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NEWS UPDATE November 10, 2014

Ag Groups Urge President to Reject Biofuels Cuts

by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuels  •    •  Posted November 10, 2014

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and several other agricultural sent a letter to President Obamathis week asking him to intervene with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel sector,” the letter states. “These impacts are reverberating throughout the U.S. agriculture economy, and we expect this trend to continue if the targets and the methodology in the rule are not corrected.” [ read more … ]

Study Finds Use of Biodiesel Lowers Tailpipe Emissions

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted November 10, 2014

Classes of extremely small particles, ultrafine particulates (UFPs) are particularly concerning. Not only does the burning of gasoline and diesel produce these UFPs, they also act as vectors for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) also produced from fuel combustion. These particles are carried into soft body tissues and bloodstreams, which larger particulates can’t reach. These results make the case for increased use of renewable alternatives, such as biodiesel, to help clear the air. [ read more … ]

‘Five years’ are up for cellulosic ethanol

By Tom Doran, Agrinews  •    •  Posted November 10, 2014

There’s a running joke that when a researcher is asked when cellulosic ethanol will be viable, their answer is always “five years away.”That timeframe has officially expired with cellulosic ethanol now being commercially produced at large scale, and a unique facility being built at the University of Illinois will enable further advancements in the industry. The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory will be a flexible, plug-and-play, pilot-scale facility and analytical laboratory that will bring faculty, students and industry together to develop efficient and economical strategies for the production of renewable bio-based products. [ read more … ]

ADM’s next CEO faces ethanol, global trade hurdles

BY TOM POLANSEK, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 10, 2014

When Juan Luciano becomes chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Co in the new year he will face easing demand for ethanol and increasing competition from global competitors. Falling gasoline prices and waning U.S. government support for ethanol are confronting Chicago-based ADM eight years after the company hired outgoing CEO Patricia Woertz, a former Chevron executive, in part to lead the company’s growth in biofuels. ADM on Thursday said Luciano, chief operating officer since 2011 and president since February, will replace Woertz as boss on Jan. 1. Woertz, 61, will remain chairman of the board and is expected to retire in May 2016. [ read more … ]

E&E Daily’s Juliano previews legislative battles facing new Congress

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted November 10, 2014

What will a GOP-led Congress mean for energy and environment policy? On today’s The Cutting Edge, E&E Daily reporter Nick Juliano discusses his latest reporting from Capitol Hill as Republicans gear up for the shift in power. Juliano talks about the future of U.S. EPA emissions and water regulations, Keystone XL and infrastructure. He also previews the upcoming lame-duck session. [ read more … ]

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