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NEWS UPDATE March 10, 2014

California to Consider Updating ILUC for Biofuels

by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted March 10, 2014

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is holding two public workshops regarding the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) this week – one to discuss general updates to the LCFS regulation, and the second to discuss updates to the indirect land use change (iLUC) values. Stakeholder feedback is being solicited for both workshops. The board will discuss a proposal to update iLUC values for corn ethanol, sugarcane ethanol, and soy biodiesel, as well as proposed iLUC values for canola biodiesel, sorghum ethanol, and palm biodiesel. [ read more … ]

S.D. to use E15 in state vehicles

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 10, 2014

South Dakota will use gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol in its state fleet, Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) announced yesterday. The state will incorporate E15, a fuel approved by U.S. EPA for use in cars with model years 2001 or newer, into both flex-fuel vehicles and newer non-flex-fuel models on a six-month trial basis. At the end of the trial, the state will evaluate the fuel’s performance. [ read more … ]

All-night Senate talkfest shines light on warming

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 10, 2014

There are going to be a lot of red eyes in the Senate chamber tomorrow. When votes are done for the evening tonight, more than half of the Senate’s Democrats will begin taking their turns occupying the chamber floor to talk about climate change. The all-night talkathon will stretch from last votes until 9 a.m. tomorrow and will feature at least 28 of the Senate’s 53 Democratic members [ read more … ]

UPS invests $70M in propane-powered trucks

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 10, 2014

This summer, propane will light up barbecues and grills across the nation. It will also be fueling hundreds of new package delivery trucks. United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) this week announced plans to purchase 1,000 propane-powered package delivery trucks and build at least 50 fueling stations at UPS facilities, an investment of about $70 million. The propane industry is hailing the UPS acquisition as not only the single largest purchase of propane vehicles, but also the single largest purchase of any alternative-fuel vehicle at one given time. [ read more … ]

Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate skeptics

Kate Golden/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism  •    •  Posted March 10, 2014

Most Wisconsin farmers remain skeptical about climate change, although data show they have already begun adapting to shifts in weather patterns, scientists said at a recent UW-Madison conference. Farmers, the scientists said, are key actors in adapting to climate change or mitigating its effects. They manage 61 percent of the nation’s land. They are vulnerable to droughts, cold, heat and hail — crop insurance paid out $17.4 billion dollars in indemnities nationwide after the 2012 drought. [ read more … ]

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