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NEWS UPDATE November 3, 2014

Shakeups expected in states with big energy stakes

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 3, 2014

Substantial shakeups are likely in gubernatorial races across the country tomorrow, and the outcomes could have significant impact on national energy policy for the next four years. Voters in a whopping 36 states will choose governors when they head to the polls tomorrow, and candidates are running neck and neck in many of those races. About a dozen gubernatorial contests are considered tossups by experts keeping close tabs on the elections. [ read more … ]

History of U.S. biofuel mandate provides opening for legal challenge

BY AYESHA RASCOE, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 3, 2014

Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: distribution capacity. Biofuel producers have argued for months that the Environmental Protection Agency’s justification for potential cuts to 2014 targets is incompatible with federal law and that the legislative history of the mandate will prove this. A bill passed by U.S. House of Representatives in April 2005 that created the Renewable Fuel Standard included a clause allowing the EPA to lower the targets contained in the statute if it deems there is “inadequate domestic supply or distribution capacity.” But, the final law dropped the term “distribution capacity.” [ read more … ]

U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming

By JUSTIN GILLISNOV, New York Times  •    •  Posted November 3, 2014

The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report. Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here on Sunday. [ read more … ]

Ethanol margins shrink as gas prices fall

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted November 3, 2014

Falling gasoline prices are beginning to squeeze margins at Iowa ethanol plants, but renewable-fuels leaders say they expect to see continued profits, thanks to low corn prices and strong domestic and global demand. Bruce Babcock, an Iowa State University economist, said it helps that ethanol producers are coming off near-record profitability. “We hadn’t seen margins this good since 2006 and into 2007,” he said. “But compared to just three, four, seven months ago, the margins are quite a bit tighter, and that’s caused by lower gas prices.” [ read more … ]

EIA Reports Ethanol Use Has Lowered Gasoline’s Energy Content – Only Half of the Story

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted November 3, 2014

On October 27, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that the use of ten percent ethanol in the gasoline supply has lowered gasoline energy’s content by three percent in a 20 year period. According to EIA, while the use of oxygenate additives, like ethanol have “reduced air pollution, they also resulted in lower heating value compared with conventional gasoline, translating to fewer miles per gallon, because they have lower energy density.” While it is true that ethanol has an ‘energy penalty’ as compared to gasoline, this tells only half the story. [ read more … ]

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