Archive for the ‘Ethanol’ Category

Certification advances corn ethanol

April 21, 2010

A new ethanol limit in standard gasoline has been certified for two national fuel dispensers. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent product-safety certification organization, approved a new industry allotment of E-25 fuel for Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root – two leading fuel-facility service providers.

Twenty-five percent of fuel composition dispensed from these petroleum pumps at retail stations throughout the world can contain ethanol – an increase from the established E-10 limit (10-percent ethanol blended with petroleum) that is customary at retail stations throughout the country. E-25 can be used in standard engines without any adjustments.

“Motorists continue to call for ‘greener’ fueling solutions and retailers are demanding technologies that will help them stay in front of the market opportunity while managing regulatory changes,” said Scott Negley, director of alternative energy products at Dresser Wayne in a MarketWatch story. “Our Eco Fuel dispenser is in use across North America and is designed to handle the higher blends without modifications.”

The certification will help expand corn ethanol’s important role in America. Increased ethanol limits in standard gasoline will increase ethanol production for everyone’s benefit.

Domestic corn-ethanol production is not only good for our country’s agriculture sector, but it also stimulates rural communities by creating high-paying jobs, boosting local tax revenues and creating partnership opportunities for local businesses. In addition, it decreases our dependency on foreign oil, which is vital to our nation’s security and economy.

“Increasing consumer demand for ethanol-based fuels, combined with incentive programs to encourage the development of an infrastructure to deliver these fuels, is helping to create demand for a range of products,” said Chad Johnson, product manager at Gilbarco Veeder-Root.

Ethanol production makes fuel cheaper for consumers and is essential to achieving the requirements of the Renewable Fuels Standard that was enacted in the Energy and Security Act of 2007, which states that the U.S. must use 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022.

This certification helps prompt important legislation currently residing in Congress that urges the EPA to adjust ethanol’s standard-blend allowance.

Ohio Corn Growers Association (OCGA) and other ethanol-related groups, including the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), support measures that increase the allowable amount of ethanol in standard gasoline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently considering allowing blenders to increase the industry standard from E-10 to E-15. This past year, UL certified the use of E-15 for all domestic fuel pumps.

Ethanol awareness and education is important. Knowledgeable consumers and lawmakers can shape the direction of a more energy-secure, environmentally conscious and economically productive nation.

State and Federal Governments Advocate for Ethanol

January 29, 2010

From the halls of Washington and the Ohio Statehouse, the future for ethanol is bright.

It’s potential and significance was made evident after listening to both Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s State of the State Address and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. I was happy to hear the officials’ plans for implementing renewable-fuels production in our state and throughout our country.

OCGA will monitor both Gov. Strickland’s and President Obama’s progress in the coming months and will also continue to provide information about opportunities to develop infrastructure for a growing industry. Promises are one thing; action is what OCGA is looking for.

Here are some of the key comments in both speeches.

“We are taking the vital next steps to advance our energy economy,” Strickland said, citing the creation of the Energy Gateway Fund to invest in fuel cells, solar, wind, energy storage and the like in the Buckeye State.

Ethanol’s influence is far-reaching in terms of its economic, environmental and energy-security benefits. Strickland and Obama are well aware of these benefits.

Ethanol Stats

  • In 2009, the U.S. ethanol industry supported nearly half-a-million jobs.
  • Research shows a 35 to 46 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions and a 50 to 60 percent reduction in fossil-energy consumption because of the use of ethanol as a motor fuel.
  • The production and use of 10.6 billion gallons of ethanol in 2009 displaced the need for more than 321.4 million barrels of oil and saved American consumers and taxpayers more than $32 billion.

“Providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future, because the nation that leads the clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy, and America must be that nation,” Obama said.

To ensure our progress, both leaders noted that Ohio and the country at large must be proactive and resolute.

“We’ve made it this far, this fast on advanced energy because we pursued smart, responsible policies and we made smart, responsible investments,” Strickland said.

Obama concurred, “But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. That means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. It means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies.”

My conviction in ethanol as a premier biofuel is greater than ever. OCGA will continue to advocate ethanol as a domestic, green-energy source and will also campaign to increase the allowable limit of ethanol-blend fuel at the pump.

I hope both our state and nation continue on the path of advancing ethanol for everyone’s benefit.

‘Til next time,

Dwayne Siekman