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NEWS UPDATE October 10, 2013

EPA considers scaling back 2014 targets

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 10, 2013

U.S. EPA would roll back both corn ethanol and advanced biofuel targets for next year under draft proposals circulating among stakeholders in the oil and biofuels industries. The agency is considering a proposal that would require refiners to blend 13 billion gallons of conventional corn ethanol and 2.21 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of advanced biofuel into petroleum-based gasoline next year, industry sources said. Cellulosic biofuel, an advanced fuel made from plant-based materials like agricultural residues and switchgrass, would be pegged at 23 million gallons. In all, the proposal would mandate 15.22 billion gallons of biofuel, well below the 18.15 billion gallons statutorily written into the renewable fuel standard for next year. [ read more … ]

Oil Shocks Ahead? Probably Not

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 10, 2013

And while the United States is producing more oil, it is consuming less year after year. The United States currently consumes a little more than 18 million barrels of oil a day — more than 2 million barrels below peak consumption in 2005. High unemployment is a major reason but far from the only one. Federal mandates for biofuel use have replaced nearly 10 percent of oil in gasoline production over the last five years, although corn ethanol production also burns fuel. Natural gas is chipping away at oil use for heating in the Northeast. [ read more … ]

Conservative OK with government mandate — if it benefits corn

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 10, 2013

“This hand has shaken the hand of the man who pumped the first ethanol in the United States,” he boasted at a National Journal event held yesterday in Washington, D.C. King’s unwavering support for the ethanol industry’s mandate seemingly flies in the face of the free-market conservative mantra he espouses in other social and political issues. But as with many lawmakers in matters of biofuels, politics tend to be geographical rather than ideological. Midwestern members of Congress tend to support the renewable fuel standard, while those in oil and livestock regions are pushing this year for its reform or repeal. [ read more … ]

First-of-its-kind cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Italy

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 10, 2013

The world’s first large-scale facility to produce ethanol out of residue left on crop fields and perennial grasses today opened its door in Italy. The plant built in the countryside outside Crescentino, Italy, will convert wheat straw, rice straw and giant reed — a large grassy crop that grows on marginal lands — into about 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year using an enzyme-driven conversion process. Lignin byproducts will be sent to an adjoining power plant, where they’ll be used to generate enough power for the ethanol facility’s operations. [ read more … ]

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