U.S. ethanol under fire in Europe

Source: PHILIP BRASHER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The ethanol industry’s main subsidy is set to end soon, but that hasn’t stopped European competitors from trying to get a tax slapped on the American-made biofuel, claiming that federal and state incentives make the imported product unfairly cheap.

Iowa Farmers Prep for New Cellulosic Ethanol Biofuel Plant

Source: Tina Casey • Triple Pundit • Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Old and new energy crossed paths in the American midwest last week: a new cellulosic ethanol refinery calledProject LIBERTY is on the way in for Emmetsburg, Iowa, while the U.S. State Department appears to have shut the door on the notorious Keystone XL oil pipeline project through Nebraska.

Supercommittee failure portends yearlong limbo for energy, environment programs

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

After four months of pressure campaigns and prognostication, the failure of the so-called congressional “supercommittee” to agree on $1.2 trillion in long-term spending cuts leaves energy and environmental programs in much the same position that they were after the August debt-limit deal: an uneasy limbo.

Farm bill will reshuffle winners, losers

Source: Philip Brasher • Argus Leader • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Reworked proposal might scrub pheasant habitat, benefit biofuels Count pheasant hunters among those who probably are disappointed Congress is plowing under the new farm bill. Biofuel producers, however, might be happy to see the bill go. Those groups were among winners and losers in the hastily crafted bill that House and Senate agriculture committees had […]

Ethanol margins to fall

Source: DAN PILLER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Ethanol producers will lose about 25 to 30 cents per gallon on operating profits when the tax credit for blenders goes away after Dec. 31.

Riding the biofuels wave

Source: Steve Jordon • Omaha World Herald • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Giant components of Novozymes’ $200 million fermentation plant at Blair, Neb., were supposed to cross the ocean by ship, pass through the Port of New Orleans, chug up the Mississippi River on barges and turn left toward Nebraska.

Livestock Farmers Say Ethanol Eats Too Much Corn

Source: Michael J. Crumb • AP • Posted: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The amount of corn consumed by the ethanol industry combined with continued demand from overseas has cattle and hog farmers worried that if corn production drops due to drought or another natural disaster, the cost of feed could skyrocket, leaving them little choice but to reduce the size of their herds. A smaller supply could, in turn, mean higher meat prices and less selection at the grocery store.

Industry leader suggests ethanol can compete without U.S. tax credit

Source: Josh Funk • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes, a leading maker of the enzymes used to produce biofuels, says that declining support for ethanol subsidies hasn’t ruined long-term prospects for the industry to make competitively priced fuel from plants.

Clean energy cuts delayed, not avoided, by supercommittee’s collapse

Source: Evan Lehmann • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The congressional “supercommittee” might be dead, but that won’t rescue energy spending from deep cuts that loom in the future. It only provides a temporary reprieve, according to observers.

Neb. enzyme plant readies to supply biofuel plants

AP • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The leading maker of the enzymes used to produce biofuels says the declining political support for ethanol hasn’t diminished the long-term prospects for the industry making fuel from plants.