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NEWS UPDATE May 22, 2014

Wash. governor set to use executive authority to enact clean fuels program

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2014

On the heels of an executive order that jump-starts efforts to address climate change, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has signaled he is willing to take further executive action to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. Appearing on a recent Seattle-based television show, Inslee said he is willing to use executive authority to implement a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The program would mandate that fuel producers reduce the carbon intensity of their fuel mix over time to clean up the transportation sector, which accounts for roughly 44 percent of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions. “It is clear that it is both my role and my responsibility to act where legislators fail, and there’s been so far an abject failure to do any action to really deal with carbon pollution,” he said. [ read more … ]

Industry seeks access to Chinese market

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2014

Ethanol industry trade groups and companies say they’re making inroads in opening up Chinese markets to U.S. ethanol imports. A group of U.S. ethanol proponents and businesses returned last week from what they called a fruitful trade mission designed to explore opportunities and challenges to exporting U.S. ethanol into the Chinese market. After meeting with Chinese officials, as well as large Chinese petroleum companies, U.S. producers say they’re closer to tapping that country’s 30-billion-gallon-a-year gasoline market. [ read more … ]

China’s Global Search for Energy

By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 22, 2014

Whether by diplomacy, investment or in extreme cases, force, China is going to great lengths to satisfy its growing hunger for energy to fuel its expanding car fleet and electrify its swelling cities. The Chinese government showed that desire on Wednesday when it reached a 30-year natural gas deal with Russia, even as China was locked in a tense standoff with Vietnam over a Chinese oil rig drilling in the contested South China Sea. The two events involve different political dynamics. The agreement with Russia reflects closer economic ties between the two nations, while the other underscores the growing tension of two on-again, off-again Cold War allies. [ read more … ]

Topeka Hy-Vee adds non-ethanol gas option

By Megan Hart, The Topeka Capital Journal  •    •  Posted May 22, 2014

Topeka’s HyVee is offering gas that doesn’t include ethanol, replacing a mid-grade blend that was in low demand. Hy-Vee’s Wanamaker Road location has begun offering gas without ethanol in response to demand, store officials said. Store director Jesse Thorson said they did some research after getting customer requests for ethanol-free gasoline and found not many places around Topeka sold it. [ read more … ]

Tyson sells off half-ownership in renewable diesel venture

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2014

Tyson Foods Inc. is selling its 50 percent stake in a $150 million renewable diesel plant in Louisiana. In a statement today, Tyson said that selling its stake in Dynamic Fuels LLC, a joint venture with Syntroleum Corp., would provide the company with capital “to redeploy into other opportunities.” Renewable Energy Group Inc., the nation’s largest biodiesel producer, has agreed to acquire the food giant’s stake for $18 million in cash at closing and up to $35 million in future payments. REG, which acquired Syntroleum last year, has also agreed to fund $12 million of Dynamic’s indebtedness to Tyson at the time of closing. [ read more … ]

Research envisions turning woody waste into asset for cellulosic producers

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 22, 2014

A pesky polymer that stands in the way of the sugars needed to make plant-based fuels might yet become a valuable asset for biofuels companies. At issue is whether lignin, the complex polymer that gives plants their structure, could be the basis for carbon fiber, a lightweight but strong substance growing in popularity as transportation industries seek greater efficiencies. Lignin leftovers from biofuels processes could one day show up in airplane seats, car doors and even golf clubs, say researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology. [ read more … ]

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