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NEWS UPDATE August 12, 2014

Pro-ethanol interests launch ad campaign

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 12, 2014

A coalition of biofuels, agriculture and national security interests today launched a new campaign to rally support for the federal renewable fuel standard. The campaign by Fuels America will appear in publications in the Washington, D.C., area. The ads pose the question, “If America loses the renewable fuel standard, who wins?” They suggest that the oil industry would benefit the most from a repeal of the RFS. [ read more … ]

Dakota Spirit Rising

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 11, 2014

Dakota Spirit is unique in many ways. It is the first corn ethanol plant to be built since the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 required new corn-based plants to meet a 20 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirement—a process that took 19 months to get approved through the U.S. EPA. The 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit also is the first U.S. plant fully integrated with a coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant. And, equally unique is its financing—about half came through a little-known immigration program that gives permanent green card status to foreigners making hefty investments in U.S. industries creating new jobs. Dakota Spirit has 150 foreign investors from 10 countries. [ read more … ]

Study: Ethanol contributes $725M to ND ag retail sector

By: North Dakota Ethanol Council, Prairie Business  •    •  Posted August 11, 2014

Ethanol production in North Dakota contributed nearly $1.9 billion to the state’s agriculture retail industry in 2013, according to a study recently released by the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University. North Dakota Ethanol Council. The study, commissioned by the North Dakota Farmers Union, shows ethanol production in the state generated roughly $725 million a year in direct income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers in 2013. The indirect impact of ethanol production was $1.16 billion. [ read more … ]

Future for Ethanol Blends

by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted August 11, 2014

Getting higher blends of ethanol in the marketplace continues to be frustrating, even with the approval of E15 (15% ethanol). The biggest problem continues to be roadblocks by oil companies, according to American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty, who compared the sale and use of E15 to premium gasoline. “If you total (all the) vehicles that could use E15, we’re closing in on 15 million vehicles,” said Lamberty, which is 20% of the vehicles on the road. In contrast, about 12% of total cars are supposed to use premium gas, according to their owners manuals, but only 3% of the gas sold is premium. “Oil companies demand that marketers put premium in their stations … oil companies ban E15 sales,” said Lamberty. [ read more … ]

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