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NEWS UPDATE April 9, 2014

Ag senators sympathetic to industry concerns about EPA proposal

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 9, 2014

Biofuels industry representatives opposed to U.S. EPA’s recent proposal to lower the renewable fuel standard found sympathetic ears yesterday among agriculture senators. At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, senators said they shared the concerns of the advanced biofuels industry that the proposal has stymied investment and lent credence to oil industry critics. “We’re going to send all the testimony over to EPA,” Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said at the end of the hearing. [ read more … ]

Ethanol proposal has stopped investments in advanced biofuels, industry tells senators

By Christopher Doering, Gannett Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted April 9, 2014

The Obama administration has halted investments in advanced biofuels plants following its proposal last year to reduce how much renewable fuels must be blended into the country’s fuel supply in 2014, an executive representing the industry told Senate lawmakers Tuesday. “What the (Environmental Protection Agency) proposal did, first the leaked version in October and then in November is frozen everything,” Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, told sympathetic lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture Committee. “Every single one of my companies. There are no exceptions.” [ read more … ]

DuPont official speaks out on ethanol

By Aaron Nathans, The News Journal  •    •  Posted April 9, 2014

“The bottom line here is that driven by the RFS” – the Renewable Fuel Standard” – “we have completely re-imagined how we fuel our planet. We do so with renewable resources without adding any additional CO2 into the atmosphere. It is a remarkable achievement. And when you look at this from the perspective of a science company – this has actually gone quite fast,” said Koninckx. Koninckx pointed to DuPont’s investment in biofuels, which includes cellulosic technologies that use crop waste left over after a corn harvest to produce ethanol. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is working as intended. 2014 is a watershed in our history as an industry – the year we take this technology commercial – and a critical year for all parties to remain steadfast in their commitment to biofuels,” Koninckx said.
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Iowa interests testify in favor of keeping Renewable Fuel Standard where it is

By Dar Danielson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted April 9, 2014

Those who are against an EPA proposal to cut the amount of renewable fuel required to be used in the country testified before a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday. The director of global business for biorefineries at DuPont, Jan Koninckx, testified that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working and should not be modified. “The bottom line here is, driven by the RFS we have completely reinvented how we fuel our vehicles using renewable fuel. And we do so without adding additional CO-2 into the atmosphere,” Koninckx says. [ read more … ]

“Maddening” US ethanol prices mimic RINs volatility

By Jordan Godwin, Platts News Service  •    •  Posted April 9, 2014

In a matter of less than two months, ethanol prices went from six-month lows to eight-year highs. The rail industry took the bulk of the blame as delayed return times on railcars during the winter forced plants to reduce run rates or shut down entirely, as on-site storage filled up faster than trains could ship it out. The reduced production put significant strain on already severely depleted ethanol stocks that are still suffering the lingering effects of the 2012 drought, alongside slowly rising gasoline blending demand. [ read more … ]

Drought in U.S. intensified in March — USDA

Henry Gass, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 9, 2014

Drought grew slightly in the United States last month, endangering more crops and creating Dust Bowl-like conditions. In the lower 48 states, drought coverage increased 2.5 percent last month, reaching its highest level since October 2013. Drought coverage has now increased by more than 7 percent this year. The southern Great Plains had some of the hardest-hit areas, according to Brad Rippey, meteorologist for the Department of Agriculture. [ read more … ]

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