Working in 70 countries, Abengoa Bioenergy is no stranger to alternative fuel production. The company’s new Hugoton, Kan., facility uses best harvest management practices. The plant will produce 25 million gallons of ethanol, and electricity from biomass.
The Renewable Fuels Standard could cut biodiesel demand by 40%. Grassroots pressure on the EPA and Congress is needed through the spring. Tax incentive helps more than farmers, as rural communities benefit, too.
Renewable Fuels Standard worries don’t darken the future of alternative grasses for energy and chemical use. Energy-crop seed producers are working on new traits for productivity and enhanced output for a range of uses. U.S. growth is slower than other countries, but seed producers remain optimistic about the future.
Economic solutions have been a solid tool for achieving environmental goals. Perhaps the most famous is the idea of power plants trading pollution credits, but there’s one for water that could benefit your farm.
USDA and EPA recently announced they are working together to support the development of water quality trading markets. These markets are expected to provide farmers and ranchers with new income opportunities, in addition to enhancing water quality and conservation.
Ethanol plants will come to fruition by 2014. Companies are working out the details of harvesting cellulose without harming the soil. The fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard has made investors wary of new tech.