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NEWS UPDATE January 7, 2015

Falling oil, gasoline prices cut into E85’s advantage at the pump

By Jay Withrow / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted January 7, 2015

Nobody at the Nebraska Ethanol Board is hitting the panic button despite falling gasoline prices and the abundance of oil in the commodities markets. Historically, E85 fuel, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, has been up to $1 per gallon cheaper than regular unleaded. However, recent cheaper crude oil and subsequent declining gas prices have dropped regular unleaded to around $2 a gallon, leaving E85 anywhere from just 10 cents to 40 cents per gallon under the price of regular unleaded, according to Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. [ read more … ]

 White Paper Highlights Corn Ethanol’s Decreasing Carbon Intensity

By Ethanol Across America  •    •  Posted January 7, 2015

“If greenhouse gas modeling of transportation fuels are to maintain integrity and achieve their desired outcome, it is essential that modeling is done consistently and that assumptions are periodically reviewed and updated with the latest science,” writes Alverson. ”The future is bright for corn ethanol to provide significant reductions in US transportation fuel carbon intensity. Corn provides high per acre production of feed/food, high octane fuel, and low GHG emissions,” said Alverson. [ read more … ]

Senate EPW Republicans set meeting to discuss priorities 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 7, 2015

The realm of issues that could be on the agenda include EPA’s carbon dioxide regulations for power plants, the recently proposed ozone standard revision, the agency’s first coal ash regulations, the renewable fuel standard and the administration’s inclusion of climate change in National Environmental Policy Act reviews, based on recent statements by the incoming chairman. [ read more … ]

Californians on Way to State’s New Energy Goals

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted January 7, 2015

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday. Pushing programs such as high-speed rail, for which Brown broke ground on Tuesday in Fresno; increasing the standard for gas-powered cars to 35 miles per gallon; and ramping up use of electric cars and other vehicles powered by alternative fuels would all help get California to Brown’s goals on time, state clean-air officials and industry representatives said.Brown set promotion of conservation programs and alternatives to oil, gas and coal as a priority for his fourth and final term in his inaugural speech on Monday. [ read more … ]

Industry grows despite challenges — report 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 7, 2015

Despite the predicted growth, the industry remains far below the targets Congress wrote into the 2007 renewable fuel standard, which called for 9 billion gallons of advanced biofuels in 2017. Investors have also generally backed off projects since the third quarter of 2013, when EPA first released its proposal to use its authority to lower the blending targets, E2 said. Delays in ramping up California’s low carbon fuel standard due to court action have also hampered the industry, E2 said. “A number of promising plants have been delayed or idled because of difficulties in production or financing within this new industry,” the report said. [ read more … ]

Peer reviewers question EPA emission estimates for palm oil 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 7, 2015

A U.S. EPA-commissioned panel of independent peer reviewers is questioning the agency’s calculations of greenhouse gas emissions tied to palm oil biofuels. Two reviewers on the five-member panel say EPA may have significantly overestimated greenhouse gas emissions from palm oil biodiesel and renewable diesel production when it decided in 2012 to disqualify palm oil fuels from the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

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