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NEWS UPDATE March 12, 2014

Cellulosic ethanol fights for life

By Mark Peplow, Nature  •    •  Posted March 12, 2014

On the flat plains of Kansas, a stack of gleaming steel towers and pipes stretches 16 storeys into the sky. More than 1,000 construction workers toiled to complete the ethanol plant near the town of Hugoton, and its owners expect it to join a fermented-fuel revolution. But unlike most ethanol factories, in which yeast feeds on sugars in foodstuffs such as maize (corn) kernels, the Hugoton facility will make use of what has been, until now, agricultural waste: cellulose. Thousands of tonnes of corn stover — the leaves, stalks and husks left over after the maize harvest — are already waiting, stacked in square bales, at the 1.6-square-kilometre site. By June, the plant will begin processing the stover into ethanol, which will be blended with petrol and end up in vehicle fuel tanks. [ read more … ]

Budget proposal extends biofuel tax credit, cuts oil subsidies

By Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 12, 2014

“It is this type of budget package that will create new jobs in new industries in the coming decade, and put the United States in the best position to succeed when it comes to developing next-generation fuels,” said Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, in a prepared statement. The tax credit for cellulosic biofuels expired in 2013, just as the industry was reaching for commercialization, Coleman said. A multiyear extension will help make the U.S. a winner in the global effort to commercialize cellulosic biofuels. “Reinstating the provision will ensure that the next wave of commercial cellulosic biofuel plants will be built by Americans on American soil,” he said. [ read more … ]

Excerpts from Senate Climate Caucus Floor Debate

By Sandy Dechert, Sustainable Enterprises  •    •  Posted March 12, 2014

Al Franken (Minnesota) observed pointedly that the currently flourishing natural gas mines enabled by hydraulic fracturing were started with government investment and government research and government grants. He said we’re in an analogous position now, and we need to support renewable energy development now just as we originally developed fracking for the petroleum industry. “Big Oil is no longer the main enemy of action on climate change—not even Exxon, which until 2008 was a leading funder of the climate denial movement.” [ read more … ]

Appellate judges weigh whether to allow suit against OPEC to proceed

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 12, 2014

The advocacy group Freedom Watch took its fight against the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to federal appellate court today, asking judges to let an antitrust lawsuit against the association move forward. Freedom Watch claims that OPEC, an association representing Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and several other oil-rich countries, is violating U.S. law by manipulating oil and petroleum prices. [ read more … ]

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