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NEWS UPDATE September 8, 2014

Vilsack confident final 2014 RFS will be better for ethanol

By Darren Goode, Politico  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

griculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is confident that the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard will be better for biofuels than what EPA initially proposed last year. Talking to reporters at the start of the National Clean Energy Summit, Vilsack referred to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s remarks earlier this week indicating that the required blending volumes will rise. Vilsack also mentioned that “Americans are indeed using more fuel than six, eight, nine, 12 months ago, and that’s obviously going to translate to additional opportunities in the RFS.”
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The Register’s Editorial: A lot of pressure on that new ethanol plant in Emmetsburg

By the Register’s Editorial Board, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

The arrival of a commercial plant that creates ethanol from cellulose has long been anticipated. It’s not clear that it will change the debate over ethanol, or the economics of the industry that is dependent of federal fuel standards and oil prices. But it is clearly an important step in bringing science out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. The test in Emmetsburg will tell us a lot about whether this is the future of renewable fuels as a serious alternative to fossil fuels that has a net benefit to the environment and the fate of the Earth. [ read more … ]

New Poet-DSM Biofuels Plant a Sign of Things to Come

By Jeremy Martin, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

“The Poet-DSM facility is an important milestone on the road to clean transportation. With efficient vehicles and clean fuels like cellulosic biofuel we can cut our projected oil use in half in 20 years. “Moving from pilot scale to commercial scale means cleaner fuels are moving into the fast lane. We still have a ways to go until cellulosic biofuel is as abundant as corn ethanol, but with commercial production underway, we are making progress much faster. The milestones – more than a million gallons in 2014 and more than 10 million in 2015 – should start to fly by more quickly. [ read more … ]

World’s First Commercial Cellulosic Biofuel Plant Is Fit for a King

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

And the news from Iowa is not just exciting for local corn farmers, but provides proof that advanced biofuels are no longer ‘phantom fuels.’ Instead, it celebrates the promise such an international partnership holds for the future of renewable energy and represents a “new energy future,” according to Poet’s founder Jeff Broin. In this future, regionally appropriate renewable fuels and energy could eventually replace fossil fuels.
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E15 ethanol: a smog, cancer and CO2 reducer, new study concludes

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

In Illinois, a new report concludes that E15 gas rather than regular gas displaces cancer causing emissions from gasoline, and will result in a 6.6% net decrease in cancer risk, a reduction in smog forming potential and a 1.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to regular gasoline which contains 10% ethanol. The study was conducted by Life Cycle Associates, a leading environmental research organization that has completed numerous research projects for institutions like the U.S. Department of Energy, environmental groups, and the California Air Resources Board [ read more … ]

Study: E15 would reduce smog, cancer risk

EPM  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

Using E15 gas rather than regular gas will reduce cancer-causing pollutants and smog in Chicago’s air, says a new report that reviews and aggregates the results of independent research by the Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, California Air Resources Board, Coordinating Research Council, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Chicago and other institutions. [ read more … ]

New state panel to probe spike in gasoline prices

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

A new panel will help the California Energy Commission hunt for the causes of gasoline price spikes, known in the Golden State to prompt motorist outrage and sometimes claims of market manipulation. The six-member Petroleum Market Advisory Committee also will offer expertise on factors that can lead to fuel supply chain disruptions. Those often are pointed to as a trigger of higher pump prices. [ read more … ]

Social cost of carbon gets its day in court in Minn.

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

The federal government’s social cost of carbon values is going on trial in Minnesota. Required by state law to establish a dollar value for the environmental damages caused by power plants carbon dioxide emissions, state utility regulators sent the contentious issue to an administrative law judge. If it plays out like it has so far, the case will pit advocacy groups that successfully petitioned the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to refresh outdated values for damages caused by CO2 emissions against utilities and big power users, which will try to poke holes in the methodology used by the federal interagency work group and experts. [ read more … ]

Hillary Clinton makes a case for U.S. as the ‘clean energy superpower’

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted September 8, 2014

Former Secretary of State and widely anticipated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton set the table for a strong renewable energy platform in her appearance at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) clean energy summit yesterday. Clinton spread praise and encouragement far and wide, hailing Nevada’s, Texas’ and Iowa’s pursuit of renewable energy, highlighting the role of natural gas and sounding an optimistic note on global climate change negotiations. [ read more … ]

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