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NEWS UPDATE October 10, 2014

Senate Dems say RFS cut would undermine climate change goals

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 10, 2014

A pair of Senate Democrats yesterday urged President Obama to reverse proposed cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending mandate. Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a letter to the president that the administration is in danger of undermining its climate change goals if it goes through with the proposed reductions. EPA last November proposed to scale back the nation’s 2014 mandates for conventional ethanol and advanced biofuels an overall 16 percent compared to the levels Congress anticipated when it passed into law the renewable fuel standard in 2007. A final version of the rule currently at the White House for review is expected to increase the targets but still come in under the RFS levels. “If adopted, this rule would increase, not decrease, carbon pollution,” Markey and Boxer wrote in the letter yesterday. “The RFS is a critical piece of our nation’s climate mitigation policies.” [ read more … ]

EIA revises ethanol production forecast in short-term outlook

By¬†Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 10, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the October issue of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, which includes slightly reduced ethanol production forecasts for 2014 and 2015. According to the EIA, ethanol production in June matched the record of 959,000 barrels per day set in December 2011. By September, however, production had fallen back to an average of 909,000 barrels per day.
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DOE awards $13.4M for biomass projects

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 10, 2014

The Department of Energy today said it would provide up to $13.4 million in funding to five projects around the country aimed at developing advanced biofuels and other byproducts. The University of Wisconsin will receive the highest amount, up to $3.3 million to develop a process to produce renewable chemicals from biomass. American Process Inc., a Georgia-based company, will receive up to $3.1 million to convert sugars from plant materials into solvents in a demonstration facility. [ read more … ]

Army on track to meet renewable energy goals — officials

Annie Snider, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 10, 2014

After more than three years of a concerted effort to woo private financing for large-scale renewable energy projects on its lands, the Army says it is hitting its stride. One example, leaders say: The Army recently turned a temporary energy initiatives task force aimed at smoothing the approvals process for renewable power projects into a permanent Pentagon office.Amanda Simpson, executive director of the newly established Office of Energy Initiatives, acknowledged that her job is still not easy. [ read more … ]

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