Tag: Iowa

Biomass stackyard catches fire at Project Liberty

In Iowa, a fire broke out on Saturday night at the Poet-DSM Project Liberty cellulosic ethanol plant that is getting ready to come online. The fire broke out in the biomass stackyard that cold hold up to three weeks of feedstock supply. It wasn’t immediate clear how much of the feedstock had been destroyed but […]

July 22, 2014 More

Iowa governor slams EPA for missing yet another RFS deadline

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad slammed the EPA during his weekly press conference for having failed to announce the 2014 RFS, missing yet another deadline at the end of June. He says that as a result of the indecision, corn prices have fallen to below $4 a bushel—below the cost of production—from $5.50.  

July 15, 2014 More

Syngenta donating $1 per acre of Enogen to flex-fuel infrastructure

In Iowa, Syngenta is donating $108,000 towards flex-fuel pump infrastructure, fulfilling its three-year commitment to donate $1 for every acre of Enogen corn planted that began in 2013. The company has also teamed with the FFA fundraising event to match Syngenta’s donation to make the money go even further.  

July 14, 2014 More

Energae considering selling off assets

In Iowa, Energae is exploring selling its assets that include ethanol-making equipment in Hopkinton and a power generation facility in Cedar Rapids. Meetings with investors to discuss the options were set for last week. The company has suffered since its spokesperson and attorney have had their licenses revoked.  

July 1, 2014 More

Iowa buys more than 2.7 million gallons of E85 in the first quarter

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced Iowa motorists purchased 2,707,231 gallons of E85 in the first quarter of 2014, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue. The more than 2.7 million gallons of E85 sold is a new first quarter record, and nearly a 48 percent increase over […]

June 30, 2014 More

Murphy USA Stations opens first of 7 planned E15/E85 additions in Iowa

In Iowa, Murphy USA is now offering E15 and E85 at its Indianola, Iowa location. The fueling site is the first of seven Murphy USA locations in Iowa to begin offering these higher ethanol blends. By the end of summer, E15 and E85 will also be available at Murphy USA locations in Clinton, Davenport, Fort […]

June 26, 2014 More

Absolute Energy had to cut production 20% due to rail blockages

In Iowa, Absolute Energy was forced to cut ethanol production by 20% earlier this year because it didn’t have storage capacity following poor rail service from BNSF and Canadian Pacific. Rail shipping this winter had been significantly impacted by heavy snow storms that later led to back ups throughout the system.  

June 24, 2014 More

USDA/Iowa State study shows Project LIBERTY biomass harvesting sustainable

In Iowa, five years of soil nutrient data gathered at POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY site are consistent with more than 500 site-years of additional soil research, experts at USDA and Iowa State University have determined. Those results show that biomass harvesting, which is now being done in the Emmetsburg, Iowa area, is consistent with proper farm […]

June 16, 2014 More

University of Iowa spinout gets early stage funding for purifying agri oils

In Iowa, Pure Oleochemicals, a University of Iowa spinout company, recently received early-stage funding from several private and public sources for its method of purifying agricultural oils for use in soaps, cosmetics, oils, and other consumer products. The company received funding from private investors, as well as $100,000 from the state of Iowa. The University […]

June 11, 2014 More

Iowa biofuels start-up stops repaying grant funds

In Iowa, AgSugar International—later known as Vertecra—has stopped repaying the $600,000 in grants it was awarded in 2011. The company had agreed to re-pay the grants after the two biotechnology machines it developed for ethanol production failed to work. The last check sent to the Iowa Economic Development Authority bounced in November.  

June 9, 2014 More