Corn Growers CEO: EPA decision good and bad news

The chief executive officer of the National Corn Growers Association says there is both good and bad news in the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to put off finalizing ethanol blend volumes for the Renewable Fuels Standard.  The good news, says Chris Novak, is that the EPA took a step back from the lower ethanol blend… Read more »

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, the agency says it will set the final 2014 volume standard next year, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes. Brian Jennings, executive… Read more »

Farm groups ask the President to intervene on RFS

Several farm groups have sent a letter to President Obama asking him, “to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard.” The letter states that when the RFS was established in 2005 it spurred American agriculture to build and expand feedstocks and… Read more »

Iowa biodiesel plant completes upgrades

Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed upgrades to its 30-million gallon biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa. The upgrades will allow the plant to produce biodiesel from a wider variety of raw materials such as inedible corn oil, animal fats and greases.  That’s in addition to the refined vegetable oils the plant was originally designed to… Read more »

Two motor clubs endorse E15

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has received some welcome assistance in its ongoing battle with the AAA Motor Club over E15, the blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. AAA has repeatedly called for the suspension of E15 sales, saying it is potentially harmful to automobile engines.  It contends consumer confusion over E15… Read more »

Nebraska’s wind industry is growing

The seventh annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference will take place October 29th and 30th in LaVista. John Hansen, conference co-chair and president of Nebraska Farmers Union, says it’s an exciting time for supporters of wind energy development in Nebraska. “We are in the middle of the largest three-year development and deployment of wind energy… Read more »

Kansas cellulosic plant will use variety of feedstocks

Last week, Abengoa Bioenergy officially opened its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Spokesman Chris Standlee says the plant will utilize crop residue as its feedstock, with about 80 percent of that being corn stover. “We have already done four or five years of harvest—and we’ve done harvests with both corn stover and wheat… Read more »

Nebraska’s governor encourages E85 use

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is encouraging Nebraskans to use E85—the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline—the next time they fill up with a flex fuel vehicle. “Our farmers are anticipating record corn yields, which makes it the perfect time to encourage consumers to utilize one of the many products made from… Read more »

Kansas cellulosic ethanol plant holds grand opening

Another cellulosic ethanol plant is officially open. Abengoa held a grand opening today (Friday) for its new cellulosic plant in Hugoton, Kansas.  The plant, which is located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City, began production in late September. At full operation, the Abengoa plant will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually and… Read more »

Indiana to unveil new energy strategy

The 25x’25 Alliance’s Rural Energy Forum and Tour held in Indiana last week highlighted some of the reasons Indiana is a leader in renewable energy.  Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann told attendees the administration is supportive of all forms of renewable energy.  “As we roll out an energy strategy in November you’re going to get to… Read more »