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NEWS UPDATE April 1, 2014

President’s energy policy ‘starts with a commitment to low carbon’ — Moniz

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2014

The president’s “all of the above” energy strategy may embrace conventional fossil fuels along with renewables, but in the future, they are all going to have to fit within a smaller greenhouse gas footprint, according to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “It all starts with a commitment to low carbon,” he said, speaking Friday at the American Council on Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) forum on renewable energy policy. “We need to make sure that all of our resources can compete in a low-carbon future.” [ read more … ]

IPCC report cites risks of biofuels, but is that really new?

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2014

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has for the first time acknowledged the risks of uncontrolled biofuels development, a skepticism that has slowly emerged into the mainstream scientific community, say academics. IPCC’s Working Group II report, released this morning in Yokohama, Japan, indicates that the U.N. scientific body on climate change has loosened its 2007 position that defines biofuels as a mitigation strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Industry urges EPA to speed up fuel petition review

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2014

A biofuels industry group today urged U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to speed up an update of the agency’s process for approving petitions of new renewable fuels. Earlier this month, EPA announced it would undertake a six-month update of the process, through which the agency assesses the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of new fuel feedstocks and technologies.
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USDA says it has no immediate plans to use sugar purchase program

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2014

The federal government has no immediate plans to use a program that allows it to purchase excess sugar in the market and sell it to ethanol producers. The Agriculture Department announced Friday that the Feedstock Flexibility Program is unneeded in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 based on the price of sugar. Prices for both raw and refined U.S. sugar are trading above the levels that trigger the need for federal support, USDA said. [ read more … ]

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