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NEWS UPDATE March 13, 2014

Calif.’s pioneering low-carbon fuels rule could see multiple changes

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 13, 2014

California’s landmark law requiring lower-carbon fuels is poised for a rewrite. Advisers to the state’s Air Resources Board yesterday detailed proposed revisions to the low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), a first-in-the-nation regulation. Potential changes include allowing oil companies to earn program credits for making refinery upgrades that shrink greenhouse gas pollution. That amendment would give businesses more options while still meeting goals of the program, ARB staff said. The projects also could lower the cost of complying with the state’s cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, said Mike Waugh, chief of ARB’s transportation fuels branch. [ read more … ]

Landrieu announces Energy Committee senior staff

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 13, 2014

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has named Louisiana native Elizabeth Craddock as her committee staff director. Landrieu also announced that her personal staffers Caroline Bruckner and David Gillers will serve in senior roles alongside longtime ENR aides Sam Fowler, David Brooks and Daniel Adamson. Craddock, who has served in Landrieu’s office since 2006, replaces Joshua Sheinkman, who followed former committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to his new chairmanship on the Finance Committee. [ read more … ]

Agricultural economists see rural power systems based on biomass

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 13, 2014

Millions of tons of farm wastes could fuel a new kind of electricity generation and delivery system that would cater to rural areas where the prospect of building long transmission systems is economically difficult, new research by agricultural economists in Missouri and Illinois suggests. Such a power grid would rely on biomass-fueled generators that can be built at relatively low cost and be linked to end-users via regional distribution grids, according to the researchers, who recently published apaper on the concept in the journal Biomass & Bioenergy. [ read more … ]

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