Category: Ethanol

Minnesota's corn farmers launch Ethanol Cup racing series

Ethanol CupGentleman, start your ethanol-powered engines!

Minnesota’s corn farmers are launching the Ethanol Cup during the upcoming 2014 racing season at Elko Speedway just outside of the Twin Cities and at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, about a half hour south of Rochester.

Drivers who use a minimum of E15 (a high-octane gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) in their cars will qualify to compete in the Ethanol Cup point fund.

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Don't let Big Oil rig the debate

Did you know that the oil industry has spent more than $1 million for every member of Congress to buy influence on Capitol Hill over the last five years? Or that despite hundreds of billions of dollars in profits, oil companies enjoy special tax breaks and subsidies that date back to 1913?

All of these facts and more can be found at, a new website from Fuels America that holds nothing back in shooting down myths and misinformation spread by Big Oil companies about homegrown ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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Domestic oil drilling isn't stopping the annual summer gas price hike

As we drill for more oil than ever before in the United States, gas prices are going up.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The snow is melting, temperatures are rising, families are making summer vacation plans, people are driving more, and (conveniently) gas prices are spiking.

“Hold on a minute,” you might be saying. “We’re in the midst of a domestic oil boom. I thought that was supposed to lower gas prices?”

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Save at the pump: Denco II promotion aims to increase the use of ethanol fuels

Denco II, an ethanol plant in Morris, Minn., is rolling out a new promotion this spring to increase the use of E85 and other ethanol-blended fuels like E15 and E30.

Back in 2011, Denco II invested over $100,000 in equipment upgrades to enhance their ethanol load-out system and offer E85 and higher blends directly to retailers. Beginning in April and lasting at least through the summer, consumers will be able to purchase E85 for at least $1 less than regular gasoline at 10 fueling stations in West Central Minnesota.

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Open letter fights back against API's ethanol smear campaign

The president of the Renewable Fuels Association and the CEO of Growth Energy recently penned an open letter to Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The letter appeared in both the New York Times and Politico.

API has been running television ads to further generate fear among consumers about the effect E15 has on car engines. Here’s one of the best passages from the letter:

“Despite the millions of dollars your industry has spent on bogus TV ads,

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Drivers in Polk County fill up on ethanol

The cars started lining up even before the discount officially started.

A total of 75 motorists filled their tanks with almost 1,400 gallons of ethanol-blended fuel at the Crookston Fuel and Ampride in Polk County on March 27. Drivers who filled up with E85 received 85 cents off per gallon. Those who filled up with E20, E30 or E50 got 50 cents off per gallon.

When all was said and done,

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What's up with EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard?

It’s been two months since the public comment period ended on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and drastically reduce the amount of the homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel.

Over 7,000 Minnesota corn farmers signed letters telling EPA to not mess with the RFS. EPA still hasn’t decided if it will keep the proposed cuts, scale them back, or ditch them altogether.

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Calling out the "Free Corn Coalition"

free cornNational Corn Growers Association president Martin Barbre has called out ethanol opponents in the livestock and poultry sector for recently signing a letter supporting EPA’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Barbre writes:

It is one thing to complain about the price of corn when it is $8 per bushel, as it came close to doing in the late summer of 2012, when the drought reduced the corn supply by four billion bushels.

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Corn prices are down, food prices are up

One of the main talking points of the anti-ethanol crowd centers on the myth that using corn for ethanol drives up corn prices and makes our food more expensive.

A recent story in the Wall St. Journal noted that federal forecasters estimate retail food prices will rise as much as 3.5 percent this year. Those prices are going up despite the fact that we’re continuing to produce a lot of ethanol,

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Oil prices, not ethanol, to blame for recent spike in gas prices

Well, that didn’t take long. Gas prices have increased in recent weeks and the usual crowd isn’t wasting any time pointing the finger at ethanol.

Trilby Lundberg conducts the Lundberg survey of about 2,500 gas stations every couple of weeks. She says an increase in the price of ethanol (which is blended with gasoline) due to what’s happening in Ukraine has caused gas prices to go up.

Trilby Lundberg,

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