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NEWS UPDATE September 6, 2013

White House reviewing U.S. 2014 biofuel targets

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 6, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for U.S. biofuel use targets for 2014 to the White House for review, as the agency races to avoid the delays that plagued the renewable fuel program this year.
Next year’s targets are due to be proposed this month and finalized in December. That timeline could slip, however, depending on the how long the White House’s Office of Management and Budget takes to review the proposal it received late last week. [ read more … ]

Industry-backed study finds significantly lower emissions from biodiesel

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 6, 2013

Indirect land-use change caused by producing diesel made from soybeans, palm oil and other plants generates significantly lower emissions than previously thought, according to an industry-backed study released Monday.
The study by researchers from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and two private consulting firms found that a previous European model that measured indirect land-use changes overestimated emissions by up to 79 percent for some types of biodiesel. Lower emissions resulted from less land converted per 1,000 liters of biodiesel produced and less predicted forest conversion. [ read more … ]

Big news: No more requirement to use ethanol In gasoline!

By Douglas Durante, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted September 6, 2013

Well, actually, there never was one. That’s a fact. It also illustrates that the debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard needs more factual basis and less name calling, mud-slinging, rhetoric. As Congress hacks and cuts its way through this briar patch, it is difficult to come to any sensible resolve because so few people seem to actually understand this program. For example, many members believe there is a requirement to blend corn derived ethanol into gasoline, which is false. Not only is there no requirement to blend corn derived ethanol into gasoline, there is no requirement to blend any ethanol into gasoline. [ read more … ]

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