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NEWS UPDATE June 24, 2013

Energy and Commerce panel launches series of hearings on RFS

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 24, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will kick off a much-anticipated series of hearings Wednesday on the renewable fuel standard, the federal policy that mandates the country blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels into the U.S. motor fuel supply by 2022. The Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing will cover “government perspectives” on the RFS and draw from white papers issued by the leaders of the full committee. The papers have drawn dozens of dueling comments from stakeholders who either defended the standard or urged its repeal. [ read more … ]

Obama to lay out ambitious global warming plan

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 24, 2013

President Obama is set to provide details tomorrow of how he plans to deliver on his second-term promise of tackling man-made climate change. Obama announced in a video this weekend that he will lay out his climate agenda in a speech at Georgetown University and that it will seek to “reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it.” [ read more … ]

For Solazyme, a Side Trip on the Way to Clean Fuel

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 24, 2013

STARTING when they became friends in freshman year at Emory University in Atlanta, Jonathan S. Wolfson and Harrison F. Dillon would take off into the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado for weeks at time. They spent their days hiking in the wilderness and their nights drinking bourbon by the campfire, talking big about how one day they would build a company that would help preserve the environment they both loved. [ read more … ]

80 College Teams Visit Lincoln to Compete in International SAE Racecar Design Event

Nebraska Ethanol Board  •    •  Posted June 24, 2013

The next major advancement in automotive technology could be showcased here this week as several hundred collegiate design and engineering teams converge on the Lincoln Airpark for the Formula SAE International West competition held June 20-22, 2013. [ read more … ]

Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up

BY MATTHEW DALY, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted June 24, 2013

It’s a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that’s cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That’s the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.
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Pentagon awards fourth contract to Colo. company

Annie Snider, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 24, 2013

The Pentagon this week awarded another contract under the first phase of its controversial interagency biorefineries program to a Colorado company. The program — a joint effort of the Departments of Defense, Energy and Agriculture — awarded $4.1 million to Red Rock Biofuels, a Fort Collins, Colo.-based company, to develop plans for cost-competitive, advanced biofuels refineries. The government funds will be matched by $5 million in private investment, Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said by email. [ read more … ]

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