Energy in America: Only one clean fuel can pick up where ethanol runs out of…gas.
Corn ethanol isn’t the best “oxygenate” fuel by any stretch, but it can’t ruin transmissions and radiators. The article linked below quotes a distraught, confused woman who blames ethanol for her car’s problems. Hilarious, but it doesn’t diminish what’s being said about increasing the ethanol blend wall to 15 percent this summer. Right now, gasoline sold at more than 95 percent of filling stations in the U.S. contains 10 percent ethanol, a blend known as E-10. Might not be a good idea to increase the blend wall until there’s a better, more powerful alcohol fuel to blend with gasoline. And diesel. And coal.
Link to FOX News article.
You knew this was coming. After slashing previous quota mandates in 2009, 2010 and 2011, your government is telling you that 2012 won’t be any different. Ethanol (both corn and cellulosic varieties) isn’t getting the job done.
We’re not surprised, and anyone paying attention to renewable fuels shouldn’t be either. For this, American taxpayers are being bilked for billions in subsidies, which have recently been carried forward another year.
This is your government on stupid, this is our country becoming the butt of a corny and expensive joke called ethanol.
Of course it’s a sophisticated joke told by sophisticated joke tellers, which is why almost nobody gets the punchline.
Link to Ethanol Producer article
Want to better understand the renewable fuels landscape, from algae to biodiesel, corn and cellulosic ethanol, to mixed alcohols? Here’s a fresh look at the confusion regarding renewable fuel subsidies, and why it is in the industry’s best interests for biofuel players to get out of “silo” mode and help the government sort through the questions.
3 paragraphs from the article:
“With their extreme versatility and often complicated nature, it isn’t easy for most people to wrap their brain around advanced biofuels, and the definitions in the renewable fuels standard 2 (RFS2) aren’t much help.”
“Depending once again on what your feedstock and technology is, right now you generally fall in one of these buckets: if you’re Gevo (Inc.) producing biobutanol, you get 60 cents per gallon under the VEETC (Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit). If you’re Tyson (Foods Inc.), Neste or Amyris (Biotechnologies Inc.) making a non-coprocessed renewable diesel, then you get $1 per gallon (blenders excise tax credit),” McAdams says. “If I’m Virent (Energy Systems Inc.) and I make speciated gasoline out of a catalyst technology using sugar or corn, I get 50 cents per gallon. If I’m a cellulosic company I have a $1.01 production tax credit, and if I’m algae, I don’t know where I go. If I make a fuel, I guess I default to the alternative fuels mixture credit because it gives me 50 cents per gallon for a fuel.”
“We need to ask ourselves, at what point should an industry’s subsidy end, and whether the current statutes are tilted toward a certain technology and if that’s ultimately good or bad. The industry is way too siloed right now.”
Biomass Magazine: Advocating Advanced Biofuels
Learn more about the various biofuels: Read our short Biofuels Primer
The biofuels and biomass industries received excellent news Feb. 3, with the release of the renewable fuel standard (RFS2) final rule, the first report generated by President Barack Obama’s Biofuel Interagency Working Group, and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program proposed rule.
Not exactly scintillating reading, unless you understand some of the regulatory issues that have long kept the biofuels and biomass industries from making faster progress. RFS2 is a significant step forward.
Link to Biomass Magazine article.