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NEWS UPDATE April 11, 2013

Bills to reform, repeal RFS introduced in the House

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 12, 2013

Standing in front of the Capitol yesterday, flanked by bipartisan supporters, a Republican lawmaker rolled out a reform bill aimed at cutting the targets set in the renewable fuel standard and removing corn ethanol’s eligibility for credit. The same lawmaker also then quietly introduced legislation that would completely repeal the standard, which U.S. EPA uses to set yearly levels of ethanol and advanced biofuel. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers look to move biofuel bill through House Energy Committee

By Zack Colman – 04/10/13 04:11 PM ET, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 11, 2013

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is having discussions with the chairman of the House Energy Committee about bringing forward legislation to gut a federal biofuel law. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), a bill co-sponsor, said his talks with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) have left him “hopeful” about securing a hearing. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal U.S. Ethanol Law

By Mario Parker & Derek Wallbank – Apr 10, 2013 3:45 PM CT  •    •  Posted April 11, 2013

The Renewable Fuels Standard passed in 2007 started out with good intentions and turned out to be a “very dumb” idea, said Representative Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat, who said the mandate has raised costs for dairy farmers in his state. Ethanol advocates including Jeff Broin, chairman of Poet LLC, blamed the oil industry for the new attempt to repeal the RFS, which requires the U.S. to use 13.8 billion gallons of ethanol this year and 15 billion gallons by 2015. Broin described the legislation as a desperate “Hail Mary” attempt by oil companies to eliminate a competitive fuel. [ read more … ]

US ethanol producers brace for biofuel mandate fight in Congress

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 11, 2013

U.S. ethanol producers are taking their case for protecting the nation’s biofuel mandate directly to lawmakers this week, as the latest Congressional push to revamp federal renewable fuel targets kicks off on Wednesday. Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol trade group, said producers from Illinois, Colorado, Iowa and other Midwestern states would meet with their representatives in Congress to parry what they called a “desperate” attempt by oil companies to stamp out renewable fuel use. [ read more … ]

Clean energy favored, fossil fuel programs cut under fiscal 2014 budget

Nick Juliano, Hannah Northey and Katherine Ling, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted April 11, 2013

President Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget request would boost funding for a variety of clean energy initiatives while reducing spending on fossil fuel programs and repealing oil and gas tax breaks. The clean energy increases would come in research and development, state-based competition to enhance energy efficiency and the electric grid, a new trust fund designed to find alternatives to oil in transportation, and a permanent extension of the renewable energy production tax credit. [ read more … ]

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