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NEWS UPDATE February 21, 2014

RFS rollback would put policy on ‘manageable’ track — EPA transportation chief

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 21, 2014

A proposal to reduce the renewable fuel mandate that many saw as a step backward for federal biofuels policy was in fact an attempt to define a “manageable trajectory” going forward, U.S. EPA’s transportation head said yesterday. Christopher Grundler told an ethanol industry audience here that EPA aimed to address practical realities in the marketplace — not undermine the biofuels industry. The agency and the Obama administration remain fully committed to the industry, he said. [ read more … ]

USDA economist sees growth ahead for ethanol market

by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted February 21, 2014

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s top economist said Thursday that U.S. ethanol production is set to grow, though he stopped short of offering details.

Joe Glauber, the department’s chief economist, told an audience of lobbyists, agribusiness executives and other officials, that after the amount of corn used to produce ethanol soared last decade to meet growing demand for the fuel, it has leveled off to around 5 billion bushels annually. Corn production in the U.S. last year was nearly 14 billion bushels. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Three Commissioned Papers Related to the Renewable Fuel Standard

Bipartisan Policy Center  •    •  Posted February 21, 2014

Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Projectpublished three of five commissioned background papers on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The remaining two, which are two separate law firms’ perspectives on the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to amend the RFS, will be released by the end of February. [ read more … ]

Big retailers to warn customers about E15

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 21, 2014

Three large retailers plan to warn customers around the country this spring that high levels of ethanol could damage their lawn mowers and chain saws. Lowe’s Companies Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and True Value Co. will all carry labels either in their stores or in catalogs warning customers that gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, or E15, cannot be used in their outdoor equipment. The signs and ads feature a red hand gesturing to the reader to stop and contain the phrase “Look Before You Pump.” [ read more … ]

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