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Minnesota’s auditor suggests ending state ethanol subsidy

A few days ago the auditor in Minnesota suggested that the state’s use of subsidies to the ethanol industry may have outlived its purpose, since ethanol firms have been profitable. Also it is likely to cost $44m over the next three years. There are of course lots of votes in Minnesota’s ethanol plants, so it […]

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Biofuels and the innovation ecosystem

 Krisztina Holly has an interesting article on biofuels, the automotive bail out, evolution and the innovation ecosystem over on the Huffington Post. Part of her post is particularly resonant for the biofuels industry Big companies play an important role, too, in this healthy, diversebusiness ecosystem. They help amplify – through acquisition, licensing,or even copying – […]

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Meatpackers say aid to ethanol plants would be unfair and discriminatory

US meat producers are saying in the Des Moines Register that aid to ethanol producers that are facing trouble because of movements in the price of corn over the previous year would be unfair and  “would be a startling new development that discriminates in favour of one segment of American agriculture,”in a letter to the […]

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Schafer says phases out ethanol incentives

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer told a meeting in Kansas on 11 September that the blenders tax credit and the tariff on imported ethanol should be phased out when domestic production gets to 34bn gal/year, according to Good Fuels, which goes into a discussion of the semantics of  subsidies vs incentives.At least Schafer called a […]

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Abengoa gets 2% discount on new Plant

Abengoa bioenergy has persuaded the State of Illinois to put $4m towards the cost of a $200m biofuel plant to be built at Madison, Illinois, according to the St Louis Business Journal. That will be in addition to other state and local tax exemptions.

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Ethanol plants recieve big subsidy cheques

A couple of plants in North Dakota have been heavily subsidised by the state in the past 18 months, according to the Grand Forks Herald and posted by Ron Steenblik onto Del.icio.us.For me the interesting thing is that the plants have only been in existence for around 18 months…

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1000 entries and what have we learned?

Put out the flags. I’ve reached the 1000 post mark. I started this in October 2006 with an open if sceptical mind. Its been a lot of fun so far. I’ve met a whole bunch of people who have commented on what I’ve written and offered suggestions and I’d like to thank you for that. […]

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China to offer support for non-food biofuels

China is going to support growers of non-food derived biofuels. The Ministry of Finance will pay farmers a 3,000 yuan (about $405) subsidy for each hectare of forest products for biofuels, such as ethanol and bio-diesel, and 2,700 yuan for each hectare of crops for biofuels, according to Xinhuanet. China has set a target of […]

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A smarter ethanol policy for the US?

I like this analysis of the US ethanol from corn market as it now stands and Geoffrey Styles, proposal for a smarter ethanol policy for the US. Styles points out that after 25 years’ of subsidies the US ethanol market is not economically viable. He says there is a strong case for shifting the focus […]

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European Union’s biofuels subsidies measured

The Size and scope of the European Union’s biofuels subsidies is outlined in a new report from the Global Subsidies Initiative, which recently looked at biofuel subsidies in OECD members. Taking some of the key findnings Transfers per tonne of CO2-equivalent removed are estimated to be between 575 and 800 euros for ethanol made from […]

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