In letter, Cruz acknowledges blocking Northey nomination; calls for meeting

Source: By Jason Noble, Des Moines register • Posted: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday sent a letter to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds acknowledging his role in blocking the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to a senior post in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the letter, Cruz tells Reynolds he is blocking Northey’s appointment as a USDA undersecretary in an attempt to compel stakeholders from corn-growing states like Iowa to sit down with officials from the oil-refining industry to discuss changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Aemetis provides update of cellulosic ethanol initiatives

Source: By Erin Voegel, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Aemetis Inc. recently released third quarter financial results, reporting that revenues for its ethanol business grew 6.2 percent when compared to the same quarter of last year. Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee also noted ethanol production increased 4 percent when compared to the third quarter of last year. Ethanol pricing increased by 3.4 percent year-over-year, he said. Operating margins, however, were weak due to excess ethanol supply in the U.S.

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the November edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts made in its October STEO. The EIA currently predicts ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day this year, increasing to 1.04 million barrels per day next year.

7 states explore cutting carbon from cars

Source: Camille von Kaenel and Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporters • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Northeastern Republicans and Democrats agree it’s time to bring down emissions from transportation. They’re just not sure how to do it. This week, seven states and the District of Columbia announced a new series of public listening sessions to get ideas about curbing car emissions — including, maybe, some sort of regional policy like a “cap and invest” program or a tax.

Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces: study

Source: By Thin Lei Win, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

“The U.S. emits around 5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. So (emissions) equivalent of a major economy could be sequestered in soils each year with changes in farming practices,” he added. The study found the United States has the highest total annual potential to store carbon in the soil, followed by India, China, Russia and Australia, if soil management is improved.

Schwarzenegger calls on climate activists to change methods

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Schwarzenegger spoke Sunday at a global climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, where diplomats from around the world are discussing implementing the Paris climate accord. He said: “It’s time we wake up and talk about what really matters: 25,000 people dying every day because of pollution.” Schwarzenegger also criticized the environmental community for “missing the point” with its messaging on global warming.

Ag giants’ merger would harm farmers, report says

Source: Marc Heller, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The proposed merger of Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. could squeeze out farmers who’d rather not use farm chemicals at all, an environmental group warned today. At a briefing organized by opponents of the proposal — which would create the world’s largest seed and farm chemical company — Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica said farmers who avoid pesticides could run out of choices if the deal moves forward.

Ethanol groups optimistic but cautious about RFS numbers

Source: By Ben Nuelle, Iowa Agribusiness • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Robert White has been following when the Environmental Protection Agency will release of the RFS numbers closely. He is Vice President of Industry Relations for the Renewable Fuels Association in Washington, D.C. “Corn ethanol side is capped at 15 billion. We don’t expect that to change but the advance numbers were lower than we expected and were lower than 2017 and there is no justification for that,” White says.

Ottawa looking at 15 per cent ethanol blend in gasoline

Source: By Maura Forrest, The National Post • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Under current regulations, gasoline in Canada can contain up to 10 per cent ethanol, but a proposed amendment could raise the maximum to 15 per cent in early 2018. A technical committee is making the final decision about the change, according to a spokesperson with Public Services and Procurement Canada. The amendment, if adopted, would follow a similar decision in the U.S., where the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 approved a 15 per cent ethanol blend, or E15, in vehicles from 2001 and later. At the time, many auto manufacturers declared their warranties wouldn’t cover damage caused by fuelling cars with E15, as ethanol can be corrosive at higher concentrations.

Struggling Philadelphia refiner sells biofuel credits, raises cash: sources

Source: By Richard Valdmanis and David Gregorio, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Oil refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) has raised tens of millions of dollars in cash by selling U.S. biofuels credits in recent weeks, according to sources familiar with the transactions, an unusual move for a company that requires the credits to meet federal regulations. The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires oil refiners to blend increasing amounts of biofuels like ethanol into their fuels every year, or purchase credits from those who do. Independent refiners like PES, lacking blending facilities, typically are dependable buyers in the niche market.