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NEWS UPDATE February 19, 2014

POET-DSM says Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant running by June

BY MICHAEL HIRTZER, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 19, 2014

An Iowa ethanol plant that will be one of the first producers of biofuels made from crop waste will be operating by June, a general manager of the plant said in an interview on Tuesday. POET-DSM, a joint operation between leading U.S. ethanol maker POET LLC and Dutch food and chemicals group DSM, will be among the largest to make so-called advanced biofuels on a commercial scale. The $250 million facility in Emmetsburg, in the north-central part of the No. 1 corn-growing state, will produce 7 million to 12 million gallons of ethanol this year using cobs and other corn “stover,” said Steve Hartig, general manager for licensing for the ethanol plant. [ read more … ]

Obama shifts truck fuel efficiency into high gear

By ERICA MARTINSON, Politico  •    •  Posted February 19, 2014

“Every time somebody says, ‘You can’t grow the economy while bringing down pollution,’ it’s turned out they’ve been wrong. Anybody who says, ‘We can’t compete when it comes to clean-energy technologies like solar and wind,’ they’ve had to eat those words. You can’t bet against American workers or American industry.” [ read more … ]

Obama orders tougher fuel efficiency rules for trucks

Jason Plautz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 19, 2014

President Obama ordered U.S. EPA and the Department of Transportation today to tighten fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks beyond model year 2018. EPA and DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration must develop the new standards by March 2016, with a proposal due in March 2015. The standards, Obama said, are “another big step to grow our economy and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” emphasizing that the rules would help manufacturers develop new technology. [ read more … ]

Ethanol supporters release economic study defending the RFS

By Agri-Pulse staff  •    •  Posted February 19, 2014

ABF Economics found that the 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol produced created 86,503 jobs and sustained an additional 300,277 “indirect and induced jobs.” At the national level, the ethanol industry contributed $44 billion to America’s gross domestic product (GDP) while adding $30.7 billion to household incomes, according to the study. Additionally, the study said the ethanol produced last year displaced 476 million barrels of imported oil, saving Americans $48.2 billion in oil imports. ABF Economics claimed that amount equals roughly 13 percent of last year’s expected crude oil and petroleum imports. [ read more … ]

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