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NEWS UPDATE April 23, 2012

Hearing to look at energy innovation, small biofuels companies

Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 23, 2012

Bucking the skepticism about green businesses in the Republican-led House, members of the House Small Business Committee will gather this week to look at advances in cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels that are made from plants or waste. Thursday’s hearing will focus on “new innovative technologies small companies have developed to produce energy from previously unused materials” and also “the role of research and development in spurring innovative technology within the advanced biofuels field,” the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee said in an announcement. [ read more … ]

Culver: Energy program ‘right thing to do’

  •  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •  Posted April 23, 2012

Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said Friday that his signature program to support renewable energy research and development has been a resounding success, though less than a third of the money has been spent. Culver said the Iowa Power Fund has inspired investors and energy startup companies to do business in Iowa. He said the program is helping create jobs in some communities, and he said the program’s impact will grow as more projects advance. [ read more … ]

Senate to mark up farm bill while House begins D.C. hearings

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •  Posted April 23, 2012

The bioenergy industry, on the other hand, appealed for more funding for the bill’s energy title. While the legislation would maintain rural energy programs that are expiring this year, it funds them at significantly decreased amounts compared to the 2008 farm bill. Funding for the Rural Energy for America Program would be less than the current enacted level of $24.5 million, which is itself a 64 percent reduction from the levels authorized in the 2008 farm bill. The program offers funding to rural landowners for energy efficiency and renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Climate Change to Affect Corn Prices, Study Says

STEPHANIE STROM, New York Times  •  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •  Posted April 23, 2012

Researchers have found that climate change is likely to have far greater influence on the volatility of corn prices over the next three decades than factors that recently have been blamed for price swings — like oil prices, trade policies and government biofuel mandates. [ read more … ]

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