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Pacific Ethanol

Video from WSJ Marketline about Pacific Ethanol’s Plant in Stockton, California. Production at the Stockton was suspended in February.  It is now mothballed. Too much capacity, margins too thin, seem to be the story. This isn’t the first time that I’ve written about Pacific Ethanol. Bill Gates cut his holding in Pacific Ethanol back in […]

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25×25 warns on restricting cellulosic biomass

25×25 a pressure group in the US is warning that some proposed legislation in the US could severely restrict the amount of cellulose available for biofuels in what is effectively a call for managed woodlands. I can see why the Waxman-Markley proposal wants to ensure that the forests are not completely denuded of trees or […]

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California looks at emissions from crop to tail pipe and legislates

California’s newly adopted low-carbon fuel standard may mark the beginning of the end of ethanol, according to a report on Planet Ark. The new legislation examines the carbon impact from seed to tailpipe, which seems sensible. 

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The relationship between corn, ethanol and autofuel replacement US-style

There is a direct relationship between the volume of corn converted to ethanol with the % of gasoline replaced in the US. Its shown more clearly if you click the line which contains the mysterious word Thi  at the bottom of this poor thumbnail. I’ve created the graph using data from the US Coalition for […]

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Interactive US map of advanced fuels

I saw this map from the Natural Resources Defense Council  on Robert Rapier’s i-r-squared blog and couldn’t resist it. I guess it is incomplete, but it looks pretty good.

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NW Biodiesel Network Forum in May

I’ve just come across the NW Biodiesel Network. It will be holding a forum in Seattle on May 20. The East Side Chapter has meetings at the North Bend Railroad Depot every second Wednesday. (Which looks a lot better than it sounds)

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Comment on US proposals for E15

The US Environmental Protection Agency wants comments on proposals to increase the volume of ethanol blended into gasoline to 15% . 

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1200 gals water make 1 gal ethanol

Corrected headline reads 1200 gal water Wholly irrigated corn can take up to 1200 gal of water to produce 1gal ethanol, according to a report on the MinPost today. That’s a lot of water and touches again on my obsession with aquifers. 

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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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NPRA, lobbyists are against higher volumes of ethanol in fuel

An alliance of environmentalists, health groups and the US National Petrochemical Refiners Association is opposed to higher levels of ethanol in automotive fuel on the basis that it might endanger the environment, through changing land use, and people’s health, according to a report on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Representatives of the […]

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