Energy Balance? The scale tips heavily in ethanol's favor

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The secret to ethanol’s phenomenal energy return — 2.34 BTUs out for every 1 BTU of fossil energy input — begins with the corn plant’s excellence as a solar capture medium, says Randall Doyal, CEO of Al-Corn Energy in Claremont, Minn.

“What people don’t understand is that we are not creating new energy when we make ethanol. We’re capturing solar energy,” Doyal said. “There are always people who want to tell you how great voltaics and other solar energy capture devices are,

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Message to EPA: "Don't Mess with the RFS"

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard from renewable fuels supporters — and a few Big Oil mouthpieces — on Thursday during a public hearing on the agency’s proposal to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.

“The EPA is now caving in to the demands of Big Oil, who has always resisted renewable fuels – from the very beginning,”

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10 reasons why you should tell EPA to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard alone

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed slashing the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and reducing the amount of ethanol we blend with our gasoline by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014. If implemented, this misguided proposal would raise gas prices and seriously damage the rural economy.

Thankfully, there is still time to put a stop to this proposal. Click here to tell the EPA that the RFS is working as it was intended and that there is no need to change it.

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Proposed RFS reduction threatens a vital animal feed: Distillers Grains

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With a bushel of corn — 56 pounds — an ethanol plant produces 2.8 gallons of cleaner burning fuel and 17 pounds of high quality animal feed.

With cuts looming to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) – legislation that sets targets for the amount of corn ethanol blended with regular gasoline — farmers who feed DDGS rations to livestock are worried about this great source of protein and energy drying up.

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Minnesota's Nutrient Reduction Strategy in 250 words or less

The first in our series of posts that summarizes existing conservation-related reports, programs, strategies and initiatives in 250 words or less focuses on the Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

There are several plans, strategies and programs – both at the federal and state level – with a goal of reducing nitrogen in our water. The purpose of the Minnesota Nutrient Reduction Strategy is to provide guidance to state level programs to achieve nitrogen and phosphorus reduction in Minnesota waters,

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