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NEWS UPDATE October 3, 2013

Oil industry poll finds consumers concerned about ethanol

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 3, 2013

The majority of registered voters are concerned that ethanol will damage car engines and lead to increased consumer prices for groceries, according to a poll released today by the American Petroleum Institute. Seventy-seven percent of interviewed voters said they were concerned that putting a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — as opposed to the 10 percent ethanol level that is in most gasoline today — could hurt their vehicles. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they were concerned that using more corn for ethanol production could increase the price of food. [ read more … ]

BP-DuPont venture breaks ground on alt-fuel plant

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 3, 2013

A joint venture between BP PLC and DuPont Co. today broke ground on a plant that will produce isobutanol, a new alternative fuel that can be blended into gasoline. Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC will retrofit an existing 50-million-gallon-a-year Highwater Ethanol LLC plant in Lamberton, Minn., to make the fuel out of corn and, eventually, out of agricultural residues. The plant will use a fermentation process similar to that used in the ethanol industry, but the resulting isobutanol will have a higher energy content and will not exhibit the same corrosive properties as ethanol. [ read more … ]

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