USDA program yields 141 mmg of ethanol

By | February 01, 2002
The first of a two-year U.S. Department of Agriculture bioenergy program yielded an increase of 141.3 million gallons of ethanol, the agency recently announced. Under the program, which began in FY 2001, the Commodity Credit Corp. provides payments to producers to offset part of their cost of buying commodities used to expand eligible production. Payments for FY 2001 were $32.74 million for increased ethanol production.

Valero to build ethanol-blending refinery
Valero Energy Corp. was recently given permission to proceed with construction at its Benicia, Calif., refinery that will enable the plant to produce ethanol-blended gasoline in time to meet California's looming MTBE ban deadline. The project was delayed in mid-October, after union workers challenged the company's building permit, claiming the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the permit without completing appropriate background reports.