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NEWS UPDATE December 20, 2013

Iowa Senators meet with EPA over RFS rule

By Dar Danielson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted December 20, 2013

Harkin, a Democrat, says the administrator didn’t give them anything more than the minimum commitment. “I think the most we got from administrator McCarthy is that they are going to take another look at it — they’re going to review it,” Harkin says. “She stated unequivocally in front of all of us that she was a proponent of biofuels.” [ read more … ]

Despite setbacks, ethanol lobby has no plans to change its strategy in 2014

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 20, 2013

It’s been a rough year. Several pieces of legislation have been introduced in both chambers of Congress to either completely wipe away the standard or reform it in various ways. A federal court found that U.S. EPA was overly aggressive in its push to boost advanced biofuels. Interest groups ranging from oil industry representatives to environmentalists launched campaigns and messaging drives to push for the standard’s repeal. Most recently, the Obama administration proposed to scale back the renewable fuel standard’s requirements for ethanol and advanced biofuel use for the first time in the 2007 policy’s history. [ read more … ]

All sides begin pondering life under Energy Chairwoman Landrieu

Elana Schor and Nick Juliano, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted December 20, 2013

Sen. Max Baucus’ ascension to a plum ambassadorship is weeks if not months away, but the reality of an oil and gas stalwart controlling a Democratic Energy and Natural Resources Committee began to sink in yesterday for both sides in the capital’s environmental culture wars. Although Baucus’ likely departure from the Finance Committee chairmanship he first claimed in 2001 hinges on multiple political variables, the current Energy chief in the upper chamber — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) — is poised to replace the Montana Democrat and hand over the ENR panel’s gavel to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in the spring. That leaves a champion of the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling expansion, whose re-election battle next November further heightens the value of industry support, in charge of a committee with outsize importance to the U.S. fuel mix. [ read more … ]

Big ethanol plant in Fairmont, Minn., is reopening

DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune Updated: December 19, 2013  •    •  Posted December 20, 2013

Minnesota’s second-largest ethanol plant is reopening after a 15-month shutdown. The plant in Fairmont, 130 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, has hired workers and about half the plant will be operating next week, said Todd Becker, CEO of Green Plains Renewable Energy, the plant’s new owner.
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Pacific Ethanol working on deal to build cellulosic refinery in Stockton

Mark Anderson, Staff Writer-Sacramento Business Journal  •    •  Posted December 20, 2013

Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol Inc. is working on a deal with Sweetwater Energy Inc. to build a cellulosic biorefinery at the Pacific Ethanol plant in Stockton. If built, the Stockton biorefinery would be capable of producing up to 3.6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol. The work is contingent on Rochester, N.Y.-based Sweetwater getting financing and permits. [ read more … ]

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