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NEWS UPDATE March 15, 2013

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Lauds RFS in Letter to Congress

Michael Schneider, OPIS  •    •  Posted March 15, 2013

Thirty members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition have issued a letter to all of the members of Congress proclaiming support for the federal renewable fuels standard (RFS) in its current form, the Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) said today. “As governors who see firsthand the impact that the RFS has had on our states, we urge you to reject any modifications to the RFS,” the letter said. “By intentionally using misinformation, biofuels opponents damage the nation’s economy, environment, and energy security.” [ read more … ]

Governors Tell Congress to Support RFS

by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted March 15, 2013

The Governor’s Biofuels Coalition met in Sioux Falls Wednesday and sent a letter to members of Congress in support of the Renewable Fuels Standard. The letter from the 30 governors represented by the Coalition, led by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, urges Congress to stay the course on the RFS. “As governors who see firsthand the impact that the RFS has had on our states, we urge you to reject any modifications to the RFS,” the letter reads. “By intentionally using misinformation, biofuels opponents damage the nation’s economy, environment, and energy security.” [ read more … ]

Despite oil group attacks, producers still upbeat about congressional support

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 15, 2013

Ethanol advocates yesterday finished up a marathon two days’ worth of meetings on Capitol Hill, and their initial reports suggest that most members of Congress aren’t enthusiastic about changing the renewable fuel standard.
According to Brian Jennings, executive director of the American Coalition for Ethanol, Senate and House members on the whole said they believed that the standard was not perfect but that it was a balance that is working for the country. “Reports were more encouraging than what we were bracing for,” Jennings said. “There is less enthusiasm than the oil companies want us to believe” for changing the RFS. [ read more … ]

Obama to roll out plans for funding transportation R&D during lab visit

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 15, 2013

President Obama will urge Congress today to establish an “energy security trust” that would spend federal revenue from oil and gas production on research in low-carbon transportation technologies, an idea the administration believes has bipartisan backing on Capitol Hill. The plan, which Obama unveiled in his State of the Union address last month, would provide $2 billion over the next 10 years for research in advanced vehicle technology, including cars powered by electricity, homegrown biofuels, biocells and domestic natural gas, White House officials said yesterday. [ read more … ]

Ore. plant begins producing cellulosic ethanol

  •    •  Posted March 15, 2013

Production of cellulosic ethanol — a type of biofuel made from the inedible parts of plants — is under way at a demonstration facility in Boardman and could be moving toward larger-scale commercial development. The Colorado-based ZeaChem Inc. announced Wednesday it has successfully produced cellulosic ethanol at its integrated biorefinery at the Port of Morrow, among the first operational cellulosic biorefineries in the world. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers Examine Ethanol Credits’ Affect on Gas Prices

By DAN STRUMPF, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted March 15, 2013

Two congressional committees are looking into whether a price spike in an obscure corner of the biofuels market is behind the recent run-up in the cost of gasoline. The price of credits used by refiners to meet federal ethanol-blending requirements has risen more than 1,000% in recent weeks. The heightened volatility in this normally sleepy market has raised concerns that it is a factor in the recent rise in the price of gasoline.
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Petition urges EPA to acknowledge biofuel incentives’ link to global hunger

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 15, 2013

U.S. EPA has underestimated the impact of its biofuel policies on global food prices and hunger, a conservative think tank and an anti-hunger group argue in a petition filed with the agency this week. ActionAid and the Competitive Enterprise Institute are asking EPA to acknowledge that U.S. policies advancing ethanol are hurting developing countries. The petition is based on a 2011 study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons that found biofuel policies that encourage the diversion of grains to fuel production annually contributed to 192,000 deaths related to malnutrition. [ read more … ]

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