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NEWS UPDATE October 3, 2014

Governors: Don’t cut ethanol mandate

BY ZACK COLMAN, The Wshington Examiner  •    •  Posted October 3, 2014

A group of 33 governors pressed the White House to increase its proposed targets for blending next-generation biofuels for this year, saying failing to do so would hurt investment in the industry. The governors, led by Illinois Democrat Pat Quinn and Iowa Republican Terry Branstad, said cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard ethanol mandate endanger the biodiesel and advanced biofuel industries just as both are hitting their stride. “The EPA’s proposed volume cuts for biodiesel are creating turmoil, resulting in production cutbacks and layoffs,” the governors, writing for the Governors Biofuels Coalition, said in a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. “More than halfway through the year, many jobs are in jeopardy and many biodiesel plants have been negatively impacted.” [ read more … ]

Governors ask for higher biodiesel, ethanol mandates

By Timothy Cama, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted October 3, 2014

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), the leaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, said potential decreases in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol could hurt the nascent waste biofuel industry. The governors said the expanding industry that produces biofuel from waste products — also known as advanced biofuels — could bring millions of gallons of clean fuel, create thousands of jobs and decrease reliance on imported oil, among other benefits. [ read more … ]

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition: Restore RFS

by Joanna Schroeder, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted October 3, 2014

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has sent a letter to the Obama Administration urging action on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and for the restoration of biofuel levels as designated by the mandate. This, the group said, will protect consumer choice, ensure jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil. The initiative was led by Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. [ read more … ]

EPA’s proposal for lowering ethanol mandate isn’t low enough — API

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

Ethanol groups and lawmakers in the Midwest, on the other hand, have been pressing EPA to set their mandate at the full 14.4 billion gallons called for by the 2007 renewable fuel standard. That level would represent 10.65 percent of total current gasoline demand. Ethanol producers argue that the RFS helps increase energy independence, boosts rural economies and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases, and they say EPA should use the RFS to expand the domestic biofuels market. “The continued expansion of the biofuels industry is essential for our nation’s energy and economic future,” Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) wrote in a letter yesterday to OMB Director Shaun Donovan. [ read more … ]

With greater gas mileage come harmful carbon particulates — report

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 3, 2014

Modern engines that directly transfer fuel into vehicles’ combustion chambers have let automakers churn out high-performance cars and meet stringent government fuel efficiency targets. But according to new research on particulate emissions from the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the grass underlying these instruments — officially known as gasoline direct-injection engines, or GDIs — may not be as green as environmentalists might hope. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Prices Slide Amid Supply Spike

By JESSE NEWMAN, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted October 3, 2014

A spike in supplies has sent U.S. ethanol prices tumbling to four-year lows and curbed profits for an industry that had posted robust earnings for most of this year. Ethanol futures plunged 28% last month, as falling domestic demand left U.S. producers with the largest inventories in more than a year. Stockpiles in September reached the highest level since March 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. While demand for the biofuel, along with the gasoline into which it is blended, typically declines after the summer driving season, this year’s downshift was pronounced. [ read more … ]

Valero officials say ethanol business is booming

By Steve Sharp, Watertown Daily Times  •    •  Posted October 3, 2014

Valero Renewables officials from San Antonio, Texas, presented an update Wednesday afternoon to the Daily Times during what has become a fairly frequent media briefing and visit to their firm’s massive ethanol production facility just north of Jefferson in the former Ladish Malting complex. According to Valero Vice President of Communications Bill Day, the ethanol business — and production at Jefferson — is booming in light of the healing economy and a bumper corn crop in 2014. Ethanol fuel is derived from corn and Valero began its tenure at the plant in 2010, using exclusively local corn.
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