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Will Farmers’ Actions Improve The Ethanol Energy Balance? – for Aug. 2, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes NDSU EXTENSION SERVICE Several years ago, there was substantial debate on whether corn ethanol produced more net energy relative to the amount of fossil energy required to manufacture it. This ratio, the amount of energy produced divided by fossil energy input needed, often is referred to as ethanol’s energy balance. For years, scientists argued whether […] Read more

New Energy Economics: Field Peas As An Ethanol Feedstock

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agronomically, field peas fix nitrogen, which lowers production costs and reduces the crop’s carbon footprint. Corn has become the mainstay of ethanol production. However, many firms are investigating new feedstocks, such as switchgrass, forest products and algae, to produce cellulosic biofuels that meet pending federal and state regulations. Biofuel production from most of these alternative […] Read more

New U.S. Regulations Upset Ethanol Applecart

Reading Time: 2 minutes On May 5, 2009, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed regulations regarding implementation of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). Despite the legislation’s namesake, there isn’t much security for the growth of traditional corn ethanol. EISA was landmark legislation for the biofuels industry because it set a national goal of […] Read more