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 »

Renewable energy is a key to national security

Energy independence is a key to national security.  Retired US Air Force General Donald Hoffman, a member of the military advisory board says since World War 1, fuel has replaced fodder as our means of mobility from military actions.  He adds, “Both on the battlefield and getting to the battlefield and training and getting ready… Read more »

St. Louis retailers may be over-pricing E85

A Renewable Fuels Association (RFS) study says some St. Louis area retailers may be price gouging on E85, the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The study found that average E85 prices were 12 percent below gasoline at wholesale, but one percent above gasoline at the retail level. Bob Dinneen, CEO of… Read more »

South Dakota Ag Economic impact results

The impact of agriculture on South Dakota’s economy cannot be ignored in a new study released by the state Department of Agriculture. It shows that total production agriculture and ag related industries accounted for more than 30 percent of South Dakota’s total output, based on 2012 data. Also that year, agriculture accounted for one in… Read more »