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NEWS UPDATE January 31, 2013

Hagel backs Pentagon’s biofuels program, ban on dirtier fuels

Annie Snider, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 31, 2013

Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has come out carefully in support of the military’s efforts to turn to advanced biofuels — efforts that have drawn sharp criticism from Hagel’s fellow Republicans, who say they are a waste of limited defense dollars — as well as a controversial ban on the government purchase of carbon-intensive alternative fuels. In a lengthy written response to policy questions posed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, before which he will appear later this morning, Hagel said he backs the military’s approach to certifying its equipment on the alternative fuels. [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry credits new technology for cellulosic breakthrough, less reliance on corn

DAVID PITT, Associated Press  •    •  Posted January 31, 2013

After decades of talk, the ethanol industry is building multimillion dollar refineries in several states that will use corn plant residue, wood scraps and even garbage to produce the fuel additive. The breakthrough comes at a key time for the industry, after the drought heightened criticism about the vast amount of corn used to brew up ethanol rather than be transformed into animal feed or other foods. The corn crop already was smaller than expected because of drought last year, and livestock groups were especially critical of how 40 percent of the crop being diverted toward ethanol caused corn prices to soar. The new cellulosic ethanol technology could quiet that criticism while also making use of material largely seen as worthless. Experts said it hasn’t been easy. [ read more … ]

Oil-and-gas lobby might take ethanol fight to Supreme Court

By Zack Colman, The Hill  •    •  Posted January 31, 2013

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is “strongly considering” asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case regarding sales of a high-ethanol fuel blend, API Group Downstream Director Bob Greco said Tuesday. The Supreme Court move would represent another escalation in API’s campaign to roll back rules and court decisions vital to the biofuels industry. Greco said API would need to file a petition for a rehearing by mid-April. [ read more … ]

White Energy, Abengoa shutter plants; Hugoton building continues

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted January 31, 2013

“Margins are terrible now, we’ve shutdown at Plainview (Texas) and reduced rates at Hereford (Texas),” Ron Dunbar, vice president of ethanol manufacturing for White Energy Holdings LLC said. Both plants are 120 MMgy destination plants railing in corn and milo. Being in the middle of the nation’s largest cattle feeding area, Dunbar said they gave their distillers grains customers early notice of their plans. “We’ve had a major drought for two years now,” he added, “and it’s affected cattle feeders in the area.” [ read more … ]

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