Minnesota Ag Commissioner Visits Green Plains Otter Tail

On Monday, January 13, Green Plains Otter Tail hosted an event as part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's tour across the state of Minnesota to support the biofuels industry and ask the EPA to reconsider its stance on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The event was attended by the Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Assistant Commissioner Charlie Poster, Fergus Falls Mayor Hal Leland, Harold Stanislawski of Fergus Falls Economic Development, Representative Bud Nornes, Representative Jay McNamar, representatives from Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Collin Peterson's offices, community supporters, and Green Plains staff.

Pictured below from left to right: Anthony Hicks, Green Plains Otter Tail General Manager; MDA Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson; and Harold Stanislawski of Fergus Falls Economic Development. 

E85 Omaha

We are so excited that our E85 Omaha campaign is now 1 month old! What is E85 Omaha you might ask?

E85 Omaha is a desktop and mobile site that connects drivers of flex-fuel vehicles to E85 stations in Omaha: www.e85omaha.com. It's super easy! All you do is visit the site and a list of stations will pop up based on your location. Then it will map it for you!

There are nearly 30,000 flex-fuel vehicles in the Omaha area. That's 30,000 vehicles that can use E85, a fuel with 40% fewer emissions than regular unleaded gasoline. Wow!

If you are in Omaha and you are driving a flex-fuel vehicle, this site is for you!

Check it out!

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BioProcess Algae Awarded Grant

BioProcess Algae Awarded $6.4 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Develop Advanced Drop-in Biofuels for Military Jets and Ships

OMAHA, Neb., April 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioProcess Algae LLC has been selected to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery project related to production of hydrocarbon fuels meeting military specification. The project will use renewable carbon dioxide, lignocellulosic sugars and waste heat through BioProcess Algae's Grower HarvesterTM technology platform, co-located with the Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa.

"BioProcess Algae was the only algae platform chosen to be a part of this project by the DOE," said Todd Becker, President and CEO of Green Plains. "This project will link our commercial scale platform for growing and harvesting algal biomass with technology partners for conversion into advanced biofuels. While this is a project for the development of drop-in biofuels, we continue to focus our technology for growing and harvesting algae for feed, food or fuel."

"We believe our Grower Harvester platform will be vital in the development of this project with the DOE," added Tim Burns, President and CEO of BioProcess Algae. "For this project, we will integrate low-cost autotrophic algal production, accelerated lipid production, and lipid conversion in an effort to develop a cost-effective advanced biofuel for military needs. This development is consistent with our current plans to build the next phase of Grower Harvester reactors in Shenandoah."

The project will demonstrate technologies to cost-effectively convert biomass into advanced drop-in biofuels and the recipient is required to contribute a minimum of 50% matching funds for the project.

About BioProcess Algae LLC

BioProcess Algae LLC is a joint venture among CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC), a global provider of filtration products, BioProcessH2O LLC, a wastewater purification technology company, and Green Plains Renewable Energy. BioProcess Algae was created to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for growing and harvesting of algal biomass.

About Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRE) is North America's fourth largest ethanol producer, which markets and distributes approximately one billion gallons of ethanol annually. Green Plains owns and operates grain storage assets in the corn belt and biofuel terminals in the southern U.S. Green Plains is a joint venture partner in BioProcess Algae LLC, which was formed to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for growing and harvesting algal biomass.

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CONTACT: Jim Stark, Vice President - Investor and Media Relations

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

(402) 884-8700

A letter from The Auto Channel's Marc Rauch

Marc Rauch, of THE AUTO CHANNEL, responds to a FOX Business News segment providing misinformation regarding E15. Published on the Renewable Fuels Association website on Jan. 4, 2013.  

I am writing to you concerning the recent video story that Melissa Francis did with Lauren Fix regarding E15:


I am co-owner of THE AUTO CHANNEL and THE AUTOCHANNEL.com. We are the Internet's largest automotive information resource. We are completely independent and not sponsored by any fuel producer.

The information provided by Lauren Fix about E15 is almost completely untrue. Lauren's explanation of phase-separation and the food-price argument about corn are preposterously puerile. In fact, if you live in a cold climate and your fuel tank and lines have a tendency to collect condensation (water), which would then freeze and cause real damage, the solution is to put Dry Gas in the fuel tank. Dry Gas is alcohol. Alcohol is ethanol. Ethanol "absorbs" the water moisture.

Fuel left in an unused engine for an extended period of time can break down and cause a starting or running problem. This is true of all fuels, including and especially gasoline, which leaves gummy varnish like deposits. Sta-Bil, another product used to stabilize the gasoline left in dormant engines also contains alcohol to help prevent the gummy build up. And again, alcohol is ethanol.

E15 will not damage the engines of vehicles older than 2012. It has been extensively tested. It can be safely used in all modern gasoline-powered vehicles manufactured since the early 1990's, whether they are "flex-fuel" vehicles or not. Incidentally, when the EPA conducted their tests on E15 and gave their "clean bill of health," they also tested E20 and had the same positive conclusions.

I have been test driving vehicles for 25 years and have regularly used various blend levels of gasoline and ethanol with no negative reactions. Furthermore, I own and drive a non-flex fuel 2002 Ford Taurus that I run on high blend levels of gasoline and ethanol. My vehicle suffers from no problems that are not normally associated with all gasoline-powered vehicles.

The misinformation that Lauren Fix quoted is just part of the routine lies circulated by the American Petroleum Institute and other anti-ethanol entities to discredit any viable alternative fuel solution. I would be happy to provide you with, or direct you to correct information.


Marc J. Rauch

Executive Vice President/Co-Publisher



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