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NEWS UPDATE January 16, 2014

Governors group urges feds to ‘not get in the way’ on energy, transportation

Jessica Estepa, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2014

Speaking at the National Press Club, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) noted that when she gave the group’s State of the States address last year, she outlined the challenges faced around the country as well as governors’ visions for 2013. But one year later, nothing has changed, she said. “Our message for 2014 is clear: States are leading, and we encourage our federal partners to work more closely with us and to take note of and use the policy ideas coming from their state partners,” she said. “Above all, please do not get in the way.” She and Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) noted that energy policy is one arena in particular where states are taking charge. The creation of state energy plans and policies is leading to more production and energy efficiency initiatives, they said. [ read more … ]

First U.S. cellulosic plant goes idle as EPA weighs production targets

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2014

The nation’s first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant will sit idle in the first quarter of this year because the venture is not making enough money to justify its operation. KiOR Inc., which opened the plant in November 2012 in Columbus, Miss., said that the company will instead focus on making needed improvements to the plant that will boost its output [ read more … ]

Wisconsin Producers rail against changes to ethanol requirements

By Rick Barrett of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jan. 15, 2014  •    •  Posted January 16, 2014

Wisconsin biofuel producers say they’re disappointed Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t joined a group of Midwestern governors urging the federal government to support ethanol use and not cut the fuel additive requirement in gasoline. Long considered a boon to the Midwest economy, ethanol made from corn is blended in most of the gasoline sold in the U.S. today. [ read more … ]

Corn-based fuel cuts GHG emissions by 30% compared to petroleum — study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2014

Corn ethanol has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent compared to petroleum, according to a study backed by the ethanol industry and released today.
When compared to unconventional petroleum, the emissions savings from corn ethanol rise to 40 percent, the Life Cycle Associates study found. In general, petroleum is becoming more carbon intensive while corn ethanol is contributing fewer greenhouse gas emissions, the report says. [ read more … ]

Ethanol backers on Hill and off press EPA on biofuel targets

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2014

Midwestern lawmakers and their supporters off Capitol Hill continued to press U.S. EPA yesterday to increase its mandate this year for ethanol use. Several Democratic House members met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to express their disappointment in her agency’s proposed rollback of 2014 targets for both ethanol and advanced biofuels on concerns raised by the oil industry. [ read more … ]

Senators form new group to support climate action as administration stresses better preparedness

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2014

Eighteen senators opened a campaign yesterday to highlight the science of climate change and defend the president’s actions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. They also tried to help Republicans understand the movement of lobsters. The unveiling of the Senate Climate Action Task Force adds to the growing number of voices within Congress expressing concern about the absence of legislation to stem greenhouse gases. It’s the latest in a series of high-profile efforts to resuscitate the issue after cap and trade’s disastrous showing sent it tumbling into political exile four years ago. Both chambers now feature organized efforts to speak on climate regularly. [ read more … ]

Large retailer will start selling E15 this year

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 16, 2014

A large convenience store operator today announced it would sell E15 this year, a move that ethanol proponents hailed as a major breakthrough. MAPCO Express Inc. said it aims to sell the fuel — which contains 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — in 100 gas stations. That would more than double the number of gas stations across the country currently selling the fuel. [ read more … ]

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