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NEWS UPDATE October 11, 2013

EPA Considers U.S. Ethanol Mandate Cut Amid Complaints

By Mark Drajem & Lucia Kassai – Oct 10, 2013 3:28 PM CT Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 11, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without putting engines at risk. A proposal from the agency would cut the mandate to 15.21 billion gallons for renewable fuels in 2014 instead of the 18.15 billion gallons established by a 2007 law, according to an internal proposal provided to Bloomberg. The agency would call for the use of 13 billion gallons of conventional corn-based ethanol and 2.21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels such as biodiesel, down from 13.8 billion gallons and 2.75 billion gallons respectively this year, it said. [ read more … ]

Analysis: Lawsuits likely as EPA declares US ethanol blend wall a ‘reality’

By Cezary Podkul, Reuters, NEW YORK | Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:18am EDT  •    •  Posted October 11, 2013

With two words, the U.S. environment regulator may be handing oil refiners the biggest win of a long battle to beat back the seemingly inexorable rise of ethanol fuel. In a leaked proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel blending requirements next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the blend wall – the 10 percent threshold of ethanol-mixed gasoline that is at the crux of the lobbying war – is an “important reality”. [ read more … ]

Study says ethanol has negligible impact on gas prices

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 11, 2013

A pair of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Davis, are disputing claims that have found ethanol has significantly lowered the price of gasoline at the pump. In a study, the two researchers say previous work incorrectly used “crack ratios,” or a comparison of the price of gasoline with the price of oil, to determine that ethanol has lowered the price of gasoline by more than $1 per gallon on average. Ethanol, they say, has only a negligible impact on what consumers pay at the gas station. [ read more … ]

Quest for cheap, nonfood biofuel starts with a brewery

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 11, 2013

The logic behind the research is that plants and some other organisms soak up carbon dioxide from the sky as they grow, so burning them later has no net impact on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Thus, burning biofuels will chip away at the 9 billion metric tons of excess carbon dioxide spewing into the atmosphere from fossil fuels each year. This is an appealing alternative to dredging up the buried remains of dinosaur-age jungles to power engines and jet turbines that add their emissions to the atmosphere. [ read more … ]

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