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NEWS UPDATE February 3, 2015

Obama 2016 Budget Urges States to Cut Emissions Faster

By Reuters  •    •  Posted February 3, 2015

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposes boosting funding for clean energy by 7 percent and a new $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants, officials said Monday. Obama’s budget also calls for the permanent extension of the Production Tax Credit, used by the wind industry, and the Investment Tax Credit, used by the solar industry, the officials said. [ read more … ]

Spending request hike to heat up debate on energy production

Katherine Ling, Daniel Bush, Nick Juliano and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted February 3, 2015

The budget proposes a nearly $800 million increase over current funding for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which funds research and development into wind and solar power, biofuels, and energy-saving technologies, among other areas. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel Plants Closing Due to RFS Uncertainty

By Andy Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today  •    •  Posted February 3, 2015

In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, a former biodiesel producer and NBB Governing Board Member Ben Wootton challenged recent comments suggesting that the RFS delays haven’t hurt renewable fuels industries. Wootton lost his Pennsylvania biodiesel plant, Keystone Biofuels, in bankruptcy last year as a result of RFS uncertainty. In his letter, he explained to McCarthy how the loss of his plant also forced him to lay off 30 employees and caused him to lose his daughters’ college funds and his retirement savings. [ read more … ]

Koch unit buys ethanol plant in Georgia

BY DAN VOORHIS, THE WICHITA EAGLE  •    •  Posted February 3, 2015

Koch Industries unit Flint Hills Resources said Monday that it had completed the purchase of an ethanol plant near Camilla, Ga., from Southwest Georgia Ethanol. This is Koch’s seventh ethanol plant, making it one of the largest ethanol producers in the country. It is the company’s first ethanol plant outside the Midwest. [ read more … ]

Comment: Biofuels: The truth matters

By Joe Jobe, National Biodiesel Board, Iowa Farmer Today  •    •  Posted February 3, 2015

In 2007, there was finally a policy that boldly laid out a plan to address our dangerous addiction to a singular source of transportation fuel: The Renewable Fuel Standard. Now, seven years later, we can look back at the public record spattered with misrepresentation of biodiesel by RFS opponents that is thwarting implementation of effective policy. [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry criticizes WRI bioenergy paper 

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 3, 2015

Representatives of the ethanol industry have spoken out to criticize a World Resources Institute paper written by Tim Searchinger and Ralph Heimlich that rehashes previously debunked theories related to food versus fuel and indirect land use change (ILUC). The report claims that any dedicated use of land for growing bioenergy feedstocks comes at the cost of not using that land to grow food or animal feed, or for storing carbon. Within the report, the authors recommend policies changes that would essentially support the phase out bioenergy production. [ read more … ]

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