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City Of Hollywood Becomes South Florida’s First Green Municipal Fleet With E85 Biofuel
May 23, 2017 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Protec Fuel/PR Newswire)  Switch to Ethanol to Save City Money, Reduce Pollution, and Maintain Fuel Delivery During Hurricanes — Protec Fuel Management, LLC (Protec) today announced the completion of a project to enable the City of …

New Facility Brings Biodiesel Blending to Western South Dakota
May 9, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(NewsCenter1.tv)  … The automated skid system receives biodiesel fuel from rail cars and stores it. Utilizing a code, contracted customers can pump the fuel into trucks that normally transport diesel to then take back and distribute …

Norfolk Southern Recognizes Ethanol Shippers in 2016 Safety Award
April 12, 2017 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers were among 55 customers recognized by the Norfolk Southern for shipping at least 1,000 carloads of hazardous products over the railroad without a single incident during 2016. Collectively, the companies …

Railways Goes Slow on Biodiesel Blending Due to Fluctuating Prices
April 5, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(The Hindu Business Line)  Indian Railways has gone slow on bio-diesel blending due to fluctuating prices, according to the Railway Convention Committee (RCC) report, tabled in Parliament recently.
According to the Chairman of the Railway Board, …

8 Biodiesel, 4 Renewable Diesel LCFS Pathways Certified in March
March 29, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California Air Resources Board recently released a set of carbon intensity (CI) pathways for fuels certified under the readopted low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) using the CA-GREET 2.0 model. Eighteen …

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

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

Refinery, DNREC Seek Dismissal of Ethanol Challenges
February 21, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  The legal battle over Delaware City Refinery’s plans to expand its ethanol operations is heating up, days before a state board will hear the case.


On its surface, the dispute …

Buffett’s BNSF Cuts Ethanol Shipper Costs Amid Push for Safer Train Cars
January 27, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  BNSF Railway Co will start offering discounts to ethanol shippers this April if they agree to use new, safer train cars, as it pushes to scrub puncture-prone ones from …

Pacific Ethanol and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Begin Unit Train Service
November 14, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(EIN/GlobeNewswire)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway (TPW), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR), announced they have commenced unit train service from Pacific Ethanol’s plant in Pekin, Illinois.
“This …

Railroad to Settle for $170,000 over Ethanol Spill, Fire
October 3, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by  Kimball Perry (Columbus Dispatch)  Four years ago, a broken rail caused 16 railroad cars to jump the track near Columbus’ Weinland Park neighborhood, igniting a fireball of ethanol on board.

On Tuesday, the Franklin County …

Ethanol Replaces Crude Oil at Clatskanie Port
September 11, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Marissa Luck (The Daily News)  Global Partners’ terminal at Port Westward has reopened, only this time ethanol is replacing crude oil as the commodity of choice at the Clatskanie-area facility.

The terminal, known as Columbia …

Ethanol Faces a Terminal Challenge
August 17, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) NREL finds more infrastructure is needed for more ethanol and high-octane fuels.  — Changes to existing terminals will need to be made if higher octane fuels are added to the U.S. …

Arkansas Midland Railroad Introduces First Ethanol Unit Train Solution for North Little Rock’s Gasoline-Blending Industry
July 21, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Genesee & Wyoming Inc.)   Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR) today (July 20, 2016) announced that beginning this fall, its Arkansas Midland Railroad Company, Inc. (AKMD) subsidiary will offer the first ethanol unit train …

Alan Stankevitz: Crude Oil and Ethanol Should Not Be Shipped by Rail
July 6, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Alan Stankevitz (LaCrosse Tribune)  … Most recently, the oil train derailment in Mosier, Ore., demonstrated once again that crude oil is simply too dangerous to transport by rail. Responding to this disaster, Jim Hall, former chairman …

Ethanol Transloading Slated to Begin This Month
June 21, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Courtney Vaughn  (South County Spotlight)  Global Partners LP, the fuel company that operates Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward, may soon begin transloading ethanol.

The company announced in January it was halting its crude oil …

Norton Says She’ll Keep Fighting Against Ethanol Shipments Through D.C.
May 11, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Madden (WAMU)  D.C.’s delegate to Congress says the government should ban ethanol and other flammable substances from being transported by freight rail through densely-populated areas like Washington, D.C.

When 16 cars derailed Sunday near the …

Ethanol, Biodiesel Added to Rail Report
April 6, 2016 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) As of April 4, the federal government’s Petroleum Supply Monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration includes more frequent data on ethanol and biodiesel transported by railroads.

The EIA now reports monthly rail …

WEBINAR: Learn about New Data on the Rail Transportation of Ethanol and Biodiesel — April 7, 2016
April 5, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR: Learn about New Data on the Rail Transportation of Ethanol and Biodiesel  —   April 7, 2016

Starting with the April 4th release of the March 2016 Petroleum Supply Monthly, which has data for January 2016, EIA included new data on ethanol and biodiesel transported by railroad.

The new data is fully integrated …

Zoning Commission Denies Rehearing Request to Allow Fuel Transfer Station in South Bibb County
January 13, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Linda S. Morris (The Telegraph)  The Macon-Bibb County zoning commission denied a request for the rehearing of an application that would allow a rail terminal and ethanol fuel transfer station.

Houston, Texas-based Epic Midstream received …

More Ethanol Coming to Selma
January 12, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(The News and Observer)  Two companies have announced ethanol expansion to Selma in recent months; Both will use rail cars and pipes to transport the fuel; The method is deemed safer and greener

Archer Daniels Midland, a food-processing …

ADM Announces Agreement to Develop New Ethanol Hub in Selma, North Carolina
December 23, 2015 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Archer Daniels Midland Company) Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced an agreement with Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) and Bailey Feed Mill to construct a new unit train rail facility and ethanol offloading system in …

10 More Rail Stations to Get Biofuel Facility
December 15, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  In line with the Central policy of adopting biofuel-blended diesel, the South Western Railway (SWR) is planning to extend the blending and storage facilities to 10 more stations in its jurisdiction in the …

With Its First Biodiesel-Fuelled Train, Bengaluru Division to Join Green Wagon
December 11, 2015 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by S Lalitha (The New Indian Express)  An eco-friendly initiative will be launched at City Railway Station on Monday when the Chennai-Mysuru Shatabdi Express will be run on diesel blended with biodiesel.

Hubballi railway station was …

India Needs Innovative Ideas to Make Bio-Diesel: Railway Minister
November 18, 2015 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(Business Standard)  India needs to emanate innovative ideas to manufacture bio-diesel by efficiently utilising waste resources, besides judiciously using water and other crucial resources, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Tuesday.

“We need to find …

Green Plains, Delek US Partner to Build Ethanol Terminal
November 6, 2015 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

(Green Plains Partners LP)  Green Plains Partners LP and Delek US Holdings, Inc. today announced plans to form a 50:50 joint venture to build an ethanol unit train terminal in Maumelle, Arkansas, on the Union …

Eco-Energy Commences Construction at Selma, NC Ethanol Facility
November 6, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Market Watch/Eco-Energy Distribution Services)  Eco-Energy Distribution Services, a leading biofuel supply chain company, is pleased to announce the commencement of construction of its distribution facility located within the terminal complex area in Selma, NC. The …

Green Plains Buys Ethanol Plant in Hopewell, Virginia
October 27, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, Green Plains Inc. announced that it has acquired an ethanol production facility in Hopewell, Virginia, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, from Future Fuels LLP. Operating at …

Brazil to Allow Voluntary B20 and B30 Blending with an Eye on B100
October 23, 2015 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, the National Council on Energy Policy CNPE has issued a ruling that opens the door for voluntary biodiesel blending of up to 20% for captive fleets and in …

Sugar Is the New Crude: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to American Process
September 29, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Although American Process has been most closely associated with its complete cellulosic biofuels package — of late, the company has been much in focus because of its capabilities in producing …

Romanian Manufacturer Introduces First Biodiesel-Run Locomotive
September 23, 2015 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Romania Insider)  Locomotive producer Reloc – Electroputere VFU Craiova has developed the first locomotive in Romania which runs exclusively on biodiesel or vegetable oil, with no added fuel. The engine has the same power and …

India Targets 20% Blending of Diesel to Biodiesel by 2017
September 21, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Zandile Mavuso (Engineering News)  The Indian government is planning to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels after recognising the country’s major contribution to air pollution.  Owing to this, a proposal by the …

Railways to Use Bio-Diesel in a Big Way
September 11, 2015 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by R. Rajaram (The Hindu)  It will account for 5 p.c. of the total diesel consumption in the railways  —  Southern Railway has decided to use bio-diesel in a big way in its fleet of diesel …

Once Shunned for Oil, Ethanol Makes a Return to U.S. Rails
August 11, 2015 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/PowerSource)  Sinking lease rates, weak crude prices and tough new safety measures for transporting oil by rail have spurred a resurgence in hauling ethanol on the U.S. rail network, as some train …

India to Power Trains with Biodiesel
August 10, 2015 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Indian Central Railway (CR) has completed its first year of biodiesel production at its workshop in the Parel area of Mumbai.

The plant has produced nearly 20,000 litres of biodiesel with an aim to …

Network Rail and Bio-Bean to Produce Green Energy from Station Coffee Waste
July 15, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Power-Technology)  Bio-bean and Network Rail have extended their partnership to start a new recycling project that will turn coffee waste into fuel and will be used to cut down the costs for railway in the …

Swedish Train Operator to Convert Feet to Biodiesel by 2020
June 30, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Global Rail News)  Swedish operator Inlandsbanan AB has said it hopes to convert its entire fleet of passenger and freight vehicles to bio-diesel by 2020.  Inlandsbanan AB has received funding from the EU to assess the …

Once Shunned for Oil, Ethanol Makes a Return to U.S. Rails
June 26, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)  Sinking lease rates, weak crude prices and tough new safety measures for transporting oil by rail have spurred a resurgence in hauling ethanol on the U.S. rail network, as some …

Transportation Dept. Gets Strict on Rules for Trains Carrying Flammable Oil
May 4, 2015 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Ashley Halsey III (The Washington Post)  Almost two years after a runaway tank-car train erupted in an explosion that killed 47 people in a Canadian town, the U.S. Transportation Department on Friday announced new …

4 Minutes with… Douglas O. Cochran, Manager, Rail Projects Creative Rail Solutions
April 7, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Creative Rail Solutions, LLC helps clients who want to secure the efficiency, economy, and environmental friendliness of rail transportation. … My primary role is to meet with the prospect or client, …

US Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Upgrades
April 7, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Brown (Associated Press/Monterey Herald) Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public can’t wait another decade for the improvements as has been suggested by industry, U.S. safety …

City of Alexandria Continues Opposition to Norfolk Southern Ethanol Transloading Operations
March 23, 2015 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(City of Alexandria, Virginia) On March 19, 2015, Norfolk Southern Corporation delivered a letter to the City of Alexandria at a meeting with City staff, advising that the company plans to make changes to its ethanol …

Steeper Energy Receives $3m Grant from Canadian Government
March 9, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) office. This funding is to be used for the development of an Industrial Scale …

Rail Issues Panel at #NEC15
February 27, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The last but certainly not least panel at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference dealt with the timely issue of rail transportation and how safety and congestion are impacting the marketplace.

Renewable Fuels …

A CORN-acopia of Energy Options Coming
February 25, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Jason Spiess (Fargo Business Examiner)  Recently I sat down with Tom Lilja, executive director, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, to chew the fat on a variety of corn-themed energy and agriculture topics. … “I think …

Renewable Fuels Association Chief Lays out Plans for Ethanol’s Future
February 20, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  RFA President Bob Dinneen lists supporting better rail service and creating a level playing field for cellulosic biofuels in 10-point agenda to expand renewables industry

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen discussed …

Cabinet Also Allows Private Manufacturers of Bio-Diesel to Sell It Directly to Consumers such as the Railways
January 20, 2015 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Vidhi Choudhary and Sayantan Bera (Live Mint)  On Friday, the cabinet also decided to allow private manufacturers of bio-diesel to sell it directly to users such as Indian Railways, seeking to reinforce the supply …

West Sacramento Says No to Ethanol Trains
December 23, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Tony Bizjak  (Sacramento Bee)  The city of West Sacramento and a Texas-based gasoline company are battling over whether it’s riskier to ship large amounts of ethanol through city streets on trains or on tanker …

Report on Rail Car Retrofits Pegs $5.3 B Cost to Ethanol in 2019
December 8, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new report prepared by economic research firm The Brattle Group showed that the proposed Department of Transportation rule on rail tank cars could cost the economy as much …

Vale deve começar a produzir biodiesel a partir de 2016
October 31, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(BiodieselBR.com)  A Vale pretende começar a fabricar biodiesel a partir do segundo semestre de 2016. O biocombustível será usado pela mineradora nos equipamentos de suas minas no Norte e nas locomotivas que transportam minério de …

Ethanol Maker Green Plains Says Rail Transport Not Keeping up as More Embrace E15
October 30, 2014 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  Green Plains Inc., whose shares have climbed 80 percent this year, told investors Wednesday that higher blends of ethanol are making it into the nation’s gas supply but that congested rail …

Appalachian Biofuels LLC to Invest $3.5 Million in Headquarters and New Biodiesel Production Facility
October 30, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Governor Terry McAuliffe)  Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Russell County

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today (October 29, 2014) that Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production …

Ethanol Running on Empty
October 28, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Tim Maverick (Wall Street Daily)  Ethanol prices recently hit a four-year low, plunging 28% in September alone.  The price on October 1 was $1.53 per gallon, the lowest price seen since June 2010!   Back …

Exclusive Interview With RFA CEO/President Bob Dinneen at RFA Annual Membership Meeting in Des Moines, IA
October 2, 2014 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Perkins  (BioFuels Journal)  … RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen outlined the issues facing the Washington, DC-based ethanol advocacy organization which has 172 members, including 50 producer members, 79 associate members, 31 supporting members, and 12 …

Commodities: DDGS Value Comes Down to Logistics
October 2, 2014 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (CHS/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Chinese MIR 162 (Syngenta trait corn) issues are still not resolved, leaving significant amounts of contracted tonnage that needs to move a different direction.  River logistics are still an …

Ethanol Industry Pushes Back on Rail Safety Improvements
October 2, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (McClatchy News Service/Star Tribune)  The industry disputes finding that ethanol is more volatile than crude.

Ethanol producers are pushing back hard against new rail safety rules after a federal study found that ethanol …

Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil
August 13, 2014 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Bob Tita (Wall Street Journal)  Thousands of Tank Cars Are Likely to Be Scrapped or Redeployed Under Federal Safety Move

… With production capacity for new tank cars about 35,000 cars a year, industry analysts …

US Biodiesel Supply Kings
August 5, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine speaks with three leaders in the U.S. biodiesel distribution space about the growth and opportunities in biodiesel distribution, and the challenges that lie ahead.

The marked increase in U.S. …

Comment Period Starts for Oil-Train Rules
August 4, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Obama administration Friday formally published proposals in the Federal Register to strengthen safety rules for trains carrying crude oil and other fuels, kicking off a two-month period in which the public can comment.

The …

U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials
July 24, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Transportation)  Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures

The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of …

NGFA Proposal to the STB Could Benefit Shippers of Ethanol, DDGS
July 14, 2014 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 7, the National Grain and Feed Association announced it submitted an extensive proposal to the Surface Transportation Board, urging the STB to establish new rules and procedures …

Growth Energy Expresses Concern Over Continued Rail Shipment Delays
July 11, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  In response to a recent order by the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which called on specific rail providers to resolve backlogs of rail cars for grain orders, but failed to address the substandard …

Ethanol Industry Asks for Relief from Rail Delays
July 9, 2014 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The ethanol industry Monday urged a federal regulator overseeing the nation’s railroads to provide relief for shippers of the renewable fuel who have faced delays.

Growth Energy, which represents ethanol …

Rule on Crude-by-Rail Shipments Is Priority Over Hazmat Fee, Foxx Says
July 2, 2014 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Tom Curry (Roll Call)  Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he won’t immediately push Congress to enact a proposal offered by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other mayors for a federal fee to be imposed on shipments of hazardous …

Ethanol Producer Green Plains Has Plans to Feed Its Own Cattle
June 12, 2014 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Doan (Bloomberg)  Green Plains Inc. (GPRE), which just became the first major ethanol producer to buy its own cattle-feed yard, has plans to milk it for more — by buying the cattle too.

The fourth-largest …

Ethanol on the Rails
June 2, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (domesticfuel.com) In the last couple of weeks there have been two derailments of trains carrying crude oil, one in Virginia on April 30 and one in Colorado on May 9. These incidents …

Canada Issues New Tank Car Requirements for Ethanol, Crude Oil
April 28, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian government has announced a plan improve rail safety. It includes a requirement to phase out certain railcars used to carry ethanol and crude oil over a three …

RFA Committed to Rail Safety, Says Priority One Is Keeping Trains on the Tracks
April 24, 2014 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (April 23, 2014), Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), testified before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) forum on Rail Safety: Transportation of Crude Oil and …

CSR Partners with Indiana Rail Road to Convert Railroad Ties into Biofuel
April 15, 2014 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Coalition for Sustainable Rail)  The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced April 14 that it is initiating research on conversion of used railroad ties into an advanced biofuel. This research, funded through a generous grant …

Rail Bottleneck for Grain, Ethanol Shippers
April 2, 2014 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Peter Harriman (Argus Leader)  …But while BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the problem is operational and not systemic, and the bottleneck will be cleared, Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek points to …

National Transportation Safety Board to Examine the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol by Train April 22-23, 2014 Washington, DC
March 11, 2014 – 11:22 am | No Comment
National Transportation Safety Board to Examine the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol by Train      April 22-23, 2014     Washington, DC

(National Transportation Safety Board)  The National Transportation Safety Board today (March 6, 2014) announced it will hold a public forum on April 22-23 in Washington that will examine the safety issues associated with the transportation …

Combative Oil, Ethanol Industries Find Common Ground over Tank Cars
February 28, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Blake Sobczak and Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishers Energy Wire)  Orlando, Fla., was home to a rare occurrence last week: The oil and ethanol industries, usually at each other’s throats, publicly agreed on something.

Addressing an …

Ethanol is a Win for Illinois, A Win for Agriculture
December 26, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Illinois State Representative Donald Moffitt knows agriculture. He grew up on a family farm, on which his son still farms (and Don occasionally helps). This has been a huge asset for …

U.S. Oil, Ethanol Say Billions to Upgrade Rail Safety too Costly
December 6, 2013 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Rucker (TD Waterhouse)  Rail safety rules contemplated by U.S. regulators could require multibillion dollar upgrades to a tank car fleet that has helped spur domestic oil production and meet demands of a booming …

Trains to Be Trialed on Jatropha Biodiesel
September 19, 2013 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biodiesel made via jatropha has been cleared for field trials on trains in India.

The Research Design Standard Organisation, a division of Indian Railways, has passed the fuel developed by the Central Salt Marine …

Schumer Calls for Safer Railcars to Transport Oil, Ethanol
August 30, 2013 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Tom Magnarelli (Innovation Trail)   Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Department of Transportation to retrofit or phase out a specific type of railway car that carries crude oil and ethanol. The DOT-111 is the same …

Tampa Port Works to Begin Operation of 96-Car Ethanol Unit Train
October 16, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There are two ethanol-related firsts at the new Tampa Gateway Rail terminal in Florida. The Port of Tampa now has the nation’s first ethanol unit train-to-refined productions pipeline and …

Port of Tampa Prepares to Unveil New Railroad Line to Boost Cargo, Ethanol Markets
September 26, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Jamal Thalji (Tampa Bay Times)  The transformation of the Port of Tampa will start on land.

The port is nearing completion of the $11 million Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal, a 2-mile rail loop that will speed …

General Electric To Invest BRL500 Million In Brazil Technology Center
May 29, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Fox Business)  General Electric Co. (GE) said Thursday it will invest 500 million reais ($245.5 million) in a research-and-development center in Rio de Janeiro.

The center, which should be operational in the second half of 2013 …

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Higher-Speed Locomotive
May 29, 2012 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Joshua S. Hill (CleanTechnica.com)  The Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) announced Tuesday plans to create the world’s first carbon-neutral higher-speed locomotive.

The plan is simple: “create the world’s cleanest, most powerful passenger locomotive, proving the …

Rail Plan to Ship Ethanol Is Decried
March 9, 2012 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Katheleen Conti (The Boston Globe)  Eight firefighters are seen dousing a couple of rail cars, as bright flames and a plume of dark smoke engulf parts of the freight train in a still image …

Training for Trains: A 130-Ton Tank Car Is a Unique Beast that Demands Its Handlers Have Proper Safety Knowledge
February 27, 2012 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Groups like the Emergency Ethanol Response Coalition were formed years ago to educate first responders on best practices for ethanol-related incidents. Accidents are rare, but they do happen. For …

Norfolk Southern Pens Deal with Dynamic Fuels and Mansfield Oil
February 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

(Syntroleum)  Norfolk Southern becomes first fleet user in the U.S. to deploy clean renewable diesel

Dynamic Fuels, LLC and Mansfield Oil Company have signed an agreement to supply renewable diesel to Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE / …

By Train, By Truck, or By Boat: How Ethanol Moves and Where It’s Going
December 8, 2011 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In September, Ed Hubbard, legislative counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association, addressed the topic of ethanol exports during a presentation at an ethanol logistics conference held in New Orleans. …

Marcellus Shale Gas Exploration, Ethanol Production Net New-Business Growth for Norfolk Southern
November 11, 2011 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Julie Sneider (Progressive Railroading)  …Both ethanol production and Marcellus gas exploration have been among NS’ fastest-growing traffic opportunities — ethanol over the past decade and the shale-related activity just since 2008 — as a …

Biofuels Literally Take Flight
November 10, 2011 – 8:55 am | No Comment

by Conrad deFiebre  (Minnesota 2020 Hindsight)  More than just a niche or a fad, biofuels produced from soybeans, used cooking oil, algae and even livestock fat are moving into the energy mainstream in a big way, …

Amtrak: Biodiesel Trial Results Encouraging
November 2, 2011 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Railway Age)  Amtrak says that it found the use of a renewable biodiesel fuel blend to power its daily Heartland Flyer train “resulted in no more wear on the locomotive than traditional diesel fuels and …

CSX, Kinder Morgan Team up for Ethanol Hub at Port of Tampa
September 20, 2011 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)  Kinder Morgan Energy Partners , CSX Corp. and the Tampa Port Authority finalized an agreement to bring ethanol into the Tampa market via the nation’s first ethanol unit train-to-pipeline distribution …

Steaming Ahead to a Better Fuel: Railroad Companies Investigate Benefits of Using Biodiesel-Blended Fuels
August 23, 2011 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The railroad is already considered one of the most environmentally sustainable and efficient ways to transport freight. Although most railways address fuel efficiency in terms of gallons-per-mile rather than miles-per-gallon, …

Budget Cuts May Target MSU-N Biodiesel Facility
March 25, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Kay Rossi    (KXLH.com)  …Five years ago, Montana State University-Northern received $800,000 in grant funding for infrastructure and staffing for a new biofuel lab at the MSU-N Bio-Energy Center

Now the nationally-certified facility performs a …

Railways to Set up Four Biodiesel Plants
February 21, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(Economic Times/India Times)  In one of the biggest initiatives for bio-fuel production in the country, Indian Railways is poised to set up four bio-diesel plants costing about Rs 120 crore.

While two bio-diesel esterification plants are …

Railways to Set up Four Biodiesel Plants
February 8, 2011 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

(Deccan Herald)  In one of the biggest initiatives for bio-fuel production in the country, Indian Railways is poised to set up four bio-diesel plants costing about Rs 120 crore.

While two bio-diesel esterification plants are going …

FRA Advances Use of Bio-Based Fuels and Lubricants with New Research Grants
December 3, 2010 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Transportation)  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced two research grants totaling $766,562 intended to advance the use of bio-based fuels and lubricants with the goal of cleaner air and decreasing the nation’s …

Railway in Hyogo Unveils Biodiesel-Fueled Train
October 20, 2010 – 8:10 am | No Comment

(The Japan Times)  Japan’s first train to run on biodiesel fuel, in this case refined edible oil, has taken to the tracks in Hyogo Prefecture.
Hojo Railway Co., a third-sector entity financed by the city of …

Norfolk Southern Railway and Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD) Partnering to Test Biodiesel for Locomotive Fuel Applications
April 15, 2010 – 9:05 am | No Comment

(Progressive Railroading)  Under “one of the most extensive testing programs to date on the use of biodiesel fuel for locomotives,” eight SD70M-2 units and two MP15 switchers manufactured by EMD and owned/operated by NS will …

Iowa Interstate Railroad to Test Biodiesel; Special Railroad Biodiesel Update
September 17, 2009 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Iowa, the Iowa Interstate Railroad in Cedar Rapids, Iowa announced it has commenced testing B10 and B20 biodiesel blends supplied by Renewable Energy Group. As part of the study, REG, …