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NEWS UPDATE October 27, 2014

How Is Gasoline Blended?  Two Groups Ask EPA to Consider This Important Detail

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted October 27, 2014

On October 20, the Energy Future Coalition (EFC), an initiative of the UN Foundation, and the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to reconsider the analysis that underpins EPA air toxic modeling for vehicle fuels, arguing that the modeling approach is flawed. The letter was prompted by EPA’s release of 2014 updates to the Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) on October 7. EPA had concluded that an increase in ethanol volume in fuels causes an increase in toxic emissions, both in the running and starting of the engine. Yet, neat ethanol is a non-toxic additive to gasoline, while gasoline, particularly the aromatic portion of each gallon, is toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic. Following this logic, shouldn’t adding ethanol to gasoline lower its overall toxicity? [ read more … ]

Research Supports Idea that Mid-level Ethanol Blends Are the Best Near-Term Fuel

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted October 27, 2014

As EESI has pointed out before – mid-level blends, including E15 and E30, continue to be ignored as a potential Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) compliance strategy. Not only would mid-level blends help surpass the often quoted E10 ‘blend wall’, mid-level blends have multiple benefits, including lowering the overall toxic amount of tailpipe emissions. Already, the EPA has certified the use of E15 in make and model year cars 2001 and newer – representing about 80 percent of the cars on the road today. These fuels have also been found to be safe for use with existing infrastructure, including gas station pumping equipment. [ read more … ]

Economist: Ethanol profits face decline

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 27, 2014

“While the recent drop in prices and profits is certainly painful for ethanol producers,” Irwin said in the analysis, “it is important to keep in mind the magnitude of the profits earned during the recent and unprecedented streak of positive profits. Specifically, a representative ethanol plant earned a cumulative $66.3 million profit during the current 84-week streak (March 15, 2013 through Oct. 17, 2014), which is more than twice the cumulative $25.0 million in profits earned during the previous 320 weeks (Jan. 25, 2007 – March 8, 2013).” [ read more … ]

DuPont, Macedonia work toward cellulosic ethanol plant

By Aaron Nathans, The News Journal  •    •  Posted October 27, 2014

DuPont is part of a plan by the government of Macedonia to create a market for cellulosic ethanol in the Pelagonia region of that country. According to the new agreement among the government, the company Ethanol Europe and DuPont, the parties will work toward building a market for the fuel in Europe, which would support a commercial-scale second-generation ethanol plant in Macedonia. [ read more … ]

Obama’s former climate czar savors ‘newly fun life,’ ponders next move

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 27, 2014

Heather Zichal eloped last month in Croatia, where she also biked about 30 miles per day, went sailing and chatted up winemakers about global warming’s toll on their industry. Zichal, who resigned late last year as President Obama’s top climate and energy adviser, called the trip a badly needed break after a six-year marathon that started on the campaign trail and ended with a top White House post. [ read more … ]

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