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NEWS UPDATE September 12, 2013

Energy lawmakers aim to unveil RFS reform plan in Oct.

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 12, 2013

A House Energy and Commerce task force formed to evaluate options for reforming the renewable fuel standard met yesterday morning for the first time since the August recess and is aiming to release a proposal sometime in October, a key energy lawmaker said yesterday. Energy and Power Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who is not part of the task force but attended the meeting, said the lawmakers are still looking into different options for reforming the standard, which requires refiners to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels into motor fuel a year by 2022. The goal is to put out a proposal that can garner bipartisan backing, Whitfield said. [ read more … ]

Ethanol battle continues into fall

By Gene Lucht Iowa Farmer Today  •    •  Posted September 12, 2013

Ethanol proponents are fighting back this summer and fall against what they see as unfair and inaccurate criticisms of their industry. [ read more … ]

Biofuels Face Uncertainty in Europe

By ART PATNAUDE And CASSIE WERBER, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted September 12, 2013

The European Parliament voted Wednesday to limit the use of biofuels in the European Union, one of a series of potential changes to the bloc’s climate-change policies that investors say are creating uncertainty and bottling up energy investments. The Parliament approved a proposal to limit the share of food-based biofuels in cars and trucks to 6% of total consumption by 2020. This means that to meet its target of having 10% of Europe’s transport energy come from renewable sources by then, the EU would have to rely on a much-faster expansion of electric cars and commercially unproven biofuels made from nonfood crops. [ read more … ]

In crucial vote, E.U. backs limit on food-based crops for fuel

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 12, 2013

European lawmakers today voted to limit conventional biofuels to 6 percent of the European Union’s transportation fuel by 2020 amid concerns that the growth of crops for fuels is diverting resources away from food production.
The European Parliament voted 356-327 in favor of the cap, sending the proposal into negotiations with leaders of E.U. member states. [ read more … ]

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