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NEWS UPDATE March 18, 2013

Days of Promise Fade for Ethanol

By JOHN ELIGON and MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 18, 2013

Nearly 10 percent of the nation’s ethanol plants have stopped production over the past year, in part because the drought that has ravaged much of the nation’s crops pushed commodity prices so high that ethanol has become too expensive to produce. A dip in gasoline consumption has compounded the industry’s problem by reducing the demand for ethanol. The situation has left the fate of dozens of ethanol plants hanging in the balance and has unsettled communities that once prospered from this biofuel. “It’s a more somber mood,” said Todd Sneller, the administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “The growth opportunity that existed some years ago is still out there in theory, but the reality that it’s going to take an awful lot of time, money and political battles to realize that opportunity” is causing consternation. [ read more … ]

Coalition Letters Highlights Role All in Biofuel Supply Chain Can Play in Support of RFS

  •  25×25 Blog  •  Posted March 18, 2013

The importance of maintaining strong biofuel production in this country was also underscored for the governors in a briefing presented at the coalition meeting this week by 25x’25 Project Coordinator Ernie Shea. He highlighted a growing body of evidence showing that aromatic hydrocarbons – chemical compounds that make up 20-30 percent of a gallon of gas and provide octane and suppress premature combustion – pose human health risks. Aromatics do not entirely burn in combustion engines and subsequently produce ultra-fine particles that can be inhaled, particularly in urban areas. Health studies link gasoline aromatics to a wide range of health problems, including asthma, endocrine disruptions, diabetes, autism and cancer. With Shea and others urging the governors to broaden public awareness of the aromatics issue, coalition members indicated they would push EPA to aggressively enforce limits on aromatics in gasoline as another means to demonstrate the need to boost the production of biofuels. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Surplus May Lift Gas Prices

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •  25×25 Blog  •  Posted March 18, 2013

A glut of ethanol in the gasoline supply is threatening to push up prices at the pump and may have exacerbated the growing cost gap between regular gasoline and premium, some oil experts say. Refiners have been trading so-called ethanol credits furiously in an effort to meet federal environmental mandates, helping to significantly push up the cost of those credits — a jump to more than $1 from a few pennies in the last several days, and drivers are feeling the effects, experts say. [ read more … ]

Obama Seeks to Use Oil and Gas Money to Develop Alternative Fuel Cars

By JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times  •  25×25 Blog  •  Posted March 18, 2013

Warning that the United States risks falling behind in the international race to develop alternative energy, President Obama on Friday proposed diverting $2 billion in revenue from federal oil and gas royalties over the next decade to pay for research on advanced vehicles. Mr. Obama toured a vehicle research facility at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago and then spoke to employees about his plan, first proposed in his State of the Union address last month, to use oil and gas money to find ways to replace hydrocarbons as the primary fuel for cars, trucks and buses. [ read more … ]

2012 U.S. fleet cleanest, most efficient ever — EPA

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •  25×25 Blog  •  Posted March 18, 2013

The fuel economy of cars and trucks sold in the United States hit its highest recorded level last year as automakers cranked up production of efficient vehicles ahead of stringent federal standards, U.S. EPA said today. In its annual report on the fuel economy of vehicles, EPA reported a fleetwide increase in fuel economy of 1.4 mpg over the previous year. That translates to a reduction in emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide of 374 grams per mile. [ read more … ]

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