For years, the state’s corn and ethanol industries have touted the environmental benefits of burning the alternative fuel in our vehicles. But newly released research from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is raising eyebrows.
The Corn Plus ethanol plant in the south-central Minnesota city of Winnebago has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty and take steps to reduce its air pollution and noise levels.
Sen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production. An Environmental Protection Agency proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires.
Biofuel Energy Corp. says it is idling its ethanol plant in Fairmont, Minn., until further notice. The plant stopped production last week.
As the devastating drought continues to force corn prices higher, it’s also pushing one Minnesota ethanol plant to suspend production.
The biofuels and renewable chemicals company Gevo Inc. has started commercial production of bio-based isobutanol at its plant in Luverne, Minn.
A South Dakota corn ethanol plant will soon be making the transition to producing a fuel additive with a wider variety of uses.
The nation’s largest ethanol company, Poet LLC, announced Friday that it is putting on hold its plan to build a dedicated ethanol pipeline because of the lack of prospects for a federal loan guarantee.
An ethanol cooperative in southern Minnesota has pleaded guilty to making false statements under the Clean Air Act.
Livestock farmers are demanding a change in the nation’s ethanol policy, claiming current rules could lead to spikes in meat prices and even shortages at supermarkets if corn growers have a bad year.
Several hundred people have returned to their homes following an evacuation in a southern Minnesota town caused by train derailment.
Sen. Al Franken joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Wednesday.
Minnesota state agencies have boosted their purchases of E85 fuel nearly tenfold in the last five years.
We were pleased to receive two questions at The Garage recently, and both concern gasoline additives.