The Throughput Blog

January 16, 2012

'Generic fuel' might make good slogan

BY Susanne Retka SchillEthanol – the generic fuel. Nice phrase that might have some merit as a slogan. It’s adapted from a letter to the editor from Merle Wise, Sebastian, Fla. READ MORE

January 09, 2012

Imagine, 429 bushels per acre of corn

BY Susanne Retka SchillPeople worried about future corn supplies need to look at the National Corn Growers’ annual yield contest. David Hula, Charles City, Va., had the highest overall yield of 429.02 bushels per acre in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category. READ MORE

December 30, 2011

Good start to 2012

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe ethanol industry got good news at year end, even as the blenders credit and import tariff expired. A federal judge declared California’s LCFS is unconstitutional. READ MORE

December 25, 2011

Christmas wishes

BY Susanne Retka SchillSo here’s my Christmas wish: That the often acrimonious relationships between biofuels supporters and environmentalists be healed. READ MORE

December 19, 2011

Response to the WSJ

BY Susanne Retka SchillI’d like to share the unedited version of a letter to the editor sent to the WSJ in response to its cellulosic ethanol bashing by the head of BP Biofuels, Sue Ellerbusch. READ MORE

December 12, 2011

The subsidies worked

BY Susanne Retka SchillEthanol really is a success story in capitalism – a story of entrepreneurs and dreamers who envisioned a way to use abundant supplies of corn and address the need to build a little energy security into the equation. READ MORE

December 05, 2011

Getting positives in the news

BY Susanne Retka SchillIt would be great if we could see many more of these short, positive stories noting the contribution biofuels makes. Maybe as an industry we have to invent some awards. READ MORE

November 28, 2011

Half empty, or half full?

BY Susanne Retka SchillOne of the ironies of modern life is that technology has taken the backbreaking work out of people’s lives, so they can buy a gym membership in order to stay fit. There's an attitude lesson to learn in pondering this irony. READ MORE

November 21, 2011

A few tidbits on Brazil's industry

BY Susanne Retka SchillAt Ethanol Producer Magazine, we follow the Brazilian ethanol industry from afar. We cover news from UNICA and follow up on company announcements. The Brazil sugarcane crop has been down the past couple of years, primarily due to drought. READ MORE

November 14, 2011

Peak demand and positive stories

BY Susanne Retka SchillBy 2020, world oil demand will peak at just 4 percent above current levels and, by 2035, the Ricardo study suggests, world oil demand will be below 2010 levels. READ MORE

November 07, 2011

Land wisdom needed

BY Susanne Retka SchillThe U.S. trade system has its faults, but it does serve to balance supply and demand. Short term hiccups are quickly pulled back into line as all the market players do their thing. READ MORE

October 31, 2011

Ammo for defending the RFS

BY Susanne Retka SchillA story out of Australia could serve as ammunition for those in the U.S. concerned about defending the RFS against attempts to dismantle or weaken it. READ MORE

October 24, 2011

Seeking clear, readable, thorough coverage

BY Susanne Retka SchillIt’s an interesting challenge bringing a new writer on board. There are so many details to learn, such as what MMgy means and how to use it. Almost every story assignment comes with a little tutorial about the industry or background on the company. READ MORE

October 17, 2011

Seeking pro-ethanol soundbites

BY Susanne Retka Schill

October 10, 2011

Farmer ingenuity will rise to the challenge

BY Susanne Retka SchillBiomass harvests will change the dynamics of harvest. It will require manpower, yes. The equipment needs will be great. In the end, that infamous American farmer ingenuity will figure out how to get it done better and faster. READ MORE