Inside July 2006

Features

Speeding Right Past 100

BY Holly JessenFor veterans of the U.S. ethanol industry, the past year or so has been an especially meaningful and wild ride. Now, with more than 100 ethanol plants up and running in America, industry experts agree that getting a project from conception to completion is a whole lot different than it used to be. READ MORE

Circles of Circumstance

BY Ron KotrbaBasic economic theory states that substantial increases in demand without corresponding increases in supply will drive prices upward. Add emotion, sense of purpose and limited geographic space to the projected shift in U.S. corn markets and therein resides an issue the ethanol industry must face proactively and cooperatively. READ MORE

On Multiple Tracks

BY Ron KotrbaEstablished in 1898, GATX was founded when horses and buggies ruled the streets, years before ethanol was something other than white lightning. This story is one of an old company that's never at a loss for new ideas. READ MORE

Biomassive Ventures

BY Gary DiGiuseppeToday, it's hard to muse over cellulosic ethanol when corn dry milling is the hottest ticket in town. Nevertheless, big players—some with deep-pocket benefactors—are vying for parts in the next big show. From wood waste in Arkansas to crop residue in Idaho and Canada, the proverbial stage is being set for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

Will Backyard Stills Make a Come Back?

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyThe rising price of oil and gas—and the ubiquitous buzz around ethanol—have spurred a rather surprising trend in the United States. Equipment and service providers—including Ethanol Producer Magazine—have seen a precipitous rise in inquires about small-scale ethanol production. As Yogi Berra famously said, this is like déjà vu all over again. READ MORE

Continually Setting the Mark

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyChristianson & Associates PLLP, an accounting firm with high standing in the U.S. ethanol industry, has spent more than a decade developing new programs and services such as forecasted financial statements, industry-specific software and other services. A year ago, the Willmar, Minn.-based company added an ambitious new program to its cache of services—ethanol plant financial benchmarking. READ MORE

Should Wheat be Given More Weight?

BY Nicholas ZemanThe prairie provinces of central Canada have plenty of feedstock for ethanol production. It's just not corn. Rather, wheat reigns here, despite the heckling of naysayers who discredit the economics of producing the renewable fuel from small grains. The bottom line is, producers are going with it. READ MORE

Life After the Corn Tariff Debacle

BY W.R. StephensIt's been several weeks since the Canadian International Trade Tribunal struck down a sought-after countervailing tariff on U.S. corn. While ethanol stakeholders in eastern Canada are celebrating the decision, the contest has left a painful scar between agricultural interests north of the border—and the real problem still lies in wait. READ MORE

Brazilian Imports: Help or Hype?

BY Elizabeth JohnsonDespite the political sideshow that's emerged in the United States over the possibility of temporarily dropping the import tariff on ethanol—and presumably letting Brazil swoop in to save the day—experts in both countries say the world's second biggest ethanol producer is working just as fast and furious as America to meet its own domestic demand. Brazil's export strategy isn't buried though—it's merely deferred. READ MORE

Shortage or Smokescreen?

BY Nicholas ZemanWhy is a product that represents only 3 percent of the United States' fuel usage being blamed for the outrageous gasoline price fluctuations America is currently experiencing? Oil refiners have suggested that a shortage of ethanol—and the high price of the renewable fuel in spot markets—are the culprits. Others say the facts prove otherwise. READ MORE

A Business Skyrockets

BY Roger MooreThe ethanol industry is booming, and Virginia-based process technology provider Delta-T is boosting its capabilities—and enhancing its process technology offerings—to meet the surging demand for clean, efficient ethanol plants READ MORE

Rising Above Down Under: Ethanol 2006 Australia Review

BY Tracey HannafordAustralia's ethanol industry is nascent at best, but the enthusiasm its potential generates from government, business and consumers makes it easy to think otherwise. Ethanol 2006 Australia, an event destined to be repeated in 2007, may have helped jumpstart Queensland's biofues action plan by bringing international experts to the table—and getting down to business in Brisbane. READ MORE

The Valuation of Interests in Ethanol Plants

BY Mary McCarter, Philip Smith and Donna Walker

Getting a Read on Nat Gas

BY Holly JessenEight or nine times out of 10, ethanol plants answer the energy question with the same answer—natural gas. But the painful combination of price swings, declining supply and growing demand can strain a producer's pocketbook, leaving many facilities casting about for energy saving options. READ MORE

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