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NEWS UPDATE February 20, 2012

Automakers urge tweaks to CAFE standards

Jason Plautz  •  E&E  •  Posted February 20, 2012

The Governors Biofuels Coalition also filed a comment requesting that the administration work to align changes to engine technology with their separate fuel composition adjustments, saying that a more advanced engine burning lower-octane fuel could actually increase the emissions of particulate matter. “It is critically important that the proposed rule send the proper regulatory message so that the private sector can take maximum advantage of new vehicle and fuel technologies and ensure that the desired reductions in petroleum use are achieved at the lowest cost possible,” the group said in an accompanying letter. [ read more … ]

E15 one step closer toward sale in U.S.

Amanda Peterka  •  E&E  •  Posted February 20, 2012

U.S. EPA today announced that the ethanol blend E15 has passed a key health test, moving the blend one step forward to legal distribution in the U.S. marketplace. The finding by EPA comes just a week and a half after a House panel voted to delay the introduction of the blend, citing possible damage to car engines. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee voted to require a further 18-month study by the National Academy of Sciences before EPA could be allowed to register the fuel blend for use in vehicles. [ read more … ]

Ethanol granted enhanced blend

Cody Winchester  •  Argus Leader  •  Posted February 20, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday approved testing data for gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, clearing the way for E15 blends to be sold at gas stations across the country. The legal limit now is 10 percent. [ read more … ]

Market access for biofuels stressed

Joseph Morton  •  WORLD-HERALD BUREAU  •  Posted February 20, 2012

As Congress moves toward assembling a new farm bill, the conversation at a recent meeting of the Senate Agriculture Committee turned repeatedly to the need to improve the country’s infrastructure for biofuels. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, cited a new $200 million plant that Novozymes will open later this year in Blair, Neb. It will produce enzymes that make corn-based ethanol production more efficient and other enzymes that break down materials such as crop residue and switch grass. [ read more … ]

Minnesota loses cellulosic ethanol venture

DAVID SHAFFER   •  Star Tribune  •  Posted February 20, 2012

A biofuels company that benefited from nearly $1 million in grants from Minnesota taxpayers says it’s ready to build two plants to turn wood chips into ethanol — in Michigan and Alberta. Just nine months ago, Mascoma Corp. told Minnesota officials that it could build “one of the first commercially viable cellulosic ethanol plants in the world” in Little Falls, Minn., with a project schedule that listed construction starting this May. [ read more … ]

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