ethanol http://michiganradio.org en A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-future-ethanol-and-our-renewable-energy-future <p>It’s been seven years since America hit the accelerator on corn-based ethanol fuels. Homegrown corn became the centerpiece of a push to find an alternative to foreign oil.</p><p>President Bush signed this expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, promising it would make us “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”</p><p>But, as is so often the case, something that offers great promise on one hand, takes its toll on the other hand. So the view of corn-based ethanol very much depends upon which side of the fence you’re standing on.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:28:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 15924 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future Don't call it a comeback: Ethanol is bigger than ever http://michiganradio.org/post/dont-call-it-comeback-ethanol-bigger-ever <p>The ethanol refinery for <a href="http://www.cgbioenergy.com/">Carbon Green Bioenergy</a> rises up out of the cornfields outside Lake Odessa Michigan.</p><p>The refinery was built in 2006. Mitch Miller, the CEO of the company, says a lot of refineries were popping up then.</p><p>&ldquo;Five years ago, ethanol was a craze,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It was the next best thing.&rdquo;</p><p>Now, not so much. Refineries aren&rsquo;t being built. Politicians aren&rsquo;t stopping by with platoons of reporters.</p><p>Seriously, when is the last time you heard anyone talk about ethanol? Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:41:05 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 6997 at http://michiganradio.org Don't call it a comeback: Ethanol is bigger than ever Ag secretary hopes Michigan visit will fuel ethanol interest http://michiganradio.org/post/ag-secretary-hopes-michigan-visit-will-fuel-ethanol-interest <p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was&nbsp;in Michigan today to promote the use of biofuels. He appeared at the NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, south of Jackson.</p><p>Vilsack says the fact that NASCAR vehicles are now running on fuel that&rsquo;s 15 percent ethanol shows that <a href="http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/pdfs/49187.pdf">other cars should run on it, too</a>. He says biofuels are more environmentally responsible that petroleum-based fuel.</p> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 21:17:30 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3846 at http://michiganradio.org Ag secretary hopes Michigan visit will fuel ethanol interest Ethanol subsidies & Michigan corn growers http://michiganradio.org/post/ethanol-subsidies-michigan-corn-growers <p>Michigan corn farmers may be losing a &lsquo;safety net&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Congress is expected to vote soon on <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/business/energy-environment/corn-ethanol-subsidies-may-be-in-jeopardy.html">ending ethanol subsidies.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The move is expected to save the federal government $1.3 billion&nbsp;this year.&nbsp;</p><p>Ethanol in the United States is mainly produced using corn.&nbsp; Michigan farmers increased their corn production in recent years as federal mandates required ethanol in gasoline.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 Jul 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3223 at http://michiganradio.org Ethanol subsidies & Michigan corn growers Ethanol subsidies put to test again in Senate http://michiganradio.org/post/ap-ethanol-subsidies-put-test-again-senate <p>Subsidies for ethanol are being put to the test again in the Senate as budget cutters try to demonstrate a growing appetite in Congress to end special interest tax breaks to help reduce government borrowing.</p><p>The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on two measures that would end subsidies for producing ethanol, a renewable, liquid fuel additive that comes mainly from corn in the U.S.</p><p>One measure would repeal a tax credit that provides 45 cents a gallon to oil refiners who mix ethanol with gasoline. The Senate rejected an identical measure Tuesday, 40-59. The other would eliminate federal funding for building ethanol blender pumps or storage facilities.</p><p>Critics say the subsidies are no longer needed. Supporters say ethanol helps reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:02:29 +0000 The Associated Press 2918 at http://michiganradio.org Ethanol subsidies put to test again in Senate More corn in your gas tank? http://michiganradio.org/post/more-corn-your-gas-tank <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says gas stations can now sell gasoline blended with 15% ethanol for all cars built in 2001 or after. Right now, when you fill up in Michigan, your gasoline has 10% ethanol.</p><p>The EPA says E15 gasoline will help reduce our need for foreign oil. Ethanol is made from plants like corn. The EPA only tested the effects of E15 on emissions and catalytic converters.</p><p>But ethanol is corrosive. Patrick Kelly is with the American Petroleum Institute.</p> Thu, 19 May 2011 17:50:33 +0000 Tracy Samilton 2571 at http://michiganradio.org Will more ethanol in gas lead to more engine damage? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-more-ethanol-gas-lead-more-engine-damage <p>The farm lobby has been pushing hard to increase the amount of ethanol allowed to be mixed into gasoline. And it seems like the Obama Administration is obliging.</p><p>The vast majority of today's ethanol comes from corn. The alcohol is mixed in gasoline to make it burn more cleanly.</p><p>Right now, the standard is 10% (a 10% ethanol, and 90% gasoline mix is most likely in your gas tank right now).</p><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/#no-use">EPA</a> increased the allowed amount of ethanol to a 15% mix last fall for cars made after 2007.</p><p>Now, the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2011/01/ap_sources_epa_expected_to_ok_1.html">Associated Press</a> reports the EPA is poised to allow the 15% mix for more cars. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Two people familiar with the decision said late Thursday the agency is expected to announce on Friday that 15 percent ethanol in gasoline is safe for cars manufactured between 2001 and 2006. Both officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the decision. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:44:22 +0000 Mark Brush 962 at http://michiganradio.org Will more ethanol in gas lead to more engine damage? Automakers sue over E15, a higher ethanol blend in fuel http://michiganradio.org/post/automakers-sue-over-e15-higher-ethanol-blend-fuel <p>Fuel-makers blend refined gasoline with ethanol to make it burn more cleanly.</p><p>Corn-based ethanol has been considered a much better fuel additive since MTBE was found leaking into groundwater supplies (the CBS News magazine <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/31/health/main326425.shtml?tag=mncol;lst;2"><em>60 Minutes</em></a> did a report that led to MTBE's downfall as an additive).</p><p>But there's been debate on how much ethanol to allow in gas. The accepted standard has been a 10% mix, which is found in most gas across the country.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 20:17:39 +0000 Mark Brush 653 at http://michiganradio.org Automakers sue over E15, a higher ethanol blend in fuel