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NEWS UPDATE December 18, 2014

Biodiesel, wind energy to benefit (briefly) from tax breaks

Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted December 18, 2014

The wind and biofuel industries in Iowa will benefit modestly from a $41 billion package of tax breaks passed by the Senate late Tuesday, but only through the end of 2014.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign the package of nearly 50 tax breaks, which passed by a vote of 76-16. The legislation would reinstate production tax credits for wind power, cellulosic ethanol and a $1-a-gallon credit that helps the biodiesel industry for a year. But the tax breaks, which are retroactive to when they expired at the beginning of the year, will be in place for only about two more weeks, providing little assistance to groups and producers in Iowa. [ read more … ]

E85 sales going well in Iowa

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  •    •  Posted December 18, 2014

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced Iowa motorists purchased 3,341,822 gallons of E85 in the third quarter of 2014, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue. The more than 3.3 million gallons of E85 sold is the third highest E85 sales in any quarter on record, and a more than 350,000 gallon increase (12 percent) over the second quarter of 2014.
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Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

By Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer  •    •  Posted December 18, 2014

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn’t so green, either. “It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.” [ read more … ]

Wash. Gov. Inslee proposes carbon fee to pay for transportation projects 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted December 18, 2014

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) wants to rebuild his state’s transportation infrastructure and plans to charge carbon emitters in order to come up with the funds. The governor is rolling out a proposed state budget in stages this week and is expected to speak to the design and implementation of a state carbon fee today. But details released about funding for the transportation sector yesterday indicate that about a third of the $12 billion needed to rebuild roads and bridges would come from a fee levied on the state’s biggest polluters. It’s transportation pollution paying for transportation choices,” Inslee said, speaking at the proposal’s release. [ read more … ]

Inslee targets polluters with billion-dollar cap-and-trade plan

By Jim Brunner and Hal Bernton, Seattle Times staff reporters  •    •  Posted December 18, 2014

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday laid out an ambitious plan for cutting Washington’s carbon emissions that would vault the state to the forefront of global efforts to combat climate change. The sweeping proposal drew cheers from a crowd of environmentalists, labor leaders and other supporters on hand for Inslee’s climate-plan unveiling at Seattle’s flagship REI store. But a tougher crowd waits in Olympia. Republicans and some business groups are already mustering opposition to Inslee’s cap-and-trade plan, which would put a price on the greenhouse gases spewed not only from large industrial plants but also car and truck tail pipes and electric utilities. [ read more … ]

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