Tweet In Minnesota, OSHA has accused United Ethanol of 15 safety violations that may reach up to $140,000 in fines. The investigation came on the heals of an accident in April where a worker was killed after being buried in a grain silo at the company’s Milton plant. Included in the list of violations were […]
Tweet In Minnesota, Penn Mobil is the first gasoline station is offer E15 in the state, and is offering it 15 cents per gallon cheaper than regular unleaded—which is E10 anyway. At least four independent gas stations owners are going on their own under a new brand they’re creating called Minnoco. The state has 21 […]
Tweet In Minnesota, researchers are domesticating intermediate wheatgrass, which could be a promising northern-climate alternative to switchgrass. As a perennial grain crop, the plant also can reduce soil erosion and the release of soil carbon, as well as requiring less energy, pesticide, and fossil-fuel based fertilizer. Although lines are already for commecial use, the project […]
Tweet In Minnesota, University of Minnesota scientists examine three U.S. federal agencies’ visions of how the nation could meet the targets. By comparing and contrasting the DOE’s, EPA’s and USDA’s scenarios, university scientists aim to inform the discussion on this important policy issue. What Minnesota’s role will be in reaching the biofuels standard is one […]
Tweet In Minnesota, Biofuel Benchmarking says that corn prices have fallen to the point where ethanol production has again become profitable without the need for DDGS to carry the operation. The Star Tribune newspaper says that ethanol prices earned by the state’s producers were up 13% over the previous quarter.
Tweet In Minnesota, the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the move to a B10 biodiesel mandate. The departments say that the four conditions required to move to B10 have been met. Those conditions were federal standards for blend specifications, the production capacity of biodiesel in Minnesota, the amount […]
Tweet In Minnesota, Fagen is suing its insurance company Colony National Insurance for refusing to pay the indemnity and defense costs associated with an $11 million arbitration deal the company is currently undergoing with Green Plains Renewable Energy over two ethanol plants. Fagen is now seeking a $4.3 million settlement from the insurance company.
Tweet In Minnesota, Michael Ceballos’s research team has been awarded an NSF Innovation Corps Team Program grant to research commercialization of enzyme platforms for biofuels at the industrial scale. The lab has a partnership with Energetix and DENCO II, allowing implementation and full testing capability for the company. The work is a spinoff of the […]
Tweet In Minnesota, a federal bankruptcy judge has awarded the assets of Purified Renewable Energy in Buffalo Lake to a unit of a New York hedge fund, West Ventures who bought that plant for $5 million. The money goes against the $18 million debt the plant has with the fund. The facility reopened after being […]
Tweet In Minnesota, SarTec has gotten a lot of attention at the state fair where it has been showing a container-sized version of its biodiesel technology currently operating at commercial scale at Ever Cat Fuels in Isanti. The smaller version is targeted at farmers so they can produce all of their on-farm diesel needs. Though […]