Category: Ethanol

Ethanol update: E15, RFS, an ethanol pioneer and higher "renewable content"

ethanolplantThere’s a lot happening in the world of ethanol and biofuels these days. Whether it’s new developments in the battle to maintain a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) or the growing popularity of E15, there’s no shortage of news about ethanol.

In order to cover as much of it as we can and keep corn farmers up to date, we here at MinnesotaCornerstone.com plan to do regular “Ethanol Update” posts to highlight the most newsworthy ethanol items from the previous week.

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Alden-Conger wins big in Detroit, ready for Supermileage Challenge next week

After another strong showing at the Shell Eco marathon Americas in Detroit, Alden-Conger is ready for the Supermileage Challenge in Brainerd.

The best way to describe the Supermileage Challenge is this: Teams of high school students design go-kart type vehicles and modify the engines so they travel as far as possible on a single gallon of fuel. Classes of competition include E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol fuel and regular gasoline),

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With support from corn farmers, E15 gaining popularity in Minnesota

The support of Minnesota’s corn farmers is fueling a rise in popularity of E15, which is a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline approved for use in vehicles model year 2001 or newer.

In January and February of 2015 (that’s all we have data for so far), nearly 300,000 gallons of E15 were sold in Minnesota by retailers who received funding support from a broad coalition that included the Minnesota Corn Growers Association to install flex-fuel pump infrastructure.

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Video: Highlighting the benefits of E15 in Minnesota

Lynn Ketelsen of the Linder Farm Network recently visited the Minnoco station in Shakopee and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) office to learn more about the rapidly increasing popularity of E15 in Minnesota.

E15 is a blend of 15 percent homegrown ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. MCGA was part of a broad coalition that helped bring E15 to Minnesota in the fall of 2013. Today, 18 stations in Minnesota dispense E15.

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Reminder: Ethanol is not subsidized

EthanolIf you’re going to criticize ethanol, at least make sure you’re criticizing something about it that actually exists.

A recent piece from The Motley Fool, published on the USA Today’s website, stated that ethanol is “not cost-competitive without government subsidies.” Problem is, ethanol is not subsidized. An ethanol tax credit ended in 2011.

As Media Matters highlights in this piece, The Motley Fool may have confused the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with a subsidy.

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Last chance to win a 20-game Minnesota Twins season ticket package

If you have yet to enter for your chance to win a 20-game Minnesota Twins season ticket package courtesy of Minnesota’s corn farmers, this week is your last chance.

If you have already entered, enter again! You can enter every week to increase your chances of winning.

Here’s all you have to do to enter:

  • Download the latest “Gleeman and the Geek” podcast here.
  • Listen to the podcast to learn this week’s keyword (Hint: It has something to do with ethanol being clean,

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Let ExxonMobil know how ethanol "fuels you"

Want a chance to win $1,000 in free fuel and let one of the world’s largest oil companies know how important homegrown renewable fuels like ethanol are to you? Then enter ExxonMobil’s “What Fuels You? contest.

All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself next to an example of “what fuels you?” You are to include a 140-character caption that finishes the sentence, “I’m fueled by…” Entries that pass ExxonMobil’s review process will appear online for voting.

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Why was Big Oil out in full force attacking ethanol and the RFS this week?

Big Oil tax breaksBig Oil is out in full force this week attacking homegrown biofuels like ethanol and calling for an end to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Perhaps it was the nice spring weather that brought the oil industry out of its hibernation. Maybe it was the fact that six of the nine republican presidential hopefuls expressed support for the RFS at an Iowa ag forum over the weekend.

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Win a 20-game Twins season ticket package from the MN Corn Growers

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has partnered with Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes of the popular “Gleeman & the Geek” Minnesota Twins podcast to give away a 20-game Twins season tickets package and connect with consumers about homegrown ethanol fuel.

“Gleeman & the Geek” records their podcast from a different Minnesota brewery or restaurant every week. They cover all things Minnesota Twins, and also highlight some of the best in Minnesota craft beer and local foods.

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