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UAI Coalition Challenges Clean Air Act Interpretation
March 27, 2017 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For decades, the U.S. EPA has insisted that it gets to decide how much ethanol can be used in gasoline. If ethanol producers want higher ethanol blends …

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

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

For Cars of the Future, the Fuels They Need, Today, from Algae
October 28, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Of all the many wonders at the Algae Biomass Summit this week, perhaps there was nothing more interesting in terms of the Department of Energy’s laudable attention to the sector …

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 …

Comments on the Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Years 2022 – 2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Standards Submitted by Minnesota and Illinois Growers
September 29, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Illinois Corn Growers Association)   Early this year, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council approved a research grant to Defour Group LLC (D4) …

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) …

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 …

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 …

CoOptima: Redesigning Engines, Fuels, Marketplace Strategies All at Once
July 25, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The initiative aims to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable biofuels and high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines. The simultaneous fuels and vehicles research and development (R&D) is designed to …

MGPUB Announces Flex Fuel Video Contest DEADLINE: July 25, 2016
June 3, 2016 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) has launched its Drive Flex Fuel video contest to kick off its 2016 Maryland Drive Flex Fuels advertising campaign. Winning-worthy videos will be 30 seconds …

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 …

Meet The New ‘Tool’ In Big Oil’s Efforts To Scuttle Ethanol +VIDEO: An Open Letter to George “David” Banks
March 22, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  I just finished reading your article “Renewable Fuel Standard Continues To Devastate,” published in February on the High Plains Leader & Times website. …  In fact, your article looks …

Ethanol in Fuel: Is the Bad Rap Deserved?
February 27, 2016 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Ed Wodalski (Pumper Magazine)  Ethanol-blended fuels receive criticism for creating wear and tear on small engines  —  Should you use ethanol-blended, oxygenated fuel in your small engine? The short answer is yes, but …

Today’s spark-ignited, …

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 …

Renewable Fuels Association Welcomes Auto Industry Vet Tracey King to Staff
February 24, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Auto industry veteran Tracey King has joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) as the organization’s new Technical Director. King will serve as the RFA’s top liaison to the automakers, and will focus …

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story
February 9, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live …

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, …

Next Step for Volt, Green Car of the Year, Should Be E85 Capability
January 25, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  Don’t let all the accolades go to your head, Chevy Volt. You’re still not a truly green car, despite what it says on your new piece of hardware.

But the …

US Energy Secretary Expresses Support for Biofuels at DC Auto Show
January 21, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak and Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   This year, for a change, in the introduction to his remarks at the Washington, DC Auto Show, US Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz pointed out …

Flex Fuel Policy of Government to Curb Pollution Worry Automakers
January 19, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Sriram Lakshman (The Hindu Business Line)  The move will decrease pollution and encourage a diversion in the sugar industry’s output away from sugar and towards ethanol  —  India can soon expect a policy on flexible-fuel …

RFA Comments on DOE’s Innovative “Optima” Program
January 14, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com) The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) had a call for information on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Optima). The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments stating that the Association …

Defour Group and Transportation Fuel Consulting Post Responses to DOE Request Regarding Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
January 12, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Defour Group/Transportation Fuels Consulting)  Dean Drake of the Defour Group LLC (D4) and Gary Herwick of Transportation Fuels Consulting (TFC) have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Request for Information about co-optimization of fuels …

Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions
December 18, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining the health impacts of current octane sources and the need for cleaner, cost-effective octane providers. Octane is necessary for …

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines
December 18, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) have released a request for information (RFI) titled “Co-Optimization …

Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions — December 14, 2015 — Washington, DC
December 7, 2015 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
Protecting Public Health Through Cleaner Fuels and Lower Emissions   —   December 14, 2015  —  Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining the health impacts of current octane sources and the need for cleaner, cost-effective octane providers. Octane is necessary for vehicle performance and …

Energy Department Releases Second Quadrennial Technology Review
September 11, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  Research Opportunities Highlighted in Report Lay Out Options for America’s Clean Energy Future — Today (September 10, 2015), the Energy Department released its second Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), which examines the current …

Bioenergy 2015 Posts Presentations
July 31, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  … We know many of you are interested in some of the presentations from our great lineup of speakers. We have posted select presentations from the conference to our Bioenergy 2015 presentations website.

They …

The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?
July 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by  Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee (Belfer Center Programs or Projects)  The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry …

Future Fuels: Can Biofuels Make Gasoline Cleaner, Cheaper? — June 12, 2015 — Washington, DC
June 3, 2015 – 9:25 pm | No Comment
Future Fuels: Can Biofuels Make Gasoline Cleaner, Cheaper?    —   June 12, 2015 — Washington, DC

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition invite you to a briefing examining the current state and potential future of the transportation fuel supply. While …

Voices from Europe, on Europe and Renewable Fuels
May 26, 2015 – 12:24 pm | One Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … How does the European renewable fuels industry look at itself? Too focused on survival instead of growth? Too focused on sector competition instead of the transparency on carbon that leads …

18 Pilot and Demonstration DOE Bioenergy Projects, Reviewed
May 18, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the latest with such projects such as Frontline BioEnergy, Myriant, POET-DSM, INEOS Bio, Sapphire Energy, Abengoa, Haldor Topsoe, UOP. ZeaChem, Mercurius, and American Process, among others?

In Washington this June …

Minnesota Corn Growers Publishes “The Economics of Eco-Performance Fuel” Study
February 7, 2015 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Dean Drake (Minnesota Corn Growers Association)  Inexpensive high‐octane gasoline disappeared when emission regulations forced leaded gasoline out of the market in the early 1970s. This in turn led to reduced engine compression ratios and …

EIA Reports Ethanol Use Has Lowered Gasoline’s Energy Content – Only Half of the Story
November 3, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 27, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that the use of ten percent ethanol in the gasoline supply has lowered gasoline energy’s content by three percent in a …

Biodiesel 2014: Fame and Misfortune?
July 30, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by William Woebkenberg (Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America)  In these presentation slides from a July 2014 US Department of Energy EIA conference, Bill Woebkenberg explains Mercedes’ support for world-wide B5 biodiesel/FAME blends and the …

EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Health Benefits to Thousands
March 3, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission …

Most Automakers on Board with E15
December 31, 2013 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Overcoming the E10 blend wall is priority No. 1 for the ethanol industry, and progress is being made on two fronts. The number of retail stations offering E15 is …

Ethanol and Air Quality: Influence of Fuel Ethanol Content on Emissions and Fuel Economy of Flexible Fuel Vehicles
December 26, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Carolyn P. Hubbard , James E. Anderson , and Timothy J. Wallington  (Environmental Science and Technology)  Engine-out and tailpipe emissions of NOx, CO, nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHC), nonmethane organic gases (NMOG), total hydrocarbons (THC), methane, …

Record Season for Ethanol in Brazil Unlikely to Be Repeated
December 23, 2013 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Brazil ethanol industry saw record supplies for the 2013/2014 crush season just being wrapped up, and got a welcome boost from auto executives who said ethanol-powered cars …

Engineering Research Center to Develop an Ethanol Engine with Better Performance
December 18, 2013 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Elton Alisson (Agencia)  FAPESP and Peugeot Citroën approved a proposal for the creation of a Research and Engineering Center focused on the development of biofuel-powered combustion engines.

The center will bring together researchers at the …

1998 Ethanol Vehicle Challenge: E85 Vehicles Surpass E0 on Dynamometer Tests for Mileage Efficiency
September 26, 2013 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory) Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors Corporation, Natural Resources Canada

In the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, college engineering students work together to design, build, and evaluate a state-of-the-art vehicle. …

Mileage Gains Using Ethanol Seen 20% Higher Than EPA Estimates
September 9, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  A tweak to an automobile’s engine software can improve by as much as 20 percent the estimated fuel efficiency when using gasoline with ethanol or methanol, according to a non-profit …

EPA Tier 3 Proposed Regulations A Common-Sense Change that Could Triple the Market Size for Biomass Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm, EPA included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol …

The Lock-In Duo and Advanced Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Nelson Mojarro  (The Energy Collective)  … Together, the auto industry and the oil producers have combined to set and maintain for decades the direction and rate of improvements in the engine and fuel technology along a …

John Deere Introduces Mower that Runs Efficiently on E0 to E85
July 22, 2013 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  John Deere has introduced a flex-fuel model to its ZTrak line of commercial lawn mowers.  The new, industry exclusive, Z925M Flex Fuel is compatible with the full range …

In EPA Tier 3 Comments Advanced Biofuels USA Introduces “E30 Capable” Idea to Bring Higher Octane, Higher Ethanol Gasoline to the Marketplace
July 1, 2013 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, EPA included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol gasoline to the marketplace.

However, …

Squeezing More From Ethanol
May 6, 2013 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  Faced with a crop of lemons — too much ethanol, a population of cars not tuned to burn it effectively and a driving public leery of the …

New EPA Fuel, Emission Standards A Benefit for Ethanol
April 9, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers Association says more stringent emissions standards create a place for ethanol’s higher octane levels to shine

…The tier 3 standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated …

Perspectives on 2013: Ethanol Industry Executives Approach 2013 with Optimism and Concern.
November 6, 2012 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen & Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Looking into the future, Jeff Roskam, CEO of the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy, fears any modification of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). “Period,” he …

Take It to the Limit: Algenol and Rising Yields in Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol hits 7000 gallon per acre mark in field operations. What’s the impact for Algenol, for energy independence, for the cost of transport fuel?

…Algenol CEO Paul Woods revealed that the …

Proposed CAFE Standards Could Pose Deadly Threat to Biofuels
July 4, 2012 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A coalition of agriculture and bioenergy groups, led by the 25x’25 organization, filed late comments with the U.S. EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 28 to draw attention …

Can Ethanol-Optimized Engines Offer 25 Percent Relief in Fuel Costs?
March 26, 2012 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Now, in Brazil, the generally accepted threshold point for ethanol and gasoline is around 70 percent – if the ethanol price is 70 percent, or less, of the gasoline price, …

An Opportunity to Show Ethanol’s Edge
March 14, 2012 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …First, with E15 market ready in many states, the U.S. EPA ought to ensure summer Reid vapor pressure (RVP) limitations do not stand in the …

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 …

E85 Switzer ‘Cornzilla’ GT-R Returns With 1,000 Horsepower
March 2, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Frawley  (Jalopnik)  It’s been almost two years since we featured an E85-fueled Nissan GT-R from Switzer. Since then, the Ohio-based tuner has been steadily improving their cornfed-Godzilla conversion package to the tune of a nearly 25% …

‘Generic Fuel’ Might Make Good Slogan
January 20, 2012 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol – the generic fuel. Nice phrase that might have some merit as a slogan. It’s adapted from a letter to the editor from Merle Wise, Sebastian, Fla. that was …

Ethanol-Injection Systems Explained
December 8, 2011 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by John Sherman  (Car and Driver Magazine)  Driving Under the Influence: Ethanol-injection systems aim to use alcohol responsibly.

Thanks to the adoption of direct fuel injection, teaming gas and ethanol has the potential to beat diesel …

Ricardo Engines
October 5, 2011 – 7:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Rod Beazley of Ricardo said that, based on tests conducted to date by the company, the Ricardo EBDI (ethanol boosted direct injection) engine could achieve equal mileage per gallon when burning …

Five Ethanol Myths, Busted
June 24, 2011 – 6:16 am | No Comment

by Forrest Jehlik (Argonne National Laboratory/Autopia)  …We must develop a multitude of alternatives to address our future energy needs. One such alternative is ethanol, which is domestically generated and sustainable. However, there are many myths …

Imported Crude Oil Independence
May 16, 2011 – 7:18 am | No Comment

by Don Siefkes (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  …As article after article in Biofuels Digest has pointed out, the ethanol industry knows how to make ethanol from a variety of feedstock and could make 66 billion …

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 …

Gas Prices and the Use of E85
March 9, 2011 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Max Resnik (Indiana’s News Center)  Could E-85, the 85% ethanol based gasoline, prove to be the cure to curb the pain at the pump?

In the Summit City, E-85, on average, is going for about …

Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Paper and Slide Presentation on Truly Optimized Flex Fuel Vehicles: Benefits and How to Achieve Them
March 6, 2011 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

Meeting two parts of its mission, to increase the 1) understanding and 2) use of advanced biofuels, Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization, published a paper and accompanying slide presentation.  A revised version of …

Buick Regal Turbo Gets Industry-First Turbo Direct-Injected Engine with Flex-Fuel Capability
February 21, 2011 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(General Motors)  The 2011 Buick Regal Turbo is the first direct-injected turbocharged production car capable of running on any blend of gasoline or E85 ethanol, joining more than 5 million flex-fuel models General Motors has …

20-30 Percent Ethanol Inproves Fuel Efficiency in Some Cars, MnCAR Discovers
January 30, 2008 – 6:40 am | No Comment

by Tim Krohn (Free Press/Minnesota State University)  When Bruce Jones and his colleagues began a study on how higher blends of ethanol would affect gas mileage, he expected to prove conventional wisdom true: The more …