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NEWS UPDATE August 2, 2013

House Energy and Commerce members to mull bipartisan RFS reform over August break

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 2, 2013

The leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee say that they are committed to finding a bipartisan consensus on the renewable fuel standard and that they would collaborate on potential reforms throughout the August recess. In a joint statement yesterday, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said they would take into account all the concerns raised during their months-long review of the standard that wrapped up last week with a two-day hearing. [ read more … ]

Move over corn, a new source of ethanol is in town

John Roach NBC News  •    •  Posted August 2, 2013

McMillian, who tracks INEOS Bio along with other companies in the ethanol industry, said now that the technology appears capable of producing millions of gallons of the fuel a year, the fuel needs a market. Currently, most of the U.S. gasoline supply contains a 10 percent mix of ethanol. “Unless we get all of the pumps to go up to” a mixture of 15 percent ethanol “there is kind of a market wall in terms of how much ethanol we can use,” he said. [ read more … ]

New technology offers corn ethanol producers opportunity to dip into advanced fuels

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 2, 2013

Iowa’s smallest ethanol plant this week broke ground on what some biofuels supporters are calling the next big thing in advanced fuels. The Quad County Corn Processors plant will install technology that will allow it to convert corn kernel fibers left over from the harvesting and processing of corn into advanced biofuels. It will allow the plant to boost its 35-million-gallon annual capacity by about 6 percent. [ read more … ]

Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs

U.S. Department of Energy News Release  •    •  Posted August 2, 2013

During remarks at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuels play in the administration’s Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Secretary Moniz also announced over $22 million in new investments to help develop cost-competitive algae fuels and streamline the biomass feedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels. [ read more … ]

Opinion: A Republican Case for Climate Action

The writers are former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency: William D. Ruckelshaus, from its founding in 1970 to 1973, and again from 1983 to 1985; Lee M. Thomas, from 1985 to 1989; William K. Reilly, from 1989 to 1993; and Christine Todd Whitman, from 2001 to 2003, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 2, 2013

EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally. [ read more … ]

DOE invests $22M in algae, other advanced fuels

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 2, 2013

The Department of Energy will provide $22 million toward developing algae-based fuel and reducing the costs to harvest and process raw materials for biofuels production. The bulk of the funding — $16 million — is being awarded to four projects in Hawaii, New Mexico and California that are exploring different technologies to use algae to produce oil with the same characteristics of petroleum-based fuel. Columbus, Ohio-based FDC Enterprises will use the remaining $6 million to work with growers in Midwestern states to develop more efficient processing technologies. [ read more … ]

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