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NEWS UPDATE September 5, 2014

U.S.’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant begins operation

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 5, 2014

Here in northwest Iowa, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels officially cut the ribbon on the nation’s largest cellulosic ethanol facility, an operation that will convert 570 million pounds of crop waste into 25 million gallons of ethanol each year. Poet-DSM — a joint venture between Poet LLC, the largest U.S. ethanol producer, and a Danish enzyme maker — began building the plant in March 2012 adjacent to an existing corn ethanol plant. Named “Project LIBERTY,” it is the first of three big cellulosic ethanol plants scheduled to open in the Midwest within the next few months; the next, Abengoa Bioenergy’s plant in Hugoton, Kan., is scheduled to open in mid-October. [ read more … ]

Comment: The president’s biggest enemy

By Brent Erickson, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted September 5, 2014

President Obama’s bold vision to transition the nation to a cleaner energy future is about to be derailed by one of his most potent adversaries: himself. To the great consternation of many of the president’s critics, this year the nation will achieve the audacious goal the president set in 2011: using advanced technologies to convert corn stalks and cobs and other agricultural or municipal waste into fuel for our cars and trucks. [ read more … ]

CFDC Commends EPA For Toxics Progress, Urges More Focus on Mobile Sources

CLean Fuels Development Coalition  •    •  Posted September 5, 2014

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition today called the recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a positive development with regard to air toxics but urged that mobile source emissions from gasoline be recognized as a threat that may be getting worse. EPA’s report to Congress, which is required under the Clean Air Act, states the nation has reduced benzene, mercury, lead, and other hazardous air pollutants from both stationary and mobile sources. According to EPA, the majority of the mobile sources are diesel. However, according to analysis of studies and original research conducted by the non-profit Urban Air Initiative, gasoline emissions dominate over diesel and stationary sources in urban areas. And, gasoline aromatic compounds are the predominant precursors to a range of pollution issues with aerosols, particulates, and carbon all interacting to increase ozone and urban smog. [ read more … ]

Hillary Clinton: US should lead on clean energy

Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 5, 2014

A focus on the Tesla plant upstaged an earlier announcement that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost. Reid and federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels chief executive E. James Macias as he declared his project ready for construction by the end of the year and touted military uses for the estimated 10 million gallons of diesel, maritime and jet fuel it is expected to produce by 2016. [ read more … ]

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