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NEWS UPDATE April 23, 2013

Flex-fuel vehicles are nowhere near universal

By Louis Jacobson,  •    •  Posted April 23, 2013

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to “work with Congress and auto companies to ensure that all new vehicles have flexible fuel capability … by the end of his first term in office.” Obama isn’t at the end of his first term yet, but he doesn’t seem likely to achieve this goal. [ read more … ]

Bill compelling further study of E15 would cost $1M — CBO

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 23, 2013

A bill requiring U.S. EPA to reverse its approval of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and commission further study before allowing the fuel back on the market would cost the government $1 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved the legislation two weeks ago, sending it to the House floor for possible consideration. Bill sponsor Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said it would address concerns that EPA fast-tracked approval of the fuel for use in cars with model years 2001 and newer to expand the domestic market for ethanol. [ read more … ]

Renewable Fuels Association’s Dinneen says volatile RIN market not affecting gas prices

  •    •  Posted April 23, 2013

As members of Congress discuss potential reforms to the renewable fuel standard, what role have rising Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices had on the fuels market and, specifically, gas prices? During today’s OnPoint, Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, explains why he believes RIN prices are having no effect on the price of gasoline. He also discusses the impact RFS reform could have on the corn and cellulosic ethanol industries. [ read more … ]

DOE pledges $18M for pilot projects on ‘drop in’ fuels for military use

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 23, 2013

The Energy Department today announced $18 million to fund four advanced pilot-scale biofuels projects that could help wean the U.S. military from foreign oil. The advanced biofuel projects would produce fuel “substantially similar” to gasoline, diesel or jet fuels that could “drop in” and replace the hydrocarbon-based fuels without any significant changes to vehicles and infrastructure, a current barrier to fast commercialization of ethanol and biofuels. [ read more … ]

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