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NEWS UPDATE November 17, 2014

RFS Roundup: 11th Hour Appeals to Revisit the 2014 RFS from Governors, Growers

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted November 17, 2014

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has yet to release the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligates (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard. OMB has 90 days to review the rules prior to release, putting the final date for release sometime the week of November 17. While the White House has not yet formally extended the review, it is possible that an additional 90 days will be added to the review period, pushing the final decision into 2015. With a few days until the official deadline to release the decision, lawmakers and stakeholders are still petitioning the Administration to revisit the 2014 renewable fuel volumes. [ read more … ]

E15 Now Approved for Use in Two-Thirds of New Cars – Chicago Looks at E15 Again

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted November 17, 2014

According to an analysis of vehicle owners manuals model year 2014 and 2015 cars, two-thirds of new car owners’ manuals approve the use of E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline). E15 is the most studied fuel in the world, and has been extensively tested for safety and fuel efficiency by the EPA and the Department of Energy. The EPA has certified that it is safe to use in make and model cars newer than 2001, representing over 80 percent of all vehicles on the road today. These fuels have also been found to be safe for use with existing infrastructure, including gas station pumping equipment. Despite these facts, E15 is only available in a handful of retail gasoline stations in the United States. That may change – at least in Chicago, with the Chicago City Council set to consider the use of E15 again. [ read more … ]

California leads by example on climate change

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted November 17, 2014

California already has imposed some of the world’s toughest air quality standards as it moves aggressively to lower emissions. The state’s cap-and-trade program, launched nearly three years ago, offers one of the few real-world laboratories on how to reduce carbon emissions. The state has opted to impose extra costs on businesses that emit pollutants. Next year, the program will be expanded to include companies that produce gasoline and other fuels, prompting predictions that consumers will see a spike in prices to cover the costs. [ read more … ]

Incoming Sen. Rounds taps former ethanol lobbyist to lead transition team

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 17, 2014

A former lobbyist for the nation’s largest ethanol producer will continue to figure prominently in the staff of incoming Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). Rob Skjonsberg, who served as an executive at Poet LLC between 2007 and 2012, will lead the new senator’s transition team, according to congressional staffing database LegiStorm. South Dakota is the nation’s sixth-largest ethanol-producing state; Poet operates six plants within the state’s borders. [ read more … ]

U.S. ethanol industry frets over Washington green fuels study

Don Jenkins, Capital AG Press  •    •  Posted November 17, 2014

A consultant says ethanol made from Brazilian sugarcane could help Washington reduce carbon emissions. Midwest ethanol producers are lobbying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to not adopt a low carbon fuels standard. An industry advocacy group, Growth Energy, last week sent a letter to Inslee’s administration warning that a “California-style” policy would have slight environmental benefit. [ read more … ]

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