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NEWS UPDATE October 24, 2012

Corn Ethanol Makers Weigh Switch to Butanol

By HENRY FOUNTAIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 24, 2012

NEARLY a decade after the adoption of federal renewable fuel standards led to a sharp increase in production of ethanol, some producers in the Corn Belt are considering making a different fuel. The fuel, butyl alcohol, or butanol, is worth more to refiners because it has more energy than ethanol, is easier to handle and more of it can be blended into each gallon of gasoline. But producing it will require costly retrofitting of ethanol plants, and plant capacity will be reduced. [ read more … ]

American Farm Bureau caught in crossfire over biofuels

By Zack Colman, The Hill  •    •  Posted October 24, 2012

Tensions among ranchers and farmers might lead the nation’s largest farm lobby to alter its position on the federal biofuel mandate. The American Farm Bureau Federation has been a staunch supporter of the renewable fuel standard (RFS), a mandate for blending biofuels — currently, mostly corn-based ethanol — into traditional fuel. The rule has been a boon for the nation’s corn-growers, who have a guaranteed customer for 40 percent of their crop. [ read more … ]

200 scientists warn of invasive risk as EPA weighs new feedstocks

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 24, 2012

More than 200 scientists yesterday urged federal officials to take caution in approving new biofuel feedstocks, warning of past situations where potentially invasive plants were introduced with good intentions only to cause widespread destruction later. Giant reed and napiergrass, two species of grass that U.S. EPA is considering, have many of the same traits as potentially invasive plants, the scientists warned. They recalled the introduction of kudzu, which after its introduction quickly blanketed the South, choking out native species. [ read more … ]

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