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NEWS UPDATE July 17, 2014

Oil lobby turns focus to EPA in ethanol fight

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted July 17, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its fight to reduce the ethanol blending mandate, conceding that there’s little short-term hope in congressional action. Bob Greco, API’s director of downstream operations, said his group is still pushing for legislative changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that requires oil refiners to mix ethanol, biodiesel and other renewables into their fuels. But with elections approaching, it is trying instead to convince the EPA to keep the mandated volumes low. [ read more … ]

RFS opponents like chances for reform next year

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 17, 2014

The window is all but closed to pass legislation this year to reform the renewable fuel standard, but a strange-bedfellow coalition opposed to the policy is optimistic about next Congress. Advocates representing oil, livestock, restaurant, motorcycle, anti-poverty and environmental groups yesterday said they think they have a good chance to succeed in their efforts to reform the RFS next Congress regardless of the results of the midterm elections. If U.S. EPA ends up backtracking at all on a proposal to cut the corn ethanol mandate for this year, as it is widely expected to do later this summer, the case for reform will be even stronger, said Scott Faber, vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. [ read more … ]

Chicago Proposes Law Requiring Gas Stations to Offer E15 

By The OilSpot News  •    •  Posted July 17, 2014

Most gasoline across the United States currently contains up to 10% ethanol blends or E10. The measure, introduced by Alderman Edward Burke and Anthony Beale, mandates that every licensed self-service station open to the general public make E15 available for use in motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines within 180 days after passage and publication of the ordinance. [ read more … ]

After GOP eliminates funding, nascent industry wonders if it has a place in N.C.

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted July 17, 2014

A year, ago, though, Burke’s life was very different. He was the president of the North Carolina Center for Biofuels, the nation’s only state-funded center devoted to researching and developing advanced biofuels. He managed a staff of about 15 and a budget of about $4 million a year, using the resources to provide grants, conduct research and woo the world’s first maker of cellulosic biofuels into the state. But the state’s Republican-led Legislature last July abruptly zeroed out the funding in its state budget, forcing the center to shut its doors. There are signs that the Tar Heel State is moving forward with biofuels, but Burke and other former leaders of the center, who say their endeavor was swept up in a broader vendetta against renewable energy, worry that its closure has done lasting damage to a nascent industry. [ read more … ]

Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers

By Michael Hirtzer, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 17, 2014

An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it – a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies. The dispute in Aurora, population about 4,400, brings into conflict two of the largest U.S. farm programs, one promoting sugar production and the other corn-based ethanol. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc, a privately held Illinois firm, is reaping profits producing ethanol with cheap sugar, thanks to a U.S. Agriculture Department subsidy of beet sugar. [ read more … ]

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