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NEWS UPDATE July 13, 2012

Ethanol, Big Oil continue to spar

Dan Piller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted July 13, 2012

While most of the country is watching the Presidential race or, perhaps, the extended debate over health care, biofuels and the oil industry are off the corner trading chops. On Thursday the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association expressed unhappiness with a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee to vote out its version of the Farm Bill that excludes blender pumps dispensing E15 from assistance under the farm bill. [ read more … ]

A Murky Value Case for a Higher Ethanol Blend

By NORMAN MAYERSOHN, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 13, 2012

Though the government cannot compel filling stations to stock the fuel, the Energy Department frames the use of E15 as falling within its broader objective of reducing petroleum imports. (The ethanol is produced primarily from corn grown in the United States.) However, the cost and efficiency benefits for the fuel’s end user are not so apparent. As Mr. Wald wrote: Some car experts say that the savings are illusory, because a gallon of ethanol has only about two-thirds as much energy as a gallon of gasoline, so it will take a car fewer miles on a gallon. [ read more … ]

Trade groups seek to intervene in oil industry suit

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 13, 2012

Six biofuels trade groups are moving to intervene in an oil industry lawsuit against U.S. EPA over the agency’s 2011 requirements for cellulosic biofuel production. The groups yesterday filed a joint petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in the suit by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Western States Petroleum Association. [ read more … ]

Companies that bought fake renewable credits fault EPA for lack of warning

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 13, 2012

One thing that has particularly irked companies that were taken in by a recent high-profile scam involving the peddling of fraudulent renewable energy credits on the biodiesel market is the fact that U.S. EPA knew about the scam for more than a year before it told buyers about it. Oil refiners and other obligated parties that purchase the renewable fuel credits to satisfy government mandates have questioned why EPA didn’t provide them with a heads-up about the green energy scheme sooner. [ read more … ]

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