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NEWS UPDATE February 14, 2014

Ethanol industry is back in the black after some rough years

DAVID SHAFFER , Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted February 14, 2014

Major producers of the corn-based fuel are reporting record returns for the fourth quarter thanks to dramatically lower corn prices, increasing demand for motor fuel and strong ­ethanol exports. It’s a complete reversal from 2012, when drought sent corn prices higher than $8 per bushel, leaving many of the nation’s 210 ethanol plants unprofitable and forcing some to close and others to be sold. Green Plains Renewable Energy, the nation’s fourth-largest ethanol producer with two plants in Minnesota and 10 elsewhere, recently reported that the last quarter of 2013 was its best ever — and the current quarter may be better. Valero, the nation’s third-largest ethanol producer and owner of Minnesota’s largest ethanol plant and nine more in other states, also reported record ethanol operating income in the fourth quarter. [ read more … ]

Kitzhaber: Low-carbon fuel mandate will go forward

By JONATHAN J. COOPER. Associated Press  •    •  Posted February 14, 2014

Unable to convince the Legislature to keep Oregon’s clean-fuels program alive past its scheduled expiration next year, Gov. John Kitzhaber said he’s ordering the stricter fuel requirements to move forward anyway. Oregon’s low-carbon fuel standard aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions associated with extracting, refining, transporting and burning the fuels used for vehicle transportation. [ read more … ]

Western voters support renewable energy and the work of federal agencies — survey

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 14, 2014

Looking to win an election in the Mountain West? Then show voters you support renewable energy and don’t suggest selling off federal lands to reduce the budget deficit. Those recommendations are among the key findings in the annual Conservation in the West Poll by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project, which the Colorado Springs-based institution released today. [ read more … ]

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