Category: Ethanol

Ethanol Update: Auto dealers, Reid vapor pressure, E15 and the RFS

This week’s Ethanol Update is short, but as always, packed with some great info. When you’re traveling this Holiday season, be sure to fill up with cleaner burning, renewable, homegrown ethanol fuels!

Auto dealer resources
Our friends at Growth Energy have put together a resources page for auto dealers to address misconceptions about ethanol. The page, which includes a video, showroom posters and facts about ethanol fuel, can be viewed here.

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More Minnesotans than ever before are filling up with E15

EthanolPerhaps you’ve heard about it on the radio. Maybe you’ve seen an ad in the newspaper. Or maybe your neighbor has talked about saving a few bucks by filling up with a new fuel at the station down the street.

E15 is taking off in Minnesota, and it’s popularity will likely continue to rise in the coming years.

In October, Minnesota drivers filled up with 472,172 gallons of E15.

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Where does Minnesota corn go?

By Tim Rasmussen, MCGA Agvocate

My favorite season is wrapping up in Minnesota, corn fields are harvested and corn is being delivered to on-farm or off farm storage. My family farm is located in northwest Minnesota in Fergus Falls, MN (Ottertail County) and we recently completed an early plentiful corn harvest. As I was sitting in the seat of the combine some thoughts ran across my mind. Where will the corn be going next after harvest?

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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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