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NEWS UPDATE March 27, 2013

Automakers ask Supreme Court to take up E15 case

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 27, 2013

Automakers and small-engine manufacturers are asking the Supreme Court to take a case challenging U.S. EPA’s decision expanding the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline. In a 298-page petition, the trade groups argue that the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia inaccurately ruled that automakers and small-engine manufacturers didn’t have legal standing to protest EPA’s approval of E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. [ read more … ]

Why automakers took up ethanol with the Supreme Court

Gabe Nelson, Automotive News  •    •  Posted March 27, 2013

In a slow trickle over the past year, the first gas stations have started carrying E15, a blend of gasoline that includes up to 15 percent ethanol. Automakers say the fuel could harm older engines, which were not built to handle so much ethanol. But they have had no luck convincing the EPA, which has approved the fuel for use in cars and trucks built after the 2001 model year. So yesterday, trade groups for car companies, including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for help. The alliance is also part of the Engine Products Group, a coalition that also includes the makers of engines for boats, lawnmowers and motorcycles. [ read more … ]

Corn Supply Slumps Most Since ’75 on Ethanol Profit: Commodities

By Jeff Wilson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 27, 2013

Corn supplies in the U.S., the biggest grower, are shrinking at the fastest pace in almost four decades as improving demand from ethanol refiners drains reserves already diminished by drought. Stockpiles probably fell 38 percent in three months to 4.995 billion bushels (126.9 million metric tons) by March 1, the biggest drop since 1975, according to the average of 31 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. AgResource Co. in Chicago and Northstar Commodity Investments Inc. in Minneapolis expect prices to jump 13 percent to $8.25 a bushel before supply rebounds with a record harvest in September. [ read more … ]

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