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NEWS UPDATE March 4, 2013

EPA proposes doubling cellulosic ethanol quota

Written by Christopher Doering, Argus Leader Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted March 4, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed nearly doubling its 2013 quota for biofuels made from grasses, wood chips and other crop residue less than a week after a federal appeals court ruled the government had been too aggressive in setting production levels for the nascent industry. The agency said Thursday it was proposing 14 million gallons of cellulosic fuel to be included by refiners in motor fuel this year, up from 2012 when it set the mandate at 8.7 million gallons. The 2012 level proved to be overly optimistic with about 20,000 gallons actually being generated as production of the advanced biofuel struggled to get off the ground. The oil and gas industry, which later sued, complained the EPA basically hit them with a tax by requiring them to buy credits needed to produce cellulosic ethanol even though the fuel was not commercially available. [ read more … ]

Many Nebraska Ethanol Plants Remain Idle

By Nick Starling, Reporter, NTV  •    •  Posted March 4, 2013

Many ethanol plants in Nebraska are turning their burners off. Leaving more than 1/3 of the state’s ethanol plants out of production. “We have some plants that have made decisions to stop operating for a few weeks here,” said Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach. [ read more … ]

Blizzard will miss parched Neb., again

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 4, 2013

A big blizzard will travel across the United States next week, bringing much-needed snow to the Northern Plains and bearing good news for the region’s wheat and corn farmers. But most of Nebraska, where more than three-quarters of the state is suffering exceptional drought, will not benefit from the precipitation. [ read more … ]

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