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NEWS UPDATE June 4, 2013

Climate change raises stakes on U.S. ethanol policy

  •  R&D Magazine  •  Posted June 4, 2013

If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice Univ. and the Univ. of California, Davis. The study published online in Environmental Science and Technology suggests that in 40 years, a hotter planet would cut the yield of corn grown for ethanol in the U.S. by an average of 7% while increasing the amount of irrigation necessary by 9%. [ read more … ]

Climate change spells trouble for ethanol — study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •  R&D Magazine  •  Posted June 4, 2013

Climate change could prove a daunting foe for the U.S. ethanol industry in the next four decades, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of California, Davis, and Houston-based Rice University. Changing weather patterns will decrease the amount of corn available for ethanol production while increasing its water needs, creating an unsustainable way forward, the researchers found. If the climate changes as currently forecast by the U.N. climate body, the United States will not meet its biofuel goals set out in the 2007 renewable fuel standard, the study predicted. [ read more … ]

$15 million Green Plains purchase will reopen idled ethanol plant

By Emily Nohr, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER  •  R&D Magazine  •  Posted June 4, 2013

Green Plains Renewable Energy is paying $15 million in cash for a north-central Nebraska ethanol plant, storage and loading facility. The Atkinson, Neb., plant has been idle since June 2012 and Green Plains said it will staff and re-start the plant within the next month. Green Plains plans to hire 40 to 45 people. [ read more … ]

Strong corn crop key to maintaining support for RFS: Novozymes CEO

by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •  R&D Magazine  •  Posted June 4, 2013

The new head of enzyme and microorganism giant Novozymes said a strong 2013 U.S. corn crop will provide support for ethanol backers in their ongoing battle with oil giants over the future of the country’s renewable fuel policy.
The oil industry, lead by the American Petroleum Institute and other opponents of the controversial Renewable Fuel Standard, used last year’s widespread drought to build momentum in their efforts to change or end the 8-year old law that requires refiners to use alternative fuels from corn, soybeans and other products in the country’s gasoline supply. [ read more … ]

Fla. repeals its renewable fuel standard

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •  R&D Magazine  •  Posted June 4, 2013

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed into law late Friday a bill removing a requirement that most gasoline sold in the state contain ethanol after months of political wrangling by the biofuels and petroleum industries. The law repeals the 2008 Renewable Fuel Standard Act, which compelled refiners to blend about 10 percent ethanol or a similar renewable fuel into most gallons of gasoline. That law “is a state mandate on Florida businesses that is duplicative of the federal renewable fuel standard and inconsistent with the efforts to reduce the regulatory burdens that have helped Florida create over 330,000 new private-sector jobs in the past two years,” Scott said. [ read more … ]

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