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Company Ordered to Pay $31.9M to SEC for Biofuel Fraud

by Dave Stafford (The Indiana Lawyer)  Evansville-based Imperial Petroleum Inc. has been ordered to pay nearly $32 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission after it failed to reply to the SEC’s court filings seeking damages in a biofuels fraud case that resulted in prison time for the former company president. Senior

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy E3 to Build Innovation Center, Increase Access to Sustainable Energy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It powers nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but in low- to middle-income countries, more than one billion people live without electricity. The issue is particularly overwhelming in sub-Saharan Africa where, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, 600 million people — an estimated 70

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Diversification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.  The company’s Ethanol Group provides facility operations, risk management, ethanol and distiller dried grains marketing. The Andersons’ recently provided this illuminating

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Six States Account for More than 70% of U.S. Fuel Ethanol Production

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Six states accounted for 72% of U.S. fuel ethanol production in 2016, according to the most recent estimates from EIA’s State Energy Data System. Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota collectively produced 265 million barrels of fuel ethanol out of the U.S. total of 367 million

September 1, 2018 Read Full Article

IDEM Holds Public Meeting on Ethanol Refinery

by John Walker (Shelbyville News)  A much smaller crowd turned out this time at Breck Auditorium for a public meeting on a proposed ethanol plant in Shelby County. … Those concerns also prompted IDEM to extend the public comment period on POET’s air quality permit application to Aug. 20, said Doug Wagner, a technical environmental specialist with

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Future of Agriculture: Report to Address Climate Change Impacts on Hoosier Farms

(Purdue University) Hoosier farmers will have to adapt management practices and the types of crops they plant over the next several decades as they deal with the repercussions of climate change. That’s according to a new report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment team based at Purdue University. The report, “Indiana’s

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Fairland Preps for Next Round with Ethanol Company

by John Walker (Shelbyville News)  Area residents worried about a proposed ethanol manufacturing plant intend to voice their concerns at an upcoming meeting of the Shelbyville Plan Commission. But first, questions about the project are to be sent to the Shelbyville mayor’s office. POET LLC, based in South Dakota, wants to build the

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

As UPS Expands, So Does its Commitment to Alternative Fueling

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  … Currently, UPS’ clean fleet totals roughly 9,100 ground vehicles as part of a “rolling laboratory” approach of testing out different types of alternative fueling, including CNG, liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewable natural gas (RNG), electric, hydraulic hybrid, electric hybrid, ethanol and propane autogas. Through the end

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Custom RFA E85 Motorcycle Hits the Road

by Kelsey Quargnenti (Renewable Fuels Association)  Last month, the Renewable Fuels Association custom E85 motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs made its debut on “American Chopper.” It seems that most companies that commission a custom motorcycle from Paul Jr. Designs never register it, and never ride it. They become corporate lobby trophies

July 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.  The company’s Ethanol Group provides facility operations, risk management, ethanol and distiller dried grains marketing. The Andersons’ recently provided this illuminating

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Engineered Proteins Could Improve Biomanufacturing Production of Medicines, Fuels

(Purdue University Research Foundation News)  Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing processes for the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals. The buildup of toxic materials during the production process can damage cell health and typically lowers the overall amount of product that is

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s Support Wavering in Farm Country Over Ethanol, Trade Moves

by Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA chief seen as betraying Trump’s promises on biofuels; Trade tensions put demand for agricultural goods at risk — Even as Donald Trump tweets his support for U.S. agriculture, farmer loyalty for the president looks like it’s starting to waver over moves that may undermine corn-based ethanol and

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

American Researchers Get $1.8 Million from Department of Energy to Solve Biorefinery Blockages

(Bioenergy Insight)  A problem facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts while moving through augers, forcing shutdowns for maintenance. A team led by Purdue University scientists

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Commentary: A Success Story Worth Repeating

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … The ethanol industry could provide a home-grown, energy source that lessened our dependence on foreign imports, replaced a cancer-causing chemical as the octane portion of gasoline, and reduced tail pipe emissions. It would also provide a new source of demand for corn and raise

June 4, 2018 Read Full Article

A Yield Revolution in Row Crops Cometh

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10’s Brave New World of Metabolic Engineering, Benson Hill’s cloud biology and CRISPR/Cas9 from Purdue and the Chinese Academy of Sciences? Crop yield may never be the same.  And developers using crops for bioindustrials or nutrition stand to reap the benefit via bigger refineries and lower input

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Donnelly Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Lower Gas Prices

(WBIW)  Following reports that gas prices are on the rise, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today urged President Trump to take an important step towards addressing the price surge by reducing regulatory burdens around the blending of biofuels. Current regulations on Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) prevent most retailers from selling American-made fuels

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Highlights 5 Individuals’ Stories for National Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … In the U.S., nearly 3 billion gallons of clean, renewable fuel replacing its petroleum counterpart. A thriving and growing diesel vehicle market. And 64,000 jobs supported by biodiesel, many the highest paying jobs in the area.   Diesel, who invented the engine that bears his name,

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Rick Santorum: Stop the Attacks on Farmers, Homegrown Energy

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner)  This January, I authored a column defending President Trump and rural champions in Congress who had come under attack by refineries for their support of American-made biofuels. A Republican Pennsylvania state legislator, Rep. Bob Godshall, doubled down, attempting to pit refinery workers against rural jobs. It’s a false choice

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support two new cost-shared research projects for advancing fluid power systems for off-road vehicles. These five

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter: Don’t Be Misinformed about Renewable Fuel Standard by ‘Big Oil’

by Anngie Steinbarger (The Republic)  I was dismayed to read the Feb. 16 letter from Mark Brown and Travis DeFries, managers at Valero, who want U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to help oil companies gut the market for Indiana farmers by dismantling the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As RFS-defender Mike Buis noted

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Fuels in the Spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision Make Material Progress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised a process that under certain circumstances can convert coal, shale gas and biomass into electricity or syngas, while consuming carbon dioxide at the same time. In some

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Senator’s Biofuel Overhaul Faces Resistance

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, reducing chances of a reboot to the controversial regulations, sources familiar with the matter said. The plan, which the sources said could be released as draft legislation in coming weeks,

February 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Dairy Fuels Kicks off Construction of Indiana Biogas Facility

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of AMP Americas, has announced that construction has begun on what the company calls the U.S.’ biggest on-farm anaerobic-digester-to-vehicle-fuel operation. Located in Fair Oaks, Ind., the dairy project will be the company’s second biogas facility producing renewable natural gas (RNG) from

February 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Case Studies Demonstrate Success of Biomethane as Vehicle Fuel

(NGV Journal/Energy Vision) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies of successful projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural Gas (R-CNG) vehicle fuel using anaerobic digesters to capture biogases from decomposing organic waste.  Energy

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine has been around more than a century and should be around for decades to come,

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 20 Advanced Bioeconomy Projects underway in North America

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that:

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

UPS ‘Dramatically’ Boosts Renewable Natural Gas for Fleets

by Joseph Bebon  (NGT News)  UPS has announced an agreement with Big Ox Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Environmental Energy Capital LLC, to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year. This is the largest investment in RNG to date for the company, and the agreement runs through 2024.

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard — the coverage of the announce in few cases focused on the changes in DowDuPont’s

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter: Purdue Continues Important Biofuels Research

by Gunner Greene (Iroquois Bio Energy/Journal & Courier)  Purdue University has received an important grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue its important research into homegrown biofuels.  Purdue will continue its research into how corn and other biomass moves through ethanol plants like Iroquois Bio Energy and how the process

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Censky, McKinney Nomination Hearing Addresses Biofuels, RFS

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Sept. 19, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on the nomination of Stephen Censky at deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Biofuels, the Renewable Fuel Standard

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today (September 20, 2017), U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. These projects will work to solve critical research and developmental challenges encountered

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Argonne Opens Call for Second Cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations

(U.S. Department of Energy/Newswise)  Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations program will gain, among other things, access to Argonne National Laboratory’s world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced the opening of applications for innovators to join the second

September 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Listen to Farmers, Not Oil Industry Lobbyists

by Kris Tom (The Brazil Times) This paper recently published a letter from oil lobbyist Maureen Ferguson attacking Indiana farmers and ethanol producers. I’m a farmer, and I want you to know the oil lobby is flawed in its arguments. Her claims that corn used for ethanol increases the cost of

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fueling Rural Revival

by Erica Quinlan (AgriNews) … Kip Tom, a corn and soybean farmer in Kosciusko County, thinks the benefits of ethanol need to be talked about more. …  “The consumer is saving money in their transportation fuel because of ethanol. “It’s a cleaner-burning fuel, it’s an octane booster, the tail pipe emissions

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Summer Farm Bill Road Trips: Ag Secretary Kicks off RV Tour as House Committee Continues its Listening Tour

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … The House Agriculture Committee has its road trip, labeled “Conversations in the Field,” which included a field hearing in Texas on Monday and another one at Farmfest in Minnesota on Thursday. Now Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is taking off on a five-state RV

August 2, 2017 Read Full Article

There’s More than Corn in Indiana – Corn Uses That Is

by Kitty Conley (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)  Indiana Corn Farmers are keeping their products close to home, at least as far as farmer Larry Bucher is concerned. He farms about 1,200 acres of land, most of which is in LaPorte County. He does farm some fields in Porter and Jasper counties. He produces

August 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste…. Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, founder of Gen3Bio) earned his Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

New B20 Club Member, Al Warren Oil Co., Committed to Biodiesel

(Illinois Soybean Association/Biodiesel Magazine)  In recognition of its work in reducing motor vehicle emissions and supporting the Illinois economy, the B20 Club welcomes Al Warren Oil Co. Inc. as its newest member. Sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, in partnership with the American Lung Association in Illinois, the B20 Club recognizes Illinois-based fleets and municipalities

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Xylogenics Announces GX-1 Yeast Technology

(Xylogenics)  Indiana-based Xylogenics announced today the release of a new strain design for its patented GX-1 yeast production and fermentation process. The efficiencies created by the newest strain design will have an immediate impact on industries that rely on micro-organism technologies, most notably the ethanol industry wherein individual production plants

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter: Ethanol Production Helps Local Farmers

by David Howell (The Herald Bulletin)  While increased production is usually a good thing, the bumper crop is leading to a global glut of corn and a third straight year of tumbling commodity prices. To complicate matters, farmers are facing uncertainty surrounding normally reliable foreign markets in which our crops

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Cummins B6.7, L9 Engines Compatible with Renewable Diesel

(Fleet Owner)  Cummins Inc. announced its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification. Both on-highway and off-highway versions of the B6.7 and L9 platforms and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic diesel fuels in North America. “As with

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Ex-Pence Chief of Staff Signs up for Biofuels Group

by Kevin Bogardus (E&E News) Biofuels advocacy group Fuels America has bolstered its K Street team in bringing on a former senior aide to Vice President Mike Pence. Lobbying disclosure records released by the Senate last week show the group has hired Bill Smith, who has served in several positions for Pence

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Mahoney Environmental Unveils Its New Eco-Conscious Fleet

(Mahoney Environmental/PR Newswire)  Mahoney Environmental, (www.mahoneyes.com) a leading recycler of cooking oil for over 60 years, recently unveiled its new tractor-trailer combination fleet. This new convoy order for 2017 consists initially of fifteen tractors and six trailers – all with eco-conscious specifications. The new power equipment will be operated on

May 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Family Express Awarded Another Ethanol Grant

(Inside Indiana Busienss)  The Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council have awarded more than $158,000 to Valparaiso-based Family Express Corp. The grant, which is part of the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, adds to the nearly $800,000 grant awarded to Family Express last year. The

May 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Group Promotes Carbon Fee to Encourage Use of Renewable Energy Sources in Manufacturing

by Christopher Stephens (CNHI News Indiana/Tribune Star)  …  The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is advocating for a fee to be charged against carbon at the point it enters the U.S. economy. The group’s single mission is to lobby all 535 members of Congress each year for a carbon fee. In effect,

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter: Renewable Fuel Standard Vital to Indiana

by Ralph Kauffmann (Kokomo Tribune)  … So many of these factors can take a big chunk out of my bottom line, and at the same time, so many of these factors are completely out of my control. But the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) helps to shore up some of that uncertainty

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuel Stations Can Submit Ethanol Grant Applications

(The Herald Tribune)  The Indiana Office of Energy Development and Indiana Corn Marketing Council have announced that publicly-accessible fuel retail stations in Indiana can begin applying for a share of $122,687 through the fourth round of applications for the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program. The first three rounds provided

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Senate Bill Introduced to Give E15 Year-Round Market Presence

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan trio of Senators introduced a bill today that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, a move that would give E15 year-round market presence. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the Consumer

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol a Hot Topic at ’17 Classic

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D) joined Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act last week, a bill that would effectively allow the sale of E15 and higher ethanol blends year-round. Donnelly said the “legislation

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits

by Kristen Johnson (U.S. Department of Energy)  … Growing deep-rooted perennial crops, like switchgrass or willow, together with annual crops and livestock in a farming system is starting to gain traction. This is due in large part to the potential economic and environmental benefits. For example, deep-rooted plants like these help improve

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Technology Converts Wastewater Sludge to Renewable Natural Gas

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas while using the

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

BETO Announces Launch of Consortium of National Laboratories To Overcome Catalysis Challenges

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Made up of seven DOE national laboratories, ChemCatBio will

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Fueling Comeback of Agriculture: Commitment to Biofuels Can Help Reinvigorate Farm Economy

by Jeff Broin (POET/Journal Gazette)  … Plummeting farm income, falling land values and depressed commodity prices over the last few years threaten to undo the prosperity of the previous decade. All indicators point to farms in trouble. • Net farm income is projected to be down nearly 50 percent this year

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free vehicles should be incentivized rather than taxed. States with new EV-fee bills include Indiana, South

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Two Students Receive Scholarships to #RFANEC

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce two students are receiving scholarships this year to attend RFA’s 22nd annual National Ethanol Conference: Building Partnerships, Growing Markets next month in San Diego. Daehwan Kim is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University,

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Farmers Looking at On-Farm Ethanol Plants

by Nat Williams (Illinois Farmer Today)  A handful of farmers are not just raising the crops that can be used as biofuels. They’re also working on producing the fuel itself.  A Minnesota-based company is in the developmental stage of offering small-scale production of ethanol and other end-products right on the

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz at the Keystone Farm Show, “The Farm Show for Farmers,” in York, Pennsylvania from January

January 16, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Poll: Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ethanol

(Growth Energy)  A new post-election survey released today shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota found that more than eight in 10 respondents

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article
  Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit    —   January 31, 2017   —   Altoona, IA

Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit — January 31, 2017 — Altoona, IA

Hear exciting speakers and industry leaders discuss the future of renewable fuels. The Summit is Free and Open to the Public. Registration is required. ‘Making Ethanol Great Again’ Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen will discuss the impact a new administration and Congress will have on the renewable fuels industry.  READ

January 9, 2017 Read Full Article
  Green Truck Summit   —   March 14-16, 2017   —   Indianapolis, IN

Green Truck Summit — March 14-16, 2017 — Indianapolis, IN

What does “clean energy” mean for work trucks in 2017 and beyond? The answers can be found at the Green Truck Summit 2017, the leading alternative fuels and advanced technology conference held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show®. Fleet managers, truck equipment distributors, upfitters and truck dealers from around

December 29, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

CEO of Publicly Traded Company along with Two Others Sent to Federal Prison

(Department of Justice)  Defrauded biodiesel purchasers and shareholders   —  United States Attorney Josh Minkler and Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today the sentencing of two individuals who defrauded investors and biodiesel purchasers of millions of dollars. “Indiana

December 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Model Predicts Elimination of GMO Crops Would Cause Hike in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Phys.Org/Purdue University)  A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study by researchers from Purdue University shows. Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, agricultural

November 17, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Owners of Biofuel Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Fraud Charges

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The owners of an Indiana biofuel producer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and false statements for participating in a scheme that generated over $60 million in fraudulent tax credits and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewable fuels credits (RIN credits) at Triton Energy LLC, a company

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Six POET Plants Installing Combined Heat and Power Processes

(POET)  Six POET biorefineries in Ohio and Indiana are installing a new energy generation system using combined heat and power. These systems will reduce reliance on the electrical energy grid, recover waste energy for additional use in the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The system will use steam in

October 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Reaching Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leveraging Supply Chain Investments

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, Faegre Baker Daniels’ John Kirkwood outlined the latest on leveraging supply chain investments into debt and equity placements to bring commercial projects to life.  READ MORE

October 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Becomes Issue in Senate Race

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  On Wednesday Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) toured the Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol Plant, highlighting Evan Bayh’s strong support for Indiana’s corn and ethanol industries and the tens of thousands of Hoosier jobs they support. The Senators also underscored Congressman

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

The War Against Ethanol, Part II–A History of the Fuel

by Jamie Kitman (Automobile Magazine)  “It is “a universal assumption that [ethyl] alcohol in some form will be a constituent of the motor fuel of the future.”  —  So wrote Scientific American. The year was 1920, and the respected journal was not alone in this belief. In October 1921, less than

October 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Louis Dreyfus Opens Glycerin Facility

(World-Grain.com)  Louis Dreyfus Company LLC opened its new glycerin refinery on Sept. 28. The refinery is located at the company’s subsidiary’s soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, U.S. The refinery is the second largest in the U.S. producing USP-grade kosher refined glycerin, with a capacity of 80 million

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Court Rules Several GS Cleantech Patents Unenforceable

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sept. 15, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued an order finding problems with certain GS CleanTech Corp. patents that are subject to multiple lawsuits filed by the company against many ethanol plants and technology providers. GS CleanTech is a

September 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Buy Could Bring Plant to County

(Van Wert Independent News)  Van Wert County officials are hoping a big biofuels purchase by JetBlue airlines will eventually mean jobs for county residents. The biofuels purchase by JetBlue is from SG Preston, a company that has been looking at sites in Van Wert, as well as the Ohio community

September 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Science Improves on Land-Use Change, Biodiesel

by Todd Neeley (DTN-The Progressive Farmer)  Purdue University agriculture economics professor Wally Tyner isn’t exactly ready to discount the theory of indirect land use change, or ILUC, that has been the bane of biofuels’ existence since the creation of the Renewable Fuel Standard back in 2005. Based on updated research

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Fueling Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana corn farmers are helping power the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay as sponsors of the E85 fuel keeping the torch burning brightly as it travels through Indiana’s 92 counties over the next 35 days. “Indiana corn farmers are proud to support the Indiana Bicentennial

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

How to Sell E15 by Any Other Name

by  Samantha Oller (CSP Daily News)  Have I got a fuel for you!  It is higher octane than E10, giving you greater bang for your buck. It features even more  environmentally friendly, domestically produced ethanol. And it is actually a few cents cheaper—cheaper!—than regular, old regular-grade gasoline. Its name? Unleaded

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Crown Point Tops off Tank with New E-85 Fuel Grant

by Carrie Napoleon (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)  The Indiana Department of Transportation and Northwest Regional Planning Commission will continue to pay for E-85 fuel used by the Crown Point Police Department. Police Chief Pete Land said the department has secured another $96,000 in grant funds from the two agencies that can be

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Receives USDA Rural Business Development Grant for Feasibility Study of Eastern Shore Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project

For Immediate Release, September 7, 2016:  Frederick, Maryland — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided $16,893 to Advanced Biofuels USA, a Maryland based  501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization, for a feasibility study of producing bio-jetfuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The study will look

September 7, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol Producer, and More: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

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 Nebraska; Indiana; Minnesota; Iowa; Tennessee; Michigan; and Virginia. CEO Todd Becker recently gave these slides

August 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Abengoa Plants Go to Green Plains: Ethanol’s Jolly Giant Gets Bigger

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, word has arrived from Green Plains that it will purchase the Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York, Neb. ethanol facilities from Abengoa Bioenergy with combined annual production capacity of 236 million gallons per year, for approximately $237 million in cash, plus certain

August 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Grants Aim to Expand Ethanol Availability

by Alex Brown (Inside Indiana Business) The Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council have awarded more than $330,000 in grants as part of the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program. New Haven-based Lassus Brothers Oil Inc. and Valparaiso-based Family Express Corp. will share the grants. The

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial

(U.S. Department of Justice)  U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced today the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with securities fraud related to a massive multi-state fraud scheme.  Wilson’s crimes centered on the e-biofuels

August 17, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

There Is an E15 Consumer Disconnect

by Susanna Retka-Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sheetz, Thortons executives give careful thought to strategically offering the new fuel. —  Almost weekly, another announcement is made about a retail location offering E15. The rollouts, large and small, are indicators E15 is gaining steam and, in late July, HWRT Oil Co. announced

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana Gets More Ethanol Blend Pumps

(Agri-News)  Sixteen ethanol blender pumps soon will be available at gas stations in Allen and LaPorte counties thanks in part to funding from Indiana Corn Marketing Council. ICMC and the Indiana Office of Energy Development announced more than $331,000 will be shared among two grantees — Lassus Brothers Oil Inc.

July 20, 2016 Read Full Article

RFA: HWRT to Offer Pre-Blended E15 at Wholesale Terminals

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that HWRT Oil Co. will become the first company in the United States to offer pre-blended E15 at the terminal level. The development is a game changer that can rapidly open the market for E15 in the

July 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump VP Pick Draws Rave Reviews from Agriculture

by Spencer Chase (Agri Pulse)  … On the Renewable Fuel Standard, a policy that Trump supports, Pence voted in favor of the original 2005 legislation that created the program, but voted against the 2007 bill that created the current version of the RFS. … In April of 2015, Pence sent a letter to Indiana’s congressional delegation urging

July 18, 2016 Read Full Article

BBI Announces Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship Recipients

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BBI International has awarded the 2016 Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship to Donald Jackson and Patrick Thimes. The two $2,000 memorial scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing degrees that may lead to a career in the ethanol industry and who are working to build

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Cummins Helps Zoo Cook Up Biofuel

by Kylie Veleta (Inside Indiana Business)  Under the tutelage of a major engine manufacturer, the Indianapolis Zoo is now converting leftover cooking oil into biofuel to power its maintenance vehicles. Cummins engineers built the on-site system, spearheaded the science and guided the zoo’s staff through the initial production of the biodiesel,

June 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana Fuel Leaders Recognized for Their Commitment to Ethanol

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana Corn Marketing Council recently recognized two Hoosier renewable energy leaders for their commitment to providing ethanol-blended fuel options to consumers across Indiana and beyond. Mike and Ann Ackerman of Circle A Food Mart and John DiMartini of The Andersons, Inc. were presented awards

June 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Luxury Cars Could Boost Ethanol Demand

by Nate Birt (Top Producer)  The recently announced Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume requirements for ethanol are a welcome step up, says Ted Seifried, Zaner Ag Hedge. But to push ethanol demand higher, he says, two factors would be helpful: increase blending, and attract the interest of luxury car manufacturers.

June 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Called Fuel of Future

by Erica Quinlan (AgriNews)  Bobby Likis is an engine builder with 45 years of experience in the automotive service industry. He’s serviced around 200,000 vehicles and answered upward of 100,000 car-related questions on the radio. In this time, he’s seen no mechanical or engine problems due to ethanol. While some say

May 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Guest Commentary: New Gas Pumps Fuel NWI Energy Options

by Michael McIntire (Northwest Indiana Times)  … Family Express, a favorite local company, is installing new fuel pumps across eight counties with help from the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Drivers will have the option to fuel up on higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 as

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana Fuel Retailer Family Express Receives $789K for Blender Pumps

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Convenience store and fuel retailer Family Express is receiving more than $789,000 through an Indiana blender pump program to bring online 45 dispensers at 37 stations in the state, it was announced Monday. The Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program, jointly funded by the U.S. Department of

May 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana’s Family Express Awarded Blender Grant

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Indiana fuel retailer Family Express has been awarded more than $789,000 through an Indiana blender pump program. The retailer will be using the monies to install 45 dispensers at 37 stations. Of the stations, 34 already sell E85 and E15 will be added to the fuel

April 27, 2016 Read Full Article

DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA Projects Seek to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Crop Development

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the DOE’s ARPA-E TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design and apply new tools for

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) at Utah State University suggests RFS also harms the very farmers the ethanol mandate was designed to help. … According to the study by SP and IPE, the result

March 21, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Scientists Turn to GMOs in Search of Better Biofuels

by Christina Maza (Christian Science Monitor) … Now, researchers across the US are pouring resources into discovering whether it’s possible to produce sustainable biofuel through selective plant breeding and genetic modification. That technique, which has generated controversy in the food industry, is seen as a useful tool in the race for

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Study: Eliminating GMOs Would Take Toll on Environment, Economies

(Purdue University)  Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according to a Purdue University study. Wally Tyner, James and Lois

March 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Short on Sustainable Hydrogen? Here Comes New Water-Splitting Tech to Save the Day

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may not know it, but you are short on hydrogen. Right now. We live in a hydrogen-starved world, and it’s expensive to make. And most of what we make is unsustainable, produced from fossil sources.  All that might be ready to change. The Digest investigates.

February 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana Bill Would Extend Misfueling Immunity to Mid-Level Blends

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In mid-January, a congressman in the Indiana General Assembly introduced a bill that aims to increase use of ethanol-blended fuels by expanding immunity for the misuse of blended fuel. The legislation, H.B. 1364, was introduced by Indiana Rep. Don Lehe on Jan. 12 and

February 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Supporters Push Back against ‘False Narrative’

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Ethanol supporters are pushing back against what they say is a “false narrative” regarding Senator Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa caucuses. Some political pundits say Cruz’s victory is a sign that the ethanol industry may be losing its political clout. But Monte Shaw,

February 3, 2016 Read Full Article

The Economics of Cover Crops

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  At the first Soil Health Summit last year, I talked with Purdue University agricultural economist Dr. Wally Tyner about the need to quantify the economic benefits for farmers of using cover crops. This year, Chuck talked with him again about where they are at with that

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana University Scientists Create ‘Nano-Reactor’ for the Production of Hydrogen Biofuel

(Indiana University Bloomington) Combining bacterial genes and virus shell creates a highly efficient, renewable material used in generating power from water  —   Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen — one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O to make

January 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Purdue Engineer Receives Top Award from Obama

(Purdue University) Nancy Ho, founder and president of Green Tech America Inc. and a research professor emerita in Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering, will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. The award, announced Dec. 22, is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Indiana Opens Applications for Blender Fuel Pump Program

(Indiana Office of Energy Development)  The Indiana Office of Energy Development and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council recently announced that publicly-accessible fuel retail stations in Indiana can begin applying for a share of $1,338,400 through the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels Blender Pump Program. The grant program is a partnership between OED,

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Abengoa Contagion Spreads to U.S. Biofuel Plants, Causing Layoffs and Shutdowns

by Rob Nikolewski (Kansas Watchdog.org)  … “I think we have to see how this thing plays out. In the short run, of course, it’s a devastating blow,” said Neal Gillespie, Stevens County Economic Developmentdirector. “In the long run, I think there’s a lot of value in that plant out there, and I

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Corn Has Competition as Ethanol’s Leading Grain

by Anna McConnell (Agriculture.com)  In terms of ethanol production, corn has some competition this winter— grain sorghum. The grain, also known as milo, produces the same amount of ethanol per bushel, but uses one third less water in the process of creating the fuel. It is also used as feed,

November 20, 2015 Read Full Article

Large Glycerin Refinery about to Open

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ new glycerin refinery in Claypool, Indiana, will soon be operational. The company says the new 80-million-pound-per-year plant will be the second-largest in the U.S. producing USP-grade Kosher refined glycerin. A new glycerin refinery will soon be operational in Claypool, Indiana. Louis Dreyfus

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Study Shows Potential for Growth in Biofuels from Corn Stover

by Jessica Eise (Phys.Org)  Making biofuel from corn crop residue could become economically viable for farmers with government support and, therefore, lead to a major shift in crop rotation practices favoring more continuous corn plantings, Purdue University researchers conclude. The agricultural economists examined how the development of corn stover for cellulosic

November 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Group Expands National Ad Buy

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group opposing the federal ethanol mandate has extended its advertising campaign against the rule into several corn-growing states.  The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), a D.C.-based free market group, is hitting the airwaves in Indiana on Tuesday with an ad warning about the

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Pump Grants Encourage Growth to Ethanol Industry

by Meghan Grebner (Brownfield Ag News)  The president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) says the announcement of the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grants will help promote and grow the state’s ethanol industry. Denny Maple says the grants from USDA combined with the investment from the Indiana Corn Marketing

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Indianapolis Zoo’s Conservation Endeavors Turn to Biofuel Plans

(Indianapolis Zoo)  … In partnership with Cummins Inc., the Zoo recently took on a biofuel initiative, working to advance its mission of conservation, while implementing new, innovative ways to fuel some of the vehicles throughout grounds. By collecting used vegetable oil from the fryers in the Zoo’s Café on the Commons,

November 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Payne Leads House Members in Calling on EPA to Protect Biofuels Volume Requirement

(Office if Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.)  As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes proposed rules under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and 15 of his House colleagues urged the agency not to reduce the biofuels volume requirement, which annually mandates how much

November 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Vertically-Integrated Ethanol at Scale: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Green Plains

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 Atkinson, Nebraska; Bluffton, Indiana; Central City, Nebraska; Fairmont, Minnesota; Fergus Falls, Minnesota; Lakota, Iowa; Obion, Tennessee; Ord,

October 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh.  —  The ethanol industry is going on the offense to bring higher blends into the

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Mercurius

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet fuel markets and satisfying government requirements.” Management estimates there to be approximately a 2-3x cost

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

SG Preston and IHI E&C Announce Strategic Agreement To Engineer and Construct A Portfolio Of Advanced Renewable Fuels Plants

(PR Newswire/IHI E&C)  SG Preston, a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, and IHI E&C, a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary of IHI Corporation, today announced a ground-breaking agreement for a Multi-Facility Program that will include the development and construction of a series of commercial volume, advanced biofuels manufacturing plants, initially

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Senators Push White House on Ethanol Mandate

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  A group of senators is pushing the White House to issue a strong mandate for ethanol fuel.  Fourteen senators — a mix of Republicans and Democrats, many from ethanol-producing Midwestern states — met with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Thursday to make their

October 5, 2015 Read Full Article

The Grand Vision Realized

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … In 2006 Indiana was in the midst of a revolution, a revolution that would change the fabric of the Hoosier farm economy forever. Ethanol plants were popping up around the state like marestail. In 2005 Indiana had one operating plant, but by mid-2006 there

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $100M in Renewable Fuel Pumps: The Deep Dive into Who Got What, and How the Landscape Shifts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA announces state finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership. Will it move the needle? The Digest investigates.  In Washington, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable

September 14, 2015 1 comment Read Full Article

USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency

September 10, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar

by Abbie Fentress Swanson (National Public Radio) … A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles. Lots of different agricultural feedstocks – from sugarcane to sweet potatoes

August 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Louis Dreyfus Commodities to Begin Operating New Glycerin Refinery in Q4 2015

(Louis Drefus Commodities)   Louis Dreyfus Commodities announced today that it is adding a glycerin refinery to its soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, with construction expected to be complete by the end of the year. The new refinery will be the second largest in the US producing

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Indiana State Fair Runs on Biodiesel

by Meghan Grebner (Brownfield Ag News)  The Indiana State Fair runs on biodiesel.  CountryMark and Co-Alliance are providing all the biodiesel to the state fair shuttles and the antique tractors on the grounds for the fair’s 17 day run. Doug Henderson with Co-Alliance says the company is providing an Indiana

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

RFA Asks EPA to Provide Relief to Midwest Consumers in Wake of Refinery Outage

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the BP 240,000-barrels-per-day refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which has caused gasoline prices to spike in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin, and could cause prices to increase in

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

VIDEO: Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected

(US Department of Energy)  “Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a short documentary highlighting personal stories and the efforts being made by communities across the United States to develop, produce, and provide bioenergy, while ensuring it is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. From farmers and families in the Midwest,

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Tackle Blend Wall with Direct Sales

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A small number of ethanol producers sell E85 and other ethanol blends directly to consumers with on-site blender pumps or, in a few cases, own retail gas stations. Mitch Miller, CEO of Carbon Green Bioenergy LLC, believes more ethanol producers should start selling the

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

POET Drives $13.5B in Economic Impact in 2014: Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Dakota, POET released its first-ever economic impact study, and reported that in 2014 the company generated a total of $13.5 billion in sales for U.S. businesses; added $5.4 billion in national gross domestic product; supported an estimated 39,978 full time jobs; and contributed

August 17, 2015 Read Full Article

50 Grassroots Events Planned in Support of Renewable Fuel Standard

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than fifty grassroots events are now scheduled take place at state and county fairs throughout the month of August, starting August 7th. Farmers and consumers will have the chance to inform and educate elected officials, and local and national media on the

August 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers Show off American Ethanol No. 3 Show Car

by Amie Sites (AgriNews)  Prior to the recent Brickyard 400, Hoosiers were able to see the Richard Childress Racing American Ethanol No. 3 show car and learn about ethanol. The Indiana Corn Marketing Council sponsored appearances of the car as part of its partnership with American Ethanol and NASCAR. It was

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture–ARPA-E Grants

TERRA projects seek to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. To accomplish this, the projects uniquely integrate agriculture, information technology, and engineering communities to design and apply new tools for the development of improved varieties of energy sorghum, a crop

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Local Senate, House Campaigns’ Statements on Renewable Fuel Standard and Related Advanced Biofuels Issues

To make it easier to find opinions about the Renewable Fuel Standard articulated by candidates for the US House of Represenatives and Senate, Advanced Biofuels USA will be listing articles and links on this page, by state, as they come in. This page and others can be found and followed

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

American Ethanol Heads to the Brickyard

(National Corn Growers Association)  … Fans will also be able to learn more about American Ethanol or show their support of the clean burning fuel by visiting the Biofuels Mobile Education Center in the fan midway at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24-26. American Ethanol supporters, including Growth Energy and National

July 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Valero Expands into Ethanol Export Market for 1st Time

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Valero Energy Corp, one of the biggest U.S. oil refiners, is preparing to sell ethanol for export for the first time, the company said, betting on the $2 billion overseas market as U.S. demand remains plagued by political uncertainty. The San Antonio-based oil refiner, the third-largest

July 14, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Spero Energy Receives $1 Million in Funding from DOE

(Spero Energy Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A company that licenses Purdue intellectual property has received federal funding to develop its one-step, patent-pending technology that could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production. Spero Energy Inc. has received a two-year Phase II SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling $1

June 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Metro Councilwoman: We Won’t Let Biofuel Plant Build in West Louisville

by Caitlin Bowling  (Louisville Business First) An informational meeting Thursday evening between a couple dozen community members and a representative from Nature’s Methane LLC became heated yesterday as the residents repeatedly stated that they don’t want the Indiana company to build a biofuel facility in west Louisville. “Everybody is a good neighbor

June 22, 2015 Read Full Article

ARPA-E Awards $30M in High-Risk, High-Reward Moonshot Program to Transform Energy Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Six projects land major multi-year awards for Project TERRA, Tramsportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture In Washington, ARPA-E announced awards totaling $30 million for projects seeking to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. The projects

June 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Proposed RVO Raises Multiple Questions for Illinois Economists

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) is under scrutiny by University of Illinois economists in recent FarmDocDaily posts. Jonathan Coppess examines the argument that EPA appears to be turning the renewable fuel standard (RFS) upside down, “switching it from

June 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Thrives, but Faces Challenges

by Amie Sites (AgriNews)  Education continues to be a vital part of helping consumers understand the value of ethanol. Industry leaders in the ethanol sector gathered at the Indiana Ethanol Forum in Indianapolis to highlight the benefits of ethanol, discuss the impact the industry has on the economy and provide an

May 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Site Offers Ethanol Blend Options

(AgriNews) Jasper County residents now have a new option when it comes to purchasing ethanol fuel blends. Iroquois BioEnergy Co. opened a retail site to offer ethanol blends, including E10, E15, E30 and E85 at its ethanol plant in Rensselaer. The station was partially funded by an Indiana Corn Marketing Council

May 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Op-ed: Tell EPA to Support Biofuels

by B. Gunner Greene (Lafayette Journal & Courier)  … You might call biofuels in Indiana a growing industry.  Of course, as many farmers and business owners already know, the EPA has a tendency to insert itself into successful enterprises. At best they muddy the waters, and at worst they cost our

May 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Friendly to Hoosier Economy in 2014

by Cayla McLeland (HoosierAgToday)  The Indiana Corn Marketing Council has released their economic impact study of the ethanol industry  in 2014 and shared their findings at their annual Ethanol Forum yesterday in Indianapolis. Director of Biofuels, Ken Parrent, says the industry continues to thrive. “The ethanol industry contributed just under

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Three Brothers Plead Guilty to $145 Million Biofuels Fraud Scheme in Indiana

(Department of Justice)  Chad Ducey, 39, of Fishers, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. His two brothers, Chris Ducey, 48, of North Webster, Indiana, and Craig Ducey, 44, of Fishers, pleaded guilty last

April 30, 2015 Read Full Article

N.J. Man Charged in Biodiesel Scam Accused of Death Threats, Report Says

by Myles Ma (NJ.com)  Prosecutors say a Bergen County man accused in a $90 million biodiesel trading scam threatened to harm or kill anyone who provides evidence against him, the Star Press of Muncie, Ind., reported Monday. Joseph Furando, 49, was indicted in 2013 for allegedly taking part in the

April 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Economic Models Provide Insights into Global Sustainability Challenges

(Purdue University)  Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes. Tom Hertel, distinguished professor of agricultural economics, collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of

February 27, 2015 Read Full Article

BPI Announces Startup of Pilot Plant Featuring LTSD Technology

(Bio-Process Innovation Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bio-Process Innovation Inc. has announced the completion of the construction of its 1-ton pilot plant and successful operation of its low temperature steep delignification (LTSD) pretreatment process at its pilot facility in Otterbein, Indiana.  The LTSD process is a highly efficient process technology for the

February 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Indiana University Biologists Partner Bacterium with Nitrogen Gas to Produce More, Cleaner Bioethanol

(Indiana University Bloomington)  Provisional patent filed for process using most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere Indiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth’s atmosphere, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers.

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

How One Bacterium Could Help Ease Reliance on Food Crops for Biofuel

by Pete Spotts  (Christian Science Monitor) A lowly bacterium, once sidelined in biofuel production, may help reduce production costs in converting crop residue and other non-crop plants into fuel. In the quest for affordable, non-food sources of biofuel, biologists are recruiting an unlikely ally: a bacterium that has historically been the

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Risky Business Project Finds Midwest Agriculture, Labor, and Manufacturing Industries Face Economic Risk from Climate Change

(The Risky Business Project) Results Show that America’s Heartland Risks Economic Disruptions as Climate Change Advances, Reduces Labor Productivity, and Shifts Agricultural Production Patterns The Midwestern United States faces potential disruptions to its agricultural economy, and dangerous levels of heat in many of its largest cities, if climate change continues unabated,

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass 'Waste' into Lucrative Chemical Products

(Purdue News)  A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers from Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass

December 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Powerdyne to Deliver Jobs and Investment to Terre Haute

(Powerdyne/PR NewsWire)  Powerdyne Renewable Fuels (“Powerdyne”) www.powerdyne.com, a frontrunner in the national renewable fuel industry, announces it will be investing hundreds of millions of dollars to construct a Sewage-to-Diesel Fuel Facility in Terre Haute, IN which will create hundreds of new temporary and permanent jobs. The City recently completed a

December 22, 2014 Read Full Article

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass 'Waste' into Lucrative Chemical Products

by Elizabeth K. Gardner (Purdue University) A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers from Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic

December 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best

(University of Illinois/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect. Researchers at the University of Illinois have published a study identifying yield zones for

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

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