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Ga. failure not the only ethanol misadventure

Source: Dan Chapman • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Posted: Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Ethanol ventures backed by billionaire entrepreneur Vinod Khosla — including Range 
Fuels, which built a failed factory in Georgia — were given the green light for an estimated $600 million in federal and state subsidies, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal- Constitution. Yet none of the dozen or so companies financed or controlled by Khosla over the last decade has produced commercially viable ethanol. Some failed or, hamstrung by unproven technology and insufficient capital, remain behind schedule. Others bet on new technologies.

Ethanol Futures Fall Most in Six Months on Larger Corn Crop

Source: Mario Parker • Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

Ethanol futures fell the most in more than six months after a government report showing that supplies of corn were higher than forecast sent futures for the grain down the exchange-imposed limit.

2011 crop report expected to show further drops in surpluses, yields

Source: DAN PILLER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

Since mid-December, corn prices have risen 76 cents per bushel and soybeans are up $1.20 per bushel, restoring about $2 billion to the value of Iowa’s crops lost in a price decline that began around Labor Day.

Iowa economist computes ethanol contribution at just $1 billion

Source: Susanne Retka Schill • Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

Taking issue with the ethanol industry’s “overstating its net contribution to the nation’s and the individual state’s economic accounts,” Dave Swenson, Iowa State University associate scientist in economics, released his own calculations of the ethanol industry’s contribution to Iowa’s economy.

Bipartisan Senate group seeks delay in EPA tailpipe rules

Source: Jeremy P. Jacobs • E&E • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

A bipartisan group of senators today urged U.S. EPA to hold off on new regulations that would cut air pollution from the tailpipes of cars and trucks because the rules would drive up the cost of gasoline.

EPA unveils new tool for tracking carbon emissions

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

U.S. EPA today rolled out a new database that will allow the public to track greenhouse gas emissions across a variety of U.S. sources, including power plants, refineries and manufacturers.

On Our Radar: The Nation’s Greenhouse Gas Culprits

New York Times • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency releases an interactive online tool for identifying major sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The database and map allow residents and governments to learn about the biggest polluters in their neighborhoods and get the broad picture as well.

Industry remains optimistic, despite Range Fuels’ collapse

Source: Tiffany Stecker • E&E • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The initial creation and federal backing of the Range Fuels ethanol refinery in southeast Georgia led the wave of wood ethanol plants across the region, but the company’s misfortune won’t necessarily stall the others, say company experts. A handful of plants in the southeastern United States, from Georgia to Tennessee, are slated to begin producing cellulosic ethanol — fuel made from tough, fibrous biodegradable matter — in the next few years. The region is rich with timber and easily accessible wood waste to turn into ethanol, driving a number of wood-based energy plants that are under construction.

Fuel Testing Reveals Higher Octane in Ethanol, Adding Improved Performance Benefits

Biofuels Journal • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Last July, it might have seemed surprising when the government announced ambitious plans to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to 54.5 MPG by 2025. Could a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly source of octane be found in ethanol? The answer is a resounding, ‘yes,’ according to the fuel testing results that were just released.

Industry Says Cellulosic Ethanol Progress is Being Made

Source: Cindy Zimmerman • Domesticfuel.com • Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

“In a very difficult financial and policy environment, the first wave of commercial advanced ethanol production facilities are under construction in a number of states across the country,” said Advanced Ethanol Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman. “Diversifying America’s fuel supply with increasing amounts of clean, domestically produced renewable fuel requires us to keep our eyes on the prize and not be distracted by the noise and misdirection coming from naysayers protecting the status quo.”