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NEWS UPDATE October 1, 2013

Rural energy efforts run low on fuel as farm bill expires

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 1, 2013

“There’s a great degree of uncertainty around the program, and word is getting out that funds are getting cut, but USDA still had demand in excess of what the funding would supply,” Andy Olsen, a senior policy advocate at the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said late last week. “What we really need is for Congress to pass a new farm bill.” After months of wrangling, mostly on the House side, the sun set on the farm bill at midnight with little fanfare, dwarfed by the larger government shutdown. [ read more … ]

Acting air chief seen as ‘perfect fit’ for rulemaking hot seat

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 1, 2013

President Obama is expected to keep leadership steady at U.S. EPA’s critical Office of Air and Radiation when he announces a nominee to replace Gina McCarthy, who was confirmed as EPA administrator in July. The smart money is on Janet McCabe, McCarthy’s former deputy and acting chief of the air office, the primary rule writer in Obama’s push to use the Clean Air Act to curb emissions of greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

An Uphill Climb for the Oil Giants

By LEONARDO MAUGERI, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 1, 2013

The big international oil companies are going through a crisis little noticed by analysts and the markets. It is a crisis of results and of vision. Simply put, the majors — companies like Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP — aren’t growing. They have discovered relatively little oil in recent years despite increasing investment. They also have lost their exclusive lock on the skills that made them indispensable to oil-producing countries . [ read more … ]

Next-generation producer plans 2nd processing plant

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 1, 2013

One of the first companies to produce fuel from woody biomass plans to build a second facility that would double its production. KiOR Inc. announced plans last week for a $225 million facility near its existing plant in Columbus, Miss. The company will break ground within 90 days of raising enough cash for the project. Construction is expected to take 18 months. [ read more … ]

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