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NEWS UPDATE October 8, 2013

Strange bedfellows urge permanent and deep cuts to ethanol mandate

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 8, 2013

A wide-ranging coalition of interest groups is calling on House energy lawmakers to make significant and permanent cuts to the nation’s corn ethanol mandate as they work on legislation to reform the renewable fuel standard
The strange-bedfellow group of livestock, environmental, anti-poverty, small equipment manufacturer and right-leaning fiscal groups said yesterday that the federal ethanol requirement was hurting food producers, consumers and operators of small-engine vehicles. [ read more … ]

Zichal to leave administration post

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 8, 2013

A key architect of President Obama’s sweeping plan to combat climate change is leaving her post at the White House, the administration confirmed today. Heather Zichal, the deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, will be leaving in the next few weeks. The White House has not announced a replacement, and Zichal has not said what her next move will be. [ read more … ]

Industry coalition demands U.N. panel withdraw report linking biofuels to food insecurity

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 8, 2013

A coalition of renewable fuels producers is demanding that a U.N. panel withdraw a report earlier this year that linked high food prices to ethanol production. The panel used a “mysterious process” to select members of the research team, ignored stakeholder feedback and did not disclose financial donors for the report, according to biofuel advocates from the United States, Europe and Canada who are arrayed in a Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. [ read more … ]

UCLA scientists find way to produce 50% more fuel from sugar

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 8, 2013

California researchers have designed a method that has the potential to produce 50 percent more ethanol out of sugar. Using the process, the scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, were able to convert all six carbon molecules contained in glucose into acetyl-CoA, a precursor to biofuels. Typically, the process used to produce ethanol and butanol from plant-based materials converts four of the six carbon atoms, leading to a loss of efficiency
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