cleaner. Until 2005, the chief …

Truth, Lies and Ethanol as a Gasoline Additive
November 9, 2016 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Andres R. Aquino (The Intelligencer)  …  In order to reach the required octane grades of 87, 89 and 93, gasoline is blended with octane boosters. Traditionally, these octane boosters have been the hazardous BTEX …

Is Ethanol in Your Gas a Problem? We Revisited the Question with an Expert
October 24, 2016 – 8:30 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Zurschmeide (Digital Trends)  … For this article, Digital Trends spoke in-depth with Dr. Andrew Randolph, Technical Director for ECR Engines. Dr. Randolph holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, with a specialty in the …

USGC Hosts Southeast Asian Industry Representatives on an Ethanol Tour
October 13, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of car, fuel, and ethanol industry representatives from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the …

Ethanol Plays Important Role in Corn Industry
October 7, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Purvis (Gering Citizen)  On Sept. 21, the Nebraska Ethanol Board rolled out a new campaign to increase awareness of the 15 percent alcohol/gasoline blend called E15. While encouraging renewable fuels, the ethanol industry …

Biofuels Can Make U.S. Self-Reliant
October 6, 2016 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Bobby Likis (The Grand Island Independent)  In the letter titled “Biofuels providing economic benefit for state,” published Oct. 1, Paul Kenney is right. And in addition to his state’s boosted economy from ethanol production, …

Ethanol Industry Says Ethanol Can Help Meet CAFE, GHG Standards
October 6, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol industry leaders have weighed in on a draft technical assessment report for the midterm assessment on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and CAFE standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty …

The Road to High Octane Fuels
October 6, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … 9 things you need to know about high octane fuel, and my perspective on a path forward.

High octane fuel enables more powerful or more efficient engines

… But in the context …

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on CAFE Standards Midterm Review
September 30, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA fully supports meeting the 2022 CAFE standards.  It is our understanding that the key to vehicle manufacturers meeting these standards rests on the ability to use high levels of …

#Ethanol Groups Submit CAFE Comments
September 30, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Comments regarding the goals of the CAFE-GHG standards were due yesterday  (September 26, 2016) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ethanol organizations made their voices heard.

Comments submitted by the …

The War against Ethanol Began in the 1920S
September 30, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Big Oil has been fighting the ethanol industry for a long time. Since the 1920s, to be exact.   —  In a recent feature by Automobile Magazine, the publication traces the roots of …

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 …

Higher Ethanol Blends Can Alleviate Gasoline Shortages and Price Spikes
September 22, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A September 9 leak in the Colonial pipeline, which supplies gasoline to many states in the southeast and east coast has resulted not only in gasoline shortages, but also price spikes at the …

Export Exchange 2016 Presents Great Opportunity
September 21, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Export Exchange 2016 is essential. It brings together international buyers and end users of coarse grains and other products, including DDGS, with U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives.  — …

ACE Ad Buy Urges Congress to Act on RVP Legislation
September 21, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) kicked-off a two week ad campaign today in Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E), a Washington DC-based media outlet with five daily online publications and a …

Guest Opinion: What’s Good about Ethanol in Montana
September 19, 2016 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Gary Schaff  (Billings Gazette)  … My target is consumer issues. Ethanol is high octane (115) and is used to take low-octane gasoline and make it higher (value enhanced). Thus, it is an octane enhancer. It …

Editorial: Ethanol Is Beneficial but Still Needs Oversight
September 19, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Beaumont Enterprise)  In a region that was built by oil refining, it’s a tough thing to wrap your mind around: Ethanol is cheaper than gasoline and boosts fuel octane, thus helping engines perform better. And …

Biofuels Want Level Playing Field
September 14, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(KTIC/DTN/Progressive Farmer) With all of the political fights about the role ethanol and other biofuels have in the transportation sector, there is common ground for the ethanol, oil and automobile industries that could bode well for …

Debating the Value of Ethanol as a Viable Fuel (3 Letters)
September 12, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Denver Post)  Re: “EPA dodges responsibility on ethanol,” Sept. 3 editorial.  The ethanol industry agrees with The Denver Post that the Environmental Protection Agency should conduct updated scientific assessments on …

CAFE Standards: What’s Biomass Got to Do with It?
September 9, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud  (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released their Draft Technical Assessment Report …

Ethanol: Our Once and Future Fuel
September 9, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Dean Drake (Defour Group LLC/The Hill)  The recent opinion piece by Doug Durante of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition highlighting the need for high octane fuels was spot on. I agree we should not …

High-Octane Hopes: Biofuels Want Level Playing Field
September 9, 2016 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  With all of the political fights about the role ethanol and other biofuels have in the transportation sector, there is common ground for the ethanol, oil and automobile industries …

COLUMN-Vehicle Efficiency Spurs Premium Gasoline Sales, Octane Demand: Kemp
September 8, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by John Kemp (Reuters)  Pressure to improve vehicle fuel efficiency is driving an increase in the sales of premium gasoline and boosting demand for high-octane blending components in the United States.

Premium grade accounted for more …

Letter: ‘Growing’ Biofuels Worthy of Pursuit
September 1, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Halgerson (POET/Argus Leader)  The oil industry has been busy sending columns to papers around the country attacking biofuels like ethanol. Their arguments against ethanol always omit a key point: Cutting our biofuel use means …

Does Minnesota Have What It Takes to Seize Biofuel Opportunities?
August 31, 2016 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Timothy J. Rudnick (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seldom do the puzzle pieces align so perfectly as they now have to give Minnesota motorists greater access to E15 and higher blends of Minnesota grown, renewable ethanol.

Some …

The Case Against Ethanol Opponents: They Are Simply Incorrect +VIDEO
August 30, 2016 – 10:37 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t done a count and compared it to a calendar, but it seems to me that the American oil industry has …

Octane Value Takes Center Stage During #ACE2016
August 26, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Higher octane. The automakers want it. Many consumers want it. But how to get it? Ethanol.  —  Many in the ethanol industry have begun to realize that one of the pathways …

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Offer Significant Benefits to the US
August 26, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jodi Delapaz (Agri-Pulse)  High octane fuels (HOF), specifically mid-level ethanol blends (E25-E40), could offer significant benefits for the U.S., according to a new study by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge, Argonne National laboratory (ANL) …

EPA Signals It Will Start Looking at Mandating Higher Octane Gasoline
August 25, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Richard Truett (Automotive News)  Raising the octane in gasoline — seen as a way to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions in today’s high-tech turbocharged, direct-injected engines — looks like it will get some …

Got octane?
August 25, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s the Holy Grail for many in the ethanol industry to increase demand for our fuel based on its octane value proposition.

The American Coalition for Ethanol …

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 …

The War Against Ethanol, Part 1
August 22, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  Getting real about ethanol  —  …  But until solar and wind power charge our national fleet of electric and hydrogen vehicles, ethanol is worth discussing. Because all in all, gasoline is …

Reflections on What Could Have Been
August 16, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Urban Air Initiative/Big River Resources/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ah, summertime …, and the livin’ is easy, as the song says. But if not for the U.S. EPA, it could have been even easier.  Easier …

EPA Should Take Note of New DOE High Octane Fuels Research
August 16, 2016 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Tracy King  (Renewable Fuels Association)  For the past several years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been quietly researching the benefits of ethanol-based High Octane Fuels (HOF), such as E25, E30 and E40. Now, …

Lesyna: Ethanol Is Bad for the Country
August 16, 2016 – 12:03 am | No Comment

by William Lesyna (Roanoke Times)  … Since Gen. Wesley Clark is a board member of an organization of ethanol supporters, it’s not surprising that his May 21 column described the advantages of ethanol as a fuel …

Rounds: Market Ethanol to Boost Octane, Ag Economy
August 12, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Todd Epp (KELO)  Senator Mike Rounds has been traveling all over the state during the summer break. The issues he says he’s hearing most about are low commodity prices and the ag economy. He says one …

Gasoline Additives from Sugar
August 12, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. Commissioned by the French-German company Global Bioenergies, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna will soon be producing biobased …

ACE Unveils Guide on E15, Flex Fuels for Retailers
August 11, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol is releasing a new publication that will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions by retailers about E15, E85 and flex fuels.

ACE …

Growth Energy Urges US Authorities to Support Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 11, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International)  US lawmakers should recognise the potential of mid-level ethanol blends to contribute to the fight against greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from traffic, a US ethanol trade association says.

Growth Energy is urging …

GM, Honda Execs Agree: Higher Octane Gas Needed to Optimize ICE Efficiency
August 7, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Lindsay Brooke  (SAE International)  Raising the octane level of pump gasoline in the U.S. is integral to optimizing advanced combustion engines now in development, said GM and Hondaexecutives at the 2016 CAR Management Briefing …

Globalization of Ethanol Impacts US Industry
August 5, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Strickland (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Eco-Energy)  It’s a big world out there and ethanol is primed to explore it—finding new markets through competitive pricing, high octane and low-carbon advantages that no other fuel on the …

Skoring with Personal Connections
August 5, 2016 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  “Let’s encourage an earnest conversation with consumers about how ethanol makes life a little better and why they can feel good about their decisions at the pump,” (Growth …

DOE Labs Report Shows Significant Benefits of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends
August 4, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge, Argonne, and National Renewable Energy Laboratories released their “Summary of High Octane, Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study.” This scientific analysis showed the numerous benefits of using high …

Summary of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Study
August 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light-duty vehicles are pursuing a broad portfolio of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. Central to this effort is higher efficiency spark ignition …

Angling for Ethanol
July 25, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Brian Sowers (Crappie Masters TV/ODU Magazine)  … The truth is that ethanol blends are ideal for watercraft, and companies like Kawasaki, Mercury Marine, OMC, Pleasurecraft, Tigershark, Tracker, Honda, and Yamaha all approve the use of …

LePage’s Executive Order on Ethanol Is Fueled by Myths, and It’s a Win for Foreign Oil
July 19, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

By Rick Santorum (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/Bangor Daily News)  … Energy security goes hand in hand with national security, and every barrel of oil we import from the Middle East and Venezuela puts more …

PODCAST: How Does the Renewable Fuel Standard Affect Me?
July 19, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(National Association of Convenience Stores)  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), has been around for more than a decade. Today, ethanol comprises about 10% of the total fuel sold in the United States, but there are …

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 …

The Energy and Job Creation Program that Works for People and the Environment
July 19, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Morning Consult)  … Not every lawmaker is sold on the idea of renewables, but it’s hard not to appreciate the billions of dollars of economic activity across the U.S. that has …

Understanding Octane Value in North America
July 18, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Tyler Wilson and Uday Turaga (ADI Analytics)  The value of an octane barrel has risen significantly in recent years going from $2.30 in 2010 to $3.58 in 2015. This has surprised industry analysts since the …

Repeat After Me: High Octane, Low Carbon
July 18, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Governors’ Biofuel Coalition)  The signs are everywhere highlighting our product and how it can find its true value as an octane enhancer while lowering carbon emissions.

Using our research at the Urban Air …

Globalization of Ethanol Impacts US Industry
July 17, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Strickland (Alliance Marketing, Eco-Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The proliferation of international ethanol trade during the past decade has been impressive to watch. The current global market for ethanol stands at 30 billion gallons, with 1.2 billion …

Letter: Don’t Believe Scare Tactics against Vehicular Use of Ethanol
June 27, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Robert Miller (TC Palm) … The oil industry doesn’t want ethanol to go away, but it doesn’t want to give up any more market. It needs the low-cost oxygenate as refineries have been retooled to run …

Consumer Perception, High Octane Keys to #Ethanol’s Future
June 27, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senior Vice President for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Geoff Cooper participated in the panel discussion “Pathways to Fully Realizing the Bold Promise of the Broader Biofuels Industry,” during this year’s …

A Gift to the Next Generation
June 20, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Soules (The Courier)  …  The RFS is one law nearly every farmer knows. It requires oil companies to offer consumers clean, renewable choices at the gasoline pump, including blends of homegrown ethanol produced …

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 …

Helping Tell Ethanol’s Real Story
June 17, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM, Inc./Urban Air Institute/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the world of ethanol, we need to get people smarter and “coach up” the public, media and policymakers as to the real story about our …

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 …

Ford’s “Fuel of the Future” Still Powering America Forward
June 14, 2016 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Findlay (Renewable Fuels Association) This month marks the 120th anniversary of an automotive milestone: Henry Ford’s test drive of his first vehicle, the Quadricycle. The 20-mile-an-hour Quadricycle, which was literally built using two sets of …

Connecting the Dots
June 13, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol, which improves air quality and protects public …

Designing Tomorrow’s Fuels for Tomorrow’s Engines: DOE’s Co-Optima
June 10, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Between June 6 and 10, the Department of Energy (DOE) held its Annual Merit Review (AMR) in Washington D.C.  At the meeting, over 350 national lab activities were evaluated within …

French Strikes Hit ETBE Supply, Could Prompt Blended Gasoline Imports
June 3, 2016 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Vicky Ellis (ICIS) Europe deliveries of ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) are being affected by the French labour strikes, as a result of action by port workers, an industry source said on Thursday.

Refineries require ETBE …

Ethanol And Octane For Beginners
June 1, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Ethanol is often talked about as a high-octane fuel. But not everyone has a clear understanding of octane and how it affects the performance of their cars. So let’s start right at …

UIA Calls on CARB to Recognize Role of Ethanol in Reducing Carbon
June 1, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In comments recently filed with the California Air Resources Board, the Urban Air Initiative made a compelling case for higher octane, lower carbon fuels like midlevel ethanol blends to help …

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?
May 28, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and just plain wrong. In fact, thanks to improvements in farming techniques, increasing the amount of …

European Bioethanol Offers 15% CO2 Reductions in Transport – Blocking It Is a Form of Climate Crime
May 23, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest/Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd.)  … The European Commission in Brussels is right now putting the finishing touches to a Communication on Transport Decarbonisation, due out this summer.  …  There is a risk …

EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS
May 23, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  The practical and legal constraints on the RFS are mostly of EPA’s own making. As EPA admitted in the final 2014-2016 rule, it set the volume obligations …

My Voice: The Positive Reach of Ethanol Impacts Many
May 19, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Keith Alverson  (Argus Leader)  As a sixth-generation corn farmer in South Dakota, and one who is deeply involved in sustainability programs in U.S. agriculture, I have learned first-hand how biofuels such as ethanol are good …

Why Ethanol in Gasoline Remains a Good Idea
May 19, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (The Intelligencer)  I am writing in response to Andrew Mikula’s May 13 letter (“With oil now plentiful, why the need for ethanol in gasoline?”). Several points come to mind.

Ethanol has several characteristics …

It’s Time for an Octane Boost
May 18, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Tracey King (Detroit News)  While our automobiles have experienced remarkable changes over the past several decades, the fuels we put in them have not. Specifically, the octane rating of regular gasoline today is the …

Meeting 2025 CAFE Good for Consumers, Necessary for Climate; Getting There No Easy Feat
May 11, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … To achieve CAFE for the light duty fleet – there is no one-sized fits all solution.  Considering each potential CAFE compliance pathway alone — biofuels, improvements in fuel efficiency and …

Corn Ethanol’s Success Post-2022
May 11, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Senator Mike Rounds, R-SD (Capital Journal)  In a recent letter to the editor, “Rounds sends mixed signals on ethanol,” the author’s critique was based on my decision to speak at an event sponsored by an anti-ethanol group. …

Premium Ethanol-Free Gas No Longer Available in S.C.
May 10, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Gene Zaleski (The Times & Democrat)  … SCDA (South Carolina Department of Agriculture) spokeswoman Stephanie Sox says consumers will still be able to purchase ethanol-free gasoline at an octane of 90.

In order for ethanol-free gasoline to …

Boating and Engine Experts Call on Lawmakers to Boost Biofuel Blends
May 10, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Fuels America/The Auto Channel)  Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen are briefing lawmakers on Capitol Hill today about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security, and providing a …

Bobby Likis Addresses Ethanol Myths
May 10, 2016 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  This past weekend Bobby Likis debuted a video that tackles ethanol myths including those around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Likis is a 20 plus year automotive expert, engine builder and …

WEBINARS: Exclusive Webinar Series on Ethanol, Octane and the Future of Motor Fuels: “All About Octane” — September 8, 2016
May 9, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment
WEBINARS:  Exclusive Webinar Series on Ethanol, Octane and the Future of Motor Fuels: “All About Octane”   —  September 8, 2016

Part 1 in Renewable Fuels Foundation’s Exclusive Webinar Series on Ethanol, Octane and the Future of Motor Fuels.  The RFF has teamed up with the fuel refining experts at MathPro, Inc. to sponsor a 5-part …

Cellulosic Growth Likely for Ethanol Industry
May 9, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Terry Anderson (Lee Agri-Media/Iowa Farmer Today)  Great market opportunities exist for the ethanol industry, Doug Durante said as he opened the Ethanol 2016: Emerging Issues Forum April 28.

“We can help the auto industry meet …

Inaction in Congress Helping Ethanol Right Now
May 4, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Ethanol also remains stuck in a battle with EPA over vapor pressure with 15% ethanol over the summer months. 10% ethanol, E10, has such a waiver so it …

Higher Ethanol Blends Are Coming Soon to a Gas Pump Near You
May 4, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  …  Convenience store operator Kum & Go says it is making a massive commitment to higher gasoline-ethanol blends, planning to sell E15 at about 100 more locations this year.

The 430-store …

Do Environmental Groups Really Want Solutions?
April 29, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by  Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Consider, for example, that approximately a third of annual GHG emissions emanate from the transportation sector which still relies heavily on carbon-intensive petroleum. Last year, some 17.5 …

Co-Optima Stakeholder Listening Day Summary Report
April 28, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Bioenergy Technologies Office, in partnership with the Vehicle Technologies Office and DOE national laboratories, hosted a stakeholder listening day last June to concurrently investigate the optimization of fuels and vehicles. Formerly called …

OEMs Continue Push for High-Octane Gas
April 27, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Tom Murphy (Wards Auto)  2016 SAE World Congress  —  … “These speakers are responsible for powertrains delivered to 28 million vehicles per year,” moderator Jeff Hemphill, chief technical officer at Schaeffler Group USA, says in …

C-Sharp: Spring’s 3 Hottest Markets Start with C
April 26, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  California and the green premium  —   One of the biggest myths running is that there is no green premium, which is to say that customers will not pay a cent …

Time for Full Carbon Accounting
April 22, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (Biofuels Digest)  The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union …

This Earth Day Choose the Cleaner-Burning Fuel, American Ethanol
April 21, 2016 – 9:13 am | No Comment

(Nebraska Corn Board)  As Earth Day nears, environmental stewards around the world will take part in events to raise awareness about challenges facing the environment. But drivers can do their part year round by filling …

ECO:nomics: Koch Industries’ Ethanol Business
April 11, 2016 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Wall Street Journal)  Koch Industries’ Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Sheryl Corrigan talks about Koch’s involvement in the ethanol business and its’ campaign against some of the subsidies that it benefits from. She speaks …

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions
April 11, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize an overwhelming body of new evidence showing …

Engine Design Trends Lead to Increased Demand for Higher-Octane Gasoline
April 8, 2016 – 10:15 pm | No Comment

(US Energy Information Administration) Since 2013, the share of premium gasoline in total motor gasoline sales has steadily increased, reaching 11.3%, the highest share in over a decade, in August and September 2015. While lower gasoline …

Growth Energy: More than 150 Million Miles Driven on E15
April 8, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An important milestone for higher ethanol fuel blends was reached recently. Major gasoline retailers working with Growth Energy have reported that over the past 12 months, using the U.S. average gas …

Ethanol Completes the Puzzle
April 7, 2016 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  We have a tremendous opportunity to make the case in the Midterm Review in what EPA says will be a “data driven and transparent process.” We can show …

It’s All about RON
March 14, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol’s high octane value is important and valuable, and it’s a part of most math and money discussions I regularly have with fuel station owners. In market conditions like …

Are You Ready for the E30 Challenge?
March 10, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Watertown is challenging conventional wisdom in order for biofuels like ethanol to finally realize their true potential.

Conventional wisdom says our nonflex autos can only operate on 10 percent …

Despite Record Production, Ethanol Mandate Continues to Cost Public
March 10, 2016 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Institute for Energy Research)  2015 was a good year for the ethanol industry for both production and blending. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. ethanol producers increased their production 3.4 percent to 14.81 …

Ethanol Keeps Gasoline Prices Down
February 29, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Fred Yoder (The Columbus Dispatch/Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association) When the original renewable fuel standard was passed in 2005, gasoline manufacturers were under heavy pressure to do something about the contamination of thousands of …

New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently
February 27, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Sarkar (Department of Energy)  Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization initiative. The new, multi-year project combines previously independent areas of biofuels and engine combustion research …

Don’t Save Energy, Save Exergy! The Enemy of Progress a/k/a Waste Heat
February 26, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  One of the most important efforts to reduce waste heat is in transportation engines.  …   In transportation engine efficiency, there’s nothing more ambitious on the agenda than the US …

Putting Corn in Your Car Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
February 23, 2016 – 8:15 pm | One Comment

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  When I first looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol I thought it was simple: Grow an acre of corn for fuel and it means you have to grow another …

The Highway to High Octane: Ethanol’s Attempts to Gain Ground in US Gasoline
February 23, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang and Jeff Bair (Platts)  Capitol Crude:  The US Oil Policy Podcast  —  The US is likely to raise its gasoline octane standard over the next decade or so, which has the ethanol …

Ethanol and the Race to Higher Octane Standards in the US: Fuel for Thought
February 22, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  With the US likely to raise the gasoline octane standard in the next decade or so to achieve greenhouse-gas emissions regulations and fuel efficiency targets, the domestic ethanol industry is promoting its …

Dinneen: State of the Ethanol Industry Remains Strong
February 22, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “I am very pleased to have representatives from China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru here today to learn the advantages of increased ethanol use and make important and lasting commercial …

Octane Benefits Highlighted at National Ethanol Conference
February 22, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Held Feb. 15 to 17 in New Orleans, the NEC painted a strong future for the ethanol industry in the speakers addressing the conference theme, “Fueling a High …

Bailout the US Shale Oil/Gas Industry or Fund Clean Sustainable Renewable Transportation? A New Way of Looking at the Options. Press Release
February 16, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016—Frederick, MD Advanced Biofuels USA correspondent Robert E. Kozak analyses the potential for a reinvigorated US shale oil/gas industry with and without government subsidies; and compares it to the potential for near-term …

After the Fall: Rebuilding US Liquid Fuel Production – Invest in Our Land or the Shale Oil Fields? (Part 2 of 2)
February 12, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

Efforts to promote a sustainable use of natural resources are not a waste of money, but rather an investment capable of providing other eco­nomic benefits in the medium term. If we look at the larger …

India’s First Biofuel Refinery to Be Ready by 2019
February 11, 2016 – 9:40 pm | No Comment

by Supratim Dey (Business Standard)  With Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) witnessing a surge in the requirement of bio-fuel, as national policies mandate certain percentage of its blending with petrol and diesel, India within next three years …

E25, E40 for the Masses
February 8, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Widely introducing consumers to ‘super premium’ ethanol blends could offer substantial benefits, but the barriers to making it happen are significant as well.  —  Which needs to come first, …

Economists: Ethanol Retains Low-Cost Octane Enhancer Status
February 8, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol continues to maintain its status as the low-cost octane enhancer, in spite of low oil prices reducing the cost of competing petroleum-based aromatics.  The biggest threat, say …

In the Ethanol Wars, Both Sides Are Wrong
February 1, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa primary has put into play one of the more obscure issues in the political life of the nation — ethanol, of all things. Donald Trump led …

American Energy Alliance Launches Six-Figure Ad Buy against Toomey-Feinstein
January 29, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the American Energy Alliance launched a six-figure advocacy initiative urging Congress to reject efforts that fall short of fully repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard. Amid speculation that the Toomey-Feinstein …

Growing Beyond the RFS to Drive Demand for Ethanol
January 27, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …  “The RFS helped kick start the significant volumes of ethanol production we see today, but we cannot rely on the RFS to ensure a continued market,” Durante (Doug Durante, Clean …

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blend Market Assessment
January 26, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past month, NREL published a critical assessment on the viability of High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blends and the impact on US energy options. The complete assessment is here.

NREL writes:

The introduction …

Octane’s Liquid Diamonds: The Secret Value of Ethanol
January 26, 2016 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ethanol really worth $3.81 for the octane but costs only $1.39 on the market? How could that be?  Math majors around the country are frequently perplexed by this one. If …

Export Markets for ‘Liquid Corn’
January 22, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Global trade for U.S. ethanol has been trending up in the past decade, becoming an important part of the industry’s growth strategy.  —   Looking at the numbers, it doesn’t …

FTC Finalizes Proposed Labeling Requirements for Ethanol Blends
December 30, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Federal Trade Commission has announced final amendments regarding ethanol blends above E10 to its fuel rating rule, which determines the fuel rating that appears on pump labels and …

The Looming Octane Shortage?
December 29, 2015 – 9:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a time of rising gasoline demand and targets for higher engine efficiencies, the world could use more octane.  What about ethanol, and what about iso-octane itself? The Digest looks at …

MBA & KS95 Reward Drivers to Switch to E15
December 16, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twin Cities radio station, KS95 FM, and the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MBA), today rewarded customers who fueled up with E15 at Highland Service Minnoco.

From 11 am to 12 pm, customers who fueled …

Should the U.S. End the Ethanol Mandate?
November 16, 2015 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Margo Oge & Robert Bryce (The Wall Street Journal/Governors’ Biofuel Coalition)  …  Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, says the ethanol mandate is bad for consumers and the environment. …

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Green Plains
October 28, 2015 – 9:58 am | 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 1.0 billion gallons per year with 12 plants located in …

Urban Air Iniative: Real Economic Harm Is to Keep Using Gasoline
September 14, 2015 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Officials from the Urban Air Initiative called the recent effort by the American Petroleum Institute to discredit ethanol a smokescreen to hide the fact that the toxic components in gasoline are …

Shatter the Blend Wall with High Performance Bio-Gasoline
June 15, 2015 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by David Gogerty and Ronan Rocle (Global Bioenergies/Biofuels Digest)  … And there are indeed interesting developments: using new synthetic biology techniques, we can now target the best-of-the-best in gasoline molecules—isooctane. This high-performance fuel, which is expected to …

Don’t Blame Ethanol and the RFA for High Food Prices
May 26, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Wall Street Journal)  There is no support for the statement that ethanol production has driven up food prices.

Mike Brown and Rob Green’s “Paying for Ethanol at the Pump and on …

RFA Slams Misleading Statements on Ethanol Availability Made by Oil Industry
April 3, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to set the record straight and counter misleading and inaccurate statements about ethanol …

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoiation Member Spotlight: Christianson & Associates
March 31, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Christianson & Associates, PLLP (C&A) is a full service Certified Public Accounting firm established over 28 years ago, with offices in Willmar and Litchfield, MN. C&A has deep roots in the agricultural …

Visalia-Based Edeniq Engineering Ethanol’s Future
March 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal NOW)  … Lower oil prices, (Brian) Thome (president and CEO of Edeniq) said, translate into “lower prices for ethanol too. That means margins for ethanol producers will be squeezed” — a …

Pricey Ethanol Threatens Late-Year Corn Demand Pick-Up: Maguire
November 19, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Maguire (Reuters)  The final quarter of the calendar year is typically the busiest for U.S. ethanol manufacturers as the large swell in local corn supplies help to lower the cost of their chief …

CRFA Member Brings E30 Ethanol to Niagara Region
October 17, 2014 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Canadian Renewable Fuels Association)  The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) congratulates Gale’s Gas Bars on its debut of E30 gasoline in Ontario. Gale’s has sixteen sites throughout Niagara and E30 will be offered at 143 …

The Economic Competitiveness of U.S. Ethanol
July 23, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (ABF Economics/Renewable Fuels Association)  … Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation, ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil and conventional gasoline prices remained stable or increased.

Consequently:
1. …

Producers, Industry Veterans Describe Opportunities in Ethanol
June 12, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol has gone through many cycles, said Lucy Norton, managing director of Iowa Renewable Fuels. It became popular in the fuel shortages around the oil embargoes in the industry’s …

Why Are Ethanol Prices and Production Profits So High?
June 12, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)   The ethanol production industry is in the midst of a long “winning streak” in terms of profits.  The current run of historically high profits began in …

Recent Ethanol Blending Margins
June 2, 2014 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  Ethanol prices went on a tear in March and April 2014 and reached new record levels exceeding $3 per gallon (see earlier farmdoc daily articles here and here).  A single factor did not appear …