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NEWS UPDATE June 28, 2013

EPA aiming to finalize 2013 renewable fuel targets this summer

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 28, 2013

U.S. EPA plans to finalize its 2013 renewable fuel standard levels by the end of this summer, a senior agency official said yesterday. The agency is about seven months behind schedule in setting final targets under the standard for conventional ethanol and advanced biofuel production. It released proposed targets in late January and has since been collecting public comments and meeting with stakeholders. [ read more … ]

EPA Says Ethanol Bounty May Push Refiners Over Blend Wall

By Mark Drajem – Jun 26, 2013 11:32 AM CT, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 28, 2013

Refiners may be forced to exceed 10 percent ethanol in their fuels next year in order to meet congressionally mandated renewable-fuel standards, according the Environmental Protection Agency. While oil-industry lobbyists are urging lawmakers to scrap the Renewable Fuel Standard because of problems this year, an EPA official will tell Congress today that issues with the “blend wall” — where the amount of mandated corn-based fuel exceeds levels considered safe for all engines — won’t bite until 2014. “Given these facts, we will continue to look at the potential impacts of the blend wall over the near and longer term,” Christopher Grundler, director of the office of transportation and air quality at the EPA said in testimony prepared for delivery today to a panel of the House Energy and Commerce committee. “EPA will continue to engage with stakeholders on this issue as we move to propose the RFS volume requirements for 2014.”
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Abengoa Opens Pilot Plant That Turns Waste Into Biofuels

By Marc Roca, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 28, 2013

Abengoa SA (ABG), Spain’s largest biofuels producer, inaugurated a demonstration plant that can make bioethanol from municipal solid waste, its first using the technology. The facility in Babilafuente, central Spain, can treat 25,000 tons of municipal solid waste to generate as much as 1.5 million liters (396,000 gallons) of bioethanol, which can be used as an alternative fuel, Seville-based Abengoa said.
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