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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE January 7, 2014

Obama admin officials urge lawmakers to fund renewable fuels effort

Annie Snider, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 7, 2014

As House and Senate appropriators angle to push an omnibus spending deal across the finish line, three Cabinet members are leaning on them to follow through with funding for what was to be a tri-agency effort to spur large-scale production of alternative fuels. [ read more … ]

Farm-state economists find EPA’s views on E85 ethanol blend ‘inconsistent’

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 7, 2014

Two experts have published a paper on the economic benefits of promoting E85 — an 85 percent ethanol fuel blend — and criticized U.S. EPA’s analysis in its latest proposal for this year’s renewable fuel standard. Iowa State University economists Bruce Babcock and Sebastian Pouliot found that if more E85 fuel pumps were installed in urban areas — most pumps in the country carry a 10 percent blend of ethanol (E10) — and sold at a competitive price, it would create a market for more ethanol in the country’s gasoline supply. [ read more … ]

White House urged EPA restraint on 2014 RFS targets

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 7, 2014

U.S. EPA modified its proposed 2014 renewable fuel standard rule last year after the White House raised concerns about production targets being too high and based on unreliable analyses, according to documents from interagency reviews of the draft proposal. In response to those concerns, EPA added language to address the ethanol “blend wall” — the limit to how much ethanol can be blended into gasoline — and uncertainty over advanced biofuel production and the future of the biodiesel industry, documents show. But the agency stuck to its target originally proposed for overall renewable fuel production. At the heart of White House concerns was how the proposal would affect the credits associated with renewable fuels — known as Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs — that are available for refiners to buy and sell to meet their annual obligations for the renewable fuel standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Gov. Branstad to address biofuels conference on Jan. 28

Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 7, 2014

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association said Monday Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will address its 8th annual summit and trade show later this month. The event will take place Jan. 28, 2014 in Altoona. Branstad, a strong proponent of ethanol, has been critical of the White House for proposing in November to lower how much ethanol must be blended into the country’s fuel supply in 2014 under the Renewable Fuel Standard — a mandate that requires refiners to blend ever increasing amounts of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline supply through 2022. The Environmental Protection Agency could choose to finalize the proposal or make changes to its draft. [ read more … ]

Veterans’ ad backs fuels mandate

Written by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 7, 2014

A national veterans group today launches a new TV ad in Des Moines and Washington, D.C., supporting the federal mandate for the amount of renewable fuels that must be blended into the U.S. fuel supply. VoteVets.org, a Portland, Ore.-based group with 360,000 backers, said it’s spending $110,000 to air the ad. [ read more … ]

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