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EIA: Subsidies for Renewables Down as Tax Credits Diminish
May 1, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 percent decline from FY 2013. Renewable …

Letter to Editor: Good Policy
August 15, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Mike Chisam (The Hays Daily News)  A recent article in the Hays Daily News, titled “Subsidized madness,” makes erroneous claims about the Renewable Fuel Standard and ethanol. The article attacks the RFS by using the …

Following-up on RFS Questions
February 11, 2016 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (Farm Doc Daily)  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been a hot topic of late given the release of the final rule and its rather prominent feature leading up to the recent Iowa …

Ethanol Producers Share Strategies for Success in FEW Panel
June 11, 2012 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Four executives of ethanol plants gathered on stage during the general session June 5 at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) to have a conversation about running …

No Farm Bill, No Tier 3—Not until after the Election; Sundrop Fuels Presents an Alternative
March 23, 2012 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

By Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the March 21 Bioenergy Day on Capitol Hill, discussion focused on the need for a continued Renewable Fuels Standard, reviews of the history of biofuels, assessment of current …

By the Numbers: Trends and Patterns in the Ethanol Industry
March 14, 2012 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The arrival of the blend wall and expected increase in E85 prices due to the lapse of VEETC are two factors that have complicated the future outlook of ethanol …

Get Ready To Pay More For Gas
January 17, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(  Analysts Predict Higher Prices Ahead
…AAA said Monday that both gasoline and crude oil prices are at historic highs for this time of year.
The national average for regular gas climbed four cents a gallon last …

Ethanol Tax and Tariff Changes Likely to Affect DDGS Value
January 16, 2012 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Steve Meyer  (National Hog Farmer)  … In a recent newsletter, Rob Musser of NutriQuest, Mason City, IA, ( lays out the economic proposition for ethanol plants removing corn oil from DDGs. First, corn oil …

Oil Prices to Reach All-Time High
January 12, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Even without VEETC ethanol is still making gasoline cheaper
In its monthly short-term outlook, the Energy Department expects U.S. benchmark crude oil prices to average over $100 a barrel in 2012 and touch an …

Editorial: Uncle Sam and Ethanol — Small Steps toward a Genuine Market
January 12, 2012 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Chicago Tribune)  …Congress and the federal agencies responsible for managing the biofuel industry need to stop trying to artificially create a market for a high-tech product that may never exist on a commercial scale.
…At current …

Ethanol Remains a Bargain
January 12, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  …In recent weeks, many headlines have trumpeted the argument that gas prices will be higher as a result of expiration of the VEETC. As is often the case, a …

Biodiesel a Concern as Renewable Fuel Subsidies End
January 9, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Mark Steil (Minnesota Public Radio)  A couple of key federal subsidies for the renewable fuel industry are about to end, cutting billions of dollars tax credits for the ethanol and biodiesel industries.
Congress could renew …

After Three Decades, Tax Credit for Ethanol Expires
January 9, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Robert Pear (New York Times)  …“We are in a fairly prosperous period for agriculture,” said Dean C. Taylor, a former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. “Agriculture has not been as much of a …

Forging Ahead: Enterprising Retail Operators Install E85 Pumps Despite Pricing Uncertainties
December 29, 2011 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Retailers are concerned about increasing E85 prices as a result of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit’s expiration, says Todd Garner, CEO of Boca Raton, Fla.-based ethanol marketer and …

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

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

Expiring Ethanol Credit to Add to Gas Price Jump
December 29, 2011 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(WRAL)  Lack of action by state lawmakers and Congress is expected to raise gas prices in North Carolina by more than 8 cents a gallon, starting Sunday.
Half of the increase comes from the state. North …

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

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

The 10 Top Unanswered Biofuels Questions for 2011
December 14, 2011 – 9:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Your calls and emails are always the highlight of our days. Most questions can be answered johnny-on-the-spot. Some are still out there and well worth arguing over. Here are the …

Level the Playing Field for All Energy Sources
December 9, 2011 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Amid the political clamor surrounding congressional efforts to cut federal spending over the next decade and reduce the nation’s deficit, the ethanol industry has conceded that a seven-year subsidy benefiting the sector …

Our View: On VEETC, We Won
December 7, 2011 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Garry Niemeyer   (National Corn Growers Association)  Back in August, the Green Scissors Project identified ways the federal government could shave $380 billion from the federal budget over five years. But their $380 billion in …

Refiners Warn Marketers of Imminent End of Ethanol Tax Break
December 5, 2011 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(NACS Online)  Refiners are starting to warn marketers to prepare for the end of the 4.5 cts/gal ethanol tax credit, which is set to expire at month’s end, absent last-minute action by Congress.
Chevron notified its …

Ethanol Margins to Fall: Blender Credit Will Expire at Year’s End
November 29, 2011 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  Ethanol producers will lose about 25 to 30 cents per gallon on operating profits when the tax credit for blenders goes away after Dec. 31.
…(Walt) Wendland, who also is president …

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

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

Life After VEETC
September 29, 2011 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Ron V. Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …And, we need to make their customers comfortable buying new blends of fuel such as E15, E85 or other midlevel blends.
A gasoline retailer recently told …

The Subsidy Debate: Oil vs. Ethanol
September 28, 2011 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Kate Bechen and Porter J. Martin (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …But what often is missing in criticisms of ethanol is an acknowledgement that the oil industry significantly benefits from a variety of tax credits, incentives …

RFA Urges Super Committee to Look at Oil Subsidies
September 28, 2011 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  In a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the so-called “super committee” assigned to find ways to cut the deficit, the Renewable Fuels Association today urged …

Brazil-US Ethanol Tariff Discussions Pick Up as Expiration Nears
September 28, 2011 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the U.S ethanol industry confronts the reality that the 45-cent-per-gallon Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit and 54-cent ethanol import tariff will end on Dec. 31, some industry representatives …

The Future of Biorefining Policy
September 27, 2011 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …While some in the industry doubt that a Congress so focused on debt reduction will extend VEETC and the biodiesel tax credit, Greg Jenner, a partner in Stoel Rives LLP’s …

Fast Food Chains Place Order for No New Ethanol Subsidies
September 19, 2011 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Anti-ethanol interests have launched their latest campaign focused on ensuring the demise of ethanol subsidies with a letter sent Sept. 15 to all members of Congress urging them not …

Fixing A Broken Biofuel Incentive Program
September 15, 2011 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  …My Plan: Award Direct Per Gallon Subsidies for Oil Displacement
Instead of offering grants and loan guarantees for cellulosic ethanol producers — and forcing blenders to pay when they can’t purchase product …

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

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

Future Ethanol Policy Changes
September 7, 2011 – 8:15 am | No Comment

by Kent Theisse (Corn and Soybean Digest Blogs and Opinions)  … Many people are very excited about producing ethanol from woodchips, switchgrass, algae and other substances; however, most of this type of ethanol production is still …

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

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

Franken Visits Farmfest
August 11, 2011 – 10:27 am | One Comment

by Janet Kubat Willette (  Expect direct payments to take a hit in the next farm bill, Sen. Al Franken told a Farmfest audience Aug. 3.
The Minnesota Democrat said the super committee of 12 Congresspeople could …

US Debt Deal: Biofuels Industry Reaction
August 2, 2011 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol “ACE and our members are disappointed that the ethanol compromise was not included in the final debt limit deal …

Energy Programs Prepare for Debt Deal Pain
August 1, 2011 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode & Darren Samuelsohn   (Politico)  Popular energy and environmental programs should prepare for a decade of spending cuts under the debt deal reached late Sunday between the White House and congressional leaders.
Less clear, …

Still Time to Get Biofuels Support Right
August 1, 2011 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest) Reports of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit’s (VEETC) early demise have been a bit overblown. Though several groups and reporters believed the die was cast and the potential revenue …

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

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

Ethanol Makers Losing $6 Billion Tax Break Keep $6.9 Billion
July 20, 2011 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

(San Francisco Chronicle/Bloomberg)  Ethanol manufacturers are set to thrive even if they have to give up $6 billion a year in U.S. tax subsidies because a government mandate for increased use of the fuel may …

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

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

Study: Ethanol Subsidies Boost Output, Corn Cost
June 29, 2011 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jacob Barker (The Columbia Daily Tribune)  Policies fueled the boom in industry.
Federal subsidies for ethanol push up ethanol production and the price of corn, according to a report released today (June 27, 2011) from …

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

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

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

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

Ethanol Makers, Farmers Push for Modest Support if Subsidy Dies; Economists Say They’ll Be OK
June 29, 2011 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(AP/Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  If a $5 billion-a-year federal subsidy that helped build the ethanol industry comes to an end, it will likely mean two things, experts who have followed its development say.
First, it doesn’t guarantee …

US Senate Defeats Coburn Amendment: Industry Reaction
June 15, 2011 – 6:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, on a cloture vote in the Senate to proceed to an amendment that would end the current ethanol tax incentive immediately, Senator Coburn’s amendment lost 40-59, falling 20 votes …

Senate Vote to Repeal Ethanol Tax Credit Fails, But Some in GOP Break Ranks
June 15, 2011 – 5:55 am | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  A majority of Senate Republicans appeared to break Tuesday with two decades of GOP orthodoxy against higher taxes, voting to advance a plan to abruptly cancel billions of dollars …

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

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

Thune/Klobuchar Bill Endorsed by Ethanol Industry
June 14, 2011 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) along with a bipartisan group of nine other Senate colleagues have introduced the Ethanol Reform and Deficit Reduction Act. The bill is designed …

Tom Coburn Forces Tuesday Ethanol Vote
June 10, 2011 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)
Sen. Tom Coburn has pulled the trigger and is forcing a long-sought vote on an amendment repealing billions in annual tax incentives for ethanol.
The Senate will vote Tuesday afternoon on Coburn’s motion …

The Politics of Tax-and-Blend
June 2, 2011 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Instead of simply not collecting a portion of the fuel tax, the consumer is charged the whole amount, which is collected by the gas station and paid to the government. …

Should Government Keep Financially Supporting Ethanol? (The Debate 5/23-5/27)
May 23, 2011 – 8:41 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Public Radio News)  The Assertion: The state and federal government should continue subsidizing ethanol
Ethanol’s promise as America’s path to energy self-sufficiency once seemed strong. But in recent years, that attraction has been tempered. Even …

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

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

Five Big Problems with Big Oil’s New Analysis of RFS Implementation Issues
May 6, 2011 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  The Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC) recently released a white paper inexplicably suggesting that the cost of the Federal ethanol program exceeds its benefits by a factor of 3 to …

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

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

Grassley-Conrad Bill Boosts Domestic Energy Production
May 4, 2011 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Senator Chuck Grassley)  Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Kent Conrad of North Dakota today introduced bipartisan legislation to update ethanol tax policies in an effort to boost domestic energy production and increase America’s energy independence …

Senators Introduce Bill to End Ethanol Subsidies, Import Tariff
May 4, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Snyder (Bloomberg)  …Senators Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said the 45-cent credit, which is given to oil refiners for each gallon of ethanol they blend with gasoline, was unjustified …

Next-Generation Biofuels Panel Discussion
May 4, 2011 – 8:23 am | No Comment

(Milken Institute Global Conference)  With oil prices spiking and concern over climate change growing, biofuels hold tremendous appeal. But they must overcome considerable hurdles. Further process and technology refinements are needed to ensure that biofuels …

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

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

Ethanol: Pros, Cons Fuel Debate over Its Worth
April 4, 2011 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Tyler Ellyson  (Columbus Telegram)   Robeson, general manager of Frontier Co-op in Brainard, considers the corn-based fuel to be the crutch that the Midwest and Nebraska economies leaned on during the recent recession — keeping …

Ethanol Industry Hoping for Surge
March 31, 2011 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Kate Galbraith  (New York Times)    Cellulosic ethanol could be poised for a surge — finally.
Around the country and especially in the Midwest, a number of proposed plants that would turn corn cobs, wheat …

Taking the American Biofuel Industry to the Next Level; From Talk to Action
March 24, 2011 – 7:58 am | No Comment

(Novozymes)  The United States has a lot riding on the success of its biofuel industry – energy independence, job creation, and environmental stewardship. But really, how far is the country in achieving its goals? There …

Proposal: VEETC Phased Out, Replaced with Variable Tax Credit
March 22, 2011 – 7:06 am | No Comment

(OPIS)  …According to sources familiar with the proposal, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) have agreed to phase down the current 45 cts/gal …

EU Bioethanol Group Weighs U.S. Subsidy Lawsuit
March 17, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment

By Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck (Reuters/Forexyard)  European bioethanol producers will decide by the end of March whether to file a legal complaint with the European Commission over U.S. subsidies, the EU’s main bioethanol lobby said.
Producers such …

U.S. Sen. Grassley: Ethanol and Energy
March 16, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(  Floor Speech of Sen. Chuck Grassley Ethanol and Energy Independence Delivered Monday, March 07, 2011
…We must look to alternative and renewable resources so we can improve our energy and national security.
This includes supporting energy …

Letter to Editor: Ethanol Helps Stabilize Energy Prices
March 16, 2011 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association/Baltimore Sun)  The Sun may have cut back its foreign bureaus, but your editorial writers (“End subsidies for corn-based ethanol,” March 14) must still be aware of the turmoil in …

Corn Growers To Explore Payment Shift
March 16, 2011 – 10:20 am | No Comment

(Wallaces Farmer)  …NCGA (National Corn Growers Association) delegates attending the meeting in Tampa, Fla., adopted ethanol policy that states “NCGA supports reforming existing ethanol tax policy. Ideas to replace existing tax law, in the following priority …

National Security Interests Require Tax Incentives for Biofuels and Advanced Biofuels
March 14, 2011 – 9:07 am | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With the oil industry, a 150-year old mature enterprise, still receiving at least 2.5 times the subsidies of the renewable fuel industry ($72 billion 2002-2008, Environmental Law Institute …

Growth Energy, Pacific Ethanol Speak Out on Ethanol Tax Credit
March 11, 2011 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy: “Anyone who blames ethanol for pain at the pump simply hasn’t looked at the market, where ethanol is historically cheaper than gasoline. In fact, ethanol …

Grassley Says Corn-Based Fuel Part of Overall Energy Picture
March 9, 2011 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Matt Kelley  (Radio Iowa)  At a political event in central Iowa last night, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer  promised to end ethanol subsidies if he’s elected president. Roemer’s comment didn’t wow the crowd in …

Coalition of 90 Groups Blast Ethanol Tax Credits
March 2, 2011 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a coalition of 90 organizations urged Congress to let the refundable Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) expire and to resist calls for spending on infrastructure for conventional …

Ethanol Industry Faces High Corn Prices
January 12, 2011 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (The Progressive Farmer)   …(P)ressure from rising corn prices at the start of 2011 is expected to test ethanol producers’ ability to manage risk. …Rabobank said ethanol would remain profitable with corn …

Grassley Speaks Out on Renewable Fuels Tax
December 3, 2010 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Iowa Senator says what’s fair for oil should be fair for ethanol.
…During a speech on the Senate floor, Grassley said, “I’d like to remind my colleagues of a debate that we had earlier …

Five Reasons the Tea Party Is Not Lobbying for End of Ethanol Subsidies
December 3, 2010 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(Newsweek)  Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma were Tea Partiers before the term existed.
…Now they’ve found a new, eminently worthy target: The 7 billion taxpayer dollars that annually go to …

Energy Bills May Wait as US Congress Focuses on Taxes for Rest of 2010
December 1, 2010 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Brian Hansen  (Platts)  Republican leaders in the US Congress said Tuesday after a private meeting with President Barack Obama that they plan to focus on tax issues before legislators adjourn for the year, but …

Getting the Facts Straight on Ethanol, Letters to the Editor
December 1, 2010 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Letter to the Editor, Chicago Tribune, Re: Dennis Byrne’s column “Time to stand up to ethanol interests.”
…First, Byrne’s facts and figures are accurate for the tax credits for domestic ethanol …

Washington Could Determine Ethanol’s Indiana Future
November 29, 2010 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Chicago Tribune/AP)  A decision by Congress on whether to extend or gradually phase out a tax credit to oil companies and refiners to blend ethanol with gasoline could make or break some of Indiana’s 12 …

The Thin Line Between Academics and Advocacy
November 22, 2010 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Matt Hartwig (Renewable Fuels Association)  Earlier this week, Iowa State University Professor Bruce Babcock released a policy brief entitled “Impact of Ethanol, Corn, and Livestock from Imminent U.S. Policy Decisions.”  Much of this analysis …

Ethanol and Gasoline Prices
October 27, 2010 – 7:36 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Ethanol prices have strengthened over the past several months in response to higher corn prices and growing ethanol demand. Some have attempted to single out the escalation in ethanol prices …

Oil Receives More Taxpayer Dollars: DTN Finds Oil Industry Subsidized Much Higher Than Ethanol
October 13, 2010 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (Progressive Farmer)  In the eternal mudslinging between supporters and opponents of biofuels, “subsidies” are one of the opponents’ biggest and most painful mud balls.
“If ethanol is such a good idea, why does …

Report from Cato Institute Briefing: Rethinking Biofuel Policy
October 8, 2010 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

By Cindy O’Connor (Advanced Biofuels USA)The   Washington DC, September 30  briefing topic was why the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) should not be renewed. 
The first speaker, Dr. Harry de Goerter, Cato Fellow and Professor, …

New NRDC Fact Sheet Shows How Moving beyond Corn Ethanol Means More Investment and More Jobs in More States
August 26, 2010 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Sasha Lyutse  (Natural Resources Defense Council)   …
As a result, the VEETC has not only concentrated the ethanol industry in just a handful of states, but siphoned scarce resources away from more competitive biofuel technologies …

A Better Ethanol Policy
August 17, 2010 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report/R Squared Energy Blog)  …Reader Paul Nash came up with a specific plan…
Specific Recommendations

Scrap the VEETC (since there is a mandate already and it expires at the end of 2010).
Maintain …

New York Times Misses the Mark on America’s Fuel
July 30, 2010 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  The New York Times’ July 29th Editorial “Energy Subsidies – Good and Bad,” mischaracterizes Growth Energy’s proposal to open the American transportation fuels market and fails to acknowledge the technological advancements that have made …

It’s a Critical Time for Ethanol
July 30, 2010 – 8:28 am | No Comment

by Joe Ruff (Omaha World Herald)  It’s time for the federal government to move beyond offering tax credits to companies that combine ethanol with gasoline, said the CEO of the fourth-largest ethanol producer in the country.
Instead, …

The Economics of U.S. Ethanol Policy: A Rebuttal
July 28, 2010 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk   (ENTRIX/The Hill)  In his July 27 blog posting “The economics of U.S. ethanol policy” Professor Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University reports the results of new research suggesting that allowing the current …

Letter to the Editor: Washington Post
July 27, 2010 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   In its editorial (“It’s time to end the excessive subsidies for corn ethanol,” 7/24/2010), the Post failed to provide its readers any context, misled them about the nature of U.S. ethanol production, …

Reducing Ethanol Protections Won’t Hurt Industry, Report Finds
July 24, 2010 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jay Heflin (The Hill)  
A new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development shows a reduction in the ethanol tax credit proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee and removing tariffs on …

2010 Green Scissors Campaign Seeks to Cut Federal Budget for Biofuels, Agriculture, and Other Areas
July 23, 2010 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Grainnet)  The Green Scissors campaign, a diverse coalition of taxpayer, environmental and consumer groups, released July 22 Green Scissors 2010, a report highlighting government programs and subsidies that are wasteful to taxpayers, harmful to the environment …

The Ethanol Mud-Rasslers Reach for the Manure
July 21, 2010 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Two new data points have been introduced. A Congressional Budget Office report on the  ethanol tax credit, and a report from Bruce Babcock et al at Iowa State, funded by …

Costs and Benefits to Taxpayers, Consumers, and Producers from U.S. Ethanol Policies
July 21, 2010 – 8:07 am | No Comment

by Bruce A. Babcock, Kanlaya J. Barr, Miguel Carriquiry (Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Iowa State University)  The U.S. ethanol industry is lobbying hard for an extension of existing ethanol import tariffs and blenders …

The Mad Scramble over the Ethanol Tax Credit
July 20, 2010 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, the Environmental Working Group, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Meat Institute, and several members of congress are among …

Fueling Freedom Plan Will Redirect Government Support to Create Open Fuels Market
July 19, 2010 – 10:21 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy, a coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, today called for the redirection and eventual phasing out of government support for ethanol in return for a level playing field – infrastructure investments that will …

Implications Of The U.S. Ethanol Tariff
April 19, 2010 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  …In order to better understand the intricacies of the issues involved, I have been engaged in dialogue with a number of industry groups and economists. Here I will try to shed …

Government Earns 400% ROI on Ethanol Blender’s Credit
February 25, 2010 – 9:13 am | No Comment

by Mark (Corn Commentary)  …The next issue can already be seen on the horizon and it can be seen clearly because it is not a “new” criticism. It is called the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax …