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NEWS UPDATE June 16, 2014

House bill seeks to revoke corn ethanol mandate

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 16, 2014

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), the chairman of a key energy policy subpanel, introduced legislation yesterday that would remove the corn ethanol requirement of the federal renewable fuel standard and mandate that all biofuels in the standard come from domestic sources.H.R. 4849, the “Phantom Fuels Elimination Act”, would reverse the RFS’s directive that oil companies blend a certain number of ethanol gallons in the fuel supply each year. Last year, that amount was 13.8 billion gallons. U.S. EPA is deliberating the final RFS volumes for 2014 after a controversial proposed rule in November lowered the mandate for ethanol for the first time since the RFS’s inception. [ read more … ]

Study urges sustainable corn production, warns of climate change danger

By NICHOLAS BERGIN / Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted June 16, 2014

Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller said the report’s claims that 35 percent of all corn produced goes to make ethanol is inflated. He said supplies of corn change each year, as does the percent used by ethanol producers. Sneller said ethanol helps stabilize corn prices by providing a local market and that with more profit, farmers can afford new irrigation technology. “Ethanol producers have also faced the same pressures and … water management innovation and new processes have significantly reduced the amount of water used in ethanol production,” he said. [ read more … ]

EU agrees plan to cap use of food-based biofuels

By Barbara Lewis, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 16, 2014

EU energy ministers agreed on Friday to limit production of biofuels made from food crops, responding to criticism they stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good.
The ministers’ endorsement of a compromise deal overcomes a stalemate hit late last year, when European Union governments failed to agree on a proposed 5 percent cap on the use of biofuels based on crops such as maize or rapeseed. Friday’s agreement would set a 7 percent limit on food-based biofuels in transport fuel. [ read more … ]

EU to set limit on food-based biofuels

By Reuters  •    •  Posted June 16, 2014

EU ministers have agreed to 7% cap on the use of food-based biofuels in transport fuel. The agreement comes after a long-standing controversy, with biofuels being criticized for adding to environmental problems. The so-called “first generation” biofuels are made from crops such as maize, beetroot, or rapeseed. They were initially backed by the EU as a way to tackle climate change and reduce EU dependence on imported oil and gas. However, research has since shown that biofuels do more environmental harm than good. Making fuel out of crops has been criticized for displacing other crops and forcing the clearing of valuable habitats and virgin vegetation, particularly mangrove swamps in Southeast Asia. Biofuels have also been blamed for inflating food prices by competing with food production, which leads to shortages and higher prices in some of the world’s poorest countries.
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