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NEWS UPDATE June 11, 2013

Upton, Waxman seek answers on renewables and energy security

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 11, 2013

House energy leaders this month are continuing a review of the renewable fuel standard, the federal mandate that requires refiners to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels a year into the nation’s motor fuel supply by 2022. In a white paper released Friday, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) asked for answers about how the renewable fuel standard has helped boost energy security. The duo laid out six questions and asked stakeholders to respond. [ read more … ]

After Drought, Rains Plaguing Midwest Farms

By JOHN ELIGON, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 11, 2013

About this time last year, farmers were looking to the heavens, pleading for rain. Now, they are praying for the rain to stop. One of the worst droughts in this nation’s history, a dry spell that persisted through the early part of this year, has ended with torrential rains this spring that have overwhelmed vast stretches of the country, including much of the farm belt. One result has been flooded acres that have drowned corn and soybean plants, stunted their growth or prevented them from being planted at all. [ read more … ]

New technology allows more ethanol to be squeezed from corn

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 11, 2013

Industrial enzymes manufacturer Novozymes A/S today launched a new technology that it says will allow renewable fuel producers to squeeze more ethanol out of corn. The technology produced by Novozymes will allow producers to increase their ethanol yield from corn by up to 5 percent, the company said today. It will enable ethanol producers to use less energy, according to Novozymes, the largest provider of enzymes to the U.S. biofuels industry. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel industry launches ad campaign to boost image

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 11, 2013

The national trade group for the biodiesel industry today launched a new television ad campaign touting biodiesel’s role in providing choices for consumers at the gas pump. The 30-second spot is airing on Washington, D.C., television news outlets as well as on national networks, the National Biodiesel Board said today. The group has also relaunched a website, AmericasAdvancedBiofuel.org, with information on biodiesel, a renewable fuel made from soybean oil, used cooking grease or animal fats. [ read more … ]

Biofuels will play integral role in California’s energy future, says new EBI study

  •    •  Posted June 11, 2013

Biofuels developed from plant biomass and purpose-grown crops can substantially move California toward its ambitious energy goals, a new report says, but only through the wise allocation of feedstocks and the success of energy efficiency measures throughout the state. That’s the conclusion of “California Energy Future: the Potential for Biofuels,” a report of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) co-authored by Energy Biosciences Institute scientists Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville. The study is one of seven produced by the CCST’s California’s Energy Future Committee, which was tasked with understanding how the state can meet aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions required by California policy by 2050. [ read more … ]

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