If you enter "Michigan" into the search box on the top right side of any AutoblogGreen page, you'll be rewarded with a long list of Mitten State stories, and many of them are focused on biofuels (If you're interested, I've saved you a few seconds by giving three results as related links below). As all of these stories show, "Michigan Plays Key Role in Growing Biofuels Industry." Hey, what a coincidence, that's also the title of a Sebastian Blanco
That screen grab to the right of this text tells you everything you need to know about the reason Michigan's first biodiesel plant is still in operation, but only barely.
Sure, the government is pouring millions into funding new ways to make biofuels that won't see consumer use for a few years, but it's also making sure that the biofuel infrastructure is being put into place today, as six new pumps (costing the U.S. DOE $43,000) in Michigan can attest to.
Now that we know Michigan can't be counted on to deliver the goods in football, the state will have to look elsewhere for happiness. How about biofuels? The Associated Press has an article that puts together what we've known for some time: Michigan is a state with a booming biofuel industry.
The State of Michigan is getting set to designate the first Renewable Energy Renaissance Zone in Adrian with the development of a $10 million biodiesel plant there. The 25-acre plant is expected to create about 20 jobs and is part of the state's shift to renewable energy, said Gov. Jennifer Granholm. There's no word on how many gallons the plant will be able to produce annually.
Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm signed a biofuel bill into law last Friday. The law gives consumers incentives for buying ethanol by lowering the state tax on each gallon of ethanol-blended fuel by 7 cents (from 19 to 12 cents a gallon). Biodiesel received a cut (of three cents) to also bring taxes on the biofuel to 12 cents a gallon. Gas station owners can apply for grants to convert their facilitie
Next time you're in one of the county fairs dotting Michigan, don't be surprised if you smell popcorn or other goodies instead of diesel. With gas prices continuing to remain high, festival organizers are increasing substituting biodiesel for their vehicles and even machinery. While the savings is not as substantial as hoped (RKA Petroleum Co. was selling biodiesel and regular diesel at the same price, $2.79), many users believe diesel prices will continue to rise, justifying the switch in the l