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NEWS UPDATE October 13, 2014

Senate Dems: Low ethanol mandate would hurt climate

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted October 13, 2014

Two Senate Democrats told the White House that the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce the ethanol mandate would increase greenhouse gas pollution. Sens. Barbara Boxer (Calif.) and Ed Markey (Mass.) said that unlike some of the administration’s other environmental policies, last year’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes would harm the climate. Boxer is chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. [ read more … ]

In court document, ethanol producers argue EPA sulfur rule hurts renewable fuels industry

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 11, 2014

U.S. EPA’s final rule for curbing sulfur in gasoline stymies the renewable fuels market, a group of ethanol producers argued this week in an opening court brief. The producers say EPA ignored a “catch-22” inherent in its final Tier III rule: EPA seeks higher blends of alternative fuels to be used in the market while at the same time restricting the test fuels that new cars are required to use for certification to lower blends. They are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to vacate the part of EPA’s Tier III rule that requires test fuels used for certification of new cars be “readily available” in the market. [ read more … ]

Beyond the corn: The new frontier in ethanol is nonfood biofuel

By DAVID SHAFFER , Minneapolis Star Tribune   •    •  Posted October 13, 2014

The first large ethanol plants to produce biofuel from nonfood sources like corn cobs are starting operations in the Midwest amid industry worries that they might also be the last — at least in the United States. After a decade of research and development, ethanol maker Poet Inc. and its Dutch partner Royal DSM recently produced the first cellulosic ethanol at a $275 million plant next to a cornfield in this northern Iowa town.Two other companies are completing new cellulosic ethanol plants in Iowa and Kansas. By next year, they expect to be producing millions of gallons of the advanced biofuel. [ read more … ]

EESI Briefing on Advanced Cellulosic Ethanol Dispels Myth of ‘Phantom Fuels’

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted October 13, 2014

On Monday, October 6, EESI held a briefing, ‘Cellulosic Ethanol: A Technology Update’, with speakers from Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) office, Poet, LLC., Abengoa Bioenergy, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, and Novozymes North America. Currently, cellulosic ethanol is commercially produced at one U.S. facility, Poet-DSM’s ‘Project Liberty’. Abengoa’s Hugoton KS facility is expected to begin commercial production in mid-October, and DuPont’s Nevada IA plant is expected to come on-line before the end of the year. Combined, these three plants are expected to produce 80 million gallons of renewable cellulosic ethanol per year. [ read more … ]

Tolman reminisces on ethanol’s impact on corn farming

By Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 13, 2014

In another week, Rick Toleman will wrap up his 14-year role as CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. Tolman’s last day at NCGA is Oct. 17, one week after the new CEO, Chris Novak, starts on Oct. 13. In the final weeks, as he went through more than a decade of files and prepared for the transition, Tolman told Ethanol Producer Magazine the thing that sticks out most in his mind is the remarkable change in the ag economy, thanks to the growth of the ethanol industry. [ read more … ]

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