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NEWS UPDATE October 24, 2014

Urban Air Initiative calls new EPA emission models flawed

By Urban Air Initiative, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 24, 2014

A computer model that states use to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative and could effectively block access to the market for higher ethanol blends. The Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) and other modeling tools are used by states to demonstrate to the U.S. EPA how they plan to maintain air quality standards or in some cases come into compliance for various pollutants. Because of the methodology used by EPA, using more ethanol is shown to increase particulate emissions rather than correctly identifying aromatics and other high boiling hydrocarbon compounds added to test fuels as the cause. [ read more … ]

Coalition ad campaign urges Obama to reverse proposed RFS cuts

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 24, 2014

A pro-biofuels coalition today launched a series of online and radio ads pressing the Obama administration to reverse its proposed rollback of the renewable fuel standard. The Fuels America ads feature audio and video of President Obama reiterating a commitment to biofuels in appearances over the last few years. “There shouldn’t be any doubt that renewable, homegrown fuels are a key part of our strategy for a clean energy future,” Obama says in a March 2010 appearance that’s part of an ad that will air digitally in online publications inside the Beltway. [ read more … ]

No Doubt RFS Uncertainty Impacts Local Communities

By Jamie Johansen, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted October 24, 2014

No doubt the uncertainty for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) caused by the EPA has hurt many of our communities. This unpredictability has been around over a year and has left many wondering what the final renewable fuel volumes will be. I am sure the uncertainty has impacted our lives more then many even are aware. [ read more … ]

Local corn prices dip below $2 in some areas

By Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer, Farm & Ranch Guide  •    •  Posted October 24, 2014

“In addition to the ongoing upward shifts in demand, those expecting a new price era for major agricultural crops also point to the increased production costs of recent years as another reason that annual prices will average well above earlier price plateaus.” Even so, we were shocked, but not surprised, to see a newspaper headline announcing corn prices that were well below the $2 level. It was news of an elevator in the Minot, N.D., area that priced corn at $1.73 per bushel. Yes you are reading that number correctly $1.73 as the result of a $1.50 negative basis on a $3.23 futures price. And, that $3.23, itself, is 20 percent below the supposed $4 plus plateau.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.