April 2006

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Business Briefs

Cargill buys shares in U.K.-based biodiesel producer



Legal Perspective

By Mark Hanson and Todd Guerrero

editor's note

By Tom Bryan

talking point

By Nathan Burk

NBB In Sight

By Scott Hughes


Time To Sync Things Up

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

Despite Minnesota's bumpy start with B2, several states are pushing for similar low-blend biodiesel requirements this legislative season. With everything on track-and on spec-in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the focus of industry leaders has shifted to discouraging inconsistent biodiesel requirements and incentives among states. Nationwide coordination has become an instant necessity.

Pure Green Power

By Nicholas Zeman

As the first utility company in the United States to use B100 in a stationary power generation application, McMinnville Electric in Tennessee has experienced trials, tribulations and, by most measures, good success in its progressive experiment to produce green electricity from a clean and renewable domestic fuel.

It's generally accepted that biodiesel blends, while reducing almost all harmful diesel vehicle emissions, lead to slightly higher levels of NOx. Now, a breakthrough study-the Weekend Ozone Effect-has government scientists, policy enforcers and biofuels advocates abuzz over data indicating that less NOx is precisely what's not needed to control the formation of ground-level ozone in urban areas.

Mile-High Quality

By Dave Nilles

As the biodiesel industry continues to explode throughout the soy-oil-rich Midwest, some plant developers are considering a different approach. Producing high-quality biodiesel near high-demand metro areas continues to be the game plan for BioEnergy of Colorado

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