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NEWS UPDATE February 17, 2015

Iowa pumps ethanol to 2016 field

By Timothy Cama, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted February 17, 2015

Iowans have a message for presidential hopefuls: Don’t forget about ethanol. The Hawkeye State’s political and agricultural leaders hope to make the renewable fuel and support for its federal mandate a bigger issue than it has ever been over the next year in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses. “We’re going to be out there, working with the candidates and staffs, and really helping them, teaching them, letting them know,” said Eric Branstad, a Republican strategist and son of Gov. Terry Branstad (R). [ read more … ]

Branstad teams up for Times letter on biofuels

By Jason Noble, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted February 17, 2015

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad teamed up with his Missouri counterpart Jay Nixon last week to deliver a message on Midwestern energy to the readers of the New York Times. Branstad, a Republican, and Nixon, a Democrat, on Thursday published a letter in the Times pushing back against an article last month raising doubts about biofuels. The story described a newly released paper from the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank, which argues that turning plant matter, like corn, into fuel is inefficient and an inappropriate use of land that could be used to raise crops for feeding a growing population. [ read more … ]

Plunging price for gas wipes out ethanol industry’s rosy 2015 forecast

By Ameet Sachdev, The Chicago Tribune  •    •  Posted February 17, 2015

A plunge in ethanol prices has added to the anxiety in the Corn Belt. The weekly spot price for ethanol in Iowa fell to $1.27 a gallon in the middle of January, from $2.42 at the end of November, according to Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois. “That was the lowest price I have seen since I started tracking ethanol prices, in 2007,” Irwin said. At prices that low, profits have evaporated for ethanol producers. If producers slash output in response to weaker profit margins, they will use less corn, and already depressed corn prices could fall even more. More than a third of the nation’s corn supply is used to make ethanol. [ read more … ]

RFS Roundup: Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge EPA to Finalize Biodiesel Volumes

By Jessie Stolark, EESI  •    •  Posted February 17, 2015

On February 9, 26 Senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking the agency to finalize 2014 volumes and quickly set 2015 and 2016 numbers. Separately, Sen. Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee for Environment and Public Works, which has oversight of the EPA, has written to EPA on the subject. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the agency can separately set fuel volumes for various categories. [ read more … ]

Wisconsin ethanol exports increase 18% as Canadian demand increases

By Isabel Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted February 17, 2015

“Despite Big Oil’s relentless attacks on Wisconsin’s farmers and producers the ethanol industry continues to help drive our economy,” said Joshua Morby Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance. “Biofuels are a key part of Wisconsin’s international trade growth. In 2014 the increase in ethanol exports alone was valued at $31 million dollars. That’s real money going to real Wisconsin families.” [ read more … ]

States: Oregon governor’s resignation may doom state LCFS

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 17, 2015

The fallout over the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) could include the defeat of pending legislation to implement a full-scale low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in the state, primarily because the legislation is backed by an organization that paid Kitzhaber’s fiancee to lobby for the LCFS. [ read more … ]

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