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NEWS UPDATE January 14, 2014

White House Staff shuffle follows high-profile departures

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 14, 2014

Top White House energy aides exited last year, creating high-level vacancies and uncertainty about who’s leading the Obama administration’s energy and environmental agenda in 2014. The void will be filled in part by President Obama’s new counselor John Podesta, a top Democratic strategist who came on board this month to help guide the administration through its second term. He’s expected to join Obama’s top aide Denis McDonough in steering the ship when it comes to key energy and climate policies and filling out key White House staff positions. [ read more … ]

Iowa officials to hold their own RFS hearing after administration declines invitation

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 14, 2014

Iowa officials have scheduled their own hearing on U.S. EPA’s proposed ethanol and biofuel targets for this year after the Obama administration rejected calls to host the gathering. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) said the hearing will give Iowans and Midwesterners the opportunity to air their criticism of EPA’s proposal, which calls for the first-ever reductions in the amount of ethanol and advanced biofuels that refiners must blend into petroleum-based fuel this year. Branstad and other officials, including the entire Iowa congressional delegation, in late December asked administration officials to hold the hearing, but the request was rejected. [ read more … ]

Iowa Farm Bureau head says cut to ethanol mandate would be detrimental for state

By Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 14, 2014

Craig Hill, president of the Iowa farm group, said if the Environmental Protection Agency decides to finalize the measure the impact to Iowa will take time to appear, and could include the closing of some plants producing the fuel. Iowa, the countrys largest ethanol producer, has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than over 3.8 billion gallons annually and three cellulosic ethanol projects currently under construction. [ read more … ]

Cellulosic ethanol leaders plan to discuss future in Iowa

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 14, 2014

A group of renewable fuels executives will explore the state’s future in cellulosic ethanol production, using corn cobs, stalks and other materials, during a panel discussion at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on Jan. 28 [ read more … ]

OTHER VOICES: Support Siouxland economy by defending RFS

Joel Jarman, general manager of POET Biorefining in Hudson, S.D., Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted January 14, 2014

Here in Siouxland, we know how important agriculture is to our economy and the important role biofuels plays in contributing value to the family farm. As general manager of POET Biorefining – Hudson, I am able to see firsthand the positive impact the industry has on local communities. For example, in 2012 the South Dakota ethanol industry directly employed 1,900 people with an average annual salary of $60,000 and created an additional 7,600 indirect jobs. In Iowa, the renewable fuels industry has added $12.9 billion of income to the pockets of Iowans over the past decade. [ read more … ]

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