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NEWS UPDATE April 8, 2014

EPA delays, ethanol credits take center stage in RFS court battle

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 8, 2014

In arguments this morning, the three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit posed hard questions to both the oil industry and U.S. EPA. Judges appeared skeptical of the merits of the oil industry’s lawsuit as well as EPA’s delay in issuing the yearly renewable fuel targets. “Why in the world is EPA so egregiously late on this and so consistently late?” Judge Thomas Griffith asked. [ read more … ]

POET VP speaks on renewable energy at Bio Conference

By: Erin Trester, Forum News Service  •    •  Posted April 8, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency received a letter from the Auto Alliance stating: “To help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, we should commence the increase in use of ethanol in the fuel supply. Adding ethanol to gasoline increases its octane rate. To obtain necessary octane levels, it’s important for refineries not be permitted to reduce base gasoline octane ratings in light of additional octane contributions from higher ethanol.” Berven explained the auto industry needs to meet certain federal standards, and that ethanol is playing a major role in helping it accomplish that. “The auto companies are facing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards — by 54.5 miles per gallon fleetwide by the year 2025 — and they’re saying we need a better fuel to achieve that,” Berven said. “Ethanol is one of the key components in getting there.” [ read more … ]

Policy shift needed to reduce transportation emissions — study

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 8, 2014

Through the renewable fuel standard, EPA each year sets targets for conventional ethanol and advanced biofuels that refiners must blend into petroleum gasoline and diesel. Congress put the standard in place in 2007 as a means of reducing emissions from the transportation sector. Corn ethanol was mostly grandfathered in, but makers of new biofuels must meet emissions reductions targets in order for those fuels to qualify for credit. The new paper warns that EPA is poised to undermine those emissions goals if it reduces the standard this year. The agency is considering a 2014 renewable fuel target that’s about 1 billion gallons lower than the 2013 standard on concerns that the nation is reaching the limit to the amount of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline and delays in scaling up advanced biofuels. [ read more … ]

Ethanol makers point to rail for price jump – Court hears challenge to 2013 RFS standards – OMB talks RIN quality assurance

By ALEX GUILLÉN, Politico  •    •  Posted April 8, 2014

The biofuels industry says a railroad bottleneck between the Midwestern producers of the corn-based fuel and distribution centers is causing just as big of a headache and driving up prices on the U.S. coasts despite an abundance of ethanol in the middle of the country. And that is contributing to an increase in gasoline prices at the pump, at least modestly, and undermining a benefit that renewable fuel makers have long touted: Ethanol is reducing drivers’ fuel costs. [ read more … ]

Global renewables investment fell in 2013 by 14% — report

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 8, 2014

The top four investors in solar, by rank, were Japan, China, the United States and Germany. For wind, down 1 percent overall, 2013 saw top investment from China, the United States, the United Kingdom and a tie between India and Canada, by rank. [ read more … ]

Pew’s Cuttino discusses decline in U.S. clean energy investments

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted April 8, 2014

In its just-released annual report on global clean energy investment, the Pew Charitable Trusts finds an 11 percent drop in investments in 2013. What contributed to the global decline, and what are the expectations for activity in the clean energy sector moving forward? During today’s OnPoint, Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, discusses the impact of policy uncertainty in the United States and Europe. She also weighs in on how the natural gas boom could be affecting clean energy investments.
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