Ethanol industry wages top other industries in Nebraska

Fifty-eight percent. That's how much wages in Nebraska's ethanol industry have increased over the last decade. That's an increase from $35,000 to $56,000, according to figures from the Nebraska Department of Labor.

USAC announces deal making Ignite ethanol official racing fuel

Following in the footsteps of other race-sanctioning bodies, the United States Auto Club now has an official fuel -- ethanol. The difference is, this three-year partnership will mean much larger amounts of fuel used on racetracks across the nation.

BCAP project targets hybrid poplar for ZeaChem

The latest round of BCAP project areas announced by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on July 26 includes a 7,000-acre hybrid poplar project in Boardman, Ore., designed to service ZeaChem's nearby biochemical and cellulosic ethanol facility.

Senators struggle to find home for VEETC repeal package

With Congress deadlocked, it appears unlikely that action will be taken on ethanol-related legislation. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said recently that proponents of a compromise are now looking for a vehicle for the ethanol reform package.

Vilsack: More biofuel funding announcements coming soon

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said his agency continues to be committed to President Obama's challenge for the nation to consume one-third less foreign oil by 2025 and it will continue to make funds available for biomass-related projects.

Hankinson ethanol plant installing demo-scale anaerobic digester

Hankinson Renewable Energy LLC, a 120 MMgy ethanol plant in Hankinson, N.D., is in the process of starting up an anaerobic digester to produce 54 MMBtu of biogas a year, according to David Rein, a process engineer with Rein & Associates.

Sud-Chemie breaks ground on German wheat straw-to-ethanol plant

German-based international specialty chemicals company Sud-Chemie AG held a groundbreaking July 26 for a 1,000 ton-per-year, demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Straubing, located in the Lower Bavaria region.

Building on the success of corn ethanol to corn hydrocarbons

Corn ethanol is the only domestic renewable fuel industry to reach significant scale and make a measurable impact on the U.S. fuel supply, said Luca Zullo, principal of VerdeNero LLC. at the Biomass '11 conference held July 26-27 in Grand Forks, N.D

Ethanol plane pilot Greg Poe dies at age 57

Airshow performer and pilot of the Fagen Inc.-sponsored ethanol plane Greg Poe, 57, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on July 24. Considered to be one of the best aerobatic performers, Poe had racked up more than 10,000 flight hours.

Industry Events

International Biorefining
Conference & Trade Show

September 14-16, 2011
Hilton Americas - Houston
Houston, Texas

Northeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

October 11-13, 2011
Westin Place Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Algae Biomass Summit

October 24-27, 2011
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Southeast Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

November 1-3, 2011
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Pacific West Biomass
Conference & Trade Show

January 16-18, 2012
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, California

National Ethanol Conference

February 22-24, 2012
Gaylord Palms Resort
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass
Conference & Expo

April 16-19, 2012
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

International Fuel Ethanol
Workshop & Expo

June 4-7, 2012
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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