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NEWS UPDATE July 28, 2014

White House Gathers Senate Dems on RFS Proposal

by John Davis, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

In what could be seen as a sign that an unpopular decision is about to be rendered by the Obama Administration on ethanol and biodiesel, a select group of Senate Democrats have met with the White House. The Hill reports White House adviser John Podesta met with the group on Thursday to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The senators said they wanted to discuss “urgent concerns” with the RFS, which requires that diesel and gasoline refiners mix a certain amount of renewable fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol into their traditional fuels each year. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed last year to keep the biodiesel volume in 2014 at least year’s level, despite an increase in biodiesel production, and reduce the ethanol volume. [ read more … ]

Branstad: Maintain Ethanol Supply

By: WOWT 6 News, Omaha  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is renewing a call to maintain the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. This comes after a report that the Environmental Protection Agency may scale back proposed cuts to renewable fuel production. The EPA proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires.
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Limits on ethanol fuel sales have U.S. senators concerned

By Jim Spencer, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has joined with Republican colleague Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa to push federal investigations of alleged restrictions on ethanol sales by the nation’s major oil companies. The senators cited a recent report by the Renewable Fuels Association, a trade group representing the ethanol industry, that claims name-brand oil companies unfairly limit ethanol sales at service stations selling their products. [ read more … ]

Navy includes biofuels in annual fuel request

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

The Pentagon is requesting biofuels be included in its annual request for fuels that are delivered to facilities in the eastern and inland U.S., according to the Energy Department’s stat shop. It’s the first time the request has included biofuels, which would be blended with military-specified diesel fuel and jet fuel, the Energy Information Administration said Friday. [ read more … ]

Comment: RFS props big ethanol, hinders small businesses

By Charlie Drevna, American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufacturers, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted July 28, 2014

There’s no way around it: the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — the policy touted in The Hillby Sens. Grassley and Klobucharl as a cure-all for the nation’s energy woes — is actually a burden to consumers, their vehicles and the businesses trying to sell fuels the market demands. [ read more … ]

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