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NEWS UPDATE January 6, 2015

Calif. governor wants to slash fuel use, grow renewables

By Timothy Cama, The  •    •  Posted January 6, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) proposed Monday to cut in half the gasoline and diesel fuel used by vehicles and get half the state’s electricity from renewable sources. Brown set out both proposals in his the inaugural address for his fourth term, as efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from California. [ read more … ]

Gov. Brown proposes 50% renewables goal in inaugural speech 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) today proposed requiring that his state’s energy mix include at least 50 percent renewables by 2030, among a host of environmental initiatives he floated in his inaugural address to state lawmakers. As Brown was sworn in for a historic fourth term, he vowed to continue a panoply of the state’s progressive energy policies: expanding distributed generation, rooftop solar, microgrids, energy storage and electric vehicles. In addition to the renewables goal, he proposed by 2030 doubling the efficiency of existing buildings and reducing use of petroleum in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent below today’s levels. [ read more … ]

Changes afoot for low-carbon fuel standard 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2015

The proposed LCFS rule would also revise a controversial method of ranking fuels’ carbon emissions. ARB assigns higher carbon scores to plant-based fuels to reflect their displacement of food and other crops, an effect known as “indirect land-use change.” ARB is proposing to adjust existing scores or assign new ones for six biofuels: corn, sorghum and sugar cane ethanol; and soy, canola and palm biodiesel. Palm-based biodiesel fares the worst, with an emissions penalty of 71.4 grams of CO2 per megajoule of energy. Soy- and canola-based biodiesel fare better, with scores of 29.1 and 14.5 g/MJ, respectively. [ read more … ]

EPA tentatively OKs biomass sorghum to be included in RFS 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2015

U.S. EPA has given biofuels produced from biomass sorghum — a high-yield type of grass — a tentative green light to be included in the renewable fuel standard. In a Federal Register notice Dec. 31, the agency said that its analysis of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from biomass sorghum biofuels shows that they could be eligible for the highest tier in the RFS. Biomass sorghum biofuels would likely reduce GHG emissions by at least 60 percent compared to a gasoline baseline, the standard for qualification as a cellulosic biofuel, EPA said. [ read more … ]

Commercial cellulosic ethanol on the map in 2014

By Farm Futures  •    •  Posted January 6, 2015

Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually. 2014 is the first time in three years ethanol production in the state has expanded, [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Policy Center’s McKee discusses options for reforming RFS 

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted January 6, 2015

Following repeated delays by U.S. EPA to set its yearly renewable fuel standard targets, a group of stakeholders with wide-ranging perspectives on the RFS was convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center to devise a set of policy options for reforming the rule. During today’s OnPoint, Scott McKee, senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center, explains why he believes the RFS should not be repealed and discusses the options lawmakers and the Obama administration have for improving the rule. [ read more … ]

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