Abengoa seeks creditor protection

Renewable energy company Abengoa has filed for preliminary protection from its creditors, a possible prelude to bankruptcy. Abengoa operates ethanol plants near Madison and Mount Vernon, Illinois; Ravenna and York, Nebraska; Portales, New Mexico; and Colwich, Kansas. Earlier this year, the company opened a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. The company is based in… Read more »

Biofuels study shows big reduction of GHGs

A new analysis of biofuels consumed under the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) shows they have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 354 million metric tons since 2008. That’s a greater number than anticipated, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) which sponsored the study (conducted by Life Cycle Associates, based in California). The RFA says… Read more »

Retrofit of Nebraska biodiesel plant nearly complete

Retrofitting of the Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska is nearing completion and, according to a story in the Beatrice Daily Sun, the plant will begin operations “by the end of this year or early in 2016”. Duonix Beatrice is a joint venture between Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, and Benefuel. They… Read more »

EPA official discusses upcoming RFS announcement

Supporters and critics of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) are presenting their final arguments as the Obama Administration nears a decision on the final renewable volume obligations for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Both sides have been writing letters to Administration officials and running advertisements in the D.C. area, hoping to influence the final outcome. Meanwhile, EPA official… Read more »

NCGA unhappy lawmakers ask for LESS ethanol

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The National Corn Growers Association says it’s disappointed in U.S. House members representing corn-growing states who have signed a letter to the EPA asking for lower volumes of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. NCGA’s Beth Elliott tells Brownfield Ag News – an article in Bloomberg says the letter has the influence of the oil… Read more »

Ethanol pump grants encourage growth to ethanol industry

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 Council is an opportunity to further leverage farmer checkoff dollars to… Read more »

Green Plains acquires two ethanol plants

Omaha-based ethanol producer Green Plains has announced the purchase of an ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas. The facility, which was owned by Murphy USA, is the second plant acquired by Green Plains in recent days.  On October 26th, the company announced the purchase of an ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia from Future Fuels. The Texas… Read more »

Grand opening speakers lament ‘uncertainty’ over RFS

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the new DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa is a great example of what Congress envisioned when it passed the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) a decade ago. Grassley was one of the speakers at the recent grand opening event for the plant, which is located near Nevada, Iowa. “We envisioned… Read more »

NASCAR team owner committed to ethanol

Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is a former driver and racing team owner who is committed to American Ethanol.  He believes in the fuel not only because of its performance capabilities, but because it is an environmentally friendly, American made fuel. Childress told Brownfield “It’s something we’re doing right for… Read more »

Missouri corn grower: Funds for ethanol infrastructure ‘good news’

Missouri’s been awarded nearly $3 million for ethanol infrastructure expansion.  The federal grant will fund the installation of as many as 171 blender pumps allowing drivers to dispense gasoline blended with as much as 85 percent ethanol.  Missouri Corn Merchandising Council Chairman Gary Porter, who grows corn in the northern part of the state near… Read more »