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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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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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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CFDC is once again proud to be a supporting organization to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) for their highly successful West Coast renewable energy finance event, uniting senior financiers, investors, and renewable energy executives from across the country since 2008.
With a focus on renewable energy development in the Western U.S., REFF-West will highlight financing trends for renewable power, clean technologies, and transportation; assess the future of federal and state policy and the role of financing innovations; identify early-stage investment opportunities; and discuss the region’s role in the international renewable energy marketplace. For more information on this dynamic conference click here.
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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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."
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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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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Durante addressed opportunities for biofuels in flex fuel vehicles and as part of a clean octane strategy.
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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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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.
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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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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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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, the Nebraska Ethanol Board at Billy.Defrain@nebraska.gov, or downloading a copy here.
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
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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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.
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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 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 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'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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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.
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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."
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