Whether Drilled Abroad or Fracked at Home, Oil Causes Problems, Okay?

In Biofuels, Ethanol by Cathryn

Americans used to rally together around the idea of extracting our military from the Middle East by decreasing our dependence upon foreign oil. As we saw military involvement increase and climate change claims on the upswing, Congress even passed an act mandating biofuels. Then came fracking. Suddenly, despite the finite and insufficient increase in domestic oil production, America sunk back …

Oxygenate from Ethanol and Corn

In Audio, Biofuels, CUTC, Ethanol by Cindy

xF Technologies Inc. is an advanced biofuel company that has developed a chemical process to convert corn or biomass plus alcohol (especially ethanol or methanol) into an oxygenate that can be blended with gasoline and diesel. “It’s a completely chemical process – no enzymes, no bacteria, no fermentation,” said Bob Randle of xF Technologies, who spoke at the recent Corn …

HuffPost Blog Provides Clarity on Cleaner Fuels

In Biofuels, Environmental, Ethanol, Media, Politics by Cathryn

In a media landscape that often seizes upon sensationalism, The Huffington Post took a balanced, thoughtful approach to ethanol issues today in publishing a piece written in support of E15 by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory. The city of Chicago is considering a proposed ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15. The measure would help reduce greenhouse …

Father of Ethanol Award

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, Farm Bill, government by Cindy

The American Coalition for Ethanol meeting in Minneapolis last week honored Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota with its highest award for supporters of ethanol, the Merle Anderson Award. Anderson, a co-founder of ACE and known to many as the “Father of Ethanol,” proudly presented the award to his congressman. “Farmers have probably tripled their net worth in the last ten …

Increasing Ethanol Yield

In Audio, Biofuels, CUTC, Ethanol by Cindy

One way enzyme technology can help ethanol plants is by yielding more ethanol per bushel of corn. At the recent Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, Nathan Kreel with Novozymes talked about Olexa, a unique enzyme designed for oil recovery. “We developed it mainly to enhance corn oil extraction for the customer, but we are seeing there are a lot of …

The Yeast Dynamics of Ethanol Plants

In Audio, Biofuels, Biotechnology, CUTC, Ethanol by Cindy

DuPont Industrial Biosciences is looking into understanding the yeast metabolism and dynamics associated with various stresses in the fuel ethanol fermentation process. “Those stresses could be putting in too much enzyme, or not enough enzyme,” said Dr. Donald Cannon, who presented at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference. “So, we’ve identified succinate as a marker for nitrogen stress and what …

EPA Chief Hopes RFS Rule Coming “Soon”

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, government by Cindy

A final rule on the volume obligations for this year under the Renewable Fuel Standard is taking longer than expected, but Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy says they want to get it right. “I’m hoping it will come out soon,” she said during a press conference on agricultural issues this week. Explaining about the delay in releasing the final …

Don’t Worry, Consumers! Big Oil Will Make Those Pesky Choices for You

In Biofuels, Ethanol by Cathryn

Standing at the pump, have you even wondered who decides which options you will have? Maybe the gas station owner? The government? Who knows? If you thought that it impacted what you pay, would you care? What if it was cheaper and kept money in the United States and out of oil regimes in the Middles East? Maybe then? According …

Be Proud to Support American Ethanol

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol by Cindy

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, many of us will be out on the roads driving to see family, friends and fireworks. But, thanks to upheaval in a little country halfway across the world, gas prices are up again so we are going to be paying more at the pump, a stark reminder that we are not …

In Battle Against Misinformation, Barbre Leads by Example

In Activism, Biofuels, Ethanol, Media by Cathryn

NCGA President Martin Barbre put pen to paper this week to correct an anti-ethanol article run by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Taking decisive action to address the misinformation published, Barbre not only shed light on an important subject for readers but also led by example. To read “Opinion Piece on Ethanol Gets Three Things Wrong,” click here. So often, …