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NEWS UPDATE October 28, 2013

Calif., Ore., Wash., Canadian province to make climate announcement Monday

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 28, 2013

West Coast state and provincial governments plan to make an announcement about their climate policies early next week. Representatives of California, Oregon, Washington state and the Canadian province of British Columbia will make an announcement Monday afternoon at a meeting of the Pacific Coast Collaborative in San Francisco, officials from California and Washington said. [ read more … ]

8-state pact pushes for electric vehicles, but faces roadblocks

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 28, 2013

Environmental, consumer and automaker groups yesterday praised eight states for teaming up to push sales of electric cars, even as some warned there are roadblocks in the market. The agreement announced yesterday among California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont sets a goal of putting 3.3 million zero emission vehicles, or ZEVs, on the road within a dozen years. That’s more than 50 times the current 65,000 now in those states (Greenwire, Oct. 24) [ read more … ]

Midwestern Ethanol Producers Challenge California Global-Warming Regulations

Daniel Fisher, Forbes Staff  •    •  Posted October 28, 2013

A federal appeals court in California is mulling whether to reconsider a September ruling that upheld state global-warming regulations on ethanol producers. Critics say the decision gives the Golden State carte blanche to regulate virtually anything it doesn’t like, regardless of the impact on interstate commerce. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, upheld California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program, which grades ethanol based on the “lifecycle” greenhouse gas emissions associated with its production. Midwestern ethanol producers complain the regs discriminate against them by taking into account factors such as the amount of coal burned in local electricity plants, giving ethanol plants in hydropower-rich California an advantage. [ read more … ]

Are We Shocked That Wall Street Hoarded Ethanol Credits?

Loren Steffy, Contributor, Forbes  •    •  Posted October 28, 2013

Discovering that Wall Street is gaming the market for ethanol credits is about as shocking as finding gambling in Rick’s Casino. The New York Times reported that traders for large banks and other institutions hoarded the credits as new, stricter federal standards forced refiners to buy more of them. The result: a 20-fold spike in the price of the credits in six months. The only bank identified by executives in the piece, JP Morgan Chase, denied that it was stockpiling credits, yet the idea that Wall Street would game the market was a concern even before the government created ethanol credits eight years ago. [ read more … ]

Battle lines being drawn over ethanol

By Rick Barrett of the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel  •    •  Posted October 28, 2013

The debate over ethanol has taken another turn, with both sides launching campaigns focused on higher blends of the fuel additive that are coming to the marketplace. Last week, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, whose membership includes Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton Co., Ariens Co. and Kohler Co., began a consumer education program called “Look Before You Pump,” aimed at preventing people from using the new 15% ethanol blend of gasoline in small engines.
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