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NEWS UPDATE October 20, 2014

Biofuel Companies Look Beyond the Gas Tank

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted October 20, 2014

When it comes to the future of advanced biofuel production, Abengoa Bioenergy, the Spanish company whose $500 million plant in Hugoton, Kan., opened on Friday, has just one word: plastics. At many of the companies opening big new biofuel plants in the Midwest, executives are already shifting their focus to replacing petroleum not only in the gas tank but elsewhere as well. In Abengoa’s case, a big target is plastic bottles. [ read more … ]

‘Proud and pivotal moment’ for industry as 2nd cellulosic plant opens

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 20, 2014

The Midwest’s second major cellulosic ethanol plant opened today in a small town in southwest Kansas. The Abengoa Bioenergy facility in Hugoton is capable of producing 25 million gallons of ethanol a year out of agricultural waste collected from primarily corn and wheat farmers within a 50-mile radius of the plant. The plant will process more than 300,000 tons of biomass a year, or about 1,000 tons per day. [ read more … ]

DOE celebrates new ethanol plant

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted October 20, 2014

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled to Kansas Friday to open a new ethanol plant that uses non-edible feedstock. Moniz promoted the plant and its cellulosic ethanol technology as a key step toward the Obama administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions in energy production and use. [ read more … ]

Abengoa warns legal reverse threatens to smother biofuel industry

Ed Crooks, Financial Times  •    •  Posted October 20, 2014

The US risks killing off its nascent advanced biofuels industry as soon as it is launched because of inadequate support from regulations, the chief executive of one of the sector’s leading companies has warned. Abengoa of Spain is on Friday celebrating the opening in Kansas of its first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, which will make fuel from agricultural waste such as corn cobs and straw. However, Manuel Sánchez Ortega, Abengoa’s chief executive, told the Financial Times that the US government’s reluctance to mandate increased use of ethanol threatened to stifle the industry’s development. [ read more … ]

Gov. Heineman hails plethora of Nebraska pumps offering ethanol blends

By Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted October 20, 2014

Gov. Dave Heineman on Friday hailed the growing number of Nebraska fuel pumps offering gasoline-fuel blends of up to 85 percent ethanol. The blend, called E85, is available now at 86 stations in 55 communities across the state, up from only 15 in 2005, he said. Meanwhile, the number of vehicles capable of using the higher ethanol fuel is growing as well. There are nearly 180,000 flex fuel vehicles on the road in Nebraska, the governor said. About one in 10 drivers owns a flex-fuel vehicle. [ read more … ]

Push for more use of E-85 as ethanol industry faces obstacles

by Brent Martin, Nebraska Radio Network  •    •  Posted October 20, 2014

“We’ve got to continue to use the capacity that is in place. That’s an under-utilized capacity and that is forcing producers to export ethanol. That simply doesn’t make any sense from a public policy standpoint,” Sneller tells reporters during a conference all. “We ought to be sure that the federal government is providing a pathway through the renewable fuel standard to hold oil refineries’ feet to the fire and make sure that they meet the standards that was set by the Congress in 2007.” [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.