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NEWS UPDATE August 7, 2013

EPA slashes this year’s cellulosic targets

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 7, 2013

U.S. EPA has backed down from an ambitious target for cellulosic biofuel production, releasing a final rule today that requires refiners to blend 6 million gallons into the nation’s supply of gasoline this year. That 2013 requirement is far lower than EPA’s initial proposal of 11 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, or the equivalent of 14 million gallons of ethanol. The final rule — which sets the volume requirements under the renewable fuel standard — puts the target for cellulosic biofuel at the equivalent of 6 million gallons of ethanol. [ read more … ]

For lower costs at the pump, RFS is the best

By Todd Foley – 08/02/13 02:00 PM ET, The Hill. Com  •    •  Posted August 7, 2013

As we have witnessed over the past decade, the American energy landscape continues to transform. Not so long ago, energy scarcity was a significant concern, especially for transportation fuel as petroleum supply decreased. As a result, in 2005 our nation wisely chose to diversify our fuel supply with strong bipartisan leadership from American policymakers. At that time, under George W. Bush, we created one of the most successful energy policies ever enacted– the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Fla. firm starts commercial production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural wastes

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 7, 2013

In 2010, INEOS Bio took a shuttered grapefruit juice plant and began laying the groundwork for a million-dollar cellulosic ethanol plant. On Wednesday, it announced it had started commercial production. Last week, INEOS Bio Vice President Dan Cummings told a full ballroom of attendees at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 event that the company, an offshoot of European chemical manufacturer INEOS, would soon ramp up to produce 8 million gallons per year of ethanol from the abundant yard and wood waste around the plant site in Vero Beach, Fla. That’s more than half the number of gallons U.S. EPA has proposed for the entire country in 2013 [ read more … ]

U.S.-Brazilian producers hatch plans for trade mission

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 7, 2013

Fifteen U.S. biofuel companies will travel to Brazil in late September in an effort to build trade opportunities between the two countries. U.S. and Brazilian biofuel advocates announced the trade mission Friday in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as part of the business group’s Export Green Initiative. During the three-day trip, companies will visit Brazilian ethanol plants and meet with Brazilian business associations. [ read more … ]

Last year the hottest on record for U.S. — NOAA

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted August 7, 2013

The United States experienced its warmest year yet in 2012, with the highest surface temperatures since record keeping began in the mid- or late 1800s, according to the annual “State of the Climate” report released today. Last year also ranked either eighth or ninth in highest surface temperatures worldwide, depending on which of the four data sets considered by the report were used. The report, posted online today by the American Meteorological Society, was authored by an international group of nearly 400 scientists, with those from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center serving as its lead editors. [ read more … ]

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