Legislation would ease E15 introduction into U.S. market

Source: Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, March 30th, 2012

A broad coalition of groups in the transportation fuels arena is cheering bipartisan legislation that would ease the introduction of the fuel blend E15 into the U.S. marketplace. The legislation, introduced yesterday in both the House and Senate, would allow both traditional and renewable fuels to be stored and dispensed with common equipment. The bill would make it easier for retailers to sell E15, or gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, with equipment that’s already in the ground

Biofuels groups press for Renewable Fuel Standard

Source: Dan Piller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The various biofuel advocacy groups, who haven’t always seen eye to eye on every issue, joined to sign a letter this week to congressional leaders urging retention of the Renewable Fuel Standard that mandates ethanol and biodiesel use. The letter went out under the signatures of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), 25x’25 Alliance and Energy Future Coalition.

Methanol, a candidate for an ‘all of the above’ fuel policy

Source: Julia Pyper, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The methanol industry hopes to become a growing source of alternative transportation fuel as gasoline prices continue to rise in the United States. The United States’ reliance on foreign oil has declined from 60 percent in 2005 to around 45 percent today, but the price of crude oil has nearly doubled over the same period and gas prices have skyrocketed.

Midwest poised to become ‘Saudi America’ — economist

Source: Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012

“The United States is now going to be the low-cost industrialized country for energy,” he said. “We are going to have a cost advantage of maybe 80 percent in terms of energy, relative to other countries, and this is going to persist for some time.” And given the Obama administration’s biofuels mandate, demand for gasoline will fall at a higher rate in the United States especially once the ethanol blend is cheaper at the gas pump, which will spur the sale of cars that run on a blend, he said. This will feed back to further reduce oil dependence, he said.

Renewable fuel standard key to lower gas prices — ethanol industry

Source: Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Ethanol industry proponents of the renewable fuel standard this week are framing the mandate as the long-term solution to high gas prices, hoping to win over congressional support and block attempts to weaken its requirements.

Is Kansas ready to bump to E15 at the pump?

Source: BY STEVE EVERLY, The Kansas City Star • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency last year allowed E15 — gasoline with 15 percent ethanol — for model year 2001 and newer vehicles. Now the agency is ready to take the next step — approve applications to sell E15, making it legal to use in roughly 60 percent of the country’s cars and light trucks.

Inhofe vows to kill proposed emissions rule as enviros praise it

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

U.S. EPA’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants is barely out of the gate, but Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has already vowed to kill it.

For New Generation of Power Plants, a New Emission Rule From the E.P.A.

Source: By FELICITY BARRINGER, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Obama administration’s proposed rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants — the first ever — could go far toward closing out the era of old-fashioned coal-burning power generation. The draft rule, unveiled on Tuesday by Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour.

Ethanol struggles in the red

Source: by Dan Piller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Ethanol producers spent the first two months of 2012 bathed in red ink as the commodity price for ethanol fell despite rising gasoline prices.

Americans split on energy production vs. environmental protection — poll

Source: Pamela King, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Americans are just about evenly divided on whether to prioritize energy production or environmental protection, according to the results of a new Gallup poll.