Category: Ethanol

Corn Growers on RFS cuts: Today’s announcement a “step backward in American energy policy”

Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized renewable volume obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2016. EPA’s final 2016 RVO number cuts the amount of homegrown corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply by 500 million gallons below what Congress originally called for when passing the RFS in 2007.

The RFS is legislation that sets annual targets for the amount of cleaner-burning biofuels like corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

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Ethanol Update: Heading down the RFS home stretch

There is a lot of activity and rhetoric (mostly rhetoric) flying around about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) right now. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to finalize it’s adjusted RFS numbers on Nov. 30, which means Big Oil and its cronies are out in full force banging the anti-ethanol drum and doing whatever they can to get others to buy into the myths and misinformation they spread about cleaner-burning homegrown biofuels.

For this week’s Ethanol Update,

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Shame on these House members from corn-producing states for signing Big Oil's anti-ethanol letter

An oil industry lobbyist drafts an anti-ethanol letter. Members of Congress sign the letter. The letter is sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This practice isn’t uncommon — Big Oil and its deep pockets lead many organizations around by the nose as they strive to kill the Renewable Fuel Standard, roll back the use of homegrown biofuels and strengthen its monopoly on our fuel tanks and wallets.

But there’s no excuse for members of Congress from corn producing states to fall into Big Oil’s anti-ethanol trap.

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Ethanol Update: Big month for biofuels in Minnesota

It’s been a while since we did an Ethanol Update, so let’s get right to it. This week’s update includes information on a USDA biofuels grant, Coborn’s, new RFS TV ads and President Obama.

As you’ll see, it’s been a good month for homegrown biofuels here in Minnesota. The number of flex-fuel pumps out there is expanding and a USDA grant will help us install even more at stations throughout the state.

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Coborn's Little Dukes promoting ethanol fuel blends at 6 locations next week

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is teaming up with Coborn’s and several other supporters to offer big savings on higher-ethanol fuel blends at six Coborn’s and Little Duke’s locations next week.

During the promotions, E85 will be discounted by 85 cents per gallon, E30 by 30 cents per gallon and E15 by 15 cents per gallon.

E85 (85 percent ethanol) and E30 (30 percent ethanol) fuels are for use only in flex-fuel vehicles.

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Ethanol Update: EPA errors, infographics, failed anti-ethanol amendment, breast cancer research

It’s been a while since we published an Ethanol Update, so let’s not waste any time with small talk. Let’s get right to it:

EPA’s flawed MOVES model
The Urban Air Initiative published a great piece this week on why the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) MOVES model is flawed against ethanol. From the piece:

The MOVES 2014 Model uses input data that came from the results of something called the EPAct Study.

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5 reasons college students should love ethanol

As a corn farmer’s son from a family farm in Northwest Minnesota, we are proud to be corn farmers and proud to provide food, fiber and fuel for Minnesota. I want to focus why our corn can provide fuel for Minnesota. The corn we grow is used to make a cleaner-burning, homegrown and renewable fuel called ethanol.

I am a senior at North Dakota State University, home of the Bison, majoring in Agriculture Economics and preparing for the upcoming “real world” next spring.

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Minnesota drivers will soon have more cleaner-burning choices at the pump

Flex pumpMinnesota will soon be home to approximately 620 new flex-fuel pumps that give consumers the option of filling up with regular unleaded, or fuel blends like E15 and E85 that contain a higher percentage of homegrown ethanol.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers.

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VIDEO: A researcher is working on using a popular ethanol by-product in human foods

When a 56-pound bushel of corn is made into ethanol, we get nearly 3 pounds of fuel for our vehicles and 18 pounds of high-protein feed most commonly used for livestock.

Yes, you read that right: the ethanol-making process results in fuel and food. That’s why corn farmers and biofuels supporters shake their heads in exasperation when the oil industry and other ethanol detractors attempt to tear down ethanol using the long disproven food vs.

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Ethanol Update: EPA's flawed MOVE model, the RFS and E15

This week’s Ethanol Update contains tidbits on a flawed fuel testing model from the Environmental Protection Agency, the damage cutting the Renewable Fuel Standard will do to air quality, Chrysler including E15 in its vehicle warranties and a successful ethanol promotion in Minnesota small town.

Warning: Flawed EPA model could cripple higher ethanol blends
David VanderGriend, president of the Urban Air Initiative, warns that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new MOVES model is biased against ethanol and will be a major obstacle to higher ethanol blends.

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