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NEWS UPDATE June 13, 2013

Survey shows low consumer awareness of E15

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2013

Only about a quarter of the country’s fuel consumers are aware of E15, or gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, according to a survey conducted for the National Association of Convenience Stores. The survey also found that consumers are largely unaware of which vehicles are allowed to fill up with E15, a blend U.S. EPA has approved for use in cars with model years 2001 and newer. The lack of awareness is hurting the fuel’s introduction into the marketplace, said John Eichberger, the association’s vice president of government relations. “Consumer unfamiliarity with E15 significantly limits its retail availability because demand is insufficient,” Eichberger said. [ read more … ]

Iowa cellulosic plant on track for 2014 opening

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2013

One of the nation’s first next-generation biofuel plants is on track to begin producing fuel early next year. Executives from POET-DSM — a joint venture between ethanol giant POET LLC and Dutch company Royal DSM NV — said yesterday that construction of the Emmetsburg, Iowa, plant has stayed on schedule despite wet weather. The facility is expected to produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year using agricultural residues and eventually ramp up to 25 million gallons [ read more … ]

Third Way exec to lead ethanol giant’s federal affairs shop

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2013

Rob Walther, the deputy director for Washington think tank Third Way’s clean energy program, is leaving his post to head up the federal affairs shop at Poet LLC, the second-biggest U.S. ethanol producer. “We need a sustainable transportation fuel sector rather than one dependent on one fuel source, and this has been a passion of mine ever since I arrived in Washington,” Walther said. “It’s a company I can get behind.” [ read more … ]

RFS not driving food price increases — study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2013

There is no direct correlation between federal biofuels mandates and increasing food prices, according to an analysis released today by ethanol trade group Renewable Fuels Association. The analysis by ABF Economics, an agriculture and biofuels economics consultant, found that increased ethanol production under the renewable fuel standard is only one of several factors behind increasing corn prices. Other factors to blame include high oil prices, rapidly expanding global demand for agricultural commodities, speculation in commodity markets and expansionary U.S. monetary policy. [ read more … ]

Butamax’s Beckwith says butanol can help refiners push through blend wall

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted June 13, 2013

How viable is biobutanol as a replacement fuel to ethanol? During today’s OnPoint, Paul Beckwith, CEO of Butamax Advanced Biofuels, discusses his company’s joint venture between BP and DuPont to develop and commercialize biobutanol. Beckwith talks about efforts to retrofit ethanol facilities to produce biobutanol, and he responds to the safety and efficiency concerns associated with the fuel. [ read more … ]

Okla. senator says refiners are closing due to high RFS credit prices — and industry hits back

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 13, 2013

In claims being disputed by the ethanol industry, an Oklahoma Republican is blaming federal renewable fuel policies for driving refineries to shut their doors.

Sen. Tom Coburn yesterday said that two refineries in his state were in danger of closing within the year because of the high prices associated with renewable fuel standard credits. The senator said the refiners were losing millions of dollars because of the requirements. [ read more … ]

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