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NEWS UPDATE October 8, 2014

National Farmers Union asks EPA to stay the course on RFS

By National Farmers Union  •    •  Posted October 8, 2014

In a recent op-ed published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stay the course and not scale back the volume targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The op-ed appeared on the heels of a letter to the Obama administration from the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC), a group representing two-thirds of the nation’s governors, pointing out that the EPA’s proposed volume cuts in the RFS would hurt jobs and increase U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

“The continued expansion of the biofuels industry is essential for our nation’s energy and economic future,” the governors said in the letter. “Through continued expansion of biofuels plants, it will be possible to deliver millions of gallons of clean, renewable fuel, create thousands of jobs, lower imported oil expenditures, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 percent, compared to gasoline.” [ read more … ]

White House may see no reason for pre-election biofuel move

By Erica Martinson, Politico  •    •  Posted October 8, 2014

“If they increase the number, but it’s still tied to the blend wall, in our view, they will have killed the program, and that will be seen as a huge loss for Braley, and they’ll wait until after the election,” said one person in the biofuels industry.“If it’s good for Braley, it’ll be before the election. If it’s bad for Braley, it’ll be a punt. And people will see the punt.” Several sources following the White House deliberations say the administration is still waffling over whether the final rule will be a problem for Braley at the polls, aligning him with an administration that isn’t completely behind the ethanol industry. But many expect it may come after Nov. 4.
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EPA unveils new model to measure transportation emissions

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 8, 2014

The Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator, first released in 2009 and last revised in 2010, is based on millions of emission test results, according to EPA. The latest revision takes into account new data on light- and heavy-duty vehicles, exhaust emissions and various fuel effects, including the air impact of adding ethanol to gasoline. It also incorporates new emissions standards, including EPA’s greenhouse gas standards for heavy- and light-duty vehicles, and the agency’s Tier 3 vehicle standards. [ read more … ]

Airlines Fly the Skies on a Sugar High

By AMY YEEOCT, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 8, 2014

The red-and-white Boeing 737 looked like any other plane on the tarmac at Orlando International Airport. But on a clear day last July, the plane became the first commercial flight powered by a new jet fuel made from sugar cane. The passenger flight, operated by the Brazilian low-fare airline GOL, flew from Florida to São Paulo, Brazil, on a 10 percent blend of a clear liquid called farnesane mixed with regular jet fuel. [ read more … ]

US gasoline prices hit four-year low after drop in oil futures

By Reuters  •    •  Posted October 8, 2014

U.S. gasoline prices are the lowest in four years following a drop in crude oil futures, the nation’s largest motorists group said. The average price at the pump dropped to $3.33 a gallon on Thursday, down 10 percent from this year’s high, and the lowest for the month of September since 2010, according to the AAA. [ read more … ]

Startup creates gasoline substitute from wood chips plus salable byproduct

Jennifer Huizen, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 8, 2014

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a company offering a unique carbon-neutral biofuel, had a big week last week. Not only did the company receive a loan guarantee of $91 million from the Department of Agriculture to finish construction on its first commercial-scale refinery in the Port of Alexandria, La., but it also opened the first major production facility for the byproduct of its biofuel, CoolTerra, a soil enhancer, in Camarillo, Calif. [ read more … ]

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