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Looking for an E85 station?

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Did you know there are currently 2837 E85 stations in the United States located in 1945 cities? If you’re not sure where your nearest station is, the US Department of Energy has a website that can locate it for you.

Click here to check it out.

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“Freedom” rolls out big in DC

“Freedom,” the compelling documentary investigating the repercussions of America’s addiction to foreign oil and a proposed solution for our energy independence will have its red carpet premiere in DC tonight with a slew of special guests.

Preceding the film’s premiere a press conference will take place at 2pm ET. The debate and Q&A hosted by Dennis McGinn, retired Vice Admiral and President of the American Council on Renewable Fuels, will include filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell as well as General Wesley Clark, who ranked at a four-star general and director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chief of Staffs.

“Freedom” covers a wide range on our country’s oil issues ranging from last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, Keystone XL pipeline, and the economic impact of foreign oil on American citizens. The film also highlights a path to long-term sustainable path to domestic fuel.

To learn more about “Freedom,” click here. Or, check out the trailer here.

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Wisconsin company advances in US Air Force renewable fuel testing

A Madison based company has developed a renewable jet fuel which has recently received the green light after the first round of testing  by the US Air Force.

The one hundred percent renewable fuel produced by Virent was recently tested at US Air Force Laboratory as a result of a strong push by the Pentagon to depend less of foreign fuels. The chemical conversion process which Virent uses to produce its biofuel was developed in the labs of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aaron Imrie, Virent’s commercial fuels manager, expressed his excitement over the results from US Air Force by stating:

“These ARFL results are exciting because they demonstrate the potential of Virent’s catalytic process to create renewable plant-based jet fuel that can meet or exceed petroleum.”

Earlier this year, the US Air Force completed a test flight using a 50-50 blend of petroleum and a biofuel derived from camelina. Honeywell also announced this summer the first successful trans-Atlantic flight using the same biofuel-petroleum blend.

To read more about Virent’s biofuel success, click here.

Or, to learn about Virent, click here.

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Award-winning filmmakers screen new documentary in Madison and Milwaukee

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Freedom, the new documentary confronting the dependence on foreign oil in the United Sates and the search for a sustainable solution will be coming to Wisconsin. Award-winning filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell will be screening their documentary at two different events in Madison and Milwaukee on September 26th and 27th. A panel discussion will take place after the film where the audience will about to ask questions about the future of oil in the United States.

The Madison screening will be held at the Sundance Theater at 7pm.

The Milwaukee screening will be held at the UWM Union Theater at 7pm.

To view a trailer, click here.

For more information on Freedom, click here.

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Ag. Secretary Tom Vilsack at Wisconsin State Fair on biofuels

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New TV Ad on Ethanol’s Impact on Gas Prices

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Check out this new television ad from the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association which shows that without ethanol, gasoline prices would be about 90 cents more per gallon.

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WBIA staffer Cara McCarthy on ethanol

Cara McCarthy on ethanol

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An open letter to Congressman Sensenbrenner

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Dear Congressman Sensenbrenner:

As Wisconsin ethanol producers, we represent an industry that has created hundreds of jobs and generated more than a billion dollars in economic activity in the state.

Continued growth for homegrown, domestic energy supplies relies on market access for the fuel we produce.  For producers, E15 means market access.  For consumers, E15 means the option to choose a more affordable and clean-burning fuel.  We respectfully submit that your opinion editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week overlooked key facts about E15.

Small engine owners and motorists are not required to use E15 as a result of the EPA’s approval of this new fuel.  To the contrary, we’ve advocated for – and the EPA is allowing – the continued availability of E10 blends (which are approved for use in all small engines) and fuel containing no ethanol whatsoever.  What’s more, the EPA has gone out of its way to require a label at gas stations offering E15, which makes it clear the fuel is not approved for small and non-road engines.  Therefore, it is dangerous to rely on anecdotal spook stories about what E15 might do to engines.  The EPA has already prohibited E15 use in small engines, and the scientific data the organization relied on to approve E15 for motor vehicles is sound.

Opening more fuel markets to a greater percentage of this homegrown fuel will help power future generations of rural success.  We want to give the public a chance to decide whether they want to help keep fuel proceeds at home instead of sending them overseas.

We believe consumers deserve to have choices at the pump.  Furthermore, Congressman Sensenbrenner, our industry has worked in good faith, unlike the oil industry, to reform the current government support that the industry receives by sacrificing over 1 billion dollars toward deficit reduction.  In this time of fiscal belt-tightening in Washington D.C., we are one of the few industries working with lawmakers on a sensible reform.  Please consider the advantages ethanol provides the nation and the state you represent, and the value of supporting consumer fuel choice at the pump.

Sincerely,

Joshua Morby
Executive Director
Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance

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Coburn pushes Senate vote on anti-ethanol measure

Claiming to be an effort to reign in federal subsidies, Senator Coburn (R-OK) and his fellow anti-ethanol legislators snuck in an amendment to end investment in America’s ethanol industry. A closer look at the motives of Sen. Coburn and his Senate allies reveal they are covered in oil.

Over the last years, Sen. Coburn and his colleagues have received more $4 million in political contributions from the oil and gas industry. Although large contributions from oil companies are no secret, this amendment does show that there is more behind the amendment than simply cutting federal subsidies. As Matt Hartwig from the Renewable Fuels Associates suggests:

“This effort has more to do with oil-patch politics than it does national energy security and responsible fiscal policy.  If this were a true effort to reign in federal energy subsidies, than the tens of billions of dollars given to mature energy industries like petroleum would be included in this amendment.”

This amendment is a ploy to keep Americans at the mercy of foreign oil and rising prices while a select few reap the political and monetary benefits.  Killing ethanol investment would also mean snuffing innovation and stifling growth that can bring prosperity to many Americans.

To read more about Sen. Coburn’s amendment, click here.

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge

At the last WBIA meeting in May, students from UW-Platteville’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge came and spoke about their experience this past winter competing in the competition. Afterward, they presented WBIA Executive Director Josh Morby with a plaque recognizing the WBIA’s sponsorship of the team.

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