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ACE Honors Ethanol Industry Contributors with 2017 Awards

Omaha, NE (August 18, 2017) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored a select group of ethanol advocates for their contributions to the ethanol industry during its 30th annual conference this week in Omaha.

The most prestigious award, the Merle Anderson Award, named after the organization’s founder, is given to individuals who display unmatched support and dedication to ACE and the domestic ethanol industry. This year’s award winner was Doug Durante, executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition. Todd Sneller of the Nebraska Ethanol Board presented Durante with this honor.

"Like Merle Anderson and the many distinguished award recipients recognized by his namesake award, Doug Durante has worked for many years as a tireless champion for ethanol and clean fuels," Sneller said. "We’ve been fortunate to have the partnership of Durante and his contributions to the ethanol industry over the past 35 years."

Previous award recipients include President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Bob Dole, and Durante's longtime colleagues Todd Sneller and David Hallberg, founder of the Renewable Fuels Association.

CFDC Member Phil Madson receives Lifetime Achievement Award at World Biofuels

One of the original founders of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, KATZEN International President Phil Madson received the lifetime achievement award at the 20th Anniversary World Ethanol and Biofuels Conference in Brussels, Belgium in November. In addition to his early role in CFDC, Madson was instrumental in the establishment of the World Biofuels Conference. CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante, one of the keynote speakers at the Conference, was with Madson when he received the award. "Phil has been one of the pioneers and leaders of not just the US Ethanol Industry but worldwide. This recognition by the international community is well deserved and we are all proud of Phil's accomplishments."

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante on the Outlook for Ethanol Under the New Administration and the new Congress.

Durante was one of the keynote speakers at the 12th Annual Emerging Issues Forum in Omaha in April. Following his presentation he gave a wide ranging interview on the Brownfield Ag Radio Network on how ethanol might fare under a Trump Administration.

See Interview.

He has also authored several articles on this subject in recent months as CFDC continues its mission of solidifying and expanding the market for clean fuels.

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CFDC Urges Fuels to be Included in Strategy for Meeting CAFE Standards

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition is a member of the High Octane Low Carbon Alliance, a new campaign to have EPA and the Department of Transportation look beyond just vehicle technology and recognize the role of fuels in meeting future requirements for increased mileage and lower CO2 emissions. In establishing what are clearly aggressive standards the agencies have limited their review of the program and not included an accurate assessment of how fuels and vehicles need to be viewed as an integrated system. Ethanol blends in the 25-40% volume range have been endorsed by automakers and the Department of Energy as having the ability to provide high octane allowing for compression adjustments that can significantly improve efficiency and reduce carbon. The Alliance is led by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and includes the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the Fuel Freedom Foundation, and others.

The final standards will be issued by EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation. A mid term review that had previously determined the standards were still appropriate has been pulled back by the Trump Administration and according to CFDC will now allow for a more comprehensive and thorough review.

A recent editorial on this development by CFDC's Doug Durante explains this process and the opportunity it presents.

See Editorial.

CFDC Teams With Urban Air Initiative in Support of Regulatory Change Agenda

CFDC has been working extensively with the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) in support of UAI's efforts to challenge the regulatory roadblocks that are keeping higher ethanol blends out of the market. In addition to filing a slate of Freedom of Information Requests, Requests for Correction of Information, and Petitions covering various subjects, UAI and CFDC have submitted Comments on major rulemakings that impact the future of ethanol.

UAI is leading the charge to get more ethanol in legacy vehicles and challenging EPA's interpretation of laws that limit the volume of ethanol in vehicles. In detailed comments filed with the agency on vapor pressure restrictions, lifecycle and carbon modeling, they have focused on the resulting emissions models that paint an inaccurate picture of ethanol's ability to reduce particulates, toxics, and CO2. For more detail on these issues and to view these comments visit UAI's website at www.fixourfuel.com.

CFDC Chairman Sneller Receives Service To Agriculture Award

The Nebraska chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) recently recognized CFDC Chairman Todd Sneller, Administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB), for his more than 40 years of contributions to Nebraska agriculture.

Sneller has led the development of the Nebraska Ethanol Industry through the NEB by recruiting major producers to the state, advising on legislative and regulatory strategies, and directing innovative public outreach and education programs. Nebraska is the second largest ethanol producing state with a $5 billion dollar industry. As a founder of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Sneller has brought his expertise to the national and international development of biofuels.

Established in 1929, ASFMRA is one the oldest professional organizations in agriculture and presented Todd with their Service to Agriculture Award.

CFDC Comments to EPA Focus on Lifecycle Emissions

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) joined an ad hoc coalition of clean energy advocates in calling on EPA to recognize the true carbon reduction of ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard regulations.

Along with the Energy Future Coalition, Urban Air Initiative, Governors' Biofuels Coalition, 25x25 Alliance, Nebraska Ethanol Board, and Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition, CFDC argued that EPA has not updated their lifecycle analysis since 2010 and the improvements in ethanol feedstocks and production have reduced ethanol's carbon intensity dramatically.

"For more than 25 years CFDC has fought for cleaner, healthier fuels. To the extent carbon reduction is a new measuring stick, we are getting shortchanged, plain and simple," said Douglas Durante, CFDC Executive Director.

He also noted that the substitution of toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol address a range of pollutants beyond simply reducing CO2. "We have been calling for the reduction of toxics since 1989. If EPA opened the door to higher blends of ethanol from corn and cellulosic feedstocks we can have a major impact on everything EPA is charged with doing."

With ever increasing fuel economy standards, higher octane gasoline using ethanol reduces carbon emissions at the refinery level while allowing automakers to achieve higher efficiency, further adding to ethanol's low carbon footprint.

This is critical, they argue, for ethanol to not only participate in Federal programs but also in low carbon fuel standards at the state level.

To view the comments, click here.

CFDC Teams With Nebraska Ethanol Board Examining Emerging Issues

CFDC is Once again a sponsor of the annual Ethanol Emerging Issues Forum in Omaha, Nebraska April 28 & 29. Now in its 11th year, this unique conference is packed full of information on policy, markets, and technology. Growth Energy's Tom Buis is one of the keynote speakers along with CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante. Small by design, this conference is a sellout every year and provides a great forum for business and a networking reception.

To register and for further information contact olivia.brichacek@nebraska.gov or call the CFDC office.

CFDC is pleased to once again be a supporting organization for the annual ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum which takes place as seismic developments in national and global policies are reshaping the renewable energy marketplace.

In December, Congress enacted a major new tax package offering long-sought stability to the wind and solar power industries. Just two weeks earlier, 129 nations at the COP21 meetings in Paris reached agreement on an unprecedented global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Taken together, these developments are a source of immense promise for the future of renewable energy in the U.S. and around the world. But important challenges remain. Other renewable technologies, including geothermal, hydro and biomass, secured a tax credit extension only through 2016, and will need quick action from Congress to keep their incentives in place.

These and a host of related issues will be addressed at the Forum and we encourage CFDC Members and friends to join your colleagues in the renewable energy field.

For more information and to register for this important event, visit http://www.acorepolicyforum.com/registration

CFDC Challenges Senators to Deal In Facts

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante and Staff continue to challenge opponents of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard to at least deal in facts if they are going to pick a fight. Repeated attempts to characterize the RFS as a mandate to blend corn ethanol in to gasoline is intellectually dishonest, given that there is no mandate for corn ethanol or any ethanol, although it is the most effective and efficient way to meet a renewable requirement.

Durante had an editorial published in the Hill Newspaper recently that proved none of the reasons cited by several Senators to gut the RFS had any merit. Similarly, in a letter to the Des Moines register Durante stated anyone supporting repeal of the RFS must support the increased use of oil.

Click here for the entire story in The Hill

Click here for the Des Moines Register story

Growing Beyond the RFS to Drive Demand for Ethanol

After years of uncertainty, the final volumes for the amount of corn ethanol were announced late last year, and corn ethanol is essentially at its limit under the RFS, according to Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) executive director.

Durante gave a recap of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and what it means for the ethanol industry during a Nebraska Ethanol Board meeting Jan. 21 in Lincoln. He discussed the regulatory roadblocks that, if eliminated, would open the market for higher ethanol blends.

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New White Paper Identifies Opportunities for Increased Ethanol Demand Growing Beyond the RFS Keys on Regulatory Relief

Washington, DC, Jan 15, 2016: Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy objectives has only scratched the surface, according to a new White Paper released here today.

In order for corn ethanol production and use to move beyond the limits imposed by the RFS, the key is regulatory relief, writes the author of the paper, David Vander Griend, founder and CEO of ICM Inc, and president of the Urban Air Initiative.

The 15 billion gallon per year corn cap under the RFS is only relevant to the issuance of RINS (renewable credits) says VanderGriend and there is a huge market opportunity beyond the RFS. Specifically, he identifies the following as critical building blocks, all of which are within the ability of the US EPA to address:

  • Correcting the MOVES model and the lifecycle analysis of corn ethanol
  • Removing unnecessary vapor pressure restrictions that limit higher blend volumes
  • Raising minimum octane levels in gasoline while enforcing limits on toxic aromatics
  • Streamlining the process for the certifications of higher blends like E30
  • Reinstating flex fuel vehicle credits

Click here for the full press release.

Click here to download a copy of the White Paper.

New Issue Brief Looks at Improving Air Quality Through Transportation Fuels

Petroleum refiners synthesize toxic substances called aromatics from crude oil in order to increase gasoline octane levels and profits. These aromatics and their combustion by-products have been classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants by the EPA and linked to a myriad of cancers, heart disease, and other ailments. Originally thought of as a replacement for lead, a known poison, aromatics may be much worse. Cleaner, healthier alternatives are available for octane and this Issue Brief examines the history of our transition from lead to aromatics and how it is imperative that we improve fuel quality and protect public health.

Click here for the Issue Brief.

Ethanol Can Play Key Role in Reducing Harmful Emissions Both In the US and Globally

Budapest, Hungary, November 6, 2015: In a presentation to the World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference here this week, delegates from Europe , Asia and the United States were urged to recognize the positive role of ethanol by replacing the toxic, carcinogenic compounds prevalent in gasoline .

Clean Fuels Development Coalition Executive Director Douglas Durante said as a way for ethanol to find value beyond limitations of government imposed limits, both in the EU and the U.S., the focus should be on providing clean, low carbon octane to help meet health, climate, and efficiency goals.

In the wake of continuing revelations regarding the Volkswagen emissions problems, Durante said this should lead air quality officials around the world to look again at the often erroneous assumptions and calculations used in determining emissions. Further, a better understanding of the importance of looking at fuels and vehicles as an integrated system would tell a far more positive story than what many current, and outdated models would indicate.

Click here for the full story.

CFDC Again Participating in 2015 World Ethanol and Biofuel Conference in Budapest, Hungary

CFDC Is once again proud to be part of the F.O. Licht 2015 World Ethanol and Biofuel Conference November 2-6 in Budapest.

CFDC has had a long relationship with this conference which is the premier global biofuels event of its kind for more than 20 years.

Douglas Durante, CFDC Executive Director will Chair the event and several Coalition member companies are speakers and sponsors, including KATZEN International, Novozymes, and others.

For more information on this important gathering of global ethanol and biofuel leaders, please visit http://www.worldethanolandbiofuel.com/

Nebraska Ethanol Board, CFDC Team on Comments to EPA

Washington, D.C. July 28, 2015: The Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make refiners and obligated parties accountable for their delay tactics by establishing the most aggressive volume requirements possible for the RFS in their final rule.

CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante said the failure of EPA to hold to statutory targets will only add to the continued deterioration of gasoline which is already a major health risk. "The health benefits of reducing emissions related to the highly toxic compounds in gasoline are within our grasp. Higher ethanol blends provide clean octane that will be needed in future automobiles. Simply splash blending ethanol on to finished E10 provides a wide range of benefits that represent a win-win for automakers and consumers, and a lose-lose for oil companies adding carcinogenic compounds in today's gasoline."

Durante added that these toxic compounds, called aromatics, are the cause of serious engine problems often blamed on ethanol. Research conducted by groups such as the Urban Air Initiative have shown the so called "E Zero" gasolines cause material degradation and increased emissions that can be avoided by substituting ethanol as an octane enhancer.

Click here to read comments submitted to EPA

CFDC Again Supporter of Ethanol Forum

The 10th annual Ethanol Emerging Issues Forum is April 16-17 in Omaha, Neb., at the Magnolia Hotel.

CFDC and many of its member companies will be participating in this popular annual event held by the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

Early registration is now open with an optional lunch that will be provided before the Thursday afternoon presentations begin. For more information about speakers or to register, visit their website.

This has been a sell out every year with top industry experts and officials addressing some of the critical issues covering biofuels, technology, feed, exports, and environment.

CFDC Continues Its Core Message of Clean Fuels are Better Fuels.

(reprinted from the Omaha World Herald, Jan.26, 2015)

The Omaha-Council Bluffs area has been flirting with ozone non-attainment status for several years, and we applaud efforts to get out in front of this issue.

Dr. Linda Ford, the Papillion asthma and allergy physician, hit the nail on the head when she said that if you want to save on health care costs and take care of your people, you address ozone (Jan. 2 World-Herald).

First is fuel composition. In reformulating gasoline, we add oxygenates such as ethanol, which increases the combustion, reduces toxic content, dilutes sulfur and reduces particulates.

This is a proven formula that has worked wonders in the worst ozone areas of the country for two decades.

And we can’t move fast enough. Research by groups such as the Urban Air Initiative and the Energy Future Coalition has uncovered alarming health trends related to vehicle emissions.

From asthma to autism to low birth weights, to ADHD and respiratory diseases — all rise as you get closer to roadways.
We know how to clean up our fuel. We have an immediate, effective solution on hand: higher ethanol blends, made in Nebraska.

Douglas A. Durante, Bethesda, Md.
Clean Fuels Development Coalition

New White Paper Highlights Corn Ethanol's Decreasing Carbon Intensity

Energy Use Down, Yields Up Resulting in Significant Reductions Since 2008

Washington, DC, Jan 6, 2015: Innovations in conversion technology and energy use at ethanol facilities, coupled with enhanced efficiency fertilizers and corn production management have resulted in corn ethanol being significantly shortchanged in its value to reduce carbon emissions, according to a new White Paper released here today.

The paper was written by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn and soybean farmer with a background in Agronomy/Soil Science and produced through the Clean Fuels Development Coalition's Ethanol Across America education campaign. Mr. Alverson provides a detailed analysis of recent changes to the life cycle carbon intensity of midwest corn ethanol as calculated by the U.S Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. The tool created by Argonne is called the GREET (Greenhouse gasses, Regulated Emissions and Energy Transportation) model and has been significantly updated since its first iteration in 2008. However, the paper noted that the low carbon fuel regulators at the federal and state level have failed to recognize the new realities of what should now be considered an advanced biofuel.

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CFDC Members Participate in World Ethanol Conference in Budapest, Hungary.

Several CFDC Member Companies including KATZEN International and ICM, along with CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante were all active at the 17th Annual World Ethanol Conference held in November in Budapest. Durante served as Chair of the Conference and told delegates there was no credible argument to not continue to develop biofuels around the globe, despite a lack of consensus to do so.

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CFDC Commends EPA For Toxics Progress, Urges More Focus on Mobile Sources

September 3, 2014: Washington, D.C. The Clean Fuels Development Coalition today called the recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a positive development with regard to air toxics but urged that mobile source emissions from gasoline be recognized as a threat that may be getting worse.

According to analysis of studies and original research conducted by the non-profit Urban Air Initiative, gasoline emissions dominate over diesel and stationary sources in urban areas. And, gasoline aromatic compounds are the predominant precursors to a range of pollution issues with aerosols, particulates, and carbon all interacting to increase ozone and urban smog.

"Conventional models used by EPA substantially under-predict toxics from gasoline," said CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante." As far back as the 2007 Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) review, EPA acknowledged that alternatives like ethanol were available as an excellent source of "clean octane". With national policy objectives of reducing oil imports, lowering carbon emissions, and protecting public health, renewable ethanol is a good fit" said Durante.

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Ethanol Highlighted Among the Alternative Fuels In Georgia Road Rally
Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Growth Energy Partner to Expand Consumer Awareness for Higher Ethanol Blends

Atlanta, GA, June 23, 2014: The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign kicked off week two of the Georgia Alternative Fuel Road Rally this week following successful awareness events in Atlanta, Augusta, Warner Robbins, and Savannah on the first leg of the tour. The Clean Fuels Foundation, Growth Energy, and a number of agriculture and ethanol supporters are among the sponsors of the tour which is designed to increase consumer and fleet operator awareness for alternative fuels.

The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign is focusing on the message that high level ethanol blends and FFVs are an option for private and government fleets and that they can be very competitive among the family of legally defined alternative fuels.

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New White Paper Warns of Gasoline's Growing Health Risks

Gasoline Exhaust is Linked to Serious Health Problems

Gasoline exhaust is a much greater source of toxic emissions than previously reported, and lethal, ultra-fine particulates are not being adequately regulated and controlled according to a new White Paper produced by CFDC's Ethanol Across America Education Campaign.

The paper was written by David E. Hallberg, the founder and first president of the Renewable Fuels Association. Hallberg writes that the petroleum industry is refining gasoline with high levels of toxic aromatics that combust into benzene and other carcinogenic pollutants. This gasoline that is reaching consumers represents a serious health threat but cost effective alternatives are available.

“At a time when the petroleum industry is spending millions to discredit clean octane products that can be used to protect public health,we need to remember why we cannot fall back into the trap of oil use and dependency", said CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante. He added that mid-Level ethanol blends can provide significant health and economic benefits

"Whether its for the health impacts, oil spills, the drain on our economy, the loss of jobs, and the lack of consumer choice, we simply must use more biofuels and get off of oil."

For a copy of the new White Paper, go to www.ethanolacrossamerica.net

Durante: Repeat after me, there is no ethanol mandate...

CFDC' Executive Director continues to challenge the myth being perpetuated by the petroleum industry and others that the RFS is an ethanol mandate.

Durante responded to a recent editorial in The Hill Newspaper with one of his own pointing out that the RFS is a requirement to increase the overall volume of renewable fuels and that ethanol is just one of the options available to the petroleum industry. By painting this as an ethanol-only program they are then able to raise all the old wives' tales about cost, impact on food, auto issues, and countless other myths that have no basis. They do this because they do not want the focus back on the fact that they have failed to meet the requirements of the RFS and begin to free us from our total dependence on oil.

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CFDC Teams with Energy & Environment Study
Institute in Comments to EPA on RFS Volumes

In comments filed opposing EPA's proposal to reduce the volumes of the renewable fuel standard, CFDC challenged the notion of a blend wall and urged the agency to recognize the important role biofuels play in reducing harmful emissions while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"There really is no such thing as a blend wall," said CFDC Executive Director Douglas Durante. "If 80% of the cars on the road are approved for E15 and there are 20 million FlexFuel Vehicles on the road, it is by any definition incorrect to say there is no where to put more ethanol. Is it difficult? Is it challenging to move beyond 10% blends? Of course it is. But the more ethanol in gasoline the more we are reducing toxic substances and lowering carbon emissions, which we urge EPA to consider."

Click here to view the EESI and CFDC comments.

Registration is Now Open!
Ethanol 2014: Emerging Issues Forum
April 10-11, 2014

Early Registration ends April 1st.
Registration ends April 7th
Forum Limited to 125 Participants

Register Today!

All Registrants Eligible to Win a Flex Fuel Vehicle

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CFDC's Doug Durante Defends RFS in The Hill

Durante laments the absence of facts in the war of words over the Renewable Fuel Standard and scolds the petroleum industry for simply refusing to comply with the law.

They have perpetuated the notion that they are forced to blend corn ethanol into gasoline when they are not forced to blend any ethanol at all. What they are required to do, he notes, is reverse a hundred years of producing carbon intensive, largely imported fuels that pollute, stifle economic and technology development, and cause us to send billions of dollars to often unfriendly regions by integrating a slate of broadly defined renewable fuels into the pool.

For the whole story click here.

New White Paper Challenges EPA Modeling of Ethanol Emissions

Washington, D.C., August 26, 2013: Mid-Level Ethanol Blends can provide significantly greater emission and health benefits than US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) models indicate, according to a new White Paper written by Steve VanderGriend of the Urban Air Initiative.

Mr. VanderGriend writes that ethanol's chemical property has a beneficial distillation point that makes it almost impossible for it to cause the kinds of increases EPA claims. In fact, he argues, it is the highly toxic aromatics added to gasoline in the EPA testing procedures that cause significant increases in criteria emissions. He makes the case that ethanol is a superior blending agent that can replace toxic components of gasoline used for octane. Ethanol provides clean octane that, when properly blended, would create value for blends well beyond 10% volume.

The EPA findings relate to the Renewable Fuel Standard and a specific model developed by the Agency required in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

To Download a copy of the white Paper click here.

CFDC Executive Director Makes Some Common Sense Suggestions on How to Reach the RFS Goals

Doug Durante recently penned a guest article in the July issue of the World Ethanol Report, published in Genrmany by Informa/FO Licht. In it he suggests the RFS can be kept intact with a few minor, but important changes, In particular, the mandate that 16 billion gallons of renewable fuel must come from cellulose is not being reached and is holding back the progress that might be made from other feedstocks which are limited to 5 billion gallons. He also calls for more flex fuel vehicles, a modest pump and infrastructure incentive, and a renewed examination of the health benefits through clean octane that ethanol can provide.

Click here to read the complete article.

The RIN Fact Sheet: Understanding the EPA's Flexible System for Obligated Parties to Meet the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

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New White Paper Makes the Case for Feedstock Flexibility for Advanced Biofuels.

CFDC Board Member Philip Madson, President of KATZEN International, has authored a new Ethanol Across America White Paper that makes a compelling case for removing barriers to the production of Advanced Biofuels by allowing a wider range of feedstocks.

In the quest for 2nd generation fuels, Madson lays out a pathway for what he terms as "Gen 1.5" that would remove the cellulose mandate and unleash a wave of technology and feedstocks that would make the 16 billion gallons currently limited to cellulosic feedstocks a more attainable goal.

Click here to download the White Paper.

CFDC's FlexFuel Campaign Heads to Florida

Reaching the million FFV owners in the state and increasing the use of biofuels in the nation's third largest energy market is the focus of a joint education effort by CFDC with leading industry groups in Florida.

CFDC's FlexFuels & Vehicle Awareness Campaign and the Florida BioEnergy Association are coordinating their messages beginning with the Florida Energy Summit in Orlando . This is part of a stepped up effort statewide to seize the opportunity presented by the recent extension of tax incentives by the state legislature for refueling infrastructure including Flex Fuel pumps.

"We have an opportunity to effectively move the meter in Florida", said CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante. "With a large FFV population, a growing list of refueling stations, biofuel production facilities being built, and a commitment by the state, all the elements to succeed are there", said Durante.

Jeremy Susac, Director of the Florida BioEnergy Association added, “Florida is well-positioned to quickly become a world leader in the use of clean fuels by focusing on the sale of higher ethanol blends such as E15 and E85. . Now is the time to educate all consumers and retail fueling stations on the use of higher blends of ethanol. he said. Susac also noted that Florida House Bill 7117 of 2012 resurrects tax credits for infrastructure investments that enhance consumer choice by allowing the sale of E15, E30, and E85 through blender pumps.

Click here for the location of ethanol refueling locations in Florida.

CFDC Members Fight Back on Negative Press

CFDC Chairman Todd Sneller recently penned an editorial in the Lincoln (NE) Star Journal addressing an article criticizing ethanol using inaccurate and outdated information. Similarly, CFDC Board Member Dave Vander Griend of ICM responded to an editorial in the Wichita Eagle that was using inaccurate information and statistics.

These and other board members around the country are responding at the local level to shore up support for biofuels and the Renewable Fuels Standard. "We simply have to get the facts out and people will realize there simply is no basis for the kinds of accusations the ethanol industry has to deal with", said Sneller.

Click here for Todd Sneller's editorial.

Click here for Dave Vander Griend's editorial.

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante recently participated in the US Department of Agriculture's Annual Ag Outlook Forum in Washington DC. Durante addressed opportunities for biofuels in flex fuel vehicles and as part of a clean octane strategy.

Click here for the article.

CFDC Tells State Legislators to Help Hold the Line on the RFS

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante spoke at the Annual Agriculture Chairs Summit in Washington, D.C. in early January and told the group that the demand for advanced biofuels that would be produced in response to the RFS was as important to American Agriculture as the first 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol has been. In addition, the states can play a key role in helping biofuels gain access to the market so that motorists have a choice of fuels. The Agriculture Chairs Summit is a gathering of state legislative Agriculture Committee Chairs from 48 states and Eight Canadian provinces.

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The Clean Fuels Foundation is one of the partners in a new grant awarded to the Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition to increase awareness relating to FlexFuel Vehicles, high level ethanol blends, and FlexFuel pumps. The project will utilize elements of the FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign as they work with other industry and government partners.

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New White Paper Addresses Problems with Carbon Modeling and ILUC Penalty

CFDC is one of the sponsors of a new Ethanol Across America White paper that reveals the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard unfairly penalizes domestic ethanol and could effectively ban Midwest product from that market over the next several years.

Bill Roddy, Director of Environmental Compliance with CFDC Member Company ERI Solutions, and the former Director of Kern Air Pollution Control District in California, warns of dire consequences resulting from indirect land use change (ILUC) penalties incorporated into both federal and California modeling. Carbon Modeling and ILUC—Separating Fact From Fiction is a new White Paper authored by Roddy in which he explains the process under which ethanol must meet a "carbon intensity" standard.

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CFDC to work with Foundation, Autos on FFV/Motor Vehicle Administration Project

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New Issue Brief looks at Improving Air Quality Through Transportation Fuels.

Often overlooked in the debate over alternative fuels is the significant role they play in improving air quality. Priority tends to be given to biofuels like ethanol in terms of its role in reducing imported oil and also to its contribution to the economy. Both are important characteristics to be sure, but ethanol's role in air quality and actually saving lives cannot be forgotten. This issue brief looks at several areas where ethanol can continue its impressive track record as a true clean fuel.

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New White Paper Lays out Path Forward for Cellulose

Wes Bolsen of CFDC member company Coskata offers some common sense suggestions on how the biofuels and cellulose sectors can move forward in the latest in the Ethanol Across America White Paper Series.

With significant volumes of cellulosic ethanol required under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the US has the opportunity, means, and motive to produce these fuels. This paper makes the case for the US to stay the course and reap the benefits of producing homegrown biofuels.

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Government, Industry Join to Advance Fuel Choice for Consumers

Maryland FFV Awareness Campaign and the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board

FlexFuel Pumps and Vehicles Key in Reducing Maryland Fuel Costs

May 19, 2011, Annapolis Maryland: The National FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign and the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be holding a workshop for gasoline retailers interested in funding assistance for the installation of FlexFuel/Gasoline Blender pumps on May 24 in Annapolis.FlexFuel Pumps and Vehicles Key in Reducing Maryland Fuel Costs. For more information…

New Guide to E85, Blender Pumps Available

The Clean Fuels Foundation announced it has published a new document supporting current efforts to expand refueling infrastructure for high level ethanol blends.

E85 and Blender Pumps: A Resource Guide to Ethanol Refueling Infrastructure was developed in cooperation with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the US Department of Agriculture, and the FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign. The guide was created to help fuel marketers and other interested parties learn more about options available to them to market ethanol blends.

The guide provides technical details regarding dispensers and vehicles as well as information covering such areas as financial assistance, construction, and permitting .

Copies of the Guide may be obtained by contacting the Clean Fuels Foundation at cfdcinc@aol.com, the Nebraska Ethanol Board at Billy.Defrain@nebraska.gov, or downloading a copy here.

CFDC Supporting Process Optimization Seminar April 27-29 in Houston

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition is a supporting organization to the highly successful Process Optimization Seminar series sponsored by Fermentis, Novozymes, Freemont Industries, and Phibro which will be held in Houston, Texas April 27-29. CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante will be giving a special presentation on legislative and regulatory developments impacting the ethanol industry.

As part of a successful series of plant seminars, this Process Optimization Seminar is directed more towards management personnel whose day to day job is to ensure the plant is doing all that it can to maximize the profitability of the operation. The curriculum that will be presented by Fermentis, Fremont, Novozymes and Phibro Ethanol Performance Group will focus on techniques in each of their areas of expertise to insure maximum efficiency. For more information and to register for this event log on to www.processoptimizationseminar.com

Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board Joins
FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign

Grain producers from the state of Maryland announced today they have awarded a grant to the Clean Fuels Foundation for a statewide program to increase the sale of high level ethanol blends and support local E85 stations. The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (MGPUB) will be supporting the National FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign in a statewide program to increase awareness among owners of flexible fuel vehicles that are capable of utilizing ethanol blends up to 85%. 

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Durante Responds to Time Magazine

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante responded to a recent article in Time Magazine that Durante said was so far off base it simply had to be addressed. The article repeatedly referred to ethanol as a "dirty" fuel in an attempt to justify their position that the lower tax rate on ethanol should be increased. Not only is it no time to be raising taxes, Durante says, it is also no time to turn away from a fuel that is replacing a range of harmful components of gasoline, many of which are carcinogenic aromatic compounds. He noted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined ethanol is 20% better than gasoline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and can range as high as 80% when different products are used to produce the fuel.

For the full response to Time click here.....

CFDC’s Durante comments in December issue of Growing Point Magazine

CFDC Executive Director Doug Durante was a guest writer in the December issue of Pioneers’ Growing Point Magazine. In the article he talks about challenges facing ethanol and biofuels and the need to extend tax credits in order to continue the impressive progress of the industry to date. He also talks about the importance of gaining access to the market that would be facilitated by an expanded refueling infrastructure and a tax system that provides funds for that purpose. Durante says given access to the market and with flex fuel vehicles to put the fuel in, ethanol can compete with petroleum and give consumers a choice.

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CFDC Supports Congressional Renewable Energy Forum

CFDC is a supporting organization for ACORE’s annual Phase II policy forum December 8-9, 2010. Education and outreach has never been more important as a new Congress will convene and a slate of new Governors will take office in January. The Phase II National Policy Forum will gather stakeholders to help lay the groundwork for U.S. renewable energy policies and markets for 2011. For more details go to the event website at Phase II of Renewable Energy in America.

CFDC Supports the Ethanol Industry Summit

CFDC is a supporting organization of The 4th Annual The Ethanol Industry Summit, December 7-8 in Houston Texas. Green Plains Renewable Energy, BP Biofuels, Morgan Stanley, General Motors, and others will discuss logistics, FFVs, tax credits, sustainability criteria, E15 implementation and international trade opportunities

CFDC Sponsors the 2010 Cellulosic Biofuels Summit

CFDC's Executive Director Douglas A. Durante presented at the Cellulosic Biofuels Summit 2010. The Summit brought together the major players from across the biofuels value chain to report on their projects, research activities, and try to determine the next steps forward towards reaching commercial production of cellulosic biofuels. The Summit was held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 15-18, 2010.

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CFDC is proud to be working in cooperation with the National FFV Awareness Campaign, Central Texas Clean Cities, Sac N Pac Stores, Inc., Growth Energy, and Protec Fuel to bring consumers more access to higher blends of ethanol, like E85, to fuel the growing fleet of FlexFuel Vehicles (FFV) in Texas. Click here for the complete press release.

Former Bush White House Counsel Calls For More Recognition of Ethanol Health Benefits

Washington, D.C., September 29, 2010: C. Boyden Gray, one of the architects of the historic 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments that established the nation's reformulated gasoline program, called for increased regulation of air toxics by the Environmental Protection Agency and in so doing, increasing the market for ethanol.

Writing in an Ethanol Across America White Paper, Mr. Gray notes that ethanol's high octane value allows it to replace a number of harmful components of gasoline and saves tens of thousands of lives annually. He further states that increasing the use of ethanol would result in less toxic aromatics being used in gasoline and a direct reduction in fine particle, or particulate matter (PM) pollution. Mr. Gray calls on EPA to use their existing authority for stricter enforcement of toxic aromatics which can achieve comparable reductions to current measures imposed on stationary sources for a fraction of the cost.

To obtain copies of the White Paper, please contact cfdcinc@aol.com. Copies can be downloaded from the Ethanol Across America website at www.ethanolacrossamerica.net.

New Ethanol Fact Book now available

The Flagship publication of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition and the Ethanol Across America program for nearly 15 years has been the Ethanol Fact Book. This unique document provides hundreds of sourced facts relating to ethanol and addresses issues regarding the ethanol tax incentive, energy security and oil import reductions, economic impacts and benefits to the U.S. Treasury, greenhouse gas reduction and environmental benefits, and advancements in cellulose conversion technologies. In addition, developments in flexible fuel vehicle production and high level blends are addressed.

U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Co-Chair of the Ethanol Across America campaign said, "As Congress continues its work on an energy bill it is essential that it will continue to support and enhance our nation’s use of renewable fuels. Ethanol supports our efforts to create jobs, stimulate the economy, reduce the use of oil, and improve the environment. Through the Ethanol Across America education program, we are getting the facts out and believe when people understand the wide range of benefits ethanol provides they will continue to support it. The Clean Fuels Development Coalition has done a tremendous job in educating the public about this issue through this fact book.”

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), co-chair of the Ethanol Across America campaign, said, "Energy is a vitally strategic national security issue for our country. The real cost of petroleum includes the use of our military to defend shipping lanes and maintain geopolitical stability in oil producing regions. Increasing the development and production of renewable fuels such as ethanol will help ensure national and economic security. As the Ethanol Fact Book illustrates, with high oil prices ethanol production becomes even more important and farmers growing corn, and other energy crops, will add to our nation’s energy security while helping our communities prosper."

You can download the Ethanol Fact Book or contact us at cfdcinc@aol.com to receive a copy.


Ethanol Lowers the Price of Gasoline

Ethanol Lowers the Price of Gasoline

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this picture tells quite a story. One of the many myths the petroleum industry and the poultry and feeder industries perpetuate is that ethanol is more expensive than oil/gasoline. Even in light of falling gasoline prices, ethanol blends are less expensive than straight gasoline. This is an apples to apples comparison because both fuels are 87 octane (although if blended properly ethanol could provide a much higher octane fuel at a greater savings).

Ethanol blended fuels represent value to the consumer while reducing the negative health impacts from the toxic compounds in gasoline.

Meeting Our Mission

CFDC Radio:
Talking FlexFuel Incentives

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THE CLEAN FUELS DEVELOPMENT COALITION (CFDC) is a non-profit organization that actively supports the increased production and use of fuels that can improve air quality, reduce oil imports, and provide economic benefits to the U.S. Through four administrations and eight different Congressional delegations, CFDC has been building bi-partisan support in industry and government to foster a healthy national energy policy. CFDC works with all interested parties to support clean fuel regulations and new technologies that will help our country meet the ever changing and complex demands of our society. Our goal is to drive the demand for clean low-carbon fuels, like ethanol, through a combination of efforts that include collaborating with industry, educating and communicating with the media and other strategic influencers, and supporting new legislative initiatives that will help us achieve our mission.

Are You Driving a FlexFuel Vehicle? • Flex Your Consumer Choice. Find FlexFuels @ www.ffv-awareness.org

One of CFDC's Key Outreach and Education Programs
is the FlexFuel Awareness Campaign.

Seeing Our Vision
For over 20 years, CFDC has been coordinating and guiding a coalition of like-minded leaders committed to developing cleaner-burning domestic fuels. We help leverage our member’s time, resources and talent to take a leadership role in the development of new national energy strategies to improve clean fuel legislation and regulations. These efforts have already fostered new fuel technologies, improved manufacturing processes, created new jobs, reduced oil imports and improved air quality through reduced emissions. The results are a cleaner, safer, healthier, and prosperous United States.

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About the Coalition
CFDC is not your typical narrow-mission trade association. Individually our member’s missions are very diverse. Collectively, CFDC provides its members with a common ground to support their over arching desire to improve the “national interest,” and work together outside the bounds of “special interest.” CFDC and its members are always finding new and innovative ways to expand the market for cleaner-burning domestic fuels. We achieve our goals by educating the media, industry and government leaders, and the public about the dangers of dependence on oil and the benefits of developing renewable fuels like ethanol. If you have an idea to help our mission we would like to hear about it.

Our Coalition Continues to Broaden and Grow
Having a true broad-based coalition is not easy – but it keeps the mission focused and the debate honest. As a result, CFDC continues to draw a broad range of members that share a common goal. Our members include alternative fuel technology developers, ethanol producers, project developers, state affiliated organizations, automakers, and financial/legal/accounting organizations. We have provided examples of our membership base and links to their websites to provide you with additional information about their goals, special projects and current events and news within their organizations.

CFDC members include 1st generation biofuel producers as well as cellulosic and advanced biofuel technology development firms. CFDC members like ICM, Burns & McDonnellFagen, Inc.KATZEN International and Vogelbusch U.S.A., Inc. are leading the way in the design and construction of the ethanol industry in the United States and around the globe. Once produced, 1st and 2nd generation ethanol still need to get to end user. CFDC members are working with hundreds of gasoline retailers to build the refueling infrastructure get higher level blends of ethanol into the marketplace so the nation can reap the benefits of the national renewable fuels standard.

CFDC member companies from the auto industry have working together for more than 20 years to develop cleaner fuels and expand the biofuels/ethanol market and refueling infrastructure. U.S. automakers have produced nearly 20 million Flex Fuel Vehicles that can use any blend of gasoline and ethanol.

CFDC also supports the broader vision and mission of a diverse base of companies and organizations such as The Clean Fuels Foundationhe Nebraska Ethanol BoardAvalon Capital GroupKlamath County Economic Development AssociationNebraska Public Power District, Ethanol Market, LLCED&F Man Biofuels, and Clear Fuels Hawaii. The CFDC Executive Committee reflects its broad makeup with an automaker, an ethanol producer, a design and engineering firm, a utility company, a state agency, and a cellulosic biofuel developer guiding the organization.

CFDC representatives have been involved in virtually every major policy and program affecting the biofuels industry, beginning with a seat on the regulatory negotiating committee that established the nationwide clean fuel programs like oxygenated fuels and reformulated gasoline created in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. CFDC has been appointed to fuel and pollution control commissions and councils in more than a dozen states and helped bring clean fuel programs to cities ranging from Phoenix to Atlanta. We then were part of the industry group that established the Renewable Fuel Standard that is the driving force behind the industry today.

Through its educational arm of the Clean Fuels Foundation, CFDC has partnered with Federal Agencies like the Departments of Energy and Agriculture to increase awareness of the benefits of biofuels and other renewables. The Ethanol Across America Education campaign includes a radio program, Issue Briefs, White Papers, and various technical publications, such as their Guide to Developing Biofuels Projects (ethanol and biodiesel) produced in cooperation with USDA. The Ethanol Fact Book has been produced annually since 1995 and has hundreds of thousands of copies in circulation. Through the FlexFuel Awareness Campaign we have worked throughout the US to expand the market for higher ethanol blends and to support infrastructure expansion.

CFDC recently helped establish the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) which is a broad effort to reduce toxic emissions from petroleum fuels and to enforce Clean Air Act programs to protect public health.

As you can see, our mission is diverse and broad, and we love to be in the thick of the fight for clean air and renewable fuels.


Clean Fuels: Everyone is a Winner!
Find your state and get a free poster! Show your support for Ethanol Across all of America by displaying the Award Winning poster of vanity tags from all 50 states supporting ethanol. CFDC's design firm David & Associates of Hastings, Nebraska recently received an award from the National Agri-Marketing Association for this unique promotional item.

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