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NEWS UPDATE February 6, 2015

Biofuel Sector Touts California LCFS Amid RFS Uncertainty, Oil Price Drop

By Curt Barry, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 6, 2015

As California regulators prepare to re-adopt the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), biofuel industry representatives are touting the program, seeing it as a model amid the uncertain fate of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) and low oil prices that eliminate some biofuels’ price competitiveness. Many leading biofuel and alternative fuel industry representatives converged here Feb. 3 for the “Clean, Low-Carbon Fuels Summit,” focusing discussion on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) “re-adoption” of the state’s LCFS scheduled for later this month, and the importance of the regulation in continuing investment in alternative fuels. [ read more … ]

U.S. exports increased in 2014 — report 

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

The United States last year sent 836 million gallons of ethanol abroad, the second-highest level of U.S. ethanol exports ever. According to a report released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), exports totaled $2.1 billion and represented nearly 6 percent of the nation’s total ethanol production. Canada, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and India were the top five recipients of U.S. ethanol. [ read more … ]

Ethanol leak’s extent studied after train derailed

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted February 6, 2015

Railroad officials said it was unclear Thursday how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River from a train that derailed a day earlier in eastern Iowa, but that they were working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train. The cars went off the tracks Wednesday morning in a steep, remote area along the river about 10 miles north of Dubuque. Canadian Pacific said 14 of the derailed cars were carrying ethanol, and eight of them appeared to be leaking.
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Washingtonians get first look at proposed clean fuels standard 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 6, 2015

The government of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) offered an early glimpse of a proposed rule to curb carbon in state transportation fuels yesterday, readying the way for public debate on what has already become a divisive issue. In form, the proposed standard looks much like those already in place in Oregon and California. It aims to cut the carbon content of fuel sold and burned in-state by 10 percent over 10 years and would be operated through a system of auctions between clean power generators, which produce credits, and fuel sellers, which must purchase them. [ read more … ]

Washington outlines draft rule for cleaner fuels

By PHUONG LE and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted February 6, 2015

The state is inching toward a requirement to reduce carbon pollution from fuels for cars and trucks with a proposal released Wednesday. But even as the Department of Ecology outlined a preliminary draft rule requiring cleaner transportation fuels similar to California’s law, agency officials said no decision has been made yet on whether to actually propose such a rule. [ read more … ]

Not So Fast: At UC Berkeley, Biofuel Research Takes Hit as BP Oil Company Backs Away 

By Erik Neumann, California Magazine  •    •  Posted February 6, 2015

Eight years ago, UC Berkeley struck a historic but controversial deal with the British oil company BP: Berkeley would benefit from the oil giant spending $350 million to create a new Energy Biosciences Institute on its campus, and BP would reap the benefits of that institute’s research into biofuels. Now, with almost $100 million still unspent, the road to cleaner biofuels has just hit a big speed bump. [ read more … ]

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