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NEWS UPDATE April 1, 2013

EPA Guide Could Prompt Automakers To End Flex Fuel Vehicle Production

  •    •  Posted April 1, 2013

Biofuel advocates warn that a new draft EPA guidance could prompt automakers to abandon production of flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) that run on both conventional gasoline and alternative fuels, because the guide would limit FFVs’ ability to win compliance credit for EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) vehicle rule starting in model year 2016. Automakers declined to comment on the guidance, saying they are still reviewing it. However, renewable fuels advocates are strongly opposing the guidance because it could act as a disincentive for producing FFVs. Environmentalists have long criticized the FFV efficiency credit, saying the vehicles largely run on regular gasoline rather than cleaner alternative fuels, but at the same time they say the agency’s guidance falls short of necessary policy changes. [ read more … ]

EPA’s Push For More Ethanol Could Be Too Little, Too Late

TRACY SAMILTON, NPR  •    •  Posted April 1, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon issue a final ruling that aims to force oil companies to replace E-10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E-15. This move could come just as widespread support for ethanol, which is made from corn, appears to be eroding. [ read more … ]

Vilsack, Branstad rally for biofuel

Written by Dan Piller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted April 1, 2013

Put two prominent Iowa politicians on the same stage these days, even when they’re from opposite parties, and an immediate defense of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard breaks out. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, and incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad both used a ceremony at DuPont Pioneer’s research center in Johnston on Friday to get in licks in favor of the federal mandate that at least 10 percent of gasoline used in U.S. motor cars be ethanol. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is critical to the biofuels industry,” said Vilsack, who has warned his fellow Iowans repeatedly on visits to his home state of the potential threat to the entire Midwest from interests hostile to biofuels. Vilsack noted the benefits of biofuels, including rural jobs, a reduction in oil imports and a stronger economic base for agriculture. Ethanol consumes 37 percent of the U.S. corn crop. Branstad said the Renewable Fuel Standard “is under attack, and is very important to the industry.” [ read more … ]

EIA releases ethanol data for 2012

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 1, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the March 2013 issue of its Monthly Energy Review, which includes ethanol production, use, and export data through the end of 2012. According to the monthly review, the U.S. ethanol industry produced 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol in 2012, showing a slight reduction from the nearly 13.93 billion gallons produced in 2011. [ read more … ]

Maine Lawmakers weigh limit on ethanol in gas

By North Cairn, Staff Writer, Maine Sunday Telegram

Staff Writer  •    •  Posted April 1, 2013

State legislators are considering a bill that would limit the amount of corn ethanol in gasoline at the current 10 percent. The bill is one of four that were debated in public hearings and work sessions of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources during the last several weeks. The measures called for a range of options, from keeping gasoline blends at the existing ethanol level, possibly raising or lowering the percentage of the additive or eliminating it altogether. [ read more … ]

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