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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE July 3, 2014

Agribusiness giant cuts ties with Renewable Fuels Association

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 3, 2014

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. is ending its membership in the Renewable Fuels Association. ADM informed the ethanol trade group of its decision late last week, according to an email sent by RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen to board members on Monday. The company, among the largest ethanol producers in the country, will leave the group effective Oct. 1 and has no immediate plans to join any other trade group, the email obtained by E&ENews PM said. [ read more … ]

U.S. EPA approves new fuels for federal biofuel mandate

BY¬†AYESHA RASCOE, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 3, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday expanded the types of fuel that can be used to satisfy the federal biofuel mandate, a move that could play a role in the agency’s delayed targets for 2014 renewable fuel use. The EPA finalized a plan allowing compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced using biogas from landfills, manure digesters and sewage treatment plants to qualify as cellulosic biofuel, fuel typically derived from sources like grasses and wood. [ read more … ]

EPA finalizes rules targeting biodiesel credit fraud, approving new technologies

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 3, 2014

U.S. EPA finalized two long-awaited rules today that create a program to address fraud in the biodiesel credit marketplace and add new technologies to its list of approved renewable fuels. The fraud rule establishes an auditing system through which third parties ensure that renewable identification numbers, or RINs, which represent gallons of ethanol and advanced biofuel, are legitimate. It’s meant to protect refiners that purchased certified credits from liability if those credits are later found to be fraudulent. [ read more … ]

Iowa company starts commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 3, 2014

Quad County Corn Processors, which operates a 35-million-gallon ethanol plant in western Iowa, achieved the milestone through a “bolt-on” process that converts parts of a corn plant left over from conventional ethanol production into cellulosic ethanol. The startup of the operation, while small compared to big ethanol plants in the Midwest, is a win for the nascent cellulosic biofuels industry. Producers have struggled with a negative image brought on by the failure of some high-profile projects and difficulty coming close to the yearly targets envisioned by the 2007 renewable fuel standard. [ read more … ]

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