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NEWS UPDATE January 13, 2014

Branstad, others to host Des Moines hearing on biofuels proposal

Written by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 11, 2014

Gov. Terry Branstad and other Midwestern leaders say they will hold a public hearing Jan. 23 in Des Moines on a proposal to roll back the Renewable Fuel Standard after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the EPA’s Gina McCarthy and the White House rejected a request to host it. Branstad, along with Iowa’s congressional delegation, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and state Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, wrote to Vilsack; McCarthy, the U.S. Environmental Protection administrator; and President Barack Obama in December, asking them to hold a field hearing in Iowa on a proposal to scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard so rural Americans would have a chance to comment. [ read more … ]

Governor Branstad and State Leaders Announce “Hearing in the Heartland: Supporting the Renewable Fuels Standard”

Office of the Governor, News Release  •    •  Posted January 13, 2014

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced they will lead a group of senior state officials from Iowa and the Midwest to organize and host a public hearing allowing citizens outside of Washington, D.C., the opportunity to testify about the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS has proven an important policy framework for empowering consumers with additional and lower-cost choices at the pump, diversifying our nation’s energy portfolio, reducing harmful transportation emissions, supporting the growth of the Midwest economy, and reducing our dependence on overseas oil. [ read more … ]

Over 11,000 comments filed on EPA’s ethanol rules; White House also involved

By Sebastian Blanco, Autobloggreen  •    •  Posted January 13, 2014

As we know, this is a contentious issue. So contentious that, as the EPA collects comments about the rule change, almost 11,000 comments have already been submitted about adding just 15.21 billion gallons of ethanol to the national gasoline supply in 2014. Many major automakers would be ready with 2014 model year vehicles that are capable of burning 15-percent ethanol-blended gasoline (E15), but is the US as a whole?
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Will House Legislation on Contentious Biofuels Policy Ever Happen?

By Amy Harder, National Journal  •    •  Posted January 11, 2014

After a host of rare bipartisan hearings and reports last year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee may not introduce legislation at all addressing the controversial renewable fuel standard, according to one key Republican member of the committee. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois., chairman of the Environment and Energy Subcommittee and a negotiator of the panel’s biofuels policy, said the committee is at least in a holding pattern until the Environmental Protection Agency finalizes a regulation on this rule, which isn’t expected to happen until later this spring or summer. [ read more … ]

Ethanol mandate seen safe from cut

  •  Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau, Des Moines Register  •  Posted January 13, 2014

Congress is unlikely to muster enough support in 2014 to repeal or significantly roll back a controversial measure requiring ethanol to be mixed into the nation’s gasoline supply, lawmakers say. That’s a welcome reprieve to supporters of the predominantly corn-based fuel who have seen the once-lauded energy source come under attack in Washington. [ read more … ]

USDA stuns market, lowers its 2013 corn crop estimate

Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING. Gannett Washington Bureau  •  Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau, Des Moines Register  •  Posted January 13, 2014

The federal government unexpectedly cut the size of the country’s record 2013 corn crop as lower yields cut into supplies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday trimmed last year’s corn crop to 13.925 billion bushels, down 64 million bushels from the estimate made a month earlier. The drop was a surprise to many analysts who expected the USDA to instead boost its estimate of corn output above 14 billion bushels.
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Corn Pile Biggest Since 1994 as Crop Overwhelms Use: Commodities

By Jeff Wilson, Bloomberg News  •  Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Gannett Washington Bureau, Des Moines Register  •  Posted January 13, 2014

Stockpiles of corn in the U.S., the world’s top grower, are rising at the fastest pace in 19 years as a record crop overwhelms increased demand for the grain used to make livestock feed and ethanol. Inventories on Dec. 1, the first tally since the harvest was complete, probably totaled 10.764 billion bushels (273.4 million metric tons), 34 percent more than a year earlier, according to the average of 24 analyst estimates in a Bloomberg survey. The biggest gain for that date since 1994 signals ample supplies may extend the slump in March futures by 9 percent to $3.75 a bushel. [ read more … ]

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