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NEWS UPDATE November 6, 2013

Iowa governor visits White House over renewable fuel rule

By Julian Hattem, The  •    •  Posted November 6, 2013

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) met with White House staffers last week to discuss an upcoming federal biofuel regulation. Branstad and two aides met with officials from the White House and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Wednesday, according to a record of the meeting recently posted on the OMB’s website. The meeting was one of many the White House has hosted on the Renewable Fuel Standard, which sets annual requirements for refiners to mix biofuel like ethanol and biodiesel in with conventional gasoline. None of the other meetings have involved figures as high profile as the popular Iowa governor, now in his fifth term. [ read more … ]

Iowa governor makes case to Washington on ethanol requirements

by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 6, 2013

“The governor does not think we should backtrack on this issue, and he will continue fighting for more renewable fuels and better options for consumers,” Albrecht said. “The EPA needs to stand against big oil’s demands, and stand up for the hard-working individuals who are building our rural economies.” [ read more … ]

‘Irresponsible’ RFS rollback would spur U.S. plant closings, layoffs — Abengoa CEO

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 6, 2013

Backing down from aggressive renewable fuel policy in the United States would be an “irresponsible” decision that could lead to unemployment and lost opportunity, the CEO of one of the world’s largest ethanol producers warned. In an interview, Abengoa Bioenergy CEO Javier Garoz Neira predicted many U.S. ethanol plants would close and investment in new technologies would likely go abroad if the Obama administration rolls back its biofuel targets. The rough time ethanol producers had last year because of the drought would become merely an “anecdote” compared with 2014, he said. [ read more … ]

Court Fight Over Biofuels Mandate Intensifies as Hill Action Stalls

  •    •  Posted November 6, 2013

As the Environmental Protection Agency prepares to issue the 2014 federal mandate for biofuels production later this month, EPA attorneys continue to fight what has become an annual legal battle over the renewable-fuel standard, or RFS, set for the previous year. [ read more … ]

Green Plains to purchase two ethanol plants from BioFuel Energy

by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 6, 2013

Ethanol maker Green Plains Renewable Energy said Tuesday it agreed to acquire two ethanol plants from BioFuel Energy for about $101 million. [ read more … ]

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