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NEWS UPDATE January 28, 2015

Iowa RFA “Ready to Roll” in 2015

By Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted January 28, 2015

Iowa’s renewable fuels industry is “ready to roll” in 2015 if Tuesday’s 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit is any indication. Speakers at the summit included Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, who represented the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, and General Wesley Clark (Ret.), Chairman of Growth Energy. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Will Face RFS Threat

By DANIEL LOOKER, Business Editor,  •    •  Posted January 28, 2015

Corn ethanol had dodged the latest bullet in Congress, but attempts to weaken or repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard are likely to be attached to must-pass legislation in Congress. That’s the consensus of lobbyists and ethanol advocates who spoke Tuesday at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit near Des Moines, Iowa Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Santorum embraces biofuels as part of 2016 vision

By Josh Hafner, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted January 28, 2015

Santorum heralded the Renewable Fuel Standard as “pro-environment, pro-competition and pro-American jobs” before a roomful of biofuels professionals. The RFS, a federal law requiring the U.S. to use more renewable fuels like corn-based ethanol, has proved a touchy topic among conservatives campaigning in Iowa. Former GOP nominee John McCain opposed it before finishing fourth in the state in 2008. “When you have a vertically integrated oil industry, it’s important that other types of competitive products are allowed into that stream,” Santorum said. “And that’s what the (RFS) is meant to do.” [ read more … ]

Biden asks Caribbean islands to use drop in oil price to invest in renewables 

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted January 28, 2015

Speaking at the first-ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, D.C., Biden and other leaders announced a series of initiatives including a World Bank-based investment network to coordinate energy development in the region now more than 90 percent dependent on imported oil. Noting that the price of solar has dropped by half and options for natural gas delivery are expanding, Biden said the United States wants to see the Caribbean free itself from oil dependency. Without directly mentioning Venezuela, the region’s main supplier, Biden said, “No country should be able to use natural resources as a tool of coercion against any other country. [ read more … ]

Comment: Carbon Morality

By David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy, EnergyBiz  •    •  Posted January 28, 2015

The societal issue we own, obviously, is climate change, the mother of all social issues. We are as an industry – for the sake only of the casual uninformed reader perusing this issue of EnergyBiz in the dentist’s waiting room – the single largest emitter domestically of CO2, as a result of our overwhelming dependence on fossil fuel-based power generation. We should have seen it coming back in 2007, when the proud and mighty TXU was forced into the hands of private equity because it had ignited a firestorm of controversy by announcing its plans to build 11 new coal plants in the coal-friendly and deeply conservative state of Texas. [ read more … ]

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